MINE digital magazine: Issue 17

22 January 2014 (Last Updated January 22nd, 2014 18:30)

In this issue we ask if Australia should focus on exploration instead of playing it safe, look at Kenya’s efforts to kick-start its mining industry, find out which countries are gearing up to cater to China’s future bauxite demands, and more.

MINE digital magazine: Issue 17

MINE Issue 17 January 2014

 

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Australia's mining industry has been playing it safe with a focus on cutting costs and reducing risk, but should companies be driving exploration instead? In this issue of MINE, we take a look at the potential of the country's less explored regions. We also explore Kenya's efforts to kick-start its nascent mining industry and find out what the future will hold for international investors waiting to access Myanmar's vast reserves.

China is the third largest bauxite producer in the world and its demand for the commodity is growing rapidly, but its domestic reserves are dwindling. We take a look at the countries best positioned to become key bauxite suppliers to China in the future.
Moreover, we investigate trends in green mining technology and take a look at the top ten gold producing countries in the world.
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In this issue

Australia's Vast Potential
Many mining companies in Australia are focused on cutting costs and reducing risk, but should they be focusing on exploration instead?
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Waiting for Myanmar
International investors are still waiting for restrictions to be lifted in order to finally access Myanmar's vast reserves of metal ores. Is the end to their wait in sight?
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Kick-Starting Kenya
Kenya hopes to fast-track its nascent mining industry but with foreign corporate interests often clashing with the needs of local people, how will the government negotiate the rocky waters of resource development?
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The Race for Bauxite
Reserves of bauxite in China are depleting rapidly, opening up a massive new hunt for resources. We find out how other countries are throwing their hats into the ring.
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Mining Goes Green
MINE finds out about today's most promising eco-friendly mining technologies, and which companies are best positioned to succeed in this burgeoning green tech market in 2014.
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Top 10 in Gold
We give you the ten largest gold producing countries in the world, which together accounted for about 65% of global gold output in 2012.
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