Atlas Iron Conducting PFS for New Pilbara Mine

Atlas Iron has initiated a prefeasibility study (PFS) into the development of a low-cost iron ore mine at its Corunna Downs project 40 km east of its Mount Webber mine in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Field work is under way to deliver the PFS in December 2015, with the aim of first exports in 2017.

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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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