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30 June 2015
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DRYBLOWER 
Dryblower and the problem with big mining companies


There is an obvious difference between big and small mining companies, size, but events of the past two weeks caused Dryblower to wonder whether there is another difference and that’s whether big mining companies are miners at all, or merely factory managers.
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Dryblower and the winds of change blowing through top tier miners


Dryblower and the end of an era (squared)


Dryblower and the return of mid-tier miners


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PREMIUM FEATURES 
Pilbara Minerals a rising star


PILBARA Minerals expects to have the world’s second-largest spodumene deposit by the end of the year, which may be why its shares have doubled in a month.
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Blackham aims for next Wiluna chapter


Global Wrap: Rio, PotashCorp and more


Boom-end hits West Perth rentals


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MINE SUPPLY TODAY 
Triodia becomes standalone operator at Tropicana


INDIGENOUS contractor Triodia Mining will take over from joint venture partner Macmahon Holdings to become a standalone contractor at AngloGold Ashanti’s Tropicana gold mine.
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McAleese subsidiary falls into administration


Emeco’s M&A plans fall through


Bradken weighing up merger


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PROFESSIONAL PLACEMENTS 
GM - Operations
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    Processing Manager
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    Group Geotechnical Engineer
  • Mid tier, multi commodity producer
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    MINE PRODUCTION TODAY 
    Mining employment down 13%


    THE commodities downturn has taken its toll on Australian mining jobs, with new figures showing a large drop in employment over the past year.
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    Record month at Andy Well


    DORAY Minerals’ Andy Well gold mine near Meekatharra posted its best month of production for May.
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    Olympic Dam back on track


    THE Svedala mill at BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam copper mine has restarted after a January 2015 electrical failure.
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    First Pirate’s treasure for ABM


    Medusa lifts gold guidance


    Beadell cuts guidance


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    FINAL CALL 
    Stocks regain some ground


    THE Australian stock market partially recovered from Monday’s losses today courtesy of an afternoon rally, with materials among the sectors to bounce back.
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    Iron mixed following forecast


    Shareholders reject CuDeco funding plan


    Mining employment down 13%


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    INVESTMENT 
    McAleese subsidiary falls into administration


    HEAVY Haulage Australia – a 50% subsidiary company of haulage contractor the McAleese Group – and the overall HHA Group have been placed into administration.
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    St Barbara’s discounted buy-back


    Grow now or miss out: EY


    Altona jumps on Chinese deal


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    IPOs 
    Cloud cover remains for juniors


    JUNIOR exploration executives reinforced this morning at the AMEC Convention what most of them were already painfully aware of: this financial year has offered no reprieve from the capital constraints they are trying to trade within.
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    MINERAL EXPLORATION 
    World first exploration venture


    A CONSORTIUM of industry, government and research players is setting out to uncover South Australia’s hidden resources by trialling technologies for exploration beneath barren cover.
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    WA freezes exploration fees


    Red Hill resource grows almost 40%


    Sandfire strikes again


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    MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS 
    Auroch offloads Manica project


    FINANCIALLY struggling Auroch Minerals has agreed to sell its flagship Manica gold project in Mozambique to London-based Xtract Resources for $US12.5 million ($A16.3 million).
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    Investment firm eyes Strike Resources


    X2 wants to buy Rio coal assets: FT


    ABM expands Tanami footprint


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    ENVIRONMENT 
    Venture surges after appeal dismissed


    VENTURE Minerals shares have surged after an environmental appeal against a Federal Court decision to uphold approval of its Riley direct shipping ore project in Tasmania was dismissed, bringing to an end a two-year battle.
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    KCGM praised for reducing emissions


    Environmental approval for Rutila plans


    West Angelas expansion gets the nod


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    Stocks regain some ground


    THE Australian stock market partially recovered from Monday’s losses today courtesy of an afternoon rally, with materials among the sectors to bounce back.
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    Mining employment down 13%


    THE commodities downturn has taken its toll on Australian mining jobs, with new figures showing a large drop in employment over the past year.
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    Mining Briefs: Kimberley, Sipa and more


    IN Mining Briefs: Kimberley receives $A5M; Sipa discovery; Lucapa plans on track; Laconia sale; Latin amends deal; Namibian Copper permit; and Newcrest starts drilling at Mungana’s Chillagoe.
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       CURRENT FOCUS FEATURES

    COPPER

    Shareholders reject CuDeco funding plan

    Sirius draws down on debt

    Altona jumps on Chinese deal

    BHP cuts 140 jobs

    Sandfire strikes again

    CuDeco secures supply agreement

    Sandfire, Talisman surge on Monty results

    Glencore offloads Tampakan

    Sandfire, Talisman halted over Monty hit

    New copper resource for Elysium


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    UPCOMING FOCUS FEATURES

    JULY : GREENFIELDS
    JULY : NICKEL

       TODAY'S STORIES CONTINUED


    Shareholders reject CuDeco funding plan


    CUDECO shareholders have slapped down plans to issue $A70 million of shares and options to Chinese investment group Focus Sun Holdings.
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    Capital Watch: Argent, Ventnor and more


    IN Capital Watch today: Argent launches SPP; Ventnor places for Black Dragon; Liontown raising falls short; placements from Carnavale and Venus; and Sovereign’s rights offer underwritten
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    Triodia becomes standalone operator at Tropicana


    INDIGENOUS contractor Triodia Mining will take over from joint venture partner Macmahon Holdings to become a standalone contractor at AngloGold Ashanti’s Tropicana gold mine.
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    The Full Monty? Beware of shrinkage
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    IS IT the full Monty? That’s what everybody wants to know about Sandfire’s latest copper find near DeGrussa. The Metal Detective digs deep to find the naked truth about hole TLDD0004A. The Metal Detective, by Stephen Bell
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    BHP reshuffles management


    BHP Billiton CEO Andrew Mackenzie has made changes to the company’s group management committee.
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    Auroch offloads Manica project


    FINANCIALLY struggling Auroch Minerals has agreed to sell its flagship Manica gold project in Mozambique to London-based Xtract Resources for $US12.5 million ($A16.3 million).
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    Pilbara Minerals a rising star
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    PILBARA Minerals expects to have the world’s second-largest spodumene deposit by the end of the year, which may be why its shares have doubled in a month.
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    Investment firm eyes Strike Resources


    BENTLEY Capital has made an $A8 million takeover bid for troubled iron ore developer Strike Resources.
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    X2 wants to buy Rio coal assets: FT


    MICK Davis – the former boss of Xstrata before it was bought out by Glencore – is in negotiations with Rio Tinto to acquire its New South Wales thermal coal assets, including the controversial Mt Thorley Warkworth complex, according to a Financial Times report.
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    Letters to the Editor: Dryblower, Strictly Boardroom


    WE RECEIVED a large number of responses to yesterday’s Dryblower and Strictly Boardroom columns.
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    Vital lowers Watershed capital projection


    FAVOURABLE market conditions and currency movements have lowered the pre-production capital required for Vital Metals’ Watershed tungsten project in Queensland, according to the company.
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    Orocobre raises $32M


    OROCOBRE has raised $A32.3 million through a placement to institutional and sophisticated investors, with the new money being directed to its Olaroz lithium joint venture in Argentina.
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    Nickel slumps to six-year low


    THE nickel price plummeted 5% overnight to below $US12,000 per tonne.
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    News Wrap


    IN THIS morning’s News Wrap: Springvale mine expansion gets PAC review nod; Iron ore seen below $US40 as Capital Economics flags ‘sharp move’; and nuclear needs a ‘40-year vision’ says Kevin Scarce.
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    ASX slips to start week


    THE Greek financial crisis weighed heavily on local stocks today, with the market slammed more than 2% lower and all major sectors posting significant losses.
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    Mining Briefs: Orinoco, IMX and more


    IN Mining Briefs: Orinoco metallurgy; IMX payment; Pacific Niugini update; Inca and Independence to drill; Diatreme steps forward at Cyclone; Crusader access agreement; and Champion royalty.
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    St Barbara’s discounted buy-back


    GOLD miner St Barbara has agreed to reacquire $US46 million ($A60 million) – at an average discount of 5% – in aggregate principal of its US 144A senior secured notes through a selective off-market purchase.
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    BFS backs Altech development


    ALTECH Chemicals will seek to fund the development of an alumina processing plant in Malaysia and a beneficiation plant in Western Australia after completing a successful bankable feasibility study into the pair.
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