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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

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    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…

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…

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 for the vision set out by…

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 Matt Canavan said Australia’s offshore oil and gas…

Atlas Gas Pipeline commences operations

Commercial operations have commenced on the $140 million Atlas Gas Pipeline, which will transport gas from Senex Energy’s Atlas gas acreage - located near Wandoan in south-west Queensland - to the east-coast gas market via the Wallumbilla Gas Hub. In June 2018, energy infrastructure company, Jemena, signed an agreement with Senex Energy to build, own, and operate a 15 petajoule per annum (40 TJ/day) gas processing facility and 60km buried pipeline (Atlas Gas Pipeline) in order to fast-track new gas supply to the domestic market. Jemena’s Managing Director, Frank Tudor, said the Senex-Jemena partnership demonstrated how the gas industry is…

Project aims to turn crop waste into renewable energy and fuels

A $2 billion Australia-first project that aims to turn agricultural crop waste into renewable energy and fuels is off to a flying start in maize fields in northern Victoria. The project, a partnership between renewable energy company AgBioEn, La Trobe University and technology company LAB3, will see grains grown for food, and their stalks and waste converted to renewable fuels at a new facility at Katunga near Shepparton. The first trial maize crop was planted in December and benefited strongly from organic fertilisers including chicken litter, green waste and biochar, which improved yield and soil quality. Using sophisticated Internet of…

Green hydrogen demonstration drives zero emission future

A green hydrogen fuel, developed in partnership between the University of Newcastle and Southern Green Gas has today been unveiled and demonstrated in Hyundai’s NEXO hydrogen fuel cell SUV. At the heart of the technology between the partners is the ability to extract pure water from air, then using electrolysis - an electrical current generated from solar panels, split the pure water into hydrogen and oxygen before storing hydrogen as a gas which can be used to power vehicles. The partnership is developing manufacturing capability across other renewable fuels, including green methane which is made by combining hydrogen with carbon…

Anglo American embarks on feasibility study for South Africa’s hydrogen valley

Anglo American has announced a collaboration agreement to complete a feasibility study to develop a 'hydrogen valley' anchored in the platinum group metals-rich Bushveld geological area in South Africa. Spearheaded by South Africa’s Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), the collaboration agreement also includes energy and services company ENGIE, the South African National Development Institute (SANEDI) and clean energy solutions provider Bambili Energy. The proposed hydrogen valley will stretch approximately 835 kilometres from Anglo American’s Mogalakwena platinum group metals (PGMs) mine near Mokopane in Limpopo province in the north of South Africa, along the industrial and commercial corridor to Johannesburg…

Project to investigate how rooftop solar can further assist the electricity network

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), on behalf of the Federal Government, has announced $981,000 in funding to the University of New South Wales (UNSW) to develop a number of tools to better understand the behaviour of rooftop solar and distributed energy resources (DER) in response to a variety of contingency events across the National Electricity Market (NEM). The $2.1 million project will seek to identify how these assets respond to contingency events such as the sudden loss of a large generator or transmission line, while also assessing opportunities for DER and rooftop solar PV to further protect the NEM from…

Breakthrough solar technology to power Rio Tinto mine

Rio Tinto has announced it will explore the deployment of Heliogen’s breakthrough solar technology at the miner’s borates mine in Boron, California. Under a Memorandum of Understanding, Heliogen will deploy its proprietary, artificial intelligence (AI)-powered technology at the Boron operation, where it will use heat from the sun to generate and store carbon-free energy to power the mine’s industrial processes. The two companies will begin detailed planning and securing government permits for the project, with the aim of starting operations from 2022. The companies will also use the Boron installation to begin exploring the potential for deployments of Heliogen’s technology…

$47M funding for pumped hydro plant at former gold mine

Australia’s first pumped hydro plant in 37 years is one step closer, after the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) committed to support Genex Power’s Kidston Stage 2 Pumped Hydro Energy Storage (PHES) project. ARENA has conditionally approved up to $47 million in funding to Genex for the pumped hydro facility, which will be co-located with the existing 50 megawatt (MW) solar farm. The proposed $777 million project (including required transmission infrastructure) will be the first pumped hydro plant to be built in Australia since 1984, and the first to be used specifically to support the integration of variable renewable energy…

AGL prepares for construction of grid-scale battery at Torrens Island

Construction will get underway this year on a 250-megawatt (MW), one-hour duration grid-scale battery at Torrens Island, following AGL’s final investment decision (FID) on the project. AGL Torrens, located approximately 18 kilometres from Adelaide CBD on Torrens Island, is the largest power station in South Australia and the largest natural gas-fired power station in Australia. With a nameplate capacity total of 1,280 MW, the thermal power station burns natural gas in boilers to generate steam, which then drives the turbines to generate electricity. It produces enough power to meet the annual needs of approximately 470,000 average Australian homes. In November…

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…