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Anglo back on site at Mandilla

Anglo Australian Resources has managed to get a drilling program going at its Mandilla project near Kalgoorlie in WA as many mining and exploration companies come to terms with operational restrictions as a result of COVID-19. The company has started on a program of three diamond drill “tails” that will test the extents of gold mineralisation at Mandilla East to 200m. It will also drill 27 RC holes at the project.

Venus eyes new gold targets at Bellchambers

Venus Metals has completed a heliborne EM survey over its Bellchambers gold project east of Sandstone in WA. The company has zeroed in on ten new high priority targets that are sitting on the Western Ridge ‐ Mickey Well gold mineralised trend. It has identified 25 new targets in total at Bellchambers as a result of a recently completed “Xcite” airborne electromagnetic survey.

Novo increases exposure in Victorian goldfields

Novo Resources is continuing to execute on its strategy of picking up nuggety gold projects and has increased its presence in the goldfields of Victoria, famed for its long and rich mining history. Novo has entered into a deal that could see it land up to 75% of GBM Resources’ Malmsbury gold project and just over 4% of the ASX-listed company.

88 Energy oil well reaches total depth with good early shows

ASX-listed oiler, 88 Energy, has logged multiple hydrocarbon shows over several prospective oil zones whilst drilling its highly anticipated “Charlie-1” oil appraisal well on Alaska’s oil-rich North Slope. The well has now reached total depth and the company said its hydrocarbon zones are looking remarkably like the oil zones identified in a nearby offset well. With drilling operations now complete, wireline logging is underway.

Legend nails Fraser Range hole

After a year or two of scientific vectoring in on a nickel ore body in the famed Fraser Ranges, things are hotting up now for ASX-listed Legend Mining after it hit what may well be pay dirt in its latest drill campaign at the Rockford project. The company said this week it had hit an impressive, combined 42 metres worth of nickel and copper sulphides intersected at the Mawson prospect.

Lindian adds 1km of strike to bauxite conglomerate in Guinea

Lindian Resources’ high-grade conglomerate-hosted bauxite deposit at its Gaoual project in Guinea continues to bulk up, with the company confirming it has extended the Bouba plateau one kilometre to the north. Lindian has also verified the presence of conglomerate bauxite at Bouba South, which is currently sized at half a kilometre by 2.5km. The northern extension of Bouba is 4m thick Bouba South has an average width of 5m, both starting from the surface.

Classic hits 2 ounce dirt at Kat Gap

Classic Minerals managed to squeeze in a few priority RC drill holes at its Kat Gap project near Southern Cross in WA before being impeded by restrictions arising from coronavirus. New results show that gold mineralisation at Kat Gap is still open in all directions and very high grade with latest drill numbers showing 3m grading 62.10g/t gold from 36m, including a single metre grading a whopping 181g/t gold.

Troy records three-fold gold reserve increase at Hicks

Troy Resources has recorded a three-fold increase in mineral reserves at the company’s Hicks-4 deposit that sits about 2km away from Troy’s operating Karouni gold mine in Guyana, South America. The company has also commenced trial mining at the nearby Ohio Creek discovery, just one of its regional deposits that have proximity to its existing plant. Troy said its operations remain unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Buru sandbags balance sheet, cuts corporate costs in half

Buru Energy’s executive chairman, Eric Streitberg, has taken a 55 per cent pay haircut and its board fees have been reduced by 40 per cent to help it ride out the current global Coronavirus financial storm. Buru’s strong balance sheet leaves it well placed to weather the storm, despite weak oil prices, with ongoing production at its Ungani oil field set to deliver further oil sales in mid-May.

Terrain to hit the ground at Wild-viper

Terrain Minerals is set to kick off its field campaign at the Wild-viper gold project near Leonora. It is looking to conduct a major first pass geochemical soil sampling program and will collect approximately 400 to 500 samples across three separate targets, which the company anticipates will throw up a grab bag of drill ready targets. Terrain previously picked up a rock sample grading 4.67 g/t gold at Wild-viper.

Business as usual for Image amidst Covid-19

Image Resources says it has managed to shoulder the current Coronavirus inspired pandemic as it continues to operate its Boonanarring mineral sands project in WA with only marginal impacts on regular day-to-day activities. The Patrick Mutz run company’s mine site is located 80km north of Perth where production for January 2020 was a record 35,300 tonnes of heavy mineral concentrate.

Neometals hits nickel in scout drilling at Widgie South

Neometals has tabled some interesting pathfinder results from a significant air core drilling campaign across its Mt Edwards nickel project near Widgemooltha in WA. The program was designed to vector in on potential sulphide mineralisation across five of the company’s mining tenements and two broad target areas. Significant intercepts include 7m grading 0.63% nickel from 47m and 13m grading 0.46% nickel from 6m down hole.

Adriatic unlocks new multi-metal gravity anomalies in Bosnia

Adriatic Metals has identified a number of new multi-metal exploration drill targets after modelling historical gravity data over its Bosnian license that includes its Rupice and Jurasevac-Brestic prospects. Some of the geophysical anomalies are adjacent to known discoveries and are ready for immediate drilling with a total of 29 drill pads approved for action to further define the extraordinary multi-metal deposits within its project area.

Novo inks heritage agreement in West Pilbara

TSX-listed conglomerate gold explorer, Novo Resources, has inked an important heritage agreement with the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation that covers a total of 1,492 square kilometres of country across a substantial portion of the company’s Pilbara gold exploration play. The agreement facilitates and potentially expedites the process of exploration.

Aurora refreshes board, appoints new Chairman

Aurora Labs has executed on a strategy to refresh its board in line with its vision to get set for the commercialisation of its 3D printing technology. Perth corporate finance player, Grant Mooney of Mooney & Partners corporate advisory is now in the Chair and COO Peter Snowsill will step up into the interim CEO role as founder and 3D printing specialist, Dave Budge moves into the role of Chief Technical Officer.

Dodd takes on executive role at Podium

Podium Minerals’ non-executive chairman and major shareholder, Clayton Dodd has stepped up into the executive chair role in a move that is part of a plan to cut corporate overheads by $300,000 per annum whilst continuing to leverage the expertise of the existing management team. Podium’s CEO, Tom Stynes will step down but will continue to manage the company operations and Grant ‘Rocky’ Osborne has resigned as a director in support of the cuts.

Coziron to drill Pilbara gold play

Coziron Resources will soon have a diamond rig operating at its Croydon Top Camp project in WA’s Pilbara region after the company’s maiden drill program hit some notable results recently, including 8m grading 10.2 g/t gold. The maiden program was drilled on wide-spaced sections and the company says the new drilling will provide valuable structural information on the orientation of its emerging discovery.

Hammer to deploy QLD Govt grant for Mt Isa exploration

Coronavirus willing, Hammer Metals will have the rods turning soon at its Mt Isa project in Queensland after being awarded Government grants amounting to $283,000. The windfall will fund a diamond drilling program at the Koppany copper-rare earths project and two magneto telluric surveys, one at the Kalman copper, molybdenum, gold and rhenium deposit and the second across part of the Mt Philp Breccia that is prospective for gold and copper.

Hot Chili to squeeze quick and easy revenues out of Productora

Hot Chili has struck a win-win deal with the Chilean Government by accepting an offer for lease mining and processing of ore from its Productora copper-gold deposit in Chile, which will see Hot Chili realise surprise revenues from Productora way ahead of any internal planning. The company said its agreement potentially represents between US$400,000 to US$500,000 in annual payments for its 80% interest in the Productora JV.

Altech’s German research targets battery separators for HPA

Altech Chemicals is continuing research at the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems in Dresden, Germany on HPA battery applications with a focus on lithium-ion battery separator technology and the impact of alumina impurities on battery safety. Altech also said this week that construction at its Malaysian HPA plant had been suspended due to the imposition of a COVID-19 movement control order.

Europeans to back Infinity at 66% premium to market

Infinity Lithium has managed to tap an innovative, European, public private partnership known as EIT InnoEnergy for at least AUD$1.5m in funding to support stage one of a lithium pilot plant at its San Jose lithium project in Spain. EIT InnoEnergy is the manager of the European Battery Alliance whose stated goal is a competitive and fully integrated battery manufacturing chain in Europe and preventing technological dependence on Asia.

King River to focus on 99.99 per cent pure HPA ahead of PFS

King River Resources and its consultants are pushing hard to achieve the holy grail of high purity alumina purity levels of 99.99% ahead of the tabling of a PFS for the ASX-listed company’s giant Speewah HPA/titanium/vanadium/iron project in WA. King River recently pivoted away from titanium/vanadium/iron in favour of the highly sought after HPA product. All are present at the project.

Big River forges ahead with Borborema gold project in Brazil

Big River Gold is forging ahead with its efforts to develop the Borborema gold project in Brazil, despite the current global economic headwinds. With a DFS for a multi-million ounce gold project on the street and over A$3m in the bank, Big River is well placed to weather the Coronavirus storm and the prospect of potentially adding a newly identified waste by-product that is potentially saleable should change the economic dynamics.

AVZ says tin/tantalum returns will surprise at giant lithium project

As AVZ Minerals approaches the home straight of its definitive feasibility study, the lithium developer has revealed that the first phase of its heavy metals test work has yielded potentially saleable tin and tantalum concentrates from its Manono lithium project in the DRC. AVZ recovered a total of 63% tin at a grade of 64.1% cassiterite, using the company’s existing lithium metallurgical flow sheet.

Novo finalises consolidation of Pilbara conglomerate gold play

Novo Resources has finalised the acquisition of its remaining joint venture interests from Artemis Resources in its Purdy’s Reward and 47K gold leases south of Karratha in WA’s Pilbara. Novo issued 1,640,000 shares to Artemis and paid out A$820,000 in cash consideration for the remaining interests in the leases. Sorrento Resources, Artemis’ JV partner has also been paid A$180,000 and issued with 360,000 Novo shares.

K2fly hits 2-yr revenue target in 9 months

ASX-listed K2fly management has smashed its year 2 recurrent revenue targets just 9 months after picking up its “RCubed” mining software business for around $450k plus some delayed payments on the back of revenue targets being achieved. The rapidly growing ASX-listed software company said this week that its annual recurrent revenues have now hit $1.83m, representing a spectacular 247% compound annual growth rate.

Legend mobilises for Fraser Range

Legend Mining has kicked off its planned diamond and air core drill campaign at the Rockford Project in the Fraser Range of Western Australia, where drilling late last year hit a near 15-metre long zone grading 1.07% nickel, 0.75% copper and 0.06% cobalt from 114 meters downhole. Legend has outlasted a swag of other juniors in the Fraser Range and is now well blooded for the hunt.

Business as usual for Quantify

ASX-listed smart home product supplier, Quantify Technologies, says it is well placed to face the Coronavirus-inspired market headwinds after raising A$1.75m back in February and a number of previously placed orders are now starting to be delivered. The Perth-based company has also managed to slash $1m off its annual cash burn as it focuses on its manufacturing and distribution deals in the East coast.

Half a km long copper-gold drill hit for Hot Chili

ASX-listed Hot Chili cant put a foot wrong, with its ongoing drill program continuing to deliver blistering numbers at the Cortadera project in Chile. Latest results include 542m grading 0.5% copper and 0.2 grams per tonne gold from 422m at the Cupero 3 deposit. The most recent drill hits have extended the deposit’s high grade core to well over 500m in length and 200m in width.

Neometals stuns market to deliver $11m dividend

Neometals has stunned the market by delivering another cash windfall to its shareholders with a 2 cent, partially franked dividend set to hit their bank accounts on April 3rd. The ‘mine to market’, battery metals innovator will pay out A$10.9m of its December 31st cash balance of over $100m to fund the dividend which comes on top of $45m worth of cash returns paid in the last four years.

Lithium Australia to drill test Lake Johnston pegmatite swarm

Lithium Australia looks set to drill test an exciting swarm of stacked pegmatites at Lake Johnston that outcrop over 450m x 100m. The company previously said it is looking at an exploration target at its Medcalf project in the Lake Johnston region of between 5 million tonnes and 8 Mt at between 0.8% lithium oxide and 1.2% Li2O. Lake Johnston is exquisitely located near three major lithium deposits.



King River set to power the world with amazing vanadium resource

High purity vanadium is being tipped for greatness as a revolutionary force in battery storage of renewable energy. Perth’s King River Copper may well have the largest and highest purity in-ground resource in the world in W.A. Last week the company proved it could produce the holy grail of purity levels at 99.5%, placing it amongst elite company around the world.

88 Energy rubbing shoulders with oil majors in Alaska

A Perth based ASX listed junior has quietly been sweeping up big swathes of lucrative acreage in Alaska’s hottest oil province known as the North Slope with the truth diviner in the form of a drill rig about to be put to the test in coming months. 88 Energy will soon drill a well targeting up to 400 million barrels at its Western Blocks project in the region.

Tantalising gold recoveries for Novo in the Pilbara

Pilbara conglomerate gold theorist Novo Resources has generated rich concentrates from ore sorting trials at its Comet Well project near Karratha, producing ore grades up to 792.4g/t gold. The company also separated coarse gold nuggets from gravelly ore horizons at its Egina project near Port Hedland using gravity techniques and it has suggested that the procedure could be ramped up to a larger scale in the future.

Novo has nearly 90% gold recoveries in the Pilbara

Pilbara conglomerate gold theorist, Novo Resources, has generated encouraging gold recoveries of up to nearly 90% from ore sorting trials at its Comet Well project located near Karratha in WA. The trials produced ore grades up to 792.4g/t in sorted gold concentrates and additional work will now be undertaken at smaller crush sizes and on oxidised ore samples to optimise gold recoveries even further.

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