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Dacian Gold anticipates December production at Mt Morgans

Dacian Gold Ltd remains on track to achieve commercial production by the end of December at its 100 per cent owned Mt Morgans Gold Operation, near Laverton in Western Australia. Dacian Gold Limited acquired the Mt Morgans Gold Operation in early 2012, after raising AU$20M in an initial public offering (IPO). The operation comprises the Westralia Mine Area (Beresford South, Beresford North and Allanson) with an Initial Ore Reserve of 492,000oz and the Jupiter Mine, which holds an Area Ore Reserve of 643,000oz. The company recently commenced ore development at Allanson and is set to mark a second important milestone by initiating mining stopes at Beresford North next week. As mining activities continue across all three production declines at Westralia and open pit mining at Jupiter is advancing well, the company remains on track to achieve its production milestone by the end of t... more

Rio Tinto ships first bauxite ore from Amrun mine

Rio Tinto has successfully delivered the first shipment of bauxite from their Amrun project in Queensland, six weeks ahead of schedule. A ceremony was held on the Western Cape York Peninsula in Far North Queensland on Monday to mark the monumental 80,000 tonnes of first shipment leaving the project which is forecast to arrive in Gladstone next week. The AU$2.6 billion Amrun mine is set to replace production from the depleting East Weipa mine and increase annual bauxite exports by around 10 million tonnes. Rio Tinto Aluminium Chief Executive Alf Barrios said that bringing Amrun online further strengthens their position as a leading supplier in the seaborne market. “We have the largest bauxite resources in the industry and are geographically well positioned to supply China’s significant future import needs, as well as supporting our refinery and smelting operations in Austr... more

Adani self-finances Carmichael mine but faces challenges ahead

Adani Group’s decision to 100 per cent finance Adani Mining’s (a wholly owned subsidiary of Adani Group) Carmichael mine and rail project made headlines when it was announced by Adani Mining CEO Lucas Down in Central Queensland last week, causing community backlash and a stirring response from plenty of environmentalists who are determined to make sure the project does not go ahead. The announcement was made to community leaders, mining industry contractors and suppliers at the Bowen Basin Mining Club luncheon in Mackay and follows recent changes to simplify construction and reduce the initial capital requirements for the Carmichael Project. The proposed Carmichael Mine is an open-cut and underground coal mine positioned in the Galilee Basin, approximately 160-kilometres north-west of Clermont. Originally Adani planned to build a 60-million tonne per annum coal mine and a 3... more

Rio Tinto approves $3.5B job-creating Pilbara mine investment

Rio Tinto is set to develop its most ‘technologically advanced’ mine, following full approval of its AU$3.5 billion investment in the Koodaideri iron ore mine. Positioned approximately 35 kilometres north west of Rio Tinto’s Yandicoogina mine site in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, Koodaideri will deliver a new production hub for Rio Tinto's iron ore operations, incorporating a processing plant and infrastructure including a 166-kilometre rail line connecting the mine to the existing network. Construction is anticipated to commence in 2019, with first production expected in late 2021. The Koodaideri project is set to create more than 2,000 jobs during the project’s construction phase, and another 600 on-going jobs once operational. The project will utilise an increased level of automation and digitisation, helping to deliver a safer and more productive mine ... more

Alcoa secures BHP, Chevron and Woodside gas deals

Western Australia’s single largest user of natural gas, Alcoa of Australia Limited has secured three new gas supply agreements which in full will supply close to 25 per cent of the company’s gas requirements from 2020. The agreements with BHP, Woodside and Chevron coupled with other gas supply contracts, which were announced in 2015 (Quadrant Energy and Santos), complete Alcoa’s gas portfolio to fuel its Kwinana, Pinjarra and Wagerup alumina refineries for the mid-term. The company consumes approximately 40 per cent of the gas supplied to the south west of Western Australia and about 25 per cent of the state’s total domestic gas supply. President of Alcoa Alumina and Managing Director of Alcoa of Australia, Michael Parker said in securing these new gas contracts Alcoa is demonstrating to employees, suppliers, customers and the communities where they operate that Alcoa is... more

Woodside signs gas supply agreement with urea plant

Perdaman Chemicals and Fertilisers Pty Ltd and Woodside Energy Limited have signed a historic Gas Sale and Purchase Agreement (GSPA) for the supply of pipeline gas to the proposed Perdaman Urea Plant on the Burrup Peninsula in Karratha for a period of 20 years, with the option to extend to 25 years. The 2 million tonnes per annum (tpa) Urea Plant will be Australia’s first urea export project supplying the demand in the growing Asia Pacific region. It is expected to create in excess of 2,000 direct jobs during the project’s three-year construction phase and hold a permanent staff of 200 to operate the plant on a non-FIFO basis in Karratha. The GSPA is for a quantity of approximately 125 terajoules (TJ) of gas per day for use in the proposed urea plant. Gas will be supplied from Woodside’s portfolio and primarily sourced from the company’s proposed Scarborough development. ... more

Production commences at Ichthys LNG Project

INPEX has just announced that they have officially commenced operations at the Ichthys LNG Project, which is located in the Ichthys Gas-condensate Field, offshore of Western Australia. The large-scale project is expected to be operational for over 40 years. The project is set to produce and ship approximately 8.9 million tons of LNG, along with approximately 1.65 million tons of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) per year. Aside from this, it is predicted that the project will further produce approximately 100,000 barrels of condensate per day during its peak. The produced gas will be gathered within the Central Processing Facility (Ichthys Explorer) where it will be separated into gases and liquids. Thereafter, the liquids will be piped to the nearby Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) Facility (called the Ichthys Venturer), whereas the gases will be transported via the... more

Northern Gas Pipeline construction is now complete

Australian-owned energy infrastructure company, Jemena, has just announced that another ‘major milestone’ was reached on the Northern Gas Pipeline (NGP), with the construction of the 622km pipeline, now complete. The pipeline will now link Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory with Mount Isa in Queensland. The news was confirmed by Antoon Boey, Executive General Manager of Corporate Development. He explained that the milestone was reached earlier this week and approximately 34,000 lengths of pipe had been welded, lowered in, and now fully buried within the trench. “The sheer scale of this project is enormous,” said Mr Boey, “The [Northern Gas Pipeline is] the largest current gas pipeline project in Australia. This milestone is due to the fantastic effort of those working in remote, hot and often dusty conditions.” “Overall the project is tracking on schedule. Apa... more

Two new solar farms gain development approval

The New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment has approved two new solar farm projects: a $407 million solar farm in Darlington Point and a $262 million solar farm in the state’s Central West. The 275-megawatt (MW) Darlington Point Solar Farm will be positioned approximately 10 kilometres south of Darlington Point and will be built on 975 hectares of flat and open terrain (traditionally used for grazing) - making it an ideal location for solar photovoltaic electricity generation. The project will be owned and operated by Australian renewable energy company, Edify Energy, and is estimated to offer employment opportunities for 300 personnel during construction and five full-time employees for ongoing operations. Resource Assessments Director, Clay Preshaw said the multi-million Darlington Point Solar Farm will power over 130,000 homes each year, boost the local eco... more

Australia’s largest integrated battery and solar farm ready for summer

The largest integrated solar and battery storage facility in Australia, the Gannawarra Energy Storage System (GESS), is now exporting and importing electricity to the grid and is ready to support the national energy system as demand rises over summer. This is the first time a utility-scale battery system has been retrofitted to an existing solar project, the Gannawarra 60 Megawatt (MW) Solar Farm, providing a new commercial model for other renewable and storage facilities in Australia. GESS was selected by the Victorian Government under its Energy Storage Initiative to integrate a 25MW / 50MWh Tesla Powerpack battery with the 60MW DC Gannawarra Solar Farm. The project was developed by a consortium comprising Edify Energy, Tesla, EnergyAustralia and was co-financed by WIRSOL Energy. Edify Energy CEO, John Cole said the project is a real win for Victorian and Australian energy... more

ARENA funds feasibility study into $250 million pumped hydro project

Origin Energy’s proposed expansion of the Shoalhaven pumped hydro scheme will progress to a $5 million feasibility assessment, after receiving part-funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) on behalf of the Australian Government. Located approximately 150 kilometres south of Sydney in the Southern Highlands, the 240-Megawatt (MW) Shoalhaven pumped hydro scheme has been operating since 1977, supplying clean and reliable electricity to thousands of homes and businesses. Earlier this year Origin detailed several options to expand Shoalhaven, with the feasibility study to focus on a preferred option to nearly double the plant’s overall generating capacity through a single 235 MW generating unit housed in an underground power cavern. ARENA is contributing $2 million towards the detailed feasibility assessment that will include technical and environmental studie... more

Victoria’s first big battery officially opens in Ballarat

The first of two large-scale batteries that will support Victoria’s energy grid has been unveiled in Ballarat, signalling the next stage of Victoria’s renewable energy boom.  Minister for Energy Lily D’Ambrosio opened the Ballarat Energy Storage System (BESS) yesterday morning at the Ballarat Terminal Station in Warrenheip. Designed and operated by Spotless Sustainability Services, the BESS is a state of the art lithium-ion large-scale battery that will deliver a 30-megawatt/30-megawatt hour supply and is capable of powering more than 20,000 homes for an hour of critical peak demand before being recharged. The BESS will be able to respond to changing grid needs within milliseconds and will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week to support critical peak demand. The BESS is one of two large-scale batteries that are part of the Victorian Government’s Energy Storage I... more

Sanjeev Gupta unveils ambitious new project for Whyalla

GFG Alliance Executive Chairman, Sanjeev Gupta, has revealed plans for a  mega steel plant for the South Australian City Whyalla, signing an engineering contract with CISDI for the ambitious project. Mr Gupta said GFG Alliance’s cutting‐edge transformation plans for the existing steel plant are just the beginning of what they have in store for the region. “Utilising almost perfect local conditions – our own infrastructure including a deep‐sea port; rich local resources; and unrivalled community passion – we now plan to build a new steel plant, one of the world’s largest, right here in Whyalla,” he shared. Liberty Next-Gen Steel is set to become the largest of its kind in the Western world, capable of producing 10 million tonnes per year, with the ability and infrastructure to double capacity in time. Plans indicate that the roughly $600 million project will ... more

New asphalt facility opens in Sydney

Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, has launched a new asphalt plant in Sydney, expected to bring 50 permanent jobs to the area. At the ceremony yesterday, Mr Roberts said that State Asphalts NSW’s $20 million facility in St Marys is set to produce both transport material and asphalt, and in doing so is significant for Western Sydney. “State Asphalts NSW has delivered thousands of tonnes of asphalt for thousands of kilometres of road throughout NSW, including the Hume Highway, the Great Western Highway, Camden Valley Way, and even through Centennial Parklands,” Mr Roberts announced. “It’s an unsung hero of the infrastructure revolution we’ve been driving throughout this state in recent years. Without high-quality asphalt to cover the roads we’re building, our progress would be stalled,” he added. The new plant (a Marini Top Tower 4000S asphalt... more

WA lithium manufacturing plant receives Government approval

The Albemarle lithium manufacturing plant, to be located 17 kilometres north east of Bunbury in Western Australia’s South-West, has been given environmental approval by the WA Government. When in operation, the Albemarle Kemerton Plant will process spodumene ore concentrate, through five process trains, to produce up to 100,000 tonnes of lithium hydroxide product. Spodumene ore will be sourced from the Talison Lithium's Greenbushes mine, which in March 2018 announced an expansion to supply the rapidly expanding global lithium market. The Albemarle Kemerton Plant will create more than 500 construction jobs with an initial 100 operational jobs, increasing to up to 500 at full operational capacity. Once constructed, the Albemarle Kemerton Plant will be the second, and largest, lithium hydroxide manufacturing plant to invest in Western Australia in two years. WA Premier Mark Mc... more

Last pipe laid for 270km Broken Hill water initiative

A major milestone was achieved for the Wentworth to Broken Hill Pipeline Project (W2BH) this month when the project's construction team laid the last of the 22,000 pipes needed for the 270km water supply initiative. A consortium of John Holland, MPC Kinetic and TRILITY were appointed by WaterNSW to design, construct, operate and maintain the Wentworth to Broken Hill Pipeline. MPC Kinetic Chief Operating Officer Tony O’Sullivan has commended the pipeline management and construction teams behind the tremendous effort, which has seen the delivery of the entire 270km pipeline scope ahead of schedule. The pipeline delivery team only mobilised to Wentworth in January this year, and 10 months later had successfully laid all 22,000 pipes. “MPC Kinetic knew this important water infrastructure project would present many challenges, given the short timeframe between design and constru... more

First shipment from Nigerian zinc mine underway

ASX-Listed metals explorer, Symbol Mining Limited, has announced that its maiden shipment of 250 tonnes of Direct Shipping Ore (DSO) of zinc concentrate from the Macy Mine in Nigeria is locked and loaded for transport.  The 250-tonne shipment consists of 10 containers that will be transported by truck to Lagos Port for export to China and is expected to depart in early December 2018. The first shipment represents a great achievement for the Symbol and Imperial Joint Venture team, who proved that they could deliver the Macy Mine project in a short start-up period, just five months after the commencement of mining and one month after the commissioning of the processing plant. Symbol Mining CEO, Tim Wither, said that although a modest maiden shipment, ramp up to a steady state should come with relative ease as the mine deepens into more consistent high-grade material and the proc... more

Sudi Project JV prepares for next phase of drilling in Southern Tanzania

Strandline Resources Limited is preparing to commence the next phase of air-core drilling at the Sudi mineral sands project in Southern Tanzania, alongside Joint Venture partner Rio Tinto Mining & Exploration Limited. The Sudi project is located 30 kilometres by sealed road from the port and city infrastructure of Mtwara in southeastern Tanzania. Under the terms of the Joint Venture, Rio Tinto is funding the exploration programme at Sudi, with the exploration itself being conducted by Strandline. In March this year, Strandline announced that drilling at Sudi returned thick intervals of heavy mineral sands along an 8-kilometre anomaly, with these intervals ranging... more

Montem Resources launches Prospectus to raise $20 million

Metallurgical coal development company, Montem Resources Limited, has lodged its Prospectus with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) to raise up to $20 million and list on the Australian Securities Exchange via an Initial Public Offering (IPO). Following a successful capital raising and listing, Montem is likely to have a market cap in the range of $50 million to $55 million. The Prospectus offers up to 40 million new ordinary shares at an issue price of $0.50 per share to raise up to $20 million, with capital raising expected to close in early October, and trading of Montem shares expected to commence mid-October. The company has multiple properties covering 220 square kilometres, including four metallurgical coal projects that have been mined previously. These brownfield projects, known as the Chinook Properties, are said to contain an estimated 163 Millio... more

Drilling to commence at lithium project in Argentina

Lithium exploration and project development company, Lake Resources NL have confirmed that drill hole locations have now been determined for the upcoming drill program at their 100 per cent owned Cauchari Lithium Brine Project in Argentina. Following recent discussions with relevant authorities in Argentina this week, the company has announced plans to drill three holes, with a possible fourth hole, to depths of 400 metres. Drilling is anticipated to show a likely extension to the high-grade lithium brines in adjacent properties and work is likely to commence in early October, barring any unforeseen delays. Third party drill results on the adjoining project were found to include 600mg/L lithium with high flow rates and 470mg/L close to the lease boundary. Based on recent seismic lines, Lake expects these high-grade lithium brines to extend into its leases and brine bearing sedimen... more