Projects

  • Magnetite

    PROJECTS

    Fortescue to assess Magnetite and Infrastructure Project

    Fortescue Metals Group Ltd and Sinosteel have signed a binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to complete a rapid project assessment of Sinosteel’s Midwest Magnetite Project, with the assessment to include... more

  • Canbelego

    PROJECTS

    Helix confirms “massive” copper intersection at Canbelego project

    Helix Resources Limited has intersected visible copper sulphide mineralisation at the Canbelego Main Zone target position in New South Wales. The Main Zone intercept occurs from 405 to 434 metres comprising ... more

  • Townsville

    PROJECTS

    Townsville port works to enable more mineral exports

    The Port of Townsville is a step closer to welcoming ships up to 300 metres long with the arrival of Australia’s largest backhoe dredge. The $232 million Channel Upgrade is the largest infrastructure proje... more

  • Hastings

    PROJECTS

    WA environmental regulator grants key permits to Hastings

    Hastings Technology Metals Ltd has fulfilled a key requirement of the already received Ministerial Statement 1110, which was to prepare and submit a Flora and Vegetation Environmental Management Plan for the Ya... more

  • Fortescue to assess Magnetite and Infrastructure Project
  • Helix confirms “massive” copper intersection at Canbelego project
  • Townsville port works to enable more mineral exports
  • WA environmental regulator grants key permits to Hastings

Fortescue to assess Magnetite and Infrastructure Project

Fortescue Metals Group Ltd and Sinosteel have signed a binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to complete a rapid project assessment of Sinosteel’s Midwest Magnetite Project, with the assessment to include a rail and port development at Oakajee. At the conclusion of the 12 month rapid project assessment and subject to the outcome of that process, Fortescue has the option to acquire up to 50 per cent of the Midwest Magnetite Project and up to 100 per cent of the proposed port and rail infrastructure project. Fortescue Chief Executive Officer, Elizabeth Gaines said, “For over three decades, Sinosteel has demonstrated their…

Helix confirms “massive” copper intersection at Canbelego project

Helix Resources Limited has intersected visible copper sulphide mineralisation at the Canbelego Main Zone target position in New South Wales. The Main Zone intercept occurs from 405 to 434 metres comprising mainly incipient veins and disseminated chalcopyrite (CuFeS2 – copper sulphide mineral) and includes approximately 1.3 metres of massive to semi-massive chalcopyrite from 425.2 metres. Several intervals of mineralisation were observed higher in the hole which support the interpretation of parallel lode positions to the west of the Main Zone; from 80 metres a 20-metre interval of oxide copper minerals, malachite and possibly chalcocite; and between 100 to 200 metres…

WA environmental regulator grants key permits to Hastings

Hastings Technology Metals Ltd has fulfilled a key requirement of the already received Ministerial Statement 1110, which was to prepare and submit a Flora and Vegetation Environmental Management Plan for the Yangibana project to the satisfaction of the WA Environmental Protection Authority chief executive. As a result, Hastings has received two key approvals to enable the continuation of early works infrastructure site activities, namely: Approval from the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation of its Flora and Vegetation Environmental Management Plan; and Approval from the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety for a revised Mining Proposal. The Flora and…

Mining commences at Austral Resources’ Anthill project

Austral Resources Australia Ltd has commenced mining at the Anthill Copper Project in Queensland following several months of site preparation to establish site infrastructure, mobilise plant, clear the pit areas, and prepare haul roads. The Mount Kelly processing plant refurbishment is proceeding to schedule with the crushing circuit at 70 per cent completion and work underway at the heap leach solvent extraction plant to process Anthill ore in the second quarter of 2022. The Anthill mine is a hive of activity with two blast rigs working ahead of the mining fleet to deliver broken ground. Clearing is nearing completion over…

First coal heads for export from world’s biggest new coal basin

Bravus Mining and Resources, the Australian arm of Adani, is fast approaching the date to ship its first coal from the Carmichael mine. Adani says the first coal for export is “being assembled” at its coal port in Bowen, the North Queensland Export Terminal. Bravus Mining & Resources CEO David Boshoff said the coal has been delivered to NQXT over the past few weeks during the testing and commissioning of Bowen Rail Company’s new trains. The coal will now be loaded and dispatched as per NQXT’s normal operations and subject to the port’s shipping schedule. “This is a big moment…

New Acland mine expansion recommended for conditional approval

On 17 December, the Land Court of Queensland recommended the approval of the New Acland mine expansion located outside Oakey on the Darling Downs. The recommendation was made subject to the condition that the operator, New Hope Corporation subsidiary New Acland Coal Pty Ltd (NAC), applies to the Coordinator-General to have the Environmental Authority conditions amended. The Department of Environment and Science has issued a series of draft Environmental Authorities that will regulate Stage 3 if approved. Some of the stricter conditions include the lower evening (6-10pm) and night (10pm-7am) noise limits of 35dB. If NAC fails to do so…

Rox Resources to begin drilling Mt Fisher-Mt Eureka gold project

Rox Resources will commence a drilling program at the Mt Fisher-Mt Eureka gold project, located in the Mt Eureka greenstone belt in the northern Goldfields of Western Australia. This belt is located 40 kilometres east of the prolific Yandal greenstone belt, host of significant gold deposits including Jundee, Bronzewing and Mt McClure. Rox holds 850 square kilometres of the Mt Eureka greenstone belt and surrounding prospective zones, with 350 square kilometres of that held by the Cullen Resources JV. A 4,000 metre RC and diamond drill program is currently being conducted on high priority drill ready gold targets generated from…

Lightsource bp receives planning approval for NSW solar farm

Lightsource bp has secured planning approval to upscale plans for the Wellington North Solar Project in New South Wales. The 400-megawatt direct current (MWdc) site is adjacent to Lightsource bp’s 200 MWdc Wellington solar farm which is currently under construction. Once operational, the 600 MWdc hub could become the state’s largest renewable energy power hub. Adam Pegg, country manager, Lightsource bp Australia, said receiving the planning approval of the Wellington North solar farm is an important step forward in the ambition to help Australia transition to a lower-carbon future. “In a few years our 600MWdc Wellington solar hub will be…

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 and gas power plant following an $83 million funding agreement for the Tallawarra B project in the Illawarra. Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the hydrogen and gas power plant 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…

Santos inks new gas supply agreement with Rio Tinto

Santos has signed a new gas supply agreement with Rio Tinto. Under the agreement, Santos will supply up to 15 petajoules (PJs) of natural gas to Rio Tinto commencing in late 2021. Santos Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Gallagher, said Rio has been a long-term buyer of gas from Santos and they look forward to the strong partnership continuing. “We have been supplying natural gas to Rio for many years. This new gas supply agreement underlines the importance of natural gas for Australian manufacturers and industry,” Mr Gallagher said. He added: “Our disciplined, low-cost operating model has allowed us…

Gas permits to provide energy for mining operations

Mineral Resources Limited (MRL) has been successful in the recent Western Australian Government Petroleum Acreage Release, with the award of two highly prospective gas exploration permits in the Perth and Northern Carnarvon Basins. The award of these permits aligns with the MRL's strategy to secure its own natural gas supply to provide energy security for current and future mining operations at lower cost and with lower emissions to replace diesel use across the business. MRL has committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2050 and is presently developing the roadmap to enable this target to be achieved. A critical aspect…

Woodside delivers first carbon offset condensate cargo

Woodside Burrup Pty Ltd and its Pluto LNG joint venture participants (Kansai Electric Power Australia Pty Ltd and Tokyo Gas Pluto Pty Ltd) have delivered their first cargo of carbon offset condensate to commodity trading company Trafigura Pte Ltd. On Monday, Woodside outlined that the carbon dioxide equivalent emissions associated with extraction, storage and shipping of the 650,000- barrel cargo will be offset through a combination of efficiency measures, which reduce emissions, and surrender of high-quality carbon offsets. Trafigura is also working with the vessel owner to minimise actual emissions associated with transporting the cargo. High-quality carbon offsets have been…

Port Hedland welcomes first LNG-fuelled vessel

The bulk carrier HL Green received a special greeting when it arrived on its maiden voyage to Port Hedland, Western Australia on 6 January. HL Green was the first liquified natural gas (LNG) fuelled vessel to berth at the Port of Port Hedland, as the maritime industry moves to reduce emissions from shipping operations. HL Green is one of two 180,000 tonne bulk carriers that was built in Korea by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) and launched on 11 December 2020. The vessel is expected to make about 10 round trips a year between Korea and Australia. The HL Green…

BHP awards LNG supply agreement to Shell for LNG-fuelled iron ore vessels

BHP has awarded its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply agreement for five LNG-fuelled Newcastlemax bulk carriers, which will transport iron ore between Western Australia and China from 2022. Shell has secured the contract to fuel the vessels, which BHP will charter from Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) for five-year terms. BHP Chief Commercial Officer, Vandita Pant, said the LNG bunkering contract marks a significant step in how BHP is working with its suppliers to reduce emissions across the maritime supply chain. “LNG fuelled vessels are forecast to help BHP reduce carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e) emissions by 30 per cent on…

Proposed global scale energy hub one step closer

Townsville in Queensland is a step closer to a huge industry and jobs boost from a proposed energy hub and advanced manufacturing facility at the Lansdown Eco-Industrial Precinct that will refine ore to produce critical materials for use in new-technology batteries. The proposed Townsville Energy Chemicals Hub (TECH) will create around 800 construction jobs and its operational phase will create an estimated 1700 jobs, including 300 highly-skilled advanced manufacturing jobs at the facility and 1400 jobs in support industries. Project proponent Queensland Pacific Metals (QPM) proposes to build the facility in the Townsville City Council’s Lansdown Eco-Industrial Precinct, approximately 40km…

Rio Tinto to triple Weipa solar capacity and add battery storage

Rio Tinto has approved a new solar farm and battery storage at Weipa in Queensland, in a move that will more than triple the local electricity network’s solar generation capacity and help provide cleaner power to Rio Tinto’s operations. Under the plans, EDL has been appointed to build, own and operate a 4 megawatt (MW) solar plant and 4MW/4MWh of battery storage at Weipa. Work on the battery facilities will commence this year, with construction of the project expected to be complete by late 2022. The new solar farm and battery storage will complement the existing 1.6MW solar farm at…

Funding to power up CDU Microgrid Renewable Energy Hub

A Charles Darwin University project that will establish a Renewable Energy Microgrid Hub to lead research in the development of green power systems has been awarded more than $2 million in funding from the Australian Government. Charles Darwin University Director of Energy and Resources Institute Professor Suresh Thennadil said the Microgrid Renewable Energy Hub will support green power systems through research and training. “The Microgrid Renewable Energy Hub will support cheap, reliable and green power systems through research and training collaborations with industry to develop innovative approaches to address challenges in the design, deployment and operation of renewable energy systems,”…

ARENA funding for hydrogen export feasibility study

On behalf of the Australian Government, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has today announced up to $2.17 million in funding to Stanwell Corporation Limited to complete a feasibility study for a proposed hydrogen export project located in Gladstone, Queensland. A key challenge of producing cost-competitive green hydrogen by electrolysis is the high capital costs of equipment. Large export-scale projects have the potential to improve cost competitiveness due to economies of scale. The study, delivered in partnership with Japan’s largest hydrogen supplier Iwatani Corporation, will investigate the feasibility of developing a hydrogen production facility capable of producing up to 36,500…

A renewable first for First Peoples in Victoria

Victoria’s first solar farm wholly owned and operated by an Aboriginal Corporation has received one of five grants supporting community-led renewable energy generation across the Gippsland and Latrobe Valley region in Victoria. Yesterday, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio, announced that five local community groups will share more than $1 million in grants through the Latrobe Valley Energy and Growth Program, which empowers communities to take control of energy costs, support local jobs and reduce emissions. Successful groups from the first round of funding include Ramahyuck District Aboriginal Corporation with $1 million for construction of a 4.9-megawatt…

MoU could kick off a hydrogen hub in Townsville

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Port of Townsville and Ark Energy could see 120,000 tonnes of renewable hydrogen shipped from North Queensland to South Korea in the next decade. Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen, the Hon. Mick de Brenni MP, said a feasibility study will investigate the development of a renewable hydrogen facility focused on the transport industry at Sun Metals’ zinc refinery in Townsville, along with hydrogen export facilities at the Port of Townsville. “We’ve backed Sun Metals with a $5 million Hydrogen Industry Development Fund grant to kickstart hydrogen production in the North.” “Now, through…

CleanCo to take power from Dulacca Renewable Energy Project

Queensland’s publicly-owned renewable energy company has signed up to take clean energy from the Dulacca Renewable Energy Project. Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen, the Hon. Mick de Brenni MP, confirmed last Tuesday that publicly-owned energy generator CleanCo Queensland had signed an agreement to take power from the project, which comprises a wind farm and energy storage facility. Located between the communities of Dulacca and Drillham in the Western Downs Region of Queensland, the project is forecast to generate up to 180 megawatts (MW) of renewable wind energy and create approximately 150 construction jobs. “We know it’s important to ensure…

Townsville port works to enable more mineral exports

The Port of Townsville is a step closer to welcoming ships up to 300 metres long with the arrival of Australia’s largest backhoe dredge. The $232 million Channel Upgrade is the largest infrastructure project in the Port’s 158-year history which will widen its 14.9-kilometre shipping channels over the next two years. Minister for Resources and Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said the channel upgrade will create more opportunities for the city. “This upgrade is important for the resources industry, as it will allow more of North Queensland’s world class minerals to be exported to the world.” The Port of Townsville…

Newmont sells Kalgoorlie Power Business to Northern Star

Newmont has agreed to sell its Kalgoorlie power business to Australia’s Northern Star Resources Limited for US$95 million, inclusive of the US$25 million option payment previously received from Northern Star as part of its purchase of Newmont’s 50 per cent stake in Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines (KCGM) in 2020. The Kalgoorlie power business includes a 50 per cent interest in the 110MW Parkeston Power Station and associated infrastructure which provides electricity to KCGM, and the Kalgoorlie area through its connection to the South-West Interconnected System. The Kalgoorlie power business has been a profitable asset for Newmont since the sale of…

FBICRC steps ahead with Cathode Precursor Production Pilot Plant 

The Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre (FBICRC) has signed contracts with a consortium of companies, the WA Government, contractors and academic institutions to design and commission its flagship Cathode Precursor Production Pilot Plant in Western Australia which will provide technical capability towards the production of advanced battery materials on an industrial scale. The FBICRC and its partners will make an investment valued at over $18 million ($9.2 cash and $9.2 in-kind including the repurposing of BHP’s existing nickel sulfate pilot plant) to produce the present generation of cathode chemistries used in electric vehicles from locally sourced materials. The pilot…

MoU between Renascor and POSCO supports $209M investment in SA

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Renascor Resources and POSCO, one of South Korea’s largest conglomerates, will support a $209 million investment in South Australia to develop a Battery Anode Material (BAM) manufacturing facility in the Eyre Peninsula. The MoU provides for the purchase of up to 30,000 tonnes per annum of Purified Spherical Graphite (PSG) from Renascor’s planned BAM manufacturing facility and a potential equity investment by POSCO in Renascor. The South Australian Government states that the project is forecast to create 190 full-time roles, more than 100 jobs during construction and has the potential to generate around $260…

Covalent Lithium to build new facility in Kwinana

Covalent Lithium has entered into a long-term lease for a 40-hectare site in the Kwinana Strategic Industrial Area (SIA) where it will construct a lithium refinery. The Covalent Lithium refinery, a joint venture between the subsidiaries of Wesfarmers and Chilean company SQM, forms a part of the integrated Mount Holland Lithium project. The project, which is expected to create 1,000 construction and 350 operational jobs, involves the construction and operation of a spodumene mine and concentrator near Mount Holland in Western Australia. Once complete, the Kwinana refinery will have the capacity to support the production of batteries for up to…

WA accelerates towards longest EV fast charging network

Western Australia will soon be home to the longest electric highway in Australia with the State Government today announcing the 45 locations that will make up the electric vehicle fast-charging network. The infrastructure network includes up to 90 fast-charging stations and backup chargers at 45 different locations connecting Perth and regional Western Australia - stretching north to Kununurra, south to Esperance and east to Kalgoorlie. Electric vehicle owners will easily be able to travel the state along these routes, with the average distance between charging stations around 160 kilometres. Most electric cars can run for at least 400 kilometres in…

Napandee site may host Australia’s new radioactive waste facility

A National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF) is now one step closer, following the decision by the Minister for Resources and Water, Keith Pitt, to  declare Napandee near Kimba, South Australia as the proposed site for the facility. Australia’s radioactive waste is currently stored in more than 100 locations around the country. To solve this problem, the Australian Government is establishing a single fit-for-purpose facility. In coming to this decision, Minister Pitt considered relevant material to inform a formal declaration. “This is the next step in progressing this nationally significant infrastructure project, which successive governments have been working on for…

Rio Tinto becomes sole owner of Diavik Diamond Mine

Rio Tinto has become the sole owner of Diavik Diamond Mine in the Northwest Territories of Canada. The transaction for Rio Tinto’s acquisition of the 40 per cent share held by Dominion Diamond Mines in Diavik was completed following the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta’s approval. With production at Diavik expected to end in 2025, its high-end, predominantly white gem quality diamonds with Canadian provenance continue to be in strong demand in all established and emerging consumer markets. Rio Tinto Minerals Chief Executive Sinead Kaufman said: “Diavik will now move forward with certainty to continue supplying customers with high…

Santa Comba Tungsten Project achieves first production

The Santa Comba Tungsten Project has successfully delivered first production from the fully permitted underground mine. Rafaella Resources Limited has confirmed the successful delivery of first production as set out in March with the safe installation of a pilot plant and first production from high-grade stockpiles left from previous operations dating back to 1985. Managing Director Steven Turner said working closely with the authorities to ensure all the permits and approvals were obtained is a testament to the capabilities of the growing team at the site and in Madrid. "This is the first real step in bringing the Santa Comba…

Walkabout provides update on Lindi Jumbo

Walkabout Resources has provided an update on recent activities and contracts it has awarded to progress its 100 per cent owned Lindi Jumbo Graphite Project in South East Tanzania. Lindi Jumbo Limited, a 100 per cent owned subsidiary of Walkabout Resources, has commenced an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract with Yantai Jinpeng Mining and Machinery Co. Limited (Jinpeng) for the Lindi Jumbo Graphite Process Plant in Yantai, China. Jinpeng – a medium-sized private manufacturing and construction engineering business with approximately 400 employees based in Yantai – is experienced in building graphite processing plants both locally and internationally. The company…

Uranium exploration resumes at REX project

Delecta Limited has confirmed the resumption of exploration programs at its REX Uranium-Vanadium Project, located in Colorado. In June 2020, Delecta acquired 60 per cent of the shares in Sunrise Minerals Inc, a US-based company that holds 100 per cent of the REX Project, with the project consisting of 256 contiguous Bureau of Land Management (BLM) claims covering an area of approximately 2,072 hectares. The project lies within the Uravan Mineral Belt of Colorado within trucking distance of the White Mesa Mill, the only operating conventional uranium-vanadium mill in the US that has 90 per cent spare capacity available to…

Adriatic Metals releases DFS for Vares Silver Project

Adriatic Metals Plc has announced the outcome of the Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS) for the Vares Silver Project in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which has been completed by a number of international consultants and coordinated by Ausenco Pty Ltd. The Vares Silver Project hosts two Mineral Resources: the Rupice underground deposit (Rupice) and the Veovaca open-pit deposit (Veovaca). The two deposits are located approximately 11 kilometres apart. Veovaca was a previously operating open-pit mine producing lead, zinc and barite concentrates that ceased operations in 1988. The potential economic viability of the Rupice deposit was only determined in 2017 after it was…

Rio Tinto’s final Argyle diamond collection hosted in Antwerp

Rio Tinto’s final Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender collection of rare pink, red, blue and violet diamonds is being showcased to connoisseurs, collectors and luxury jewellers in Antwerp, Belgium. The Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender, an annual invitation-only event for the past 38 years, is widely considered to be the most anticipated diamond sale in the world, showcasing the pinnacle of Argyle’s production to an exclusive group of collectors, diamond connoisseurs and luxury jewellery houses. Following 37 years of operations, mining ceased at the Argyle mine in Western Australia in November 2020 and the 2021 Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender is the final…

Celsius secures permit extension to Sagay project

Celsius Resources Limited’s Philippine subsidiary Tambuli Mining Company Inc. (TMCI) has been granted a two-year extension of its exploration program for its Sagay Copper-Gold Project. The Sagay copper-gold asset is located in the northern tip of Negros with a total area of 4,594.2 hectares where occurrences of large porphyry copper mineralisation potential have been confirmed. TMCI President Attorney, Julito R Sarmiento, said the announcement is an important step in developing another asset within the company’s copper-gold portfolio, and re-confirms the renewed commitment of the Philippine National Government to support the mining industry and the country’s path to economic recovery. “Our…