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PNG sands come to the market in Australia

Bondi beach in Sydney

Tim Boreham | The Australian | August 12, 2017

In a variation of the coals-to-Newcastle theme, Mayur Resources, an eclectic multi-commodity resources house plans to ship a million tonnes of sand from Papua New Guinea to Sydney.

Don’t we have a surfeit of the stuff already — and not just on Bondi Beach? Apparently not: Mayur’s sand is the high-quality, fine-grained variety valued by cement makers, and it’s in short supply in the Sydney region.

Mayur chief executive Paul Mulder says most of the construction sand is supplied from quarries in the Newcastle region and then trucked to Sydney at great cost.

It’s cheaper to ship the stuff from PNG, where the sand will be an otherwise waste product from Mayur’s proposed Orokolo Bay mineral and industrial sands project on the southern coast.

The Singapore-incorporated, Brisbane-headquartered Mayur is in the throes of raising up to $15.5m ahead of its September 1 ASX listing. The offer looks like being oversubscribed ahead of its close date next Friday.

Mayur’s PNG assets also include limestone, copper-gold tenements and coal projects, as well as a planned coal-fired power station to be built near the industrial city of Lae.

The project remains subject to a definitive feasibility study, with total capex of just $US22m to bring the project into production.

With more than 12,000sq km of highly prospective exploration tenements available to be drilled, Mayur is confident enough to plan trial shipments to customers in China and Japan within 14 months.

Costed at $110m, the Lae power project involves shipping coal from Mayur’s Depot Creek project in the south of the country, which boasts the first compliant coal resource in PNG, at 11.4 million tonnes.

The power plant, which has been granted environmental approval, remains subject to a power purchasing agreement execution with state-owned utility PNG Power.

While approval is no Lae-down misere, Mulder seems confident the power project will ultimately prevail because of the need for reliable low-cost electricity.


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Fiji: Sand mine won’t use chemicals

Felix Chaudhary | Fiji Times

BLACK sandmining at the Ba River delta will have minimal effect on marine ecosystems and fish stock in the area.

This was the word from Amex Resources Limited, an Australian company that has been granted a licence to mine for magnetite in a 132-square-kilometre area at the mouth of the river.

The mining firm said all facets of its operations would be conducted chemical-free.

Consultant Ian Cowden said two environment impact assessments had been carried out over a four-month period and the Environment Department had given Amex Resources the thumbs up to begin operations.

“Since we started the project here in Fiji, one thing we have been very mindful of is ensuring that whatever we did would have minimal effect on the environment.

“We can assure the people of Fiji that our magnetite mining will have a very small effect because none of our processes uses chemicals. From the dredging at the river mouth through to washing the black sand and drying of the magnetite, the only substance that will be used is fresh water.”

Mr Cowden said the impact of the mining operations on marine life would be far less than that which the river normally experienced during the cyclone season from November to April each year when millions of tonnes of soil and silt were conveyed downstream to the river mouth.

Environment Department director Jope Davetanivalu confirmed that Amex Resources had received approval from his office after close scrutiny of environment impact assessments.

“The EIA has been approved and has met all our regulations and requirements.”

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