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  • heavy vehicle

    New heavy vehicle laws are coming. Are you compliant?

    In mid 2018, the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) is being amended to make it clear every party in the supply chain has a 'duty' to ensure safe practices. Everyone, from driver to executive officer, will have ... more
  • EV

    A demanding supply problem for nickel

    Projections of the increasing abundance of electric vehicles (EV) including hybrids, plug-ins and full electric are wide ranging. Wood Mackenzie's forecast is for sales of passenger EVs to increase from 2.4 mil... more
  • oil and gas

    Shorter time to produce oil and gas due to digital technology investments

    Faster and better decision-making and shorter time to first oil and gas top the list of expected benefits that digital technologies can drive for upstream oil and gas companies, a new survey from Accenture and ... more
  • coal

    The future of Australian coal

    Khai Trung Le looks at the latest clashes surrounding Australia’s coal future – the closure of Liddell, the country’s oldest coal power plant, and the controversy surrounding the Adani Carmichael coal min... more

NEPEAN acquires conveyor businesses from Sandvik

Sydney, Australia: Australian privately-owned conveyor OEM, NEPEAN Conveyors Pty Ltd, has finalised the acquisition of Sandvik’s International Conveyor Components businesses and Sandvik’s Specialist Conveyor Systems business in Hollola, Finland. NEPEAN Chief Executive Officer, Miles Fuller, says we are delighted about completing the acquisition which is a great fit with the organisation’s existing conveyor businesses. “NEPEAN now owns significant businesses in Europe, Scandinavia, North America, Brazil and Western Australia in addition to our existing operations throughout Australia and Africa. We will also gain a broad range of advanced technology, leading products and associated IP,” says Mr Fuller. The businesses will be branded PROK, GURTEC and ROXON in their respective markets. Customers and employees are delighted these brands will be reinstated. “The convey... more

Partnership wins the 2017 METS Ignited Collaboration Award

A five-year partnership between Anglo American and Commit Works has won the 2017 METS Ignited Collaboration Award at the fourth annual International Mining and Resources Conference. The annual award recognises true collaboration between mining equipment, technology and services (METS), mining companies and researchers in the sector. Together, the team co-designed and implemented a unique visual management system providing near real-time operations mapping, to monitor hazards and the progress of work at Anglo American’s Moranbah North mine. David Diamond, CEO of Anglo American’s Metallurgical Coal business, congratulated the team involved in developing and implementing the technology. “We’re honoured to be recognised by the Australian METS industry” said Mr Diamond. “Through our long-standing partnership with Commit Works, we’ve implemented a significant impro... more

Global experts head Siecap’s energy resources portfolio

Leading Brisbane project management and advisory firm Siecap has expanded its consulting services into the traditional and renewables energy sector, building upon recent successes in delivering energy studies for its clients. Siecap’s energy division welcomes John Henderson and Matt Cooper, who are both trusted industry executives with a reputation for integrity and performance. John Henderson brings over thirty-five years’ experience to Siecap’s Advisory Board, that encompasses developing and executing complex mining and energy projects in Australia, Africa and Asia.  His broad knowledge across mining and energy portfolios reinforces Siecap’s practical and customer-focused project delivery base and lends support to the company’s impressive history of delivering value to its clients. Joining Siecap as Executive Director - Energy, Matt Cooper has 25 years’ experience... more

Awards for Excellence celebrate WA’s best and brightest

Western Australia’s resources sector showcased its commitment to innovation and new technologies at the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety Awards for Excellence Ceremony. The department recognised five projects for their exceptional use of innovative thinking, including projects focussing on mental health, worker safety, environmental awareness and mine site rehabilitation. DMIRS Director General David Smith said the awards provide the department with the opportunity to recognise and celebrate the world-class work that resources companies are doing within the industry and broader community. “One of our key goals in holding these awards is to raise awareness of the high standards in health, safety, environmental management and community partnerships the Western Australian resources sector achieves,” Mr Smith said. “The finalists have demonstrated outst... more
solar and wind

Renewables record: solar and wind power blow gas out of the water

Solar and wind powered more homes than ever before last month and produced more energy than gas, the latest Renewable Energy Index shows.  Solar and wind combined generated a record high of 2,363 GWh of electricity, compared with 2,186 GWh for gas. The analysis, compiled by Green Energy Markets, reveals renewable energy from all sources made up 21.9% of electricity generated on Australia’s main grids — avoiding the equivalent of 9.3 million cars-worth of carbon pollution. The Index also shows the renewable energy sector employed 17,521 people throughout September, with Queensland again coming out on top with 6,810 renewable jobs. Almost 15,000 rooftop solar systems were installed during the month, allowing owners to reap an estimated $180 million in electricity bill savings over the next 10 years. “Renewables are creating jobs and providing us with cheap, clean elec... more

UWA signs $1.8M deal with China to research ammonia as clean fuel

The University of Western Australia has signed a collaborative research agreement with China’s National Institute of Clean and Low Carbon Energy to research the use of ammonia as a clean transport fuel. Under the agreement, the UWA Centre for Energy, led by internationally renowned energy expert Professor Dongke Zhang, will receive $1.8 million in research funding. Professor Zhang said the successful completion of the project was likely to yield the world’s first practical ammonia-powered vehicle and ammonia-based hydrogen production plant, placing China and Australia in the leading pack of the global ‘hydrogen economy’ race. “Liquid hydrocarbons derived from crude oil have emerged as the most convenient transport fuels because of their high energy density, flexible shape and easy handling for on-board storage and use,” he said. “But in a carbon-constrained worl... more