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The new field season in WA’s Paterson province has brought fresh exploration impetus, with Rio firing up 11 rigs

The new field season in WA’s Paterson province has brought fresh exploration impetus, with Rio firing up 11 rigs while nearby juniors Sipa and Antipa are planning holes of their own. Plus, Sandfire-backed White Rock offers investors two projects for the price of one. Exploration in Western Australia’s remote Paterson province is heating up as was expected following Rio Tinto’s belated confirmation in February that its Winu copper-gold discovery was indeed something special.

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Plus, Liontown morphing into lithium city as new research report says the hot stock is just warming up

It is wrong to think that it has been a case of total gloom and doom for lithium equities since January. The sector is down by 50%-plus on fears of over-supply well in to the 2020s and operational shortcomings at the newer operations. It has not mattered that one by one, the world’s biggest auto groups have been pinning their futures to the electric vehicle revolution. In a global market in which two million EV units were sold last year, VW reckons it will do five million units itself in 2025. Same with Toyota, and others have been chiming in.

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And speaking of leverage, PolarX is about to drill some deep holes into a highly-rated porphyry target courtesy of North American major Lundin

Newbie gold producer Dacian (DCN) served up some shock back in early June when it told the market that it should forget about its Mt Morgans operation being a 200,000 oz a year producer for 10 years at a cost of $A1,000 an oz. Its June 5 stock price crashed from $1.58 to 51c, catching everyone in the market – and this space – on the hop. To the credit of executive chairman and CEO Rohan Williams, Dacian has wasted no time getting back to the market with a five and an eight-year mine plan and a stated intention of not raising equity funds to see it through.

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Plus, Marenica buys straw hats in uranium winter

Sunstone (ASX:STM) had a big day out on Tuesday when it updated the market on drilling progress at its multi-target Bramaderos project in southern Ecuador, well away from all the drama up north where 10,000 garimpeiros are said to have overrun a Gina Rinehart exploration property. More than 30 million shares were traded and the stock fell from 4c to 3c on the progress report, with day-trader types, who had presumably taken up positions in the hope of a one hole-discovery, heading for the exit.

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Plus, soaring gold price triggers big bounce in Millennium shares

There were many factors behind the 2017 Pilbara conglomerate gold bubble. But what really pumped up things was one of the great mining promotional events of our time. The September 2017 event was orchestrated by the lead company in the bubble, Canada’s Novo Resources Corp (TSX-V:NVO). Novo organised what’s known in the TV game as a live cross from the Denver Gold Forum to its Purdy’s Reward conglomerate project near Karratha in the Pilbara, a 50:50 joint venture with the ASX-listed Artemis (ARV).

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Plus, the bulls are running on Highfields’ Spanish potash project after receipt of environmental permit

Persistence in the Chilean coastal range is about to pay off handsomely for ASX-listed Hot Chili (ASX:HCH). It has just reported a top-40 porphyry copper-gold hit at its recently optioned Cortadera project, near the iron ore mining town of Vallenar and 700km north of Santiago. It’s a game-changer, but first some history.

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A recovery could also see the next generation of graphite producers such as Battery Minerals and Kibaran spring to life. Plus, pending BFS could re-rate Orion shares

Leading graphite stock Syrah Resources (SYR) has been beaten up something shocking ever since it turned on its Balama operation in Mozambique. The fall from grace – it’s down from $2.80 a year ago to $1.07 this week – has a lot to do with teething problems at the concentrate processing plant. But the real issue is that the $US1, 000/t average price for Balama concentrates forecast in the May 2015 feasibility study has proved to be complete nonsense.

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Plus, Sunstone chief upbeat on porphyry drilling with assays imminent and PolarX validates its exploration strategy with $70m Lundin deal

Pilbara Minerals (PLS) was the big lithium presence at this week’s Resources Rising Stars conference, where there was lots of discussion about Tesla wankers and whether the electric vehicle revolution was real. After braving unusually cold weather on the Gold Coast at a knees up the night before beneath giant tepees erected on the green at the RACV’s Royal Pines resort, Pilbara CEO Ken Brinsden told the assembled throng that it will only be a “matter of time before we all become Tesla wankers”.

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