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Esmarie Iannucci


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


Received BTech degree in Journalism from the Tshwane University of Technology

Resources keep Queensland in the black

14th December 2018 In its mid-year fiscal and economic review (MYFER), the Queensland government has increased its projected net operating surplus in 2018/19 to A$524-million, up by A$376-million in the June Budget. Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad said this week that the state Budget surpluses totaled... 

West African completes A$43m share placement

14th December 2018 ASX-listed West African Resources has completed a A$43.2-million share placement, issuing some 172.7-million shares, at a price of 25c each. The share placement formed part of the company’s funding package to support the start of gold production at its Sanbrado project, in Burkina Faso. 

Explaurum updates Tampia economics, holds off on Ramelius decision

14th December 2018 Takeover target Explaurum has released the results of an updated feasibility study for its Tampia gold project, which has increased the project’s estimated net present value from A$125-million to A$156-million, while the internal rate of return has increased from 47% to 70%. Explaurum said on... 

Resolute starts production from Syama underground

14th December 2018 Gold miner Resolute Mining has started ore production from the new Syama underground mine, in Mali. MD and CEO John Welborne said on Friday that the successful development of the Syama underground mine represented a pivotal moment in the history of the company. 

Bass raises cash for Graphmada

14th December 2018 ASX-listed Bass Metals will raise A$3.3-million through a share placement to fund resource drilling and part of the Stage 2 expansion at its Graphmada large flake graphite project, in Madagascar. Shares for the placement will be issued at a price of 1.25c each, with subscribers to the placement... 

Paladin optimising Langer Heinrich for potential restart

14th December 2018 ASX-listed Paladin Energy has launched optimisation studies at its Langer Heinrich uranium mine, in Namibia, in preparation for a restart decision. CEO Scott Sullivan told shareholders on Thursday that the company would consider multiple processing options for the mine in a prefeasibility study... 

BHP and ExxonMobil push button on A$400m development

13th December 2018 Mining major BHP and its joint venture partner Exxonmobil have pulled the trigger on the West Barracouta gas project, in the Bass Strait, offshore Victoria. BHP said on Thursday that its share of investment would amount to some $200-million, which was in line with the company’s commitment to... 

Ramelius sweetens Explauraum deal

13th December 2018 Gold miner Ramelius Resources has increased its offer for fellow-listed Explaurum, by 2c a share in cash. Ramelius is now offering Explaurum shareholders one of its own shares for every four Explaurum shares held, as well as 2c a share in cash for every Explaurum share held. 

Western Australia lowers rental rates for potash projects

13th December 2018 The Western Australian has announced a suite of measures to assist in developing potash projects in the region. Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston on Thursday said that due to the unique nature of potash projects, the state government would introduce a new rental rate for potash projects... 

Platina DFS proves positive

13th December 2018 A definitive feasibility study (DFS) into the Platina scandium project, in New South Wales, has delivered attractive financial returns to project owner Platina Resources. The DFS estimated that the project would have a post-tax net present value of $166-million, and after tax internal rate of... 


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