QLD Government grants new Ravenswood mining leases

Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, the Hon. Dr Anthony Lynham, has granted Resolute Mining Limited (Resolute) nine new mining leases – a major step for the company’s $150 million project to extend the life of its Ravenswood gold mine operations. Dr Lynham said the new leases acknowledge Resolute’s significant contribution to the small mining town of Ravenswood (located approximately 40 kilometres south of Mingela, and roughly 89 kilometres from Charters Towers in Queensland). “The company has pre-funded and commenced refurbishing and relocating the historic Ravenswood State School, p... more

Greenbushes expansion environmental approval recommended by EPA

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended environmental approval for the expansion of the Greenbushes Lithium Mine, located approximately 250 kilometres south of Perth, subject to conditions such as the protection of threatened black cockatoos unique to Australia’s south-west. Talison Lithium Australia Pty Ltd (Talison Lithium) and its predecessor companies have been producing lithium from the Greenbushes Lithium Operations for over 25 years and it is recognised as the longest continuously operated mining area in Western Australia. Tin mining commenced in the Greenbushes area in 1888 a... more

QLD Government approves mining leases for coal mine expansion

Queensland Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, the Hon. Dr Anthony Lynham has announced the approval of mining leases for the Cameby Downs coal mine, which would increase production and extend mine life at the open cut site. The Cambey Downs Mine is an open cut operation which is located in the Surat Basin approximately 360 kilometres northwest of Brisbane. Following the purchase of Syntech Resources by Yancoal Australia in August 2011, the Cameby Downs Mine and several surrounding and regional tenements are 100 per cent owned by Yancoal Australia’s major shareholder, Yanzhou Coal Mining C... more

Initial round of exploratory drilling completed at Cleopatra Prospect

Altura Mining Limited  has completed an initial round of exploratory drilling as a follow up to a geophysical survey utilising the induced polarisation method at its Cleopatra Prospect. The Cleopatra Prospect is located within Altura’s E45/2363 tenement, approximately 3.5 kilometres southeast of the Altura Lithium Mine, in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Dipole-Dipole Induced Polarisation surveying was carried out in September 2018 over wide spaced lines at the Cleopatra Prospect. The purpose of the survey was to detect and delineate potential responses associated with known gold anomalies disc... more

Seismic survey commences at QEM’s flagship Julia Creek Project

A seismic survey program has commenced on QEM Limited's (QEM) 100 per cent owned Julia Creek project, covering approximately 496 square kilometres in the Julia Creek area of North Western Queensland. Julia Creek is located over the vast Toolebuc Formation, which is the host to widespread vanadium mineralisation, and is considered an ‘oil shale’, meaning it has the potential to hold significant petroleum resources. QEM announced in February this year that it had engaged geological service company, Velseis Pty Ltd, to conduct the 26-kilometre 2-D seismic survey which would outline the geological structur... more

Contract awarded for Newcastle LNG import terminal work

EPIK Co. Ltd. has executed an agreement with Watpac for the provision of  design, engineering and construction services for the onshore infrastructure components of the Newcastle LNG floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) import terminal at the Port of Newcastle. Situated at the back-end of the existing gas transmission network, the Port of Newcastle is one of Australia’s largest ports and a major trade and logistics hub, making it an ideal area to develop an LNG import terminal. The potential investment for the Newcastle LNG project is estimated to be approximately $AU547 million and is set to inc... 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

Sanjeev Gupta’s South Australian solar farm receives approval

The first large scale project in British billionaire Sanjeev Gupta’s plan to generate one gigawatt (GW) of dispatchable renewable energy in South Australia has been approved. The 280 megawatt (MW) Cultana Solar Farm, to be located on 1100 hectares (ha) of vacant land to the north of the Whyalla Steelworks in the Upper Spencer Gulf town of Whyalla, has just been signed off by the South Australian Government. The Cultana Solar Farm will feature 780,000 solar panels capable of generating 600 GW hours of energy generation per year – which is enough to power almost 100,000 homes while offsetting 492,000 ton... more

Western Australia’s newest wind farm opens

Energy Minister Bill Johnston has opened APA Group's new Badgingarra Wind Farm in Hill River, positioned approximately 220 kilometres north of Perth. The $315 million Badgingarra Wind Farm consists 37 3.6-Megawatt (MW) wind turbines installed with a hub height of 85 metres and a tip height of 150 metres. The wind farm will be co-located with APA's $40 million 17.5 MW Badgingarra Solar Farm, which is currently under construction. The potential energy output from Badgingarra Wind Farm is equivalent to the power required for over 115,000 Western Australian homes. Together with APA's nearby Emu Downs Win... more

AGL secures right to turn mine into hydro energy project

Australian energy generator, AGL Energy Ltd has secured the right to develop, own and operate a 250-megawatt pumped hydro energy storage project at Hillgrove Resources Limited’s Kanmantoo Copper Mine in the Adelaide Hills region of South Australia. The contract allows AGL to transform the Kanmantoo open pit mine into a pumped hydro facility, while Hillgrove will retain processing and mining rights outside the Giant Pit. AGL’s Executive General Manager of Wholesale Markets, Richard Wrightson said the signing of binding agreements was the start of a multiple stage process to progress the project, includi... more

One of Australia’s largest wind farms about to fire up

The AUD$850 million Coopers Gap Wind Farm near Kingaroy in Queensland is now one step closer to getting on the grid, thanks to the completion of a nearby substation. Publicly-owned transmission operator, Powerlink, has energised the new 275 Kilovolt (kV) substation that will connect one of Australia’s largest wind farms to the electricity grid and 9 million Australian energy users. The Cooper’s Gap Wind Farm is expected to generate up to 440 Megawatts of renewable energy – the equivalent of powering a city the size of Ipswich. Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said Queensland has led the way with ... more

$1B Gladstone Energy and Ammonia project one step closer

Australian Future Energy Pty Ltd's (AFE) $1 billion Gladstone Energy and Ammonia Project is now one step closer to delivery thanks to the release of terms of reference for the project’s environmental impact statement (EIS). The project is expected to convert 1.5 million tonnes of coal to produce up to 230,000 tonnes of ammonia and 12 petajoules of synthetic natural gas per annum. Ammonia can be used to make a range of products in the agricultural and mining industries, such as ammonium nitrate as an explosive in mining and nitrogen bases fertilisers in agriculture. While ammonia is produced elsewhere ... more

Roy Hill completes rail bridge to deliver safety outcomes for Port Hedland

On Friday 15 February, Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti, Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Stephen Dawson and Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel joined Roy Hill staff and executives to open the completed Roy Hill Rail Bridge in Western Australia.  The Roy Hill funded bridge is an $18.66 million single span rail bridge carrying the Great Northern Highway over the Roy Hill rail line, leading into Port Hedland’s port. The new bridge replaces an existing level crossing, enabling traffic to freely move over the rail line and removes the potential for a railroad accident at the intersection. Since August 2018, Main... 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

Rio Tinto copper mine to be powered by renewable energy  

Rio Tinto will reduce the annual carbon footprint at its Kennecott Utah Copper operation, located southwest of Salt Lake City in Utah, U.S. by as much as 65 per cent by purchasing renewable energy certificates and permanently shutting its coal power plant. Kennecott’s electricity needs will now be paired with 1.5 million megawatt hours of renewable energy certificates supplied by Rocky Mountain Power, primarily sourced from its Utah allocated portfolio including wind power from Wyoming. The change will reduce the annual carbon footprint associated with the operation by over one million tonnes CO2. Rio... more

WA mining company confirms world’s largest lithium resource

Western Australian based company AVZ Minerals Limited's (AVZ) 60 per cent owned Manono deposit has been confirmed as the largest measured and indicated lithium resource in the world. The Manono Project is located approximately 500 kilometres north of Lubumbashi in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo in central Africa. The project covers approximately 88 square kilometres and hosts lithium pegmatites with a strike length of over 13 kilometres. AVZ has announced a 41.7 per cent increase in Manono’s combined Measured and Indicated Resources, up from 189.8 Million tonnes (Mt) to 269.0 Mt. ANZ ha... more

New drill rig advances at Cauchari

A second, larger diamond drill rig operated by Foraco Argentina SA has progressed drilling to a depth of 141 metres at Lake Resources NL (Lake)’s 100 per cent owned Cauchari Lithium Brine Project in Jujuy - a province in Argentina’s remote northwest. Located adjacent to world-class brine projects either in production or under development, the new round of drilling aims to unlock further value from the emerging project. The larger diamond drill rig is targeting a sand horizon estimated between 350-450 metres deep and is set drill to 500 metres. Two rigs are now operational at Cauchari and reporting r... more

Rio Tinto approves $463 million investment in South African project

Rio Tinto has approved the next stage in the development of Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) in South Africa through the construction of the Zulti South project. The $463 million (Rio Tinto share $343 million) investment will sustain RBM’s current capacity and extend mine life. RBM currently operates four mines in the Zulti North lease area, a mineral separation plant and smelting facility. The Zulti North orebody grade is declining, hence the Zulti South mine is required to maintain the output of high-margin zircon and rutile, and provide sufficient ore to support TiO2 sales. The Zulti South mine (Phase 1) w... more