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The Energy Transition: Some thoughts for explorers, miners and moneyers

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Conferences, Exploration, Future, Mining, PhD, Strategy

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Last November, I was honoured to present at the Mines and Money Conference in London. I presented the results of a scenario planning workshop earlier in the year that looked at the role of the minerals industry in the energy transition to renewable sources, which has synced nicely with some previous research on critical metals. The presentation was entitled "The…
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Putting the Cooperative into Cooperative Research Centre

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Conferences, Exploration, Mining, Publications, Research

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Last year, Allan Trench presented some ideas of ours, about the nature of collaborative, inter-disciplinary applied research to the Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre (DET CRC). The DET CRC is coming to the end of its excellent run of research (primarily in low-cost drilling technologies) helping mineral explorers in Australia tackle deep, under cover exploration, one of the critical…
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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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Transforming the future of minerals exploration

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Conferences, Exploration, Mining, PhD, Publications, Strategy

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This year I ran a series of scenarios workshops on the future of minerals exploration (and thus the future of mining too) as part of my PhD research at the Centre for Exploration Targeting, The University of Western Australia (UWA). The results are slowly starting to become available. There were three workshops, the second of which involved a group 19…
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Is grade king in gold mining?

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Commodities, Conferences, Mineral Economics, Mining, PhD, Publications, Recommended, Technical Paper Reviews

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Earlier in the year, I had the pleasure to be involved in some fascinating research that is of genuine use to the mining industry. The work investigated the linkage between economic geology and mine costs in gold mining in Australian and New Zealand, i.e. what are the geological characteristics that lead to lower or higher mining costs across the industry…
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