Northern Minerals receives assay results from latest exploration drilling program

Heavy rare earths producer, Northern Minerals Limited (Northern Minerals or the Company) has returned encouraging assay results across several targets from the first phase of its latest exploration drilling program at the Browns Range Project. The Browns Range Project is located 160 kilometres south-east of Halls Creek in northern Western Australia. Northern Minerals successfully completed 8,500 metres of reverse circulation (RC) drilling at Browns Range in late 2020, following the Company’s announcement on the 2 November that it had commenced a $5 million exploration program that would include up to 16,... more

Horizon launches 50,000m exploration program

Horizon Minerals Limited (Horizon or the Company) has started its 2021 new discovery and resource growth exploration program in the Goldfields region of Western Australia. Horizon’s fully-funded 50,000-metre exploration program is now underway, with four rigs across the 890 square kilometre asset portfolio, all operating within 75 kilometres of the proposed Boorara Mill site [1]. The program comprises diamond, RC and aircore drilling. The primary objectives of the exploration program are to [1]: Test high priority new discovery targets defined at greenfields project areas including Windanya, Lakewoo... more

New Century delivers milestone 500,000th tonne of zinc concentrate

New Century Resources Limited (New Century or the Company) has reached a major milestone, producing its 500,000th tonne of zinc concentrate since the recommencement of operations in August 2018. The Century mine is located at Lawn Hill, Queensland, approximately 250 kilometres north-west of Mount Isa in the Lower Gulf of Carpentaria. The mine initially commenced open-pit production in 1999 (under the operatorship of Rio Tinto [1]) and during its 16 years of operation, Century was recognised as one of the largest zinc mines in the world, producing and processing an average of 475,00 tonnes per annum (tpa) o... more

Brockman provides update on Marillana Iron Ore Project

Brockman Mining Limited has provided an update on the current status of the Marillana Iron Ore Project in conjunction with the Farm-In and Joint-Venture agreement (FJV Agreement) with Polaris Metals Pty Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mineral Resources Limited (MRL). The Marillana Project is located in the Hamersley Iron Province within the Pilbara region of Western Australia. According to Brockman, Polaris has completed a drilling and metallurgical testing campaign and has also completed its technical and cost report on the project. The outcome of both these undertakings has resulted in Polaris providi... more

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 is distinguished from other bulk carri... more

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... more

Equinor plans to build world-leading clean hydrogen plant in the UK

Norwegian-based international energy company, Equinor, is leading a project to develop one of the UK’s – and the world’s – first at-scale facilities to produce hydrogen from natural gas in combination with carbon capture and storage (CCS). The project, called Hydrogen to Humber Saltend (H2H Saltend), provides the beginnings of a decarbonised industrial cluster in the Humber region, the UK’s largest by emissions. H2H Saltend supports the UK government’s aim to establish at least one low carbon industrial cluster by 2030 and the world’s first net-zero cluster by 2040. It also paves the way f... more

BP and Chevron to fund new exploration initiatives in South Australia

BP and Chevron have committed to investing a total of $116.5 million in oil and gas exploration activities, with at least half directed to projects in South Australia with a view to increasing energy supplies in the state and south-eastern Australia. BP and Chevron ceased their programs of exploration in the Great Australian Bight in 2017 and 2018 respectively. The commitments were announced following the conclusion of Good Standing Agreement negotiations with both parties after their decisions to cease petroleum exploration in the Great Australian Bight. Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Ma... more

$4.5M in funding for Monash initiatives that drive transition to sustainable energy

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), on behalf of the Australian Government, has announced more than $4.5 million in funding for two Monash University-led projects that will enable the discovery of new materials to drive the global transition to a sustainable energy future. ARENA announced yesterday that it will contribute vital funding for Monash to establish a $7 million world-leading facility at the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication to accelerate the development of new materials through both vacuum and printing processes. The facility, made available through the Australian Centre for Advan... more

Amazon announces new solar project in Victoria

Multinational technology company, Amazon, has announced 26 new global utility-scale wind and solar energy projects totalling 3.4 gigawatts (GW) of electricity production capacity, bringing its total investment in renewable energy in 2020 to 35 projects and more than 4 GW of capacity – the largest corporate investment in renewable energy in a single year. These new projects will make Amazon the largest-ever corporate purchaser of renewable energy. One of the 26 global solar energy projects is the Hawkesdale Wind Farm in Victoria, Amazon’s third renewable energy investment in Australia following the Gunneda... more

RACV donates $1M in solar energy installs for bushfire-affected towns

RACV has announced a $1 million investment in solar and battery installations for bushfire-prone areas of Victoria over the next two years, to help strengthen safety for isolated communities that could otherwise be cut off from power and communications during emergencies. The investment is an extension of RACV’s commitment to providing renewable energy solutions for more Victorians, with the installations at designated ‘emergency safe places’ free of charge by RACV Solar. The catastrophic bushfires of the summer of 2019-2020 that devastated many regional towns highlighted the importance of energy res... more

Construction of $200M solar farm soon to commence

X-ELIO is preparing to start construction on its $200 million solar farm in Queensland’s Western Downs this month, creating up to 400 jobs. The company has secured the regulatory and financial approvals needed to kick-off work on the 200 megawatt Blue Grass Solar Farm, located 14 kilometres from Chinchilla. Western Down Regional Council Mayor, Paul McVeigh, said the Western Downs is earning its place as the renewable energy powerhouse in Australia. “We have the optimum climate, landscape and location for renewable energy, with a skilled workforce and great liveability to back growth in the sector.... more

Collie sheds on track for heritage listing

The Railway Goods Shed and Footbridge in Collie, that were instrumental in establishing the only coal industry in Western Australia, have been included in the State Register of Heritage Places. Designed in 1898 by C.Y. O'Connor, the Goods Shed is the largest standard Class 1 shed built by the former railways department, and includes a double gabled roof with the track running through the length of the building on one side. The footbridge is one of the few rare surviving examples of a rural railway footbridge in the State and was restored by volunteer labour, reopening in 2013. It spans the entire distance ... more

State-of-the-art mineral science hub on the way for Tasmania

Tasmania will soon have expanded geotechnical testing capabilities, thanks to a $2.4 million upgrade to the Mineral Resources Tasmania Core Library at Mornington. Minister for Resources, Guy Barnett, said the upgrade will mean more of the scientific analysis work that goes into both managing our natural resources and growing the sector can happen in Tasmania rather than going offshore. “Tasmanian construction company Fairbrother has been awarded the contract to upgrade the Library, which will combine laboratory facilities, currently spread across two sites, and provide an upgraded and expanded state-of-t... more

Strike Energy launches ammonia-urea project

Strike Energy Limited has announced the launch of Project Haber, a Western Australian ammonia and urea manufacturing facility, which comes after a year of feasibility studies. Strike and TechnipFMC have completed feasibility studies on a 1.4 million tonne per annum urea production facility which would process gas from Strike’s Greater Erregulla development in the Perth Basin. Natural gas is a critical input into ammonia and urea production, and access to competitively priced gas from Strike’s Perth Basin resources would be a key enabler for the project. In parallel, Strike has been awarded (subject ... more

New specialist training facility for WA’s resources sector

A tender for the construction of a dedicated industrial conveyor belt trade training facility at the Midland campus of North Metropolitan TAFE has been issued this week, with the design development stage now complete. The $2 million project is fully funded by the Western Australian Government and is included in its Mid-year Review. Construction on the facility is expected to be completed in October 2021 with training forecast to commence in Semester 1, 2022. Fremantle-based Armstrong Parkin Architects designed the facility, which will be used to deliver a qualification in the repair, maintenance and ins... more

Drilling recommences at Oracle Ridge

Eagle Mountain Mining Limited (Eagle Mountain or the Company), has provided an update on exploration activities at its 80 per cent owned Oracle Ridge Copper Project (Oracle Ridge or the Project) in Arizona, USA. Drilling recommenced at Oracle Ridge on Monday, 11 January 2021 after a scheduled Christmas break. The first drill hole for 2021 is WT-21-01 and was completed last week. WT-21-02 is underway. All drilling undertaken by the Company last year was aimed at expanding the existing mineral resource base. Eagle Mountain outlines that assays received from the 2020 drilling contained significant grade... more

Barrick achieves 2020 production targets

Barrick Gold Corporation has announced preliminary full year and fourth quarter 2020 results which indicate that it has met its 2020 guidance targets. According to Barrick, preliminary gold production for the full year of 4.8 million ounces is at the midpoint of the 4.6 to 5 million ounce guidance range, while preliminary copper production of 457 million pounds is also within the guidance range of 440 to 500 million pounds. The preliminary Q4 results show sales for the quarter of 1.19 million ounces of gold and 108 million pounds of copper, as well as preliminary Q4 production of 1.21 million ounces of gol... more

PAM completes drilling of Thailand prospect

Pan Asia Metals Limited (PAM), has today provided an update on the drilling program at the Khao Soon Tungsten Project (KSTP) and has reported that a drill rig has been mobilised to the Reung Kiet Lithium Project, both located in southern Thailand. KSTP, located approximately 600 kilometres south of Bangkok, is one of PAM’s primary assets and a significant historical high-grade producer. PAM outlines that modern exploration has discovered potentially world-class district-scale tungsten mineralisation across numerous prospects. Today PAM announced that drilling of Priority One holes at the Than Pho West... more

Rio Tinto reaches deal to extend NZ smelter operations to 2024

Rio Tinto has agreed to a new electricity agreement with Meridian Energy that allows New Zealand’s Aluminium Smelter (NZAS) to continue operating the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter until 31 December 2024. The extension provides certainty to employees, the local community and customers while providing more time for all stakeholders to plan for the future. NZAS is New Zealand’s sole aluminium smelter. It commenced production in 1971 and produced 353,293 tonnes of aluminium in 2019. NZAS is 79.36 per cent owned by Rio Tinto and 20.64 per cent owned by Japan's Sumitomo Chemical Company. In July 2020, Rio... more