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Aug 20, 2020
Glencore on the ball with concentrator upgrade

Glencore on the ball with concentrator upgrade

Glencore has brought a new ball mill online at the Mount Isa Mines copper concentrator in a move to improve flotation performance. A third ball mill complete with a 3500 horse power-motor now sits between the SAG milling and flotation sections at the concentrator. It will deliver finer ground ore to increase metal recovery and… ...

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Aug 19, 2020
Empress Springs field program underway

Empress Springs field program underway

Moho Resources has kicked off innovative fieldwork near Croydon where it aims to use the chemical signature from water samples to help pinpoint mineralised systems. A regional hydrogeochemistry borehole sampling program and detailed IP survey has begun at the Arrowhead and Yappar Prospects within Moho’s Empress Springs project. “Hydrogeochemical sampling and IP surveys are being… ...

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Aug 18, 2020
Armour sheds lead/zinc assets to focus on oil and gas

Armour sheds lead/zinc assets to focus on oil and gas

Armour Energy is selling its Ripple Resources portfolio in Northern Australia to unlisted company Auburn Resources. Ripple currently holds a number of mineral exploration tenements in Queensland and the Northern Territory considered to be prospective for lead and/or zinc. It includes underexplored land lying between major discoveries at Century and Walford Creek, and the Victoria… ...

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Aug 12, 2020
MIM ponders copper smelter  future

MIM ponders copper smelter future

Glencore is playing its cards close to its chest on the future of the copper smelter in Mount Isa. A four-year extension was due for review this year. In the past, the owner has made a decision to continue smelting copper contingent on operating under legacy environmental standards. Mount Isa City Council and the Australian… ...

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Aug 11, 2020
Zinc bouncing back from pandemic pain

Zinc bouncing back from pandemic pain

Zinc is recapturing its shine, back above $US2200/tonne for the first time since January 2020, trading at just under $US2400/tonne. Minelife founding director and senior resource analyst Gavin Wendt believes one of the primary factors driving the metal higher is that traders, speculators and funds are buying back into zinc following a March sell-off. “Speculative… ...

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Aug 10, 2020
Snook results prompt Zenith plan for drill testing

Snook results prompt Zenith plan for drill testing

Surface exploration has defined a strong drilling target at the Snook copper prospect within Zenith Minerals’ Develin Creek project in Central Queensland. Permitting has commenced for drill testing, with drilling planned within the next three months once the drill rig working at the company’s Red Mountain gold project is released. Zenith says surface element metal… ...

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Aug 07, 2020
Mining shires show how to handle a pandemic

Mining shires show how to handle a pandemic

Pandemic and opportunity have combined to put mining shires on the winners podium when it comes to keeping the economy afloat. And Cloncurry takes the gold medal. The ‘big shire, few people, enormous resource wealth’ profile of the region 800kms west of Townsville has attracted unsolicited exploration attention by helping maintain production in the face… ...

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Aug 07, 2020
Red Metal drilling to test Cannington ‘look-alike’

Red Metal drilling to test Cannington ‘look-alike’

A geophysical Cannington ‘look-alike’ is the focus of Red Metal’s latest exploration work in North West Queensland following a $3 million capital raising. The company says a second follow-up diamond core drill hole is underway on the Mount Skipper project, 90km south of the Cannington mine. Assays from the first core into the standout Mount… ...

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Aug 06, 2020
COVID-19 cases halt Ok Tedi mine operations

COVID-19 cases halt Ok Tedi mine operations

Papua New Guinea’s Ok Tedi copper and gold mine has suspended operations for at least 14 days after seven workers tested positive for COVID-19. The Ok Tedi open-pit mine is located in PNG’s Western Province and counts a number of Australians among its workforce, with FIFO arrangements via Cairns. Ok Tedi Mining managing director and… ...

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