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Blackham Resources’ exploration at its 1.5Moz Matilda gold project at Wiluna in central Western Australia could highlight a near-term production opportunity, provided it utilises a toll treating arrangement with Apex Minerals, equity research firm Breakaway Research said.
Mining entrepreneur Joseph Gutnick recently injected $A13.32M into Blackham with his private vehicle Great Central Gold taking a 19.5% stake in the company.

Australian-based Wolf Minerals is in the final stages of securing its finance package to progress its proposed 3Mtpa Hemerdon Ball tungsten and tin project in Devon, SW England which is the final hurdle to overcome before starting construction, equity research firm Breakaway Research said.

Diamond developer DiamondCorp’s plan to recommence tailings production at its Lace mine in South Africa’s Free State, which was interrupted by construction on its block cave development, is on track to restart in the second quarter, UK stockbroker WH Ireland said.

Tungsten Mining is gearing up to rapidly start production at its 100% owned Kilba tungsten project in Western Australia’s Gascoyne region with plans to define a resource at the project during the June quarter, equity research firm Breakaway Research said.
The Australian explorer has already started feasibility works that will continue through to September and is expected to make a final investment decision in the first quarter of 2014.

Recent drilling at TNG’s flagship 160Mt Mount Peake vanadium-titanium-iron development in Australia’s Northern Territory uncovered strong grades that could increase the project’s resource estimate, UK research firm Hardman & Co said.
The Australian-based company, which recently appointed Arccon Mining Services to complete Mount Peake’s definitive feasibility study, aims to start construction at its 100% owned project in 2014 with production slated for 2015.

Continental Coal’s plan to commission a second continuous miner at its Penumbra underground coal mine in South Africa will help ramp up production at the project to 500,000tpa, said equity research firm Breakaway Research.
The South African coal producer is on track to produce 1.8Mtpa of saleable thermal coal in the 2013 financial year from Penumbra and its opencut Vlakvarkfontein and Ferreira mines.

Australian-based Tigers Realm Coal has been notified by Russia’s mining watchdog that it will be issued a mining licence for its Amaam coking coal project, paving the way for its planned 10Mtpa mine, said asset management group Investec

Potash West’s Dandaragan Trough glauconite project in the Perth Basin of Western Australia holds great potential for an increased resource, investment researcher Independent Investment Research said.

The Australian-based company is carrying out definitive feasibility study works at the phosphate project following the recently completed scoping study that supported its plan for a 2.4Mtpa operation with a 25 year mine life.

Australian-based Red Mountain Mining’s current drilling of new targets at the Lobo prospect at its 100%-owned Batangas gold project in the Philippines could add to its high grade inventory, Argonaut Securities said.
The gold explorer’s current drilling campaign outside of the project’s resources area, has identified a second gold lode at the West Drift target as well as a separate silver load.

Jubilee Platinum has skipped ahead in its bid to become a fully integrated, mines-to-metal platinum producer by 18 months with the acquisition of Platinum Australia and, according to London’s Shore Capital, there may be more deals on the horizon for the emerging junior.
Jubilee this week announced that the Implementation Deed and Supporting Transactional Documents had been executed ahead of its all-paper deal with Platinum Australia, which went into administration last year.

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