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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

Image places A$52m price tag on WA mineral sands project

30th May 2017 The Boonanarring/Atlas mineral sands project, in Western Australia, will require a capital investment of about A$52-million to develop, ASX-listed Image Resources reported on Tuesday. A bankable feasibility study (BFS) estimated that the Boonanarring deposit would deliver some 1.1-million tonnes... 

Sumatra restarts production at Tembang’s Berenai openpit, lowers guidance

30th May 2017 Indonesia-focused Sumatra Copper & Gold has restarted ore production from its Berenai openpit operation, at its Tembang gold/silver mine, but has warned of lower production during the June quarter. The company in February warned that ore production at Berenai would be delayed after the original... 

Adani strikes tax deal with Qld government

30th May 2017 Indian major Adani has struck a deal with the Queensland government on royalty payments for its $16.5-billion Carmichael coal mine. The royalty arrangement, which was backed by the state Cabinet, meant that the project was back on track, with Adani’s board expected to make a final investment... 

Qld to help METS sector, turn ‘good ideas into commercial products’

30th May 2017 Queensland’s mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector has been invited to apply for the state government’s dedicated late-stage industry accelerator programme, which aims to fast-track innovation in the market. “Delivering the accelerator and other programmes that will drive METS... 

Poseidon terminates Windarra gold deal

30th May 2017 ASX-listed Poseidon Nickel has scrapped a A$3-million deal with fellow-listed GTI Resources over the Windarra gold rights, in Western Australia. The two companies in January agreed that Poseidon would transfer the Windarra gold rights to GTI Resources, with the payment to be made in stages. 

Metro signs LoI with Chinese offtaker

30th May 2017 Bauxite developer Metro Mining has signed a non-binding letter of intent (LoI) with Chinese chemicals group Shandong Aluminium Company (Lubei) for the supply of up to one-million tonnes a year of bauxite, over a three-year period, from the Bauxite Hills mine, in Queensland. The supply agreement... 

Southern Gold investigates underground options at Cannon

30th May 2017 ASX-listed Southern Gold is actively reviewing a number of scenarios for the development of an underground mine at the Cannon project, in Western Australia. The company said that an experienced mining executive has been appointed to review different development scenarios, to determine if a... 

WA Premier revives plan to scrap iron-ore levy as it seeks upfront cash

29th May 2017 Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan has revived the possibility of scrapping a 25c/t levy on iron-ore produced from the state, in exchange for up-front payments. The Premier over the weekend admitted that the state government was weighing the option of a ‘buy-out’ of the lease rental fee in... 

New Qld policy approach leaves no room for Carmichael ‘tax holiday’

29th May 2017 The Queensland government has unveiled plans for a new policy to unlock the development of the Galilee and Surat basins, as well as the North West minerals province, with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk saying that the state Cabinet had unanimously agreed upon the new policy approach. Treasurer... 

Kidman/Marindi tussle starts

29th May 2017 The legal battle between ASX-listed Kidman Resources and fellow-listed Marindi Resources was launched in the Supreme Court on Monday. Marindi in November of last year started legal proceedings claiming that that Kidman had failed to comply with a binding agreement to sell lithium rights to Marindi. 

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