PHILIPPINES – Second ball mill for T’Boli

Cadan Resources has ordered a second ball mill for its CIP gold plant at the T’Boli Gold-Silver Project in Mindanao.
The ball mill has been purchased from Zhengzhou Zhongding Heavy Duty Machine Manufacturing Co, an ISO 9001-2000 rated company based in Zhengzhou, China, which also supplied the original ball mill and jaw and cone crushers.
Delivery and installation is expected to be completed during this quarter.
Cadan’s chief operating officer Robert Butchart says the company is satisfied with the performance of the first ball mill.
He says the addition of the second ball mill will increase capacity to 15-20 tonnes/hour. The additional ball mill should also enable continuous operation of the gold plant after factoring in scheduled maintenance and repairs.
Cadan’s T’Boli epithermal gold-silver deposit has an NI 43-101 inferred mineral resource of 2.4 million tonnes @ 5.5grams/tonne gold and 21 grams/tonne silver for some 420,000 contained ounces of gold and 1.6 million ounces of silver.
Cadan Resources is an emerging gold-silver-copper producer and development company with significant gold-silver-copper mineral assets in the Philippines.

PRODUCT NEWS - RBI Grade 81 economical road solution

THE provision of roads in and around mine sites is a complex and costly necessity, just as in all road transport situations, but RBI Grade 81 natural soil stabilizer delivers an economic and environmentally-friendly solution.
Developed by Road Building International, RBI Grade 81 natural soil stabilizer provides a road infrastructure development alternative which preserves the environment by mostly using the in-situ natural soil and it reduces the cost of road construction by a minimum of 50%.
The technology can be used in a variety of applications, from highways and expressways, and haul roads facing extreme loads to foundation layers in primary roads, secondary roads, bicycle paths, parking lots, airfields, brick-making and in the treatment of recycled asphalt.
In a world where dependency on roads is constantly rising, the way these roads are constructed is becoming increasingly significant. After years of research, testing and applications, RBI was established to provide a unique, comprehensive and advanced soil stabilization solution for road construction.
RBI Grade 81 natural soil stabilizer meets all European standards and is manufactured under ISO 9001 quality management in several European countries and India. It is exclusively available throughout the whole of Europe, Asia, Russia, Scandinavian territories and the Middle East.
RBI’s vision is to enter into a transfer of technology leading to RBI Grade 81 natural soil stabilizer being manufactured in the country of usage. It has already been specified in many European government tenders as a proven technology.
With the ever-increasing costs of bitumen, asphalt roads are becoming more expensive. Since an RBI Grade 81 treated layer does not require an asphalt layer, not only will an RBI Grade 81 treated road function as an asphalt road in terms of durability and under any weather, but also as the treated layer is of such a high standard that if asphalt is required, the layer used can be reduced substantially due to the irreversible strength of the RBI Grade 81 layer beneath.
RBI Grade 81 stabilized layers have been proven to be very durable and wear resistant, and meets the standards required by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration to resist extreme climate and permafrost conditions, and thus the goal of being able to modify a gravel/dirt road to function much like a tar road in all weather conditions can be achieved at a fraction of the conventional cost. Treated pavement layers stabilized with RBI Grade 81 are also resistant to adverse pot-holing, corrugation and ravelling.
RBI prides itself on being the only company in the world involved in soil stabilization able to show performance records over a period of more than 15 years.
RBI Grade 81 natural soil stabilizer is non-toxic and ecologically safe, made up of a blend of naturally occurring mined ingredients, and is effective on a wide range of soils from clay to sand. It is applicable in a wide range of climatic conditions from very high temperatures to well below freezing.


        和所有通过公路进行运输的环境相同,在矿场及其周围修筑道路是一项复杂、昂贵但又必不可少的工程,不过RBI 81级天然土壤稳定剂提供了一个经济实惠并且环保的解决方案。

        由公路建造国际有限公司(RBI)开发的RBI 81级天然土壤稳定剂提供的公路设施建设方案,以使用现场天然土壤为主,能够保护环境,同时可节约至少50%的道路建设成本。



        RBI 81级天然土壤稳定剂符合所有欧洲标准,并在多个欧洲国家和印度按照ISO9001质量管理体系进行生产。公司在整个欧洲、亚洲、俄罗斯、斯堪的那维亚地区和中东地区独家供应这一产品。

        RBI公司的目标是进行技术转让,在RBI 81级天然土壤稳定剂的使用国生产这一产品。作为一项成熟的技术,它已被很多欧洲政府招标文件所指定。

        随着柏油成本不断上涨,沥青道路正变得越来越昂贵。而用RBI 81级产品处理过的基层不需要沥青层,在耐久性方面它与沥青道路一样,并且在任何天气下都可以使用。由于处理过的基层达到如此之高的标准,如果要求再使用沥青的话,沥青层可以大幅度减少,因为位于下面的RBI 81级基层拥有永久性的强度。

        使用RBI 81级产品稳定的基层已被证明具有非常持久、耐磨的特点,满足挪威公路管理局要求的承受极端气候和冻土条件的标准,因而可实现将砾石/泥土道路改造为和沥青道路一样可在任何气候条件下使用的目标,而其成本仅为使用传统修筑方式的一小部分。经RBI 81级产品稳定处理过的路面层还可防止有害的道路涡穴、起皱和磨损分裂。


        RBI 81级天然土壤稳定剂无毒,对环境安全,它由多种天然矿物质调配而成,可有效地用于各种土壤(从粘土到沙土)。该产品可用于从高温至严寒的广泛的气候条件下。


STORY OF THE MONTH - Triton Gold set for a golden future

Perth-based Triton Gold (ASX: TON) has a bright future with a highly prospective portfolio of short to medium and long-term gold projects in southern Western Australia and eastern Alaska.
The company hopes to use its short to medium-term projects to create early cashflow and help fund development of the large, longer-term projects.
Early indications are that the Windarra Tailings project could be in production by the end of 2010, giving Triton the impetus to advance the larger Salmon Gums project as well as the Tushtena project in Alaska.
Salmon Gums and Tushtena represent excellent prospects and are both in proximity to major gold operations or deposits.
To help Triton Gold advance along the path towards production, the company has appointed Lance Govey as chief executive officer.
Lance Govey has joined Triton after an eight year stint as a Board member at Red 5 Limited, where he helped advance the Siana Gold Project in the Philippines from the very start to a fully-permitted, production-ready site.
Triton has been in existence since 2006 but listed as Triton Gold in August 2009, raising $6.5 million. Prior to this it was a private company formed by a group of mainly ex-Placer geologists, after the Barrick takeover of Placer Dome.
Lance Govey told The ASIA Miner the group includes high-level geologists such as Greg Hall, who was chief geologist worldwide for Placer Dome Group and operated in various locations around the world. “He is well respected throughout the Australian minerals industry and in a number of other countries, particularly Canada, US, South Africa, Tanzania and China. He worked for Placer for 18 years in exploration, project generation, business development and research projects.
“Greg and I have known each other for over 35 years and worked together in the former CSR Minerals Division in Sydney. We both went through the same university and followed a similar path in career development at CSR through to about 1988.
“Following the discovery of the Granny Smith deposit near Laverton, the minerals division was taken over by Placer. Greg stayed with Placer and I went on a separate path. I joined Aztec Mining which was later taken over by Normandy Mining where I stayed until the end of 2000. A year later I was appointed to the Board of Red 5 where I remained for eight years, first as exploration director and then as technical director, before taking up this role.
“The main reason for seeking a new role was that I had satisfied my main ambitions at Red 5, with financing almost completely in place and contracts for construction and mining at Siana now being let. It was time to take on a new challenge, which Triton represents, starting with a relatively undeveloped set of projects but including a couple of areas which have potential for near-term cashflow.”
Unlike the situation for many newly-listed companies, the Windarra Tailings project provides near-term production potential. Lance Govey says, “We are undertaking metallurgy on the tailings to ascertain gold recovery options.
“It is in an old Western Mining Corporation nickel area but the gold tailings were transported there from further afield.” Triton drilling indicates that about 113,000 ounces of gold were deposited into the tailings dam.
Triton acquired the gold rights to Windarra from Poseidon Nickel. The agreement includes acquisition of the tailings dam and first right to negotiate for gold rights in future tenement acquisitions made by Poseidon Nickel over a five year period.
Windarra is the site of the original Poseidon Nickel discovery in 1969. As a result, the area has largely been explored for nickel only, with very little gold exploration, despite the district being host to significant gold deposits such as Lancefield, Granny Smith, Wallaby and Sunrise Dam.
Lance Govey says, “There are thousands of holes for nickel exploration but very few of them were ever assayed for gold.  Preliminary gold exploration here is another of our tasks for this year.”
He says assuming things go reasonably well with the metallurgy at Windarra, it could be in production by the end of 2010. He says there is another underground gold mining prospect in WA that Triton is looking at with short to medium-term production and cashflow possibilities.
The largest exploration play the company has, which was also the premise for going to float, is a large ground holding called Salmon Gums in the Albany-Fraser Province, which is host to the AngloGold Ashanti-Independence Tropicana deposits now totalling around 5 million ounces.
Salmon Gums is geologically similar to Tropicana but with a bigger surface soil gold expression. Triton has around 2000 sqkm under title.
“There has been a large amount of surface soil sampling which turned up some large areas of anomalous gold.  We have done a considerable amount of aircore drilling to follow-up the anomalies and have had some success in defining gold deeper in the weathering profile and at the top of the bedrock.
“We have been busy since then completing five initial diamond drill holes and about 22 RC holes to look deeper into the bedrock, trying to define where the source is for the shallow gold anomalies. Results are expected in about a month.
“Salmon Gums took in a large enough area to cover a lot of possibilities for discovery of a significant gold district, certainly as big, if not bigger, than the original area around Tropicana.
“It is on the western boundary of where the main Eastern Goldfields structures intersect the Albany-Fraser Province, along the Mount Ida fault which runs down the western side of the main Kalgoorlie and Norseman goldfields. Tropicana is on a fault that runs down the eastern side of this province - a fair distance away but in a similar geological location.
“At Salmon Gums there is an alliance agreement with Teck Australia whereby they have an option on which they will have to make a decision in about two months. They need to decide whether they wish to fund and manage further exploration.
“Teck was an early partner there and supported Triton (then Australian Mineral Fields) in pegging the ground, thus creating an opportunity for them to come in at a later stage on the basis that there were results worth following up.”
Triton has other prospects to the north-east of Salmon Gums. One is Fraser Range North where it is drilling to follow-up surface soil anomalies.  Further to the north is Cundeelee, another analogous geological situation where the company has not yet done any work.
To the east of Leonora and west of Windarra Triton operates the Sunday Project, in a joint venture with Hannan’s Reward. There was an early RC hole that intersected
1 metre @ 78 grams/tonne gold in a narrow vein situation. Lance Govey says, “We have done some subsequent follow-up drilling but no strong grades have come out of it and the project is in a holding pattern pending decisions on further targeting.
“We also have the Tushtena Gold Project in Alaska, to the north-east of Anchorage, towards Fairbanks in the Tintina Gold Belt. It is in a significant gold district that includes the large Fort Knox and Pogo gold deposits among others.
“Tushtena is a joint venture with an Alaskan firm and we are negotiating a deal with a third party to come in and fund drilling of five holes commencing in July this year. One of our senior geologists, Emma Gofton, is a Canadian who knows the North American scene well and has contacts with drilling companies and helicopter crews in the area. Emma, with the support of our team, will manage the program.
“It’s quite an exciting project. There’s been some very high grade gold in rock chip surface geochemistry completed in 2008 and 2009 and high-grade gold was identified in re-sampling of one or two of the historic drill holes that also intersected high-grade gold.
“It is exciting times for Triton. If we hit some early success with a couple of these projects we should be well on our way to an interesting future.”
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TIWI ISLANDS – Chinese demand increases for zircon

Strengthening demand for zircon from China is encouraging high-grade mineral sands developer Matilda Zircon as it moves towards production at its Tiwi Islands project in Australia’s Northern Territory.
China’s increasing urbanization and the resulting demand for ceramic tiles is a driving force behind the need for zircon.
Indications are that Chinese zircon demand is robust with increasing signs of supply tightness in the market and it also appears that many Chinese firms are running close to capacity.
This has also resulted in price increases of between US$20 and US$50 per tonne in the first part of the year and further price increases are expected in the third quarter.
A recent article by Barry Fitzgerald in The Age newspaper stated: “The Chinese are crazy for ceramic tiles. So much so that on most recent estimates, they are laying an amazing 2.8 billion square metres of tiles on an annual basis. And as the ‘floor space’ in the country rises exponentially in line with the massive urbanization that is under way, the figure is only going to get bigger.
“All that has to be a good thing in the demand and pricing outlook for zircon, the mineral sand that gets used in ceramics - tiles, sanitary ware, tableware and the like.
“It is also useful stuff in the making of refractory’s and has high-end applications in TV screens and metals used in nuclear power plants and elsewhere.
“Now that the worst of the GFC has passed, experts on mineral sands consumption patterns reckon that the recovery in demand witnessed in the back half of calendar 2009 should gather pace in 2010.
“That is particularly so for zircon.”


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