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Strike teetering on the verge of historic gas flow in S.A

Strike Energy’s technically ground-breaking Jaws-1 gas well at the Southern Cooper Basin project looks like it could be the making of the company after a vital fracture stimulation program was proclaimed a success yesterday. The company’s share price soared by 30% after it broke the news that all seven-stages of the Jaws-1 stimulation program had gone exactly to plan.

St George hikes on nickel-copper-cobalt assays

St George Mining shares have jumped by more than 20% on the ASX after news that its Mt Alexander project returned more high-grade drill hits. The copper-nickel-cobalt mineralisation remains open to the north, west and east and the latest results have highlighted the potential for further extensions of the mineralisation, with planning already underway for a follow-up drill program.

Auroch starts geophysics after rock chip discoveries

Auroch Minerals has initiated a geophysical survey program across its Arden base metals project, 360km north of Adelaide in S.A. Recent surface sampling identified highly anomalous zinc, copper, lead and cobalt mineralisation across three separate prospects. Interpretation of the survey data acquired will be used in conjunction with field mapping and geochemical sampling to identify drilling targets.

Malaysian Gov gives Altech the nod to manufacture

Altech Chemicals has announced it has received a formal manufacturing licence from the Malaysian Government for the company’s proposed 4,500 tonne per annum high purity alumina plant in Johor State at the southern tip of Malaysia. The company will source high purity kaolin clays from Meckering, near Perth in W.A. before transporting it to Johor, where it will be processed for industrial use.

UltraCharge locks in battery tech ahead of commercialisation

UltraCharge Limited has finalised a deal with ETV Energy in Israel, fully acquiring the company’s intellectual property rights to its LNMO battery cathode technology. The assets are a critical component in the manufacture of lithium-ion cells that UltraCharge will produce. The global market for lithium-ion batteries is forecast to reach USD$145.4b by 2025, driven by use in electric vehicles, consumer electronics, power storage and unmanned aerial vehicles.

Solid cobalt/gold grades in new drill hole for Blackstone

Blackstone Minerals has announced more encouraging results from its maiden drilling program at the Little Gem cobalt-gold play in British Columbia, Canada. High grade results include 3.2m @ 0.8% cobalt and 4g/t gold and were accompanied by extensive alteration zones, indicating a major system may feed the hydrothermal mineralisation being sought.

Tyranna adds 100,000 ounces of gold at Jumbuck in SA

Tyranna Resources has increased the gold resource at its Jumbuck Gold Project by 46% to 319,000 ounces and is planning a scoping study that will likely include a toll processing option. With all gold mineralisation at less than 100m and still open at depth, Jumbuck is looking to uncover the kind of plunging, high-grade ore shoots seen at the Challenger mine next door.

Calidus to plough 30,000m of drilling into Pilbara gold play

Calidus Resources has commenced a resource drilling program at its Warrawoona gold project in the Pilbara. The company is aiming to expand its mineral resource base beyond 1 million ounces, to underpin a PFS due at year’s end. The 30,000m program will target strike extensions and down-plunge positions at the main Klondyke prospect and also include exploratory drilling of prospective shear zones.

Lithium Australia picks up 0.6% cobalt in Germany

Lithium Australia’s plans to become a significant supplier of battery metals to Europe have taken another step forward with the discovery of cobalt at grades of up to 0.6% at its Eichigt project in Germany. The discovery was made from first-pass exploration in an area that has seen little modern exploration and is not far from the company’s significant lithium resource at the nearby Sadisdorf project.

Draig hunch paying off at Bellevue

Draig Resources has announced that a deep exploratory drill hole has intersected 4.3m @ 8.8g/t gold from 575.3m down-hole and is interpreted to be a faulted offset to the main lode at the old Bellevue gold mine that produced 800,000 ounces at around 15 grams per tonne gold. The new discovery is 190 metres west of the historic underground workings and located 500m from surface.

Serious assay results boost Adriatic’s aspirations in Bosnia

Zinc polymetallic explorer Adriatic Metals has every reason to be pleased with its latest assay results from the waste dump around an historic adit at the Jurasevac prospect at the company’s Vareš Project in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Vareš project comprises an old open cut zinc/lead/barite and silver mine at Veovaca and Rupice and an advanced proximal deposit exhibiting high grades of base and precious metals.

King River secures personal tax credit for shareholders

King River Copper has provided an unexpected windfall for its investors by converting some of its exploration tax losses into a $306,000 tax credit that will be passed on individually to its shareholders under the Government’s “Exploration Development Incentive.” The credit is made possible by an innovative tax scheme introduced in 2014-15 to help greenfield explorers find Australia’s next big mineral deposit

Metalicity to extract value for zinc projects via Canadian IPO

Metalicity Limited will seek to extract fair value from its giant Admiral Bay zinc project in the Kimberley of W.A by vending all its zinc assets into a new company, Kimberley Mining Limited, to be listed on Canada’s TSX Venture exchange. The deal is worth up to CAD$32.5m for Metalicity and will advance its Admiral Bay project, whilst leaving the company cashed up to pursue its battery metals projects.

Halliburton rolls in stimulation crew at Strike gas well

Strike Energy is a step closer to discovering whether its Jaws-1 well will be a game-changer for the gas-starved east coast market, with Halliburton’s fracture stimulation equipment on its way to site. The pioneering Jaws-1 well was successfully completed earlier this month and could possibly be within weeks after a seven-stage fracture stimulation program.

PharmAust successfully reformulates cancer drug

ASX-listed biotech PharmAust, has successfully reformulated its promising anti-cancer drug “Monepantel”. Perth-based PharmAust says the new form of Monepantel, which now takes the form of dry tablets, improves the drug’s taste and meets dosage requirements, paving the way for trials in dogs expected to take place by the end of the year ahead of human clinical trials.

Venus to investigate “super-pit” at Youanmi company maker

Venus Metals has stitched up options with both the plaintiff and the plainted at the historical Younami gold mine, 250km west of Leonora. The transactions will cost less than A$6m in a mix of cash and shares and will guarantee that Venus emerges the victor in a legal dispute that it is not actually a party to. Hundreds of thousands of ounces were left in the ground when the mine was closed in 1997.

Aquabotix embraced by US military with co-location deal

In a sure sign of its future strategy, underwater drone specialist Aquabotix will co-locate its American operations with the US military in Virginia in a bid to secure lucrative defence industry contracts. Aquabotix says the co-location with the Joint Munitions Command’s Armament Retooling and Manufacturing Support Program strengthens its links with the US department of defence.

Myanmar secures Perilya, Creasy, for base metals play

Myanmar Metals has announced an alliance with Chinese owned Perilya Limited to accelerate the development of its Bawdwin polymetallic deposit in Myanmar. The deal with Perilya and another with major shareholder Mark Creasy raised A$19.1m, which fully funds the Bawdwin option, granting Myanmar 51% project ownership. The company will raise up to A$35m for the project.

Reedy stakes more claims in US lithium brine province

Reedy Lagoon has announced it has staked 112 new claims in the prospective Clayton Valley in southern Nevada, 10km from North America’s only producing lithium brine operation at Silver Peak. The company believes the new tenement package has potential to trap lithium brines within its salty underground aquifers, based on the region’s underlying geology.

Draig finds high grade gold near old Bellevue mine

Draig Resources has announced further high grade gold drill results from drill programs at its Tribune lode discovery, adjacent to the historical Bellevue mine near Leinster. Down-hole electromagnetic surveys have identified new ore shoot positions at depth with best results of 4.4m @ 13.5g/t from 305.5m down-hole and 9.5m @ 5.0g/t from 324.5m down-hole. A maiden mineral resource estimate is underway.

Southern Gold old Korean mine littered with glitter

Southern Gold keeps finding more high-grade gold left behind by previous operators of the Kochang mine in South Korea that was abandoned in 1975 when the gold price was just US$140 an ounce. A significant program to sample the underground vein systems at Kochang has found long strike lengths of mineralisation and returned assays at more than two ounces to the tonne.

BlackEarth returns new impressive graphite hits

BlackEarth Minerals’ resource drilling program in Madagascar has produced another series of impressive drill hits, adding to evidence of a large, high-grade graphite system at its Maniry project. Among the best of the new results was 26m @7.8% total graphitic carbon, including 10m @ 10.45% TGC. BlackEarth is on track for a maiden JORC estimate in July, just six months after listing on the ASX.

Lithium Australia ramps up activity at Very Small Particle Company

Lithium Australia’s subsidiary, VSPC, is making progress towards commercialising its patented lithium-ion battery cathode materials. Manufacturing of lithium ion battery coin cells and electrochemical testing will commence shortly at its laboratory in Queensland. The market for cathode materials is predicted to double to approximately 400,000 tonnes p/a by 2025, with a value exceeding USD$10b.

Infinity upgrades Spanish lithium resource status

Infinity Lithium has strengthened its development prospects for the San Jose lithium project in Spain, reporting that over half its mineral resources are now classified at an “indicated” status. Improved geotechnical results also show that steeper wall angles can be developed, decreasing the open pit footprint, lowering stripping ratios and potentially improving project economics.

Ultracharge commercialises lithium-ion batteries

ASX-listed battery technology player Ultracharge, has undergone a massive step change, inking a deal to manufacture and supply lithium-ion batteries to a leading Israeli electric scooter manufacturer. Ultracharge will use its unique, inner battery parts technology to produce batteries that are more powerful than those generally available in the market.

CVCheck gets boost from working with children screenings

ASX-listed resume verification provider CVCheck says it continues to outperform expectations in the fourth fiscal quarter due to a lift in demand for its services in New Zealand. The Perth-based integrated screening and verification company says revenues have also been assisted by strong corporate demand in both territories and a recent flood of working with children verification requests.

Hammer ramps up second drill program in Mt Isa

On the back of impressive strikes at its Mt Lofty Joint Venture in the mineral-rich region between Cloncurry and Mt Isa in northwest Queensland, Hammer Metals has approved a second drilling program to start next month. The Stage 2 program is expected to provide information for preliminary metallurgical studies and a mineral resource estimation.

Altech locks down Malaysian HPA project site

Altech Chemicals has paid $5.1 million to secure a major industrial site in the southern Malaysian state of Johor for construction of its high purity alumina plant. The site is within the Tanjung Langsat Industrial Complex, just a few kms from Singapore and is part of a global hub for manufacturers of semiconductors and sapphire glass products who are big buyers of HPA.

June 30 completion date for Australia’s first heavy rare earths plant

Northern Minerals has reported that the construction of its pilot processing plant for the Browns Range heavy rare earths project in the Kimberley of W.A. is on track for completion by the 30th June 2018. The company will also recommence exploratory drilling at the project, focussing on the Wolverine and Gambit structural corridors close to the mine, including several recently identified greenfields regional targets.

Sky & Space looking to deal after successful mini-sat tests

Sky & Space Global has hit a key milestone in its journey into the lucrative South American telco market, with the ASX-listed company successfully testing of its nano-satellite based communications network with major regional telco company Globalsat Group. Sky and Space Global says it is finalising a deal with Globalsat that will potentially see bandwidth from the network used across South America.

Myanmar increases Bawdwin resource to 82m tonnes

Myanmar Metals has updated its mineral resource estimate for the Bawdwin polymetallic deposit in central Myanmar. The new resource is 82 million tonnes grading 4.7% lead, 2.4% zinc, 0.2% copper and 119g/t silver. The company will use the resource estimate to complete an updated scoping study for the project. Myanmar recently reported it will exercise its USD$14m option over the Bawdwin project to secure its 85% stake.



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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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.