Profiles Gallery 2018
Cannacord - PROFILE 1 ➔ ➔ PROFILE 10 - Prospect Resources
MinAnalytical - PROFILE 2 ➔ ➔ PROFILE 11 - Black Rock
Western Areas - PROFILE 3 ➔ ➔ PROFILE 12 - Neometals
➔ PROFILE 13 - Perth Mint
Draig - PROFILE 4 ➔ ➔ PROFILE 14 - AEL Mining Services
Northern Minerals - PROFILE 5 ➔ ➔ PROFILE 15 - Ministry of Mineral
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Cardinal Resources - PROFILE 8 ➔
Nucleus Mining - PROFILE 9 ➔
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The firm’s global reach may be impressive but it is Canaccord Genuity’s depth of knowledge “The problem for investors is that there are not many high
of the Australian market which is paying dividends. quality junior stories to choose from because very little
At a time when Australian mining stocks, particularly gold and lithium, are outperforming has been spent on exploration in the last 5-6 years. So,
North American peers, the domestic experience of the Canaccord Genuity (Australia) team any emerging explorers and developers with half decent
– led by Marcus Freeman – is a clear advantage, particularly when it is coupled with the assets automatically become M&A candidates.”
firm’s global reach.
If one of Australian mining’s most established sectors
Canaccord Genuity has 12 publishing metals Reg Spencer Marcus Freeman has provided Canaccord Genuity with solid foundations, role in the EV revolution and the well-known problems
and mining analysts across the global the firm’s understanding of the most nascent, battery on the supply side have led to Canaccord Genuity
group, covering nearly 180 companies success provides further incentive for this, according to minerals, is setting it apart from peers. maintaining favourable outlooks for the short, medium
across Australia, Canada and the UK. Spencer. and long term.”
“Canaccord Genuity has undertaken extensive research
That global element has obvious benefits “We’ve been expecting M&A for some time because into the battery minerals sector, and as an example of Nickel, meanwhile, is experiencing five-year high prices
for domestic corporate and investing production has grown strongly, which places more this, we now research more lithium companies than any on the LME thanks in part to its use in lithium-ion
clients, providing an insight into the trends, pressure on reserve replacement,” he said. “Some of the other firm globally,” Spencer said. batteries. While stainless steel will continue to account
thoughts and perceptions of the global companies have been very good at replacing ounces for the majority of nickel demand, EV and energy storage
metals and mining sector. organically but if you are producing 600,000 ozpa, it Canaccord Australia has been covering the lithium sector demand is expected to increase its share.
becomes increasing difficult to do this. On this basis, we for almost 7 years, initially through its long relationship
The international investor’s current shine for think some of the significant cash balances being built up with lithium producer Orocobre, but more recently “Nickel is the most interesting of the base metals,” Spencer
Australian gold stocks is unsurprising given by the Aussie gold miners could start to flow into earlier through a continually expanding stable of emerging said. “Historically, it has been a very volatile market but
their operational performance in recent stage projects.” lithium producers and developers in Australia, Canada is now probably the best example of how other sectors
years. and the UK. can also benefit from the EV story. Some 70% of global
However, instead of taking on the increased risk of nickel supply is used in stainless steel but our research
“Many of the more established Australian earlier stage exploration, the mid-tier companies have The increased focus has been well-timed as the suggests nickel’s use in batteries will grow by +400% by
gold miners have done an amazing job in shown a recent tendency to support junior explorers and electric vehicle and energy storage revolution grips 2025, capturing a market share of 10% from less than 3%
building globally significant businesses developers. manufacturers, utilities, carmakers and governments in 2018. This has likely implications for the nickel market
over the last three or four years,” Canaccord around the world. as not all nickel is suitable for use in batteries”
Genuity’s (Australia) Reg Spencer said. “They have “Most of the mid-tiers – St Barbara, Northern Star, Evolution,
grown their production bases, pulled costs out of their Resolute, Oceana – have taken equity investments in “It has been amazing how rapidly the sector has grown This plays into the hands of Australian nickel sulphide
operations, improved productivity dramatically, while juniors. Instead of building out their own greenfields and how the growth of the lithium-ion battery market producers such as Independence Group and Western
remaining disciplined in terms of capital management. exploration teams and taking on the considerable risks is affecting so many other sectors,” Spencer said. “Our Areas who are now pinning their masts to the EV
This has resulted in very strong businesses with healthy of early stage exploration and development, many have research points to EVs and energy storage as one of revolution.
free cash flow and balance sheets, and is reflected in their chosen to investment in junior companies, effectively the most disruptive trends to enter the mining sector
respective share price performances. We now have six or taking an option on new resource discovery.” since the iron ore boom of the early 2000s. There are Spencer expects investors to warm to nickel’s battery
seven mid-cap gold miners with plus-$1 billion market differences, however. The iron ore boom was based in connection.
caps, in and our view, this group has now arguably Spencer believes this could have flow-on effects for junior the most part on a three-fold increase in Chinese steel
become a global benchmark” ” explorers. production. The electrification of transport and the rise of “The advantage nickel has is that it is a well-known,
energy storage is a much larger, global thematic, which transparent and tradeable commodity with well-
Such is the nature of markets, many investors are “That interest shown by the bigger gold companies could in terms of scale has the potential to impact many of the established companies mining it. So, for investors
predicting the end of this stellar Australian gold run but be a leading indicator for capital flowing back into junior key metal markets. wanting to play the EV market, the likes of Independence
Spencer preaches caution at the moment. stocks. Investors begin to look at these investments and Group and Western Areas – which have good operating
think: ‘If it’s good enough for Northern Star, it should be “Notwithstanding the success we have had for the firm track-records – could provide a lower risk alternative to
“Many are saying Australian gold equities are fully valued good enough for me.” and our clients in recent years in the battery materials more volatile lithium stocks.”
at the moment. It’s funny, because we all came to the space, we remain positive on the long term outlook for
same conclusion 12 months ago and since then many the sector.”
have doubled in price.”
The result of Canaccord’s research is a belief in the
Gold’s apparent deleveraging from traditional price drivers longevity of a market trend some observers still believe
such as political instability, US economic performance could be fleeting.
and interest rate hikes makes the job of forecasting future
gold price movements more complicated. “This is not a flash-in-the-pan narrative, it is a 15-20 year
story,” he said. “We see a lithium market suffering from
Currency has been an equally important driver for the undersupply for the next 18-24 months, following which
Australian gold miners, with the Australian gold price there will likely be some meaningful supply responses
trading in a relatively tight band over the past 12 months. underway from the early 2020s. Interestingly, however,
This has afforded Australian gold producers some of the by the mid 2020’s you begin wondering where the all
best margins globally. lithium will come from again.”
The big inflow of cash onto Australian gold company Recent market valuations of lithium stocks belies this
balance sheets has many analysts predicting a wave of assessment but Spencer points to Galaxy Resources’s
corporate activity ahead. The lack of recent exploration US$280 million sale of lithium brine exploration ground
to POSCO as evidence of the industry’s bullish outlook.
The last 18 months have seen other battery-associated
minerals follow lithium with cobalt, vanadium and even
manganese taking flight. However, Spencer believes the
battery revolution could also have a major impact on two
traditional base metals.
“Copper’s association is not so much for its use in batteries
but more for its use in infrastructure for EVs and energy
storage. Rio Tinto and BHP have already raised copper’s
The ChrysosTM PhotonAssay machine, Andrew Broad
newly installed at MinAnalytical’s
Canning Vale facility in WA “We will have a hub-and-spoke set
up, feeding samples into the two
ChrysosTM PhotonAssay provides a unique, chemistry-free approach to material analysis. It hits samples with high- MinAnalytical’s years of mining NATA accreditation is expected units in Kalgoorlie with the ability
energy X-rays, causing short-lived excitation of atomic nuclei of targeted elements. These excited nuclei then give industry experience has proved this month with MinAnalytical to process 3,200 samples a day
off a characteristic signature that can be detected and used to calculate metal grade. invaluable in helping with the showcasing the machine at and turnaround within 12 hours,”
The X-rays are produced using a device called an electron accelerator. Similar accelerators are commonly used in logistics of getting the samples Diggers & Dealers and Gold18@ Wheeler said. “We are looking
hospital radiotherapy units, and for industrial sterilisation of products such as medical supplies. The PhotonAssay from the field to the lab ready for Perth with keynote presentations of at providing a service for grade
X-ray source contains no radioactive material. analysis. We have engaged a the technology. control and resource development
Unlike the low-energy X-rays used in conventional assay methods like XRF, the X-ray beam used to excite the number of senior geologists from Ausdrill’s confidence in the work to complement our existing
samples and the resulting elemental signature gamma-rays are very penetrating, meaning that large samples industry to discuss how best to do potential of this technology is fire assaying offering which will
can be measured. A true bulk reading is returned, independent of the chemical or physical form of the sample. the sampling process. We have further evidenced by its approval continue to service the exploration
Rock chips, powdered or crushed samples, and solutions or slurries can be directly analysed. looked at different sample sizes for the installation of the next two sector.
and particle sizes to determine the units in Kalgoorlie, underlining its
best way to utilise automation for commitment to satisfying customer Wheeler believes that ultimately
the process.” need for quality results delivered the PhotonAssay instrument could
quickly and is looking to further change the way the gold industry
Nearly 500 years after it was first demanding quicker access to data clients to review their processes to The validation process saw streamline the process by designing approaches drilling and sampling.
documented in De re metallica, the in order to speed up the response take advantage of the accessibility to MinAnalytical test the PhotonAssay ways to produce samples ready for
fire assaying technique for gold time between results, assessment results, which ultimately will deliver instrument against traditional analysis directly from the drill rig. “This process offers a level of speed
sampling is about to have some and application. cost savings to their business. fire assay across a variety of ore The Chrysos machines are in turnaround that the industry is not
serious competition from a faster types and particle sizes. The ideally suited to grade control currently getting,” he said. “There
alternative. The fully automated system uses “This is game-changing technology, new technique has ultimately and reserve conversion drilling, are obvious benefits in handling
high-powered X-ray technology and it has certainly generated a lot proved quicker, more reliable and allowing companies to speed and reduced freight costs because
Ausdrill Ltd subsidiary MinAnalytical to activate the gold atoms with the of interest within the mining industry, as accurate as the established up their response to drilling. For of the sample sizes and there is
will launch the first commercial subsequent signals being counted with several major companies process. MinAnalytical, the new service will even potential to reduce drilling
Chrysos Corporation PhotonAssay by sensitive detectors. supplying samples for the validation allow it to increase its assaying diameters.
machine at its facility in Canning process that we are currently Wheeler recognises that capabilities to the gold sector.
Vale, Western Australia this month, Commercial-scale testing has working through.” “However, I think the real benefits
becoming the first company to offer proven the technique to be as improvements in turnaround speed The Chrysos techniques allows will only come as the industry starts
the technique to the mining industry. accurate as traditional fire assaying MinAnalytical general manager rock chips, powdered or crushed using the technology and finds for
and can reduce assay processing Gary Wheeler said the group had are the PhotonAssay machine’s samples, and solutions or slurries itself ways in which analysis can
Developed by CSIRO and brought to times from more than 48 hours to worked closely with both Chrysos change from the field onwards.
market by Chrysos Corporation, the less than 1 hour. Corporation and industry clients most immediately obvious benefit. to be directly analysed There will, I believe, be a ripple
PhotonAssay instrument is a faster, to ensure the machine delivered effect beyond the cost savings of
safer and more environmentally- Ausdrill chief operating officer immediate benefits to gold miners. “I “This first machine has the capacity sample size and speed of assay.
friendly alternative to the Andrew Broad said the Chrysos had been following this technology to analyse up to 50,000 samples People will start thinking up the
conventional fire assay technique machine has the ability to for a number of years and when per month because not only is chain beyond just the assay and
for gold analysis. revolutionise the way assaying is the opportunity to get involved was the analysis quicker, but the will likely change their entire
done in the Australian gold industry. presented we were quick to take preparation time is reduced,” he processes. It will encourage people
The development comes at a He believes that: “This opens up a it up,” Wheeler said. “Ausdrill and said. to think outside the square.”
time when the gold industry is whole range of possibilities for our
“Multiple stages of the traditional
fire assay technique are no longer
required significantly reducing
the number of staff required.
Additionally, the non-destructive
nature of the process also means
samples can be re-assayed multiple
times, allowing companies to review
processes to take advantage of
accessibility of results.”
An innovation strategy born out of survival (45-50% nickel content) concentrate. The company will initially more cheaply than nickel laterite and nickel pig iron (NPI) such that it has already launched a $32 million early works
instincts has set Western Areas Ltd on the blend the material with its existing product from the Cosmic Boy competitors. programme.
road to a rarity among Australian nickel concentrator, improving overall recoveries by 3-5% over the life-
players; a robust growth story. of-mine, but is also pursuing other options, including selling the Lougher believes this could lead to a stratification of the nickel Lougher said the acquisition and subsequent development of
high-grade MREP product separately, potentially for distribution market. Odysseus demonstrated Western Areas’ clear commitment to
While Australia’s other nickel players were forced to shutter into the emerging battery market. reinforcing its nickel credentials.
operations during the metal’s five-year price trough, Western “The sulphide market will be key because it is the main source
Areas applied innovative programmes across its mining, While Forrestania’s existing nickel sulphide production is locked into the sulphate market and laterites only come into play at a “We haven’t been distracted by gold or by lithium, our strong
processing, marketing and corporate divisions to ensure its up in contracted offtake agreements with BHP Nickel West and higher cost,” he said. focus is on development of a third mine and Odysseus gives us
Forrestania operations remained robust. And now, with an Chinese stainless steel producer Tsingshan, the 1,400 tpa that organic opportunity,” he said. “We bought those Cosmos
electric vehicle-inspired rebound in nickel prices, the innovation MREP is currently unassigned. We think that demand will result in a two-tier nickel price with a assets during the downward part of the cycle but it is a good
programme is set to deliver not just survival but a platform for floor price for Class 1 nickel sulphides emerging.” project with a 10-year mine life which will produce a good
growth at the near-$1 billion company. “With significant interest in this new product, including from concentrate product. And, it will come online in 2022-23, just as
parties related to the electric vehicle sector, we have hosted Adding further encouragement to nickel players considering the nickel sulphate market is predicted to take off.”
For the March quarter, Western Areas boasted mill production many site visits in recent months and have also received their position in the EV market is growing uncertainty around the
of 4,287t of nickel at unit cash costs of $2.71/lb nickel-in- indicative offtake terms,” Western Areas managing director Dan chemistry mix within batteries. The current standard mix of 6:2:2 At Forrestania, exploration is being ramped up in 2018 as
concentrate. That effort led to positive cash flow of $16.9 million Lougher said. (nickel: cobalt: manganese) could be superseded by an 8:1:1 the company returns to the New Morning and Diggers South
for the quarter, allowing the company to emerge from the mix in the future as end-users grow increasingly uneasy with prospects. The success of the BioHeap process in the MREP at
prolonged downturn in the nickel market with a healthy balance Western Areas has begun construction of a dedicated $3 million higher prices and the ability to source ethical supplies of cobalt. Forrestania has offered impetus to such prospects.
sheet comprising of no debt and $154.1 million in cash and filtration and bagging facility and has already started marketing
receivables. discussions with potential offtake partners. “That transformation hasn’t hit the market yet so there is growth “Using the bioleaching could open up new nickel sulphide
potential still to come,” Lougher said. opportunities at Forrestania and across WA,” Lougher said. “At
That performance will contribute to full-year production figures “We will soon commence dispatching samples to a select New Morning, we can produce a nickel sulphate solution which
of 21,000 tpa nickel-in-concentrate production as the company group of potential customers as part of securing a new offtake Despite the EV market’s rising influence, stainless steel remains can be put through the back-end of the MREP and we will also
continues to pull away from the depths of the nickel downturn. agreement,” Lougher said. nickel’s bread-and-butter and even here supply/demand return to Diggers South.
Since June 2017, Western Areas shares have lifted more than dynamics are positive.
70% as investors begin to recognise the structural work the Electric future “This innovation allows for the treatment of lower-grade sulphide
company has put into all facets of its business. While the company expects the high-grade concentrate to “Many scenarios could play out in the EV market but the stainless material and it works with copper, zinc or any other sulphide.
attract a price premium, it is also eager to pursue opportunities steel market is still the main indicator of where nickel is at,” In the next 2-3 years we will have both tank and heap leaching
“Innovation has been key to positioning ourselves for the uplift in the burgeoning EV space. Lougher said. “You have to be sensible and respect stainless so will have the opportunity to demonstrate how it works to
in the nickel price,” managing director Dan Lougher said. “We steel’s importance to nickel and there is good projected growth other groups. In this price environment there are a lot of lower
were the first mover into supplying concentrates to the roasting “The MREP produces a plus-45% nickel concentrate which in that sector which will be the main driver of a nickel deficit.” grade projects coming out of the woodwork to which it could be
process – which has paid dividends. We were the first to apply we want to take into the EV supply chain,” Lougher said. “The applied.”
bioleaching to improve recoveries and we were one of the first volumes aren’t huge at the moment but we can pursue that The global nickel supply chain has undergone a number of
to pursue nickel sulphate opportunities for the battery market. market because the 1,400 tpa doesn’t have a contract currently.” structural shifts in the last 15 years as the emergence of NPI Western Areas’ innovative approach goes beyond science.
We are not frightened of doing things differently to our peers.” producers in first China and now Indonesia has flooded the The company had had previously sold 45% of its concentrate
Western Areas will be placing its new supply into a market market with cheap nickel products. to Chinese cathode producer Jinchuan but a new contract
MREP revitalised by the growing recognition of nickel’s place in the EV with Chinese stainless steel producer Tsingshan which will see
Most prominent among Western Areas’ innovations is its revolution. While lithium, cobalt and graphite have dominated The change resulted in the closure of several nickel sulphide nickel payability increase.
investment in the mill recovery enhancement project (MREP) the EV discussion to date, nickel – in the form of nickel sulphate mines however the resurgent spot price has led to some miners
at Forrestania where post-commissioning ramp-up started last – remains the largest component of a lithium-ion battery. to consider restarts. Lougher is unperturbed by the turnaround. After three years of testwork on the Western Areas concentrate,
month. Tsingshan is confident it can handle nickel concentrate in its
Lougher has been a keen observer of the EV revolution and has “As we get into a higher price environment, there are going to roasting plant to produce a high-grade oxidised product which
The MREP circuit will recover nickel extracted from Western witnessed a shift from speculative predictions about the global be operations which are dusted off but the volumes are not big can be blended with low-grade laterite ore and fed directly into
Areas’ patented BioHeap process, to be used on existing tailings uptake of EVs to a widespread acceptance they will largely enough to have a structural impact,” he said. stainless steel converters.
material. The process will produce 1,400 tpa of high-grade replace traditional vehicles over the next 30 years.
Growth opportunities The Tsingshan deal is another example of Western Areas’
“We believe the EV sentiment because there is a lot of positive Western Areas itself intends to provide the market with more willingness to pursue alternative strategies to maintain its
language from analysts, banks and investors,” he said. “Instead nickel sulphide concentrate supply of its own via organic growth position in both the upward and downward cycles of the nickel
of speculating whether EVs would impact on the car market, all at both Forrestania and its emerging Odysseus project. sector.
the banks are now making forecasts based on high, low and
mid-range scenarios.” Acquired in 2015 as part of the company’s purchase of “We sit today with a nickel company which is benefitting from
Glencore’s Cosmos mining complex in Western Australia, stable demand and a move towards a higher price environment,”
Australian nickel sulphide miners have the added advantage of Odysseus is currently subject of a DFS. Lougher said. “The equation is going to get quite exciting.”
being able to produce the EV-friendly nickel sulphate product
The company’s confidence in the project’s economics is
No modern exploration has been applied to the historic Draig has tied up a large package of ground Draig Resources Ltd (ASX:DRG)
high-grade Bellevue gold project, near Leinster in the prolific Wiluna-Norseman belt
Office: Suite 3, Level 3, 24 Outram Street, West Perth
A highly skilled technical team and application of modern exploration to expand that. We are looking at coming out with a
techniques is the strategy Draig Resources Ltd is rolling out to unearth the resource statement in the July-September quarter and Project: Bellevue gold project, near Leinster, Western
from there we will be looking to grow it from the step- Australia
forgotten treasures at the historic high-grade Bellevue gold project. out drilling,” Parsons said.
Strategy: Reinvigorate the historic high-grade gold
For more than 20 years, the Bellevue project in Western High-grade mineralisation remains open at depth, while “We will also be drilling the deeper targets which are project
Australia’s prolific Wiluna-Norseman gold belt has been new high-grade gold shoots have emerged for further below the old Bellevue mine; they are the key things we
parked. testing. are focusing on. On top of that, the next quarter is about 12 month share price range: 5c-30c
stepping out regionally and testing some of the targets
Bellevue – 400km north-west of Kalgoorlie – was one Meanwhile, Draig has also delivered from a drilling outside of Bellevue; targeting good grade there as well.” Cash on hand: $11.7 million (March quarter)
of Australia’s highest grade producing gold mines with programme targeting the Bellevue underground mine
output of 800,000oz gold @ 15 g/t reported from the extension in an area defined as the Gap. Draig has a significant landholding in close proximity to Market cap: $69 million
underground operation. its flagship Bellevue project covering more than 4,500sq
Drilling focused on the offset and extension of Bellevue km in one of WA’s major gold producing districts. @draigresources
Hosted within 100km of numerous world-class gold and in late May intersected 3.4m @ 10.4 g/t gold from 576.2m
nickel mines which are operated by some of the industry’s within 4.3m @ 8.8 g/t from 575.3m down-hole and 5.9m While the emphasis for chief geologist Sam Brooks On the board:
biggest hitters, Bellevue had flown under the radar until below the main zone and secondary zone of 0.3m @ 44.4 will be on Bellevue, Marcus Harden has recently joined
Draig’s intervention a year or so ago. g/t from 584.3m. the team to take care of the broader picture for Draig, Ray Shorrocks, chairman
which includes the Yandal, Kathleen Valley, Fisher and
“I don’t think there are any secrets to it, it is just the simple Draig reported “abundant fine-grained visible gold” in the North Jundee projects. Corporate finance background, with over 20 years’
fact that it hasn’t been explored for 20 years,” Draig interval which was struck 500m below surface and 190m experience advising a diverse range of mining
executive director Steve Parsons said. west of the Bellevue underground. “We pride ourselves on geology and finding gold and companies during his career at Patersons Securities
that is what we think we are good at,” Parsons said. “We Ltd. Shorrocks is also a director of Estrella Resources
“Here we are now 20 years on and this belt has been Draig believes it is a potentially significant mineralised have a very good technical team, which has a good, long Ltd, Galilee Energy Ltd and Pryme Energy Ltd
wrapped up by the nickel companies and this is the zone and immediately started a step-out drilling track record of discoveries around the world. When we
first time someone has had a proper go at Bellevue. programme which was in progress during June. looked at Bellevue and the fact that it was super high- Steve Parsons, executive director
Geological knowledge has come a long way in 20 years, grade and a proven mine – it mined almost 1 moz @ 15
as has thoughts on high-grade deposits. Geophysics has Parsons said nothing was taking the company by surprise g/t gold – and nobody had looked at it for 20 years; you An experienced geologist, Parsons has underpinned
also come a long way with the structural understanding and it appears the story is finding its way into the market, combine all of those elements with our technical skill corporate growth and shareholder wealth through
of deposits, and all these things are on our side. We are with Cannacord Genuity (Australia) Ltd leading an $8 set with the view being to find more high-grade gold, world–class discoveries. Parsons grew well-known
good at applying these techniques and we have engaged million institutional placement in March which effectively near an old high-grade gold mine,” Parsons said. Gryphon Minerals into an ASX200 company before it
the right consultants to assist us.” sees Draig funded into early 2019. was taken over by Canadian outfit Teranga Gold Corp
“Sam is running the near-mine discovery targeting that
Success has been swift at Bellevue, with the discovery of “Everyone likes to have a greenfields discovery, but we are doing and Marcus Harden, who we have used a Guy Robertson, non executive
the Tribune lode within the Western mineralised corridor greenfields discoveries are very difficult, costly and take a lot in the past over a long period of time, is focused on
a nice gift for Draig prior to Christmas 2017. long time to find, while brownfields are an easier sell, so I everything stepping outside of Bellevue looking at the Chartered accountant with extensive experience in all
think this story will resonate a lot more with the market,” broader picture of the Bellevue project and beyond.” aspects of the operation and management of ASX-
Tribune – 7m @ 27.5 g/t gold from 92m, including 5m @ Parsons said. listed companies, including over 10 years’ experience
37.5 g/t; 5m @ 22.9 g/t from 25m; 12m @ 12 g/t from 68m; Draig’s immediate focus is on the gold potential in the as a director and company secretary of exploration
15m @ 6.8 g/t from 79.5m, including 0.3m @ 284.4 g/t and “The only real surprise is that it is really hard to get your Wiluna-Norseman belt, as the “walk-up” gold targets companies. Robertson has vast experienced in his
2.5m @ 29 g/t from 147.5m – is currently defined from head around that no-one has explored it for 20 years, even provide an easier opportunity, however, nickel and profession having held senior positions at Jardine
surface over a strike of 550m and remains open. the nickel companies didn’t poke one hole in to see if the other base metals potential in its ground package will Matheson Group in Australia and Hong Kong
Bellevue mine extended deeper. We are just so excited not be underplayed.
Draig is drawing similarities in the style and nature of by the geology and the success we had on the first drill Michael Naylor, chief financial officer and company
Tribune to the historic Bellevue lode, with recent diamond programme with the new discovery at Tribune and the “The ground is highly prospective not just for gold but secretary
drilling targeting extensional, infill and new high-grade recent Bellevue Lode extension drilling. I guess you could for nickel and base metals and possibly other elements
mineralisation also coming up trumps. say that was a surprise but it wasn’t really because you as well. However, we are very much focused on the gold Well versed in corporate advisory and public company
find gold deposits by putting geological thought into it because it the easier walk-up type targets. There was a management since qualifying as a chartered
Drilling at Bellevue followed a geophysical down- and then drilling holes to find it. You are never going to historical mine there already for us to leverage from. accountant over 21 years ago, Naylor is currently
hole electromagnetic survey (DHEM), with down-hole find anything unless you are drilling holes.” company secretary of First Cobalt Corp, Cygnus Gold Ltd
diamond drilling results including 4.4m @ 13.5 g/t gold “However, if we do come across other elements such as and Blackstone Minerals Ltd (joint) and is a director of
from 305.5m down-hole; 9.5m @ 5 g/t from 324.5m A key milestone coming up for Draig will be a resource nickel or base metals that we think look good we will Teranga Gold (Australia) Pty Ltd
including 2.6m @ 12.7 g/t; 2.3m @ 8.2 g/t from 53.7m and estimate in Q3, while all eyes will be on whether drilling evaluate that at the time. It goes back to the fact that
0.3m @ 31.8 g/t from 64.9m and 2m @ 9.3 g/t from 92m; proves there are down-dip extensions to Bellevue. we are very good explorers, so if we do come across On the ground:
4.1m @ 6 g/t from 92.5m; 4.2m @ 3.6 g/t from 313m and some good nickel/base metals targets maybe we will
2m @ 6.7 g/t from 198m. “We will be drilling, stepping out on the Tribune discovery drill some holes into them. We are not scared to do that Sam Brooks, chief geologist
both to the north and south and at depth and looking even though we are focusing on high-grade gold,” he
said. Responsible for taking care of all near-mine discovery
work at Bellevue
Marcus Harden, head of regional exploration
Looking at the wider regional package beyond Bellevue
into Yandal and North Jundee
Northern Minerals Ltd is It has been an impressive feat by Northern Minerals to in administration, we have seen a big turnaround in the aren’t partnering with people that could inflict negative
poised to take advantage have proceeded with commissioning to the point of sector,” Bauk said. opinion of them by being associated with unsustainable
of rare earths 2.0. completion within 14 months of project approval by the work practices, which is becoming a very big topic.
board. “Northern Minerals is getting a lot of kudos and respect
Rare earths have been by what we have been able to achieve and we are on Bauk said Northern Minerals fits the bill for off-takers at
overlooked, as the single “It has been an aggressive timeline we have pursued and the cusp of production. We’ve had a number of potential Browns Range and while pilot plant activities are just
element commodities of the commissioning is going really well. The reason why end-users start to visit our site and are quite surprised and about to start, he hoped to demonstrate further upside
lithium and cobalt have we embarked on our process and in a very aggressive shocked at how quick we have been able to advance our in shareholder value.
taken centre stage on manner was to convince the market about security of project.”
the back of rising electric supply so that they could see there is an alternative on “We are looking to prove our value proposition and the
vehicle demand. the horizon,” Bauk said. One of the benefits Northern Minerals has is that it has a next step is to go downstream,” Bauk said.
different suite of rare earths to Lynas, with both companies
“We see this as being “Even though we are starting on a small scale, it still gives primed to play crucial roles in the rare earths space. “One of the issues we have is that this plant produces rare
rare earths 2.0,” Northern the market confidence that there are alternatives to earth carbonate that basically only has a market of China,
Minerals chief executive China. Northern Minerals’ dysprosium is an essential ingredient so by going downstream you are taking the mixture of
George Bauk said in in the production of dysprosium-neodymium-iron-boron carbonate to separated oxides, which opens up more
reference to how politically and strategically important “At the moment, it is a matter of turning on pieces of magnets used in clean energy and high technology markets like Japan, other South East Asian countries,
rare earths are becoming. equipment and everything is working as expected. It is solutions. Europe, the US, greater number of buyers in China, and
a daily three wins – one loss thing which happens with then all of a sudden you have a bigger demand.
“The Donald Trumps and Malcolm Turnbulls of the world traditional commissioning, but there are no fatal flaws.” It is anticipated that demand for dysprosium will hit
have really started to highlight the criticality of rare earths, 3,500 tonnes per annum by 2030 just for demand from “We have announced that is what we are working on and
with the only big difference between 2011 and 2018 is As Northern Minerals Electric Vehices. I think if we just said we were working on the pilot plant
that demand is real for electric vehicles, plus we have starts to demonstrate for the next three years, I don’t necessarily see that as a
wind turbines, industrial robotics and other divers for the its importance to the Currently, China produces 98% of the world’s dysprosium huge attraction or selling point, so we are already talking
needs of rare earths.” rare earths sector, the production and at full scale operations output from to people about what we are doing next,” he said.
broader industry, led Browns Range is expected to be 300,000 kilograms per
Northern Minerals is well placed to becomes the world’s by Lynas Corporation, annum over the current 11-year mine life. Exploration will also be a key part of the strategy moving
most significant producer of the heavy rare earth, currently appears to be forward, with a round of drilling at Browns Range to kick-
dysprosium, outside of China. in better standing than In September 2018, the company will start a new wave off in the September quarter followed by drilling at John
in times past. of heavy rare earths production to the global market as Galt later in the year.
Pressure remains on existing projects in China, as the stage one of the pilot plant comes on-stream, with most
processing of rare earths from the country’s mines are “I think in the last 12 of the professional, technical and management roles The company was the beneficiary of a $215,000 EIS grant
heavy reliant on in-situ leaching methods, which are not months Lynas has already recruited to run Browns Range. from the State Government for drilling.
environmentally friendly. succeeded and you
need that success and Production from the three-year pilot plant operations will “The State Government has been extremely important in
Therefore, Northern Minerals’ Browns Range HREs project one with profitability be purchased by Lianyugang New Materials Sales Co. Ltd a number of areas and we are working with the State and
in Western Australia’s East Kimberley is being shaped as a attached to it in the (JFMAG), a 51% owned subsidiary of Southern Rare Earth Federal Governments to get some money allocated to
viable source of dysprosium production in the first world. rare earths market. Group. the road and improvements in the region. That will help
Given Lynas was with greater access to the project for 12 months of the
A major achievement has been made at Browns Range, struggling for some Meanwhile, there is growing interest from groups outside year,” Bauk said.
with commissioning of the pilot plant performing on- time, MolyCorp was of China hungry to secure supply from outfits such as
song and due for practical completion by the end of June. Northern Minerals. “We have had open dialogue and that is probably one
of the biggest areas that we require support from
“I was just in Germany talking to OEMs [original equipment the government, which is also very interested in the
manufacturers] and they are talking about 7-14 year life downstream processing side of things.”
cycles and the next model of the car they are designing.
George Bauk They are looking at all the inputs and are making sure
they are confident inputs won’t be something that will
impact on sales,” Bauk said.
“It is really important for them to see a project like Browns
Range come on stream to give them confidence that we
don’t have to look at parts of the world that are totally
void of dysprosium, for example.
“OEMS and end-users want sustainability and
want to make sure that their supply of rare earths
passes sustainability audit requirements. They want
demonstrations of key principles in mining operations
and production practices are adhered to and that they
Sam Hosack started as Managing Director of Prospect
Resources in July. Hosack is a third generation
Zimbabwean and is excited by the opportunity to bring
his expertise back to his homeland.
Arcadia is 70% Prospect-owned and 30% held by “My experience in delivering large mining
locals, including Executive Director of Prospect projects indicates the direction in which
Prospect wants to take Arcadia. I believe in
Lithium Zimbabwe (Private) Ltd, Paul Chimbodza who the project and am prepared to invest in the
was the original owner of the lithium project people to build the social license that is so
necessary to operate successfully in
Zimbabwe. One thing that Harry [Greaves] PROSPECT RESOURCES LTD
has really emphasised is that social
integration is essential. This alignment of ASX: PSC
values is key to my involvement at Prospect.
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Chen (Non-Executive Director); Gerry Fahey (Non-Executive
Director); Zed Rusike (Non-Executive Director); Meng Sun
(Alternate Director to HeNian Chen)
Prospect to find right “They [First Quantum] are a fantastic company. I was very committed placed to recruit high calibre professionals to the business given
size for Arcadia to them and the decision I took to come to Prospect was not taken its near-term production ambitions. In readiness for production,
lightly,” Hosack said at Africa Down Under. Prospect is currently on the hunt for a production manager. “ I am
Many expatriate Zimbabweans have longed for an Despite the promising future seen by Hosack for Prospect, having confident we will find the right person,” Hosack said. “We have a
opportunity to return home and for Sam Hosack the a young family to consider and being well entrenched in his “I have a clear skill-set that I bring with me, which matches well with strong Australian organisational culture at Prospect, combined with
pathway back to his native land has come through previous workplace meant joining the ASX junior was a difficult the direction that Prospect want to take the company, underpinned the cultural awareness that is critical to operating successfully in the
Prospect Resources Ltd. decision. by Arcadia, which I believe to be a high quality asset. I have a wide Zimbabwean mining environment. Zimbabwe has a long, successful
Hosack started as Managing Director of Prospect range of exposure, from small scale business development to large mining history that can be harnessed. We are being smart about how
in July this year; a time in which both company A third generation Zimbabwean, Hosack has lived in Perth for project execution, with the mechanisms used to be successful in the we select our equipment so that it can be serviced, maintained and
and country were positioning to emerge on the the last 12 years having emerged through First Quantum Ltd’s former and the latter being quite different.” operated using local expertise.”
international scene. projects team.
For any up and coming Managing Director, the With ground broken at the +20 year Arcadia lithium project, 35km As initial works are underway at Arcadia, the company is in the process
chance of taking the reins of a near-term lithium A particularly big feather in Hosack’s cap in recent times was from Harare, and Prospect charging down the development path, of completing an updated feasibility study. Just how big Arcadia will
producing outfit is one hard to resist. project managing a coal offloading and copper loading port, Hosack’s first point of business as Managing Director was to take stock be remains to be seen, but rest assured Hosack will find the right fit for
120km 230kV transmission line and a 300MW coal fired power of the true potential inherent within the company. Prospect. “We need to look at how well the mine can support sizing
station for Minera Panama, which is 80% owned by First Quantum. variances on the processing plant, and all the costs associated, in
“We had to take a step back and say ‘who do we want to be when we order to ensure we are maximising shareholder value,” he said, “Once
Much can be said for the experience of being involved in Cobre grow up?’,” Hosack said. “I believe in making decisions that provide we are clear on that and I don’t think we are far from that, then we
Panama – one of the biggest copper projects in the world – and long-term rewards and deliver long-term sustainable business. In the will update the market, and progress towards our goal of successfully
while Hosack will look back on his time with First Quantum fondly, short-term however, we all have to roll up our sleeves for Arcadia to delivering the Arcadia project”.
his finely tuned expertise will be well consumed at Prospect. become the cornerstone asset that allows us to become relevant in
the junior to mid-tier mining sector. ARCADIA LITHIUM PROJECT - PRE-FEASIBILITY HIGHLIGHTS
“We need to take time to understand how big this project should Location: 35km east of Harare, Zimbabwe
be. We have a great exploration team and we firmly believe there is Project specs: Sourced from ASX Announcement 19 March 2018
strong regional potential. The resource itself was initially drilled out and updated 4 April 2018
to a 20-year mine life before the decision was made to stop. We are Resource: 43.2mt @ 1.41% lithium oxide (1% lithium oxide cut-off)
going to continue to develop the resource over time until we know Reserves: 26.9mt @ 1.31% lithium oxide and 128 ppm tantalum
exactly where it ends,” he said. Throughput: 1.2 mtpa
Life of mine (LoM): +20 years
At the time of print, pre-stripping of the main pit and tailings dam Spodumene production: 96,000 tpa @ 6% lithium oxide
had started, whilst initial infrastructure development was imminent. (average LoM)
Petalite production: 127,000 tpa @ 4.1% lithium oxide
DRA is in control of engineering services and the plant design of (average LoM)
Arcadia, whilst the earth moving and mining will be performed by Total lithium carbonate equivalent: 27,000 tpa (average LoM)
JRG Goddard (Pvt) Ltd. Pre-tax NPV at 10%: US$401 million
Prospect has regained control of the timetable for building and
financing Arcadia since renegotiating a deal with Sinomine Resource
(Hong Kong) International Trading Co. Ltd, which included the latter
completing a $10 million placement at 6c/share and off-take of about
70% of phase one production committed over seven years.
Lithium expertise is currently in high demand and Prospect is well
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Capital Drilling Ltd (LON:CAPD) Capital pany’s upgraded revenue guidance for Like any company associated with the blasting contracts continued through- see improvement in pricing in the near
has picked its moment to Drilling FY2018 to $105-115 million. mining sector, Capital Drilling’s number out the downturn. They provided a base term, albeit off a low base.”
expand activities in West Africa makes its Prior to establishing new regional bases one priority is the safety of its workforce. business that delivered continuous vol- In the year ahead, Capital Drilling aims
to perfection. mark in Bamako, Mali and Yamoussoukro, Côte Earlier this year, major safety milestones umes during the downturn period.” to consolidate its presence in the West
d’Ivoire, Capital Drilling has enjoyed suc- were achieved at two of the company’s “Now the market has improved and African region.
“We made a concerted decision towards now have ongoing work with OreCorp cess in various parts of Africa including largest operations – North Mara and the overlying exploration business has “It would be nice in the next 12 months
the end of last year that we were going to [Ltd] and Algold in Mauritania, Resolute Egypt, Kenya, Mauritania and Tanzania. Geita, both of which are in Tanzania. come back on, having all these rigs to have really solid base businesses in
make a big push further into West Africa [Mining Ltd] in Mali and we have picked “We originally started on the east coast At Acacia Mining plc’s North Mara ready to go has given us the ability to Mauritania, Mali and Cote d’Ivoire with
and we are really pleased that it has paid up further work with Hummingbird Re- in Tanzania and have expanded opera- gold project, two years LTI free was move them quickly into West Africa to several operations up and running in
off,” said Stuart Thomson, Capital Drill- sources plc, also in Mali.” tions across the continent,” Thomson reported, while at AngloGold Ashanti take advantage of the opportunities in each of those countries,” said Thomson.
ing Executive - Business Development To further enhance the company’s capa- said. Ltd’s Geita gold mine one-year LTI free these markets. This is going to be our “I’d also like to see Botswana continue
and Strategy, bility, Julian Blake has been appointed Capital Drilling has recently been en- was achieved by Capital Drilling during lowest capital outlay for creating rev- to pick up and grow. It is another re-
Capital Drilling has doubled its fleet into Business Development Manager for the gaged by the world’s leading diamond March. enue.” ally good jurisdiction, in a similar vein
West Africa and will have 30 rigs in the region and will initially be based in Gha- company, De Beers, for work in Botswa- Capital Drilling is well poised to capi- it would be good to see some stability
region during the second half of the year. na. na and hopes to strengthen the relation- talise on the uplift in activity seen by “We are seeing rigs starting to get tight return in Tanzania,” he said.
Thomson says the key to the company’s “He will help us to grow, he has plenty ship in the future. the increasing interest in gold. The now, but pricing hasn’t moved much at Capital Drilling has been operating in
progress in West Africa has been having of local experience and he has recently Thomson said Capital Drilling welcomed Mauritius-headquartered, multifaceted this point in time. There has been excess Africa since 2005 and has successfully
a presence on the ground. been at our Geita project in Tanzania, the opportunity to further operate in a services outfit now has a fleet of 93 drill capacity in the market but I expect to grown its business despite a number of
“The markets continue to grow and we getting familiarised with how we oper- jurisdiction such as Botswana, which is rigs, including blast hole, diamond, re- challenges, including the sheer size of
made the call that basically if we move ate” Thomson said. “Services conduct- often touted as one of the best places in verse circulation (RC)/grade control and the continent, the different geographi-
into the region, we should get the busi- ed on site by Capital Drilling at Geita Africa to conduct mining business. multi-purpose rigs. cal environments, fluctuating commod-
ness. We were finding that we were comprise blast hole, grade control, sur- “Botswana is a great jurisdiction to op- The company attributes its standing ity prices and changing political situa-
talking to people, but you needed to face RC and diamond exploration and erate in, not as geologically attractive as during the great mining downturn of tions.
be in country and ready to go to meet underground diamond drilling. The port- the West African greenstone belt is right recent times to this rounded business “The conditions our team operates in
the quick turnaround times required by folio now also includes underground RC now, but things are starting to pick up, model and prudent management. during the wet season and what they
some programmes” Thomson said. drilling – a relatively new innovation to particularly on the copper front,” Thom- “We fared well during the downturn be- have to go through – wow! One day
“Our presence in the region has changed the region and a valuable new string to son said. cause I don’t think we over leveraged. they’re in Mauritania operating out in
substantially from where we were early our bow.” “In addition, having De Beers to serve is We saw what was happening so there the middle of nowhere in the desert,
last year, when we had intermittent pro- The good progress being made in West good for us because they tend to invest was a lot of work done back in 2012 then not too much further south and
jects in Mauritania and a base at Tasiast Africa was a key component in the com- hard when they find something and they to scale the business back to meet the you’re in the jungle and its pouring with
with Kinross [Gold Corp] - a long-term also appreciate the focus on safety and conditions at that particular time. I don’t rain. When you overcome the challeng-
project we have been associated with quality delivery aspects of our business.” think the business was over leveraged,” es, and still manage to deliver a profes-
through various exploration cycles. We Thomson said. sional service, the sense of achievement
“The other key thing was our large-scale is great.”
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Namdini moving closer
gold project to fruition
Cardinal Resources Ltd’s Namdini average head grade of approximately 1.3 “Clearly, it’s a vote of
gold project in north-east Ghana has to 1.5 g/t gold, based upon the existing confidence in the Cardinal
moved closer to fruition as the company PEA results and the final throughput size team and our Namdini
evaluates larger ore throughput options selected.” project in Ghana as well
after reporting a significant increase in the Cardinal’s PEA for Namdini, released to the as giving Gold Fields a
mineral resource. market in February, indicated the project strategic position going
In March, following an intensive infill could deliver a technically and financially forward,” Archie Koimtsidis
drilling programme, Cardinal upgraded the robust low-cost mining operation.
Namdini indicated mineral resource used The study evaluated three separate Upper East Region of northern Ghana. month, with the first results announced in Cardinal team and our Namdini project to factor those prospects into Namdini’s
in the Preliminary Economic Assessment production throughput rates – 4.5 mtpa, 7 It is approximately 60km south of the August 2014. Drilling continued throughout in Ghana as well as giving Gold Fields a development studies, the potential exists
(PEA) from 4.3 moz to 6.5 moz gold with 0.5 mtpa and 9.5 mpta – which all resulted in Ghana-Burkina Faso border and 15km from 2015 and 2016 and Namdini’s maiden strategic position going forward,” he said. for any discovered satellite deposits to
moz gold in the inferred mineral resource very strong returns. Cardinal’s Ndongo East Prospect. Namdini resource was announced in November “Ultimately, we are not privy to Gold Fields’ further enhance the greater Namdini
category. Given current market conditions in the lies within the Nangodi greenstone belt, 2016. long-term intentions. We remain focused on resource and project footprint.
The infill drill programme – 15,684m across global gold sector, the preferred scale one of a series of southwest–northeast Follow-up exploration in the area included progressing Namdini to deliver value to all The RC drilling at Ndongo returned several
35 drill holes – also incorporated grade of development has yet to be decided trending granite-greenstone belts which aeromagnetic surveying, regional- and our shareholders which includes board and shallow gold intersections including:
control, pit geotechnical, hydrogeology and but consideration is being given to a host significant gold mineralisation in prospect-scale geological mapping and management who also have hard currency
tailings infrastructure drilling to contribute phased approach, commencing with a 4.5 Ghana and Burkina Faso. rock chip sampling. Ground magnetic and invested.” • 9m @ 23.3 g/t gold
to Cardinal’s ongoing work towards a pre- mtpa throughput with allowance for later Cardinal holds a 100% interest in the large- IP surveys and subsequent geological and While work is progressing on the Namdini (including 3m @ 59.2) from 60m,
feasibility study for Namdini that is due to expansion. scale mining licence covering 19.54sq km of structural interpretations were completed development studies, Cardinal is continuing
be completed next quarter. The existing PEA based on the 4.5 mtpa its Namdini project. During the December over the deposit in 2016. its exploration focus at nearby prospects • 9m @ 11.5 g/t from surface
Cardinal managing director Archie option and a $US275 million development 2017 quarter, a large-scale mining licence The success of Cardinal at Namdini that could provide significant additional ore (including 3m at 29.8 g/t),
Koimtsidis said the infill drilling had greatly capital cost suggested a potential mine life covering the Namdini mining lease was attracted the interest of Gold Fields in April feed.
increased the size and level of confidence of 27 years and a post-tax internal rate of assigned to Cardinal by the Minister of 2017 and resulted in the South African In May, Cardinal reported encouraging • 9m @ 2.4 g/t from 43m,
in the Namdini resource and suggested return of 41%, while the 9.5 mtpa option Lands and Natural Resources under the major gold producer acquiring a substantial results from first-pass shallow RC drilling • 7m @ 4.4 g/t from 14m,
further potential given the resource (capital cost of $US426 million) offered a regulations of the Minerals and Mining Act stake via on-market share purchases designed to test one of its six coincident • 6m @ 2.0 g/t from 11m,
remained open both along strike and down mine life of 14 years and a post-tax IRR of of Ghana 2006 (Act 703). The large-scale throughout 2017. Gold Fields, which has gold-in-soil and geophysical targets on • 24m @ 1.2 g/t from 2m, and 14m
dip, with mineralisation intersected down to 44%. mining licence is valid for an initial period of been operating in Ghana for more than 25 the Ndongo licence within the Bolgatanga @ 1.4 g/t from 46m,
650m vertical and still open. Based on the current larger resource of 15 years and is renewable. years, controls 11.2% of Cardinal shares and project, located 15km north of Namdini. • 4m @ 1.2 g/t from 20m, and
“With the majority of the indicated mineral 6.5 moz (indicated) and 0.5 moz (inferred), Although the presence of gold in the region 8.7% of the listed options – a position that Cardinal’s interest at the Ndongo project • 8m @ 1.4 g/t from 1m.
resource continuous from surface to a announced by Cardinal in March, the was recorded in the 1930s, it was not until Koimtsidis, a resident in Ghana, says he is covers an area of 295sq km, having
vertical open pit depth of approximately company expects the Namdini mine life to the Namdini deposit was discovered by comfortable with. been augmented by the addition of two Koimtsidis said the company planned
400m, we anticipate a greater conversion increase materially, hence the company is Savannah Mining in February 2015 that The investment by Gold Fields led to exploration licence areas from Kinross Gold further infill and extensional drilling with
of mineral resources to ore reserves within also exploring the possibility of studying modern exploration techniques were market speculation that it has earmarked Corp in August 2017. both RC and diamond drill rigs at Ndongo
a simple, single, large-scale open pit, with even larger throughputs. employed in the area. Namdini as a potential addition to its Ndongo is one of three prospects – the to target the strike and dip extensions of the
a very low strip ratio of approximately Cardinal is currently updating the PEA Cardinal signed an agreement with existing Ghanaian portfolio, though this is a other two are Bongo and Kungongo – mineralisation.
1.2:1 over the life-of-mine as the preferred based on the updated resource figures. Savannah over the Namdini area in July topic Koimtsidis will not be drawn on. that are within trucking distance of the “We are highly encouraged with the results
mining method,” Koimtsidis said. Following this update, the company plans 2014 and commenced drilling later that “Clearly, it’s a vote of confidence in the Namdini project. Although it is too early at Ndongo, particularly given the strong
“The higher-grade areas of the deposit, to revise and complete the pre-feasibility grades we are seeing near surface,” he said.
close to surface, will be targeted within the study next quarter. “These results further strengthen our
Stage 1 pit in the early years of production. Permitting and approvals work is resolve that the Ndongo licence is highly
As the recent results of our PEA indicate, also continuing in line with Cardinal’s prospective with several untested drill
this Stage 1 pit will be the area most likely to expectations. The Namdini mining targets which could deliver another
repay capital investment soonest. licence is located 50km south-east of the significant gold discovery.”
“The Stage 1 pit will see approximately 1 regional town of Bolgatanga, the capital
moz mined over three to four years at an of the Bolgatanga Municipal District and
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Johannesburg-based Nucleus Mining Logistics has
focused and specialised on offering tailor-made lo-
gistics solutions to mining projects in Africa for more
than 14 years. Nucleus has in-depth knowledge on
how to achieve results and make those developing
projects in Africa a success based on service deliv-
ery, innovation, adaptability and workable cost effec-
tive managed solutions. We spoke to chief executive
Iain Clark about the company’s success
After a long hiatus, the African resources sector is be- EPCM company long before the construction phase, we Transportation and exporting of final products are the Having been a late adopter, the mining industry is now
ginning to see a return of development and construction understand the project requirements in advance and de- ultimate goal for all mining operations. Does Nucleus pro- rushing to embrace data analysis in all aspects of opera-
projects. What are Nucleus’ particular capabilities during velop sound knowledge of the suppliers products and how vide particular insight into these processes? tions. What technical support can Nucleus offer clients in
the construction and early production stages of mining the EPCM will be pacing orders which allows us to be in this regard?
projects? early discussion with the EPCM and their suppliers, fabri- Nucleus is well versed in managing the supply chain for
cators, etc. to best manage cost-effecting logistics solu- the export of final products and has done this in multiple Nucleus has spent the last year developing a new CRM
Nucleus spends a lot of time with our customers from tions based on infrastructure and optimal structure supply countries with multiple commodities. Working closely with system that gives our customers and their suppliers pass-
as early in the project as we can. We start by getting an dimensions by having comprehensive up to date route sur- mine production and logistics, Nucleus closely matches word access to all documentation, warehouse reports and
in-depth knowledge of the project, the commodity, the cus- veys in place combined with local knowledge. commodity stockpiles with inbound loads for quick truck tracking which also allows us to pull detailed reports as
tomer, the geographical area and the infrastructure. Gener- turnaround and ensuring all paperwork is ready. Docu- required. It is important in an ever developing technical
ally, we already have good information of the area as we Costs pressures are acute during the construction stage mentation integrity on both import and export goods are world where various parties in the project sit in different
have been operating in majority of Africa for many years, of projects. How does Nucleus assist miners in ensuring critical to the success of any project or operation and it is countries and time zones that we don’t have delays due to
often in remote and difficult to access areas. Nucleus has logistics costs do not get out of control? where Nucleus places maximum focus. information and communication.
spent a lot of time developing local representation that is
fully compliant in local regulations and procedures. By Each project is unique and Nucleus develops set of pro-
building relationships with the project owner/developer/ cedures based on the project – we don’t try and fit the pro-
ject to match a standard set of procedures. Nucleus is not
PAGE 48 AUGUST 2018 AUSTRALIA’S PAYDIRT a corporate, it is an owner-managed business that prides
itself on sustainable and longstanding partnerships with
our customers, and the ability to make quick decisions
with our dedicated project key account managers and sen-
ior management fully involved. We build our understand-
ing of the requirements and the project from A-Z and then
we build transparent and cost-effective solutions. That
said, as projects develop their requirements often change,
but Nucleus prides itself on being adaptable to ensure we
move with developments and stay up to date with the cur-
rent situation on site, through permanent or regular site
representation and regular interaction with all parties.
Import and customs certification often lead to unwanted
delays in importing plant and equipment for African mining
projects. How does Nucleus assist clients with these issues?
It all boils down to planning in advance, understanding
the project and the manufacturers, fabricators and suppliers
and regular interaction with the EPCM and the local authori-
ties. Preparation and in-depth understanding of local regu-
lations and customs is key to projects in Africa. Nucleus’s
longstanding history of managing supply chains and com-
plex construction projects in Africa sets us apart – we have
learned from the school of hard knocks over many years.
Many African jurisdictions have a paucity of infrastruc-
ture. How does Nucleus help clients overcome these
This is all down to local knowledge, planning and under-
standing the project and requirements. Almost every situa-
tion has a solution; you must be prepared and plan ahead.
AUSTRALIA’S PAYDIRT AUGUST 2018 PAGE 49
Mining Prospects aplenty Zimbabwe has an illustrious history in the platinum and gold sectors “We have seen very strong demand from off-takers and we are negotiating
in Zimbabwe and with the likes of Prospect and Latitude demonstrating the country’s with several off-takers on future supply, which is very encouraging. There
variety in mineral wealth, political stability will determine prosperity in the is a lot of interest for more resources, while we are also actively involved in
The world watched on as Robert Mugabe resigned as president of Zimbabwe in November and there remained resources sector. looking for other opportunities in both lithium and cobalt,” Greaves said.
great interest in the southern African nation as its people headed to the polls at the time of print.
A drawback for Zimbabwe in attracting mining investment has been the “Ground is being snapped up and people are taking positions, the
Mugabe’s departure immediately brought new hope to Greaves has been a long-time participant in Zimbabwe’s rich indigenisation policy in place, with the requirement for foreign mining Government has a real understanding that this is their time and they need
Zimbabwe, however, as political campaigning intensified in mining sector and has noticed a healthy surge in interest companies to list in Zimbabwe and open up ownership of operations to make this work. I think there is a general acceptance of the industry, we
late June, it was reported by Reuters that the defeated faction from peers in the field. Prospect’s fellow ASX entity, Latitude to locals. had a workshop recently in Vic Falls specifically on lithium to bring the
behind president Emmerson Mnangagwa’s ZANU-PF – the Consolidated Ltd is one such company to have made an early industry and government officials together to learn from the four different
party linked with Mugabe’s wife – was behind a grenade attack move into Zimbabwe on the back of the Mbeta lithium project. “The Government has both removed requirements for indigenisation and lithium players in the country and it was absolutely jam packed.
targeting Mnangagwa. the proposed requirement for a compulsory local listing . However, it is
Latitude announced it would acquire a 70% interest in Mbeta in recommended that companies coming to Zimbabwe should carefully “I think there is this pent up desire to get the industry up and running right
Two people were killed at the rally and many injured, with Zimbabwe’s south in April. select and involve local partners at some level ,it is just sensible,” suggests across the board, the are multiple opportunities for Zim – gold, nickel,
the deadly incident cause for concern ahead of the July 30 Greaves . copper – all sorts of stuff,” he said.
presidential election and parliamentary poll. “There is a rush in Zimbabwe right across the board, not just for
the battery cycle minerals and not just in mining ” Greaves said. Back in 2013, Prospect negotiated 70% ownership of Hawkmoth Mining Greaves said it was refreshing to have the Government throw its support
A poorly run election would be a massive step backwards and Exploration Pvt Ltd with the Zimbabwe Investment Authority and behind the mining sector, with the entire ministry particularly helpful in
for the country, which appears to have come so far in a short “A lot of juniors are coming in looking for gold opportunities, there ticked the boxes in accordance with indigenisation legislation at the time. engaging with the power utility and local councils to accommodate the
amount of time. are several gold plays that have changed hands recently, which effort made by Prospect thus far.
is very good news. Obviously there is quite a bit of heat in the The deal is still in place, with Prospect 70% owned by offshore investors
“If this election is deemed free and fair and there’s a stable battery space, with another Aussie junior [Latitude] announcing and 30% held by locals, including Greaves and executive director Paul “Mines Minister Winston Chitando and his team remain very much on side
outcome, the number of people that we have seen coming they had some ground not that far from us. We certainly have Chimbodza who was the original owner of the Arcadia lithium project. in assisting us and we have been rolled into the second 100 day rapid
through the country in the last six months will only grow, but been approached by a number of vendors and are evaluating results initiative out of the president’s office, which has been key for us,”
many of them are waiting for the outcome of this election,” half a dozen other projects; there is huge activity in the mining Prospect can be somewhat of a model for others to follow in terms of Greaves said.
Prospect Resources Ltd executive director and Zimbabwean space at the moment.” how to operate in Zimbabwe, with ground to be broken at Arcadia in the
Harry Greaves said. near future. While Prospect has managed to make great strides already in country, an area
which needs to be developed to help others unearth the country’s mining
In May, the company reported financing for the $US55 million first phase potential is in the data room. Unfortunately, Zimbabwe’s political history of
of Arcadia would be a mix of equity and pre-payment off-take, with the last 50-60 years has meant very little modern day data is available.
additional finance offers of foreign debt and equity, off-take prepayment,
as well as, local borrowings were being considered and lithium concentrate “There is actually excellent historical data – pre-1980/90 – but there has
production ready for export on track for June 30 2019. been very little exploration recently outside of platinum,” Greaves said.
DRA has been appointed to provide engineering services and design of “The platinum guys on the known platinum camps along the Great Dyke
the Arcadia plant, while JRG Goddard (Pvt) Ltd have been awarded the went and did the exploration and have been phenomenally successful.
earth moving/mining contract . Outside of that there hasn’t been that much exploration; lots of drilling
and exploration is needed. I think that is the big opportunity, naturally
Prospect has been able to dictate terms of the build since taking back the there’s a time lag between the exploration and ultimate production
contract from Sinomine. As Prospect took back control of the build and which requires political stability, but the opportunities are huge.”
finance timetable, Sinomine completed a $10 million placement at 6c/
share while off-take was reduced to about 70% of phase one production However, the big opportunity in front of Prospect at the moment is
with Sinomine Resource (Hong Kong) International Trading Co. Ltd over delivering the Arcadia project in timely fashion.
As Prospect plans the next 12-18 months, the ability to meet its goals will
The amendments to the $US557 million off-take agreement were due be entirely predicated on the owners’ team being recruited. A project
to spodumene and petalite pricing, which has seen the NPV at Arcadia team with the pedigree and experience to lead the project through its
increased by $US61 million to $US401 million, while Sinomine Resource phases have been identified and are undergoing, allowing Prospect the
has agreed to make a $US10 million pre-payment upon installation of the certainty to deliver on the project goals.
ball mill under the new off-take structure.
Zimbabwe has a vast network of hard rock mining experience and skills,
Harry Greaves of which Prospect will select carefully but quickly to ensure the execution
phase of the project is delivered with confidence.
Regarding the operational readiness of Arcadia, there have been significant
advances in the last few months, with all key personnel now identified.
This will allow Prospect to ensure Arcadia management commit the funds
and resources to ready the team for the operational environment by
investing in the systems and process consistent with an operating asset.
The priorities and demands of both the project and operation are now
receiving the full attention of the prospect executive team.
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Office: Level 9, 190 St Georges Terrace, Perth, Key people: Richard Crookes (non-executive chairman), John de
Western Australia 6000 Vries (managing director and CEO), Gabriel Chiappini (non-executive
director and company secretary), Raymond Hekima (vice-president
Tel: +61 8 9320 7550 corporate, Tanzania), Anthony Hall (head of strategy)
Web: [email protected]
A mong those accomplishments were production of a 99.3% second year and up to 90,000t in the third year. This deal is significant in construction team. through the investment community, while opening up a whole new market
concentrate at commercial scale from a ground-breaking pilot that no graphite developer to date has signed a single offtake agreement “Yantai have built four plants in China in the last 10 years and CPC have for graphite hopefuls.
plant run and a recently completed DFS for Black Rock’s Mahenge graphite for 90,000t. built one plant for Syrah. Put that together and that’s five plants – more De Vries acknowledged that his company needed to undertake an
project, about 370km south-west of Dar es Salaam. Chinese battery producer Qingdao Fujin Graphite Company Ltd has also than just about anybody else, so we’ve got experience on our side,” de apprenticeship in the battery space – the Fujin agreement is only just
However, for experienced mining engineer de Vries, the biggest thrill came signed up for 15,000 tpa of sized graphite concentrate for up to three Vries said. the beginning, he says – before it could become the master of its own
during the compilation of the DFS when his in-country team were unafraid years, meaning Black Rock has now placed about 44% of the proposed “If you’re looking to be an investor in this space, having that experience craft. However, there is no denying the electric revolution is an enticing
to challenge his thinking on certain points. steady-state production of 250,000 tpa from Mahenge. of knowing what works and knowing what doesn’t work and why is proposition for Black Rock.
“To me, this means barriers to communication don’t exist, our people are “We’ve been working in that space for a while now and effectively once the fundamentally important to success and provides a great level of comfort. “Everybody is monumentally excited about EVs, but at the moment I don’t
engaged, they have a ‘fire in the belly’, a hunger to win and feel they can first lot came in, the phone rang pretty hot for a couple of days,” de Vries “Most of us know we would have to go to China to secure the componentry own a Tesla. However, I do own a rechargeable toothbrush, so I get excited
contribute to a project in their country,” de Vries said. said. “I’m confident there are more offtake agreements we’re going to be at some point in time, and going with a single source means it just about toothbrushes because more people own toothbrushes than Teslas.
“Another way of looking at this is the development of our culture. Our coming up with between now and Christmas.” simplifies the execution. Plus, we’re going with a group who has done it a Inside every toothbrush is a Tesla wanting to get out,” de Vries said.
people own and define the culture and are fearless in questioning how we Aiding Black Rock’s bid to develop Mahenge is a strategic cooperation few times before.” “You need to be focused on the mining side and producing the best
might make the business stronger for longer.” agreement with major Chinese machinery outfit Yantai Jinyuan Machinery Black Rock was recently granted environmental approval for staged possible concentrate you can. So, I’m not going to compromise my mine
Black Rock is now charging towards construction of Mahenge after Ltd, part of the Yantai Jinyuan Group. development of Mahenge, beginning with 83,000t of product and or my balance sheet to try and run a mine to make a battery plant work. It’s
releasing a robust DFS for the project in October, followed by the execution Yantai has committed to supplying process plant machinery and related increasing to up to 250,000 tpa over five years. An application for a mining not the tail wagging the dog here. We’re focusing on the things we need
of two offtake agreements with reputable Chinese groups. infrastructure for Mahenge as well as help source $US40 million in project licence has been submitted to Tanzanian authorities and could be awarded to get right and running a mine is one of them. Again, that’s us playing the
Integrated graphite producer Heilongjiang Baho Graphite Company Ltd finance from Chinese groups. before Christmas. long game.”
has agreed to purchase 30,000t of blended graphite concentrate during Perth-based CPC Engineering, which built Syrah Resources Ltd’s De Vries said the company’s “crawl, walk, run” approach to business
the first year of production before lifting its allocation to 50,000t in the Balama process plant in Mozambique, will also form part of the Mahenge would be key to Mahenge’s successful development. Location: 370km south-west of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
“We’ve deliberately played a long game here and we’ve taken a very Resources: 212mt @ 7.8% TGC
strategic approach to how we’re going to develop the project,” he Reserves: 70mt @ 8.5% TGC
said. “You need to be much more deliberate, much more focused and Reserve life: 23 years
methodical about developing your project, but we’ve got the right people Life-of-mine: 32 years
to do it, we’ve got the right geology which is pretty tough to replicate and Total life-of-mine concentrate production: 6.6mt
we’ve got the right geography which I think is even tougher to replicate.” Average steady state production rate: 250,000 tpa
Black Rock’s “crawl, walk, run” strategy is also applicable to how the Phase one throughput: 83,000 tpa
company is approaching the fledgling battery space which has swept Capex for phase one: $US115 million (including 10% contingency)
Capex for phases two and three: $US153.7 million
(including 15% contingency)
Post-tax NPV, unlevered at 10%: US$895 million
Post-tax, unlevered: 42.8%
Life-of-Mine C1 Costs: $US401/t FOB Dar es Salaam
Life-of-Mine AISC: $US473/t FOB Dar es Salaam
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BACKING BARRAMBIE a layered intrusion it is still there and the Government seismic
shows that is goes down about 4km. It’s a very unique deposit,”
CHRIS REED SAYS IT’S TIME FOR BARRAMBIE – ONE OF THE LARGEST Reed said.
VANADIUM-TITANIUM-MAGNETITE DEPOSITS IN THE WORLD – TO BE GIVEN Staged development options will be considered for Barrambie,
DUE RECOGNITION. BARRAMBIE WILL BE THE KEY ASSET IN A NEW ENTITY including the merits of offshore processing of crushed ore, onsite
SCHEDULED TO HIT THE ASX IN Q1 2019. production of high-grade concentrate for sale, and refining to
produce vanadium chemical products.
Adaman Resources has been contracted to provide mining, crushing and A mining lease with full native title agreement and ministerial
transport studies for Barrambie, while Snowdens will revise ore estimates approval for the development of an open cut mine and processing
and Ausenco will update operating and capital cost estimates for the project plant is in place, giving Neometals the opportunity to hit the ground
running with the proposed new company listing.
The last 12 months have seen a return to can’t just throw this over the fence and money flies back like in The success of multi-billion dollar market capped companies such Historical Barrambie DFS 2009
IPO activity not experienced for some time, the precious metals space. We have to go through that disciplined as Largo Resources Ltd in Brazil and Bushveld Minerals in South
however, few debutantes have come to the evaluation and ascertain what the value is to the customers and Africa will be useful reference points for Reed, particularly given PRODUCTION: 6,160t vanadium as
ball with a DFS in hand and approvals all give them what they want, which is secure sources of feed from the $600 million capex estimated to build Barrambie. ferrovanadium
but secured like Barrambie; an off-shoot stable jurisdictions like Australia. Reed says this will be the company’s biggest hurdle in bringing RESOURCE (INDICATED AND INFERRED):
from Neometals Ltd’s battery minerals “The vanadium market, and most of the world’s production, comes Barrambie to fruition. 65mt @ 0.82% vanadium pentoxide (0.5%
strong portfolio. out of China, Russia and South Africa, so something coming out of “At current prices, payback on Barrambie is less than a year,” cut-off)
Australia is going to be attractive,” he said. Reed said. “We would approach that in the same sort of way we RESERVES (PROBABLE): 39.7mt @ 0.82%
Barrambie has been at bay for 15 years, but has been far from idle While Barrambie is geographically located in a premier mining approached Mt Marion. We’ll do the studies, evaluations, build up vanadium pentoxide
with $30 million spent on the asset. This capital commitment jurisdiction, the troubled past of the Windimurra vanadium project the pie, potentially introduce partners to share the capital outlay MINE LIFE: 12 years
means Barrambie – located in Western Australia’s Mid West – has a lingers in the minds of many in the Australian resources community and bring development expertise and when we are ready to turn THROUGHPUT: 3.2 mtpa
mature development status and is primed for greater exposure amid and there are still critics that need convincing of the merit of the wheel, we’ll have an honest conversation on how can we CAPITAL COST: $628.9 million
a bullish vanadium market. vanadium projects down under. finance it.” OPERATING COST: less than $US20/kg as
Vanadium pentoxide prices surged 200% in 2018 against a backdrop Reed is not perturbed by the naysayers and nor should he be given The Barrambie story has already been taken on the road and has ferrovanadium
of strong demand for vanadium’s use as a steel additive and the the success his company has achieved ahead of the lithium curve piqued interest in China, with Reed keeping an open mind on the
increasing popularity of vanadium redox flow batteries. Coupled with its Mt Marion mine. best way forward.
with this, mine closures together with reduced processing of stone “In Perth, vanadium is associated with stalled projects,” he said. “We have guys who are travelling an awful lot to China and
coal and magnetite in China has constrained primary and co- “Investors in Toronto and London have a strong appetite having elsewhere, so offtake is high on the agenda. Just like the lithium,
production of vanadium feedstocks. had much better experiences backing guys that have gone in with it is an industrial mineral, you have to get a quality offtake
A handful of producers dominate the vanadium market and even a lower risk, development strategy – i.e. buying and operating a agreement with a quality offtake partner. That is the only way to
with new projects entering the equation, it has been forecast that business at a low point in the cycle and then riding it up.” make the spreadsheet real, otherwise it is just 2D and 3D models
supply will not satisfy demand in the short to medium term. At an estimated operating cost of $US20/kg, Barrambie has and financial spreadsheets for the bankers,” Reed said.
Therefore, if vanadium prices do pullback from the $US130/kg potential to be one of the lowest cost vanadium projects in the “The original feasibility study looked at mining the ore, making a
mark (at the time of print) it is unlikely that the Neometals 2009 world and looks particularly compelling against current record high magnetic concentrate then going through a salt roast leach, which
DFS operating cost at approximately $US20/kg will be put under vanadium prices of $US130/kg. is a traditional processing route used by the Russians, Chinese and South Africans
pressure. The current $US130/kg price was one that could not be ignored and to produce vanadium pentoxide; an intermediate product for further processing into
“It takes a lot of time and money to get to where Barrambie is and was the catalyst of Neometals’ review of the 2009 Barrambie DFS, ferrovanadium.
when the new company is ready to go, Barrambie will almost be which is expected to be completed by mid-2019. “Fortunately for us, we have a high titanium section to the orebody where we can make
shovel-ready,” Neometals Managing Director Chris Reed said. In April, a fresh indicated and inferred resource of 280.1mt @ 9.18% a magnetic concentrate out of that as well. You could put that in the salt roast leach, but
“In the end, you have to supply what the customer wants and you titanium and 0.44% vanadium at Barrambie was released and will at this stage we’re looking at putting it into the titanium pigment supply chain by selling
be factored into the updated DFS. Within that global resource are it as concentrate to offshore processors who will turn it into titanium slag,” he said.
high grade subsets including a high vanadium grade band containing Now that Barrambie has commanded a sole focus, Reed expects an expanded mine
64.9Mt at 0.8% V2O5. life from the updated DFS which will precede an investment decision on the project in
“We drilled to over 300m on select sections and as you’d expect in mid-2019.
“We are a diversified company and we have had to put a fair bit of time into the income-
producing assets and the immediate downstream processing. That has in part been
why we have been looking at demerging the non-lithium assets into a new vehicle so
we can resource them financially and appropriately with the human capital to capture
the most value out of those projects,” Reed said.
“I think the approach we took with lithium has worked out pretty well in the partnering
process. It is likely that long term offtake will be in place, depending on where they are
from, but it would be easier if they had a little bit of equity in the project.”
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Amid the unmatched digital disruption It has invested nearly 120 years in ser- than coal and natural gas – and as the first new investment offering.
experienced by investment markets over vicing and promoting the gold industry foreign refiner accredited by the Shang- “Once the retail money starts flowing in,
the past 15 years, gold has retained its safe since being established in 1899 as the gold hai Gold Exchange we are the largest
haven status with one of the world’s few rush in Western Australia’s eastern gold- non-domestic supplier of 1 kilo bars into the institutions become interested so we
fully integrated precious metals houses, fields began to take hold. Now, as then, China,” Hayes says. are already in discussions with those inter-
The Perth Mint, working hard to ensure Australian gold entices interest from all ested in utilising gold ETFs,” Hayes says.
the yellow metal enhances its standing. corners of the globe. Back in Perth, customers – from individu-
als to sovereign wealth funds – use the While the ETF allows The Perth Mint to
The Perth Mint is one of Australia’s “The world used to come to WA for Mint’s depository to securely store their attract established global financial players,
largest exporters, distributing gold, now The Perth Mint is taking Austral- wealth in its network of state-of-the-art its new GoldPass™ smartphone app tar-
$16 billion worth of pure gold, ian gold to the world,” Perth Mint Chief vaults. gets a completely different demographic.
Executive Officer Richard Hayes says.
silver and platinum bullion bars “Our depository allows people to buy Launched in October, GoldPass™
and coins to investors in more With the capacity to refine 350 tonnes of precious metals without physical delivery. gives retail investors the unique ability to
than 130 countries annually. gold and 700 tonnes of silver per annum, Currently we manage $3 billion worth of securely buy, store and sell gold via digital
The Perth Mint is the largest precious met- metal on behalf of 35,000 customers from certificates. The platform also allows the
Perth Mint Fact File... als refiner in Australia. It processes almost 130 countries,” Hayes says. instantaneous transfer of gold to other ap-
all Australian gold mine production and proved GoldPass™ app users.
• Parent company Gold Corporation, trading as The Perth Mint, is wholly owned output from regional neighbours includ- “We structure the business so we can
by the Government of Western Australia. ing Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Fiji, offer something for everyone. We have a “GoldPass™ effectively tokenises gold
Solomon Islands, Malaysia and Thailand. traditional storage team whom custom- ounces which can then be bought and sold
• Operating the largest refinery in the southern hemisphere and belonging to a ers may call to invest and provide various to registered users on the app. Rather than
select group accredited by the world’s five major gold exchanges, it refined Hayes says The Perth Mint strives to sup- online platforms.” focusing on traditional investors, the app
341 tonnes of gold and 505 tonnes of silver in 2017/18. port and add value to Australia’s booming targets millennials who use smartphones in
gold mining industry. The Mint’s efforts to find new markets all aspects of their lives.”
• Currently manages close to $3 billion worth of precious metals on behalf of are not restricted geographically, with 2018
some 35,000 investors from more than 130 countries. “We have a world-class refining facility being the year in which two new invest- As with its other offerings, GoldPass™
and assaying services, and we continually ment products were launched – a gold ETF benefits from The Perth Mint’s exclusive
• In 2017/18, sold close to 8 million coins, medallions and minted bars create and develop new markets and new on the New York Stock Exchange and the government guarantee.
worldwide, valued at $838 million. demographics of customers for Australian GoldPass™ smartphone app.
gold,” he says. “With the uncertainty and speculative
• Home to the Guinness World Record holding Australian Kangaroo One Tonne The Perth Mint Physical Gold ETF (NYSE nature of cryptocurrencies with no asset
Gold Bullion Coin, the Mint welcomes more than 74,000 visitors to its gold Reinforcing The Perth Mint’s standing in Arca: AAAU) is the first ETF backed by backing their value, investors are always
exhibition in East Perth annually. the world of precious metals is the backing physical gold which itself is guaranteed by keen to discover innovative and credible
of the Western Australian government. a sovereign entity. Each AAAU share rep- vehicles through which to safely protect the
PAGE 18 DECEMBER 2018 - JANUARY 2019 AUSTRALIA’S PAYDIRT resents ownership of 1/100th of an ounce worth of their portfolios,” Hayes says.
“We operate with the world’s only of gold which is 100% secured by physical
government guarantee, meaning we offer gold stored by The Perth Mint. “Many commentators are suggesting
the safest refining, investment and storage that digital gold products are expanding
programmes in the world,” Hayes says. “AAAU is unique because it is the only the market for gold investment, so there
gold ETF where the underlying physical is a distinct rise in the demand for trusted
Its reputation and long history makes gold is government guaranteed,” Hayes modern and contemporary means of
The Perth Mint a revered institution, says. “All the gold which backs the fund is exchange.”
though Hayes recognises the ongoing stored in Perth, so it lessens the exposure
need to adapt and innovate in the face of to the massive concentrations of physical With more than 1,300 users register-
the digital revolution. gold in London and New York. Further- ing to trade via GoldPass™ within its
more, rather than use third party vaults we first month, the platform is expected to
“We have become pretty good at what only store the metal in the seven bank- become one of the Mint’s leading vehicles
we do after 120 years but we are firmly and grade vaults we own. for gold investment.
fully focused on the future,” he says. “We
must stay ahead of the curve by advancing Another key feature of AAAU is that The Perth Mint is also using digital
and harnessing new technologies for our investors may exchange their shares for advances to ensure Australian gold mine
customers.” physical gold at any time, with the Mint production retains its ethical reputation
Developments have included the offering a range
continual pursuit of new markets. The US of gold products “As an active member of the London
and EU are the Mint’s largest markets with from which they Bullion Market Association, we are working
demand from the rest of the world, and in may choose and on several initiatives around the traceability
particular Asia and the Middle East, stead- have delivered of gold from mine to market,” Hayes says.
ily increasing. directly to their
door. “Traceability is becoming increasing im-
“The Perth Mint is Australia’s largest portant and we are a strong advocate for it.
exporter to Germany by value – more Launched in Some of the programmes are blockchain-
August, AAAU based, while others use physical or chemi-
has performed cal fingerprinting. So, we are watching
well in its first the space very closely and have initiated
few months with several in-house investigations into the dif-
a number of ferent technological developments.”
attracted to the Transparency and accountability are
other ways in which the Mint is securing
gold’s importance to international markets.
“The relationships we have with both
miners and consumers are at the heart of
our global success,” Hayes says. “These
connections span the entire spectrum of
the precious metal value chain, from the
mines themselves to the delivery of physi-
cal products and investment solutions to
markets the world over.”
AUSTRALIA’S PAYDIRT DECEMBER 2018 - JANUARY 2019 PAGE 19
An intelligent approach
aelminingservices.com As mining practices go, blasting appears as basic as it gets conversion, i-Mining productivity
but as innovation and modernisation takes hold across programmes and blasting consulting
PAGE 56 DECEMBER 2018 - JANUARY 2019 AUSTRALIA’S PAYDIRT the entire operational chain even this most antediluvian of services to providing training in basic
mining practices is providing technology solutions to miners. blasting principles.
Earlier this year, AEL Mining Services (AEL), a member of the Van den Berg says the company’s innovations
JSE-listed AECI Group in South Africa, has announced its have achieved the cost, efficiency and safety
official rebrand to AEL Intelligent Blasting to reflect its focus outcomes clients are increasingly demanding.
on the technological revolution in the explosives and mining
industry. “We spend a lot of time investigating how our
products and services couple to ensure we are
The company offers the latest generation of products and getting the best outcomes for clients,” she says.
services for blasting operations, including bulk explosives,
packaged explosives, electronic and conventional initiating Every part of the mining production cycle is monitored
systems, blasting accessories and delivery systems as well and analysed but miners are still struggling to interpret the
as technical services via its technical arm; Blast Consult. swathes of data they are now producing. AEL’s intelliBlast™
allows the Blast Consult team to trace the impact of blasting
AEL’s innovation push is displayed in its product and strategies across an entire operation.
service range and summed up by its holistic and flexible
AEL intelliBlast™ platform, which enables it to tailor smart “It is a big problem in the industry,” van den Berg says. “We
blasting solutions for optimal mining outcomes. have monitoring on everything from the blast to the plant
but all this different monitoring equipment is not talking to
AEL’s Meagan van den Berg says intelliBlast™ and AEL’s each other in unison; there is no way of tracking whether
entire product suits allows it to keep pace with the downtime in the plant can be traced to an original problem
innovation advances being demanded by its mining clients. in the blasting.”
“Mining is often criticised for being a laggard in innovation Having responsibility for the first link in the mining
but in the last few years there has been an intense focus production chain, AEL has taken on the challenge of
on embracing technology,” van den Berg says. “While the providing such a solution itself.
depths of the commodity price cycle provided a huge
incentive to pursue innovative solutions, concerns over “We pride ourselves on our ability to collaborate,” van
safety and productivity have also driven the trend. den Berg says. “We don’t like the drop-off-and-go model.
We want to be part of the integrated team on each site
“We find clients are not just looking for cost savings but and we ask what the customer wants and what suits their
increasingly ways of making their operations safer and operations, future plans, etc.”
more efficient. Global miners have arrived in Africa with
expectations of adhering to world’s best practice. By its The company had struck a technology partnership which
nature blasting is a dangerous exercise but the entire will see it create a digital twin of a client’s operation.
industry is realising it doesn’t have to be done in the same
way it was done 100 years ago.” “This allows us to build algorithms for all aspects of the
mine, from drill-and-blast to load haulage, ground handling
AEL is already a leader in blasting technology, having and into plant processing. From there we can play through
introduced new products spanning the blasting spectrum different scenarios and see how blasting may impact
from automated and remote-controlled blasting to efficiencies in other parts of the operation. We can then look
monitoring as well as innovative packaging such as fit- at different outcomes. The entire process becomes proactive
for-purpose pumped emulsion formulas for underground rather than reactive.”
AEL’s efforts also incorporate the changing cultural
Through its in-house engineering division, AEL designs landscape in mining. The South African mining industry in
and builds Mobile Processing Units (MPUs) for surface and particular is experiencing massive structural change and
underground mining, bulk emulsion manufacturing plants AEL sees its innovation programme as a way of engaging
and modular initiating systems assembly plants. with other stakeholders.
In addition, AEL offers underground mobile and fixed “We must understand the drivers of the regulator and the
emulsion pumping systems. Through IntelliBlast™ total local communities and work out how we can assist in getting
value proposition, this holistic and flexible approach deploys our customers compliant. Being a responsible supplier is not
blasting services that extract optimum value from any just about high quality, safe products and services. It is about
blasting operation, with its combination of products, services investing in local stakeholders and building development
and solutions. These include prime, load, tie and shoot (PLTS) opportunities for communities.
as well as Rock-on-Ground contracting.
For more information on AEL Intelligent Blasting,
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Tel: +27 11 606 0000 Fax: +27 11 605 0000
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hasn’t stopped ASX-listed number of Australian licensees active in What commodities should explorers registration of application. financial policies on exploration commit-
companies embarking on Greenland. This is why we annually host be searching for in Greenland? ments, royalties etc. to insure Green-
exploration campaigns in the a Greenland Day in Perth, Western Aus- Exploration Licences in Greenland are land remains a competitive investment
Arctic island. In October, the tralia, where interested stakeholders can The geology of Greenland is unique in granted with exclusivity to area defined destination.
Greenland Ministry of Mineral visit and learn more about the geology being so diverse, with a huge range of by the applicant. The first licence period
Resources and Labour held and regulatory framework of Greenland geological environments covering almost is granted for five years, if the licensee What advice would you give
its annual Greenland Day in as a mining investment destination. the entire Earth’s history. This means the is fully compliant after those five years, to Australian companies
Perth and also participated as mineral systems and commodities to be they will be entitled to a renewal of considering investment in
an exhibitor at the Australian This was also the first year our delega- found in Greenland are equally diverse. another five years. After this the licence Greenland?
Nickel Conference. Paydirt tion participated in the Australian Nickel There is strong exploration potential in must be renewed every third year.
spoke with Klaus Kuch Jensen, Conference. We found it very useful and Greenland for a wide range of com- Greenland has some very skilful
Acting Head of the Licence it seems to have generated some genu- modities including gold, magmatic nickel, Prospecting Licences in Greenland are and specialised subcontractors,
Department at the Ministry, ine interest for Greenland. zinc, rare earth elements, sedimentary- granted to non-exclusive standard areas especially to mineral exploration
about the reasons for the visit hosted copper, IOCGs, platinum-group (North, West, and East Greenland). companies. However, they tend
and the opportunities on offer in What level of participation do elements, tungsten, gemstones (includ- The prospecting licence comes with no to be very busy during the summer
the country. you already see from Australian ing diamonds), titanium, graphite and reporting requirements and no financial field season. So, plan ahead
companies? other industrial minerals. What’s more, commitments. It is valid for five years and reach out to the local
the sheer number of operating mines in and cannot be renewed. If the licensee subcontractors in due time.
The prospective geology of Greenland correlative geological terranes in parts of manages to delineate a high potential
has already attracted significant interest Scandinavia and Arctic Canada suggest area within the prospecting licence, the
from Australia. Currently, we have five that there must be economic deposits licensee is automatically entitled to have
mineral licensees in Greenland originat- so far undiscovered in Greenland. this area granted with exclusivity on
ing from Australia. One of these has exploration licence terms.
been granted an Exploitation Licence
(Ironbark Zinc Ltd for its project by Cit- Exclusive Exploration Licences on
ronen Fjord in North Greenland). Others Special Terms are granted in North and
include Greenland Minerals SA, Platina
North American Nickel Inc’s exploration
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Paydirt: The rate of innovation in today’s mining industry is PD: West Africa has seen several waves of gold
rapid. How is SGS keeping pace with this speed of change? exploration and development investment in the last two
decades. Where does the region currently stand? Is SGS
SGS: SGS upholds a culture of continuous learning building up for another big West African gold boom?
supported by investing in the latest equipment and tools.
Our SGS laboratory in Tarkwa, Ghana, will have the first SGS: West Africa is a large and resource rich region and
microwave plasma atomic emission spectrometer for SGS aside from gold, there are strong prospects for a range
in Africa installed by January 2019 and adds automation to of minerals. Stable political and economic markets are
the equipment list. This technology will add value to the local seeing an increase of investment in the gold and mineral
skills of on-site chemists plus improve safety and reduce sector in West Africa while improvements in technology are
energy usage. SGS is also looking at other technology to accelerating exploration. SGS’s network of laboratories and
automate current methodology which will be introduced technical staff across West Africa ensures strong presence
in 2019 to ensure a more competitive and comprehensive on the ground. SGS works closely with all stakeholders to
service to clients to improve production, turnaround time support resource diversification and growth within the local
and safety. Additionally, the digitalisation of results with SGS markets. Aside from standard laboratory services, SGS is
Engage tool, allows authorised users to get results instantly on-hand to provide clients with access to the global support
even from their phones. This helps clients also better team when issues arise. A valuable example is how SGS
monitor their results over time as well as provide a central goes a step further to assist clients to control and optimise
and accessible data storage solution. their process operation by auditing and offering a solution to
SGS Ghana The world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and PD: How important is it for miners in West Africa to PD: What is your advice to mining and exploration
certification company, SGS, is recognised as the global have reliable, respected and ethical service partners companies coming into West Africa for the first time?
The current flux in global equity benchmark for such quality and integrity. It has more than 60 whether in assaying or environmental analysis?
markets and geopolitical concerns commercial and dedicated on-site mine laboratories across SGS: Stay hungry, don’t be foolish. There are strong
across the region has led West African Africa. In Ghana, the group has been active since 1960 and SGS: It is essential. The stakes are high when miners invest opportunities in the region and its great so many companies
miners and explorers to demand now boasts offices and laboratories in Accra, Tema, Takoradi, so much on all the stages of exploration that protection of are ready to seek them out, however the importance of
service providers deliver reliability Tarkwa, Damang, Ahafo, Akyem and Obuasi, making the information is priceless. A Swiss-established company, SGS dealing with local communities and ensuring protection of
and transparency. group easily accessible to clients, whether they are at the operates with strict principals of security and anonymity. the environment cannot be underestimated.
exploration, development or operational stage. When handling samples, at every step, technicians must
pass bio-data security verification and our coded tracking Managing the impact of exploration and mining not only
SGS Ghana’s Mineral Services division’s geochemical system means that samples themselves do not display any protects workers and company reputation but also reduces
expertise ensures it delivers trusted, quality data on a client information. SGS invests heavily on training, security the potential risk of costly clean ups when environmental
consistent basis, allowing companies to manage risks, measures and monitoring so that all work is carried out with monitoring systems are established early on.
enhance the value of their projects and get to the the utmost respect for clients’ data protection.
market quicker. SGS has a wealth of experience from work in the minerals
and environment, health and safety standpoint to provide
The group’s Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) services clients with a one stop shop for all their needs, from
in Ghana is a one-stop-shop for managing environmental sampling to data management both on the field and in
needs across West Africa. SGS EHS works with clients SGS’s accredited network of laboratories.
to develop environmental monitoring plans, carries out
field data collection for baseline studies, provides stack
emissions monitoring, field sampling and industrial hygiene
risk assessments. It can also undertake audit-type work on
environmental due diligence and regulatory compliance.
Paydirt spoke with the SGS Ghana team to find out how the
industry could use its services to successfully navigate the
course between investors, governments and community.
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