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    Cyprium provides update on operations at Nifty

    Cyprium Metals Limited (Cyprium or the Company) has provided an update on the Paterson Copper Project since taking over the full management of the Nifty mine site post transaction completion on 30 March 2021. ... more

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    Resources companies support Dog Fence rebuild

    Two resources companies are contributing to the 1,600 kilometre rebuild of the Dog Fence in South Australia, with the donation of a drill rod. The 5,400 kilometre South Australian Dog Fence protects the shee... more

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    Construction starts on $9.3M Denham hydrogen project

    Construction has commenced on Australia’s first renewable hydrogen energy plant in a remote microgrid, in the Gascoyne town of Denham. Friday marked the commencement of site works on Horizon Power’s 704 ... more

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    AGL continues transition planning for Liddell Power Station

    AGL will undertake another important milestone in converting the Liddell site to an Energy Hub, today commencing 12 weeks of transition planning for the Liddell Power Station, in preparation for the station’s... more

  • Cyprium provides update on operations at Nifty
  • Resources companies support Dog Fence rebuild
  • Construction starts on $9.3M Denham hydrogen project
  • AGL continues transition planning for Liddell Power Station

Cyprium provides update on operations at Nifty

Cyprium Metals Limited (Cyprium or the Company) has provided an update on the Paterson Copper Project since taking over the full management of the Nifty mine site post transaction completion on 30 March 2021. The Nifty Copper Mine is located on the western edge of the Great Sandy Desert in the north-eastern Pilbara region of Western Australia, approximately 350 kilometres southeast of Port Hedland. Nifty contains a 2012 JORC Mineral Resources of 658,500 tonnes of contained copper. The Company has made significant progress on its strategy of developing an open-pit heap leach SX-EW (solvent extraction-electrowinning) operation to produce LME grade…

Resources companies support Dog Fence rebuild

Two resources companies are contributing to the 1,600 kilometre rebuild of the Dog Fence in South Australia, with the donation of a drill rod. The 5,400 kilometre South Australian Dog Fence protects the sheep industry from wild dogs and dingoes. The fence stretches across the State from the Great Australian Bight near Fowlers Bay, borders New South Wales, and then turns north and east across Queensland to the Darling Downs. More than two-thirds of the South Australian Dog Fence is more than 100 years old. Over time the fence has been degraded by kangaroos, emus, feral camels, wild dogs, weather…

Drilling program starts at the Great White Deposit

Andromeda Metals Limited has commenced a new 2,300-metre aircore drilling program at the Great White Deposit which forms a part of the Great White Kaolin Project. The Great White Kaolin Project, located on the Eyre Peninsula of South Australia, is a joint venture between Andromeda (75 per cent) and Minotaur Exploration Limited (25 per cent). The aim of the drilling program is to provide additional material for ongoing testing and better define the Ultra Bright Domain. The location of the Ultra Bright Domain and the proposed collar locations are shown in Figure 1. Testing undertaken by Andromeda in Europe has…

Magmatic provides update on exploration activity at Wellington North

Magmatic Resources has provided an update on exploration activity at its 100 per cent owned Wellington North Project, located north of Australia’s largest gold producer at Cadia East and effectively surrounding Alkane’s recent Boda gold-copper discovery. Airecore drilling activity at the Wellington North Project's Lady Ilse District comprised 47 holes totalling 614 metres and was designed to better define regolith anomalism and extensions to the Lady Ilse system.  Open northern and southern target zones upgraded at Lady Ilse Magmatic reported that strong aircore gold results alongside nearby wide zones of gold and porphyry pathfinder bedrock anomalism, 67 metres at 0.22…

$4M funding to further work in carbon capture and conversion

Researchers at the University of Newcastle will further their work to capture carbon dioxide and either store it or convert it into low-carbon fuels and chemicals, thanks to a $4M deal signed today. The Global Innovative Centre for Advanced Nanomaterials (GICAN), operating under the leadership of Professor Ajayan Vinu at the University’s School of Engineering, has collaborated with Andromeda Metals Limited, Minotaur Exploration Pty Ltd, and Natural Nanotech Pty Ltd for the project. Specifically, the project will explore the conversion of halloysite nanotubes into advanced nanomaterials that can be utilised as novel adsorbent systems and catalysts for carbon dioxide capture and conversion processes.…

Western Australia’s Earaheedy zinc discovery to be fast tracked

Zenith Minerals Limited's Earaheedy zinc discovery will be fast-tracked via an extensive accelerated exploration program, including Reverse Circulation (RC) and large diameter diamond core drilling, to test the scale and extent of the discovery. The Earaheedy zinc project, located approximately 110 kilometres north of Wiluna in Western Australia, is a joint venture between Zenith and Rumble Resources Limited. Zenith holds a 25 per cent interest in the Earaheedy Joint Venture, with Zenith’s interest free carried until completion of a Bankable Feasibility Study. On 19 April 2021, Rumble released the initial assay results of a RC drill program that confirmed a…

Trial of accurate positioning technology wins award

Geoscience Australia has accepted an award in the People and Community Category of the Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards for an accurate positioning technology, as part of the Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) Test-bed project, which was delivered in partnership with Land Information New Zealand and managed by FrontierSI. The awards recognise the top spatial information projects in the Surveying and Spatial Industry over the past year. The project tested major improvements to location-based capabilities for Australia and New Zealand, demonstrating that SBAS creates tangible benefits for people and the wider community. The precise positioning technology provides instant, accurate and reliable positioning without the need…

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…

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 structure of the seams across the project area,…

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 include a 170,000-cubic metre…

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 LNG to Thunderbird. Sheffield has stated that…

Construction starts on $9.3M Denham hydrogen project

Construction has commenced on Australia’s first renewable hydrogen energy plant in a remote microgrid, in the Gascoyne town of Denham. Friday marked the commencement of site works on Horizon Power’s 704 kilowatt (kW) solar farm that will power its innovative hydrogen plant which will feature a 348kW electrolyser, hydrogen compression and storage and a 100kW fuel cell to enable the production and storage of hydrogen. The remote microgrid project will deliver electricity into the Denham hybrid power system and will generate 526 MWh of renewable electricity per year, which is equivalent to the energy required to power 100 residential households…

AGL continues transition planning for Liddell Power Station

AGL will undertake another important milestone in converting the Liddell site to an Energy Hub, today commencing 12 weeks of transition planning for the Liddell Power Station, in preparation for the station’s closure in 2022-2023. Located in Muswellbrook, NSW, the Liddell Power Station is a 2000 megawatt black coal-fired thermal power station that was commissioned between 1971 and 1973. Delta Group has been awarded the tender for the first stage of closure, decommissioning and demolition planning for the power station. AGL Chief Operating Officer, Markus Brokhof, said it is an important milestone as the company prepares for Liddell’s retirement. “For…

Australia’s first green hydrogen and gas power plant now one step closer

New South Wales will be home to Australia’s first dual fuel capable hydrogen/gas power plant following an $83 million funding agreement for the Tallawarra B project in the Illawarra. Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the project is vital infrastructure needed to provide dispatchable electricity capacity to replace the Liddell Power Station and create the industries and jobs of the future. “Delivering enough electricity to power around 150,000 homes at times of peak demand, the project is expected to deliver a $300 million boost to the economy and support about 250 jobs during construction,” Mr Barilaro said. “NSW has an enormous…

Hydrogen refuelling station receives Zero Carbon Certification

ActewAGL’s hydrogen refuelling station in Canberra will be the first project to be certified under the Smart Energy Council's Zero Carbon Certification Scheme. In March 2021, Australia’s first public hydrogen refuelling station opened in Fyshwick, ACT. The clean-energy facility was delivered by ActewAGL (operator) and Neoen. The ACT Government will use the station to service Australia’s first government fleet of hydrogen vehicles, 20 Hyundai NEXOs, as the government continues to transition 100 per cent of its passenger fleet to zero-emissions vehicles where fit for purpose. The Smart Energy Council’s Hydrogen Australia division will certify the claim that the refuelling station…

Project seeks to overcome challenges faced by DNSPs

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced $2.6 million in funding to overcome challenges for distribution network service providers (DNSPs) in managing distributed energy resources (DER) within low voltage networks. Luceo Energy, a Queensland energy data company, will develop a proof-of-concept data platform that will integrate data from various sources, as well as a network hosting capacity estimator to analyse this data. Data sources will be acquired from networks, project partners and third parties and will include network infrastructure, network-connected devices such NBN hubs, smart meter data, smart DER data such as batteries and inverters. The project is seeking…

MacIntyre Wind Farm receives development approval

ACCIONA’s MacIntyre Wind Farm has achieved a significant milestone, with development approval granted by Queensland’s State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA) to build the project. The approval clears the way for the 1,026 megawatt MacIntyre Wind Farm Precinct to move to the next stage of development, with construction expected to start in the second half of 2021. Forecasted to generate enough clean energy to power 700,000 Queensland households, the MacIntyre Precinct is set to become a major contributor to achieving the Queensland government’s goal of 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030. Featuring 162 turbines, ACCIONA will build, own and…

Partners near next stage of Bells Mountain pumped hydro project

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…

Agreements ensure continued operation of Portland Aluminium Smelter

Alcoa Corporation has announced new agreements with multiple power generators for the Portland Aluminium Smelter in Victoria, meaning Alcoa will keep the smelter operating until 2026. The five-year agreements with AGL, Alinta Energy and Origin will commence on 1 August 2021. The Australian Government has committed, subject to approval, to provide up to A$19.2 million per year for four years to underwrite the smelter’s participation in the Reliability and Emergency Reserve Trader (RERT) scheme. The arrangement will recognise the smelter’s ability to rapidly shed load when required to help protect the power grid from unexpected interruptions when it is under…

New project to facilitate greater connectivity for WA and NT miners

Fibre Expressway Pty Ltd (FEPL) has unveiled the details of Project Koete, a first-of-its-kind US$1.5 billion technology ecosystem in Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Project Koete will provide vital data and internet connectivity domestically between Perth and Darwin, while directly connecting the cities and territories to international business hubs in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan and beyond in Asia Pacific and worldwide. It will be a major drawcard for attracting multinational businesses to the region and will boost digital investment, particularly from the natural resources, finance, and cloud computing industries. The project includes a 10,000-kilometre, carrier-neutral, high-speed low-latency subsea cable…

Advanced manufacturing hub to double in size

Deakin University will double the size of its ManuFutures advanced manufacturing hub and open-up the Geelong-based success story to key regional centres, thanks to a $20 million partnership with the Victorian Government. Deakin and the Victorian Government, through its Higher Education State Investment Fund (VHESIF), will each invest $10 million in the major project that will see ManuFutures double in size to give new start-ups and existing small and medium enterprises (SMEs) the opportunity to scale up quickly to advanced manufacturing and link-in with Geelong's knowledge economy. Vice-Chancellor Professor Iain Martin said the Geelong Future Economy Precinct at the Waurn…

Solar farm to power bp service stations in NSW

Lightsource bp today announced that through a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Snowy Hydro, its West Wyalong solar farm will supply renewable energy to 88 of bp’s service stations across New South Wales. Snowy Hydro owns, operates and maintains the Snowy Scheme as well as Red Energy and Lumo Energy, making it the fourth-largest energy retailer in Australia with almost one million electricity and gas customers across Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland. The PPA will enable the construction of a 107MWdc solar farm in West Wyalong. Snowy Hydro will purchase two-thirds of the 238,000MWh generated annually from…

Rio Tinto to build new tellurium plant at Kennecott mine

Rio Tinto will soon commence construction on a plant that will recover tellurium, a critical mineral used in solar panels, from copper refining at its Kennecott mine near Salt Lake City, Utah. Rio Tinto is investing $2.9 million to set up the plant, which will recover tellurium as a by-product of copper smelting, extracting a valuable mineral from waste streams. The plant will have the capacity to produce approximately 20 tonnes of tellurium per year. Rio Tinto expects to begin production of tellurium in the fourth quarter of 2021, creating a new North American supply chain for this critical mineral.…

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 –…

Mothae mine achieves production of five +100 carat diamonds

Lucapa Diamond Company Limited and its partner, the Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho (GoL), have announced the results of the third diamond sale in 2021 from the Mothae kimberlite mine in Lesotho, Southern Africa. The 3,617 carat parcel of rough diamonds was sold for US$420/carat or US$1.5 million (A$2 million or A$543/carat). As per the Diamond Sales and Purchase Agreement with Safdico International [1], Mothae will receive a minimum average cash flow value of US$630/carat for the first 12 months of the agreement. The difference between minimum average cash flow value and the selling price will be recouped by…

Positive assay results received for Khao Soon Tungsten Project

Pan Asia Metals Limited (PAM) has received laboratory assays for the final four holes of a drilling program conducted at the Than Pho West prospect (TPW) within the Khao Soon Tungsten Project (KSTP) in southern Thailand. This concludes the Priority One drilling program at Khao Soon which saw the completion of 19 holes for a total of 1601.5 metres. KSTP is located approximately 600 kilometres south of Bangkok in Nakhon Si Thammarat Province, Southern Thailand. It is one of PAM’s key assets and a significant historical high-grade producer. Modern exploration has discovered potentially world-class, district-scale tungsten mineralisation across numerous prospects.…

ELYSIS selects Rio Tinto smelter for technology demonstration

ELYSIS has selected Rio Tinto's Alma smelter, located in Quebec in Canada, for the first installation and demonstration of its inert anode technology at a commercial size of 450 kiloamperes (kA), which is a common capacity for modern, full-scale smelters. ELYSIS is a joint venture company, led by Rio Tinto and Alcoa, that is working to commercialise a new technology to make aluminium that eliminates all direct greenhouse gases (GHGs) from the traditional smelting process and instead produces oxygen. As part of its technology development and scale-up, ELYSIS will install industrial inert anode prototype cells at the end of an…

Bibiani Gold Mine Mining Lease restored

Resolute Mining Limited's Mining Lease for the Bibiani Gold Mine has been restored due 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 Ghanaian Honourable Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Hon. Samuel A Jinapor, MP has restored the Mining Lease subject to the following: The Company and the holder of the Mining Lease, Mensin Gold Bibiani Limited (MGBL) (a subsidiary of the Company), acknowledge and…

Challenger reports extensions to high-grade gold mineralisation at Hualilan

Challenger Exploration Limited 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 the…

Theta Gold announces results for initial underground projects

South African focused gold developer, Theta Gold Mines Limited, 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 Project. Chairman of Theta Gold, Bill Guy, said the TGME Underground PFS ‘clearly demonstrates’ that the extensive flat high-grade narrow reef systems of East Transvaal Goldfield can be mined economically, and modern mechanised mining and metallurgy can deliver strong project economics. “Now that the company has generated a PFS for the TGME Underground Project, we can optimise our…

World’s biggest solar-battery system for the mining industry

B2Gold Corp. has commissioned 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. The Fekola gold mine operates 24-hours a day. During the daytime, the new 30-megawatt solar plant allows three out of six heavy fuel oil generators to be shut down; the energy production of the residual three generators could also be significantly reduced. The…