Adani confirms flood water at Abbot Point coal terminal released into wetlands

After Queensland's extreme weather over the last few weeks, Adani Australia has provided an update on its Abbot Point operations in North Queensland, stating that flood waters moving across the site did not enter the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, yet flood water did enter the 5,154-hectare Caley Valley Wetlands through an authorised release point as well as from the wetland's broader catchment area. According to Adani Australia, flood water entering the wetlands from Abbot Point Operations' authorised release point was sent for analysis to an accredited third-party, confirming the ‘total suspended soli... more

Millennium reports 70 per cent increase in Ore Reserves at Nullagine

Millennium Minerals Limited has declared a 70 per cent increase in Ore Reserves at the Nullagine Gold Project in Western Australia. The Ore Reserves (as of 31 December 2018) increased to 375,300 ounces, from the 221,600 ounces previously recorded on 31 December 2017. Presently, the project’s Mineral Resource stands at 22.9 million tonnes for 1.6 grams per tonne for 1.16 million ounces. The increase in Ore Reserves is a result of recent successful drilling programs, as well as the conversion of several Mineral Resource estimates to Ore Reserves. The updated Ore Reserve delivers mine life visibility ... more

Auris reports high grade copper finds at Forrest and Wodger Prospects

Western Australian base metals explorer, Auris Minerals Limited has announced significant copper and gold results from Reverse Circulation (RC) drilling which was completed at the Forrest and Wodger Prospects, in Western Australia’s Bryah Basin. Copper mineralisation at the Forrest Prospect was first discovered in 2014 through re-assaying of previously gold-focused drilling. RC and diamond drilling was completed in the same year to test an interpreted southerly plunge to identified copper mineralisation. 2014 drilling delivered promising results for Auris including 9.65 metres at 5 per cent Copper (Cu) ... more

Sconi project gains ‘Prescribed Project’ status

Australian Mines Limited’s $1.4 billion Sconi Cobalt-Nickel-Scandium Project has just been declared a ‘Prescribed Project’ by the Queensland Government, in a bid to boost jobs in North Queensland and make significant contributions to the local economy. Located in the historic mining town of Greenvale, approximately 250 kilometres north-west of Townsville, Australian Mine’s flagship Sconi Project aims to produce nickel, cobalt and scandium for use in battery manufacturing, electric vehicles and similar high technology applications for export markets. Two million tonnes of ore per annum is forecast ... 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

New era for solar power in NSW

The Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy, Anthony Roberts has marked the official completion of Australia’s two largest solar plants at Nyngan and Broken Hill. “This is a legacy that will last for generations and will greatly benefit the local and wider communities by providing a reliable and cost-effective energy source,” Mr Roberts said. “The NSW Government provided almost $65 million dollars towards the Solar Flagship projects at Nyngan and Broken Hill, which have collectively supported over 450 regional jobs and driven $440 million of investment into the State.” The Nyngan Solar pla... more

Clarke Energy deploys country first 616 diesel engine

Diamantina Power Station (DPS) in the city of Mt. Isa in the Australian state of Queensland has selected Clarke Energy to supply and install the country’s first highly efficient 2.6-megawatt (MW) 616 diesel engine from GE’s Distributed Power business (NYSE: GE). GE’s 616 diesel unit will help give the station needed “black start” capabilities to allow the plant to return to service in the event of a system outage. DPS operates in an isolated regional grid that is not connected to the National Electricity Market. The Mount Isa region is affected by high levels of lightning activity during summer t... 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

Sandy Ridge Facility gains Government approval

The Department of Environment and Energy have approved Tellus Holdings Ltd’s Sandy Ridge Facility, which is set to reside within the Goldfields Region of Western Australia. Tellus is proposing to construct and operate Australia’s first dual open-cut kaolin (clay) mine and arid near-surface geological waste repository, the Sandy Ridge Facility, approximately 75 kilometres north-east of Koolyanobbing. There are two key aspects of Tellus' proposal. The first involves mining kaolin primarily for export to Asia or the domestic ceramic clay market, with the second aspect involving storing hazardous, intract... more

Work commences on new lithium hydroxide facility

Albemarle Corporation has commenced earthworks for its new lithium hydroxide manufacturing plant in the Kemerton Strategic Industrial Area, which is located approximately 17 kilometres north-east of Bunbury. The Albemarle Kemerton Plant will process spodumene ore concentrate from the Talison Lithium Greenbushes mine, which is the largest source of spodumene ore concentrate in the southern hemisphere (Environmental Protection Authority 2018), through five process trains. The plant is expected to produce up to 100,000 tonnes per annum of lithium hydroxide and has the potential to expand to 100,000 metric to... more

Sanjeev Gupta unveils ambitious new project for Whyalla

GFG Alliance Executive Chairman, Sanjeev Gupta, has revealed plans for a  mega steel plant for the South Australian City Whyalla, signing an engineering contract with CISDI for the ambitious project. Mr Gupta said GFG Alliance’s cutting‐edge transformation plans for the existing steel plant are just the beginning of what they have in store for the region. “Utilising almost perfect local conditions – our own infrastructure including a deep‐sea port; rich local resources; and unrivalled community passion – we now plan to build a new steel plant, one of the world’s largest, right here in Whyal... 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

The world’s first multi-mixed energy power station

The world's first and China's largest battery energy storage system (BESS) multi-mixed energy power station was recently completed and integrates wind (400MW), photovoltaic (200MW), concentrated solar power (50MW), and an energy storage system (ESS) (100MWh) into one system on the grid. The first of its kind in China, the station coordinates three different renewables, with fluctuating sources of energy and is required to respond consistently to fluctuating demand, making its batteries and battery management system crucial to the reliability of the system. Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited (CATL... more