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Ironbark raises $6m to further develop Greenland project
Published: 24 Jan 18
ASX-listed Ironbark Zinc has completed a book build for a placement to institutional and sophisticated professional investors to raise up to $6-million at an issue price of $0.062 apiece. The placement will include the issue of up to 96.77-million new shares, pursuant to the company's capacity.
Santos turnaround delivers strong operating performance Santos turnaround delivers strong operating performance
Published: 24 Jan 18
A turnaround strategy to deliver a low-cost, reliable and high-performance business at ASX-listed natural gas producer Santos' operations during 2017 progressed ahead of expectations, with the company now being stronger and more resilient, MD and CEO Kevin Gallagher said on Wednesday. "In 2017, we reduced net debt by 23% to $2.7-billion, lowered our free cash flow breakeven oil price by 12% to $32 per barrel and delivered Australia's lowest-cost onshore operations," he highlighted.
Western Areas produces strong quarter, not deterred by volatile nickel market
Published: 24 Jan 18
ASX-listed Western Areas has completed the first half of the year on track to meet all full-year guidance metrics, the base metals producer said on Wednesday. An increase in production, steady cash costs and improved nickel pricing in the December quarter saw the company generate positive operating cash flow of A$22.1-million, compared with A$9.5-million in the prior quarter. Total cash and receivables of A$146.5-million was effectively flat quarter-on-quarter, despite payment of a A$5.5-million final dividend and a A$5.5-million capital investment in its mill recovery enhancement project (MREP).
Geopacific to deliver Woodlark DFS in Q3
Published: 24 Jan 18
ASX-listed Geopacific Resources on Wednesday said it was on track to deliver a gold reserve estimate at its Woodlark project, in Papua New Guinea, in March, following the completion of a 30 000 m drilling programme and historic data review. Simultaneous engineering studies have delivered realistic operating costs, derived on a first principles basis. "The costs are being incorporated into reserve estimate calculations with pit optimisation, mine design and mine scheduling currently under way," the company noted.
GR Engineering claim against Eastern Goldfields referred to arbitration
Published: 24 Jan 18
The Supreme Court of Western Australia on Wednesday ordered that proceedings started by project house GR Engineering Services against miner Eastern Goldfields regarding the Davyhurst gold refurbishment project be stayed, referring the disputes to arbitration. Eastern Goldfields applied for the proceedings to be stayed in August 2017. In granting the stay, the court rejected GR Engineering’s submission that its claim of A$9.9-million should be heard by the court because it was a “payment due under the contract”.
Universal Coal targeting sales of 4.6Mt in FY18 Universal Coal targeting sales of 4.6Mt in FY18
Published: 24 Jan 18
Building on the record deliveries it achieved across its operations in the first half of 2018 financial year, ASX-listed Universal Coal is on track to deliver higher-than-projected sales tonnes for the full year. The company, which operates two coal mines in South Africa's Mpumalanga province, has set a target of producing 4.6-million tonnes of domestic and export tonnes in the 2018 financial year.
Stonewall working to establish maiden resource at Pilgrim's Rest project
Published: 24 Jan 18
Preliminary metallurgical testwork on reverse circulation (RC) drill samples from gold development company Stonewall Resources' Theta Hill prospect has shown an average recovery from bottle-roll cyanidation tests of 94.9% from eight samples, with an average of 95.7% recovery from its Beta Reef and 94.7% recovery from the Lower Theta Reef. The ASX-listed company noted on Wednesday that the recent discovery of high-grade, potential opencut gold reef, at its Theta Hill and Columbia Hill prospects combined with these preliminary results supports the plan for near-term gold production.
Panoramic raises funds to shorten Savannah restart lead time
Published: 24 Jan 18
As Western Australia-based Panoramic Resources moves closer to a decision to resume mining operations at the Savannah nickel mine, in the East Kimberley, the company will raise A$20.9-million for preproduction activities. Panoramic will raise A$20.9-million in an one-for-seven pro-rata renounceable entitlement offer at 34c a share, the ASX-listed company reported on Wednesday, adding that the offer was fully underwritten.
Zimbabwe's gold output rose to 24.8 t in 2017 – central bank
Published: 24 Jan 18
Zimbabwe's full year gold production rose to 24.8 t in 2017 from 22.7 t the previous year, the central bank's refining and printing subsidiary said on Wednesday. Gold is the southern African nation's top mineral export earner, with production rising in the last four years after small-scale and individual miners received financial and equipment support from the government.
Anglo American expects to get licences to expand in Brazil
Published: 24 Jan 18
Anglo American said on Tuesday it expects to receive long-awaited licences on Friday which will pave the way for the mining company to boost its Brazilian iron ore production capacity by about 56%. Anglo American plans to invest 1-billion reais ($308.94-million) to expand its iron ore extraction capacity at Minas-Rio mine in Minas Gerais state to 26.5-million tons per year from 17-million.
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