Projects

Northern Minerals receives assay results from latest exploration drilling program

Heavy rare earths producer, Northern Minerals Limited (Northern Minerals or the Company) has returned encouraging assay results across several targets from the first phase of its latest exploration drilling program at the Browns Range Project. The Browns Range Project is located 160 kilometres south-east of Halls Creek in northern Western Australia. Northern Minerals successfully completed 8,500 metres of reverse circulation (RC) drilling at Browns Range in late 2020, following the Company’s announcement on the 2 November that it had commenced a $5 million exploration program that would include up to 16,... more

Horizon launches 50,000m exploration program

Horizon Minerals Limited (Horizon or the Company) has started its 2021 new discovery and resource growth exploration program in the Goldfields region of Western Australia. Horizon’s fully-funded 50,000-metre exploration program is now underway, with four rigs across the 890 square kilometre asset portfolio, all operating within 75 kilometres of the proposed Boorara Mill site [1]. The program comprises diamond, RC and aircore drilling. The primary objectives of the exploration program are to [1]: Test high priority new discovery targets defined at greenfields project areas including Windanya, Lakewoo... more

New Century delivers milestone 500,000th tonne of zinc concentrate

New Century Resources Limited (New Century or the Company) has reached a major milestone, producing its 500,000th tonne of zinc concentrate since the recommencement of operations in August 2018. The Century mine is located at Lawn Hill, Queensland, approximately 250 kilometres north-west of Mount Isa in the Lower Gulf of Carpentaria. The mine initially commenced open-pit production in 1999 (under the operatorship of Rio Tinto [1]) and during its 16 years of operation, Century was recognised as one of the largest zinc mines in the world, producing and processing an average of 475,00 tonnes per annum (tpa) o... more

Brockman provides update on Marillana Iron Ore Project

Brockman Mining Limited has provided an update on the current status of the Marillana Iron Ore Project in conjunction with the Farm-In and Joint-Venture agreement (FJV Agreement) with Polaris Metals Pty Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mineral Resources Limited (MRL). The Marillana Project is located in the Hamersley Iron Province within the Pilbara region of Western Australia. According to Brockman, Polaris has completed a drilling and metallurgical testing campaign and has also completed its technical and cost report on the project. The outcome of both these undertakings has resulted in Polaris providi... more

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 is distinguished from other bulk carri... more

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... more

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 f... more

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 Ma... more

New $16M Western Power energy facility for Albany

Premier of Western Australia Mark McGowan and Energy Minister Bill Johnston have announced plans for a new $16 million energy hub in Albany. Western Power's state-of-the-art facility is forecast to generate around 70 construction jobs. It will enhance employee safety, improve operational efficiencies and future-proof the electricity supply for Albany and the Great Southern region. The facility's design focuses on a safe working environment, including single-flow traffic, the separation of light and heavy vehicles, and reduced interaction between forklifts and people. It also includes electric vehicle charg... more

Funding boost for ANU solar research

A $4.5 million funding boost will help researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) develop next-generation solar cell technology. The money will go towards state-of-the-art research equipment for three separate projects. The funding is partly from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency's (ARENA) Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics Infrastructure project ($3.6 million) and is supported with co-funding from ANU ($0.9 million). Dr Kean Chern Fong and his team will receive $3.1 million for a new 'nano-engineering' laboratory. The lab will help create new materials to enhance the conversion... more

Plans progress for nation’s largest battery at Eraring Power Station

Origin Energy Limited is advancing its plans for a battery at the Eraring Power Station in New South Wales with an overall capacity of up to 700 MW and a dispatch duration of four hours – making it the nation’s largest battery project currently under consideration. Origin has issued an Expression of Interest to suitably qualified firms to supply and install the large-scale battery. A Connection Enquiry has also been lodged with NSW transmission network service provider TransGrid to connect the battery to the national grid via the Eraring substation. Origin Executive General Manager, Energy Supply an... more

Renewable future for retired coal mine in NSW

Through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), the Australian Government has announced that it will jointly fund a new technical feasibility study into using an underground coal mine as part of a Pumped Hydro Energy Storage (PHES) scheme in New South Wales. On behalf of the Federal Government, ARENA will provide $995,000 in funding to Centennial Coal for a technical review and pilot trial to examine the feasibility of repurposing an underground coal mine for pumped hydro just south-west of Newcastle at Newstan Colliery, Fassifern. The mine has been on care and maintenance since 2014. The New South... more

First sod turned on hydrogen research facility

The first sod has officially been turned on Hycel's Hydrogen Training Testbed, with Vice-Chancellor Professor Iain Martin yesterday joining Federal Education Minister and Wannon MP, the Hon Dan Tehan at Deakin University’s Warrnambool Campus in Victoria to mark the significant milestone. Deakin's Hycel is a ground-breaking hydrogen research, testing and training initiative in south-west Victoria and the new Training Testbed will see South West TAFE and industry partners start to prepare a workforce ready to embrace Australia's hydrogen economy. Plumbers, engineers and technicians, regulatory bodies and f... more

Strandline progresses development of heavy mineral sands project

Strandline Resources Limited has announced further progress in its strategy to develop the Coburn Heavy Mineral Sands Project in Western Australia, with the execution of a Port Access and Services Agreement with Mid-West Ports Authority (MWPA) for the export of Coburn’s products at the Port of Geraldton. The Agreement allows Strandline to export approximately 230,000 tonnes per annum of mineral sands product, including heavy mineral concentrate, premium zircon (finished), zircon concentrate, chloride grade ilmenite and rutile products. MWPA is the operator and manager of the Port of Geraldton facilities ... more

$98M graphite processing plant planned for Rockingham

Rockingham is set to house a multi-million-dollar downstream processing facility that will support Western Australia's growing battery minerals industry, after an agreement was signed between DevelopmentWA and EcoGraf (Australia) Limited (EcoGraf) this week. EcoGraf has signed an option to lease on two lots in the Rockingham Strategic Industrial Area (SIA), with plans to develop a graphite processing facility in two stages. The development, occupying 6.7 hectares, is expected to commence construction in mid-2021 and create up to 200 construction jobs and 75 ongoing operational jobs once complete. EcoGra... more

South Australian $250M deep-water port one step closer

A $250 million multi-commodity and multi-user deep-water port proposed at Cape Hardy on the Eyre Peninsula has taken a crucial step forward this month, with Macquarie Capital entering into a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) with Iron Road Ltd and Eyre Peninsula Co-operative Bulk Handling (EPCBH) in relation to the Cape Hardy Stage 1 port project. The JDA provides the framework to advance development and financing plans for the proposed facility. The joint development parties will now progress the establishment of a project vehicle and formally commence the first phase of a comprehensive Development Plan, tar... more

Drilling recommences at Oracle Ridge

Eagle Mountain Mining Limited (Eagle Mountain or the Company), has provided an update on exploration activities at its 80 per cent owned Oracle Ridge Copper Project (Oracle Ridge or the Project) in Arizona, USA. Drilling recommenced at Oracle Ridge on Monday, 11 January 2021 after a scheduled Christmas break. The first drill hole for 2021 is WT-21-01 and was completed last week. WT-21-02 is underway. All drilling undertaken by the Company last year was aimed at expanding the existing mineral resource base. Eagle Mountain outlines that assays received from the 2020 drilling contained significant grade... more

Barrick achieves 2020 production targets

Barrick Gold Corporation has announced preliminary full year and fourth quarter 2020 results which indicate that it has met its 2020 guidance targets. According to Barrick, preliminary gold production for the full year of 4.8 million ounces is at the midpoint of the 4.6 to 5 million ounce guidance range, while preliminary copper production of 457 million pounds is also within the guidance range of 440 to 500 million pounds. The preliminary Q4 results show sales for the quarter of 1.19 million ounces of gold and 108 million pounds of copper, as well as preliminary Q4 production of 1.21 million ounces of gol... more

PAM completes drilling of Thailand prospect

Pan Asia Metals Limited (PAM), has today provided an update on the drilling program at the Khao Soon Tungsten Project (KSTP) and has reported that a drill rig has been mobilised to the Reung Kiet Lithium Project, both located in southern Thailand. KSTP, located approximately 600 kilometres south of Bangkok, is one of PAM’s primary assets and a significant historical high-grade producer. PAM outlines that modern exploration has discovered potentially world-class district-scale tungsten mineralisation across numerous prospects. Today PAM announced that drilling of Priority One holes at the Than Pho West... more

Rio Tinto reaches deal to extend NZ smelter operations to 2024

Rio Tinto has agreed to a new electricity agreement with Meridian Energy that allows New Zealand’s Aluminium Smelter (NZAS) to continue operating the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter until 31 December 2024. The extension provides certainty to employees, the local community and customers while providing more time for all stakeholders to plan for the future. NZAS is New Zealand’s sole aluminium smelter. It commenced production in 1971 and produced 353,293 tonnes of aluminium in 2019. NZAS is 79.36 per cent owned by Rio Tinto and 20.64 per cent owned by Japan's Sumitomo Chemical Company. In July 2020, Rio... more