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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

WA miners facing higher port fees

23rd June 2017 Western Australia’s miners will be hit with additional shipping fees of between 3c/t and 4c/t as part of the state government’s efforts to plug revenue losses. Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said on Friday that port fees for the state’s biggest companies would increase as part of the state’s... 

WA to publish five-year schedule for petroleum exploration

23rd June 2017 The Western Australian government has announced plans to introduce a strategic five-year release of petroleum exploration areas across the Canning and Perth basins, in the hopes of minimising environmental, cultural and land use constraints. “The five-year approach provides greater transparency... 

Westgold buys Silver Lake’s Murchison assets

23rd June 2017 ASX-listed gold miner Silver Lake Resources has reached an agreement with fellow-listed Westgold Resources to divest of its Murchison assets, in Western Australia, for A$10-million. The sale includes the Tuckabianna gold processing facility and underlying mining tenure, as well as the company’s... 

Pilbara board OKs A$214m Pilgangoora lithium mine

23rd June 2017 The board of lithium developer Pilbara Minerals has taken a final investment decision on the A$214-million Pilgangoora lithium/tantalum project, in Western Australia, with first spodumene and tantalite concentrate shipments scheduled for the second quarter of 2018. “This is huge milestone, which... 

Edna Beryl set to start – Emmerson

23rd June 2017 Production from the Edna Beryl gold mine will start before the end of the year, after the Northern Territory government granted final approvals for the start of production. ASX-listed Emmerson Resources said on Friday that the Edna Beryl mine would be the first new gold mine in the Northern... 

BHP agrees to new assessment in Pilbara

23rd June 2017 Diversified major BHP has agreed to a new strategic assessment programme with the federal government that locks in environmental standards and protection measures in the Pilbara. Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg said on Friday that the programme would protect the unique... 

Orocobre ops affected by severe weather

23rd June 2017 Dual-listed miner Orocobre is expecting to produce between 2 400 t and 2 500 t of lithium carbonate in the three months to June, on the back of severe weather conditions in Argentina and Chile. This production expectation compares with the 2 784 t of lithium carbonate produced in the three months... 

Volt garners more Chinese interest

23rd June 2017 Graphite developer Volt Resources has signed an offtake agreement with China’s Guangxing Electrical Materials (GEM) for 5 000 t/y of flake graphite concentrate from the Stage 1 production of the Namangale project, in Tanzania. The company said on Friday that it was hoping to finalise a binding... 

Metro secures A$40m for Queensland bauxite mine

22nd June 2017 Bauxite developer Metro Mining has secured A$40-million in debt financing for the development of the Bauxite Hills mine, in Queensland. Metro on Thursday announced that it had agreed binding terms with Sprott Private Resources Lending and Ingatatus, following a global tender process. 

Jacinth-Ambrosia set for A$7m restart as zircon market tightens

22nd June 2017 Mineral sands miner Iluka will restart mining and concentration activities at its Jacinth-Ambrosia operation, in South Australia, by December. The ASX-listed company on Thursday said that the restart would cost some A$7-million to complete, with cash production costs estimated to be about... 

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