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    New exploration program begins at Hillalong

    Bowen Coking Coal Limited will seek to increase the existing 43 million tonne (Mt) JORC resource at its Hillalong Coking Coal Project after starting a new seismic and drilling program at the project this week. ... more

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    Elementos recommences exploration at Cleveland Tin Project

    Amid surging tin prices, emerging Australian tin explorer, Elementos Limited, has identified a new drill target at its 100 per cent owned Cleveland Tin Project in Tasmania following the resumption of explorati... more

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    Site works commence at Warrawoona Project

    Site works at Calidus Resources’ Warrawoona Gold Project in the Pilbara region of Western Australia are underway following the receipt of an approved Mining Proposal. Calidus’ 100 per cent owned Warrawoo... more

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    Strandline inks final binding offtake deal for Coburn

    Strandline Resources Limited (Strandline) has signed the final binding offtake agreement for its Coburn Heavy Mineral Sands (HMS) Project in Western Australia. Coburn, positioned 240 kilometres north of the ... more

  • New exploration program begins at Hillalong
  • Elementos recommences exploration at Cleveland Tin Project
  • Site works commence at Warrawoona Project
  • Strandline inks final binding offtake deal for Coburn

New exploration program begins at Hillalong

Bowen Coking Coal Limited will seek to increase the existing 43 million tonne (Mt) JORC resource at its Hillalong Coking Coal Project after starting a new seismic and drilling program at the project this week. The Phase 2a exploration program at Hillalong, which lies in close proximity to the Hail Creek mine in the northern Bowen Basin, involves three drill holes in the northern area to extend the resource in the Rangal Coal Measures and eight drill holes in the southern area. The program is underway to explore new resources and test the existence of the Moranbah Coal Measures along…

Elementos recommences exploration at Cleveland Tin Project

Amid surging tin prices, emerging Australian tin explorer, Elementos Limited, has identified a new drill target at its 100 per cent owned Cleveland Tin Project in Tasmania following the resumption of exploration activities at the project. The Cleveland Tin Mine, located approximately 80 kilometres southwest of Burnie, is a historic underground mine that was operated by Aberfoyle Resources from 1968 to 1986. Elementos now owns 100 per cent of the Cleveland Tin Project following a merger in 2013 with the then unlisted company Rockwell Minerals Limited. As the tin price jumped to ten‐year highs above US$28,000/tonne in February, Elementos Chairman, Andy…

Site works commence at Warrawoona Project

Site works at Calidus Resources’ Warrawoona Gold Project in the Pilbara region of Western Australia are underway following the receipt of an approved Mining Proposal. Calidus’ 100 per cent owned Warrawoona Gold Project has a global resource of 43.7 million tonnes at 1.06 grams per tonne (gpt) of gold for 1.5 million ounces (oz). Calidus has commenced bulk earthworks at the main Processing Plant Area with receipt of the required Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) and Department of Agriculture Water and Environment (DAWE) Permits. The only outstanding permit is the Works Approval, administered by the Department of…

Strandline inks final binding offtake deal for Coburn

Strandline Resources Limited (Strandline) has signed the final binding offtake agreement for its Coburn Heavy Mineral Sands (HMS) Project in Western Australia. Coburn, positioned 240 kilometres north of the Port of Geraldton, is one of the largest mineral sands projects in the world. According to Coburn’s Updated Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS), the project has the potential to have an average annual production of 34 kilotonnes (kt) of premium zircon, 54kt of zircon concentrate, 110kt of chloride ilmenite and 24kt of rutile. The new agreement is with Venator Materials (Venator), a global chemical company dedicated to the development and manufacture of…

Non-invasive passive seismic survey commences at Torrens’ Mt Piper project

Gold and copper explorer, Torrens Mining Limited (Torrens or the Company), has commenced a passive seismic survey at the Company’s 100 per cent owned Mt Piper Gold Project in Central Victoria, where it is also undertaking a soil geochemical sampling program. The Mt Piper Project is located approximately 30 kilometres from Kirkland Lake’s Fosterville Gold Mine and 1 kilometre from Mandalay Resources’ Costerfield Gold Mine. Passive seismic surveying is a surface geophysical survey method, used to rapidly define geological structures, which may focus gold mineralisation, and the thickness of cover rocks. The survey is non-invasive and involves the measurement of…

St Barbara appoints Macmahon as underground mining contractor at Gwalia

St Barbara Limited (St Barbara or the Company) has advised that, following an extensive tender process, Macmahon Holdings Ltd (Macmahon) has been appointed the underground mining contractor at the Gwalia gold mine in Western Australia. The Gwalia Underground mine at Leonora Operations, acquired by St Barbara in 2005, is the Company’s cornerstone asset. It produced 171,156 ounces of gold in FY20. The initial contract term is five years, with an option for St Barbara to extend for a further three-year period. Today St Barbara said that the appointment of Macmahon brings an opportunity to enhance the performance of the Gwalia…

Local council objects to Glencore’s coal mine expansion

Muswellbrook Council has opposed Glencore’s Mangoola coal mine expansion planned for the Wybong Valley in New South Wales. Glencore’s Mangoola Open Cut operation produces thermal coal suitable for export and domestic use. In 2020 it had mined over 100 million tonnes of the coal reserve. Glencore is presently seeking approval for the Mangoola Coal Continued Operations Project (MCCO Project) to continue open-cut mining adjacent to the north of the existing mine. Approval of the MCCO Project would enable the company to extract a further 52 million tonnes of coal through to 2030. The council has formally objected to the expansion during a…

Port Hedland welcomes first LNG-fuelled vessel

The bulk carrier HL Green received a special greeting when it arrived on its maiden voyage to Port Hedland, Western Australia on 6 January. HL Green was the first liquified natural gas (LNG) fuelled vessel to berth at the Port of Port Hedland, as the maritime industry moves to reduce emissions from shipping operations. HL Green is one of two 180,000 tonne bulk carriers that was built in Korea by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) and launched on 11 December 2020. The vessel is expected to make about 10 round trips a year between Korea and Australia. The HL Green…

BHP awards LNG supply agreement to Shell for LNG-fuelled iron ore vessels

BHP has awarded its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply agreement for five LNG-fuelled Newcastlemax bulk carriers, which will transport iron ore between Western Australia and China from 2022. Shell has secured the contract to fuel the vessels, which BHP will charter from Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) for five-year terms. BHP Chief Commercial Officer, Vandita Pant, said the LNG bunkering contract marks a significant step in how BHP is working with its suppliers to reduce emissions across the maritime supply chain. “LNG fuelled vessels are forecast to help BHP reduce carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e) emissions by 30 per cent on…

Equinor plans to build world-leading clean hydrogen plant in the UK

Norwegian-based international energy company, Equinor, is leading a project to develop one of the UK’s – and the world’s – first at-scale facilities to produce hydrogen from natural gas in combination with carbon capture and storage (CCS). The project, called Hydrogen to Humber Saltend (H2H Saltend), provides the beginnings of a decarbonised industrial cluster in the Humber region, the UK’s largest by emissions. H2H Saltend supports the UK government’s aim to establish at least one low carbon industrial cluster by 2030 and the world’s first net-zero cluster by 2040. It also paves the way for the vision set out by…

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…

Biofuels project receives environmental approval

A Gladstone oil refinery has been given environmental approval for a new plant that will turn waste such as tyre rubber into renewable oil for biofuels. The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection has granted an Environmental Authority for Northern Oil Refineries at Yarwun, near Gladstone. Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles said the company, which won the Innovation in Sustainable Technologies Award at the 2015 Premier’s Sustainability Awards, had created a whole new industry for Queensland. “Queensland is on the cusp of a new, 21st century clean industry for Australia. “Biofuels promises to be a revolutionary game changer for the…

South Australian wind farm switches on

South Australia’s newest wind farm, the Neoen and Siemens developed Hornsdale project, was switched on to the grid in a special ‘energisation ceremony’ which included the announcement that local indigenous Australian art will feature on one of the wind towers in a world-first. At the opening ceremony in Hornsdale, South Australian and ACT government officials and the local community came together to switch on the first turbines of Phase 1 (comprising a total of 32 turbines) of the project developed by Neoen - the French renewable energy producer and developer of the Hornsdale Wind Farm - and Siemens Australia. Xavier…

Queensland’s biggest wind farm one step closer

Queensland’s proposed biggest wind farm near Kingaroy is a step closer to generating clean energy and 370 jobs with its declaration as a coordinated project. Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynhamsaid that AGL’s $500 million Coopers Gap Wind Farm would now move to an environmental impact statement with public consultation. “This project is an example of the Palaszczuk Government’s focus on diversifying our economy, generating jobs of the future, and becoming a leader in renewable energy generation,” Dr Lynham said. “AGL Energy Limited has said the project could create up to 350…

Renewable energy boost for Queensland

Construction of the $360 million Mount Emerald Wind Farm near Walkamin is on track to start before the end of the year after Ergon Energy announced today it had entered into an agreement to purchase all of the electricity generated by the wind farm through to the end of 2030. The wind farm, a joint development between Ratch-Australia (Ratch) and Port Bajool, was chosen ahead of six other renewable energy projects shortlisted by Ergon in November last year as part of their green energy tender process. Power producer Ratch owns a number of wind farms around Australia including the Windy…

Callide B Power Station gets $31 million overhaul

A massive $31 million overhaul of the Callide B Power Station, approved by the Queensland Government, will see 350 direct jobs created in the region. Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the $31 million investment would bring enormous flow-on economic benefits to Central Queensland. “In July this year state-owned electricity generator CS Energy Limited will commence a major service of Unit 1 of the Callide B Power Station. This $31 million overhaul will create and sustain around 350 direct jobs, this is in addition to the power station’s permanent workforce of around 205 employees." The works are expected to take around two…

NSW solar farms shortlisted for $100 million funding

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced shortlisted projects under its $100 million competitive funding round for large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV). From the 22 shortlisted projects, eight are located in NSW – totalling 242 megawatts of capacity and worth an estimated $500 million of investment for the State. The Renewable Energy Advocate and NSW Industry Investment teams have been working closely with the project developers to help them navigate planning processes, network connections and leverage Commonwealth funding. Neoen, the developer of three shortlisted projects in Griffith, Dubbo and Parkes, sent this complimentary feedback about the Department's services: "The help…

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 plant is the largest in Australia and the…

WA Government partners with Rio Tinto to build new Tom Price hospital

The 54-year-old Tom Price Hospital will be rebuilt and replaced with a new $32.8 million facility, after a funding agreement was signed between the Western Australian Government and Rio Tinto. The $32.8 million investment is supported by a $20 million contribution from Rio Tinto, and will go towards providing the local community with a long-awaited, contemporary, fit for purpose facility. Planning for the new facility is already underway and the design is anticipated to include a modern emergency department with private interview room, consulting rooms for visiting services and a four-bed inpatient ward. New medical imaging equipment and digitally-enabled telehealth…

Port of Melbourne awards rail infrastructure contracts

The Port of Melbourne’s Port Rail Transformation Project (PRTP) is progressing, with the awarding of two key contracts for new rail infrastructure at the port. WSP and Seymour Whyte Constructions have been engaged to develop new rail infrastructure at the port, including a new rail terminal interfacing with the container terminal at Swanson Dock East. WSP will provide the design consultancy services, and Seymour Whyte Constructions the early contractor involvement. The $125 million PRTP project will help to make rail transport more competitive, cut the high cost of the ‘last mile’ and reduce truck congestion at the port gate –…

Rio Tinto to upgrade Quebec port facilities

Rio Tinto will invest C$105 million to modernise its Port-Alfred Port Facilities in Saguenay, Quebec, Canada. The investment will improve the safety and efficiency of receiving and unloading operations for raw materials used to produce aluminium at Rio Tinto's operations in the region. In order to adapt the infrastructure to the dimensions of modern vessels, a new platform will be built at the end of the Duncan wharf to facilitate docking. The Powell wharf will also be redeveloped to receive and unload alumina. This work includes the addition of a new unloading system, the dismantling of part of a warehouse…

Important substation work secures Townsville’s power supply

A $7 million project to replace critical equipment at a major Townsville substation is now complete, further securing power supply to North Queensland business. Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen, the Hon. Mick de Brenni, said the Dan Gleeson Substation is a major electricity injection point in Townsville’s transmission network, directly supplying the south-western suburbs. “Our investment underpins safe and reliable electricity supply to 120,000 households and businesses in the region for years to come,” Minister de Brenni said. “Replacing the substation’s ageing equipment gives Powerlink crews greater capability to respond to unexpected network outages, giving businesses confidence in their…

Sod turns on $20M hydrogen training centre in QLD

Queensland has taken another step towards ensuring Australia emerges as a hydrogen superpower. The sod has been turned to mark the start of construction of the $20 million Hydrogen Training Centre of Excellence at Beenleigh. Treasurer Cameron Dick said the new facility is a key part of the government’s plan to fast track the development of the industry and ensure Queensland is at the forefront as the supplier of choice for hydrogen. “Our Queensland Hydrogen Industry Strategy 2019 - 2024 is focused on developing the hydrogen industry to create jobs and is a vital part of our plan to Unite…

High purity alumina plant now one step closer for Gladstone

A proposed $300 million high purity alumina (HPA) plant forecast to generate 120 jobs and a new state export industry, is one step closer after gaining planning approval from the Queensland Government. Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Steven Miles, said Queensland’s Coordinator-General had approved an application allowing the high purity alumina (HPA) plant to be built in the Gladstone State Development Area (SDA). “This is a great coup for Gladstone, that will see 120 jobs created locally,” the Deputy Premier said. “A material change of use application has been granted allowing advanced manufacturer Alpha HPA to build its…

New contract awarded for Roper Bar Iron Ore Project

NRW Holdings’ wholly-owned subsidiary, NRW Civil & Mining, has landed a mining contract for the Roper Bar Iron Ore Project for Nathan River Resources (NRR). The Roper Bar Iron Ore Project is positioned in the Northern Territory of Australia and has a fully integrated ‘pit-to-port’ logistics chain including a privately owned 171 kilometre paved access road to an exiting barge load-out facility and product stockyard. The project was commissioned in October last year with first Direct Shipping Ore (DSO) exports occurring in November. According to NRW Holdings, production ramp-up is nearing completion, with four vessels now completed (approx. 220 kilotonnes).…

114 carat top-colour white diamond recovered at Lulo

Lucapa Diamond Company Limited and partners Empresa Nacional de Diamantes E.P. and Rosas & Petalas have announced the recovery of the 19th +100 carat diamond by Sociedade Mineira Do Lulo (SML) from the Lulo alluvial diamond mine in Angola. The 114 carat Type IIa D-colour white diamond is the third +100 carat diamond recovered from Mining Block 46 (MB46) in the last eight weeks [1]. The frequency of recovery of these stones, highlights the prospectivity of the Canguige catchment and adjacent priority kimberlites. To date, MB46 has averaged one +100 carat diamond recovered for every roughly 33,000 billion cubic metres…

Endeavour reports positive study results for West African projects

Endeavour Mining has completed a positive pre-feasibility study (PFS) for both its Fetekro and Kalana gold projects in West Africa. The robust PFS results confirm that both projects justify moving forward to the definitive feasibility study (DFS) stage, which will now commence. President and CEO of Endeavour Mining, Sebastien de Montessus, said the studies confirm the compelling nature of Endeavours’ two most advanced projects and reinforce the company’s focus on organic growth. “Together with a number of earlier stage projects, Endeavour now has an attractive pipeline of opportunities, each of which will compete for capital with the goal of generating…

African lithium developer provides pathway to production

African lithium developer, Prospect Resources Ltd has announced a number of key developments at its flagship Arcadia lithium project in Zimbabwe after a detailed strategic review by management and a number of external third-party experts on the pathway to near-term production. The strategic review concluded that an initial smaller commercial-scale production facility at Arcadia utilising the existing feasibility study (FS) dense media separation (DMS) flowsheet will allow greater speed to market, higher technical certainty, significantly lower risk, and a reduced capital and operating-cost operation, when compared to inclusion of petalite flotation (in place of DMS) to increase the recovery of…

Rio Tinto to upgrade Quebec port facilities

Rio Tinto will invest C$105 million to modernise its Port-Alfred Port Facilities in Saguenay, Quebec, Canada. The investment will improve the safety and efficiency of receiving and unloading operations for raw materials used to produce aluminium at Rio Tinto's operations in the region. In order to adapt the infrastructure to the dimensions of modern vessels, a new platform will be built at the end of the Duncan wharf to facilitate docking. The Powell wharf will also be redeveloped to receive and unload alumina. This work includes the addition of a new unloading system, the dismantling of part of a warehouse…

Anglo American mine achieves responsible mining standard

Anglo American's has announced that its Unki platinum mine in Zimbabwe has been assessed against the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance’s (IRMA) comprehensive mining standard, achieving the IRMA 75 level of performance. The Unki underground mine was the first in the world to publicly commit to be independently audited against the IRMA Standard for Responsible Mining in 2019 and is both the first mine in Africa and the first producing platinum group metals operation to complete the audit. Chief Executive of Anglo American’s Platinum Group Metals business, Natasha Viljoen, said Anglo American has a longstanding commitment as a leader in…

Rio Tinto’s new agreement strengthens Iceland smelter operation

Rio Tinto has reached an agreement with Landsvirkjun on an amended power contract that will allow the ISAL aluminium smelter in Iceland to continue operating with an improved competitive position. The agreement will deliver a more competitive power price and energy flexibility that is mutually beneficial for both ISAL and Landsvirkjun. Rio Tinto Aluminium Chief Executive, Alf Barrios, said the company is pleased to have reached an agreement on a power price that, coupled with improved efficiencies the company has delivered at the site, makes ISAL more competitive. “This provides a stronger footing to continue operations at the smelter and…

Namibian lithium project gains environmental approval

Lepidico Ltd’s proposed Phase 1 Project involves the development of an integrated lithium mine and concentrator in Namibia along with the development of a chemical conversion plant to be built within the Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD). Today, the company announced the Preliminary Environmental Review (PER) for the Phase 1 Chemical Plant site within the KIZAD has been approved by the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD). The Phase 1 Chemical Plant is designed to process 56,700 tonnes per annum (tpa) (dry basis) of lithium mica/amblygonite concentrate at a feed grade of up to 4 per cent Li2O for…