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    AGL and Idemitsu prepare for next stage of feasibility on Bells Mountain

    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 comple... more

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    Big Canberra Battery market sounding opens

    The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has formally commenced market sounding for the Big Canberra Battery ecosystem. Battery storage technology varies in size, location and core use. The market sounding pro... more

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    Fortescue celebrates 1.5 billion tonnes shipped from Pilbara operations

    Fortescue Metals Group (Fortescue) has marked a significant milestone for its Pilbara operations, exporting over 1.5 billion tonnes of iron ore since it was first established in 2003. It comes less than three y... more

  • PROJECTS

    Bibiani Mining Lease restored

    Resolute Mining Limited (Resolute or the Company) has advised that the Ghanaian Honourable Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Hon. Samuel A Jinapor, MP (the Minister), has notified the Company that the M... more

  • AGL and Idemitsu prepare for next stage of feasibility on Bells Mountain
  • Big Canberra Battery market sounding opens
  • Fortescue celebrates 1.5 billion tonnes shipped from Pilbara operations
  • Bibiani Mining Lease restored

Fortescue celebrates 1.5 billion tonnes shipped from Pilbara operations

Fortescue Metals Group (Fortescue) has marked a significant milestone for its Pilbara operations, exporting over 1.5 billion tonnes of iron ore since it was first established in 2003. It comes less than three years after the company celebrated shipping its billionth tonne from Herb Elliott Port in Port Hedland. This latest milestone coincided with a visit by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to Fortescue’s Christmas Creek operations, hosted by Fortescue Founder and Chairman Dr Andrew Forrest AO. “From the start, Fortescue’s journey has been to unlock the potential of the Pilbara and build Australia’s economy through the export of iron…

New Century provides update on drilling at Silver King

New Century Resources Limited has provided an update on the progress of drilling activities at the high-grade Silver King Lead-ZincSilver Deposit, located at the Century Zinc Mine in Queensland. Infill drilling has been completed at the Silver King Lead-Zinc-Silver Deposit for the purpose of upgrading the existing Mineral Resource estimate to support subsequent mining studies and detailed mine design. This includes: 30 diamond drill holes completed for a total of 5,468m drill metres. Spectacular assay results have been received from seven holes to date, and assay results are pending from the remaining 23 holes. Three additional large-diameter PQ holes have…

De Grey to drill deeper to test large target area in more detail

De Grey Mining Limited is making progress with its drilling program at the Hemi Gold Discovery, located approximately 60 kilometres south of Port Hedland in Western Australia. The Falcon intrusion is situated roughly 600 metres west of the Brolga zone and immediately south of the Aquila zone. Strong mineralisation has been defined over a strike length of approximately 1 kilometre north-south. A program of six initial wide spaced (160 metre) step out holes have been planned to test the mineralisation to approximately 500 metres depth along the current 1 kilometre strike of mineralisation at Falcon. The first of the step…

New tenement paves the way for the Mt Piper Gold Project

Gold and copper explorer, Torrens Mining Limited, has been granted one new tenement (EL7331) within the company’s Mt Piper Gold Project in Central Victoria. The granting of the tenement paves the way for drilling to commence at the Northwood Hill Prospect where a five-kilometre long gold anomalous corridor was identified by Perseverance Mining in the early 1990s. The area represents an exciting drill target for Torrens with significant near-surface 'Fosterville-style' gold drilling intercepts already identified by Perseverance. The shallow (less than 70-metre vertical depth) reverse circulation drilling by Perseverance reported important widths and grades of gold mineralisation. Torrens’ Managing Director,…

3D Resources to commence drilling program at Adelong Gold Project

3D Resources Limited expects to commence a 2000 metre reverse circulation drilling program at the Adelong Gold Project in the second quarter of 2021, to test the deeper parts of the Challenger orebody to refine and finalise mine plans before mining commences. The Adelong Gold Project covers 70 square kilometres and comprises the old Adelong Goldfield in Southern NSW, located approximately 20 kilometres from Tumut and 80 kilometres from Gundagai. The project carries an existing JORC Resource of 180,600 ounces of gold and 17 freehold properties with all mining and processing plant equipment on-site, and until recently was a producing…

Battery-grade lithium hydroxide produced at Finniss Project

Core Lithium Limited has produced battery-grade lithium hydroxide monohydrate (LH) from spodumene mineral concentrate from the Finniss Lithium Project in the Northern Territory. Core Lithium’s Managing Director, Stephen Biggins, said it has been confirmed that battery-grade lithium hydroxide suitable for high-end uses in the lithium battery, renewable energy and electric vehicle industries, can be produced from Core’s lithium concentrate produced from the Finniss Project. “This successful proof-of-concept test work provides Core, and our customers, the confidence in utilising Finniss lithium concentrates in the global lithium battery supply chain,” Mr Biggins said. “Together with the recent award of Major Project Status…

Mining operations to recommence at Bauxite Hills

Metro Mining Limited will recommence operations at the company’s flagship Bauxite Hills Mine after the northern Australia wet season. The Bauxite Hills Mine is located approximately 95 kilometres north of Weipa on Western Cape York where Metro holds a total tenement package covering approximately 1,900 square kilometres. The Bauxite Hills Mine has an estimated ore Reserve of 109.5 million tonnes (Mt) and total Resources of 138.2Mt. Mining operations commenced in April 2018. In its first year of operations, Metro achieved its 2018 production guidance, shipping 2 Mt to five different Chinese companies. The company advised on Wednesday that it has set a…

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…

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…

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…

AGL and Idemitsu prepare for next stage of feasibility on Bells Mountain

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…

Big Canberra Battery market sounding opens

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has formally commenced market sounding for the Big Canberra Battery ecosystem. Battery storage technology varies in size, location and core use. The market sounding process will allow industry and key stakeholder input on the range of possible services and infrastructure ahead of the procurement phase of the project. Interested parties can register to be involved in the market sounding process and receive updates as they become available. They will also be invited to provide written input through a confidential submissions process which will ask industry for suggestions on how a Big Canberra Battery ecosystem would…

BHP, Oldendorff and GoodFuels complete marine biofuel trial in Singapore

Global resources company, BHP, German shipping company, Oldendorff Carriers, and advanced biofuels pioneer, GoodFuels, with the support of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), conducted the first marine biofuel trial involving an ocean-going vessel bunkered in Singapore on 4 April 2021. As part of the trial, the 2020-built 81,290 deadweight tonne dry bulk carrier Kira Oldendorff was refuelled with “drop-in” advanced biofuel blended with conventional fossil fuels. The key objectives of the biofuel bunkering trial include understanding the behaviour of the fuel (such as emissions), assessing engine and vessel operational performance during the trial as well as exploring the technical…

NAIF reaches contractual close on pumped storage hydro project at Kidston

The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) has reached contractual close on $610 million in investment, its largest financing commitment to date. NAIF’s loan to Genex Power’s Kidston 250 MW Pumped Storage Hydro Project (K2-Hydro) will help to create more than 500 construction jobs and deliver affordable, reliable electricity for north Queensland. Genex will be delivering the first pumped storage hydro project in Australia since 1984 and the first to be used solely for energy storage and generation rather than water management. NAIF were early supporters of K2-Hydro – which utilises the disused Kidston Gold Mine – and have worked closely…

Green hydrogen project signs port MOU

Origin Energy’s export-scale liquid hydrogen project has reached an important milestone today, with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Port of Townsville to collaborate on the potential expansion of the port, as well as the development of a liquefaction facility, new berth and associated infrastructure. Origin is collaborating with Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd (KHI) on a 300 megawatt (MW) early export project that would produce 36,500 tonnes per annum of green liquid hydrogen using renewable energy and sustainable water. The three parties will now focus on work required to accommodate KHI’s semi-commercial scale liquid hydrogen…

Suntrace and Baywa r.e. complete off-grid solar-battery hybrid system for gold mine

Independent expert for renewable energy projects, Suntrace GmbH, renewable energy company, BayWa r.e., and mining company B2Gold Corp. have completed commissioning of 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. Hybrid projects such as this, which combine solar energy with conventional energy generation and battery storage, are an effective way to provide reliable power supply day…

AGL and Wärtsilä to develop hybrid energy systems for businesses

AGL has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Finnish manufacturing and services company, Wärtsilä, to collaborate on the delivery of large-scale hybrid energy systems to commercial and industrial customers. The agreement will allow the development of systems that integrate renewable behind-the-meter and off-grid technologies to improve energy efficiencies and supply. AGL’s Chief Operating Officer, Markus Brokhof, said that AGL is excited to be developing these innovative systems with Wärtsilä, which will provide customers with a broader range of options on their energy. “This agreement is another way in which AGL is responding to the evolving needs of our customers…

Project Haber enters pre-FEED

Strike Energy Limited (Strike) has provided an update on Project Haber, which 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. Technip Energies, who completed the feasibility studies on Project Haber, have commenced the Pre-FEED (Front End Engineering Design) scope of work to further refine the capital cost estimate for the plant, which currently sits at US$1.74 billion. Technip Energies has included in their scope chemical process engineering works in order to maximise the amount of inherent carbon consumed from the natural gas via the…

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…

Agreements ensure continued operation of Portland Aluminium Smelter

Alcoa Corporation has announced new agreements with multiple power generators for the Portland Aluminium Smelter in Victoria, meaning Alcoa will keep the smelter operating until 2026. The five-year agreements with AGL, Alinta Energy and Origin will commence on 1 August 2021. The Australian Government has committed, subject to approval, to provide up to A$19.2 million per year for four years to underwrite the smelter’s participation in the Reliability and Emergency Reserve Trader (RERT) scheme. The arrangement will recognise the smelter’s ability to rapidly shed load when required to help protect the power grid from unexpected interruptions when it is under…

New project to facilitate greater connectivity for WA and NT miners

Fibre Expressway Pty Ltd (FEPL) has unveiled the details of Project Koete, a first-of-its-kind US$1.5 billion technology ecosystem in Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Project Koete will provide vital data and internet connectivity domestically between Perth and Darwin, while directly connecting the cities and territories to international business hubs in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan and beyond in Asia Pacific and worldwide. It will be a major drawcard for attracting multinational businesses to the region and will boost digital investment, particularly from the natural resources, finance, and cloud computing industries. The project includes a 10,000-kilometre, carrier-neutral, high-speed low-latency subsea cable…

Advanced manufacturing hub to double in size

Deakin University will double the size of its ManuFutures advanced manufacturing hub and open-up the Geelong-based success story to key regional centres, thanks to a $20 million partnership with the Victorian Government. Deakin and the Victorian Government, through its Higher Education State Investment Fund (VHESIF), will each invest $10 million in the major project that will see ManuFutures double in size to give new start-ups and existing small and medium enterprises (SMEs) the opportunity to scale up quickly to advanced manufacturing and link-in with Geelong's knowledge economy. Vice-Chancellor Professor Iain Martin said the Geelong Future Economy Precinct at the Waurn…

Solar farm to power bp service stations in NSW

Lightsource bp today announced that through a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Snowy Hydro, its West Wyalong solar farm will supply renewable energy to 88 of bp’s service stations across New South Wales. Snowy Hydro owns, operates and maintains the Snowy Scheme as well as Red Energy and Lumo Energy, making it the fourth-largest energy retailer in Australia with almost one million electricity and gas customers across Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland. The PPA will enable the construction of a 107MWdc solar farm in West Wyalong. Snowy Hydro will purchase two-thirds of the 238,000MWh generated annually from…

Rio Tinto to build new tellurium plant at Kennecott mine

Rio Tinto will soon commence construction on a plant that will recover tellurium, a critical mineral used in solar panels, from copper refining at its Kennecott mine near Salt Lake City, Utah. Rio Tinto is investing $2.9 million to set up the plant, which will recover tellurium as a by-product of copper smelting, extracting a valuable mineral from waste streams. The plant will have the capacity to produce approximately 20 tonnes of tellurium per year. Rio Tinto expects to begin production of tellurium in the fourth quarter of 2021, creating a new North American supply chain for this critical mineral.…

Bibiani Mining Lease restored

Resolute Mining Limited (Resolute or the Company) has advised that the Ghanaian Honourable Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Hon. Samuel A Jinapor, MP (the Minister), has notified the Company that the Mining Lease for the Bibiani Gold Mine has been restored. The Minister has advised the Company that having regard 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 Mining Lease has been restored subject…

Challenger reports extensions to high-grade gold mineralisation at Hualilan

Challenger Exploration Limited (Challenger) 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…

Theta Gold announces PFS for initial underground projects

South African focused gold developer, Theta Gold Mines Limited (Theta Gold), 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 (UG) Project. Below are some key highlights from the PFS for the TGME Phase 1 Underground Project, which excludes the open pits. All numbers in USD and financials based on forecast gold price of average USD$1,570/oz and ZAR/USD exchange rate of 15.9. Pay-back period from first gold 13 months Pay-back period from start of mining 22…

Suntrace and Baywa r.e. complete off-grid solar-battery hybrid system for gold mine

Independent expert for renewable energy projects, Suntrace GmbH, renewable energy company, BayWa r.e., and mining company B2Gold Corp. have completed commissioning of 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. Hybrid projects such as this, which combine solar energy with conventional energy generation and battery storage, are an effective way to provide reliable power supply day…

Researchers evaluate the rehabilitation of an old mine waste rock pile

The Cabeza de los Gatos waste rock pile, left from mining activities in the town of Tharsis (Huelva) in Spain, underwent a rehabilitation process consisting of remodelling the slope of the pile, applying liming materials and then a layer of soil. Trees and shrubs typical of the area were planted and a hydroseeding with a mixture of shrub and herbaceous seeds was applied. 12 years later, a study led by researchers from IRNAS-CSIC, in collaboration with Sabina Rossini Oliva, a researcher from the University of Seville and the Environment and Water Agency of Andalusia (AMAYA), has proven the effectiveness of…

Rio Tinto produces lithium from Boron mine waste rock

Production of battery-grade lithium from waste rock has commenced at a lithium demonstration plant at Rio Tinto’s Boron mine in California, USA. An initial small-scale trial in 2019 successfully proved the process of roasting and leaching waste rock to recover high grades of lithium. Rio Tinto said the demonstration plant is the next step in scaling up a breakthrough lithium production process developed at Boron, to recover the critical mineral and extract additional value out of waste piles from over 90 years of mining at the operation. The demonstration plant has a design capacity of 10 tonnes per year of…

Drilling starts at Kroussou Project in Gabon

Apollo Minerals Limited has announced its maiden drilling campaign is now underway at the prospective Kroussou zinc-lead project in Gabon. The Kroussou Project comprises the Prospecting License G4-569 which covers 986.5 square kilometres in the Ngounié Province of Western Gabon located approximately 220 kilometres southeast of the capital city of Libreville. The current Phase 1 diamond drill program, which comprises approximately 30 holes for 1,000 metres of diamond drilling, is focused at the high-grade Dikaki Prospect and will also aim to test high-grade rock chips and soils at Bouambo East. This initial program is expected to be completed by May…