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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to metals exploration

- By: John P Sykes
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Catching up on April's Strictly Boardroom articles on MiningNews.net, we get to the 18th of the month, when we responded to a fairly solid piece on junior exploration investment in the 'West Australian' newspaper, at least within the constraints of what can be done in a sub-2 minute video: 1) check the money is going into the ground; 2) check…
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IOM3 Mann Redmayne Medal for paper on ‘critical metals’

- By: John P Sykes
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Allan Trench, Josh Wright and I have received the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) Mann Redmayne Medal for our paper “Discovery, supply and demand: From metals of antiquity to critical metals”. The Mann Redmayne Medal is an IOM3 award to a member of IOM3 or AusIMM for the best paper published in one of its three Transactions of…
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The challenges of ex-China rare earth mine development (and how to overcome them)

- By: John P Sykes
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Last September, my colleague Josh Wright at Rowton Ltd., presented some work done with myself and Allan Trench on "The challenges of ex-China Rare Earth Mine Development (and how to overcome them)" at the Argus Media Rare Earths Conference in Hangzhou, China. The presentation analysed the components of a good strategy for rare earths mine project development including funding options,…
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Which battery metals will be the winners in the energy transition?

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Commodities, Conferences, Management, Mineral Economics, Mining, PhD, Publications, Recommended, Strategy

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Last August, my colleague Josh Wright of Rowton Ltd., presented some research conducted with Allan Trench (The University of Western Australia) and myself, at the Argus Media China Metals Week Conference in Beijing, China. The presentation was entitled "Which battery metals will be the winners in the energy transition?" and is available on Slideshare: https://www.slideshare.net/JohnSykes/battery-metals-the-energy-transition-wright-et-al-sep-2016-greenfields-research-rowton-ltd-centre-for-exploration-targeting-the-university-of-western-australia   The key points of…
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Seven habits of a kick-ass minerals economy

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Commodities, Exploration, Media, Mineral Economics, Mineral Policy, Mining, Publications

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How do you build an economy based on mineral resources? Allan Trench and I tried to answer this last week in our Strictly Boardroom column on MiningNewspremium.net. We came up with a seven-step framework: Identify the endowment, i.e. make a decent estimate of what the undiscovered mineral potential is. Make new discoveries, i.e. incentivise exploration so that more mineral discoveries…
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