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    Cyprium provides update on operations at Nifty

    Cyprium Metals Limited (Cyprium or the Company) has provided an update on the Paterson Copper Project since taking over the full management of the Nifty mine site post transaction completion on 30 March 2021. ... more

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    Resources companies support Dog Fence rebuild

    Two resources companies are contributing to the 1,600 kilometre rebuild of the Dog Fence in South Australia, with the donation of a drill rod. The 5,400 kilometre South Australian Dog Fence protects the shee... more

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    Construction starts on $9.3M Denham hydrogen project

    Construction has commenced on Australia’s first renewable hydrogen energy plant in a remote microgrid, in the Gascoyne town of Denham. Friday marked the commencement of site works on Horizon Power’s 704 ... more

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    AGL continues transition planning for Liddell Power Station

    AGL will undertake another important milestone in converting the Liddell site to an Energy Hub, today commencing 12 weeks of transition planning for the Liddell Power Station, in preparation for the station’s... more

  • Cyprium provides update on operations at Nifty
  • Resources companies support Dog Fence rebuild
  • Construction starts on $9.3M Denham hydrogen project
  • AGL continues transition planning for Liddell Power Station

Clive Palmer’s proposed coal mine project deemed ‘not suitable’

According to an Assessment Report by the Queensland Government’s Department of Environment and Science (DES), Clive Palmer's Central Queensland Coal Project poses a number of unacceptable risks and is not suitable to proceed. Clive Palmer’s Central Queensland Coal Project (previously named the Styx coal project) is proposed to be located approximately 130 kilometres northwest of Rockhampton and roughly 25 kilometres northwest of Marlborough. It would involve the construction and operation of a greenfield, open-cut coal mine extracting up to 10 million tonnes per year of product thermal and coking coal. The project is expected to employ a workforce of up…

IPC approves Mangoola Mine expansion with conditions

The New South Wales Independent Planning Commission (IPC) has approved, with conditions, an extension to the Mangoola Mine, located 20 kilometres west of Muswellbrook in the Upper Hunter. Owned by Mangoola Coal Operations Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Glencore Coal, the proposed Mangoola Coal Continued Operations (MCOO) Project involves the extraction of an additional 52-million tonnes of run-of-mine coal through to December 2030. The proposed project will utilise existing Mangoola infrastructure including coal washing and train loading, workshops and administration facilities and involves the construction of a haul road overpass over Wybong Road. It is expected to create 145 construction…

Tahmoor mine extension approved with strict conditions

The New South Wales Independent Planning Commission (IPC) has approved a proposed extension to the Tahmoor Coal Mine, on Sydney’s southwestern outskirts, imposing stringent conditions to improve environmental and social outcomes. Tahmoor Coal Pty Ltd has proposed to extract 33-million tonnes of run-of-mine coal over 10 years from 12 new longwall panels to the south of its existing operations, between the Bargo and Tahmoor townships, 75km southwest of Sydney. The product coal would be processed using existing and upgraded surface infrastructure and transported by rail, primarily to the Port Kembla Coal Terminal for export. A whole-of-government assessment undertaken by the…

Cyprium reports extensive shallow copper-gold drilling results

Cyprium Metals Limited has provided the remaining copper results from the Phase 1 Reverse Circulation (RC) drilling programme that was conducted in January 2021 at the Nanadie Well Copper-Gold Project. The Nanadie Well Project is located approximately halfway between Sandstone and Meekatharra in the Murchison region of Western Australia. Cyprium outlines that near-surface oxide and supergene mineralisation has been identified at the Nanadie Well Copper-Gold Project, which is open along strike to the north and south and across strike to the west. The oxide/supergene mineralisation does not outcrop and is covered by 1 to 25 metres of transported material. Preliminary…

Gravity Survey is a lithium exploration breakthrough

Core Lithium Limited has outlined that new geophysical surveys have successfully shown a strong correlation with lithium pegmatite distribution within the company’s wholly-owned Finniss Lithium Project, located near Darwin. Gravity geophysics is now considered an important tool for mapping lithium-rich pegmatites within the Finniss pegmatite field. The Finniss Gravity Survey was co-funded by the Northern Territory Government with survey data collected over a 500 x 500 metre and 500 x 1000 metre grid of gravity stations through the majority of Core’s Finniss tenements. The survey has identified a major NNE-trending gravity high and potential lithium-pegmatite corridor that extends from the…

Lucky Break Gold Mine commences drilling program

QX Resources Limited has commenced a 1,500-metre reverse circulation (RC) drill program at the company’s Lucky Break Gold Mine located at the Clermont Goldfields in the Drummond Basin of central Queensland. Lucky Break was previously mined between 1978-88 with 90,000 tonnes processed for approximately 7,000 ounces of gold production. The new drilling program has been designed to assess mineralisation in two historical pits – the main Lucky Break Mine and the small Lucky Break South pit which was previously mined as a small high-grade deposit – as well as extensions to these mines along strike and at depth. In addition,…

Peyes Farm gold project returns high-grade drilling results

Horizon Minerals Limited has announced further excellent high-grade drilling results from its 100 per cent owned Peyes Farm gold project, which forms a part of the Teal project area located 10 kilometres north-west of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. The Teal camp comprises the Teal, Jacques Find and Peyes Farm deposits and is one of five core satellite gold project areas being advanced to complement the baseload Boorara gold project as part of the consolidated Feasibility Study to deliver an initial five-year mine plan and underpin the establishment of a stand-alone processing facility at the Boorara mine site [1]. The program at Peyes Farm…

BP and Chevron to fund new exploration initiatives in South Australia

BP and Chevron have committed to investing a total of $116.5 million in oil and gas exploration activities, with at least half directed to projects in South Australia with a view to increasing energy supplies in the state and south-eastern Australia. BP and Chevron ceased their programs of exploration in the Great Australian Bight in 2017 and 2018 respectively. The commitments were announced following the conclusion of Good Standing Agreement negotiations with both parties after their decisions to cease petroleum exploration in the Great Australian Bight. Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan said Australia’s offshore oil and gas…

Atlas Gas Pipeline commences operations

Commercial operations have commenced on the $140 million Atlas Gas Pipeline, which will transport gas from Senex Energy’s Atlas gas acreage - located near Wandoan in south-west Queensland - to the east-coast gas market via the Wallumbilla Gas Hub. In June 2018, energy infrastructure company, Jemena, signed an agreement with Senex Energy to build, own, and operate a 15 petajoule per annum (40 TJ/day) gas processing facility and 60km buried pipeline (Atlas Gas Pipeline) in order to fast-track new gas supply to the domestic market. Jemena’s Managing Director, Frank Tudor, said the Senex-Jemena partnership demonstrated how the gas industry is…

Construction contract awarded for gas terminal

Australian Industrial Energy (AIE) has announced another important milestone in the development of its Port Kembla Gas Terminal (PKGT) with the award of the key wharf facility and pipeline construction contract for the LNG import facility. New South Wales currently imports over 95 per cent of its domestic gas from other states. This means that local industries, business and households can be impacted by supply or price shifts occurring in other states. AIE states that LNG will be sourced from international suppliers and transported by LNG carriers to Port Kembla, where it will be transferred to a floating, storage and…

Tanami Natural Gas Pipeline opens to power gold mine

The 440-kilometre Tanami Natural Gas Pipeline, which will transport gas to Newmont Mining’s Granites gold mine, located approximately 540 kilometres north-west of Alice Springs in the Tanami Desert, has been completed. The pipeline is part of Newmont’s $346 million Tanami power project which is expected to provide the mine with a safe and reliable energy source that lowers power costs and carbon emissions by 20 per cent. The power project involved the installation of two power stations, a 66 kilovolt interconnected power line and the approval to operate the natural gas pipeline. Historically, mining operations at Tanami have had to…

Seismic survey commences at QEM’s flagship Julia Creek Project

A seismic survey program has commenced on QEM Limited's (QEM) 100 per cent owned Julia Creek project, covering approximately 496 square kilometres in the Julia Creek area of North Western Queensland. Julia Creek is located over the vast Toolebuc Formation, which is the host to widespread vanadium mineralisation, and is considered an ‘oil shale’, meaning it has the potential to hold significant petroleum resources. QEM announced in February this year that it had engaged geological service company, Velseis Pty Ltd, to conduct the 26-kilometre 2-D seismic survey which would outline the geological structure of the seams across the project area,…

Contract awarded for Newcastle LNG import terminal work

EPIK Co. Ltd. has executed an agreement with Watpac for the provision of  design, engineering and construction services for the onshore infrastructure components of the Newcastle LNG floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) import terminal at the Port of Newcastle. Situated at the back-end of the existing gas transmission network, the Port of Newcastle is one of Australia’s largest ports and a major trade and logistics hub, making it an ideal area to develop an LNG import terminal. The potential investment for the Newcastle LNG project is estimated to be approximately $AU547 million and is set to include a 170,000-cubic metre…

Sheffield locks in LNG supply agreement for Thunderbird

Sheffield Resources Limited has secured a 15-year agreement with Woodside Energy Limited and Energy Developments Pty Ltd (EDL) for the supply and delivery of 1,950 terajoules per annum of liquified natural gas (LNG) to the Thunderbird Mineral Sands Project, in northern Western Australia. As per the agreement, LNG will be supplied from Woodside’s Pluto LNG Truck Loading Facility near Karratha and transported to Thunderbird’s LNG storage facility by a newly formed joint venture between Woodside and EDL. The Woodside-EDL joint venture will own and operate a purpose-built road tanker fleet to deliver the LNG to Thunderbird. Sheffield has stated that…

Construction starts on $9.3M Denham hydrogen project

Construction has commenced on Australia’s first renewable hydrogen energy plant in a remote microgrid, in the Gascoyne town of Denham. Friday marked the commencement of site works on Horizon Power’s 704 kilowatt (kW) solar farm that will power its innovative hydrogen plant which will feature a 348kW electrolyser, hydrogen compression and storage and a 100kW fuel cell to enable the production and storage of hydrogen. The remote microgrid project will deliver electricity into the Denham hybrid power system and will generate 526 MWh of renewable electricity per year, which is equivalent to the energy required to power 100 residential households…

AGL continues transition planning for Liddell Power Station

AGL will undertake another important milestone in converting the Liddell site to an Energy Hub, today commencing 12 weeks of transition planning for the Liddell Power Station, in preparation for the station’s closure in 2022-2023. Located in Muswellbrook, NSW, the Liddell Power Station is a 2000 megawatt black coal-fired thermal power station that was commissioned between 1971 and 1973. Delta Group has been awarded the tender for the first stage of closure, decommissioning and demolition planning for the power station. AGL Chief Operating Officer, Markus Brokhof, said it is an important milestone as the company prepares for Liddell’s retirement. “For…

Australia’s first green hydrogen and gas power plant now one step closer

New South Wales will be home to Australia’s first dual fuel capable hydrogen/gas power plant following an $83 million funding agreement for the Tallawarra B project in the Illawarra. Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the project is vital infrastructure needed to provide dispatchable electricity capacity to replace the Liddell Power Station and create the industries and jobs of the future. “Delivering enough electricity to power around 150,000 homes at times of peak demand, the project is expected to deliver a $300 million boost to the economy and support about 250 jobs during construction,” Mr Barilaro said. “NSW has an enormous…

Hydrogen refuelling station receives Zero Carbon Certification

ActewAGL’s hydrogen refuelling station in Canberra will be the first project to be certified under the Smart Energy Council's Zero Carbon Certification Scheme. In March 2021, Australia’s first public hydrogen refuelling station opened in Fyshwick, ACT. The clean-energy facility was delivered by ActewAGL (operator) and Neoen. The ACT Government will use the station to service Australia’s first government fleet of hydrogen vehicles, 20 Hyundai NEXOs, as the government continues to transition 100 per cent of its passenger fleet to zero-emissions vehicles where fit for purpose. The Smart Energy Council’s Hydrogen Australia division will certify the claim that the refuelling station…

Project seeks to overcome challenges faced by DNSPs

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced $2.6 million in funding to overcome challenges for distribution network service providers (DNSPs) in managing distributed energy resources (DER) within low voltage networks. Luceo Energy, a Queensland energy data company, will develop a proof-of-concept data platform that will integrate data from various sources, as well as a network hosting capacity estimator to analyse this data. Data sources will be acquired from networks, project partners and third parties and will include network infrastructure, network-connected devices such NBN hubs, smart meter data, smart DER data such as batteries and inverters. The project is seeking…

MacIntyre Wind Farm receives development approval

ACCIONA’s MacIntyre Wind Farm has achieved a significant milestone, with development approval granted by Queensland’s State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA) to build the project. The approval clears the way for the 1,026 megawatt MacIntyre Wind Farm Precinct to move to the next stage of development, with construction expected to start in the second half of 2021. Forecasted to generate enough clean energy to power 700,000 Queensland households, the MacIntyre Precinct is set to become a major contributor to achieving the Queensland government’s goal of 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030. Featuring 162 turbines, ACCIONA will build, own and…

Partners near next stage of Bells Mountain pumped hydro project

AGL and Idemitsu Australia Resources (IAR) have today announced the preliminary phase of the feasibility study for the proposed 250 megawatt Bells Mountain pumped hydro project at Muswellbrook is nearing completion. The preliminary engineering study began in 2019 to determine whether the project is technically feasible, provide cost estimates for both construction and operation, and assess the required planning and approval processes. AGL Chief Operating Officer, Markus Brokhof, said AGL views the project as potentially beneficial to the community and Australia’s energy transition. “As we transition to more renewable energy sources, pumped hydro provides a reliable on-demand generation source,” Mr…

Resources companies support Dog Fence rebuild

Two resources companies are contributing to the 1,600 kilometre rebuild of the Dog Fence in South Australia, with the donation of a drill rod. The 5,400 kilometre South Australian Dog Fence protects the sheep industry from wild dogs and dingoes. The fence stretches across the State from the Great Australian Bight near Fowlers Bay, borders New South Wales, and then turns north and east across Queensland to the Darling Downs. More than two-thirds of the South Australian Dog Fence is more than 100 years old. Over time the fence has been degraded by kangaroos, emus, feral camels, wild dogs, weather…

AGL continues transition planning for Liddell Power Station

AGL will undertake another important milestone in converting the Liddell site to an Energy Hub, today commencing 12 weeks of transition planning for the Liddell Power Station, in preparation for the station’s closure in 2022-2023. Located in Muswellbrook, NSW, the Liddell Power Station is a 2000 megawatt black coal-fired thermal power station that was commissioned between 1971 and 1973. Delta Group has been awarded the tender for the first stage of closure, decommissioning and demolition planning for the power station. AGL Chief Operating Officer, Markus Brokhof, said it is an important milestone as the company prepares for Liddell’s retirement. “For…

Port of Port Hedland’s shipping berth upgrade commences

One of the Port of Port Hedland’s first shipping berths, Berth 3, will be upgraded as part of the Western Australian Government’s $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan, with works commencing to remediate the rock wall and to refurbish the wharf piles. Berth 3 at the Port of Port Hedland is a common user berth, used primarily for the export of salt and import of fuels and general cargo. The berth was constructed in the 1960s and this will be the first time the rock wall remediation has been conducted. The project will address subsidence and degradation of the rock wall…

Maritime Decarbonisation Centre to be established in Singapore

Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) with six companies to establish the Maritime Decarbonisation Centre to be set up in Singapore. Under the MoC, BW Group, Sembcorp Marine, Eastern Pacific Shipping, Ocean Network Express, Foundation Det Norske Veritas and BHP have pledged to contribute S$10 million (approximately AU$9.7 million) each to support the establishment of the centre and fund research and technology development projects in areas relating to decarbonisation in the maritime industry. MPA will add S$60 million R&D funding to these contributions, bringing the fund to a total of S$120 million (approximately…

EcoGraf battery processing facility awarded Major Project Status

The EcoGraf Battery Anode Materials Facility in Western Australia has just been awarded ‘Major Project Status’ from the Federal Government. EcoGraf Limited will develop a processing facility to produce high purity spherical graphite for direct supply to battery anode manufacturers in Europe, Asia and America, and is expected to be the first graphite processing plant outside of China. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Christian Porter, said the project will offer significant benefits to Western Australia, including up to 250 new jobs during the construction phase, and up to 65 new jobs during the operational phase. “The Australian Government is…

Project Haber enters next phase of development

Strike Energy Limited's Project Haber involves a proposed 1.4 million tonne per annum (Mtpa) urea fertiliser production facility to be built near Geraldton in Western Australia’s Mid West Region. Recently, the Pre-Front End Engineering Design (FEED) scope of work commenced at the Project Haber site to further refine the capital cost estimate for the plant, which currently sits at US$1.74 billion. Chemical process engineering works will also be included in order to maximise the amount of inherent carbon consumed from the natural gas via the manufacturing process. Furthermore, studies have commenced at Project Haber to maximise the amount of green…

AGL submits planning application for Loy Yang battery

AGL has lodged a planning application with the Victorian Minister for Planning and the Department of Environment, Water, Land and Planning for a 200 megawatt (MW), four-hour duration grid-scale battery at its Loy Yang Power Station in the Latrobe Valley. Loy Yang is Victoria’s largest power station and includes four 500+ MW turbo generators which were brought into service between 1984 and 1988. Upgrades through major maintenance programs and plant enhancements have taken generation capability from 2000 MW in the year 2000, to over 2200 MW today. AGL’s Chief Operating Officer, Markus Brokhof, said batteries will be an important part…

Mothae mine achieves production of five +100 carat diamonds

Lucapa Diamond Company Limited and its partner, the Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho (GoL), have announced the results of the third diamond sale in 2021 from the Mothae kimberlite mine in Lesotho, Southern Africa. The 3,617 carat parcel of rough diamonds was sold for US$420/carat or US$1.5 million (A$2 million or A$543/carat). As per the Diamond Sales and Purchase Agreement with Safdico International [1], Mothae will receive a minimum average cash flow value of US$630/carat for the first 12 months of the agreement. The difference between minimum average cash flow value and the selling price will be recouped by…

Positive assay results received for Khao Soon Tungsten Project

Pan Asia Metals Limited (PAM) has received laboratory assays for the final four holes of a drilling program conducted at the Than Pho West prospect (TPW) within the Khao Soon Tungsten Project (KSTP) in southern Thailand. This concludes the Priority One drilling program at Khao Soon which saw the completion of 19 holes for a total of 1601.5 metres. KSTP is located approximately 600 kilometres south of Bangkok in Nakhon Si Thammarat Province, Southern Thailand. It is one of PAM’s key assets and a significant historical high-grade producer. Modern exploration has discovered potentially world-class, district-scale tungsten mineralisation across numerous prospects.…

ELYSIS selects Rio Tinto smelter for technology demonstration

ELYSIS has selected Rio Tinto's Alma smelter, located in Quebec in Canada, for the first installation and demonstration of its inert anode technology at a commercial size of 450 kiloamperes (kA), which is a common capacity for modern, full-scale smelters. ELYSIS is a joint venture company, led by Rio Tinto and Alcoa, that is working to commercialise a new technology to make aluminium that eliminates all direct greenhouse gases (GHGs) from the traditional smelting process and instead produces oxygen. As part of its technology development and scale-up, ELYSIS will install industrial inert anode prototype cells at the end of an…

Bibiani Gold Mine Mining Lease restored

Resolute Mining Limited's Mining Lease for the Bibiani Gold Mine has been restored due to Ghana’s standing as the largest gold producer in Africa and among the top seven producers in the world, and the need to maintain investor confidence globally and in particular maintain Ghana’s reputation as the preferred destination for mining investment in Africa. The Ghanaian Honourable Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Hon. Samuel A Jinapor, MP has restored the Mining Lease subject to the following: The Company and the holder of the Mining Lease, Mensin Gold Bibiani Limited (MGBL) (a subsidiary of the Company), acknowledge and…

Challenger reports extensions to high-grade gold mineralisation at Hualilan

Challenger Exploration Limited has announced results from a series of drillholes from the company’s flagship Hualilan Gold project in San Juan, Argentina. The results are from the first seven holes from a series of 26 completed holes designed to test for extensions to the: High-grade mineralisation in the Magnata Fault at depth and in both directions along strike; The high-grade Magnata Manto both up and down-dip and along strike; and The broad zones of intrusive hosted mineralisation north and south of the Magnata Fault. Given the results, and the visual mineralisation (skarn alteration with sulphides) logged in many of the…

Theta Gold announces results for initial underground projects

South African focused gold developer, Theta Gold Mines Limited, has announced its Maiden Underground Prefeasibility Study (PFS) for the Beta, Frankfort, and CDM mines, all of which form part of the Central Northern area and now collectively referred to as TGME Underground Project. Chairman of Theta Gold, Bill Guy, said the TGME Underground PFS ‘clearly demonstrates’ that the extensive flat high-grade narrow reef systems of East Transvaal Goldfield can be mined economically, and modern mechanised mining and metallurgy can deliver strong project economics. “Now that the company has generated a PFS for the TGME Underground Project, we can optimise our…

World’s biggest solar-battery system for the mining industry

B2Gold Corp. has commissioned the world’s largest off-grid solar-battery hybrid system for the mining industry, at the Fekola gold mine in Mali, West Africa. The solar-battery hybrid plant was integrated and commissioned successfully with the existing power plant operation, and the solar plant is on course to be 100 per cent complete by the end of June. The Fekola gold mine operates 24-hours a day. During the daytime, the new 30-megawatt solar plant allows three out of six heavy fuel oil generators to be shut down; the energy production of the residual three generators could also be significantly reduced. The…