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Esmarie Iannucci

 

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

Email: newsdesk@engineeringnews.co.za

Received BTech degree in Journalism from the Tshwane University of Technology

Highlands gets offer from Cobalt 27

2nd January 2019 ASX-listed Highlands Pacific has received a takeover offer from Canadian shareholder Cobalt 27 Capital Corporation. Under the terms of a scheme implementation agreement, Cobalt 27, which already holds a 13% interest in Highlands, was offering shareholders 10.5c a share for their interest in the... 

Melior and Metallica point fingers as merger falls apart

2nd January 2019 ASX-listed Metallica Minerals has terminated proposed merger with TSXV-listed Melior Resources. The two companies in September last year struck a binding merger agreement to create a diversified Queensland mining company, which will combine mineral sands and bauxite assets.  

Westgold negates on SilverStream deal

2nd January 2019 ASX-listed Westgold Resources has struck a new sales agreement for its Mt Marion lithium royalties. The company in December last year entered into a conditional agreement with SilverStream to divest of its non-core lithium royalties in the Mt Marion and Buldania lithium projects for A$15-million... 

Orion puts initial price tag on Prieska

2nd January 2019 A scoping study into the Prieska zinc/copper project, in South Africa, has estimated that the project could produce between 70 000 t/y and 80 000 t/y of zinc and some 22 000 t/y of copper. ASX-listed Orion Mining told shareholders that the 2.4-million tonne a year Phase 1 project was expected to... 

Northern Star's advances rejected by JV partners

2nd January 2019 Gold miner Northern Star’s A$150-million cash bid for the remaining 49% stake in the East Kundana joint venture (JV) has been rejected by ASX-listed Tribune Resources and Rand Mining. Northern Star in November last year made the all-cash offer after both Tribune and Rand faced a declaration of... 

Saraji operations halted following fatality

2nd January 2019 Mining major BHP has suspended operations at its Saraji coal mine, in Queensland, following a fatality at the site. The miner said on Tuesday that details of the incident were still being established, and an investigation was currently under way. 

Rio one step closer to Oyu Tolgoi power deal

2nd January 2019 A power source framework agreement (PSFA) has been signed with the government of Mongolia over the Oyu Tolgoi copper/gold mine, outlining a path to secure reliable, long-term power for the operation. “We will now work together with all of Oyu Tolgoi’s partners to finalise the details and develop... 

Western Australia’s domestic gas market seen tightening in 2021

14th December 2018 New data by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has shown that new gas resources might be required to ensure that Western Australia had sufficient supply to serve its domestic gas market beyond 2020. “Our findings highlight a tightening of the domestic gas market in 2021 as supply... 

Northern Territory opens A$800m gas pipeline

14th December 2018 The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) has welcomed the opening of the Northern gas pipeline between Tennant Creek, in the Northern Territory, and Mt Isa, in Queensland. Infrastructure developer Jemena has completed the construction of the A$800-million, 622 km... 

Australian oil and gas producers' tax revealed

14th December 2018 Australian oil and gas producers had reported their worst operating result in the 2016/17 financial year. In a new survey by the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea), Australian oil and gas producers reported a combined net operating loss of A$7.6-billion for... 

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