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The last few days have seen a number of expansion, upgrade, production announcements that set a glittering near future for Copper Mountain Mining. By MBM’s North American correspondent

Mutually-agreed Americas Silver take-over/merger of aspiring gold miner Pershing Gold to create new Americas precious metals/polymetallic company

A single, major Capricorn Metals shareholder has thwarted Regis Resources’ takeover bid for the gold developer. By Mark Mentiplay

A good operational Q4 that’s carried into 2019, has Firestone Diamonds nicely set for the near future

New study sees a new neighbouring $193M mine, utilising the producing Copper Mountain infrastructure, producing an initial 768Mlbs copper and 550,000oz gold

Lower gold production, partly due to a failure to bring underground mines to full capacity, has seen big Russian gold miner Petropavlovsk turn in an H1 18 $24.8M loss

$40M funding to expand WA lithium project and facilitate the merger of JV partners Tawana and Alliance

New work lifts Teranga’s Burkina Faso gold reserves, with more expected, and extends LoM out to 13-years for more 1st- up prodn.

Higher grades, gold-silver prodn and consequent revenue lift Trans-Siberian’s bottom line to $2.55M.

Sayona Mining is looking to have its initial 18-year, 1.58Mt spodumene conc sales Authier Lithium Project in production in 2020 following a positive DFS

The all-share merger of leading gold producer Barrick Gold and African miner Randgold will spawn a clearly dominant $18.3B gold company eyeing $10B in initial annual revenue and adjusted EBITDA of around $4.7B. By MBM’s North American correspondent

Peabody takes another step to strengthen its metallurgical coal platform with the $US400M acquisition of Drummond’s Shoal Creek mine, a central Alabama longwall operation that sold 2.1M tons to Asian and European steel mills in 2017.

Equinox Gold set for producer status with the $158M acquisition of New Gold’s Mesquite mine in US, with more in the wings from Aurizona and Castle Mountain. By MBM’s North American correspondent

The size of RNC’s recent bonanza Beta Hunt gold discovery has more than doubled, with the $38M result to be used to accelerate exploration of the mine, historically known for its nickel. By Mark Mentiplay

Doray Minerals has achieved the first step towards a new growth strategy for its Deflector gold-copper mine with the declaration of a resource upgrade for the Da Vinci deposit. John Feary reports

West Australian company Kalium Lakes has given the green light for early works and final engineering after completing a BFS that increased annual output and extended the forecast mine life of its Beyondie sulphate of potash project. John Feary reports

New PEA underpins Velocity’s strategy to develop a 100,000oz+ pa gold operation in Bulgaria, starting with Rozino’s 65,000oz pa

Maiden 4.76Moz reserve clears the way for Cardinal Resources’ 4Moz Namdini Gold Project IN GHANA. By Mark Mentiplay

Warden’s court ruling on historic tenement dispute could delay Australia’s most advanced proposed lithium mining and processing development, companies warn.

Petra Diamonds’ FY18 bottom line has been hammered by losses from its now ended KEM JV, strikes, Tanzanian export bans, impairments and FX losses, crashing to a $203M loss

West Australian miner Ramelius Resources continues the growth strategy linked to its existing mining hubs with a binding agreement to acquire the idle Marda gold mine, just under 200km from its flagship Edna May operation. John Feary reports

A cost-cutting $10.12B revenue-generating open pit operation has been flagged by a new study to augment Nevada Copper’s US Pumpkin Hollow underground operation. By MBM’s North American correspondent

An 11% jump in copper production, higher copper prices, ore processed and recoveries, not upset by higher costs, sees Atalaya double H1 18 net profit

The price has just gone up on RNC Minerals’ previously predominantly nickel mine in Western Australia after deep drilling yields game changing bonanza grade gold. By Mark Mentiplay

Troubled miner Orosur Mining has done a $34M exploration deal with Newmont Mining on one of its prime Colombian projects following plunging FY18 production and worse expected in FY19

Ramelius Resources is focusing on the potential synergies of linking its flagship Edna May mine and the Tampia Hill gold project in its share-swap takeover bid for fellow West Australian company Explaurum.

Tahoe Resources can at last see a pathway to reopening its flagship Escobal mine in Guatemala despite a court ruling it must still go through an extended community consultation process.

A positive scoping study has outlined the 1st steps for an up to $35M capex project for Thor Mining that will be the 1st primary tungsten producer in the US

Sources say Poland’s state-controlled JSW is considering a bid for Australian-based coal developer Prairie Mining and its Polish coal assets. No comment from either side.

New study sees start-up $97M Argentine silver project producing initial 29Moz over 6-year LoM for $45M NPV5

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