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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

Rio Tinto's Serbia lithium plans firming up

31st July 2020 Diversified giant Rio Tinto has approved a $200-million investment to fund feasibility work at the Jadar lithium/borate project, in Serbia. The miner said this week that the feasibility work would include the completion of detailed engineering designs, as well as permitting and land acquisition... 

Bassari makes a plan for Senegal

31st July 2020 Junior gold developer Bassari Resources has unveiled a mining start up plan for its Makabingui project, in Senegal, to take advantage of the high gold price. The ASX-listed company said that the new mine plan had been developed as a full-scale mining and production start up was not possible at... 

ASM starts share trading

30th July 2020 Newly spun-out Australian Strategic Materials (ASM) started trading on the ASX on Thursday, opening at a price of A$1.25 a share. ASM on Thursday also reported that its Korean joint venture partner ZirconTech had successfully completed the first production run of neodymium (Nd) metal at its... 

Comet Ridge hunts for partners

30th July 2020 ASX-listed Comet Ridge is considering the sale of a portion of its 40% interest in the Mahalo gas project, in Queensland, to fund the equity component for the development of the project. Comet Ridge told shareholders that a partial divestment of the Mahalo gas project would allow the company to... 

Nordgold still fighting for Cardinal

30th July 2020 Suitor Nordgold’s unconditional on-market takeover offer for ASX-listed Cardinal Resources opened on Thursday, with the company urging Cardinal shareholders to carefully consider the offer. The board of Cardinal Resources has backed a rival offer from Shandong Gold mining, which is offering... 

Grosvenor restart set for 2021

30th July 2020 Diversified miner Anglo American has unveiled plans to restart operations at its Grosvenor mine, in Queensland, by the second half of 2021. The operation was halted in May this year after five workers were injured during an explosion at the operation. 

West Wits moves on to BFS

30th July 2020 An independent scoping study into the Witwatersrand Basin gold project, in South Africa, could produce between 50 000 oz and 60 000 oz/y of gold at steady state production. ASX-listed West Wits Mining noted that the scoping study identified five distinct reef packages to develop during the... 

Investigator raises A$8m for silver project

30th July 2020 Junior Investigator Resources will raise A$8-million through a share placement to fund exploration work at its Paris silver project, in South Australia. The company on Thursday said that 266.7-million shares would be placed at a price of 3c each, in two tranches. 

Pilbara secures $110m financing

30th July 2020 Lithium miner Pilbara Minerals has secured a $110-million senior secured debt facility from international bank BNP Paribas and clean energy investor Clean Energy Finance Corporation to fund the early redemption of the existing $100-million Nordic Bond. The Nordic Bond was used to support... 

Fortescue beats shipment record, sets new price for Eliwana

30th July 2020 Iron-ore major Fortescue Metals has reported record shipments during the fourth quarter ended June, with 47.3-million tonnes shipped in the three months under review, and 178.2-million tonnes in the full year to June. “The entire Fortescue team has delivered strong results for the June quarter,... 


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