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  • IRM releases report to aid risk management in energy sector

    The Institute of Risk Management (IRM) has released a new report which provides insight and thought leadership for risk managers operating in the energy sector (including oil and gas, energy and renewables). ... more
  • Labor announces $1b plan to ‘supercharge’ Australia’s hydrogen industry

    The Australian Labor Party has announced that, if elected, they would deliver a $1 billion National Hydrogen Plan in order to create new jobs, support new businesses and 'supercharge Australia’s renewable ene... more
  • Hays report reveals the industry’s in demand skills for early 2019

    Recruitment firm, Hays, has released the January – June 2019 edition of their ‘Hotspots of skills in demand’ report, outlining which skills are on the radar for Australia’s mining and minerals sector. ... more
  • DMIRS releases report examining vehicle collisions in WA’s mining sector

    The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) has released a comprehensive new report examining vehicle collisions in Western Australia’s mining sector, aiming to raise industry awareness of... more

Researchers reduce hazardous mine exposures in Nigeria

A pilot program to reduce lead poisoning in Nigerian gold mining communities has brought significant improvements to an area where hundreds of children have died from lead poisoning, according to a new study published this week.   The study authors concluded that a two-year effort to introduce safer mining practices was effective in preventing deaths and reducing lead poisoning in highly exposed communities. Perry Gottesfeld, Executive Director of Occupational Knowledge International (OK International), whose organisation partnered with Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières in this effort, said the pilot project demonstrated that low-cost dust control measures were effective at reducing average airborne lead exposures by 95 per cent. The project took place in the Shakira community in Niger State (Central Nigeria) where high levels of lead are naturally present in ... more

Cheaper and more efficient solar power could be closer

A new study led by The Australian National University (ANU) could be the next step toward highly efficient and affordable solar technology. Study co-author Dr Heping Shen from the ANU School of Engineering said the current solar cell market is dominated by silicon-based technology - which is nearing its efficiency limit. “In order to continue the transition to a renewable energy-based economy, we need to keep reducing the cost of solar energy, and the best way to do that is to increase the efficiency of solar cells,” Dr Shen explained. “If we can have a cheap source of energy that is also clean - who wouldn't want to use it?," she added. In collaboration with researchers from the California Institute of Technology, the ANU engineers have developed a way to combine silicone with perovskite (a calcium titanium oxide mineral), to more efficiently convert sunlight into ele... more

Coal to become Australia’s largest commodity export

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (DIIS) has released the December 2018 edition of the Resources and Energy Quarterly, which states that Australia’s resources and energy export earnings are on track for a record-breaking 2019. Supported by a weaker Australian dollar in 2018-19, the DIIS expects Australia’s resource and energy exports to hit a new record high of $264 billion, before falling back to $241 billion (the second highest on record) in 2019–20. The December report further states that Australia’s resources and energy export volumes will likely show firm growth over the outlook period, yet it is expected that the prices of Australia’s major resource commodities will drift lower in 2019–20, due to moderating demand and rising supply. Coal is expected to overtake iron ore as Australia’s largest resource and energy export in 2018-19, with Austra... more

Tragic fatality a safety wake-up call for BHP coal mines

Following the tragic death of 49-year-old mineworker Allan Houston at BHP Coal’s Saraji mine on 31st December 2018 in Central Queensland, the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has called on BHP to trigger a safety ‘reset’ across all of BHP’s regional coal mines. BHP confirmed that an incident occurred at approximately 10pm where the dozer Mr Houston was operating rolled from an elevated position. Directly following the incident, the site Emergency Response Team was activated, and appropriate authorities were engaged. In their response, BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance said that the welfare of the family of the deceased and the safety of their workers remain their highest priorities. However, on Friday 4 January, CFMEU Mining and Energy Queensland President, Stephen Smyth said the Union is concerned that safety incidents on BHP mines ar... more

Action Group calls for an inquiry into NSW coal mining

Australian community action group, Lock the Gate Alliance, has redoubled calls for a Special Commission of Inquiry into mining in NSW after the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) recently found in favour of the NSW Government withholding key documents on the Shenhua coal mine. Lock the Gate had sought access to documents which relate to undisclosed negotiations between the NSW Government and Shenhua which led to the government granting Shenhua $262 million in July 2017 and subsequently renewing 50 per cent of Shenhua’s exploration licence in the Liverpool Plains in July 2017. On Wednesday the tribunal recognised there was ‘a good deal of public interest in the Shenhua buyback and in the management of natural resources more generally in NSW’ and further said that it was ‘apparent that significant sums of public money are involved in the arrangements between the Sta... more

Mining organisations warn against Greens’ coal ban Bill

Major minerals councils and organisations from across the country have warned the Senate to reject the Greens' bill to ban coal mining in the Galilee Basin. On Friday 4 January, the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA), the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and the Queensland Mining and Energy Division of the CFMEU made submissions to the Senate to reject the Galilee Basin (Coal Prohibition) Bill 2018, which would permanently ban the mining of all coal in the Galilee Basin and stop the Adani Carmichael mine from starting operations, stating that the Bill would cost jobs and fail to meet global demand for thermal coal. QRC Chief Executive, Ian Macfarlane, said the Bill just doesn’t stack up. “It would be little more than an act of self-sabotage which would cost Queenslanders their jobs for no reason and for no reduction in the global use of coal,” he said. Mr Macfarlane ... more