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Venus W.A. gold project shaping up for vanadium

Venus Metals has announced exceptional upgrades from preliminary metallurgical test work on vanadium ore samples taken from its Youanmi project in the Murchison region of W.A. Results show that vanadium pentoxide grades effectively double from about 0.7% in-situ to 1.4% with simple crushing and magnetic separation of ore composites into concentrates. The company reports that ongoing test work is underway to increase recoveries of vanadium, titanium and iron.

Spectur thermal camera orders rolling in

ASX listed security surveillance company Spectur has started to receive sales orders for its unique thermal, solar powered security cameras. The company said this week that it had received its first thermal camera order from an international logistics company based in Victoria. Significant interest has also been flooding in from other Tier 1 companies and Spectur has now started commercial manufacturing of the cameras.

Southern Gold expands South Korean footprint

Southern Gold has been granted two interesting looking exploration tenements over the large Beopseongpo gold-silver epithermal target in South Korea’s Jeolla Province, which hosts the operating Eunsan-Moisan gold mine. Recent rock chip sampling at Beopseongpo, which has a strike length of 4km, returned grades of up to 21.8g/t gold and 19g/t silver from float material and 3g/t gold and 1g/t silver from outcrop.

Lithium Australia produces first lithium battery cathodes

Lithium Australia has commenced production of lithium-iron-phosphate battery cathode material after commissioning its innovative pilot production plant in Brisbane, with commercial samples to be delivered to international battery makers in the fourth quarter. The production of battery cathode materials closes the loop for Lithium Australia who is also a lithium explorer and mineral processing technologist.

Strong copper results for Hot Chili at El Fuego in Chile

Hot Chili has reported shallow, high grade copper drilling results from its maiden RC drilling program at the El Fuego project area in central Chile. Assays showed intersections up to 19m @ 2.0% copper from 61m depth and 15m @ 1.7% copper from 80m down-hole at the San Antonio copper mine prospect. The ore system strikes over 700m and has a higher grade plunge component.

Artemis in Telfer nearology play

Artemis Resources has beaten Rio Tinto to a 600km2 exploration licence application that is located just 40km east of Newcrest Mining’s Telfer copper-gold mine in Western Australia’s Pilbara region. The prospect, which will take Artemis’ Pilbara landholdings up to about 2400km2, also hosts the northern extension of the same geological structure that hosts London listed Greatland Gold’s Haverion copper-gold discovery.

Emu in monster hunt in northern Chile

ASX listed explorer Emu NL has found traces of a gold monster in northern Chile after it drilled through a 163m gold mineralised system, albeit at low grades at this stage. The company has discovered a substantial, epithermal precious metal system at its Vidalita prospect in the lucrative Maricunga precious metals belt and the hunt is now on for the mother lode.

Northern Minerals produces first rare earth carbonate

Northern Minerals expects to officially open its Browns Range rare earths pilot plant in Western Australia on the 27th of July 2018 and it has already produced a rare earth carbonate as part of the commissioning process. The pilot plant will investigate the technical and economic feasibility of a proposed full scale operation and will run for up to three years.

There’s gold in them there trees

Classic Minerals has teamed up with CSIRO to study the potential correlation of large tree sizes to major gold deposits at the Forrestania Gold Project in Western Australia’s Goldfields region. The Australian Government’s Innovation Connections grant and CSIRO will fund the majority of the six month project that could allow rapid generation of new targets without ground disturbing exploration in the future.

Draig in new gold find below historic mine

Draig Resources has discovered high grade gold mineralisation from deep exploratory scout drilling below the historical Bellevue gold mine near Leinster in W.A. Results include 2.5m @ 13.1g/t, 1.4m @ 9.6g/t and 0.3m @ 35.9g/t gold and are strongly supported by down-hole EM surveys showing off-hole conductors. The 800m long shear zone is interpreted to be an overlooked offset position from the original Bellevue ore lode.

Legend kicks off fresh drill campaign in Fraser Range

ASX listed Legend Mining will pepper the southern part of its promising Rockford project in the Fraser Range with 150 aircore drill holes totalling about 10,000m. The fresh program will target a number of exciting looking electromagnetic conductors and other aeromagnetic/gravity features in the at the Project. Legend is planning to carry out further exploration at the Area D Prospect following geophysical, geological and geochemical data hits.

Approvals starting to fall for Artemis at Radio Hill

Artemis Resources has received a key safety approval for the installation of a new gold circuit at its Radio Hill processing plant near Karratha, W.A and it is now only waiting on the environmental and final licence approvals to start installation. The full capital and installation cost of the Gekko circuit and gold room equipment remains on budget at about $3m.

Myanmar reveals strong nickel-cobalt upside at Bawdwin

Myanmar Metals has identified distinct zones of unexpected cobalt, nickel and copper mineralisation at its Bawdwin deposit in central Myanmar by reassessing drill sample assay data returned over the past 12 months. Best results include a 27m intersection grading 0.16% cobalt, 0.84% copper and 1.74% lead from 164m. This included 5.5m @ 0.39% cobalt, 3.25% copper, 116g/t silver and 1.03% nickel.

Northern Minerals to drill for mine life extension

Northern Minerals is carrying out 5000 metres of drilling to test seven interesting looking prospects at its Browns Range heavy rare earths project in W.A. The company’s goal is to increase the expected mine life at Browns Range from 11 years to more than 20 years. The company is on track to bring its pilot plant, the only dysprosium producing operation outside China, into operation this quarter

Adriatic triples in 3 months

The super impressive drill results just keep rolling in for newly listed Adriatic Metals in Bosnia including a new 66m intersection going 2.1g/t gold, 158g/t silver, 2.3% copper, 8.6% lead, 12.8% zinc and 37% barite from 210m down-hole. It took a little while but the market is now all over Adriatic with the company’s share price tripling just three months after listing on the ASX.

Tyranna gets free kick from historic drill results

Tyranna Resources has announced that nine additional zones of mineralisation have been modelled from a large number of gold intercepts found in an historical database at its Weednanna project, near Whyalla in S.A. Results up to 9m @ 25.1g/t gold from 7m depth and 7m @ 21.2g/t from 125m down-hole were identified. The company also said that a maiden resource estimate will be reported soon.

DroneShield locks up new anti-drone patent

Droneshield has secured an additional patent in the U.S. covering its ground breaking developments in the acoustic detection of drones. The company has four other U.S. patents for its counterdrone technologies. If drones are going to be big then anti-drone technologies will be just as big and Droneshield owns the space currently.

Bonus free options for King River shareholders

King River Copper is awarding shareholders with one free option with an exercise price of $0.12c and an expiry date of the 31st of July 2020 for every three shares that they hold. More than 412.8m options are expected to be issued and existing option holders are not eligible unless they exercise their current options, which will result in additional options being issued.

Sky and Space making waves in the Caribbean

ASX listed Sky and Space Global has started discussions with the Caribbean Telecommunications Union to explore the provision of connectivity services following a successful demonstration of its narrowband nano-satellites. The company is planning to provide coverage into the Caribbean via its proposed constellation of up to 200 miniature satellites to be deployed late next year.

St George to drill strong conductors near Leonora

St George has commenced drilling across 5 EM conductor targets at its Investigators and Cathedrals prospects, 100km west of Leonora in the northern Goldfields of W.A. The company is seeking extensions of high grade nickel copper mineralisation in the area. The priority target is 120m down plunge of a solid intersection of 5.3 metres @ 4.95% nickel, 2.75% copper, 0.16% cobalt and 4.55 g/t total PGE’s.

Mitchell secures European cannabis licence

MGC Pharmaceuticals’ manufacturing facility in Slovenia will now commence production of pharmaceutical grade cannabis derived medicines after receiving a manufacturing licence. The Brett Mitchell chaired company will now begin full scale manufacturing of its epilepsy drug CannEpil for final, independent validation before exportation into Australasia and Europe. CannEpil is already approved for use in Australia.

Southern Gold off to solid start at Hampyeong project

Southern Gold has intersected narrow widths of high grade gold mineralisation during its maiden diamond scout drilling program at the Hampyeong gold project in southwest Korea. The best intersection was 0.95m @ 5.33g/t gold from 32.6m depth in quartz veins. Mineralisation was noted over a strike of 750 metres and the company said that there were potential extensions along strike and down-dip for the main ore zones.

Altech turns first sod for Malaysian Alumina plant

Altech Chemicals has executed a Stage 1 construction works agreement with Germany’s SMS group for its high purity alumina plant in Johor, Malaysia. The agreement covers site works, the electrical sub-station structure and maintenance workshop. Altech is equity funding the works, which will be carried out in parallel with project financing in order to ensure a fast tracked route to market.

Excellent titanium recoveries for Neometals at Barrambie

Neometals Ltd has received some very encouraging metallurgical results for potentially direct shipping ore concentrates from its Barrambie titanium vanadium iron project, located near Meekatharra in W.A. The processed ores produced recoveries exceeding 90% for titanium dioxide and also showed high recoveries for pig iron and vanadium. The results provide encouragement that a simple, conventional processing pathway can be developed for the high grade ores.

Infinity to make lithium chemicals at Spanish mine

Infinity Lithium has reaffirmed its JV partnership with engineering firm Sacyr/Valoriza Mineria and aligned a strategy to accelerate technical work at its San Jose lithium project in Spain. The company is proposing to produce both lithium hydroxide and lithium carbonate on site at the mine, taking full advantage of the availability of affordable power in the area and re-writing the lithium playbook in the process.

Greenland ticking boxes for rare earths pilot plant

Greenland Minerals and Energy is inching closer to commencing building its rare earths pilot plant in Greenland after major Chinese shareholder and technical partner, Shenghe, said it will shortly select the best flotation circuit for the project, clearing the way for pilot plant operations to begin. Greenland has already produced mineral concentrates with grades approaching 25% rare earth oxides.

Rods are turning for Terrain at Red Mulga

Terrain Minerals has commenced drilling up to 10 holes targeting cobalt, nickel, chromium, copper and gold mineralisation at the Red Mulga project near Kalbarri, Western Australia. If successful, the drill campaign will be followed up by physical airborne and/or detailed ground electromagnetic surveys to better map out the targets. Red Mulga is considered prospective for the highly sought after Cobalt.

Artemis gets surprise from super deep Pilbara drilling

Artemis Resources has penetrated 300m of a felsic intrusive rock during a deep drilling program, 65km south of Karratha in the Pilbara. Such intrusions “invade” the in-situ rock sequences in a hot fluid state and cause significant cracking due to the high temperatures involved and the extreme pressures. The intrusions can be the source of economic ore deposits, if they originally contained dissolved metals.

Sky and Space eyes Chinese launch option

Sky and Space Global has signed an MOU with major launch services provider China Great Wall Industry Corporation to potentially launch its nano-satellites. The two companies will begin formal negotiations for a launch contract once China Great Wall’s launch capabilities have been assessed to meet Sky and Space’s technical and operational launch requirements.

Spectur camera revenues jump 86%

Security surveillance company Spectur has reported an 86% increase in revenues for the 2018 financial year to $2.48m on the back of a successful east coast expansion strategy. Spectur rents and sells wireless solar security cameras that have a number of unique abilities. Annualised recurring revenues, which the company considers as a buffer against the fixed costs of its operations, exceed $1.2m.

Babylon locks in million dollar power contract

ASX listed Babylon Pump & Power has secured a contract valued at $1.1m from Adenco for the supply, installation and maintenance of new power generators to BHP Billiton’s Area C Surplus Water Pipeline Project in Western Australia. The order is an endorsement of the company’s strategy to add power generation to its suite of pumping services and products.



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.

Pilbara begins work on 5Mtpa expansion

With Stage 1 of the giant Pilgangoora Lithium mine racing ahead, Pilbara Minerals has stepped up work on expansion plans that could make the project the world’s largest Lithium mine. The ASX-listed Lithium developer yesterday announced it had awarded further key contracts, including power generation and was reworking its expansion plans to boost Stage 2 capacity from 4Mtpa to 5Mtpa.

Terrain creates excitement with serious gold hits near Leonora

Terrain Minerals may have just transformed their Great Western gold project near Leonora into something much more serious after the company reported a number of near surface, excellent gold hits during their latest drilling campaign. Best results include 3m @ 26.6 g/t gold from just 8m down hole, 2m @ 24.4 g/t, 5m @ 6.98 g/t and 2m @ 12.1 g/t gold. 

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Weebit makes breakthrough with game changing memory tech

Technology company Weebit-Nano continues to make big strides in the development of its game changing “Re-Ram” memory storage technology with the announcement of successful electrical testing.  Weebit believes Re-RAM has the capacity to revolutionise memory storage due it being faster, cheaper and requiring less energy than current flash storage methods.

Sharks wary of SMS patterned wetsuit says UWA

ASX listed Shark Mitigation Systems have achieved scientific validation of their unique, patented, shark deterrent wetsuits after the University of W.A completed a ground breaking trial of the company’s “SAMS” wetsuit technology with live white sharks in South Africa. The results, which are quite stunning, show that it took a shark 400% longer to engage with a SAMS wetsuit.

Pilbara Minerals to move into Lithium downstream processing with Chinese

In the Lithium business it can be very profitable to own a mine, however, turning that Lithium into battery grade chemicals, commonly known as downstream processing, can be even more lucrative. Market darling Pilbara Minerals have given a hint of their medium term strategy after signing an MOU to move into the Lithium downstream processing business with the Chinese. 

Weebit to collaborate with Global tech powerhouse to commercialize revolutionary computer memory

It doesn’t happen often but every now and then a tech story comes along that looks like it just might survive the tech bubble and create a real business that makes real money. One such story at least at face value is ASX listed Weebit Nano that was back door listed by Perth connections into Radar Iron earlier this year and is now headquartered in Nedlands.