Peter De Leo, Managing Director, Lycopodium Limited

Lycopodium has strengthened its offering through a joint venture and, amongst its various projects around the world where it is currently operating, is its biggest project to date; First Quantum’s Mina de Cobre copper mine in Panama. Could you provide a brief background of Lycopodium, the company structure and your vision for the medium term? Lycopodium was founded in 1992, so this year we celebrate our 25th anniversary. The company listed on the ASX in 2004 and today has offices in Australia, Philippines, Canada and South Africa. Whilst we started in the mineral resources sector, particul...

Eugenio Ferrari, President, proEXPLO 2017

“Having deeper resolution in geophysics methodologies and improving drilling techniques, the land with potential will double.” What are proEXPLO 2017’s main activities and topics of discussion? The 10th edition of the International Congress of Prospectors and Explorers, proEXPLO 2017, will include sessions on geology and the exploration of copper, gold, silver and polymetallic deposits, as well as on the technological developments applied to exploration, like the use and modelling of remote sensing data, geophysics and geochemistry. The event will include over 60 presentati...

The Junior Segment: Picking Up

After years of very low market conditions in Peru, it is refreshing to see project developers and explorers coming back to life. Alfonso Tejerina PHOTO: Courtesy of Stracon GyM Two main trends have appeared in the market in recent years. On one side, you have those juniors who have learnt to navigate the low cycle through innovative business models, mostly aiming at generating cash-flow. On the other, the few juniors left with good assets and access to finance have benefited from much better market conditions to keep advancing their projects. This is an overview of the main companies active a...

Lithium, Uranium, Graphite, and Cobalt: The Trend Takes Hold in WA

WA is well set to become the world’s major supplier for the minerals required for electric batteries. Lindsay Davis PHOTO: Courtesy of Argosy Minerals Limited The worldwide buzz around renewable energy has engendered rising enthusiasm for lithium, uranium, graphite and cobalt in a WA mining community that is eager to join the race. The state has significant reserves of the resources and is abound with exciting projects both at home and abroad. Various trends in the tech and energy industries are fueling the intensified demand for cobalt, lithium, and graphite, which are all complementary i...

Peru Mining 2017 Pre-Release II

Country: Peru • Industry: Mining • Publication: Global Business Reports • Release Date: April 2017 • Authors: Alfonso Tejerina, Imara Salas, Laura Brangwin Executive Summary: After four consecutive years of shrinking exploration budgets, 2017 appears to be the turning point for the industry with drilling programs increasing again worldwide –and Peru is no exception. While some juniors learnt to navigate the low cycle through innovative business models, mostly aiming at generating cash-flow, those companies that managed to keep good assets are benefiting from much better marke...

Western Australia Mining 2017 Pre-Release

Country: Australia • Industry: Mining • Publication: Global Business Reports • Release Date: April 2017 • Authors: Elisa Iannacone, Lindsay Davis, Alice Pascoletti Executive Summary: A recent change in government brings some uncertainty to WA, as the iron ore giant is forced to look to alternative commodities given fluctuating market prices. With a forward-thinking mentality, Australian risk-takers are front in line to develop projects that will address the global need for lithium, graphite and cobalt in the era of the lithium battery. As global innovation leaders, WA is implemen...

Richard Bennet, Managing Director, Strike Drilling

GBR Connect Series Australian miners compete in the silent race for the discovery of a Tier 1 deposit . Strike Drilling started operations in the downturn of the market. Could you describe the reasoning behind this? We started Strike Drilling three years ago in a pretty tough environment. We wanted to be able to hit the market with fresh gear as a strongly branded business so that companies could reply on us. Given that we launched on the off-market, there was a lot of new equipment out there that had been put on the shelf with no buyers. This allowed us to source our rigs at the right price....

Ryan Bignucolo, Vice President of Business Development, Margaux Resources Limited

GBR Connect Series Margaux Resources continues to acquire properties around its Jersey-Emerald project in southern British Columbia. What have been Margaux Resources’ major developments over the past few years? Margaux Resources’ portfolio is polymetallic, which provides security to investors because they are not gambling on one specific commodity. The portfolio includes gold, lead-zinc, tungsten, silver, bismuth, and molybdenum. Our flagship project is the Jersey-Emerald property in southern British Columbia. We did some drilling there in 2014, but then the price of tungsten dipped, and...

Lara Groves, Management Director, Expedio

GBR Connect Series Data management solutions capable of handling Big Data and Internet-based storage are on the rise. As a company that delivers data management solutions to mining companies around the globe, what is the strategy to develop Expedio, and what sets it apart from its competitors? We have several competitors that are much larger than us, so the goal is to grow our business to become more well-known and to be the first choice for data management solutions. The larger established software houses have been around for 20 years or more and our challenge is to carve out a niche within...

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