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The pleasure and pain of sexy metals

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

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In Allan Trench's Strictly Boardroom column on MiningNewsPremium.net today, I have helped him co-author an article entitled "The pleasure and pain of sexy metals". The article looks at the challenges in developing some of the so-called 'sexy metals' such as bismuth, cobalt, graphite, lithium, niobium, phosphate, potash, radium, rare earths, sulphuric acid, tantalum, tungsten, uranium and vanadium (admittedly some of these are…
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Minerals sector value and risk in 4D: Discovery to Dismantling (SEG Conference)

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

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Last month, Allan Trench presented an abstract at the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) Conference in Hobart, Australia, that I helped contribute to, entitled: "Minerals Sector Value and Risk in 4D: Discovery to Dismantling". The paper summarised our thoughts on how technical risk, corporate risk and non-technical combine into a complex composite risk profile over the life of a mine project and mine.…
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AIG “Value Creation in Exploration” Seminar – FINAL SPEAKER CONFIRMED!

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Conferences, Exploration, Mineral Economics, Recommended

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The full list of speakers for the AIG "Value Creation in Exploration" Seminar has been confirmed. The list announced last week has been added to by Ian Willis, a veteran of Anglo American Exploration, who will discuss "Creating Value from Brownfields Exploration" which will kick start the session on "Exploration Strategy". Further details can be found on last week's post or the…
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AIG “Value Creation via Exploration” Seminar – 13th July

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Conferences, Exploration, Recommended

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With a few notable exceptions, minerals exploration is suffering a funding drought. Whilst some factors such as commodity prices and financial crises may be out of the industry's control, there is much that can be done by the industry itself to help improve the way it creates value for stakeholders. In an attempt to address these issues and hopefully provide…
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Non-technical risks and their impact on the mining industry

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Commodities, Mining, Publications, Recommended

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Continuing the catch up on presentations made last year, below is one on "Non-technical risks and their impact on the mining industry" made at the AusIMM Monograph 30 (Mineral Resource and Ore Reserve Estimation) Roadshow. The presentation was based on a paper written with Allan Trench and Dan Packey for the AusIMM Monograph 30, which was released in early 2014.…
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