Northern Minerals receives assay results from latest exploration drilling program

Heavy rare earths producer, Northern Minerals Limited (Northern Minerals or the Company) has returned encouraging assay results across several targets from the first phase of its latest exploration drilling program at the Browns Range Project. The Browns Range Project is located 160 kilometres south-east of Halls Creek in northern Western Australia. Northern Minerals successfully completed 8,500 metres of reverse circulation (RC) drilling at Browns Range in late 2020, following the Company’s announcement on the 2 November that it had commenced a $5 million exploration program that would include up to 16,... more

Horizon launches 50,000m exploration program

Horizon Minerals Limited (Horizon or the Company) has started its 2021 new discovery and resource growth exploration program in the Goldfields region of Western Australia. Horizon’s fully-funded 50,000-metre exploration program is now underway, with four rigs across the 890 square kilometre asset portfolio, all operating within 75 kilometres of the proposed Boorara Mill site [1]. The program comprises diamond, RC and aircore drilling. The primary objectives of the exploration program are to [1]: Test high priority new discovery targets defined at greenfields project areas including Windanya, Lakewoo... more

New Century delivers milestone 500,000th tonne of zinc concentrate

New Century Resources Limited (New Century or the Company) has reached a major milestone, producing its 500,000th tonne of zinc concentrate since the recommencement of operations in August 2018. The Century mine is located at Lawn Hill, Queensland, approximately 250 kilometres north-west of Mount Isa in the Lower Gulf of Carpentaria. The mine initially commenced open-pit production in 1999 (under the operatorship of Rio Tinto [1]) and during its 16 years of operation, Century was recognised as one of the largest zinc mines in the world, producing and processing an average of 475,00 tonnes per annum (tpa) o... more

Brockman provides update on Marillana Iron Ore Project

Brockman Mining Limited has provided an update on the current status of the Marillana Iron Ore Project in conjunction with the Farm-In and Joint-Venture agreement (FJV Agreement) with Polaris Metals Pty Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mineral Resources Limited (MRL). The Marillana Project is located in the Hamersley Iron Province within the Pilbara region of Western Australia. According to Brockman, Polaris has completed a drilling and metallurgical testing campaign and has also completed its technical and cost report on the project. The outcome of both these undertakings has resulted in Polaris providi... more

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... more

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,... more

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 op... more

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 structur... more

New $16M Western Power energy facility for Albany

Premier of Western Australia Mark McGowan and Energy Minister Bill Johnston have announced plans for a new $16 million energy hub in Albany. Western Power's state-of-the-art facility is forecast to generate around 70 construction jobs. It will enhance employee safety, improve operational efficiencies and future-proof the electricity supply for Albany and the Great Southern region. The facility's design focuses on a safe working environment, including single-flow traffic, the separation of light and heavy vehicles, and reduced interaction between forklifts and people. It also includes electric vehicle charg... more

Funding boost for ANU solar research

A $4.5 million funding boost will help researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) develop next-generation solar cell technology. The money will go towards state-of-the-art research equipment for three separate projects. The funding is partly from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency's (ARENA) Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics Infrastructure project ($3.6 million) and is supported with co-funding from ANU ($0.9 million). Dr Kean Chern Fong and his team will receive $3.1 million for a new 'nano-engineering' laboratory. The lab will help create new materials to enhance the conversion... more

Plans progress for nation’s largest battery at Eraring Power Station

Origin Energy Limited is advancing its plans for a battery at the Eraring Power Station in New South Wales with an overall capacity of up to 700 MW and a dispatch duration of four hours – making it the nation’s largest battery project currently under consideration. Origin has issued an Expression of Interest to suitably qualified firms to supply and install the large-scale battery. A Connection Enquiry has also been lodged with NSW transmission network service provider TransGrid to connect the battery to the national grid via the Eraring substation. Origin Executive General Manager, Energy Supply an... more

Renewable future for retired coal mine in NSW

Through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), the Australian Government has announced that it will jointly fund a new technical feasibility study into using an underground coal mine as part of a Pumped Hydro Energy Storage (PHES) scheme in New South Wales. On behalf of the Federal Government, ARENA will provide $995,000 in funding to Centennial Coal for a technical review and pilot trial to examine the feasibility of repurposing an underground coal mine for pumped hydro just south-west of Newcastle at Newstan Colliery, Fassifern. The mine has been on care and maintenance since 2014. The New South... more

Collie sheds on track for heritage listing

The Railway Goods Shed and Footbridge in Collie, that were instrumental in establishing the only coal industry in Western Australia, have been included in the State Register of Heritage Places. Designed in 1898 by C.Y. O'Connor, the Goods Shed is the largest standard Class 1 shed built by the former railways department, and includes a double gabled roof with the track running through the length of the building on one side. The footbridge is one of the few rare surviving examples of a rural railway footbridge in the State and was restored by volunteer labour, reopening in 2013. It spans the entire distance ... more

State-of-the-art mineral science hub on the way for Tasmania

Tasmania will soon have expanded geotechnical testing capabilities, thanks to a $2.4 million upgrade to the Mineral Resources Tasmania Core Library at Mornington. Minister for Resources, Guy Barnett, said the upgrade will mean more of the scientific analysis work that goes into both managing our natural resources and growing the sector can happen in Tasmania rather than going offshore. “Tasmanian construction company Fairbrother has been awarded the contract to upgrade the Library, which will combine laboratory facilities, currently spread across two sites, and provide an upgraded and expanded state-of-t... more

Strike Energy launches ammonia-urea project

Strike Energy Limited has announced the launch of Project Haber, a Western Australian ammonia and urea manufacturing facility, which comes after a year of feasibility studies. Strike and TechnipFMC have completed feasibility studies on a 1.4 million tonne per annum urea production facility which would process gas from Strike’s Greater Erregulla development in the Perth Basin. Natural gas is a critical input into ammonia and urea production, and access to competitively priced gas from Strike’s Perth Basin resources would be a key enabler for the project. In parallel, Strike has been awarded (subject ... more

New specialist training facility for WA’s resources sector

A tender for the construction of a dedicated industrial conveyor belt trade training facility at the Midland campus of North Metropolitan TAFE has been issued this week, with the design development stage now complete. The $2 million project is fully funded by the Western Australian Government and is included in its Mid-year Review. Construction on the facility is expected to be completed in October 2021 with training forecast to commence in Semester 1, 2022. Fremantle-based Armstrong Parkin Architects designed the facility, which will be used to deliver a qualification in the repair, maintenance and ins... more

Drilling recommences at Oracle Ridge

Eagle Mountain Mining Limited (Eagle Mountain or the Company), has provided an update on exploration activities at its 80 per cent owned Oracle Ridge Copper Project (Oracle Ridge or the Project) in Arizona, USA. Drilling recommenced at Oracle Ridge on Monday, 11 January 2021 after a scheduled Christmas break. The first drill hole for 2021 is WT-21-01 and was completed last week. WT-21-02 is underway. All drilling undertaken by the Company last year was aimed at expanding the existing mineral resource base. Eagle Mountain outlines that assays received from the 2020 drilling contained significant grade... more

Barrick achieves 2020 production targets

Barrick Gold Corporation has announced preliminary full year and fourth quarter 2020 results which indicate that it has met its 2020 guidance targets. According to Barrick, preliminary gold production for the full year of 4.8 million ounces is at the midpoint of the 4.6 to 5 million ounce guidance range, while preliminary copper production of 457 million pounds is also within the guidance range of 440 to 500 million pounds. The preliminary Q4 results show sales for the quarter of 1.19 million ounces of gold and 108 million pounds of copper, as well as preliminary Q4 production of 1.21 million ounces of gol... more

PAM completes drilling of Thailand prospect

Pan Asia Metals Limited (PAM), has today provided an update on the drilling program at the Khao Soon Tungsten Project (KSTP) and has reported that a drill rig has been mobilised to the Reung Kiet Lithium Project, both located in southern Thailand. KSTP, located approximately 600 kilometres south of Bangkok, is one of PAM’s primary assets and a significant historical high-grade producer. PAM outlines that modern exploration has discovered potentially world-class district-scale tungsten mineralisation across numerous prospects. Today PAM announced that drilling of Priority One holes at the Than Pho West... more

Rio Tinto reaches deal to extend NZ smelter operations to 2024

Rio Tinto has agreed to a new electricity agreement with Meridian Energy that allows New Zealand’s Aluminium Smelter (NZAS) to continue operating the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter until 31 December 2024. The extension provides certainty to employees, the local community and customers while providing more time for all stakeholders to plan for the future. NZAS is New Zealand’s sole aluminium smelter. It commenced production in 1971 and produced 353,293 tonnes of aluminium in 2019. NZAS is 79.36 per cent owned by Rio Tinto and 20.64 per cent owned by Japan's Sumitomo Chemical Company. In July 2020, Rio... more