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88 Energy Ltd (LON:88E) (ASX:88E) this week declared its takeover bid for XCD Energy unconditional and said the offer wont be increased.

Earlier this week, 88 Energy reported that it had received acceptances representing 37.58% of XCDs shares and it now confirms it has passed 59.27%. The company also noted that XCD shareholders which accepted the offer before it became unconditional will receive accelerated payment, before June 26, whilst subsequent acceptances will be paid within seven days of their acceptance being processed.

It added that once it has received 90% or more, it intends to proceed with compulsory acquisition of outstanding minority shareholdings and options.

On Thursday, Block Energy Plc (LON:BLOE) chief executive Paul Haywood said the company remains “enthusiastically active on many fronts” as the firm updated on developments at the West Rustavi field in Georgia.

The group noted that key equipment is arriving at the West Rustavi field and a new contractor is being ..

88 Energy Ltd (LON:88E) (ASX:88E) this week declared its takeover bid for XCD Energy unconditional and said the offer wont be increased.

Earlier this week, 88 Energy reported that it had received acceptances representing 37.58% of XCDs shares and it now confirms it has passed 59.27%. The company also noted that XCD shareholders which accepted the offer before it became unconditional will receive accelerated payment, before June 26, whilst subsequent acceptances will be paid within seven days of their acceptance being processed.

It added that once it has received 90% or more, it intends to proceed with compulsory acquisition of outstanding minority shareholdings and options.

On Thursday, Block Energy Plc (LON:BLOE) chief executive Paul Haywood said the company remains “enthusiastically active on many fronts” as the firm updated on developments at the West Rustavi field in Georgia.

The group noted that key equipment is arriving at the West Rustavi field and a new contractor is being brought on board to help advance projects.

Block pointed out, however, that production remains shut-in due to the coronavirus pandemic although the Republic of Georgia is presently at the beginning of a phased approach to restart businesses following lockdown. Restrictive measures have been relaxed for Georgias citizens and a re-opening of borders to foreign travellers is due in July.

Union Jack Oil Plc (LON:UJO) revealed the highlights of a GaffneyCline authored Carbon Intensity Study on the West Newton project, onshore East Yorkshire.

The group said the study had positive conclusions including an AA rating for carbon intensity for its potential upstream crude oil production, confirming it is significantly lower than the UK average and also when compared to other onshore analogues.

According to the GaffneyCline report, West Newton could produce the equivalent of just 5 grams of CO2 per megajoule of energy created and that could be reduced further, to 3.5, with the application of gas-to-grid technologies.

Touchstone Exploration Inc (LON:TXP, CVE:TXP) completed the final phase of testing on the Cascadura well in Trinidad, with two intervals both flowing above 5,000 barrels oil equivalent per day (boepd). A 24-hour test, limited by the capacity of surface test equipment, saw the upper section flow at an average of 5,472 boepd while the lower flowed at 5,157 boepd.

Findings of flow and build-up testing suggested that the upper would have absolute open flow (AOF) of 390mln cubic feet per day, while the same test suggested an AOF of 92mln cubic feet per day from the lower.

Touchstone pointed out that analysis of the AOF suggests that it is reasonable to design for an initial production rate between 7,750 to 9,700 boepd, comprising 40 to 50 mln cubic feet of gas and 1,100 to 1,400 of condensate.

US-focused Mosman Oil And Gas Ltd (LON:MSMN) saw shares strengthened on Friday as the company announced it has granted an extension to the buyer of its Welch asset in Texas.

The company previously entered into a contract with Eagle Natural Resources LLC for US$300,000 (A$460,000) to buy the Welch project in May, with a non-refundable deposit of US$30,000 paid.

In a statement, Mosman said that the purchaser had asked for a 14-day extension to complete the transaction and said it would increase the deposit amount to US$60,000.

Explorer Chariot Oil & Gas PLC (LON:CHAR) highlighted its continuing work to advance the Anchois gas field, offshore Morocco, to define the project and unlock debt financing.

Posting its full-year 2019 results, the company confirmed that completion of pre-FEED work for the gas field is the key strategic focus for the group through the remainder of 2020. It is working to progress concept testing, selection and definition, along with engineering modelling and design. Meanwhile, commercially, it is aiming to secure heads Read More – Source

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Emmerson Resources raising up to $4.5 million accelerate NSW gold exploration

Emmerson Resources Ltd (ASX:ERM) has secured commitments to raise up to $3.5 million in an oversubscribed placement to institutional and sophisticated investors with a Share Purchase Plan (SPP) also planned to raise up to a further $1 million.

Proceeds from the capital raising will be used to accelerate exploration of the company's gold and copper-gold prospects in NSW as well as to support its emerging gold royalty business.

New US-based investor[hhmc]
Consistent with the companys objective of diversifying its shareholder base, Canada's new resource-focused merchant bank Palisades Goldcorp Ltd has subscribed for $2 million of the placement to become a new strategic investor providing visibility to the important North American market.

Under the placement, Emmerson will issue about 35 million fully paid ordinary shares at an issue price of 10 cents each.

“Strong position” to advance projects[hhmc]
Managing director Rob Bills said: “This new funding places Emmerson in a str..

Emmerson Resources Ltd (ASX:ERM) has secured commitments to raise up to $3.5 million in an oversubscribed placement to institutional and sophisticated investors with a Share Purchase Plan (SPP) also planned to raise up to a further $1 million.

Proceeds from the capital raising will be used to accelerate exploration of the company's gold and copper-gold prospects in NSW as well as to support its emerging gold royalty business.

New US-based investor


Consistent with the companys objective of diversifying its shareholder base, Canada's new resource-focused merchant bank Palisades Goldcorp Ltd has subscribed for $2 million of the placement to become a new strategic investor providing visibility to the important North American market.

Under the placement, Emmerson will issue about 35 million fully paid ordinary shares at an issue price of 10 cents each.

“Strong position” to advance projects


Managing director Rob Bills said: “This new funding places Emmerson in a strong position to advance our NSW projects to the next phase while momentum builds in our emerging gold royalty business at Tennant Creek.

“We welcome Palisades Goldcorp and other new investors to the register and thank existing shareholders for their continued support.

“The strongly supported placement reflects investor appetite for Emmersons strategy and high-quality gold and copper-gold portfolio.”

For each share issued to participants under the placement, investors will also be issued one attaching unlisted option with an exercise price of 16 cents each, exercisable on or before July 8.

Share Purchase Plan


Additionally, a share purchase plan (SPP) will be undertaken through which existing holders of Emmerson fully paid ordinary shares will have the opportunity to acquire new shares and options under the same terms as the placement to raise up to a further $1 million.

The placement and SPP price are at a 4.8% discount to the last Read More – Source

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Cellmid has Wondfo SARS-CoV-2 rapid test distribution agreement extended

Cellmid Limited (ASX:CDY) has had the authorisation from Guangzhou Wondfo Biotech Co Ltd (SHE:300482) extended for Australia Application Pty Ltd to be a distributor of the Wondfo SARS-CoV-2 antibody test in Australia until December 30, 2020.

The company has also amended the agreement with Australia Application for Cellmid to be a distributor of the Wondfo test in Australia until December 30, 2020, with the previous minimum order requirements removed.

The amended agreement is subject to Cellmid maintaining registration of the product with the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration.

Both the agreements would be extended beyond December 30, 2020, with written consent.

Cellmid shares have been as much as 20% higher today to 12 cents.

Antibody tests for clinical management[hhmc]
As the pandemic progresses in the coming months, it is Cellmids opinion that serological testing, including rapid tests, will have an important role in widespread population surveys as well as in research ..

Cellmid Limited (ASX:CDY) has had the authorisation from Guangzhou Wondfo Biotech Co Ltd (SHE:300482) extended for Australia Application Pty Ltd to be a distributor of the Wondfo SARS-CoV-2 antibody test in Australia until December 30, 2020.

The company has also amended the agreement with Australia Application for Cellmid to be a distributor of the Wondfo test in Australia until December 30, 2020, with the previous minimum order requirements removed.

The amended agreement is subject to Cellmid maintaining registration of the product with the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration.

Both the agreements would be extended beyond December 30, 2020, with written consent.

Cellmid shares have been as much as 20% higher today to 12 cents.

Antibody tests for clinical management


As the pandemic progresses in the coming months, it is Cellmids opinion that serological testing, including rapid tests, will have an important role in widespread population surveys as well as in research and development activities such as drug and vaccine trials and as an adjunct device in diagnostic and triage settings.

The company also pointed to a recent peer-reviewed article by the Doherty Institute in Nature Medicine around the utility of antibody tests in clinical management of COVID-19 patients In countries where the incidence of the disease has been significantly higher, such as Spain, Germany and the United States, where population-wide seroprevalence studies have commenced.

The company is confident its agreement extensions maintain its ability to participate in this potential market.

The Wondfo test


The test was recently tested by the Doherty Institute, on behalf of the TGA.

In the most relevant period of 14+ days following the onset of symptoms, it was shown to have the equal highest sRead More – Source

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Syrah Resources well set to capitalize on new trends in post-coronavirus global graphite markets

Syrah Resources Ltd (ASX:SYR) could end up being one of the major beneficiaries of the economic transformations that are likely to take place in the post-coronavirus crisis world.

Major themes are already emerging: supply chains are likely to become increasingly localized, the electrification of the worlds vehicle fleet is set to gather pace, and markets in general are becoming more wary of the monopolistic tendencies of some countries as regards commodities.

With its graphite production in Mozambique Syrah covers all these bases and, as its shares are currently trading at a relatively lowly A$0.31, also offers investors an entry point to the future at a reasonable price.

But what exactly is possible here?

Well, for context, its worth noting that when the Australian graphite boom was in full swing Syrahs shares were trading at around 20 times higher than they are now. Back then though, there was a bubble mentality in the market and actualization of the companys plans was still some..

Syrah Resources Ltd (ASX:SYR) could end up being one of the major beneficiaries of the economic transformations that are likely to take place in the post-coronavirus crisis world.

Major themes are already emerging: supply chains are likely to become increasingly localized, the electrification of the worlds vehicle fleet is set to gather pace, and markets in general are becoming more wary of the monopolistic tendencies of some countries as regards commodities.

With its graphite production in Mozambique Syrah covers all these bases and, as its shares are currently trading at a relatively lowly A$0.31, also offers investors an entry point to the future at a reasonable price.

But what exactly is possible here?

Well, for context, its worth noting that when the Australian graphite boom was in full swing Syrahs shares were trading at around 20 times higher than they are now. Back then though, there was a bubble mentality in the market and actualization of the companys plans was still some way off.

This time round the market is in a fairly sober mood, following months of coronavirus-related lockdowns, but Syrah is now that much closer to becoming one of the worlds major players in anode graphite production.

Indeed, at the start of the year, as graphite prices stumbled, Syrah took the decision to cut back on production to some degree, in order to assist in balancing the market. Once youre taking decisions like that, you know youve reached a position of some relevance.

The questions now are: what will that market do next, and what will Syrah do next?

A key point of departure when it comes to answering both of these questions is to consider Syrahs ongoing expansion into upstream operations in the USA.

In 2019 the company sold of the order of 160,000 tonnes of natural graphite, of which around 120,000 tonnes of fines graphite went into the Chinese market, one of the biggest in the world.

That key market will remain in place for Syrah in the years ahead, but opening up America too puts the company much further up the value chain. Currently, 100% of anode precursor, the processed material that actually ends up being used in batteries, is produced in China. And 100% of coated precursor, the finished product, is produced in Asia.

But that is about to change.

“The aim,” says Syrahs Kristian Stella, “to become the first ex-China vertically integrated producer of finished anode material from natural graphite.”

The anodes in question are the negative electrodes of lithium ion batteries, which almost everyone expects to proliferate in the coming years. Vehicle sales as a whole took a hit during the coronavirus crisis, but it was notable that in the US Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) outsold everybody else. Meanwhile, charging infrastructure is increasingly being rolled out and, with the word just having reminded itself of what a major reduction of atmospheric emissions would feel like, there is plenty of positive sentiment around.

And unlike many companies around, Syrah is already well positioned to take advantage. In 2018 the company bought a site in Louisiana, where it subsequently produced unpurified spherical graphite and sent out a batch of samples to potential customers.

“The intent ultimately is to address the ex-Asia market,” says Stella.

“We initially established in the USA, but since that time European electric vehicle sales have gained momentum. So, we see the potential to export from the USARead More – Source

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