• CAMBODIA - Southern Gold views bold and base metals hopes in Cambodia

    Australia's Southern Gold Ltd plans to expand into Cambodia's minerals exploration sector in a search for gold and base metals under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) announced recently.

  • INDONESIA - Arrow farms into Indoensian coal bed methane projects

    Arrow Energy has reached an agreement with Sugico Graha which gives Arrow an option to farm into 12 of Sugico"s tenements in South Sumatra, Indonesia to earn up to a 65% interest in each.

  • CHINA - CSH 217 construction on schedule for mid 2007 start up

    Construction activities at Jinshan Gold Mines CSH (217) gold project are proceeding on schedule, with commercial gold production expected to begin in the second quarter of 2007.

  • THAILAND - Kingsgate makes strategic move for Thai mining interests

    Kingsgate Consolidated has announced a major strategic initiative in Thailand as it continues the development of its gold mining interests held through Akara Mining.

    Firstly it has fulfilled its Thai ownership obligations for Akara as required by the Thai Board of Investment through the issue of new shares in Akara to Thai interests, namely Empire Asia - an approximate 52% stake in Akara.

  • PHILIPPINES - Drilling starts on Calo porphyry copper-gold prospect

    Mindoro Resources geophysical surveying over the Calo porphyry copper-gold prospect has defined an unusually large and intense Induced Polarization (IP) chargeability anomaly within a very favourable geological setting.

  • KYRGYZ REPUBLIC - Kentor identifies new geochemical targets in highly prospective trend

    Results of recent soil sampling of extensions to and infill of the extensive grid at the Akbel Project in Kyrgyzstan have highlighted numerous new MMI gold anomalies along the highly prospective Kumtor Gold Trend.

  • AUSTRALIA - PMA starts landmark extension drilling at Windimurra

    Australian-based ferro-alloys company Precious Metals Australia Limited has started a significant new drilling program targeting extensions to the resource base at its 90%-owned Windimurra Vanadium Project in Western Australia as it moves towards completing financing for the project"s forthcoming $200 million redevelopment.

  • INDONESIA - Indo Mines raises more capital to further Yogyakarta project

    Indo Mines Limited is raising additional working capital to progress the company"s Yogyakarta Ironsands Project by a share placement of 10 million shares at $0.17 per share to raise $1.7 million.

  • CHINA - Sino and Gold Fields form strategic alliance

    Sino Gold Limited and Gold Fields Limited have formed a major new strategic alliance, combining Sino Gold"s proven and recognised operational, development and business capabilities in China with the technical, financial and human resources expertise of Gold Fields, the world"s fourth largest gold company.

  • CHINA - Starry takes controlling interest in Luxi Gold Project

    Starry Ltd has bought a 41% interest in Sparton Resources (SRI) 80%-owned Yunnan Sparton Minerals Company (YSM).

  • COAL NEWS - Mandalong mine to have wider longwall faces

    Centennial Coal"s Mandalong mine, one of its central coast (New South Wales - Australia) operations, started production in January last year.

    It is Centennial"s newest operation using latest technology, with an excellent track record (more than 500,000 tonnes achieved in July).

  • GOLD - Australia's gold output up slightly in September quarter

    Australia"s gold output rose slightly in the September quarter as new gold operations came into production according to Melbourne-based consultants Surbiton Associates latest quarterly report on the Australian gold mining industry.

  • SAG Mill (Said and Grab Mill) - Quoteable quotes from around the pits

    "We always put people at the top of the list when investing in a project. It doesn"t matter how good your project is, if it doesn"t have good people it will never progress."

    Simi Julka-Kohli Resource Capital Ltd managing director presenting at the Mine Exploration and Investment Asia conference held in Singapore recently.

  • PRODUCT NEWS - Minerals and metals durability and recyclability

    What activities can mining and metals companies undertake to enhance the durability and recyclability of minerals and metals, increase the efficiency of their production and use, and minimize associated risks? These are the issues addressed in a new ICMM publication - Maximizing Value: Guidance on implementing materials stewardship in the minerals and metals value chain.

  • INDIA - Emerging mining industry attracts worldwide interest

    India "s International Mining and Machinery Expo 2006 held two weeks ago in Kolkata was one of the biggest machinery, equipment and service displays to be held in India and the response from countries worldwide attending this event matched the importance this event holds on the mining calendar and the country"s mobilization of its mining industry.

  • CHINA - Community Development Toolkit now in Chinese

    The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) has released a Chinese language version of its Community Development Toolkit with the support of the China International Mining Group (CIMG).

  • INDONESIA - Finders acquires majority holding in Wetar and Ojolali projects

    Finders Resources has acquired majority holdings in the Wetar copper and Ojolali gold-silver projects in Indonesia, and re-structured and listed Geopacific Resources on the Australian Stock Exchange, with Finders as the largest shareholder, and successfully listed Finders on the AIM market of the London stock exchange.

  • AUSTRALIA - Karara resource increases 75%

    Western Australian iron ore company Gindalbie Metals has announced a 75% increase in the resource base of the Karara magnetite deposit to 1.29 billion tonnes grading 36.3% iron. The upgraded magnetite resource forms the centerpiece of the definitive feasibility study on the Karara Project due for completion in the first quarter of 2007.

  • CHINA - Zheng Guang gold-zinc project to be developed

    Leyshon Resources and its joint venture partner, the Qiqiha"er Brigade of the Heilongjiang Bureau of Mineral Resources, have decided to develop the Zheng Guang gold-zinc project as the first ever Sino foreign-owned gold mine in the mineral-rich province of Heilongjiang in north-east China.

  • PHILIPPINES - Ground conditions hinder Agata drill program

    Extremely bad ground conditions have hindered Mindoro Resources and Panoro Minerals drilling program on the Agata North and Agata South porphyry copper-gold drill targets at the Agata Project in the Surigao Gold District of thePhilippines
  • PNG - Nautilus applies for mineral rights over vast seafloor areas

    Nautilus Minerals has lodged 47 exploration licence applications covering prospective areas of the Bismarck Seain Papua New Guinea. These new applications cover a belt 800km long by up to 500km across totalling 108,295sqkm which with the current granted Nautilus titles and previously lodged applications will provide Nautilus with rights to 122,309sqkm of prospective acreage in offshore Papua New Guinea.

  • INDONESIA - Expo to help activate mining activity in Indonesia

    Austrade"s Jakartaoffice will host the Australian Mining and Petroleum Exhibition 2007 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Jakartafrom January 30-31.

    This is the first exhibition since 1997 that Australiahas mounted such an event.

  • CHINA - Plant design and project costs being studied for Maoling gold project

    The Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS) on Mundoro Mining"s Maoling gold project is finalizing the process design and calculating preliminary costing under the direction of Ausenco which has been appointed project manager.

  • CHINA - Jinfeng Gold mine receives development of year award

    Sino Gold Limited Jinfeng Gold Mine has been awarded the inaugural Development of the Year Award announced at the China Mining Congress last month.

  • SAG (Said and Grab) Mill - Quoteable quotes from around the pits

    "The seven principles of value investing - People, Property, Phinancing, Paper, Promotin, Politics and Price."

    Simi Julka-Kohli Resource Capital Ltd managing director presenting at the Mine Exploration and Investment Asia conference held in Singapore recently.