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West Australian explorer Moho Resources has elevated the potential of its Burracoppin tenements in the Wheatbelt region after identifying several areas of anomalous rare earth elements.

The Speewah project in Western Australia's north Kimberley region is shaping up for a potentially long mine life for 100%-owner King River Resources based on its largest vanadium-in-magnetite deposit.

Australian miner OZ Minerals has delivered a final investment decision on the $A1.7B development of its West Musgrave copper-nickel project in WA with expectations of it being one of the world’s largest, lowest-cost and lowest-emissions operations of its kind.

Major Russian gold and silver producer Polymetal International continues to explore asset realignments to reduce its exposure to the impacts of global sanctions due to the Ukraine invasion.

West Australian explorer Zenith Minerals has achieved significant results following its switch of focus from gold to lithium exploration at the Split Rocks project near Southern Cross in Western Australia.

South African global gold miner AngloGold Ashanti is targeting annual production of 300,000oz gold by the end of the decade from its enlarged Beatty portfolio package in Nevada, USA.

Australian explorer Rimfire Pacific Mining has underlined the rapid emergence of a significant critical minerals opportunity at its Avondale project in central NSW.

Australian explorer Pacgold is eyeing the potential for high-grade zones extending over a significant vertical depth after posting a bonanza gold intersection close to a recent visible gold return at its Alice River project in Far North Queensland.

Canadian majors Tech Resources and Agnico Eagle have agreed to combine their complimentary talents in a 50-50 joint venture partnership to develop the $1B-plus San Nicolás copper-zinc project in Mexico.

West Australian explorer Torque Metals has identified the potential to establish a new “big pit” combining two historic mining areas 1.5km apart in the WA Goldfields.

Western Australian explorer Caspin Resources is planning an aggressive summer drill campaign at its Yarawindah Brook project after the re-assay of platinum group element mineralisation unveiled an exceptional high-grade rhodium intersection.

The presence of rare earth elements offers some hope for future development approvals for Summit Minerals’ Stallion uranium project despite the anti-uranium mining policies of the Western Australian government.

Rio Tinto has begun the next significant phase of investment in its Pilbara iron ore business in Western Australia with the launch of the $US2B Western Range mine development in a JV with long-time partner China Baowu.

WA explorer International Graphite’s Springdale discovery sees more potential for a new battery materials future for Collie following the decline of its coal-mining history.

West Australian explorer Aurumin has progressed its expectations of the Two Mile Hill underground deposit as a key part of its Central Sandstone project with the scale to potentially underpin future production.

Unlisted explorer Federation Mining is targeting potential first gold production in 2024 as it advances on mineralisation beneath the historic operations at the Snowy River gold mine in New Zealand’s Reefton goldfield.

West Australian explorer Torque Metals has established a strike length of more than 600m, open in two directions and at depth, at its Paris gold prospect close to Kalgoorlie

Australian explorer Carnaby Resources’ drilling in the Mount Isa region delivers first indications it is dealing with another significant copper-gold discovery to add to its Nil Desperandum and Lady Fanny discoveries.

Poseidon Nickel advances plans to wrest value from gold tailings at the site of its mothballed Mount Windarra nickel mine through an agreement with privately owned tailings retreatment specialist Green Gold Projects.

Precious metals explorer Santana Minerals has struck what appears to be the sweet spot at the Bendigo-Ophir project in New Zealand’s Central Otago goldfields, one of the few bright lights for gold exploration across the Tasman.

West Australian explorer Dreadnought Resources is working up to a JORC resource estimate in the March 2023 quarter on rare earth element mineralisation over more than 1km strike at its Mangaroon project.

Australian explorer Silver Mines has firmed the potential for a contiguous underground development in addition to the planned openpit operation at the Bowdens silver project in NSW.

A new scoping study by Australian developer Toro Energy is focused on a pit re-optimisation and evaluation of capital costs for a stand-alone uranium-vanadium mining and processing operation at its 100%-owned Lake Maitland project in WA’s Northern Goldfields.

Mining and mining services company Mineral Resources could ship first ore as early as the end of 2023 after reaching a final investment decision with JV partner API Management on the Red Hill iron project in WA.

Junior Australian explorer Riversgold is focusing on the potential to identify extensions of the SCM Chile-Wesfarmers Mt Holland lithium project after taking an option to acquire lithium rights over a property 105km south of Southern Cross in WA.

Lucapa Diamond Co’s plans to revive the remote Merlin field in the Northern Territory, and with it the Australian diamond mining sector for the first time since Rio Tinto shuttered its world-class Argyle mine, moves into environmental approvals, financing, plant fabrication and upgrades of existing infrastructure in 2023.

The New Acland thermal coal mine expansion in Queensland, Australia is claimed to be the most reviewed, assessed and scrutinised resources project in the state’s history over a tortuous 15 years, yet it could still face more hurdles.

Testwork is confirming the potential demonstrating the potential to produce saleable high-grade spodumene lithium concentrates using conventional processing methods at West Australian explorer Bulletin Resources’ Ravensthorpe lithium project.

The late 2021 acquisition of a 75% stake in the Livingstone gold project in Western Australia’s Murchison Goldfield is delivering more potential for explorer Metal Bank.

Explorer Astral Resources is close to completing an updated mineral resource estimate for its 100%-owned Mandilla gold project, potentially one of the premier undeveloped gold projects in Western Australia’s Eastern Goldfields.


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