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    Cyprium provides update on operations at Nifty

    Cyprium Metals Limited (Cyprium or the Company) has provided an update on the Paterson Copper Project since taking over the full management of the Nifty mine site post transaction completion on 30 March 2021. ... more

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    Resources companies support Dog Fence rebuild

    Two resources companies are contributing to the 1,600 kilometre rebuild of the Dog Fence in South Australia, with the donation of a drill rod. The 5,400 kilometre South Australian Dog Fence protects the shee... more

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    Construction starts on $9.3M Denham hydrogen project

    Construction has commenced on Australia’s first renewable hydrogen energy plant in a remote microgrid, in the Gascoyne town of Denham. Friday marked the commencement of site works on Horizon Power’s 704 ... more

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    AGL continues transition planning for Liddell Power Station

    AGL will undertake another important milestone in converting the Liddell site to an Energy Hub, today commencing 12 weeks of transition planning for the Liddell Power Station, in preparation for the station’s... more

  • Cyprium provides update on operations at Nifty
  • Resources companies support Dog Fence rebuild
  • Construction starts on $9.3M Denham hydrogen project
  • AGL continues transition planning for Liddell Power Station

Cyprium provides update on operations at Nifty

Cyprium Metals Limited (Cyprium or the Company) has provided an update on the Paterson Copper Project since taking over the full management of the Nifty mine site post transaction completion on 30 March 2021. The Nifty Copper Mine is located on the western edge of the Great Sandy Desert in the north-eastern Pilbara region of Western Australia, approximately 350 kilometres southeast of Port Hedland. Nifty contains a 2012 JORC Mineral Resources of 658,500 tonnes of contained copper. The Company has made significant progress on its strategy of developing an open-pit heap leach SX-EW (solvent extraction-electrowinning) operation to produce LME grade…

Resources companies support Dog Fence rebuild

Two resources companies are contributing to the 1,600 kilometre rebuild of the Dog Fence in South Australia, with the donation of a drill rod. The 5,400 kilometre South Australian Dog Fence protects the sheep industry from wild dogs and dingoes. The fence stretches across the State from the Great Australian Bight near Fowlers Bay, borders New South Wales, and then turns north and east across Queensland to the Darling Downs. More than two-thirds of the South Australian Dog Fence is more than 100 years old. Over time the fence has been degraded by kangaroos, emus, feral camels, wild dogs, weather…

Drilling program starts at the Great White Deposit

Andromeda Metals Limited has commenced a new 2,300-metre aircore drilling program at the Great White Deposit which forms a part of the Great White Kaolin Project. The Great White Kaolin Project, located on the Eyre Peninsula of South Australia, is a joint venture between Andromeda (75 per cent) and Minotaur Exploration Limited (25 per cent). The aim of the drilling program is to provide additional material for ongoing testing and better define the Ultra Bright Domain. The location of the Ultra Bright Domain and the proposed collar locations are shown in Figure 1. Testing undertaken by Andromeda in Europe has…

Magmatic provides update on exploration activity at Wellington North

Magmatic Resources has provided an update on exploration activity at its 100 per cent owned Wellington North Project, located north of Australia’s largest gold producer at Cadia East and effectively surrounding Alkane’s recent Boda gold-copper discovery. Airecore drilling activity at the Wellington North Project's Lady Ilse District comprised 47 holes totalling 614 metres and was designed to better define regolith anomalism and extensions to the Lady Ilse system.  Open northern and southern target zones upgraded at Lady Ilse Magmatic reported that strong aircore gold results alongside nearby wide zones of gold and porphyry pathfinder bedrock anomalism, 67 metres at 0.22…

$4M funding to further work in carbon capture and conversion

Researchers at the University of Newcastle will further their work to capture carbon dioxide and either store it or convert it into low-carbon fuels and chemicals, thanks to a $4M deal signed today. The Global Innovative Centre for Advanced Nanomaterials (GICAN), operating under the leadership of Professor Ajayan Vinu at the University’s School of Engineering, has collaborated with Andromeda Metals Limited, Minotaur Exploration Pty Ltd, and Natural Nanotech Pty Ltd for the project. Specifically, the project will explore the conversion of halloysite nanotubes into advanced nanomaterials that can be utilised as novel adsorbent systems and catalysts for carbon dioxide capture and conversion processes.…

Western Australia’s Earaheedy zinc discovery to be fast tracked

Zenith Minerals Limited's Earaheedy zinc discovery will be fast-tracked via an extensive accelerated exploration program, including Reverse Circulation (RC) and large diameter diamond core drilling, to test the scale and extent of the discovery. The Earaheedy zinc project, located approximately 110 kilometres north of Wiluna in Western Australia, is a joint venture between Zenith and Rumble Resources Limited. Zenith holds a 25 per cent interest in the Earaheedy Joint Venture, with Zenith’s interest free carried until completion of a Bankable Feasibility Study. On 19 April 2021, Rumble released the initial assay results of a RC drill program that confirmed a…

Trial of accurate positioning technology wins award

Geoscience Australia has accepted an award in the People and Community Category of the Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards for an accurate positioning technology, as part of the Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) Test-bed project, which was delivered in partnership with Land Information New Zealand and managed by FrontierSI. The awards recognise the top spatial information projects in the Surveying and Spatial Industry over the past year. The project tested major improvements to location-based capabilities for Australia and New Zealand, demonstrating that SBAS creates tangible benefits for people and the wider community. The precise positioning technology provides instant, accurate and reliable positioning without the need…

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…

Construction contract awarded for gas terminal

Australian Industrial Energy (AIE) has announced another important milestone in the development of its Port Kembla Gas Terminal (PKGT) with the award of the key wharf facility and pipeline construction contract for the LNG import facility. New South Wales currently imports over 95 per cent of its domestic gas from other states. This means that local industries, business and households can be impacted by supply or price shifts occurring in other states. AIE states that LNG will be sourced from international suppliers and transported by LNG carriers to Port Kembla, where it will be transferred to a floating, storage and…

Tanami Natural Gas Pipeline opens to power gold mine

The 440-kilometre Tanami Natural Gas Pipeline, which will transport gas to Newmont Mining’s Granites gold mine, located approximately 540 kilometres north-west of Alice Springs in the Tanami Desert, has been completed. The pipeline is part of Newmont’s $346 million Tanami power project which is expected to provide the mine with a safe and reliable energy source that lowers power costs and carbon emissions by 20 per cent. The power project involved the installation of two power stations, a 66 kilovolt interconnected power line and the approval to operate the natural gas pipeline. Historically, mining operations at Tanami have had to…

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 structure of the seams across the project area,…

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 include a 170,000-cubic metre…

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 LNG to Thunderbird. Sheffield has stated that…

Big Canberra Battery market consultation commences

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has formally commenced market sounding for the Big Canberra Battery ecosystem. Since battery storage technology varies in size, location and core use, the process will allow industry and key stakeholder input on the range of possible services and infrastructure ahead of the procurement phase of the project. Interested parties can register to be involved in the market sounding process and receive updates as they become available. They will also be invited to provide written input through a confidential submissions process which will ask industry for suggestions on how a Big Canberra Battery ecosystem would work…

Industry partnership completes marine biofuel trial in Singapore

Global resources company, BHP, German shipping company, Oldendorff Carriers, and biofuels pioneer, GoodFuels, with the support of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), conducted the first marine biofuel trial involving an ocean-going vessel bunkered in Singapore on 4 April 2021. As part of the trial, the 2020-built 81,290 deadweight tonne dry bulk carrier Kira Oldendorff was refuelled with 'drop-in' advanced biofuel blended with conventional fossil fuels. The key objectives of the biofuel bunkering trial include understanding the behaviour of the fuel (such as emissions), assessing engine and vessel operational performance during the trial as well as exploring the technical…

NAIF to invest $610 million in pumped storage hydro project at Kidston

The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) has reached contractual close on $610 million in investment, its largest financing commitment to date. NAIF’s loan to Genex Power’s Kidston 250 MW Pumped Storage Hydro Project (K2-Hydro) will help to create more than 500 construction jobs and deliver affordable, reliable electricity for north Queensland. Genex will be delivering the first pumped storage hydro project in Australia since 1984 and the first to be used solely for energy storage and generation rather than water management. NAIF were early supporters of K2-Hydro – which utilises the disused Kidston Gold Mine – and have worked closely…

Origin Energy’s green hydrogen project reaches critical milestone

Origin Energy’s export-scale liquid hydrogen project has reached an important milestone today, with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Port of Townsville to collaborate on the potential expansion of the port, as well as the development of a liquefaction facility, new berth and associated infrastructure. Origin is collaborating with Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd (KHI) on a 300 megawatt (MW) early export project that would produce 36,500 tonnes per annum of green liquid hydrogen using renewable energy and sustainable water. The three parties will now focus on work required to accommodate KHI’s semi-commercial scale liquid hydrogen…

World’s biggest solar-battery system for the mining industry

B2Gold Corp. has commissioned 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. The Fekola gold mine operates 24-hours a day. During the daytime, the new 30-megawatt solar plant allows three out of six heavy fuel oil generators to be shut down; the energy production of the residual three generators could also be significantly reduced. The…

AGL and Wärtsilä to develop hybrid energy systems for businesses

AGL has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Wärtsilä to collaborate on the delivery of large-scale hybrid energy systems to commercial and industrial customers. The agreement will allow the development of systems that integrate renewable behind-the-meter and off-grid technologies to improve energy efficiencies and supply. AGL’s Chief Operating Officer, Markus Brokhof, said the innovative systems will provide customers with a broader range of options on their energy. “This partnership is aimed at supporting customers with over 20 megawatts of energy requirements and will allow AGL to offer greater energy solutions as businesses seek to reduce emissions while maintaining security…

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…

Resources companies support Dog Fence rebuild

Two resources companies are contributing to the 1,600 kilometre rebuild of the Dog Fence in South Australia, with the donation of a drill rod. The 5,400 kilometre South Australian Dog Fence protects the sheep industry from wild dogs and dingoes. The fence stretches across the State from the Great Australian Bight near Fowlers Bay, borders New South Wales, and then turns north and east across Queensland to the Darling Downs. More than two-thirds of the South Australian Dog Fence is more than 100 years old. Over time the fence has been degraded by kangaroos, emus, feral camels, wild dogs, weather…

AGL continues transition planning for Liddell Power Station

AGL will undertake another important milestone in converting the Liddell site to an Energy Hub, today commencing 12 weeks of transition planning for the Liddell Power Station, in preparation for the station’s closure in 2022-2023. Located in Muswellbrook, NSW, the Liddell Power Station is a 2000 megawatt black coal-fired thermal power station that was commissioned between 1971 and 1973. Delta Group has been awarded the tender for the first stage of closure, decommissioning and demolition planning for the power station. AGL Chief Operating Officer, Markus Brokhof, said it is an important milestone as the company prepares for Liddell’s retirement. “For…

Port of Port Hedland’s shipping berth upgrade commences

One of the Port of Port Hedland’s first shipping berths, Berth 3, will be upgraded as part of the Western Australian Government’s $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan, with works commencing to remediate the rock wall and to refurbish the wharf piles. Berth 3 at the Port of Port Hedland is a common user berth, used primarily for the export of salt and import of fuels and general cargo. The berth was constructed in the 1960s and this will be the first time the rock wall remediation has been conducted. The project will address subsidence and degradation of the rock wall…

Maritime Decarbonisation Centre to be established in Singapore

Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) with six companies to establish the Maritime Decarbonisation Centre to be set up in Singapore. Under the MoC, BW Group, Sembcorp Marine, Eastern Pacific Shipping, Ocean Network Express, Foundation Det Norske Veritas and BHP have pledged to contribute S$10 million (approximately AU$9.7 million) each to support the establishment of the centre and fund research and technology development projects in areas relating to decarbonisation in the maritime industry. MPA will add S$60 million R&D funding to these contributions, bringing the fund to a total of S$120 million (approximately…

EcoGraf battery processing facility awarded Major Project Status

The EcoGraf Battery Anode Materials Facility in Western Australia has just been awarded ‘Major Project Status’ from the Federal Government. EcoGraf Limited will develop a processing facility to produce high purity spherical graphite for direct supply to battery anode manufacturers in Europe, Asia and America, and is expected to be the first graphite processing plant outside of China. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Christian Porter, said the project will offer significant benefits to Western Australia, including up to 250 new jobs during the construction phase, and up to 65 new jobs during the operational phase. “The Australian Government is…

Project Haber enters next phase of development

Strike Energy Limited's Project Haber 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. Recently, the Pre-Front End Engineering Design (FEED) scope of work commenced at the Project Haber site to further refine the capital cost estimate for the plant, which currently sits at US$1.74 billion. Chemical process engineering works will also be included in order to maximise the amount of inherent carbon consumed from the natural gas via the manufacturing process. Furthermore, studies have commenced at Project Haber to maximise the amount of green…

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…

Mothae mine achieves production of five +100 carat diamonds

Lucapa Diamond Company Limited and its partner, the Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho (GoL), have announced the results of the third diamond sale in 2021 from the Mothae kimberlite mine in Lesotho, Southern Africa. The 3,617 carat parcel of rough diamonds was sold for US$420/carat or US$1.5 million (A$2 million or A$543/carat). As per the Diamond Sales and Purchase Agreement with Safdico International [1], Mothae will receive a minimum average cash flow value of US$630/carat for the first 12 months of the agreement. The difference between minimum average cash flow value and the selling price will be recouped by…

Positive assay results received for Khao Soon Tungsten Project

Pan Asia Metals Limited (PAM) has received laboratory assays for the final four holes of a drilling program conducted at the Than Pho West prospect (TPW) within the Khao Soon Tungsten Project (KSTP) in southern Thailand. This concludes the Priority One drilling program at Khao Soon which saw the completion of 19 holes for a total of 1601.5 metres. KSTP is located approximately 600 kilometres south of Bangkok in Nakhon Si Thammarat Province, Southern Thailand. It is one of PAM’s key assets and a significant historical high-grade producer. Modern exploration has discovered potentially world-class, district-scale tungsten mineralisation across numerous prospects.…

ELYSIS selects Rio Tinto smelter for technology demonstration

ELYSIS has selected Rio Tinto's Alma smelter, located in Quebec in Canada, for the first installation and demonstration of its inert anode technology at a commercial size of 450 kiloamperes (kA), which is a common capacity for modern, full-scale smelters. ELYSIS is a joint venture company, led by Rio Tinto and Alcoa, that is working to commercialise a new technology to make aluminium that eliminates all direct greenhouse gases (GHGs) from the traditional smelting process and instead produces oxygen. As part of its technology development and scale-up, ELYSIS will install industrial inert anode prototype cells at the end of an…

Bibiani Gold Mine Mining Lease restored

Resolute Mining Limited's Mining Lease for the Bibiani Gold Mine has been restored due 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 Ghanaian Honourable Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Hon. Samuel A Jinapor, MP has restored the Mining Lease subject to the following: The Company and the holder of the Mining Lease, Mensin Gold Bibiani Limited (MGBL) (a subsidiary of the Company), acknowledge and…

Challenger reports extensions to high-grade gold mineralisation at Hualilan

Challenger Exploration Limited 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 the…

Theta Gold announces results for initial underground projects

South African focused gold developer, Theta Gold Mines Limited, 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 Project. Chairman of Theta Gold, Bill Guy, said the TGME Underground PFS ‘clearly demonstrates’ that the extensive flat high-grade narrow reef systems of East Transvaal Goldfield can be mined economically, and modern mechanised mining and metallurgy can deliver strong project economics. “Now that the company has generated a PFS for the TGME Underground Project, we can optimise our…

World’s biggest solar-battery system for the mining industry

B2Gold Corp. has commissioned 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. The Fekola gold mine operates 24-hours a day. During the daytime, the new 30-megawatt solar plant allows three out of six heavy fuel oil generators to be shut down; the energy production of the residual three generators could also be significantly reduced. The…