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Orion Minerals is busy prepping the Prieska project so when funding is eventually secured it can bring the historical copper-zinc mine in South Africa back into production ...

Orion Minerals is busy prepping the Prieska project so when funding is eventually secured it can bring the historical copper-zinc mine in South Africa back into production as quickly as possible (reports Mining Journal).

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Copper is trading at an historically low premium to the C1 production cost, says New York investment bank Jefferies, and as the impact of the coronavirus subsides, it does not believe a recovery in demand will be met by a corresponding increase in supply (reports MiningNews). "This is the coiled spring in mining," it said, indicating it believes the copper price will move significantly higher as a result.

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21st February 2020

Spectacular lithium hits at Liontown Resources’ Kathleen Valley deposit of up to 5.7%, including a growing zone regularly grading better than 3%, provides further support for a proposed underground and open pit lithium mine (reports MiningNews). The latest hits from the RC program include 43m at 3.1% from 253m, with 21m at 3.8% and 1m at 5.7%; and 16m at 2.6% from 308m, including 13m at 3.1% - all outside the resource envelope.

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Barry FitzGerald chats with Neil Marston, managing director of Bryah Resources (reports Stockhead) Bryah is a Perth-based mineral exploration company with a focus on exploration for high-grade copper-gold and manganese resources. The company is actively exploring the Bryah Basin and Gabanintha projects located in central Western Australia. Bryah has had a solid start to 2020, with the stock rising close to 20 per cent from 4c to 4.7c.

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21st February 2020

Copper explorer Stavely Minerals has been named as the winner of this year’s Craig Oliver Award at the RIU Explorers Conference in Fremantle (reports MiningNews). Stavely beat out other nominees Image Resources, Alkane Resources, Bellevue Gold and Gold Road Resources. The award, sponsored by Canaccord Genuity, Western Areas and David Flanagan, is handed out every year to a small to mid-cap Australian resources company that has excelled in all areas.

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Northern Star Resources has rewarded shareholders with a 7.5¢ fully franked interim dividend up 25 per cent on the 5¢ it paid last year...

Northern Star Resources has rewarded shareholders with a 7.5¢ fully franked interim dividend up 25 per cent on the 5¢ it paid last year (reports The West Australian). The juicier payout came on the back of a 54 per cent jump in net profit after tax in the first half to $126.8 million.

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Record gold prices have allowed Newcrest Mining to match last year's half year profit despite a 12 per cent slump in gold production volumes...

Record gold prices have allowed Newcrest Mining to match last year's half year profit despite a 12 per cent slump in gold production volumes (reports The Australian Financial Review). A weakening Australian dollar has combined with a flight to the traditional safe haven metal to create boom conditions for Australian gold miners like Newcrest, which has mines in New South Wales, Western Australia and Papua New Guinea.

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Sandfire Resources has withdrawn from an earn-in agreement in Alaska and signed a new exploration deal closer to its flagship DeGrussa copper mine...

Sandfire Resources has withdrawn from an earn-in agreement in Alaska and signed a new exploration deal closer to its flagship DeGrussa copper mine (reports MiningNews). The copper producer will withdraw from White Rock Minerals' Red Mountain zinc project in Alaska, after having spent A$8.5 million on exploration last year. While Sandfire will walk away without an interest in the project, it will remain an 11.3% shareholder in White Rock. White Rock said it would seek funding to explore the newly identified 15sq.km Last Chance gold anomaly.

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