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  • Taskforce formed to implement WA Gov’s Energy Transformation Strategy

    Energy Minister, Bill Johnston, has today established the Energy Transformation Taskforce, which will implement the McGowan Government’s Energy Transformation Strategy. The strategy aims to deliver a clean... more
  • Green light for hydrogen mix in gas networks

    Energy Networks Australia, the peak national body representing Australia’s electricity transmission and distribution and gas distribution networks, has just released a report which confirms that the injection... more
  • New survey finds industry needs to get better at telling its story

    New research conducted by independent research agency, Ipsos, has reinforced the need for the resources sector to better explain its everyday importance, relevance and world-class environmental standards to all... more
  • Consortium tackles challenges faced by communities affected by mine closure

    University of Queensland (UQ) researchers and several mining companies have established a three-year consortium to research effective mine closure strategies. The ‘Social Aspects of Mine Closure Research C... more

WA joins international group to address electric vehicles market

The Western Australian Government, through the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia (MRIWA), has just been accepted into one of the International Energy Agency's Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technology Collaboration programmes.  The programme, Critical Raw Materials for Electric Vehicles (CRM4EV), aims to provide current information on raw materials which are considered critical for the ramp-up of electric vehicle sales and to identify supply chain issues. These critical raw materials include lithium, cobalt, graphite and rare earth elements. Participants in the program will meet to discuss... more

Labor announces $75M mining exploration pledge

The Australian Labor Party has announced that, if elected in the upcoming May federal election, they will invest $75 million in Geoscience Australia’s Exploring for the Future initiative. Exploring for the Future is a $100.5 million initiative by the Australian Government dedicated to boosting investment in resource exploration in Australia. The program focuses on gathering new data and information about the potential mineral, energy and groundwater resources concealed beneath the surface. Last year the program spent $40 million across 150 small to medium enterprises – mostly in Western Australia, Q... more

Operator fined for mining without authorisation

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment’s Resources Regulator has accepted an Enforceable Undertaking from Namoi Valley Bricks Pty Ltd in relation to unauthorised mining, a breach of Section 5 of the Mining Act. Namoi Valley Bricks has been mining at the Wilga Park Clay Mine, near Gunnedah, since May 2007. While having obtained the relevant authorisation to mine in August 2017, it is alleged the company was non-compliant in the period between May 2007 and August 2017. In April this year the company submitted an enforceable undertaking proposal to the NSW Resources Regulator - an enforceable undert... more

Researchers discover ‘ghostly’ signs of a mysterious new mineral

An international research team, including scientists from Curtin University, has documented the ‘ghost’ of an undiscovered mineral at two ancient meteorite impact craters. The new study, published in the journal Geology, is the first to document evidence of a new form of the mineral monazite, which only exists on Earth during the immense pressures exerted by meteorite impacts. Study co-author Associate Professor Nick Timms, from Curtin’s Space Science and Technology Centre, said the international research team made their discovery by looking at tiny rock fragments from impact craters in Germany and C... more

Interactive map pinpoints battery energy storage installations worldwide

The Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI) has unveiled a digital map detailing over 120 lead battery-powered energy storage projects across the globe. The online map includes diverse case studies demonstrating successful lead battery energy storage installations from the United States, to Asia and Europe on the Consortium for Battery Innovation’s website. Through a range of case studies, the map details how battery storage is supporting utility and renewable energy systems. This includes providing back-up for local power grids and supplying off-grid electricity to power remote communities. There are... more

Despite record global gold output, Australian production is expected to fall the most by 2024

Gold production increased for the 10th consecutive year to total 107.3 million ounces (Moz) in 2018 and is expected to reach a new record high of 109.6 Moz in 2019, according to recent metals and mining research by S&P Global Market Intelligence. According to Christopher Galbraith, Research Analyst at S&P Global Market Intelligence, the forecast growth of 2.3 Moz in 2019 will be the strongest growth in the past three years, debunking commentary calling for peak gold. More than half of the increase is expected to come from new mines that are anticipated to come on stream this year or have recently b... more