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Esmarie Swanepoel


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


Received BTech degree in Journalism from the Tshwane University of Technology

Independence unveils nickel exploration budget for 2018

17th October 2017 ASX-listed diversified miner Independence Group will spend nearly 60% of its A$50-million exploration budget in 2018 on the Nova and Fraser Range project area. Independence MD and CEO Peter Bradford told delegates at the Paydirt nickel conference in Perth, on Tuesday, that A$9-million would be... 

WA’s exploration incentive in the firing line as gold royalty leaves A$100m hole

17th October 2017 Western Australia’s Exploration Incentive Scheme (EIS) could be in the firing line as the state government scrambles to make up the A$100-million a year hole left by the tanking of the proposed gold royalty. Speaking on the sidelines of the Paydirt nickel conference, Mines and Petroleum Minister... 

Stanmore sets new sales record

17th October 2017 ASX-listed coal miner Stanmore Coal has reported record coal sales for the September quarter, despite output declining by 20% compared with the previous quarter. Coal sales for the quarter were up 55% on the June quarter to 411 000 t, reducing coal stocks from 258 000 t to 164 000 t. 

Metals X revisits Wingellina on higher cobalt price

17th October 2017 An increase in the cobalt price has prompted ASX-listed Metals X to revisit its Wingellina nickel/cobalt/scandium project, in Western Australia. A previous feasibility study into the Wingellina project estimated that the project could deliver about 40 000 t/y of nickel and 3 000 t/y of cobalt... 

Coolgardie could deliver 65 000 oz for Primary Gold

17th October 2017 The Coolgardie gold project, in Western Australia, could yield about 65 000 oz of gold over an initial 28-month mine life, ASX-listed Primary Gold reported on Tuesday. A prefeasibility study (PFS) found that the project would require a capital investment of A$850 000 to develop a 480 000 t/y... 

Baobab expansion to cost $53.4m

17th October 2017 Initial studies into an expanded plant at the Baobab phosphate project, in Senegal, has estimated that the project would require a capital investment of $53.4-million to increase nameplate capacity from the current 500 000 t/y to one-million tonnes a year of high-grade phosphate rock... 

WA govt to clear red tape for miners

17th October 2017 The Western Australian government has committed to a number of reforms to support the state’s nickel industry. Speaking at the Paydirt nickel conference, in Perth, Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston said that the government was committed to reducing red tape and regulatory duplications... 

BHP’s entry into nickel sulphate ‘well timed’, cobalt sulphate may be next

17th October 2017 Mining major BHP is reviewing the timing of its Stage 2 nickel sulphate plant at the Kwinana refinery, in Western Australia, on the back of high demand. BHP Nickel West asset president Eduard Haegel said on Tuesday that potential customer visits had confirmed that the company’s entry into the... 

Rio Tinto produces more iron-ore and coal, but cuts copper guidance

17th October 2017 Diversified major Rio Tinto has reported increased production across its iron-ore and coal assets, but has adjusted its copper output expectations for the full year on the back of delays at the Escondida operation. “The business performed very well in the September quarter, with a strong... 

Galaxy ups output in Sept quarter

16th October 2017 Lithium miner Galaxy Resources has reported a 43% increase in production at its Mt Cattlin operations, in Western Australia, in the three months to September, compared with the second quarter of 2017. The ASX-listed company on Monday reported that Mt Cattlin produced 47 075 to of lithium... 

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