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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

Hancock takes a stake in Catalyst

1st March 2019 PERTH ( – Junior Catalyst Metals will raise A$13.02-million through a share placement to a subsidiary of Hancock Prospecting. The Hancock subsidiary, Gold Exploration Victoria (GEV), have subscribed for some 8.68-million shares in Catalyst, priced at A$1.50 a share. The shares... 

Finders suspends mining in Indonesia

1st March 2019 Copper miner Finders Resources has suspended operations at its Kali Kuning openpit project, in Indonesia, following a series of pit wall failures. The ASX-listed company on Friday noted that the failures predominantly consisted of sloughing of loose material from the side of the pit, which had... 

Middle Island bids for Alto Metals

1st March 2019 ASX-listed Middle Island Resources has launched an all-scrip takeover offer for fellow-listed junior Alto Metals, which will consolidate the Sandstone greenstone belt, in Western Australia, under a single entity. Middle Island is offering five of its own shares for every one Alto shares held,... 

Regulatory uncertainty reduced Qld investment appeal

1st March 2019 The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has called a meeting with the state government to discuss the decline of the state’s attractiveness for resources investment. This comes after the Fraser Institute’s global survey of mining companies found that the state’s investment attractiveness had... 

Andy Well sale flounders

1st March 2019 Gold miner Doray Minerals and fellow-listed Westgold Resources have tanked an agreement over the Andy Well and Gnaweeda gold projects. The two companies in December of last year struck a deal under which Westgold would acquire the Andy Well and Gnaweeda gold projects for up to A$15-million in... 

Hancock’s bid for Atrum neighbour excites the market

1st March 2019 The share price of coal developer Atrum Coal remained high on Friday, following Hancock Prospecting’s A$740-million takeover offer for Atrum’s unlisted neighbour, Riversdale Resources earlier this week. Hancock Prospecting has announced an A$2.20 a share all cash offer for the unlisted... 

COAG calls for public intput into hydrogen strategy

1st March 2019 The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) has called for public consultation on the development of a national hydrogen industry. The COAG Energy Council in December of last year commissioned the Chief Scientist to develop a comprehensive and ambitious national strategy for the development of... 

Aspire's OEDP delivers promising start

1st March 2019 A prefeasibility study (PFS) on the Ovoot early development project (OEDP), in Mongolia, has delivered a robust financial outcome, ASX-listed Aspire Mining reported this week. The OEDP is expected to deliver four-million tonnes a year of washed saleable coal over an initial 9.2-year period, from... 

Titan completes Vista plant commissioning

28th February 2019 ASX-listed Titan Minerals has completed wet commissioning of the Vista gold plant and mill, in Peru. The plant will have an initial 150 t/d capacity to generate some 90 oz/d of gold, based on average monthly grades of between 17.5 g/t and 24.4 g/t gold. The plant is permitted and designed to... 

Ardmore costs fall - Centrex

28th February 2019 An optimised definitive feasibility study (DFS) into the Ardmore phosphate rock project, in Queensland, has reduced the pre-production capital cost requirements of the project while increasing the pre-tax net present value by some 56%. ASX-listed Centrex Metals on Thursday reported that capital... 


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