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  • Story of the month

    Golden Cross Resources is seeking Asian smelter operators interested in sourcing a reliable, high tonnage supply of copper and who would like to participate in mining operations at its Copper Hill copper-gold deposit in central New South Wales , Australia .

  • PNG – Simberi gold production revs up

    The production ramp up at Allied Gold’s newly constructed process plant at the Simberi Oxide Project in Papua New Guinea is progressing well with 13,140 ounces of gold produced from February 1 to March 14.

    Mill throughput at the project on Simberi Island in the Tabar Island Group, has reached 70% of nameplate capacity, metallurgical recoveries are according to plan and head grades are showing positive reconciliations to the ore reserve model.

  • PHILIPPINES – Drilling starts at Pao tenement

    Royalco Resources is a bronze sponsor for The ASIA Miner Investing in Mining Conference. The conference will be on July 15 and 16 at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre. Royalco Resources managing director Peter Topham will present the topic: ‘Sovereign risk in South East Asia - an explorer's perspective’ and update the latest developments with Royalco Resources.

  • KYRGYZ REPUBLIC - Geothermal energy joint venture to proceed

    Panax Geothermal has committed to proceed with a geothermal energy joint venture on Kentor Gold’s Kyrgyz geothermal energy exploration licences.

    The decision follows a six month evaluation period in which Panax has carried out technical, regulatory and commercial assessments on the Kyrgyz geothermal energy project.

  • INDONESIA – Drilling extends Abong gold ‘blanket’

    Drilling at East Asia Minerals’ Barisan Propety in Aceh Province, Indonesia, has expanded the Abong Jasperoid Prospect in excess of 1.5km along strike with consistent near-surface epithermal gold intercepts obtained.

  • INDONESIA – Funds to boost Pungkut drilling

    Oropa Limited will use more than half a million dollars raised from a share placement to underpin expanded drilling programs at the Pungkut Gold project in Indonesia.

    The drilling is planned to follow up recent exploration success and to target a further increase in the Pungkut resource inventory.

  • COMPANY SPOTLIGHT - Crushing equipment needs at Asia’s doorstep

    General contracting company JPCM specialises in crushing, screening, mineral processing and mobile batching and is based in Singapore with branches in Hong Kong, the Philippines and Mongolia.

    JPCM has been in the business collectively for more than 20 years and has grown throughout Asia.

  • PHILIPPINES – Funds to restart Canatuan construction

    TVI Pacific and its Philippine affiliate, TVI Resource Development (Phils) (TVIRD), have signed a US$15 million bridge financing facility to restart construction of its gold and silver sulphide project at Canatuan, on the Zamboanga Peninsula in southern Philippines.

  • LEAD-ZINC-SILVER – Large resource at Rover Field

    The first phase of evaluation drilling at Westgold Resources’ Rover Field lead-zinc-silver project in the Northern Territory has estimated a total inferred resource of 8.7 million tonnes at 5.6% lead and zinc.

  • IRON ORE – Fourfold increase in Atlas targets

    Geological mapping and surface sampling at Atlas Iron’s tenements in Western Australia has highlighted exploration targets with combined potential for 120 to 180 million tonnes of iron ore grading 57-60% iron.

    The tenements are between 75 and 150km from Port Hedland in the iron ore-rich Pilbara region.

  • NICKEL – Big increase in Durkin Deeps resource

    Mincor Resources has added further momentum to the feasibility study on its Durkin Deeps Nickel Project in Western Australia’s Kambalda region with a 42% increase in the mineral resource to 18,800 tonnes of contained nickel metal.

  • URANIUM – New drilling program near Honeymoon

    UraniumOne Australia has begun a new drilling program to test what it describes as a strategic new target near its impending Honeymoon uranium mining operation in South Australia’s north-east.

  • MOLYBDENUM – Additional Spinifex Ridge mineralization

    Resource diamond and RC drilling at Moly Mines’ Spinifex Ridge Molybdenum Project in the Pilbara region of Western Australia has identified substantial additional mineralization.

    The new molybdenum and copper mineralization is outside the limits of the current resource, including in areas that were being drilled to sterilize them for mine waste storage.

    A new resource study incorporating data from this drilling program is underway. It is anticipated that this will lead to a major extension in the modelled project mine life and provide significant value enhancement to the company.

  • The Hong Kong Stock Exchange to present

    Hong KongStock Exchange presents at TheASIAMiner Investing in Mining Conference

    The Hong Kong Stock Exchange presentation at The ASIA Miner Investing in Mining Conference will be keenly awaited on July 15 and 16, in Brisbane, Australia.

    The presentation titled “Listing of Mineral Resource Companies on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange” is certain to draw a large crowd wanting to know what Asian markets can offer mining and resource stocks.

    With the current volatility in the marketplace and the traditional grounds of North America and Europe drying up for access to funds, all eyes are turning to Asia for creation of new funds and fundraising.

  • LAOS - 378 metre intercept of mineralization at Ban Houayxai

    Drilling at Pan Australian Resources’ Ban Houayxai Gold-Silver Project in Laos has resulted in a 378 metre intercept of gold and silver mineralization from the surface.

    The intersection grading 0.7 grams/tonne gold and 8.3 grams/tonne silver for 0.9 grams/tonne gold equivalent included 10 metres @ 3.1 grams/tonne gold and 33.5 grams/tonne silver from 368 metres for 3.8 grams/tonne gold equivalent.

  • INDONESIA – Major exploration planned for Romang Island

    Robust Resources will undertake a $1.2 million exploration program over the next 10 months for its newly acquired gold-base metals project on Romang Island in Indonesia’s Magmatic Arc.

  • MONGOLIA – Coal discovery confirmed at Khar Tarvaga

    Xanadu Mines has confirmed the discovery of a large cretaceous age thermal coal resource at its Khar Tarvaga project in central Mongolia.

  • KYRGYZ REPUBLIC – New exploration licences granted

    Kentor Gold has been granted Exploration Licences in two new locations in the Kyrgyz Republic, Chaarkuduk and Kurgan, and an extension to an existing tenement at Bashkol.

    Minerals identified or defined through historic Soviet drill programs across the new licence areas include lead, zinc, copper, gold and uranium.

  • PHILIPPINES – Mindoro Nickel Project on track

    A pre-feasibility study at Intex Resources Mindoro Nickel Project in the Philippines indicates an encouraging project potential. It shows that the project is progressing on time and on budget.

  • LAOS – First ore feed at Phu Kham operation

    Ore feed into the process plant’s two 13MW mills at Pan Australian resources’ Phu Kham Copper-Gold Project in Laos began at the end of March.

  • INDONESIA - Scoping study begins at East Kutai

    CHURCHILL Mining has started a general scoping study on its East Kutai Coal Project in East Kalimantan, Indonesia, and has appointed a number of new technical advisers.

    The advisers will help Churchill move forward in accessing and designing a development plan for East Kutai.

  • CHINA - TVI Pacific disposes of Chinese operations

    TVI Pacific Inc has disposed of its Chinese exploration and drilling operations through the sale of the outstanding shares of its subsidiary Tiamut International Limited to a third party.

  • IRON ORE – Substantial increase in Marillana resource

    A NEW estimate for Brockman Resources’ Marillana Iron Ore Project in Western Australia shows the mineral resource has increased substantially to more than 1.1 billion tonnes.

  • ZINC-LEAD-GOLD - High-grade Wheal Ellen results

    Drilling at Hillgrove Resources’ Wheal Ellen zinc, lead and gold prospect in South Australia has demonstrated the continuity of high grade poly-metallic mineralization.

    The latest intersections from the combined diamond and reverse circulation drilling include: 5 metres @ 8.68% zinc, 5.89% lead, 2.34 grams/tonne gold, including 2 metres @ 18.36% zinc, 11.39% lead and 4.28 grams/tonne gold; and 3 metres @ 5.40% zinc, 4.60% lead and 1.82 grams/tonne, including 2 metres @ 7.54% zinc, 6.62% lead and 2.11 grams/tonne gold.

  • TUNGSTEN-MOLYBDENUM – Off-take agreement for Molyhil

    Thor Mining has signed an off-take agreement with China’s CITIC Group to take all molybdenum and tungsten concentrates from its Molyhil Tungsten-Molybdenum Project in the Northern Territory of Australia

  • NICKEL - Blair production expected to grow in 2008

    Australian Mines expects production to continue improving at its Blair Nickel Mine following good progress with development of the Blair Deeps ore body.

  • NEW TECHNOLOGIES - Rio Tinto and Curtin University to pursue mining R&D

    Rio Tinto has established an Aus$10.5 million partnership with Curtin University in Western Australia to develop a world-class innovation centre dedicated to strategic R&D in materials and sensing in mining.

  • MOVERS & SHAKERS – New CIMG advisors

    Nigel Clark, of Central China Goldfields, is the China International Mining Group (CIMG) chairman for 2008.

  • MOVERS & SHAKERS – Grange appoints managing director

    Grange Resources has appointed experienced mining professional Russell Clark as its new managing director and chief executive officer.

  • INDONESIA – East Kutai coal value growing

    The value of Churchill Mining’s endeveloped East Kutai coal project in East Kalimantan, Indonesia, has already been estimated to be at least US$120 million but with a reserve of 100 million tonnes, the company’s 75% stake is likely to be worth around US$375 million.

  • PHILIPPINES – Improved Mindoro economics

    A favourable saprolite leach test at Intex Resources’ Mindoro Nickel Project in the Philippines will more than double nickel production in the stage-2 plant expansion case.

    This will allow production to increase more than 100% to 80,000 tonnes of nickel per year, for a capital expenditure increase of less than 50%.

  • CHINA – Sparton granted coal ash extraction patent

    Sparton Resources’ 90% owned China-based subsidiary, Beijing Sparton Mineral Resources Investment and Consulting, been granted a patent for the ‘Extraction and Recovery of Radioactive Uranium from Coal Ash’ in China.

  • INDONESIA – Significant Binebase intercepts

    Drilling on East Asia Minerals’ Binebase Prospect at the Sangihe Property, Indonesia, continues to encounter significant epithermal gold mineralization from surface.

  • PHILIPPINES – New exploration program at Acoje

    Rusina Mining will begin a new drilling program at its Acoje tenement in the Philippines for platinum group metals (PGMs), chromite and nickel sulphides.

  • INDONESIA - Straits Group well positioned for the future

    Despite a disappointing 2007 financial result Straits Resources is extremely well positioned for the future, according to chief executive officer Milan Jerkovic.

  • COPPER – Substantial increase in Roseby value

    A definitive feasibility study for Universal Resources’ Roseby Copper Project near Mt Isa in Queensland has delivered a substantial increase in value.

  • GOLD - Price climbs but production is steady

    Australian gold output remains relatively steady although the gold price continues to rise, according to Melbourne mining consultants Surbiton Associates in their latest study on Australian gold mining.

  • NICKEL – Kambalda still coming up trumps

    Mincor Resources has mined the first nickel ore from the Carnilya Hill mine and has also made a decision to develop the McMahon Project, which will be the company’s eighth operating nickel mine around Kambalda in Western Australia.

  • URANIUM – Four Mile decision expected this year

    A decision to mine what will be Australia’s fifth operating uranium mine is expected this year for the Alliance Resources-Quasar joint venture’s Four Mile project near South Australia’s operating Beverley mine.

  • COPPER – Kanmantoo in construction phase

    Hillgrove Resources expects to start production of copper concentrates for the export market from its Kanmantoo copper and gold mine in South Australia by mid-2009.

    With long lead time items already ordered, Kanmantoo has a short 12 month construction period. The mine is 55km east of Adelaide in the Adelaide Hills. It is a very low cost setting with access to existing road and port infrastructure and grid power matched by it being a highly desirable employment destination.

  • IRON ORE – Exclusive rights secured to wharf facilities

    Centrex Metals has secured four agreements with Port Lincoln Proper that permit the re-development of the Proper Bay wharf facilities as a minerals exporting port for the company’s Wilgerup hematite mine in South Australia.

  • PHOSPHATE – Funds to advance Wonorah Rock prospect

    Minemakers Limited will use the Aus$11.55 million raised in a recent share placement to advance a number of projects, particularly its Wonarah Rock phosphate prospect in the Northern Territory.

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    The ASIA Miner Interview Series
    Tony Siric, Global Rubber Product Manager - Linatex

    Mr Tony Siric is interviewed by John Miller of The Asia Miner.

    Linatex is recognised as a leading supplier of rubber for abrasion, corrosion and impact resistance.


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  • Tony Siric Linatex Australia business director

    The ASIA Miner Interview Series

    Tony Siric, Global Rubber Sheet Manager, Linatex Group of Companies
    With the demanding lower prices and stronger focus on the performance of products and value for money,
    Linatex discuss the real costs associated with lining work.




    Global rubber product manufacturer Linatex specializes in engineered solutions for processing plants in sand and aggregate, and mineral processing operations.

    In this interview The ASIA Miner’s deputy editor John Miller chats  to Siric, Global Rubber Sheet Manager, Linatex Group of Companies about rubber lining work carried out by Linatex.

    Linatex on final rubber rollers Rubber lining



     Lined ball mill in China

     Tapping a rubber tree


  • Suresh Tripathi - Federation of Indian Minerals Industry's Mining and Petroleum Geostatistics

    The ASIA Miner Interview Series
    Suresh Tripathi, Australian CEO, Federation of Indian Minerals Industry's Mining and Petroleum Geostatistics

    The 1st Asian Geostatistics Conference will be held in New Delhi, India, on August 10 and 11 and is being organised by the Federation of Indian Minerals Industry's Mining and Petroleum Geostatistics India. In this interview the organisation's Australian CEO Suresh Tripathi chats to The Asia Miner's John Miller about the conference.


  • MONGOLIA – Heruga drilling increases resources

    Drilling at Entrée Gold’s Heruga deposit in Mongolia has intersected additional gold, copper and molybdenum mineralization, increasing the strike length of the deposit by 200 metres.

  • CENTRAL ASIA – Report on mining activities

    Marino Pieterse is the editor of Goldletter International. He has prepared a special report on mining activities in Central Asia and Russia. Goldletter International is the international independent information and advice bulletin for gold and related investments. The ASIA Miner presents Goldletter International’s report on Central Asia mining activities. More information about Goldletter is available at www.goldletterint.com or email: [email protected]

  • CHINA – 1.8 million inferred ounces at Shenjiaya

    China Goldmines has a JORC compliant inferred resource of 1.8 million ounces of gold at its Shenjiaya Project in Hunan Province, China.

  • INDONESIA – High grade Jambi gold assay results

    Further high grade assay results have been received from resource drilling at the Jambi oxide gold deposit at the Ojolali Project in Indonesia.

  • PHILIPPINES – Favourable saprolite test results

    Favourable saprolite testing at Intex Resources’ Mindoro Project in the Philippines will allow an increase of more than 100% in nickel production during the stage 2 plant expansion.

    The tests have been undertaken with the view of incorporating saprolite ore processing in the Mindoro operations.

  • PAPUA NEW GUINEA – Study suggests two open pit operations at Frieda River

    A scoping study for the Frieda River copper-gold project in Papua New Guinea envisages two open pit operations processing a total of 43 million tonnes per annum.

  • CHINA – Bioheap feasibility study for Huogeqi Project

    A full scale feasibility study will be commissioned into the development of a commercial scale BioHeap operation at the Huogeqi copper joint venture project in Inner Mongolia China.
  • CHINA – Construction starts on new reactor

    Construction has started on the first unit of six for Ningde Nuclear Power Plant at Qinyu on the north-east coast of Fujian province, China.

  • IRON ORE – Big increase in API resource

    Resources at the Australian Premium Iron Joint Venture (API) in the Pilbara region of Western Australia now total 493 million tonnes, an increase of 227 million tonnes from previous estimates.

  • IRON ORE – Encouraging Brockman assays

    Jupiter Mines has received encouraging assay results from the initial drilling program at its Brockman Iron Project in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

  • URANIUM – Drilling starts on Playford target

    Drilling has started on a high intensity gravity target at the Playford Australian and Indian joint venture tenements in South Australia.

  • MOVERS & SHAKERS – Rio Tinto makes Oyu Tolgoi appointment

    Rio Tinto has appointed Keith Marshall to the Oyu Tolgoi project team as managing director of Ivanhoe Mines Mongolia.

  • MOVERS & SHAKERS – New Highlands Pacific director

    Highlands Pacific has appointed Ken MacDonald to the Board as a non-executive director.

    Highlands’ chairman Robert Bryan says the addition of Ken MacDonald complements the Board’s skills base. “The appointment brings to the Board more than 30 years of practiced corporate law experience with particular emphasis on the energy and natural resources sector.

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