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Former WesTrac chief to chair Australian Potash

ASX listed Australian Potash has appointed former WesTrac Managing Director and well known Perth businessman Jim Walker as its Non-Executive Chairman to help develop marketing and financing relationships. Former Executive Chairman Matt Shackleton has been appointed the company’s Managing Director. Australian Potash expects to release a definitive feasibility study for its Lake Wells potash project in 2019.

Hammer knocks out 36% copper rock chips in Qld

Hammer Metals’ consulting geologist Ziggy Lubieniecki has discovered four new copper-gold prospects in Queensland’s Mount Isa region that have returned some amazing rock chip assays of up to 36% copper and 6.8 grams per tonne gold. 56 of the 100 rock chip assays from the Spiros and Paddy B prospects returned copper values of more than 1% copper.

Tyranna kicks off drilling at Eureka gold play

Tyranna Resources has announced it is about to kick off a resource development drill program at the Eureka gold project north of Kalgoorlie, after acquiring the historic project outright earlier this month. The work will lead to the estimation of a JORC compliant mineral resource later this year. The company will then instigate a feasibility study to evaluate the opportunity for mining and toll-treating the ore.

St George hits 8.6% nickel and 2.6% copper in Leonora

St George Mining’s new step-out drill hole near Leonora looks to have hit the goods after intersecting high grade nickel-copper sulphides in the eastern section of the Investigators Prospect at the Mt Alexander Project near Leonara. Portable XRF readings show up to 8.6% nickel and 2.6% copper. A down-hole electromagnetic survey will assist in identifying the extent of the massive sulphides around the drill hole.

Ounce to the tonne soils in PNG for Geopacific

Geopacific Resources has discovered some seriously high grade gold and copper anomalies from soil sampling at its Woodlark project in PNG. Samples of up to 32g/t gold and 1.4% copper were returned from soils across several mineralised corridors in the southern region. At Loluai, soil values peaked at 0.56% copper and 0.79g/t gold, whilst at Norac, soil values peaked at 0.97% copper in a 3 square kilometre corridor.

Calidus unearths 10 gold anomalies in the Pilbara

Calidus Resources has uncovered multiple walk-up exploration drill targets from a detailed soil sampling program across its flagship Warrawoona project, located 25km south of Marble Bar in the east Pilbara region of W.A. All targets lie within a 15km radius of Calidus’ major Klondyke deposit. The cashed-up explorer is continuing its infill and extension program ahead of a resource upgrade due in the December quarter.

Legend onto new Fraser Range massive sulphide target

Legend Mining has identified a 24km zone in the southern region of its Rockford Project in Western Australia’s revered Fraser Range region that sits on the same trend as the recent Independence Group Andromeda copper-zinc discovery. The company is planning to carry out a combination of aircore drilling and electromagnetic surveying in this area in September.

93% vanadium recovery for Venus at Youanmi

Venus Metals has announced some excellent upgrades and recoveries from metallurgical test work on fresh ore composites from its Youanmi vanadium project in the Murchison region of W.A. Results showed that vanadium pentoxide grades from a select sample nearly doubled from about 0.7% to 1.34% via simple crushing and separation of a magnetic concentrate. Further test work is underway to improve the overall recovery of vanadium.

Aspire to meet Mongolian rail conditions by 2Q 2019

Aspire Mining’s 80%-owned subsidiary Northern Railways has secured an 18 month extension from the Mongolian Government to meet the remaining conditions for its Erdenet to Ovoot Rail Concession Agreement. The company is targeting completion of the Definitive Environmental Impact Assessment and Management Plan and land use agreements by the June 2019 quarter and it will also look to have funding in place by then.

Calima almost drill ready in the Montney

Calima Energy’s review of horizontal drilling in the Canadian Montney oil and gas formation has left it confident that its planned wells will match the best practice of other successful operators in the region. The company plans to kick off drilling in December with one vertical well before drilling two horizontal wells that will be fracture stimulated and then production tested for 4-6 weeks.

Former Paladin Chief takes reins at Galena

Galena Mining has appointed former Paladin Energy Chief Executive Officer Alex Molyneux as its Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer with effect from the 1st of September 2018 as the company moves towards becoming a base metals producer. Current Chief Executive Officer Ed Turner will remain as the company’s General Manager of Geology and Exploration from the same date.

BlackEarth delivers maiden graphite resource

BlackEarth Minerals has delivered a maiden resource estimate of 11.2 million tonnes grading 7.1% total graphitic carbon at its emerging Razafy graphite prospect in Madagascar. The recent work will form the backbone of the Maniry project scoping study which is scheduled for delivery in the last quarter of 2018. The company also issued a massive exploration target for Maniry, ranging from 260-380 million tonnes @ 6-8% TGC.

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