Projects

Rio Tinto commissions $2.6B Amrun bauxite mine

Rio Tinto has completed commissioning of the AU$2.6 billion Amrun bauxite mine on the Cape York Peninsula in Queensland. The mine and associated processing and port facilities will replace production from Rio Tinto’s depleting East Weipa mine and will increase the company's bauxite export capacity by around 10 million tonnes each year. Rio Tinto Chief Executive J-S Jacques said Amrun was completed early and under budget, demonstrating Rio Tinto’s productivity and innovation capabilities. “Amrun will provide jobs, support businesses and contribute to growth in the region for the next 50 years, buil... more

OzMinerals completes study for $1.3B Carrapateena expansion

OzMinerals has completed a scoping study into a potential $1.3 billion expansion of its Carrapateena copper mine, which is located approximately 470 kilometres north of Adelaide. The Carrapateena copper mine is considered to be one of Australia’s largest undeveloped copper deposits and is second in size to South Australia’s largest copper mine, BHP’s Olympic Dam - the fourth-largest copper deposit in the world. The project is currently a 4.25 Million tonne per annum underground operation and holds an estimated mine life of 20 years. According to the scoping study, the Carrapateena Block Cave Expan... more

BHP awards $108M South Flank Project construction contract

Monadelphous Group Limited has just been awarded a major construction contract at BHP’s South Flank Project in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. BHP’s South Flank Project is set to fully replace production from the 80 Million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) Yandi mine, which is reaching the end of its economic life. The South Flank Project expands the existing infrastructure at Mining Area C and involves the construction of an 80 Mtpa crushing and screening plant, an overland conveyor system, stockyard and train loading facilities, procurement of new mining fleet and substantial mine development and pr... more

Mining commences at tin project

Aus Tin Mining Limited has commenced tin mining at its Granville East Mine, which is located approximately 20 kilometres north of the historic mining town Zeehan, on the west coast of Tasmania. The Granville Tin Project comprises two mining leases (21M/2003 and 9M/2006) and is approved for Level 1 operations, an open cut pit (Granville East) and a processing plant. Run‐of‐Mine material from the first mining block is set to be transported to the processing plant, enabling plant feed to transition from low‐grade stockpiles to high‐grade mine material. The first mining block is located at the sout... 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

Westug awarded $200M iron ore towage contract

Rio Tinto has awarded a $200 Million long-term contract to Western Australian-based company Westug, on the basis that they provide towage services at the company’s iron ore ports of Cape Lambert and Dampier in the State’s Pilbara region. The contract covers the four terminals at Rio Tinto’s two ports in the Pilbara which last year shipped a combined 330.1 million tonnes of iron ore to customers. Under the contract, Westug is to be responsible for the operations and maintenance of Rio Tinto’s tug fleet of 11 vessels as well as four smaller craft. The contract will help sustain more than 130 jobs. We... more

Qteq expansion lands contract, saving over 20 jobs in the process

Perth-based subsurface data logging company Surtech Systems, and METS company Qteq has won the first of many expected contracts to provide borehole data using new innovative measurement sensors and systems. The contract for environmental logging in the Northern Territory is set to use the company’s BMR (Borehole Magnetic Resonance) technology to provide real-time measurements of the aquifer. The BMR technology will allow clients to make informed subsurface decisions. The completed acquisitions of Surtech Systems and directional drilling company WellServ, means Qteq clients have access to systems which ca... more

Stage Two of Onslow Microgrid Project now underway

The Western Australian Government has launched the Onslow Renewable Energy Pilot - the second stage of one of Australia's most cutting edge microgrid projects. Onslow is a coastal town in the Pilbara region of Western Australia (positioned roughly 1,386 kilometres north of Perth) that has a rising demand for electricity. Power is a critical piece of infrastructure in Onslow that needs to be further developed to ensure reliable and safe supply to the local community. The Onslow Microgrid Project aims to achieve this. Stage One of the project saw the construction of a gas-fired modular power station, designe... more

Government announces $56m in funding to accelerate second Bass Strait interconnector

The Australian Government has announced that it will provide $56 million to fast track the development of a second interconnector across the Bass Strait. The first interconnector, Basslink, is a 300 kilometre, 500 Megawatt (MW) high-voltage direct current cable that links the electricity grids in Victoria and Tasmania. The Government's funding announcement follows a recently released report by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and state-owned company, TasNetworks, into the feasibility of a second interconnector across the Bass Strait, named the ‘Marinus Link’. In the initial report, TasNet... more

500,000 solar panels to be installed across South Australia

SA Water has awarded a $304 million contract to local equipment company, Enerven to install roughly half-a-million solar panels across South Australia. The framework agreement will see Enerven (a wholly owned subsidiary of SA Power Networks) install approximately 154 megawatts of new solar photovoltaic generation and 34-megawatt hours of energy storage across almost 80 SA Water sites over the next two years. The investment in more than 500,000 solar panels is expected to deliver a return on investment in six years, and help SA Water reach its ambitious goal of achieving zero net electricity costs from 202... more

ARENA-funded trial to test new solar-friendly technologies

Parts of Victoria’s electricity grid will soon receive a technical overhaul thanks to a $2.2 million trial which will explore how existing infrastructure can effectively integrate with solar power and other new technologies. The trial, Creating Solar Friendly Neighbourhoods, is being developed through a partnership between leading energy infrastructure company AusNet Services, Victorian electricity distributor Jemena, the University of New South Wales and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)- which will contribute $1.1 million in funding to the project as part of their Advancing Renewables Program... 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

$1B Gladstone Energy and Ammonia project one step closer

Australian Future Energy Pty Ltd's (AFE) $1 billion Gladstone Energy and Ammonia Project is now one step closer to delivery thanks to the release of terms of reference for the project’s environmental impact statement (EIS). The project is expected to convert 1.5 million tonnes of coal to produce up to 230,000 tonnes of ammonia and 12 petajoules of synthetic natural gas per annum. Ammonia can be used to make a range of products in the agricultural and mining industries, such as ammonium nitrate as an explosive in mining and nitrogen bases fertilisers in agriculture. While ammonia is produced elsewhere ... more

Roy Hill completes rail bridge to deliver safety outcomes for Port Hedland

On Friday 15 February, Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti, Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Stephen Dawson and Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel joined Roy Hill staff and executives to open the completed Roy Hill Rail Bridge in Western Australia.  The Roy Hill funded bridge is an $18.66 million single span rail bridge carrying the Great Northern Highway over the Roy Hill rail line, leading into Port Hedland’s port. The new bridge replaces an existing level crossing, enabling traffic to freely move over the rail line and removes the potential for a railroad accident at the intersection. Since August 2018, Main... more

CU-River to transform former Port Augusta Power Stations site

Jobs and investment are set to flow into Port Augusta following an agreement by Flinders Power Partnership to sell the site of the former Port Augusta Power Stations to CU-River Mining Pty Ltd. South Australian iron ore magnetite producer, CU-River, plans to turn the site into an iron ore and grain transshipment port facility, with the acquisition expected to provide a substantial jobs boost for the Upper Spencer Gulf town. Once feasibility and approvals are completed, the proposed $250 million port facility is forecast to hold an initial capacity up to 15 million tonnes per annum (TPA), with future potent... more

Anson commences re-entry drilling at the Skyline well

Anson Resources Limited has commenced drilling the re-entry of the Skyline Unit 1 well at its Paradox Brine Project, located in Utah, USA. Anson is targeting lithium-rich brines in the deepest part of the Paradox Basin. Lithium values of up to 1,700ppm have historically been recorded in close proximity to Anson’s claim area. According to the company, the Skyline Unit 1 well had access that required little upgrade work and had previously recorded brine flow from historical drilling. This marks the third re-entry of an existing well carried out by the company at the Paradox Brine Project to sample brines f... more

BlackEarth reports high-grade graphite discovery at Maniry

BlackEarth Minerals NL has provided an update on the assay results received from trenching programs at the Maniry Graphite Project in Southern Madagascar. The Maniry trenching program was completed in early December with 47 trenches excavated for 4,314 metres, with 2,183 samples collected for analysis. 479 assay results were returned from the laboratory with the remaining assay results expected to be received and reported upon during the current quarter. The most impressive assay results were received from Trench MNT041 and MNT041a which were excavated at the Razafy NW prospect, these are summarised bel... more

Newcrest to divest Séguéla for $42m

Newcrest Mining Limited has entered into an agreement  with Roxgold Inc. for the sale of its Séguéla gold project and its portfolio of regional exploration tenements in the West African country of Côte d’Ivoire. Under the sale of the new agreement, Roxgold will pay Newcrest upfront consideration of AUD $14 million cash on completion. Roxgold has also agreed to a deferred payment of AUD $7 million cash contingent on first gold production from the portfolio. Highlights of the transaction: Prospective exploration permits covering 3,298 square kilometres in the mining jurisdiction of Côte d'Ivo... more

Neometals progresses with lithium battery recycling pilot plant

Neometals Ltd has successfully commissioned the first stage of its lithium-ion battery recycling pilot plant (Pilot) in Canada. Despite worldwide regulation constantly tightening, it is estimated that only approximately 5 per cent of lithium-ion batteries are recycled across the globe. Increasing regulations coupled with developing corporate requirements for ethical sourcing and disposal of lithium-ion batteries have created an opportunity for Neometals to recover critical/non-renewable resources while reducing the environmental impacts usually associated with battery disposal. To capture this opportuni... more