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  • Public invited to have their say on Winchester South Project

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    Public invited to have their say on Winchester South Project

    The draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Whitehaven Coal’s Winchester South Project is now available for public comment. The $1 billion Winchester South Project, located 30 kilometres south-east ... more

  • New hub launched at Curtin’s WA School of Mines

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    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... more

  • DA approval for Kwinana Big Battery project

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    Synergy receives approval for Kwinana Big Battery project

    Synergy has announced it has received development approval for the Kwinana Big Battery project. Expected to be Australia's second-biggest battery, the 100-megawatt big battery will cover an area equivalent t... more

  • QCoal and Mastermyne to re-start production at Cook Colliery

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    QCoal and Mastermyne to restart production at Cook Colliery

    The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the announcement that local mining companies, QCoal and Mastermyne, will join forces to reopen the Cook Colliery coking coal mine near Blackwater. QRC Chie... more

  • Public invited to have their say on Winchester South Project
  • New hub launched at Curtin’s WA School of Mines
  • Synergy receives approval for Kwinana Big Battery project
  • QCoal and Mastermyne to restart production at Cook Colliery

Public invited to have their say on Winchester South Project

The draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Whitehaven Coal’s Winchester South Project is now available for public comment. The $1 billion Winchester South Project, located 30 kilometres south-east of Moranbah, in Queensland’s well-established Bowen Basin, would involve the construction of a new open-cut coal mine, a coal processing plant and a rail loop to connect with the existing Bowen Basin coal rail network. The mine is forecast to produce up to 11 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of primarily metallurgical coal for steel manufacturing over a 30-year mine life. It is expected to generate 500 jobs during construction and 500…

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 would explore cleaner alternatives through teaching and research that would pave the way for a greener future for the industry. “The Kalgoorlie…

QCoal and Mastermyne to restart production at Cook Colliery

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the announcement that local mining companies, QCoal and Mastermyne, will join forces to reopen the Cook Colliery coking coal mine near Blackwater. QRC Chief Executive, Ian Macfarlane, said the news that Constellation Mining – a subsidiary of Queensland’s largest privately-owned coal company QCoal – has engaged Mackay-based contract miner Mastermyne to re-start production at Cook Colliery is a confidence boost for every Queenslander. “When resources companies choose to invest millions of dollars into Queensland, this means more jobs, more royalties for the state budget and more money flowing through our economy,” Mr Macfarlane…

Roy Hill labour hire deal for train drivers overturned

A labour hire deal covering train drivers at the Roy Hill iron ore mine in the Pilbara has been overturned by the Fair Work Commission after being successfully challenged by the Miners’ Union. CFMEU Mining and Energy Western Australian Secretary, Greg Busson, said the union would now seek to negotiate a fair deal for the drivers who work for the iron ore operation. Yesterday’s FWC full bench decision in granting CFMEU Mining and Energy’s appeal against Karijini Rail’s enterprise agreement was the second time the union has had the agreement revoked because it had not been fairly negotiated or adequately explained and included…

Bowen Coking Coal scoping studies deliver strong results

Bowen Coking Coal’s ambitions to become a low-cost independent producer of high-quality coking coal within the next few years have received a major confidence boost after scoping studies indicated a peak annual production of 1.7 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) from two of its Bowen Basin assets. Results of the company’s first stage independent scoping studies have indicated a run of mine (ROM) production target of 0.8 Mtpa to 1.1 Mtpa over a five to seven-year period for Broadmeadow East, and 0.4 Mtpa to 0.6 Mtpa over a four to five year period for Isaac River. Bowen Managing Director and…

Isaac Downs Project given the ‘go-ahead’

Queensland Minister for Resources, the Hon. Scott Stewart, today announced the final government approvals and go-ahead for Stanmore Coal’s Isaac Downs mine, located approximately 10 kilometres south-east of Moranbah. The Isaac Plains coal mine was placed under care and maintenance by former owners in 2014 and was acquired by Stanmore Coal in 2015. Stanmore recommenced mining in February 2016 with first product coal in April and first coal shipped in May 2016. The mine now supports the employment of up to 300 people. Mining is expected to ramp down at Isaac Plains East later this year and transition to the…

Newmont grows portfolio with approval of Ahafo North Project

Newmont Corporation has decided to advance the Ahafo North Project into the execution phase, which is expected to exceed the company’s required internal rate of return, adding profitable production from the best unmined gold deposit in West Africa. Newmont President and CEO, Tom Palmer said the approval of full funding for the Ahafo North Project, will expand the company’s existing footprint in Ghana and add more than three million ounces of gold production over an initial 13-year mine life “The development of this prolific ore body will leverage our proven operating model and will be supported by our existing world-class…

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…

Australia’s first green hydrogen and gas power plant now one step closer

New South Wales will be home to Australia’s first dual fuel capable hydrogen and gas power plant following an $83 million funding agreement for the Tallawarra B project in the Illawarra. Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the hydrogen and gas power plant is vital infrastructure needed to provide dispatchable electricity capacity to replace the Liddell Power Station and create the industries and jobs of the future. “Delivering enough electricity to power around 150,000 homes at times of peak demand, the project is expected to deliver a $300 million boost to the economy and support about 250 jobs during construction,” Mr…

Santos inks new gas supply agreement with Rio Tinto

Santos has signed a new gas supply agreement with Rio Tinto. Under the agreement, Santos will supply up to 15 petajoules (PJs) of natural gas to Rio Tinto commencing in late 2021. Santos Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Gallagher, said Rio has been a long-term buyer of gas from Santos and they look forward to the strong partnership continuing. “We have been supplying natural gas to Rio for many years. This new gas supply agreement underlines the importance of natural gas for Australian manufacturers and industry,” Mr Gallagher said. He added: “Our disciplined, low-cost operating model has allowed us…

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…

Western Australia’s biggest wind farm officially opens

Western Australia’s biggest wind farm, the $450 million Yandin Wind Farm, officially opened yesterday and is now powering businesses across the state. Located in the Wheatbelt town of Dandaragan, 175 kilometres north of Perth, Yandin, the wind farm is expected to produce more renewable energy than any other wind farm in Western Australia, using 51 4.2 megawatt turbines. While most wind farms rely on strong and consistent wind from one direction, Dandaragan is buffeted from different directions at different times – a south-westerly in the afternoon, and an easterly overnight. Coupled with the latest turbine technology, it will be one…

Renewable energy to power local councils in Victoria

Red Energy, the Australian energy retailer owned by Snowy Hydro, has announced a major partnership with 46 Victorian local councils, in what will be the largest emissions reduction project ever undertaken by local government in Australia. Commencing in July 2021, Red Energy will provide 240 gigawatt hours (GWh) of renewable energy per year until 2030, which will power the project known as VECO (Victorian Energy Collaboration) - the largest ever emissions reduction project undertaken by local councils in Australia - with 100 per cent renewables. The renewable energy will be linked to two wind farms located in regional Victoria -…

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…

EOI sought to develop prospective hydrogen export hub, Port Bonython

The South Australian Government is inviting national and international expressions of interest (EOI) to develop land at Port Bonython in the Upper Spencer Gulf, one of SA’s most prospective hydrogen export hubs. The significant renewable energy resources of the region may also support a range of other industrial, mining and related projects and development. The state-owned site has outstanding access to multiple renewable energy zones and boasts over 2,000 hectares of available land as well as access to an existing deep-water port comprising a 2.4-kilometre long jetty – which has been approved for a $37 million State Government-funded upgrade. Treasurer…

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…

University to build Australian-first renewable energy training tower

Federation University Australia is set to build Australia’s first wind turbine training tower at the university’s Mt Helen campus in Ballarat. The 23-metre tower has been designed with ladders and safety equipment that will give students real-world experience when training to work in the wind industry, or other industries that require working at heights, such as construction and maintenance. The tower is the first stage of Federation University’s Asia Pacific Renewable Energy Training Centre, which has received $1.8 million in funding from renewable energy companies so they can train local workers in Victoria and increase the domestic talent pool instead…

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 kilowatt (kW) solar farm that will power its innovative hydrogen plant which will feature a 348kW electrolyser, hydrogen compression and storage and a 100kW fuel cell to enable the production and storage of hydrogen. The remote microgrid project will deliver electricity into the Denham hybrid power system and will generate 526 MWh of renewable electricity per year, which is equivalent to the energy required to power 100 residential households…

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 would explore cleaner alternatives through teaching and research that would 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…

Western Australia’s first graphite processing plant to be built in Collie

Western Australian based company, International Graphite, is set to build the state’s first downstream graphite processing plant in Collie's light industrial area. On Tuesday, the Western Australian Government announced it will provide the company with a $2 million grant from the Collie Futures Industry Development Fund. Stage one of the plant, which is the first of its kind in Australia, will include graphite micronising and foils product lines and is expected to create up to 40 full-time local jobs. The facility will include the capability to re-package and distribute expandable graphite powder for use in graphite foils and fire retardants.…

Construction starts on Australia’s first renewable energy training tower

Construction has commenced on Australia’s first wind turbine training tower at Federation University Australia’s campus in Ballarat. A ‘sod turning’ event was held to mark the start of construction and to launch a new short course for tradespeople to retrain to work in the wind industry. The tower is the first stage of the Asia Pacific Renewable Energy Training Centre (APRETC) – a partnership between Federation TAFE and the renewable energy industry. The $1.8 million project is funded by Vestas, ACCIONA, GPG and Tilt Renewables to allow the renewable energy companies to train workers locally in Ballarat, the gateway to…

EOI sought to develop prospective hydrogen export hub, Port Bonython

The South Australian Government is inviting national and international expressions of interest (EOI) to develop land at Port Bonython in the Upper Spencer Gulf, one of SA’s most prospective hydrogen export hubs. The significant renewable energy resources of the region may also support a range of other industrial, mining and related projects and development. The state-owned site has outstanding access to multiple renewable energy zones and boasts over 2,000 hectares of available land as well as access to an existing deep-water port comprising a 2.4-kilometre long jetty – which has been approved for a $37 million State Government-funded upgrade. Treasurer…

University to build Australian-first renewable energy training tower

Federation University Australia is set to build Australia’s first wind turbine training tower at the university’s Mt Helen campus in Ballarat. The 23-metre tower has been designed with ladders and safety equipment that will give students real-world experience when training to work in the wind industry, or other industries that require working at heights, such as construction and maintenance. The tower is the first stage of Federation University’s Asia Pacific Renewable Energy Training Centre, which has received $1.8 million in funding from renewable energy companies so they can train local workers in Victoria and increase the domestic talent pool instead…

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…

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…

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…