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Chinese lithium-ion battery manufacturer Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) will emerge as one of the biggest shareholders in Pilbara Minerals under a plan to raise up to $111.5 million (reports The Australian Financial Review).

Chinese lithium-ion battery manufacturer Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) will emerge as one of the biggest shareholders in Pilbara Minerals under a plan to raise up to $111.5 million (reports The Australian Financial Review). CATL will pay $55 million for 8.5 per cent of Pilbara, under a placement that effectively values the Western Australian lithium exporter at $646 million. CATL makes electric vehicle batteries for car manufacturers like BMW, and is currently building a factory in Germany to supply BMW and other customers.

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Bardoc Gold is adding a historical high-grade mine into its mix of assets north of Kalgoorlie

Bardoc Gold is adding a historical high-grade mine into its mix of assets north of Kalgoorlie with the inexpensive acquisition of a tenement called Vettersburg (reports MiningNews). The tenement is 7.5km from Bardoc's cornerstone Zoroastrian deposit and contains the Slug Hill gold mine that yielded 20,008 ounces in dirt grading 23.5 grams per tonne when worked for a few years either side of 1900 and then again from 1905-1908. Consideration is A$60,000 cash and three million 20c options for vendors' Kevin Iles, Brett Scott and Geofrey Bloomfield.

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South Africa faces an uphill battle to restore its reputation as an international mining destination, with investors hesitant to back projects there after years of policy upheaval (reports The Australian).

South Africa faces an uphill battle to restore its reputation as an international mining destination, with investors hesitant to back projects there after years of policy upheaval (reports The Australian).

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Lucapa Diamond Company has posted a US$1.1 million net profit after tax for the first six months of the year (reports MiningNews).

Lucapa Diamond Company has posted a US$1.1 million net profit after tax for the first six months of the year (reports MiningNews). The result compared with a $4.3 million loss for the first half of 2018 and came despite a challenging period for the diamond sector. Diamond sales for the half were $29.4 million, including $22.1 million from the Lulo mine in Angola. At the new Mothae mine in Lesotho, diamond carat production was 36% ahead of plan, while operating costs were 14% below forecasts.

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The WA Government has thrown its support behind Kibaran Resources’ Kwinana graphite plant, providing a boost to the company as it seeks to finalise funding for what may become a $100 million-plus project in the State’s emerging Lithium Valley (reports The West Australian).

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6th September 2019

Tiddler Valor Resources is turning its gaze towards the Western Australian Goldfields with an agreement to acquire an interest in the high-grade Radio mine near Southern Cross in Western Australia (reports MiningNews). Valor's Berenguela copper-silver-manganese project in southeast Peru was recently joint ventured out to Rio Tinto's Kennecott Exploration Company, and with that project in hand it is looking to establish a gold revenue stream by early 2020.

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Sunstone Metals managing director Malcolm Norris and his team believe they are on the cusp of a world-famous exploration hattrick. The team is already credited with finding the SolGold Cascabel and Intrepid Mining’s Tujuh Bukit deposits which have made many hundreds of millions of dollars for investors, Norris can now smell another major find at Sunstone’s Bramaderos project in Ecuador.

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Venturex listed on the ASX just before the markets went completely pear-shaped in 2009-2010 (reports Stockhead). Junior explorers were hit particularly hard, and Venturex (ASX:VXR) was forced to rationalise its portfolio and preserve cash as the value of equities plummeted and capital vanished from the markets. So it’s fitting that the company is currently developing a copper-zinc project, called Sulphur Springs, which is designed to be robust at any stage of the price cycle.

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