QLD Government grants new Ravenswood mining leases

Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, the Hon. Dr Anthony Lynham, has granted Resolute Mining Limited (Resolute) nine new mining leases – a major step for the company’s $150 million project to extend the life of its Ravenswood gold mine operations. Dr Lynham said the new leases acknowledge Resolute’s significant contribution to the small mining town of Ravenswood (located approximately 40 kilometres south of Mingela, and roughly 89 kilometres from Charters Towers in Queensland). “The company has pre-funded and commenced refurbishing and relocating the historic Ravenswood State School, p... more

Greenbushes expansion environmental approval recommended by EPA

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended environmental approval for the expansion of the Greenbushes Lithium Mine, located approximately 250 kilometres south of Perth, subject to conditions such as the protection of threatened black cockatoos unique to Australia’s south-west. Talison Lithium Australia Pty Ltd (Talison Lithium) and its predecessor companies have been producing lithium from the Greenbushes Lithium Operations for over 25 years and it is recognised as the longest continuously operated mining area in Western Australia. Tin mining commenced in the Greenbushes area in 1888 a... more

QLD Government approves mining leases for coal mine expansion

Queensland Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, the Hon. Dr Anthony Lynham has announced the approval of mining leases for the Cameby Downs coal mine, which would increase production and extend mine life at the open cut site. The Cambey Downs Mine is an open cut operation which is located in the Surat Basin approximately 360 kilometres northwest of Brisbane. Following the purchase of Syntech Resources by Yancoal Australia in August 2011, the Cameby Downs Mine and several surrounding and regional tenements are 100 per cent owned by Yancoal Australia’s major shareholder, Yanzhou Coal Mining C... more

Initial round of exploratory drilling completed at Cleopatra Prospect

Altura Mining Limited  has completed an initial round of exploratory drilling as a follow up to a geophysical survey utilising the induced polarisation method at its Cleopatra Prospect. The Cleopatra Prospect is located within Altura’s E45/2363 tenement, approximately 3.5 kilometres southeast of the Altura Lithium Mine, in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Dipole-Dipole Induced Polarisation surveying was carried out in September 2018 over wide spaced lines at the Cleopatra Prospect. The purpose of the survey was to detect and delineate potential responses associated with known gold anomalies disc... more

Seismic survey commences at QEM’s flagship Julia Creek Project

A seismic survey program has commenced on QEM Limited's (QEM) 100 per cent owned Julia Creek project, covering approximately 496 square kilometres in the Julia Creek area of North Western Queensland. Julia Creek is located over the vast Toolebuc Formation, which is the host to widespread vanadium mineralisation, and is considered an ‘oil shale’, meaning it has the potential to hold significant petroleum resources. QEM announced in February this year that it had engaged geological service company, Velseis Pty Ltd, to conduct the 26-kilometre 2-D seismic survey which would outline the geological structur... more

Contract awarded for Newcastle LNG import terminal work

EPIK Co. Ltd. has executed an agreement with Watpac for the provision of  design, engineering and construction services for the onshore infrastructure components of the Newcastle LNG floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) import terminal at the Port of Newcastle. Situated at the back-end of the existing gas transmission network, the Port of Newcastle is one of Australia’s largest ports and a major trade and logistics hub, making it an ideal area to develop an LNG import terminal. The potential investment for the Newcastle LNG project is estimated to be approximately $AU547 million and is set to inc... 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

Queensland delivers first green hydrogen to Japan

Queensland has celebrated the state’s first ever delivery of green hydrogen to Japan, marking a significant step forward for the state’s hydrogen industry. Exported by JXTG, Japan’s largest petroleum conglomerate, the hydrogen was produced at QUT’s solar cell facility, located at the Queensland Government’s Redlands Research Facility. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the demonstration of renewable hydrogen being successfully exported overseas is an “exciting first step in producing and exporting hydrogen at a commercial scale in the future”. The Premier also announced $250,000 in funding... more

Stage Two of Onslow Microgrid Project now underway

The Western Australian Government has launched the Onslow Renewable Energy Pilot - the second stage of one of Australia's most cutting edge microgrid projects. Onslow is a coastal town in the Pilbara region of Western Australia (positioned roughly 1,386 kilometres north of Perth) that has a rising demand for electricity. Power is a critical piece of infrastructure in Onslow that needs to be further developed to ensure reliable and safe supply to the local community. The Onslow Microgrid Project aims to achieve this. Stage One of the project saw the construction of a gas-fired modular power station, designe... more

Government announces $56m in funding to accelerate second Bass Strait interconnector

The Australian Government has announced that it will provide $56 million to fast track the development of a second interconnector across the Bass Strait. The first interconnector, Basslink, is a 300 kilometre, 500 Megawatt (MW) high-voltage direct current cable that links the electricity grids in Victoria and Tasmania. The Government's funding announcement follows a recently released report by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and state-owned company, TasNetworks, into the feasibility of a second interconnector across the Bass Strait, named the ‘Marinus Link’. In the initial report, TasNet... more

500,000 solar panels to be installed across South Australia

SA Water has awarded a $304 million contract to local equipment company, Enerven to install roughly half-a-million solar panels across South Australia. The framework agreement will see Enerven (a wholly owned subsidiary of SA Power Networks) install approximately 154 megawatts of new solar photovoltaic generation and 34-megawatt hours of energy storage across almost 80 SA Water sites over the next two years. The investment in more than 500,000 solar panels is expected to deliver a return on investment in six years, and help SA Water reach its ambitious goal of achieving zero net electricity costs from 202... more

$1B transmission line project declared a coordinated project

The Queensland Government has ticked off a major milestone on a proposed $1 billion overhead high-voltage electricity transmission line which would connect major energy users and North West Queensland’s public to the national electricity grid. Queensland’s independent Coordinator-General declared CuString Pty Ltd’s CopperString Project a ‘coordinated project’ on 27 April. The proposed project is a 1,100-kilometre 275-kilovolt overhead high-voltage electricity transmission line connecting the North West Minerals Provence and Mount Isa to the National Electricity Market grid south of Townsville. ... more

QLD provides $100m to keep Haughton pipeline moving

The Queensland Government has fast-tracked $100 million, as part of its $225 million commitment to Townsville’s water security, to keep construction of the Haughton 36.5 kilometre water pipeline moving. Member for Townsville, Scott Stewart said the $100 million payment (paid last week) would go towards supporting up to 1000 jobs over the life of the project. “We all know Townsville has been doing it tough and is currently recovering from an unprecedented flooding event. The jobs that flow from the Haughton pipeline are a shot in the arm during the rebuilding period,” Mr Stewart said. There are mo... more

Construction begins on Australia’s biggest lithium processing plant

Construction of the $1 billion Albemarle Kemerton Plant in Western Australia, Australia’s largest lithium processing plant, has commenced. The plant will become Australia's largest lithium hydroxide plant, with approval to produce up to 100,000 tonnes per annum of premium battery grade lithium hydroxide. Western Australia is currently the number one global producer of lithium, the second largest global producer of rare earths, the third largest global producer of cobalt and the fourth largest global producer of nickel. The Government of Western Australia is working with Albemarle to ensure job opportu... 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

Rio Tinto copper mine to be powered by renewable energy  

Rio Tinto will reduce the annual carbon footprint at its Kennecott Utah Copper operation, located southwest of Salt Lake City in Utah, U.S. by as much as 65 per cent by purchasing renewable energy certificates and permanently shutting its coal power plant. Kennecott’s electricity needs will now be paired with 1.5 million megawatt hours of renewable energy certificates supplied by Rocky Mountain Power, primarily sourced from its Utah allocated portfolio including wind power from Wyoming. The change will reduce the annual carbon footprint associated with the operation by over one million tonnes CO2. Rio... more

WA mining company confirms world’s largest lithium resource

Western Australian based company AVZ Minerals Limited's (AVZ) 60 per cent owned Manono deposit has been confirmed as the largest measured and indicated lithium resource in the world. The Manono Project is located approximately 500 kilometres north of Lubumbashi in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo in central Africa. The project covers approximately 88 square kilometres and hosts lithium pegmatites with a strike length of over 13 kilometres. AVZ has announced a 41.7 per cent increase in Manono’s combined Measured and Indicated Resources, up from 189.8 Million tonnes (Mt) to 269.0 Mt. ANZ ha... more

New drill rig advances at Cauchari

A second, larger diamond drill rig operated by Foraco Argentina SA has progressed drilling to a depth of 141 metres at Lake Resources NL (Lake)’s 100 per cent owned Cauchari Lithium Brine Project in Jujuy - a province in Argentina’s remote northwest. Located adjacent to world-class brine projects either in production or under development, the new round of drilling aims to unlock further value from the emerging project. The larger diamond drill rig is targeting a sand horizon estimated between 350-450 metres deep and is set drill to 500 metres. Two rigs are now operational at Cauchari and reporting r... more

Rio Tinto approves $463 million investment in South African project

Rio Tinto has approved the next stage in the development of Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) in South Africa through the construction of the Zulti South project. The $463 million (Rio Tinto share $343 million) investment will sustain RBM’s current capacity and extend mine life. RBM currently operates four mines in the Zulti North lease area, a mineral separation plant and smelting facility. The Zulti North orebody grade is declining, hence the Zulti South mine is required to maintain the output of high-margin zircon and rutile, and provide sufficient ore to support TiO2 sales. The Zulti South mine (Phase 1) w... more