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Gubong gold mine advances for Southern Gold in Korea

Southern Gold’s JV partner in South Korea, Bluebird Merchant Ventures, is set to increase its pre-development activities at the historical Gubong gold mine over the next few months, including all necessary approvals and the granting of a “permit to develop” the underground operation. Progress is also reported for the Kochang JV, with Bluebird due to report on the feasibility of re-starting that underground mine in late October.

Venus to vend Doolgunna out to AIC Resources

Venus Metals has executed a farm-in and JV agreement with AIC Resources, for that company to earn an 80% interest in 5 exploration tenements within Venus’ Doolgunna project near the Plutonic gold mine in WA. The deal requires AIC to spend $175,000 over a 2 year period. The tenements are prospective for volcanic-hosted massive sulphide mineralisation similar to the nearby DeGrussa copper mine and shear-hosted gold deposits such as Plutonic.

Tyranna kicks off resource drilling at SA gold play

Tyranna Resources has started its resource development infill drilling program at the Jumbuck gold project, located west of BHP’s Olympic Dam mine, in the highly prospective Western Gawler Craton in SA. The project has existing mineral resources of 8.7 million tonnes @ 1.1g/t gold for 319,000 ounces. The program will target the Campfire Bore prospect to upgrade the JORC status of the deposit’s inferred mineral inventory totalling 109,000 ounces.

Kalia gathering data in Bouganville

Kalia Limited has announced that a detailed geophysical survey is well underway at its Mt Tore JV tenements on Bougainville Island in the PNG. The highly anticipated exploration program across its porphyry copper-gold assets is ramping up with geological reconnaissance and geochemical sampling underway in the Aita area. The company’s active engagement of local communities is bearing fruit now, with a number of areas already approved for on-ground exploration activities.

Vonex making in-roads post listing

Versatile ASX listed telco Vonex’s recent trial marketing campaign in south-eastern Queensland to increase brand awareness and gather market intelligence has resulted in a 114% increase in daily average Vonex website and a spike in converted sales. The company’s major marketing push in October will target areas where the NBN is available but not connected yet, or construction is complete and the area is becoming available.

Geopacific onto high grade gold in PNG

Geopacific Resources has improved its understanding of the mineralisation controls at the Great Northern prospect at its Woodlark gold project in Papua New Guinea after making a number of gold hits including a top intercept of 21.77g/t gold. Follow-up drilling will be carried out to further define the mineralisation and move it towards the resource category.

2% nickel hit for St George near Leonora

St George Mining has confirmed that mineralisation at its Investigators nickel-copper prospect near Leonora in W.A becomes thicker in the down dip direction after intersecting 8.4m @ 2% nickel, 0.96% copper, 0.06% cobalt and 2.59g/t total PGE from 199m. Further step-out drilling is underway while down-hole electromagnetic surveys are being run near one of the very strong conductors.

Greenland Minerals set to trim Kvanefjeld costs

Greenland Minerals and Energy is completing an optimisation program at its Kvanefjeld rare earths project in southern Greenland that will simplify project construction, minimise civil earth works and reduce associated capital costs. Recent onsite engineering studies by a multi-disciplinary team of engineers are expected to reduce the amount of construction effort required for the civil construction, port and plant sites.

Mineral sands miner gets gold hit

Mineral sands miner Image Resources has unearthed anomalous, shallow gold intersections during its first-pass drill program at the Erayinia prospect, located east of Kalgoorlie. The best result was 20m @ 0.7g/t gold from 40m down-hole, including 4m @ 1.2g/t gold from 48m and 4m @ 1g/t gold from 56m. The company will conduct a larger program of aircore drilling now to test 7km of prospective strike extensions.

Novo locks in two Pilbara gold deals in a week

Celebrated conglomerate gold specialist Novo Resources will acquire two strategic gold projects 80km south of Port Hedland. The company will fund exploration for two years to farm into Pioneer Resources’ Kangan gold project to earn a 70% interest for a consideration of $600,000 in cash and scrip. Novo will also acquire 4 key tenements from a private company in the area for cash and shares totalling A$8m.

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.

Terrain reports 96% gold recoveries near Leonora

Terrain Minerals has reported excellent metallurgical gold recoveries averaging over 96% from ore composites of its oxidised, transitional and fresh ores at the Great Western project, near Leonora in W.A. The results imply that a conventional milling and processing route is likely to be suitable for the company’s future ore production. Terrain also submitted works proposals for exploratory drilling at its Wild-viper project that surrounds Great Western.

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