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Esmarie Swanepoel


Esmarie Swanepoel is Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor: Australasia for Mining Weekly.


Received BTech degree in Journalism from the Tshwane University of Technology

Urquhart still on the radar

12th September 2018 An updated prefeasibility study (PFS) into the Urquhart bauxite project, in Queensland, has confirmed the low capital cost requirements for the project development. The PFS estimated that a capital injection of A$2.2-million would be required to develop Urquhart to produce some 1.5-million... 

Toro tips cost savings at Wiluna

12th September 2018 Uranium developer Toro Energy has flagged the potential for significant cost reductions at its Wiluna uranium project, in Western Australia, following leach testing results. The ASX-listed company on Wednesday said that the leach testing results far exceeded expectations with efficiencies, pulp... 

Australian Potash gets licence for Lake Wells

12th September 2018 ASX-listed Australian Potash has been granted a mining lease at its Lake Wells sulphate of potash (SOP) project, in Western Australia. “This is a major milestone on the approvals pathway and a significant step towards completion of the definitive feasibility study,” said Australian potash MD... 

Northern Star backs Venturex plans

12th September 2018 Junior Venturex Resources has struck a deal with shareholder Northern Star Resources which will see the gold miner advance a A$2-million unsecured loan for the definitive feasibility study (DFS) on the Sulphur Springs copper/zinc project, in Western Australia. The unsecured loan will have a 12... 

ACCC gives green light for A$13bn APA takeover

12th September 2018 The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on Wednesday said that it would not oppose A$13-billion takeover of infrastructure group APA Group. The directors of the company in August unanimously recommended the A$11 a share takeover offer from a consortium led by CK Infrastructure... 

Titan could earn into Peru gold

12th September 2018 ASX-listed junior Titan Minerals could potentially acquire an 85% interest in the Las Antas gold project, in Peru, after negotiations with a private Peruvian company. Subject to the execution of a formal binding earn-in agreement, Titan could earn an initial 60% interest in the project by... 

Further Australian LNG projects needed to keep prices in check

12th September 2018 New Australian liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplies will have to come on line by 2028 in order to forestall a shortage, advisory firm Wood Mackenzie (WoodMac) has forecast. “The Queensland LNG export projects have shattered the east coast’s ‘cheap gas forever’ mentality,” WoodMac director for... 

Altura finds another $15m for lithium project

11th September 2018 Lithium developer Altura Mining has secured an additional $15-million for its lithium project in the Pilbara, following an amendment deed with its existing loan note holders. “The additional funds will ensure the efficient ramp-up of commissioning towards nameplate capacity at the Altura lithium... 

Matsa starts mining at Red Dog

11th September 2018 Junior miner Matsa Resources has started mining at its Red Dog gold mine, in Western Australia. Red Dog is estimated to host a mineral resource of 368 000 t, at 2.2 g/t gold, for 26 300 oz of gold. 

Cobalt on the cards for CuDeco

11th September 2018 Copper miner CuDeco has entered into a memorandum of understanding with fellow-listed Cobalt Blue Holdings, allowing that company to conduct a due diligence to evaluate the applicability of its minerals processing technology to the cobalt-pyrite concentrate produced at the Rocklands mine, in... 

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