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It was suggested here last week that what Breaker Resources’ executive chairman Tom “Colonel” Sanders had to say at this week’s Resources Rising Stars’ conferences in Sydney and Melbourne could be pivotal.
The argument was that having established a 1.1m oz resource at its February 2016 virgin Bombora discovery, 100km east of Kalgoorlie, the pressure was on Sanders to convince the market it was undervaluing the stock in a major way.
Geologist Dr Chris Baker is best known for his time as an analyst and portfolio manager at Colonial First State and Sydney-based Caledonia, where he became one of Australia’s leading stock-pickers in the junior and mid-tier resources space.
These days he works for Sydney-based advisory firm Bridge Street Capital Partners as an Executive Director and analyst.
But he hasn’t lost his appetite for picking potential gems in the junior resource sector that could deliver investors big returns.
Graphite is one of the lesser talked about battery minerals, with the light often shining on copper, nickel, lithium and cobalt instead but 2019 could be the year when there is a refocus on graphite, according to Benchmark Mineral Intelligence’s Andy Leyland (reports MiningNews).
He spoke to the Energy Minerals Investor Hub about a potential graphite prices, increasing supply and demand and the likelihood of battery makers locking in offtake contracts going forward in the face of a potential shortage.
ASX-listed junior explorer Sunstone Metals could be the exploration success story of 2019 (reports Barry FitzGerald on Stockhead).
But it won’t know if that’s the case until it drills three high-priority gold-copper targets at its Bramaderos project in southern Ecuador.
And it can’t start drilling until it receives an environmental licence (drilling permit) from Ecuador’s Ministry of Mines – something that has been in the pipeline for the last couple of years, but with no cigar.
Aspiring lithium miner Liontown Resources is hoping to avoid the mistakes of some of the sector’s early movers by nailing down the metallurgy of its ore and making sure its plant design is right for optimum recovery rates (reports The West Australian).
Speaking to WestBusiness after a scoping study revealed a robust set of numbers for Liontown’s Kathleen Valley lithium project, 60km north of Leinster, chairman Tim Goyder said he was feeling “comfortable” but “excited” about his 20 per cent investment in the company.