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The Big Australian’s new chief admits to reviewing the battery metal’s potential “on a regular basis”...

BHP’s posturing that it stands to benefit from the world’s great decarbonisation event – the electric vehicle and renewable energy storage revolution – through its electrification and battery metals exposures of copper and nickel is well known. It likes to call the exposures its “future-facing” commodities and it has just declared an appetite for more copper and nickel resource positions through exploration and early-stage entry into projects owned by others.

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Plus, Alkane’s latest result fuels hopes it may have a Cadia-esque find on its hands

The coronavirus has knocked the stuffing out of base metals prices, taking equity values for the producers and developers down at the same time. The likelihood is that when the terror of it all passes and everyone gets back to work, there will be a strong rebound in prices for the metals and equities, probably with the added bonus of a big dose of stimulus from Beijing. While the timing of all that is uncertain, the here and now for the sector’s equities is that there is now more value to be had for investors than there was before the thing began to spread from Wuhan.

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Upbeat assessment augurs well for what looks like being a much better year for exploration, with Rio pushing ahead with its Antipa JV while juniors Stavely, Chalice, Alkane and Nagambie are among those revving up expectations for the new year.

The about-to-end flood of December quarterly reports from the big and small players in the mining space has confirmed that on the exploration front at least, 2020 is shaping up as something special compared with the hit and miss of previous years. No less than Newcrest (NCM) proved the point on Thursday with its update on drill results from the  Havieron gold-copper discovery, 45km east of its ageing and grade-challenged Telfer gold/copper mine in WA’s Paterson province.

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Plus, Genesis approaching decision time on its 867,000oz WA resource

For a guy who started out as a metallurgist at Mount Isa, Michael O’Keeffe has done really well over the years. His success is linked to the best training one can get in commodity markets, courtesy of his time with his mate Ivan Glasenberg at Glencore between 1995-2004. By the time he left, O’Keeffe had become managing director of the Australian side of the business and from that, he clearly developed a knack for identifying opportunities in seemingly clapped out commodities.

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Plus, Legend’s latest assays fuel hopes of a new nickel-copper find in the Fraser Range and Sprott eyes a golden girl in Kalamazoo

The cooling US-China trade war is a positive for metals and bulk commodities, none more so than for zircon. The trade war was seen as a key factor in the price weakness for the key mineral sand in the back half of 2019. Tied as it is to building and housing activity along with some other sectors, zircon, like copper, is something of a bellwether of global economic activity.

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More evidence that Rio is on to something special puts spotlight back on Winu nearology juniors Antipa and Sipa. Plus, Euroz barracks hard for Legend’s WA nickel-copper discovery

Rio Tinto hasn’t been messing around at its remote Winu copper-gold discovery in Western Australia’s Paterson province. Its latest exploration licence expenditure report, filed under the WA Mining Act, shows Rio spent a massive $79.6 million on the project in the 12 months to October 12, not including the cost of a gravel airstrip.

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Plus, Chalice’s record in Victoria to help its bid for highly-demanded blocks next to Kirkland’s rich Fosterville mine

Excitement is building around the expected release on Monday of the eagerly awaited assay results from the third hole drilled at Legend Mining’s (LEG) Area D prospect at its Rockford project in WA’s Fraser Range. Legend was 4.2c a share ahead of going into a trading halt last week and a trading suspension this week, pending the release of the assay results.

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Goyder aims to be Goldilocks with not-too-early, not-too-late development of Kathleen Valley. Plus, Centaurus awaits first assays from Brazilian nickel sulphide project.

STOP PRESS: Legend Mining (LEG) has gone into a trading halt pending the release of assay results from the third hole in its current drilling campaign at its Area D prospect, part of its broader Rockford project in WA’s Fraser Range. The Perth gossip was that it has made a nickel-copper “discovery”, though there was no fix on the size of the intersection or the grade of the mineralisation, presumably because the hit had only been made in recent days.

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