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Roy Hill purchases Wabtec’s FLXdrive battery-electric locomotive

Roy Hill, the largest single iron ore mine in Australia, has purchased Wabtec’s FLXdrive battery-electric locomotive, the world’s first 100% battery-electric,…

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Roy Hill, the largest single iron ore mine in Australia, has purchased Wabtec’s FLXdrive battery-electric locomotive, the world’s first 100% battery-electric, heavy-haul locomotive (earlier post) for the region and the mining industry.

We are committed to transforming the next generation of transportation by adopting advanced technologies that improve energy efficiency, lower operating costs and improve our rail and mining network. The FLXdrive locomotive will be the first for the region and the first for the mining industry and will improve our rail operations from the mine to Port Hedland.

—Gerhard Veldsman, CEO of Roy Hill

Roy Hill will receive the newest version of the FLXdrive battery-electric locomotive in 2023 with an energy capacity of 7 megawatt hours (MWh). It is an upgrade from the 2.4-MWh prototype that was successfully tested in revenue service with a Class 1 railroad in the United States earlier this year. (Earlier post.)

Based on the route and Roy Hill’s rail operations, the FLXdrive is anticipated to reduce the company’s fuel costs and emissions in percentage by double digits per train. The ongoing use of the FLXdrive will also reduce ongoing operational costs through maintenance spend.

Our analysis with Wabtec confirms the FLXdrive locomotive is ideally suited for our rail network. It has the horsepower to operate in a heavy haul train consist pulling loaded wagons with 35,000 tonnes of iron ore, while at the same time reducing the entire train’s fuel consumption. The FLXdrive also is designed to function in the extreme heat of the Pilbara region.

—Simon Pascoe, General Manager of Engineering for Roy Hill

Today, Roy Hill uses four Wabtec ES44ACi Evolution Series diesel-electric locomotives in a consist to pull trains that are typically 2,700 meters (1.6 miles) in length. The FLXdrive will replace one of the diesel locomotives to form a hybrid consist, and recharge during the trip through regenerative braking.

The FLXdrive manages the overall train energy flow and distribution through its Trip Optimizer system, an intelligent cruise control system programmed through artificial intelligence to respond to every curve and grade of the track in the most energy-efficient way possible. It is also designed with a special liquid cooling system to withstand the Pilbara heat, where temperatures can reach 55 °C (130 °F).

Wabtec’s goal is to develop the next generation of zero-emission locomotives. The company has a clear path to power new locomotives—and repower existing locomotives—with batteries, hydrogen internal combustion engines, and hydrogen fuel cells. It is part of Wabtec’s vision for the rail industry to play a key role in building a clean energy economy and will enable the reduction of up to 300 million tons of global carbon emissions.

Situated 344km south east of Port Hedland in Western Australia’s mineral-rich Pilbara region, Roy Hill is an independent iron ore operation. With integrated mine, rail and port facilities producing more than 62 Mtpa, Roy Hill is one of the world’s major resource-based operations.

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Aldoro Resources covering all bases with rubidium, lithium, nickel, copper, gold and more in rock chip samples

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Aldoro Resources is covering all bases across its diverse prospects in WA, posting high-grade rock chip assays for a suite of metals including gold, copper, nickel, lithium and rubidium.

Junior explorer Aldoro (ASX:ARN), is using grassroots exploration techniques to improve the surface geochemical knowledge of its tenements across the Wyemandoo pegmatite, Narndee Igneous Complex, and Quandong Well target, collecting 20 rock chip samples.

Evidence of mineralisation across pegmatite, magmatic nickel-copper gossan and VMHS gold-copper targets was uncovered at all three targets.

Samples from the Wyemandoo pegmatite returned top grades of 0.80% rubidium and 0.81% lithium.

A high-grade rubidium-lithium lepidolite pegmatite sample from Wyemandoo. Pic: Aldoro Resources

The results are exciting after Aldoro recently identified world-class rubidium potential of its nearby Niobe project, and warrant drilling investigation.

At Narndee, top results from samples included up to 0.37% nickel, 0.15% copper, 0.09% cobalt, 27ppb palladium and 22ppb gold.

That included two samples taken from gossans within a couple of kilometres of the VC1 target, where Aldoro struck magmatic sulphides in the first drilling undertaken at Narndee in a decade.

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Gossan 2, exposed in a historical exploration pit 1000m SSW of the significant VC1 drill hole. Pic: Aldoro Resources

Meanwhile, sampling at Quandong Well returned best results of 1.93g/t gold and 0.45% copper.

BHP subsidiary Dampier Mining explored Quandong Well in the 1970s, drilling 31 holes for 1731m that are yet to be compiled and validated by Aldoro.

The old timers reported significant copper, zinc, and gold results in oxide phases close to the surface, grading into a sulphide assemblage of pyrrhotite and chalcopyrite at depth.

Next steps

The rock sampling program was an important step for Aldoro, which noted the surface geochemical dataset is inadequate over most of its tenement package.

Initial results have enabled the company to develop an industry-standard database as a launchpad to future exploration success at Wyemandoo, Narndee and Quandong Well.

Aldoro plans to complete systematic rock chip and soils sampling programs and detailed mapping over the Wyemandoo pegmatite swarm.

This will identify the most prospective zones for drill targeting and locate pegmatite strike extensions and occurrences under soil cover.

The company said field reconnaissance and field mapping will continue to locate and assess all prospective areas of the tenement package for LCT pegmatites, nickel gossans, and copper-gold gossans.

 


 

 

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Cannindah up 21pc on gigantic copper hit

Special Report: First assays from an ongoing drilling program at the historic Mt Cannindah copper-gold-silver project in central Queensland are … Read…

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First assays from an ongoing drilling program at the historic Mt Cannindah copper-gold-silver project in central Queensland are in – and they look very good.

The recent increase in copper prices has underlined the significant value of Cannindah Resources’ (ASX:CAE) brownfields ‘Mt Cannindah’ copper-gold-silver project, which boasts an existing JORC resource of 5.5 million tonnes @ 0.93% copper and significant exploration upside.

The company is currently undertaking a 1,450m drilling program to explore both new and existing areas.

Mt Cannindah project: location of identified resources & known targets.

 

Success has come quickly, with the top portion of hole two hitting 117m at 1.01% copper, 0.39g/t gold and 28g/t silver from 34m to 151m.

Assays are pending for the subsequent 180m interval from 150m to 330m. This bottom portion “contains visual primary copper mineralisation, many metres of which looks similar in tenor to the 34m-151m interval”, the company says.

Coming next – hole 3 (21CAEDD003) — completed for 762.2m vs the planned 250m — has also encountered significant copper, the company says. The exciting visuals of the core has driven the significant increase in meterage.

The hole was drilled to the drill rig’s capacity and ended in copper-rich sulphidic breccia.

It is now the deepest hole drilled within the Mt Cannindah mine area, the company says.

“Copper assays are awaited, [but] preliminary tests from visual estimates of chalcopyrite, and PXRF analyses of sludge samples to date, all indicate significant copper values should be returned over large sections of at least the first 500m or so of hole 21CAEDD003,” Cannindah says.

Results received to date underpin potential extension of the current 5.5Mt JORC resource, with the supergene zones offering further grade upside upon incorporation.

“Although assays are needed to confirm the significance of the discovery, CAE are highly encouraged that this strategy has been successful and a major extension to the known Cu-Au-Ag resources at Mt Cannindah mine will likely follow from the drilling of hole 21CAEDD003,” the company says.

“This goal has eluded the major mining houses that have previously explored Mt Cannindah.”

New diamond drilling is yet to occur on other targets such as Cannindah East, where the explorer is also expecting encouraging results. Cannindah East has a non JORC gold resource of 245,000t grading 2.8g/t.

The $77m market cap stock is up 383% year-to-date.

 

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Devil in the detail for HWK gold explorer spinoff Diablo

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It is unusual for an exploration company to come along with assets as advanced as those with which Hawkstone Mining spin-off Diablo Resources plans to list.

Diablo (to be ASX:DBO) will join the ASX boards in the coming weeks with a suite of three highly prospective US-based gold and copper projects – all of which are drill ready and proximate to projects of significance in their region.

The projects were formerly on the Hawkstone books, but that company has turned its full focus to lithium in Arizona (it’s literally on the cusp of changing its name to Arizona Lithium), leaving the highly prospective suite of assets to be spun into Diablo.

“I think our shareholders understand that the Big Sandy lithium project is such a large project, with lithium in Arizona ideally located, and it’s a big potential resource,” Hawkstone MD Paul Lloyd, who will also become Diablo chairman, told Stockhead.

“When we brought these gold projects into Hawkstone they were dwarfed by Big Sandy, and therefore we don’t think they ever got the market valuation that was warranted.

“We’ve done a lot of work on the projects to get them to the point where they are drlll-ready, and we think they’ll create a lot more value for shareholders in a separate entity.”

Diablo’s assets include the Devil’s Canyon gold project on the world-famous Carlin Trend in Nevada, the Western Desert gold-copper project 50km west of the Long Canyon gold mine in Utah, and the Lone Pine historical high-grade gold project 8km east of the 3-million-ounce Beartrack mine currently being explored by TSX-listed Revival Gold in Idaho.

Diablo’s exploration projects. Pic: Supplied.

Spicy project trio

Diablo’s name suggests heat, and the early signs suggest there’s plenty in the ground at each of its exploration projects.

At Devil’s Canyon, rock samples have returned astounding assays as high as 191.5 grams per tonne gold, 524g/t silver and 16.05% copper.

Samples from Western Desert have come in at 6.9g/t gold, 1495g/t silver and 5.09% copper, while historic drilling at Lone Pine returned assays including 1.2m at 17g/t gold and 1.9m at 12.9g/t gold with mineralisation open in all directions.

Lloyd isn’t planning on wasting any time in getting Diablo’s exploration efforts going, expecting to have approvals in place for drilling on at least one of the projects around the time of listing.

“It’s more than likely we’ll be able to commence drilling at Western Desert in Utah, which is very close to Long Canyon and a project where we’ve recorded some terrific surface numbers,” he said.

“The gravity of the work we’ve already done there to date and the other technical work we’ve completed really gives us a lot of upside and there’s potential for great early-stage results from drilling.”

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Priority targets at Western Desert. A1 and A3 rated as priority. Pic: Supplied.

Located in the prolific Carlin Trend, where almost 200 million ounces of gold have been produced over the years, Devil’s Canyon is likely to be the Diablo flagship.

Lloyd said he had long aspired to working with a project in the region, and will have the chance to do so with Diablo.

“There’s been some really impressive rock chip samples come out of there already, and it sits only 20km west of Kinross Gold Corporation’s in-production Bald Mountain mine,” he said.

“Devil’s Canyon has similar geology to that deposit. We’d love to get in there and have four or five holes completed before the weather changes.

“In this area, you’re hunting for elephants, and those rock chip samples give us an indication that there’s something serious there. We’re really looking forward to drilling it.”

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Devil’s Canyon is over the border from Western Desert in Nevada. Pic: Supplied.

Minimal modern-day exploration has been carried out at Lone Pine, where 18 shallow holes were drilled in the 1990s at the King Solomon prospect.

The project includes a high-grade zone mined prior to 1907, where maiden drilling in 2020 returned significant high-grade results.

Drone magnetics are planned for Lone Pine in Q3 2021.

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The Lone Pine project in Idaho. Pic: supplied.

Experience on the ground

Floated by the same team behind the IPOs of BPM Minerals (ASX:BPM) and Pantera Minerals (ASX:PFE), there are some familiar names at management level for Diablo.

Experienced gold geologist Lyle Thorne, who was previously exploration manager for NTM Gold prior to its Dacian merger, will join as CEO, while Barnaby Egerton-Warburton and Greg Smith will serve as non-executive directors.

On the ground, the company is drawing on expertise of Harrison Land Services – a Utah based consulting firm which has proved itself to have significant knowledge of the western US.

“These projects, being in Utah, Idaho and Nevada, are all fairly close to their base at Moab,” Lloyd said.

“The team is headed up by Gavin Harrison, who has more than 20 years’ experience with rigs and staking ground, and who helped us acquire these projects to begin with. He’s invaluable.”

When it lists, Diablo will do so with 74.5 million shares on issue and a market capitalisation of $14.9 million, with $6.5 million cash on listing before costs.

“I expect we’ll look really good in the first six months because we’ll have such great newsflow,” Lloyd said.

“Any exploration success should effect the share price significantly.”

Diablo is expected to list on the ASX on October 12, 2021.

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