The latest issue of International Mining Project News, out today, has reports on 17 prefeasibility studies, seven feasibility studies, and nine projects in development, three existing operations that are expanding, three new players and five projects that have gone into production as well as many new appointments to new positions. The report covers 21 gold projects, six copper projects, four silver, three uranium projects, two zinc, nickel, and lead projects, and one potash, aluminium, coal, iron ore, graphite, frac sand, boron, tungsten, rare earth, and clay projects. This fortnightly project watch is a great way of keeping up to date with your peers – other mining companies, other consultants or other engineering companies. These issues build into a global mine project overview. If you are a supplier – it is full of potential sales leads.Speciality metals development companu, Wolf Minerals has announced that work to build the first new metal mine in the UK for 45 years is underway following the official ground-breaking ceremony at the site of the £123 million Hemerdon project, near Plymouth Devon. The Hemedon tungsten resource is the third largest in the world and production is expected to commence in 2015 with 3,450 t/y of tungsten concentrate.Lamboo Resoureces’ Geumam (South Korea) flake graphite was successfully independently tested in a lithium ion battery cell by Very Small Particle Co (VSPC), a leading Australian lithium ion battery R&D specialist laboratory. Tests have indicated that conductivity and performance is equivalent to synthetic graphite material and makes the Geumam natural flake graphite commercially attractive as a negative electrode product.Carpathian has commenced the re-commissioning of the processing plant at its wholly owned RDM mine in Brazil following re-instatement of the Autorização Provisória de Operação. The re-commissioning comprises a sequential start-up of the component parts of the plant. It is anticipated that the operation will gradually build up to the planned production target of approximately 8,000 oz/month of Au, over the next several months.Wolfpack Gold has announced that it has agreed in principle to merge with Timberline Resources creating a Nevada focused gold exploration company with a substantial portfolio. Wolfpack and Timberline have agreed to an exclusivity period expiring 22, 2014.