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New manganese exploration licence approved for Winchelsea Island

The Northern Territory Government has granted a new manganese exploration licence covering part of Winchelsea Island to Winchelsea Mining Pty Ltd – a joint venture between the Anindilyakwa Advancement Aboriginal Corporation (AAAC) and AUS China International Mining, with AAAC the majority partner. The AAAC is made up of the two Traditional Owner clans of Winchelsea and benefits from this project will be shared with all 14 Anindilyakwa clans. The unique joint venture between AAAC and AUS China International Mining came together following the successful trade mission by Chief Minister Michael Gunner and the Anindilyakwa Land Council to Rizhao, Shandong, in November 2016. The Northern Territory is a world leader in the production of manganese with more than 100 million tonnes of manganese ore and concentrate produced to date. If exploration on Winchelsea Island locates an econ... more

Core granted Northern Territory’s first lithium-focused mineral lease

Emerging Australian lithium developer, Core Lithium Ltd (Core), has just been granted Northern Territory’s first lithium-focused Mineral Lease, achieving a historic moment for both Core and the Northern Territory. Core’s 100 per cent owned Finniss Lithium Project will be positioned 36 kilometres from Berry Springs and 90 kilometres from Darwin by road and is expected to create up to 150 jobs during its construction phase and 90 on-going jobs during operations. The mine holds a JORC 2012 compliant Mineral Resources of 3.45 million tonnes at 1.4 per cent lithium oxide (Li20) and is said to be situated within a highly prospective area for lithium in the NT. In commenting on the news this morning, Core’s Managing Director, Stephen Biggins, said it was a significant milestone in the Company’s history. “As we continue on our path towards becoming Australia’s first lithi... more

Ausdrill secures $171m in new work

Mining services company, Ausdrill Limited, has just secured $171 million in new contracts, including work through their recently acquired subsidiary of underground hard-rock miner, Barminco. Rosemont Gold project: Barminco has been awarded a three-year underground mining services contract at the Rosemont Gold Project from Regis Resources Limited (Regis) worth approximately $113 million. Rosemont has been a fully operational open-pit gold mine since March 2013 and is one of three Regis projects in the Duketon deposit area, located 130 kilometres north of Laverton in the Goldfields region of Western Australia. Regis recently approved expansion of the mine to an underground operation located directly below the current Rosemont open pit. Barminco is set to perform development and production work at the underground deposit. Barminco will shortly commence mobilisation and expect... more

Altura progresses operations at Pilgangoora

Altura Mining Limited has provided an update on Stage 1 operations from the recently commissioned Altura Lithium Project, which is located in Pilgangoora, approximately 120 kilometres from Port Hedland in Western Australia. The company experienced some initial challenges and subsequent delays in stable production throughput, caused by the complexity of the process plant, but the processing capability has since delivered positive increases in performance during the last quarter and is continuing to improve. Altura has been pleased with the product quality outcome of all cargoes dispatched, with four cargoes totalling 24,000 dry metric tonnes dispatched to Chinese based customers during the December 2018 quarter. Stage 1 production from the project has a target nameplate capacity of 220,000 tonnes per annum of 6 per cent grade lithium oxide. Altura plans to dispatch regular mon... more

Sheffield locks in LNG supply agreement for Thunderbird

Sheffield Resources Limited (Sheffield) has secured a 15-year agreement (Agreement) with Woodside Energy Limited (Woodside) 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 (Thunderbird), 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 using LNG at Thunderbird provides them with a low cost, low emission, fuel source that is ideally suited to the ilmenite low-temperature roast process proposed for the Thunderbird proc... 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 the state’s total domestic gas supply. President of Alcoa Alumina and Managing Director of Alcoa of Australia, Michael Parker said in securing these new gas contracts Alcoa is demonstrating to employees, suppliers, customers and the communities where they operate that Alcoa is... 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 plant on a non-FIFO basis in Karratha. The GSPA is for a quantity of approximately 125 terajoules (TJ) of gas per day for use in the proposed urea plant. Gas will be supplied from Woodside’s portfolio and primarily sourced from the company’s proposed Scarborough development. ... 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 Central Processing Facility (Ichthys Explorer) where it will be separated into gases and liquids. Thereafter, the liquids will be piped to the nearby Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) Facility (called the Ichthys Venturer), whereas the gases will be transported via the... more

Two new solar farms gain development approval

The New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment has approved two new solar farm projects: a $407 million solar farm in Darlington Point and a $262 million solar farm in the state’s Central West. The 275-megawatt (MW) Darlington Point Solar Farm will be positioned approximately 10 kilometres south of Darlington Point and will be built on 975 hectares of flat and open terrain (traditionally used for grazing) - making it an ideal location for solar photovoltaic electricity generation. The project will be owned and operated by Australian renewable energy company, Edify Energy, and is estimated to offer employment opportunities for 300 personnel during construction and five full-time employees for ongoing operations. Resource Assessments Director, Clay Preshaw said the multi-million Darlington Point Solar Farm will power over 130,000 homes each year, boost the local eco... more

Australia’s largest integrated battery and solar farm ready for summer

The largest integrated solar and battery storage facility in Australia, the Gannawarra Energy Storage System (GESS), is now exporting and importing electricity to the grid and is ready to support the national energy system as demand rises over summer. This is the first time a utility-scale battery system has been retrofitted to an existing solar project, the Gannawarra 60 Megawatt (MW) Solar Farm, providing a new commercial model for other renewable and storage facilities in Australia. GESS was selected by the Victorian Government under its Energy Storage Initiative to integrate a 25MW / 50MWh Tesla Powerpack battery with the 60MW DC Gannawarra Solar Farm. The project was developed by a consortium comprising Edify Energy, Tesla, EnergyAustralia and was co-financed by WIRSOL Energy. Edify Energy CEO, John Cole said the project is a real win for Victorian and Australian energy... more

ARENA funds feasibility study into $250 million pumped hydro project

Origin Energy’s proposed expansion of the Shoalhaven pumped hydro scheme will progress to a $5 million feasibility assessment, after receiving part-funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) on behalf of the Australian Government. Located approximately 150 kilometres south of Sydney in the Southern Highlands, the 240-Megawatt (MW) Shoalhaven pumped hydro scheme has been operating since 1977, supplying clean and reliable electricity to thousands of homes and businesses. Earlier this year Origin detailed several options to expand Shoalhaven, with the feasibility study to focus on a preferred option to nearly double the plant’s overall generating capacity through a single 235 MW generating unit housed in an underground power cavern. ARENA is contributing $2 million towards the detailed feasibility assessment that will include technical and environmental studie... more

Victoria’s first big battery officially opens in Ballarat

The first of two large-scale batteries that will support Victoria’s energy grid has been unveiled in Ballarat, signalling the next stage of Victoria’s renewable energy boom.  Minister for Energy Lily D’Ambrosio opened the Ballarat Energy Storage System (BESS) yesterday morning at the Ballarat Terminal Station in Warrenheip. Designed and operated by Spotless Sustainability Services, the BESS is a state of the art lithium-ion large-scale battery that will deliver a 30-megawatt/30-megawatt hour supply and is capable of powering more than 20,000 homes for an hour of critical peak demand before being recharged. The BESS will be able to respond to changing grid needs within milliseconds and will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week to support critical peak demand. The BESS is one of two large-scale batteries that are part of the Victorian Government’s Energy Storage I... more

Sandy Ridge Facility gains Government approval

The Department of Environment and Energy have approved Tellus Holdings Ltd’s Sandy Ridge Facility, which is set to reside within the Goldfields Region of Western Australia. Tellus is proposing to construct and operate Australia’s first dual open-cut kaolin (clay) mine and arid near-surface geological waste repository, the Sandy Ridge Facility, approximately 75 kilometres north-east of Koolyanobbing. There are two key aspects of Tellus' proposal. The first involves mining kaolin primarily for export to Asia or the domestic ceramic clay market, with the second aspect involving storing hazardous, intractable and low-level radioactive wastes within the void spaces left from mining operations. Western Australia holds several world-class kaolin deposits, however to this day none of these deposits have been developed on a commercial scale due to issues with development and operati... more

Work commences on new lithium hydroxide facility

Albemarle Corporation has commenced earthworks for its new lithium hydroxide manufacturing plant in the Kemerton Strategic Industrial Area, which is located approximately 17 kilometres north-east of Bunbury. The Albemarle Kemerton Plant will process spodumene ore concentrate from the Talison Lithium Greenbushes mine, which is the largest source of spodumene ore concentrate in the southern hemisphere (Environmental Protection Authority 2018), through five process trains. The plant is expected to produce up to 100,000 tonnes per annum of lithium hydroxide and has the potential to expand to 100,000 metric tonnes. Further to this, the plant is expected to generate over 500 construction jobs and an initial 100 operational jobs, increasing to 500 at full operational capacity. Western Australia's Acting Premier Roger Cook said the commencement of construction by Albemarle demonstra... more

Sanjeev Gupta unveils ambitious new project for Whyalla

GFG Alliance Executive Chairman, Sanjeev Gupta, has revealed plans for a  mega steel plant for the South Australian City Whyalla, signing an engineering contract with CISDI for the ambitious project. Mr Gupta said GFG Alliance’s cutting‐edge transformation plans for the existing steel plant are just the beginning of what they have in store for the region. “Utilising almost perfect local conditions – our own infrastructure including a deep‐sea port; rich local resources; and unrivalled community passion – we now plan to build a new steel plant, one of the world’s largest, right here in Whyalla,” he shared. Liberty Next-Gen Steel is set to become the largest of its kind in the Western world, capable of producing 10 million tonnes per year, with the ability and infrastructure to double capacity in time. Plans indicate that the roughly $600 million project will ... more

New asphalt facility opens in Sydney

Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, has launched a new asphalt plant in Sydney, expected to bring 50 permanent jobs to the area. At the ceremony yesterday, Mr Roberts said that State Asphalts NSW’s $20 million facility in St Marys is set to produce both transport material and asphalt, and in doing so is significant for Western Sydney. “State Asphalts NSW has delivered thousands of tonnes of asphalt for thousands of kilometres of road throughout NSW, including the Hume Highway, the Great Western Highway, Camden Valley Way, and even through Centennial Parklands,” Mr Roberts announced. “It’s an unsung hero of the infrastructure revolution we’ve been driving throughout this state in recent years. Without high-quality asphalt to cover the roads we’re building, our progress would be stalled,” he added. The new plant (a Marini Top Tower 4000S asphalt... more

Syrah Resources kicks off commercial production at Balama

Australian-based industrial minerals and technology company, Syrah Resources Limited has commenced commercial production at the Balama Graphite Operation in Mozambique.  The Balama mine in Mozambique is a high grade (17 per cent), long life (50 years) asset and is considered to be one of the largest graphite mines in the world. Operations at Balama commenced at the start of 2018 with Syrah ramping up production to nameplate capacity of 350 kilotonnes (kt) per annum. The company expects natural graphite production to reach 33 kt in Q4, to a full year natural graphite production of 104 kt. Syrah achieved average graphite recovery of 70 per cent in Q4 2018, which is a considerable increase on the 53 per cent average graphite recovery recorded in Q3. Managing Director and CEO, Shaun Verner, said the declaration of commercial production represents a key milestone for the compa... more

Lulo diamonds on offer in historic competitive bid sale

Perth-based Lucapa Diamond Company Limited has announced an international competitive process for the sale of diamonds from the Lulo mine in Angola – closing on 31 January 2019. Lucapa’s Lulo Diamond Project is located approximately 630 kilometres east of the Angolan capital of Luanda and is the highest US$ per carat alluvial diamond production in the world. The Lulo Diamond Mine has produced 11 +100 carat diamonds in the past, including Angola’s two biggest recorded diamonds which weighed 404 carats and 227 carats. The sale is set to mark a significant milestone for the Angolan diamond mining industry, as the event marks the first diamonds offered for sale in a competitive process under the new diamond marketing policy enacted by President of Angola H.E João Lourenço and the Angolan Council of Ministers in August 2018. The new laws aim to double the country’s diam... more

MOU confirms PNG project can proceed

On Tuesday 11 December, Newcrest Mining Limited and Joint Venture Partner Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Independent State of Papua New Guinea (PNG) as a confirmation to proceed with the Wafi-Golpu project. The MOU establishes a framework for the parties to progress with the project as quickly as possible in accordance with applicable regulatory processes and provides a framework of key terms to be included in the Mining Development Contract and other related agreements with the State. The MOU also re-affirms the parties’ intent to complete the permitting process and achieve grant of a Special Mining Lease by 30 June 2019. Newcrest Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Sandeep Biswas, said they have been working constructively with the Government of PNG to progress the exploration project and recently achieved key ... more

First shipment from Nigerian zinc mine underway

ASX-Listed metals explorer, Symbol Mining Limited, has announced that its maiden shipment of 250 tonnes of Direct Shipping Ore (DSO) of zinc concentrate from the Macy Mine in Nigeria is locked and loaded for transport.  The 250-tonne shipment consists of 10 containers that will be transported by truck to Lagos Port for export to China and is expected to depart in early December 2018. The first shipment represents a great achievement for the Symbol and Imperial Joint Venture team, who proved that they could deliver the Macy Mine project in a short start-up period, just five months after the commencement of mining and one month after the commissioning of the processing plant. Symbol Mining CEO, Tim Wither, said that although a modest maiden shipment, ramp up to a steady state should come with relative ease as the mine deepens into more consistent high-grade material and the proc... more