Projects

Junior explorer selected for metallurgical coal exploration

Vitrinite Pty Ltd has been named the preferred tenderer and can now apply for an exploration permit over 35 square kilometres of land near Clermont in North Queensland. The area is adjacent to Vitrinite’s existing Karin Basin project on the western flank of the Bowen Basin. This gives the junior explorer the added potential to join the next pipeline of metallurgical coal projects in Queensland. Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, the Hon. Dr Anthony Lynham, said that this shows is there is room for small and big players in Queensland’s vibrant $46 billion coal industry. “Industry is ... more

Eden Project Anglesea concept forecast to generate 1,300 jobs

In May 2019, the Eden Project and Alcoa of Australia released a concept which would see the transformation of Alcoa’s former mine site in Anglesea, Victoria into a world-class eco-tourism attraction. The forecasted economic benefits of this project have now been revealed. The Eden Project is a UK-based educational and environmental charity and social enterprise which works to encourage people around the world to live more sustainably. Its inaugural project, The Eden Project in Cornwall, UK, is a global garden featuring spectacular geodesic domes, known as Biomes, situated in a former china clay quarry. Eden... more

Oz Minerals posts reduced profit ahead of Carrapateena launch

Oz Minerals has outlined a half-year profit of AU $43.9 million in the lead up to first concentrate production from its Carrapateena mine in South Australia. The Adelaide-based copper-gold miner’s half-year result was well down on last year’s H1 net profit after tax of $127.8 million. This followed a fall in revenue from $530.3 in the first half of 2018 to $419.2 million this year and a 3 per cent fall in the copper price. In a statement today, Oz Minerals Chief Executive, Andrew Cole, explained that profit was impacted by lower revenue given shipment timing aligned to first-half market dynamics and ad... more

McArthur River Mine recommendations to be implemented

Northern Territory Minister for Primary Industries, Paul Kirby, has approved an amendment to the existing mine management plan (MMP) for the McArthur River Mine, creating a pathway for the implementation of all 30 recommendations made by the NT Environment Protection Authority (NTEPA). The McArthur River Mine is one of the world’s largest zinc, lead and silver mines and is currently operated by McArthur River Mining, a subsidiary of Glencore. The mine is situated approximately 70 kilometres southwest of Borroloola in the Northern Territory and has been operating since 1993. In August 2018, the NTEPA c... more

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 L... more

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 t... 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

Wave energy technology to be trialled off Tasmanian coast

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced $4 million in funding to Wave Swell Energy Limited to install a pilot-scale wave energy converter off the coast of King Island, Tasmania. The $12.3 million project will involve the design, construction, installation and operation of the UniWave 200, a 200-kilowatt wave energy device off the coast of King Island. The UniWave 200 King Island Project is being developed in collaboration with Hydro Tasmania, and will be integrated with the Hydro Tasmania-operated King Island microgrid. The device will be partially submerged as it sits on the seabed... more

Renewable hydrogen to be produced at gas facility

A new renewable hydrogen production and refuelling project in Queensland is expected to demonstrate the production and use of renewable hydrogen in refuelling, and in existing gas production and supply chains. The $3.1 million pilot project will involve the installation of a 220 kW electrolyser and a 100 kW solar array at BOC’s Bulwer Island gas facility to produce green hydrogen via electrolysis, and will utilise the industrial gas equipment and infrastructure onsite. The electrolyser will have the capacity to produce 2400 kilograms of hydrogen per month. The project also includes a hydrogen refuelling sta... more

$40M in funding helps fast track SA’s first pumped hydro plant

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), on behalf of the Australian Government, has announced up to $40 million in funding towards the deployment of a Pumped Hydro Energy Storage (PHES) project in South Australia. This funding will help to fast track development of South Australia’s first PHES plant. As South Australia continues to increase its renewable energy make up, large-scale storage such as PHES and grid-scale batteries are needed to supply system strength, energy reliability and inertia to the region. Pumped hydro energy storage uses excess renewable energy during low demand periods to ... more

Victoria’s largest solar farm begins full-scale commercial operations

Leading French renewable energy company, Neoen, has commenced full-scale commercial operation at its $198 million Numurkah Solar Farm. The Numurkah Solar Farm is a 128-megawatt (MW) renewable energy project consisting of approximately 350,000 solar panels installed on 500 hectares of land, located approximately 6 kilometres south of Numurkah in Victoria. It is the largest of its kind in the state. Fully owned and developed by Neoen, the Numurkah Solar Farm is expected to produce 255-gigawatt hours of emission-free, clean, competitive renewable energy per annum – the equivalent of taking 77,000 cars of... more

Innovative Mackay resources building now one step closer

Mackay construction company, Fergus Builders, has secured the contract to build the $7 million Resources Centre of Excellence – a world-class engineering, industrial and technology hub in Queensland. The Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday region is home to 34 operating coal mines and the region is one of the largest Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) hubs in Australia. The Resources Centre of Excellence, a joint Queensland Government and Mackay Regional Council project, will be an important nexus between research, education and the resources industry. Its objective is to leverage existing local expert... more

ARENA approves funding for groundbreaking hydrogen production facility in WA

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has approved up to $9.41 million in funding to Hazer Group Limited to support the construction and operation of the Hazer Process Commercial Demonstration Project (HPCDP) in Western Australia. With an estimated capital cost of $15.8 million, the HPCDP is a 100 tonne per annum low emission hydrogen production facility that will be the first large scale, fully integrated deployment of the Hazer Process. This process is an innovative technology which converts bio-methane to renewable hydrogen and graphite using iron ore as a process catalyst. Hazer plans to sell ... more

$90M power plant overhaul to generate jobs

More than 400 jobs and a boost to the local economy will be an added bonus to a $90 million overhaul of the largest generating unit in Australia at CS Energy’s Kogan Creek Power Station. Located near Chinchilla in South West Queensland, the Kogan Creek Power Station is one of Australia’s most efficient and technically advanced coal-fired power stations. Commissioned in 2007, the 750 MW power station can generate enough electricity to power up to one million homes. Kogan Creek’s last major overhaul was carried out in 2016. This overhaul includes a range of inspections, maintenance and upgrades o... 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

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