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Exploration poised to resume at spectacular Little Spring Creek find in WA and gem production on track for later this year at the Mothae project. Plus, Nagambie goes hunting for Fosterville-style bonanza gold

Long-time diamond buffs Miles Kennedy (chairman) and Stephen Wetherall (managing director) have positioned Lucapa Diamond Co (LOM) to become a rare thing before the year is out. The rare thing status will arrive when Lucapa becomes a diamond producer from not one, but two diamond mines where the average value of the rough diamonds is more than $US1,000 a carat.

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Plus, New Century Resources winning support with zinc production on track for August

Northern Star Resources and Dacian Gold are prime examples of the rewards to be had from showering some love and attention on mature gold projects. Give the geologists the time and funds to go and chase their best ideas and it is a fair bet that mines, and previously mined deposits, that were considered clapped out can quickly start to shine again. That is particularly so against a gold market backdrop which continues to provide strong support for rejuvenating exploration efforts through the $A700 an ounce margins to be had on the industry’s average cost of production.

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Plus, Liontown ready to roar ahead of first assays at WA lithium project

Lithium stocks are still carrying the scars of Morgan Stanley’s February 28 opus on how there was long-term price pain coming for the high-flying battery metal because of the wall of new supply in the works. It was depressing reading but hey, it was only the opinion of an investment bank. The key factor in the gloomy assessment was Morgan Stanley’s view on penetration rates of electric vehicles.

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Plus, Victorian gold specialist Navarre looks cheap against its peers with drilling results pending

There is a bit of a buzz surrounding a little thing called Aruma Resources (AAJ), a hardy gold explorer with a technical bent. Its doggedness in looking for sediment-hosted gold to the east of Kalgoorlie – based on some high technology work involving the sample of gases from black shales and analogy comparisons with Gold Fields’ 2Moz-plus Invincible discovery at Kambalda – has piqued interest in its Slate Dam project.

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Plus, Piedmont looking to tap into US auto industry with its made-in-America lithium and Kirkland’s stunning Fosterville shows it is on track to be Australia’s best gold mine

Thanks to its marketing and trading arm, Glencore has a better feel than most for what’s going on out there in commodity markets. And because of the confidence that comes from having a big stake in the company, Glencore boss Ivan Glasenberg doesn’t waffle on the subject like so many of the paid servants at other miners do. Glasenberg was his adroit self when running through the commodity outlook at Glencore’s profit result call this week. The highlight had to be his thoughts on copper.

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Plus, Tawana set for re-rate on imminent lithium production

What do you do if you’re within seven weeks or so of producing your first gold from a shiny new 200,000 ounce-a-year treatment plant to be fed by both underground and open-cut mines where you’ve proved up an initial 1.2m ounce mining reserve? You go out a find a third potential source by making a significant discovery that sits between the two mines, less than 10km from the treatment plant. And when the new discovery raises the likelihood of being able to run softer oxide material through your new plant to boost gold production in its early years, all the better.

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Plus, Centaurus’ local knowledge lands it a highly prospective Brazilian nickel-cobalt play alongside Anglo and Vale

A diary entry shows that the misnamed Hill End Gold (HEG) must be close to releasing a maiden resource estimate for its Yendon high-purity alumina (HPA) project some 25km south-east of Ballarat. It is bound to gain attention as HPA is following in the footsteps of previously ignored specialty materials like graphite and cobalt which are enjoying super-charged growth in demand due to their use in a range of new and hi-tech applications.

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Plus, Red 5 makes a strong start to life as a WA gold miner

It is a case of back to the future for billionaire mining entrepreneur Robert Friedland’s ASX-listed Clean TeQ (ASX:CLQ). In the past two years, Clean TeQ – owned 16.3% by Friedland and 16% by China’s Pengxin Mining – has been something of a tearaway success, growing from $70m to the $800m-plus company it is today, headed as it is towards nickel and cobalt sulphate production for the lithium-ion battery market from its Syerston deposit (recently renamed Sunrise) near Condoblin in central NSW.

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