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  • Queensland’s first vanadium mine given the go-ahead

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    Vanadium plant powers up new economy mineral boom in QLD

    Queensland’s Palaszczuk government will build and own a new processing plant for a key new resource mineral in Townsville. The vanadium facility will be part of the government’s plan to make Queensland a... more

  • Anthill Mine

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    Austral Resources commences blasting at Anthill Mine

    Copper producer Austral Resources Australia Ltd fired the first blast at Anthill Mine on 16 November 2021. The first production blast is designed to establish initial mining benches at Anthill East pit - in pre... more

  • High purity alumina

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    High purity alumina industrial plant one step closer in Gladstone

    A $300 million high purity alumina industrial plant is a step closer for Gladstone with Alpha HPA purchasing a 9.2 hectare site in the Queensland Government’s State Development Area. Alpha HPA is fast trac... more

  • 2032

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    Queensland gold mine going for gold in 2032

    As Queensland gears up to host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, a gold mine just 130km south of Townsville is hoping to be standing on the podium in 2032. Deputy Premier and Minister for State Developm... more

  • Vanadium plant powers up new economy mineral boom in QLD
  • Austral Resources commences blasting at Anthill Mine
  • High purity alumina industrial plant one step closer in Gladstone
  • Queensland gold mine going for gold in 2032

Vanadium plant powers up new economy mineral boom in QLD

Queensland’s Palaszczuk government will build and own a new processing plant for a key new resource mineral in Townsville. The vanadium facility will be part of the government’s plan to make Queensland a leading producer and exporter of new economy minerals and the home of new industries. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said supporting even more jobs in more industries was a key part of Queensland’s plan for economic recovery. She continued: “We will continue to support our resources industry and the jobs it creates – that means new economy minerals like vanadium.” Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment Cameron Dick…

Austral Resources commences blasting at Anthill Mine

Copper producer Austral Resources Australia Ltd fired the first blast at Anthill Mine on 16 November 2021. The first production blast is designed to establish initial mining benches at Anthill East pit - in preparation for bulk earthmoving in January 2022. Copper Cathode producer Austral Resources Australia Ltd is focussed on developing its new Anthill Mine in preparation for first ore scheduled for March/April 2022 and ramping production to 10,000 tonnes of copper cathode by mid-2022 at Mt Kelly, which is scheduled to process 5,000 tonnes per of oxide ore at full production. Site activities are building momentum with an…

High purity alumina industrial plant one step closer in Gladstone

A $300 million high purity alumina industrial plant is a step closer for Gladstone with Alpha HPA purchasing a 9.2 hectare site in the Queensland Government’s State Development Area. Alpha HPA is fast tracking construction of its Stage 1, Precursor Production Facility (PPF). Stage 1 is fully funded and will enable the company to commence commercial production from August 2022, tapping into the expected alumina demand quickly. Stage 2, the full-scale project, will commence in parallel with Stage 1, and is scheduled to be commercially operating by 2024. Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Steven Miles said Gladstone is…

Queensland gold mine going for gold in 2032

As Queensland gears up to host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, a gold mine just 130km south of Townsville is hoping to be standing on the podium in 2032. Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Steven Miles said gold from the Ravenswood Gold Mine in regional Queensland could be adorning Aussie athletes. “It could be supplying the gold for the many medals our great Aussie athletes win in 2032,” he said. Mr Miles said the Office of the Coordinator-General works closely with Ravenswood Gold to assist with approvals required for the new open cut mining pits and infrastructure…

Bryah secures $130,000 Round 24 EIS drilling grant

Bryah Resources Limited has been successful in its application in Round 24 of the Western Australian Government’s Exploration Incentive Scheme (EIS). As a result, the company will receive grant funding of up to $130,000 from the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) as a contribution towards direct drilling costs at the Olympus Anomaly located within its Bryah Basin Project, which is located in central Western Australia. The Olympus Anomaly is a strike-extensive multi-element geochemical anomaly confirmed by infill auger soil sampling in 2021.  It has similar pathfinder mineral characteristics to the significant geochemical anomaly over the nearby Windalah…

Chalice’s historic nickel sulphide discovery supported by government exploration fund

Minister for Resources and Water Keith Pitt has welcomed the largest nickel sulphide discovery in Australia in over two decades, achieved with the support of the Federal government’s Exploring for the Future Fund. Chalice Mining Limited released its maiden mineral resource estimate for the Gonneville deposit, located within the Julimar project near Perth in Western Australia on Tuesday. Minister Pitt said the tier one discovery - with 10 million ounces of palladium, platinum, and gold - would create hundreds of jobs and billions in economic benefits for the nation. Pitt added: “It will ensure Australia remains a globally attractive and…

Commonwealth environmental approval for rare earths plant

The Federal Government’s Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) has finalised its environmental approval for the hydrometallurgical plant of the Hastings Technology Metals Ltd’s Yangibana Rare Earths Project, in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia. DAWE has given Hastings approval to proceed with constructing the Onslow Rare Earths Plant at the Ashburton North Strategic Industrial Area (ANSIA), approximately 15km south-west of the coastal town of Onslow. The Onslow Rare Earths Plant will perform the hydrometallurgical processing of rare earths oxide concentrate from Yangibana into mixed rare earth carbonate (MREC) containing high levels of neodymium and praseodymium concentrate (NdPr).…

New research to bring fibre optic technology to Australia’s resources sector

A Curtin research team will work to bring leading broadband fibre optic acoustic sensing technology to the Australian oil and gas, mining and environmental monitoring industries, offering a more cost-effective and safer resource extraction process. As part of the Federal Government’s Global Innovation Linkages Program, the research team – led by Professor Roman Pevzner from Curtin’s WA School of Mines: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering – will partner with international collaborators to test the viability of the technology in the Australian landscape. The project will seek to produce a suite of passive and active geophysical data acquisition and analysis techniques…

Port Kembla Power Station awarded CSSI status

A proposed $1.3 billion hydrogen-gas turbine power station in Port Kembla has been declared Critical State Significant Infrastructure (CSSI), given its importance to renewable energy capacity in New South Wales. Deputy Premier John Barilaro said it is a massive step towards safeguarding the state’s future energy security while providing jobs during challenging times. “The Port Kembla Power Station will be a gamechanger, not just for NSW but Australia,” Mr Barilaro said. “It will provide the energy capacity our state needs as existing coal-fired power stations reach their end of life, and household power bills will be the big winner as…

Snowy Hydro’s Kurri Kurri power plant draws fire from Hunter community

Energy Minister Angus Taylor’s proposal to construct a gas-diesel power plant in Kurri Kurri, 25 kilometres west of Newcastle, has stirred up a hornet’s nest, both locally and nationally. “Community groups in the Hunter look to NSW Energy Minister Matt Kean and Planning Minister Rob Stokes to reject this unnecessary and harmful power plant and double down on making New South Wales a renewable energy superpower,” said Carly Phillips, Co-coordinator of the Gas Free Hunter Alliance. Snowy Hydro’s ‘Response to Submissions’, released on Monday, has drawn fire from community groups in the Hunter. Of the 261 submissions from government agencies,…

Woodside to bring large-scale solar to the Burrup

Woodside is investigating the supply of approximately 50 megawatts of solar energy to the Woodside-operated Pluto LNG facility on Western Australia’s Burrup Peninsula. The solar power would be supplied from the proposed Woodside Power Project, which could comprise more than 210,000 solar panels, making it one of the largest solar projects in Western Australia. Woodside has undertaken a range of environmental, geotechnical and engineering studies and is progressing key stakeholder consultations ahead of seeking regulatory approvals for the power project. Woodside Acting CEO, Meg O’Neill, said Western Australia is uniquely placed to capitalise on the state’s renewable energy resources and…

Federal Government commits $600M on new gas power plant in NSW

The Federal Government has committed up to $600M in the 2021-22 Budget, for Snowy Hydro Limited to construct a 660 megawatt (MW) open cycle gas turbine at Kurri Kurri in the Hunter Valley. The Hunter Power Project is expected to deliver an economic boost to the region, creating up to 600 new jobs during peak construction and 1,200 indirect jobs across New South Wales. The Government said the $600M project, together with EnergyAustralia’s 316 MW Tallawarra B open cycle gas plant, will help shore up the security, reliability and affordability of electricity for consumers in NSW, expected to be generating…

Hydrogen Park South Australia opens for business

Australian Gas Networks (AGN) - part of Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG) - has officially opened its $14.5 million hydrogen production facility Hydrogen Park South Australia and commenced blending renewable hydrogen into part of its natural gas distribution network in Adelaide. At Hydrogen Park South Australia (HyP SA), located at the Tonsley Innovation District, a proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyser uses renewable electricity (solar and wind) to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. AGN will blend approximately 5 per cent renewable hydrogen into its existing natural gas distribution network to deliver a blended gas to more than 700 homes in…

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…

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…

CopperString 2.0 secures Electricity Transmission Authority approval

Queensland’s Electricity Regulator has approved an Electricity Transmission Authority for CuString Pty Ltd, the proponents of the proposed CopperString 2.0 Project. CopperString 2.0 is a high-voltage transmission network that will connect the people and communities of Mount Isa and the North West Minerals Province to the National Electricity Grid near Townsville in Queensland. CuString Managing Director, Joseph O’Brien, said the approval is a major project milestone and a huge achievement for a local Townsville business. “This Transmission Authority authorises CuString to operate a transmission grid in Queensland, including the connection of the transmission grid to another transmission network, to mines,…

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…

New hub launched at Curtin’s WA School of Mines

A new research and teaching hub that will investigate carbon-neutral solutions for Western Australia’s resources sector has been launched at Curtin University’s WA School of Mines in Kalgoorlie. Renowned iron ore processing expert Dr John Clout has been appointed the Professor of Practice in Pyrometallurgy at the new Kalgoorlie Metals Research Laboratory, based at Curtin’s Kalgoorlie campus. Curtin’s WA School of Mines: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering Head of School Professor Michael Hitch said the new research hub will explore cleaner alternatives through teaching and research that will pave the way for a greener future for the industry. “The Kalgoorlie…

Major milestone for largest Port of Townsville infrastructure project

The largest infrastructure project in the history of the Port of Townsville has reached a major milestone this week, with the completion of the $232 million Channel Upgrade project’s rock wall. The Port of Townsville is the largest commercial Port in Northern Australia, but at just 92 metres, the shipping channel is one of the narrowest in the country. Currently, vessels up to 238 metres in length can safely access the Port. However, ships are getting larger with each passing year, so the Port needs to adapt so it can continue to service the needs of North Queensland's growing industries…

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…

BlackEarth secures access to port infrastructure in Madagascar

BlackEarth Minerals NL has received confirmation from the Port d’Ehoala SA that the company has been granted a Right to export its graphite concentrate from the Port. BlackEarth’s Maniry Graphite Project is located in Southern Madagascar, approximately 250 kilometres from the Port. The Port d’Ehoala SA is jointly owned and operated by Rio Tinto and QIT Madagascar Minerals (a company jointly owned by Rio Tinto and the Madagascan government). The Right to export from Port d’Ehoala SA relates to all graphite related products produced from Maniry and the provisions of the services to be provided by the Port include: The…