QLD Government grants new Ravenswood mining leases

Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, the Hon. Dr Anthony Lynham, has granted Resolute Mining Limited (Resolute) nine new mining leases – a major step for the company’s $150 million project to extend the life of its Ravenswood gold mine operations. Dr Lynham said the new leases acknowledge Resolute’s significant contribution to the small mining town of Ravenswood (located approximately 40 kilometres south of Mingela, and roughly 89 kilometres from Charters Towers in Queensland). “The company has pre-funded and commenced refurbishing and relocating the historic Ravenswood State School, p... more

Greenbushes expansion environmental approval recommended by EPA

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended environmental approval for the expansion of the Greenbushes Lithium Mine, located approximately 250 kilometres south of Perth, subject to conditions such as the protection of threatened black cockatoos unique to Australia’s south-west. Talison Lithium Australia Pty Ltd (Talison Lithium) and its predecessor companies have been producing lithium from the Greenbushes Lithium Operations for over 25 years and it is recognised as the longest continuously operated mining area in Western Australia. Tin mining commenced in the Greenbushes area in 1888 a... more

QLD Government approves mining leases for coal mine expansion

Queensland Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, the Hon. Dr Anthony Lynham has announced the approval of mining leases for the Cameby Downs coal mine, which would increase production and extend mine life at the open cut site. The Cambey Downs Mine is an open cut operation which is located in the Surat Basin approximately 360 kilometres northwest of Brisbane. Following the purchase of Syntech Resources by Yancoal Australia in August 2011, the Cameby Downs Mine and several surrounding and regional tenements are 100 per cent owned by Yancoal Australia’s major shareholder, Yanzhou Coal Mining C... more

Initial round of exploratory drilling completed at Cleopatra Prospect

Altura Mining Limited  has completed an initial round of exploratory drilling as a follow up to a geophysical survey utilising the induced polarisation method at its Cleopatra Prospect. The Cleopatra Prospect is located within Altura’s E45/2363 tenement, approximately 3.5 kilometres southeast of the Altura Lithium Mine, in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Dipole-Dipole Induced Polarisation surveying was carried out in September 2018 over wide spaced lines at the Cleopatra Prospect. The purpose of the survey was to detect and delineate potential responses associated with known gold anomalies disc... 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 plan... 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 Centr... 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 i... more

Five Indian oil and gas giants sign over pipeline JV

The announcement was made on July 21, that Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), ONGC, GAIL, Oil India Limited and Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) have come together to sign a Joint Venture (JV) agreement for the execution of the North-East Natural Gas Pipeline Grid Project. The Joint Venture between the five companies was on the agreement to ‘develop, build, operate and maintain’ the new Natural Gas Pipeline Project which has plans to connect the Indian City Guwahati to other major North-Eastern cities, and major load centres such as Numaligarh Refinery. This agreement will also include the integratio... more

Sanjeev Gupta’s South Australian solar farm receives approval

The first large scale project in British billionaire Sanjeev Gupta’s plan to generate one gigawatt (GW) of dispatchable renewable energy in South Australia has been approved. The 280 megawatt (MW) Cultana Solar Farm, to be located on 1100 hectares (ha) of vacant land to the north of the Whyalla Steelworks in the Upper Spencer Gulf town of Whyalla, has just been signed off by the South Australian Government. The Cultana Solar Farm will feature 780,000 solar panels capable of generating 600 GW hours of energy generation per year – which is enough to power almost 100,000 homes while offsetting 492,000 ton... more

Western Australia’s newest wind farm opens

Energy Minister Bill Johnston has opened APA Group's new Badgingarra Wind Farm in Hill River, positioned approximately 220 kilometres north of Perth. The $315 million Badgingarra Wind Farm consists 37 3.6-Megawatt (MW) wind turbines installed with a hub height of 85 metres and a tip height of 150 metres. The wind farm will be co-located with APA's $40 million 17.5 MW Badgingarra Solar Farm, which is currently under construction. The potential energy output from Badgingarra Wind Farm is equivalent to the power required for over 115,000 Western Australian homes. Together with APA's nearby Emu Downs Win... more

AGL secures right to turn mine into hydro energy project

Australian energy generator, AGL Energy Ltd has secured the right to develop, own and operate a 250-megawatt pumped hydro energy storage project at Hillgrove Resources Limited’s Kanmantoo Copper Mine in the Adelaide Hills region of South Australia. The contract allows AGL to transform the Kanmantoo open pit mine into a pumped hydro facility, while Hillgrove will retain processing and mining rights outside the Giant Pit. AGL’s Executive General Manager of Wholesale Markets, Richard Wrightson said the signing of binding agreements was the start of a multiple stage process to progress the project, includi... more

One of Australia’s largest wind farms about to fire up

The AUD$850 million Coopers Gap Wind Farm near Kingaroy in Queensland is now one step closer to getting on the grid, thanks to the completion of a nearby substation. Publicly-owned transmission operator, Powerlink, has energised the new 275 Kilovolt (kV) substation that will connect one of Australia’s largest wind farms to the electricity grid and 9 million Australian energy users. The Cooper’s Gap Wind Farm is expected to generate up to 440 Megawatts of renewable energy – the equivalent of powering a city the size of Ipswich. Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said Queensland has led the way with ... more

$1B transmission line project declared a coordinated project

The Queensland Government has ticked off a major milestone on a proposed $1 billion overhead high-voltage electricity transmission line which would connect major energy users and North West Queensland’s public to the national electricity grid. Queensland’s independent Coordinator-General declared CuString Pty Ltd’s CopperString Project a ‘coordinated project’ on 27 April. The proposed project is a 1,100-kilometre 275-kilovolt overhead high-voltage electricity transmission line connecting the North West Minerals Provence and Mount Isa to the National Electricity Market grid south of Townsville. ... more

QLD provides $100m to keep Haughton pipeline moving

The Queensland Government has fast-tracked $100 million, as part of its $225 million commitment to Townsville’s water security, to keep construction of the Haughton 36.5 kilometre water pipeline moving. Member for Townsville, Scott Stewart said the $100 million payment (paid last week) would go towards supporting up to 1000 jobs over the life of the project. “We all know Townsville has been doing it tough and is currently recovering from an unprecedented flooding event. The jobs that flow from the Haughton pipeline are a shot in the arm during the rebuilding period,” Mr Stewart said. There are mo... more

Construction begins on Australia’s biggest lithium processing plant

Construction of the $1 billion Albemarle Kemerton Plant in Western Australia, Australia’s largest lithium processing plant, has commenced. The plant will become Australia's largest lithium hydroxide plant, with approval to produce up to 100,000 tonnes per annum of premium battery grade lithium hydroxide. Western Australia is currently the number one global producer of lithium, the second largest global producer of rare earths, the third largest global producer of cobalt and the fourth largest global producer of nickel. The Government of Western Australia is working with Albemarle to ensure job opportu... more

Construction commences on Australia’s first thermal waste-to-energy facility

Premier of Western Australia Mark McGowan, and Federal Minister for the Environment Melissa Price, have officially ‘turned the sod’ at Australia’s first thermal waste-to-energy facility in Kwinana, Western Australia. The facility, named Avertas Energy, will use state-of-the-art technology to process 400,000 tonnes of household, commercial and industrial waste each year to significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 400,000 tonnes (equivalent to taking 85,000 cars off Perth’s roads). Once operational in 2021, the facility will generate and export 36 megawatts of baseload electricity t... more

Rio Tinto copper mine to be powered by renewable energy  

Rio Tinto will reduce the annual carbon footprint at its Kennecott Utah Copper operation, located southwest of Salt Lake City in Utah, U.S. by as much as 65 per cent by purchasing renewable energy certificates and permanently shutting its coal power plant. Kennecott’s electricity needs will now be paired with 1.5 million megawatt hours of renewable energy certificates supplied by Rocky Mountain Power, primarily sourced from its Utah allocated portfolio including wind power from Wyoming. The change will reduce the annual carbon footprint associated with the operation by over one million tonnes CO2. Rio... more

WA mining company confirms world’s largest lithium resource

Western Australian based company AVZ Minerals Limited's (AVZ) 60 per cent owned Manono deposit has been confirmed as the largest measured and indicated lithium resource in the world. The Manono Project is located approximately 500 kilometres north of Lubumbashi in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo in central Africa. The project covers approximately 88 square kilometres and hosts lithium pegmatites with a strike length of over 13 kilometres. AVZ has announced a 41.7 per cent increase in Manono’s combined Measured and Indicated Resources, up from 189.8 Million tonnes (Mt) to 269.0 Mt. ANZ ha... more

New drill rig advances at Cauchari

A second, larger diamond drill rig operated by Foraco Argentina SA has progressed drilling to a depth of 141 metres at Lake Resources NL (Lake)’s 100 per cent owned Cauchari Lithium Brine Project in Jujuy - a province in Argentina’s remote northwest. Located adjacent to world-class brine projects either in production or under development, the new round of drilling aims to unlock further value from the emerging project. The larger diamond drill rig is targeting a sand horizon estimated between 350-450 metres deep and is set drill to 500 metres. Two rigs are now operational at Cauchari and reporting r... more

Rio Tinto approves $463 million investment in South African project

Rio Tinto has approved the next stage in the development of Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) in South Africa through the construction of the Zulti South project. The $463 million (Rio Tinto share $343 million) investment will sustain RBM’s current capacity and extend mine life. RBM currently operates four mines in the Zulti North lease area, a mineral separation plant and smelting facility. The Zulti North orebody grade is declining, hence the Zulti South mine is required to maintain the output of high-margin zircon and rutile, and provide sufficient ore to support TiO2 sales. The Zulti South mine (Phase 1) w... more