Posted in category: Exploration

What can your country do for you?

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

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Continuing our catch-up on the May Strictly Boardroom articles, that I write with Allan Trench (The University of Western Australia) on MiningNews.net, the next article looks at the different types of mining economy, and what this means for corporate strategy and minerals policy. Borrowing from the World Economic Forum's classification of countries, we break mining economies into three types: factor-driven,…
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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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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to metals exploration

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Commodities, Exploration, Media, Publications, Recommended, Strategy

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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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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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