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  • World’s largest airborne electromagnetic survey reveals mineral potential in the north

    The results of the world’s largest airborne electromagnetic (AEM) survey have been released, revealing potential new mineral and groundwater resources in the Northern Territory and Queensland. The AEM surv... more
  • ARENA provides $9M in funding for short term forecasting of wind and solar farms

    Solar and wind farms will soon be trialled to see if they can provide their own short-term generation forecasts, under a funding initiative by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Australian E... more
  • EOIs open for Queensland’s $5M Waste to Biofutures Fund

    Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now open for the Queensland Government’s new $5 million Queensland Waste to Biofutures Fund (W2B Fund). The fund will support local companies in developing innovative ways... more
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    Collaboration to advance the future of cave mining

    The University of Queensland’s Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) and Mining3 have been united with Newcrest Mining, Vale, OZ Minerals, BHP Billiton and PT Merdeka Copper Gold to develop Cave Mining 2040. ... more

The impact of mining on animals is being overlooked in assessments, study finds

New research has found that most site restoration assessments are overlooking the impact of mining on animals, prompting a call for operators to put a greater focus on restoring animal habitats after mining. The study, which was published last week in journal Pacific Conservation Biology, involved an international review of literature in relation to mine site restoration and found that fauna was being under-recognised in assessments of restoration success. Lead author PhD student Sophie Cross from the ARC Centre for Mine Site Restoration at Curtin’s School of Molecular and Life Sciences (CSMLS), said ... more

Report highlights the need for more Indigenous employment

The Queensland resources industry has recommitted to playing its part in creating economic opportunities and jobs for Indigenous workers following the release of the latest ‘Closing the Gap’ report. The Closing the Gap 2018 update outlined that 6599 Indigenous Australians were employed by the mining industry, an increase of 250 per cent since 2006. The number of non-Indigenous Australians employed in mining also increased by 150 per cent over the same period. Despite these positive numbers, targets such as halving the gap in employment and halving the gap in reading and numeracy, areas in which the in... more

Archaeologists discover rock engravings in the Pilbara

Archaeologists from the University of Western Australia (UWA) working with the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation and Rio Tinto have discovered that Indigenous people were not the only ones to leave their mark in the Dampier Archipelago. The team of archaeologists were working across the archipelago to document Aboriginal habitation and long-term creation of ancient rock art when they found evidence that the area was visited by the whale ships Connecticut (1842) and Delta (1849), with crew members documenting their respective voyages to the other side of the world from their home ports in the north-eastern U... more

Finalists announced for the 2019 Women in Resources Awards

Some of the brightest and most inspirational women in the Western Australian mining and minerals sector have been announced as finalists in the 2019 Women in Resources Awards (WIRA). Established in 2010 by the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CME), the WIRA recognise individuals and organisations working to build a world-class industry that provides attractive career opportunities, champions gender diversity and enhances the recognition and participation of women in the sector. CME Chief Executive Paul Everingham commented that this year’s finalists were selected from more than 70 nom... more

BP: Renewables to be the fastest growing energy source by 2040

BP has released the latest edition of the Energy Outlook, exploring the key forces which could shape the global energy market to 2040. In the ninth edition of the Outlook, BP states that the greatest uncertainties which will likely face the energy market over the period involve the need for more energy to support continued global economic growth and the need for a more rapid transition to a lower-carbon future. Most of the Outlook is viewed from the evolving transition (ET) scenario, which assumes that government policies, technology and social preferences continue to evolve in a manner and speed seen over... more

Shell to acquire German battery company

Royal Dutch Shell plc has agreed to acquire 100 per cent of sonnen, a German company which produces home energy storage systems for households and small businesses, meaning that following regulatory approval and completion, sonnen will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Shell. Executive Vice President New Energies at Shell Mark Gainsborough has high hopes for the acquisition, stating that sonnen is one of the global leaders in smart, distributed energy storage systems and has a track record of customer-focused innovation. “Full ownership of sonnen will allow us to offer more choice to customers seeking ... more