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    AGL and Idemitsu prepare for next stage of feasibility on Bells Mountain

    AGL and Idemitsu Australia Resources (IAR) have today announced the preliminary phase of the feasibility study for the proposed 250 megawatt Bells Mountain pumped hydro project at Muswellbrook is nearing comple... more

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    Big Canberra Battery market sounding opens

    The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has formally commenced market sounding for the Big Canberra Battery ecosystem. Battery storage technology varies in size, location and core use. The market sounding pro... more

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    Fortescue celebrates 1.5 billion tonnes shipped from Pilbara operations

    Fortescue Metals Group (Fortescue) has marked a significant milestone for its Pilbara operations, exporting over 1.5 billion tonnes of iron ore since it was first established in 2003. It comes less than three y... more

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    Bibiani Mining Lease restored

    Resolute Mining Limited (Resolute or the Company) has advised that the Ghanaian Honourable Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Hon. Samuel A Jinapor, MP (the Minister), has notified the Company that the M... more

  • AGL and Idemitsu prepare for next stage of feasibility on Bells Mountain
  • Big Canberra Battery market sounding opens
  • Fortescue celebrates 1.5 billion tonnes shipped from Pilbara operations
  • Bibiani Mining Lease restored

Fortescue celebrates 1.5 billion tonnes shipped from Pilbara operations

Fortescue Metals Group (Fortescue) has marked a significant milestone for its Pilbara operations, exporting over 1.5 billion tonnes of iron ore since it was first established in 2003. It comes less than three years after the company celebrated shipping its billionth tonne from Herb Elliott Port in Port Hedland. This latest milestone coincided with a visit by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to Fortescue’s Christmas Creek operations, hosted by Fortescue Founder and Chairman Dr Andrew Forrest AO. “From the start, Fortescue’s journey has been to unlock the potential of the Pilbara and build Australia’s economy through the export of iron…

New Century provides update on drilling at Silver King

New Century Resources Limited has provided an update on the progress of drilling activities at the high-grade Silver King Lead-ZincSilver Deposit, located at the Century Zinc Mine in Queensland. Infill drilling has been completed at the Silver King Lead-Zinc-Silver Deposit for the purpose of upgrading the existing Mineral Resource estimate to support subsequent mining studies and detailed mine design. This includes: 30 diamond drill holes completed for a total of 5,468m drill metres. Spectacular assay results have been received from seven holes to date, and assay results are pending from the remaining 23 holes. Three additional large-diameter PQ holes have…

De Grey to drill deeper to test large target area in more detail

De Grey Mining Limited is making progress with its drilling program at the Hemi Gold Discovery, located approximately 60 kilometres south of Port Hedland in Western Australia. The Falcon intrusion is situated roughly 600 metres west of the Brolga zone and immediately south of the Aquila zone. Strong mineralisation has been defined over a strike length of approximately 1 kilometre north-south. A program of six initial wide spaced (160 metre) step out holes have been planned to test the mineralisation to approximately 500 metres depth along the current 1 kilometre strike of mineralisation at Falcon. The first of the step…

New tenement paves the way for the Mt Piper Gold Project

Gold and copper explorer, Torrens Mining Limited, has been granted one new tenement (EL7331) within the company’s Mt Piper Gold Project in Central Victoria. The granting of the tenement paves the way for drilling to commence at the Northwood Hill Prospect where a five-kilometre long gold anomalous corridor was identified by Perseverance Mining in the early 1990s. The area represents an exciting drill target for Torrens with significant near-surface 'Fosterville-style' gold drilling intercepts already identified by Perseverance. The shallow (less than 70-metre vertical depth) reverse circulation drilling by Perseverance reported important widths and grades of gold mineralisation. Torrens’ Managing Director,…

3D Resources to commence drilling program at Adelong Gold Project

3D Resources Limited expects to commence a 2000 metre reverse circulation drilling program at the Adelong Gold Project in the second quarter of 2021, to test the deeper parts of the Challenger orebody to refine and finalise mine plans before mining commences. The Adelong Gold Project covers 70 square kilometres and comprises the old Adelong Goldfield in Southern NSW, located approximately 20 kilometres from Tumut and 80 kilometres from Gundagai. The project carries an existing JORC Resource of 180,600 ounces of gold and 17 freehold properties with all mining and processing plant equipment on-site, and until recently was a producing…

Battery-grade lithium hydroxide produced at Finniss Project

Core Lithium Limited has produced battery-grade lithium hydroxide monohydrate (LH) from spodumene mineral concentrate from the Finniss Lithium Project in the Northern Territory. Core Lithium’s Managing Director, Stephen Biggins, said it has been confirmed that battery-grade lithium hydroxide suitable for high-end uses in the lithium battery, renewable energy and electric vehicle industries, can be produced from Core’s lithium concentrate produced from the Finniss Project. “This successful proof-of-concept test work provides Core, and our customers, the confidence in utilising Finniss lithium concentrates in the global lithium battery supply chain,” Mr Biggins said. “Together with the recent award of Major Project Status…

Mining operations to recommence at Bauxite Hills

Metro Mining Limited will recommence operations at the company’s flagship Bauxite Hills Mine after the northern Australia wet season. The Bauxite Hills Mine is located approximately 95 kilometres north of Weipa on Western Cape York where Metro holds a total tenement package covering approximately 1,900 square kilometres. The Bauxite Hills Mine has an estimated ore Reserve of 109.5 million tonnes (Mt) and total Resources of 138.2Mt. Mining operations commenced in April 2018. In its first year of operations, Metro achieved its 2018 production guidance, shipping 2 Mt to five different Chinese companies. The company advised on Wednesday that it has set a…

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…

Woodside delivers first carbon offset condensate cargo

Woodside Burrup Pty Ltd and its Pluto LNG joint venture participants (Kansai Electric Power Australia Pty Ltd and Tokyo Gas Pluto Pty Ltd) have delivered their first cargo of carbon offset condensate to commodity trading company Trafigura Pte Ltd. On Monday, Woodside outlined that the carbon dioxide equivalent emissions associated with extraction, storage and shipping of the 650,000- barrel cargo will be offset through a combination of efficiency measures, which reduce emissions, and surrender of high-quality carbon offsets. Trafigura is also working with the vessel owner to minimise actual emissions associated with transporting the cargo. High-quality carbon offsets have been…

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…

AGL and Idemitsu prepare for next stage of feasibility on Bells Mountain

AGL and Idemitsu Australia Resources (IAR) have today announced the preliminary phase of the feasibility study for the proposed 250 megawatt Bells Mountain pumped hydro project at Muswellbrook is nearing completion. The preliminary engineering study began in 2019 to determine whether the project is technically feasible, provide cost estimates for both construction and operation, and assess the required planning and approval processes. AGL Chief Operating Officer, Markus Brokhof, said AGL views the project as potentially beneficial to the community and Australia’s energy transition. “As we transition to more renewable energy sources, pumped hydro provides a reliable on-demand generation source,” Mr…

Big Canberra Battery market sounding opens

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has formally commenced market sounding for the Big Canberra Battery ecosystem. Battery storage technology varies in size, location and core use. The market sounding 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…

BHP, Oldendorff and GoodFuels complete marine biofuel trial in Singapore

Global resources company, BHP, German shipping company, Oldendorff Carriers, and advanced 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 reaches contractual close on 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…

Green hydrogen project signs port MOU

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…

Suntrace and Baywa r.e. complete off-grid solar-battery hybrid system for gold mine

Independent expert for renewable energy projects, Suntrace GmbH, renewable energy company, BayWa r.e., and mining company B2Gold Corp. have completed commissioning of 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. Hybrid projects such as this, which combine solar energy with conventional energy generation and battery storage, are an effective way to provide reliable power supply day…

AGL and Wärtsilä to develop hybrid energy systems for businesses

AGL has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Finnish manufacturing and services company, 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 that AGL is excited to be developing these innovative systems with Wärtsilä, which will provide customers with a broader range of options on their energy. “This agreement is another way in which AGL is responding to the evolving needs of our customers…

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).…

Bibiani Mining Lease restored

Resolute Mining Limited (Resolute or the Company) has advised that the Ghanaian Honourable Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Hon. Samuel A Jinapor, MP (the Minister), has notified the Company that the Mining Lease for the Bibiani Gold Mine has been restored. The Minister has advised the Company that having regard 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 Mining Lease has been restored subject…

Challenger reports extensions to high-grade gold mineralisation at Hualilan

Challenger Exploration Limited (Challenger) 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…

Theta Gold announces PFS for initial underground projects

South African focused gold developer, Theta Gold Mines Limited (Theta Gold), 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 (UG) Project. Below are some key highlights from the PFS for the TGME Phase 1 Underground Project, which excludes the open pits. All numbers in USD and financials based on forecast gold price of average USD$1,570/oz and ZAR/USD exchange rate of 15.9. Pay-back period from first gold 13 months Pay-back period from start of mining 22…

Suntrace and Baywa r.e. complete off-grid solar-battery hybrid system for gold mine

Independent expert for renewable energy projects, Suntrace GmbH, renewable energy company, BayWa r.e., and mining company B2Gold Corp. have completed commissioning of 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. Hybrid projects such as this, which combine solar energy with conventional energy generation and battery storage, are an effective way to provide reliable power supply day…

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…

Rio Tinto produces lithium from Boron mine waste rock

Production of battery-grade lithium from waste rock has commenced at a lithium demonstration plant at Rio Tinto’s Boron mine in California, USA. An initial small-scale trial in 2019 successfully proved the process of roasting and leaching waste rock to recover high grades of lithium. Rio Tinto said the demonstration plant is the next step in scaling up a breakthrough lithium production process developed at Boron, to recover the critical mineral and extract additional value out of waste piles from over 90 years of mining at the operation. The demonstration plant has a design capacity of 10 tonnes per year of…

Drilling starts at Kroussou Project in Gabon

Apollo Minerals Limited has announced its maiden drilling campaign is now underway at the prospective Kroussou zinc-lead project in Gabon. The Kroussou Project comprises the Prospecting License G4-569 which covers 986.5 square kilometres in the Ngounié Province of Western Gabon located approximately 220 kilometres southeast of the capital city of Libreville. The current Phase 1 diamond drill program, which comprises approximately 30 holes for 1,000 metres of diamond drilling, is focused at the high-grade Dikaki Prospect and will also aim to test high-grade rock chips and soils at Bouambo East. This initial program is expected to be completed by May…