Rio Tinto commissions $2.6B Amrun bauxite mine

Rio Tinto has completed commissioning of the AU$2.6 billion Amrun bauxite mine on the Cape York Peninsula in Queensland. The mine and associated processing and port facilities will replace production from Rio Tinto’s depleting East Weipa mine and will increase the company's bauxite export capacity by around 10 million tonnes each year. Rio Tinto Chief Executive J-S Jacques said Amrun was completed early and under budget, demonstrating Rio Tinto’s productivity and innovation capabilities. “Amrun will provide jobs, support businesses and contribute to growth in the region for the next 50 years, buil... more

OzMinerals completes study for $1.3B Carrapateena expansion

OzMinerals has completed a scoping study into a potential $1.3 billion expansion of its Carrapateena copper mine, which is located approximately 470 kilometres north of Adelaide. The Carrapateena copper mine is considered to be one of Australia’s largest undeveloped copper deposits and is second in size to South Australia’s largest copper mine, BHP’s Olympic Dam - the fourth-largest copper deposit in the world. The project is currently a 4.25 Million tonne per annum underground operation and holds an estimated mine life of 20 years. According to the scoping study, the Carrapateena Block Cave Expan... more

BHP awards $108M South Flank Project construction contract

Monadelphous Group Limited has just been awarded a major construction contract at BHP’s South Flank Project in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. BHP’s South Flank Project is set to fully replace production from the 80 Million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) Yandi mine, which is reaching the end of its economic life. The South Flank Project expands the existing infrastructure at Mining Area C and involves the construction of an 80 Mtpa crushing and screening plant, an overland conveyor system, stockyard and train loading facilities, procurement of new mining fleet and substantial mine development and pr... more

Mining commences at tin project

Aus Tin Mining Limited has commenced tin mining at its Granville East Mine, which is located approximately 20 kilometres north of the historic mining town Zeehan, on the west coast of Tasmania. The Granville Tin Project comprises two mining leases (21M/2003 and 9M/2006) and is approved for Level 1 operations, an open cut pit (Granville East) and a processing plant. Run‐of‐Mine material from the first mining block is set to be transported to the processing plant, enabling plant feed to transition from low‐grade stockpiles to high‐grade mine material. The first mining block is located at the sout... 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

NSW Government approves exploratory works for Snowy 2.0

Following a rigorous environmental and planning assessment, Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro, and the Minister for Planning Anthony Roberts, have officially approved exploratory works for the Snowy 2.0 Project. Snowy 2.0 is a major pumped-hydro project which is expected to increase the Snowy Scheme’s generation capacity by 2,000 megawatts (MW) and provide large-scale energy storage of 175 hours - enough to power three million homes for a week. The project will link the two existing Snowy Scheme dams, Tantangara and Talbingo, through underground tunnels and an underground power s... more

Mine to become Australia’s first compressed air facility for renewable energy storage

Hydrostor Australia Pty Ltd has been awarded a combined $9 million in grant funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the South Australian Government’s Renewable Technology Fund, for Australia’s first Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) project. Hydrostor is set to construct the 5 megawatt (MW) / 10 MWh fuel-free A-CAES facility which will re-purpose the Angas Zinc Mine which is currently in care and maintenance and is located in Strathalbyn, approximately 60 kilometres southeast of Adelaide. The $30 million commercial demonstration project will use the existing mine t... more

Elliott Green Power opens Susan River Solar Farm in Queensland

Elliot Green Power has opened the $175 million Susan River Solar Farm, which has the capacity to power nearly 40,000 homes at full generation. Member for Maryborough, Bruce Saunders, welcomed the latest addition to Queensland’s renewable generation fleet. “Susan River Solar Farm is one of the biggest solar farms to come online in Queensland,” he said, “but what’s been most important to the Fraser Coast is that 80 per cent of the construction workforce came from the local area.” Elliot Green Power sourced several Queensland businesses throughout the construction such as local quarries, concr... more

Townsville moves ahead with battery installation

Queensland’s first community-scale battery is being installed in Townsville to support the transition to renewables and provide back-up power to the local community. The battery will charge up on excess solar being fed into the grid during the day and be used to help out during evening peak and temporary disruptions, including storms. Acting Energy Minister Mark Furner said the project is a small but significant addition to Queensland’s publicly-owned electricity system and builds on the Queensland Government’s $386 million Powering North Queensland Plan. “Battery storage technology is the next sta... more

Construction commences on Australia’s first thermal waste-to-energy facility

Premier of Western Australia Mark McGowan, and Federal Minister for the Environment Melissa Price, have officially ‘turned the sod’ at Australia’s first thermal waste-to-energy facility in Kwinana, Western Australia. The facility, named Avertas Energy, will use state-of-the-art technology to process 400,000 tonnes of household, commercial and industrial waste each year to significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 400,000 tonnes (equivalent to taking 85,000 cars off Perth’s roads). Once operational in 2021, the facility will generate and export 36 megawatts of baseload electricity t... more

$1B Gladstone Energy and Ammonia project one step closer

Australian Future Energy Pty Ltd's (AFE) $1 billion Gladstone Energy and Ammonia Project is now one step closer to delivery thanks to the release of terms of reference for the project’s environmental impact statement (EIS). The project is expected to convert 1.5 million tonnes of coal to produce up to 230,000 tonnes of ammonia and 12 petajoules of synthetic natural gas per annum. Ammonia can be used to make a range of products in the agricultural and mining industries, such as ammonium nitrate as an explosive in mining and nitrogen bases fertilisers in agriculture. While ammonia is produced elsewhere ... more

Roy Hill completes rail bridge to deliver safety outcomes for Port Hedland

On Friday 15 February, Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti, Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Stephen Dawson and Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel joined Roy Hill staff and executives to open the completed Roy Hill Rail Bridge in Western Australia.  The Roy Hill funded bridge is an $18.66 million single span rail bridge carrying the Great Northern Highway over the Roy Hill rail line, leading into Port Hedland’s port. The new bridge replaces an existing level crossing, enabling traffic to freely move over the rail line and removes the potential for a railroad accident at the intersection. Since August 2018, Main... more

CU-River to transform former Port Augusta Power Stations site

Jobs and investment are set to flow into Port Augusta following an agreement by Flinders Power Partnership to sell the site of the former Port Augusta Power Stations to CU-River Mining Pty Ltd. South Australian iron ore magnetite producer, CU-River, plans to turn the site into an iron ore and grain transshipment port facility, with the acquisition expected to provide a substantial jobs boost for the Upper Spencer Gulf town. Once feasibility and approvals are completed, the proposed $250 million port facility is forecast to hold an initial capacity up to 15 million tonnes per annum (TPA), with future potent... more

Anson commences re-entry drilling at the Skyline well

Anson Resources Limited has commenced drilling the re-entry of the Skyline Unit 1 well at its Paradox Brine Project, located in Utah, USA. Anson is targeting lithium-rich brines in the deepest part of the Paradox Basin. Lithium values of up to 1,700ppm have historically been recorded in close proximity to Anson’s claim area. According to the company, the Skyline Unit 1 well had access that required little upgrade work and had previously recorded brine flow from historical drilling. This marks the third re-entry of an existing well carried out by the company at the Paradox Brine Project to sample brines f... more

BlackEarth reports high-grade graphite discovery at Maniry

BlackEarth Minerals NL has provided an update on the assay results received from trenching programs at the Maniry Graphite Project in Southern Madagascar. The Maniry trenching program was completed in early December with 47 trenches excavated for 4,314 metres, with 2,183 samples collected for analysis. 479 assay results were returned from the laboratory with the remaining assay results expected to be received and reported upon during the current quarter. The most impressive assay results were received from Trench MNT041 and MNT041a which were excavated at the Razafy NW prospect, these are summarised bel... more

Newcrest to divest Séguéla for $42m

Newcrest Mining Limited has entered into an agreement  with Roxgold Inc. for the sale of its Séguéla gold project and its portfolio of regional exploration tenements in the West African country of Côte d’Ivoire. Under the sale of the new agreement, Roxgold will pay Newcrest upfront consideration of AUD $14 million cash on completion. Roxgold has also agreed to a deferred payment of AUD $7 million cash contingent on first gold production from the portfolio. Highlights of the transaction: Prospective exploration permits covering 3,298 square kilometres in the mining jurisdiction of Côte d'Ivo... more

Neometals progresses with lithium battery recycling pilot plant

Neometals Ltd has successfully commissioned the first stage of its lithium-ion battery recycling pilot plant (Pilot) in Canada. Despite worldwide regulation constantly tightening, it is estimated that only approximately 5 per cent of lithium-ion batteries are recycled across the globe. Increasing regulations coupled with developing corporate requirements for ethical sourcing and disposal of lithium-ion batteries have created an opportunity for Neometals to recover critical/non-renewable resources while reducing the environmental impacts usually associated with battery disposal. To capture this opportuni... more