Doray Targeting Mid-2016 Production Start at Deflector

Doray Minerals initiated construction of its Deflector gold project in the southern Murchison region of Western Australia, 160 km east of the port of Geraldton, in early August. Mining is planned to begin from an open pit beginning in mid-2016. The majority of the orebody is in narrow high-grade veins that will be mined by mechanized underground mining techniques.

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Expansion Planned for Whyalla Port, South Australia

The South Australian government and Arrium Ltd. have agreed to work together to create a major multiuser port at Whyalla, South Australia. Arrium currently exports approximately 12.5 million mt/y of iron ore from its South Australian mines through its wholly owned port of Whyalla.

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OZ Considering High-grade Start for Carrapateena Mining

OZ Minerals has initiated a scoping study of the potential for mining startup at its Carrapateena underground copper-gold project in South Australia based on extraction of the deposit’s high-grade core. The study was prompted by a new analysis of the core that identified 61 million metric tons (mt) of resources grading 2.9% copper equivalent (2.4% copper, 0.9 g/mt gold, and 11.7 g/mt silver). An earlier prefeasibility study released in August 2014 was based on much larger indicated and inferred resources totaling 800 million mt and grading 0.8% copper and 0.3 g/mt gold.

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Boss Resources Will Acquire Honeymoon Uranium Project

Boss Resources reported on September 1 that it has agreed to acquire the Honeymoon in situ uranium project in South Australia from Uranium One Inc. The project is located near the South Australia/New South Wales border, approximately 80 km northwest of the town of Broken Hill. It produced a total of about 335 mt of U3O8 in 2011 and 2012 but was never fully commissioned and was placed on care and maintenance in 2013 due to low uranium prices.

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