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  • Public invited to have their say on Winchester South Project

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    Public invited to have their say on Winchester South Project

    The draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Whitehaven Coal’s Winchester South Project is now available for public comment. The $1 billion Winchester South Project, located 30 kilometres south-east ... more

  • New hub launched at Curtin’s WA School of Mines

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    New hub launched at Curtin’s WA School of Mines

    A new research and teaching hub that will investigate carbon-neutral solutions for Western Australia’s resources sector has been launched at Curtin University’s WA School of Mines in Kalgoorlie. Renowned... more

  • DA approval for Kwinana Big Battery project

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    Synergy receives approval for Kwinana Big Battery project

    Synergy has announced it has received development approval for the Kwinana Big Battery project. Expected to be Australia's second-biggest battery, the 100-megawatt big battery will cover an area equivalent t... more

  • QCoal and Mastermyne to re-start production at Cook Colliery

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    QCoal and Mastermyne to restart production at Cook Colliery

    The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the announcement that local mining companies, QCoal and Mastermyne, will join forces to reopen the Cook Colliery coking coal mine near Blackwater. QRC Chie... more

  • Public invited to have their say on Winchester South Project
  • New hub launched at Curtin’s WA School of Mines
  • Synergy receives approval for Kwinana Big Battery project
  • QCoal and Mastermyne to restart production at Cook Colliery

Public invited to have their say on Winchester South Project

The draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Whitehaven Coal’s Winchester South Project is now available for public comment. The $1 billion Winchester South Project, located 30 kilometres south-east of Moranbah, in Queensland’s well-established Bowen Basin, would involve the construction of a new open-cut coal mine, a coal processing plant and a rail loop to connect with the existing Bowen Basin coal rail network. The mine is forecast to produce up to 11 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of primarily metallurgical coal for steel manufacturing over a 30-year mine life. It is expected to generate 500 jobs during construction and 500…

New hub launched at Curtin’s WA School of Mines

A new research and teaching hub that will investigate carbon-neutral solutions for Western Australia’s resources sector has been launched at Curtin University’s WA School of Mines in Kalgoorlie. Renowned iron ore processing expert Dr John Clout has been appointed the Professor of Practice in Pyrometallurgy at the new Kalgoorlie Metals Research Laboratory, based at Curtin’s Kalgoorlie campus. Curtin’s WA School of Mines: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering Head of School Professor Michael Hitch said the new research hub would explore cleaner alternatives through teaching and research that would pave the way for a greener future for the industry. “The Kalgoorlie…

QCoal and Mastermyne to restart production at Cook Colliery

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the announcement that local mining companies, QCoal and Mastermyne, will join forces to reopen the Cook Colliery coking coal mine near Blackwater. QRC Chief Executive, Ian Macfarlane, said the news that Constellation Mining – a subsidiary of Queensland’s largest privately-owned coal company QCoal – has engaged Mackay-based contract miner Mastermyne to re-start production at Cook Colliery is a confidence boost for every Queenslander. “When resources companies choose to invest millions of dollars into Queensland, this means more jobs, more royalties for the state budget and more money flowing through our economy,” Mr Macfarlane…

Roy Hill labour hire deal for train drivers overturned

A labour hire deal covering train drivers at the Roy Hill iron ore mine in the Pilbara has been overturned by the Fair Work Commission after being successfully challenged by the Miners’ Union. CFMEU Mining and Energy Western Australian Secretary, Greg Busson, said the union would now seek to negotiate a fair deal for the drivers who work for the iron ore operation. Yesterday’s FWC full bench decision in granting CFMEU Mining and Energy’s appeal against Karijini Rail’s enterprise agreement was the second time the union has had the agreement revoked because it had not been fairly negotiated or adequately explained and included…

Bowen Coking Coal scoping studies deliver strong results

Bowen Coking Coal’s ambitions to become a low-cost independent producer of high-quality coking coal within the next few years have received a major confidence boost after scoping studies indicated a peak annual production of 1.7 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) from two of its Bowen Basin assets. Results of the company’s first stage independent scoping studies have indicated a run of mine (ROM) production target of 0.8 Mtpa to 1.1 Mtpa over a five to seven-year period for Broadmeadow East, and 0.4 Mtpa to 0.6 Mtpa over a four to five year period for Isaac River. Bowen Managing Director and…

Isaac Downs Project given the ‘go-ahead’

Queensland Minister for Resources, the Hon. Scott Stewart, today announced the final government approvals and go-ahead for Stanmore Coal’s Isaac Downs mine, located approximately 10 kilometres south-east of Moranbah. The Isaac Plains coal mine was placed under care and maintenance by former owners in 2014 and was acquired by Stanmore Coal in 2015. Stanmore recommenced mining in February 2016 with first product coal in April and first coal shipped in May 2016. The mine now supports the employment of up to 300 people. Mining is expected to ramp down at Isaac Plains East later this year and transition to the…

Newmont grows portfolio with approval of Ahafo North Project

Newmont Corporation has decided to advance the Ahafo North Project into the execution phase, which is expected to exceed the company’s required internal rate of return, adding profitable production from the best unmined gold deposit in West Africa. Newmont President and CEO, Tom Palmer said the approval of full funding for the Ahafo North Project, will expand the company’s existing footprint in Ghana and add more than three million ounces of gold production over an initial 13-year mine life “The development of this prolific ore body will leverage our proven operating model and will be supported by our existing world-class…

Woodside to bring large-scale solar to the Burrup

Woodside is investigating the supply of approximately 50 megawatts of solar energy to the Woodside-operated Pluto LNG facility on Western Australia’s Burrup Peninsula. The solar power would be supplied from the proposed Woodside Power Project, which could comprise more than 210,000 solar panels, making it one of the largest solar projects in Western Australia. Woodside has undertaken a range of environmental, geotechnical and engineering studies and is progressing key stakeholder consultations ahead of seeking regulatory approvals for the power project. Woodside Acting CEO, Meg O’Neill, said Western Australia is uniquely placed to capitalise on the state’s renewable energy resources and…

Federal Government commits $600M on new gas power plant in NSW

The Federal Government has committed up to $600M in the 2021-22 Budget, for Snowy Hydro Limited to construct a 660 megawatt (MW) open cycle gas turbine at Kurri Kurri in the Hunter Valley. The Hunter Power Project is expected to deliver an economic boost to the region, creating up to 600 new jobs during peak construction and 1,200 indirect jobs across New South Wales. The Government said the $600M project, together with EnergyAustralia’s 316 MW Tallawarra B open cycle gas plant, will help shore up the security, reliability and affordability of electricity for consumers in NSW, expected to be generating…

Hydrogen Park South Australia opens for business

Australian Gas Networks (AGN) - part of Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG) - has officially opened its $14.5 million hydrogen production facility Hydrogen Park South Australia and commenced blending renewable hydrogen into part of its natural gas distribution network in Adelaide. At Hydrogen Park South Australia (HyP SA), located at the Tonsley Innovation District, a proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyser uses renewable electricity (solar and wind) to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. AGN will blend approximately 5 per cent renewable hydrogen into its existing natural gas distribution network to deliver a blended gas to more than 700 homes in…

Lightsource bp receives planning approval for NSW solar farm

Lightsource bp has secured planning approval to upscale plans for the Wellington North Solar Project in New South Wales. The 400-megawatt direct current (MWdc) site is adjacent to Lightsource bp’s 200 MWdc Wellington solar farm which is currently under construction. Once operational, the 600 MWdc hub could become the state’s largest renewable energy power hub. Adam Pegg, country manager, Lightsource bp Australia, said receiving the planning approval of the Wellington North solar farm is an important step forward in the ambition to help Australia transition to a lower-carbon future. “In a few years our 600MWdc Wellington solar hub will be…

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 and gas power plant following an $83 million funding agreement for the Tallawarra B project in the Illawarra. Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the hydrogen and gas power plant 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…

Santos inks new gas supply agreement with Rio Tinto

Santos has signed a new gas supply agreement with Rio Tinto. Under the agreement, Santos will supply up to 15 petajoules (PJs) of natural gas to Rio Tinto commencing in late 2021. Santos Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Gallagher, said Rio has been a long-term buyer of gas from Santos and they look forward to the strong partnership continuing. “We have been supplying natural gas to Rio for many years. This new gas supply agreement underlines the importance of natural gas for Australian manufacturers and industry,” Mr Gallagher said. He added: “Our disciplined, low-cost operating model has allowed us…

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…

Synergy receives approval for Kwinana Big Battery project

Synergy has announced it has received development approval for the Kwinana Big Battery project. Expected to be Australia's second-biggest battery, the 100-megawatt big battery will cover an area equivalent to around 20 tennis courts and have the capacity to power 160,000 homes for two hours. It will be located at Synergy’s Kwinana Power Station. Western Australia’s energy sector is experiencing a rapid transformation, with a major uptake of large-scale renewables and rooftop solar. One in three households now have rooftop solar panels and this is expected to rise to 50 per cent of households by 2030. Increased pressure on WA's…

Construction starts on Australia’s first renewable energy training tower

Construction has commenced on Australia’s first wind turbine training tower at Federation University Australia’s campus in Ballarat. A ‘sod turning’ event was held to mark the start of construction and to launch a new short course for tradespeople to retrain to work in the wind industry. The tower is the first stage of the Asia Pacific Renewable Energy Training Centre (APRETC) – a partnership between Federation TAFE and the renewable energy industry. The $1.8 million project is funded by Vestas, ACCIONA, GPG and Tilt Renewables to allow the renewable energy companies to train workers locally in Ballarat, the gateway to…

AI technology enhances wind and solar forecasting methods

A collaboration between Monash University’s Grid Innovation Hub, Worley and Palisade Energy is using machine learning technology to accurately predict wind and solar power to securely integrate them into the national electricity grid. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)-funded project launched in October 2018 and aims to provide wind and solar power generators with more accurate and reliable five-minute ahead self-forecasting tools. By improving the accuracy of five-minute ahead forecasts required by the national electricity market, the generation forecasting solutions developed by the Worley and Monash team can enable a more secure and reliable grid. This is made possible through…

EPA fines AGL for alleged water pollution at Bayswater

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined AGL Macquarie Pty Limited $15,000 for an alleged water pollution offence at its Bayswater Power Station. The offence was for a discharge of fly ash slurry into Bayswater Creek from a leak in a pipeline at the power station. Contractors monitoring the pumping of fly ash noticed a drop in flow rate on 5 April 2021 and immediately ceased pumping fly ash. Their investigation identified that a hole had developed in the ash transfer pipeline, causing the discharge of the slurry overland and into the creek. Power station staff notified the EPA…

Borumba pumped hydro project forecast to create 2,000 jobs

The Queensland Government has announced $22 million for detailed design and cost analysis for a pumped hydro project at Borumba Dam, which is expected to create around 2,000 regional construction jobs. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the project has the potential to be the state’s largest pumped hydro station, powering an estimated 1.5 million homes. “More pumped hydro means more long-term, reliable energy and jobs for Queenslanders,” the Premier said. The Queensland Government has been exploring potential sites for pumped hydro since 2017. Borumba has been prioritised because of its existing dam infrastructure, land access and location within the Southern Queensland…

UGL secures $150M contract at Kidston Clean Energy Project

CIMIC Group’s UGL has secured a contract for the design, construction and installation of a high voltage transmission line from Kidston to Mt Fox in Queensland, and a new 275 kilovolt (kV) switching station located at Mt Fox. The contract is worth approximately $150 million. UGL is currently performing early works and mobilisation for a contract with Powerlink, in support of the Kidston Clean Energy Hub in Queensland. CIMIC Group Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Juan Santamaria, said the project will deliver a transmission line and switching station to connect the Kidston Clean Energy Hub to the national electricity…

Genex reaches financial close on Kidston Pumped Hydro Storage Project

Genex Power has reached financial close on its Kidston Pumped Hydro Storage Project (K2-Hydro) in Far-North Queensland. The $777 million project (including required transmission infrastructure) will be the first pumped hydro plant to be built in Australia since 1984, and the first to be used specifically to support the integration of variable renewable energy generation from solar and wind. The facility will produce approximately 250 MW / 2,000 MWh of baseload power, equivalent to eight hours of energy storage. The project forms a part of Genex Power’s flagship Kidston Clean Energy Hub, which also comprises the operating 50 MW Stage…

Port of Port Hedland’s shipping berth upgrade commences

One of the Port of Port Hedland’s first shipping berths, Berth 3, will be upgraded as part of the Western Australian Government’s $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan, with works commencing to remediate the rock wall and to refurbish the wharf piles. Berth 3 at the Port of Port Hedland is a common user berth, used primarily for the export of salt and import of fuels and general cargo. The berth was constructed in the 1960s and this will be the first time the rock wall remediation has been conducted. The project will address subsidence and degradation of the rock wall…

Maritime Decarbonisation Centre to be established in Singapore

Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) with six companies to establish the Maritime Decarbonisation Centre to be set up in Singapore. Under the MoC, BW Group, Sembcorp Marine, Eastern Pacific Shipping, Ocean Network Express, Foundation Det Norske Veritas and BHP have pledged to contribute S$10 million (approximately AU$9.7 million) each to support the establishment of the centre and fund research and technology development projects in areas relating to decarbonisation in the maritime industry. MPA will add S$60 million R&D funding to these contributions, bringing the fund to a total of S$120 million (approximately…

EcoGraf battery processing facility awarded Major Project Status

The EcoGraf Battery Anode Materials Facility in Western Australia has just been awarded ‘Major Project Status’ from the Federal Government. EcoGraf Limited will develop a processing facility to produce high purity spherical graphite for direct supply to battery anode manufacturers in Europe, Asia and America, and is expected to be the first graphite processing plant outside of China. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Christian Porter, said the project will offer significant benefits to Western Australia, including up to 250 new jobs during the construction phase, and up to 65 new jobs during the operational phase. “The Australian Government is…

Project Haber enters next phase of development

Strike Energy Limited's Project Haber involves a proposed 1.4 million tonne per annum (Mtpa) urea fertiliser production facility to be built near Geraldton in Western Australia’s Mid West Region. Recently, the Pre-Front End Engineering Design (FEED) scope of work commenced at the Project Haber site to further refine the capital cost estimate for the plant, which currently sits at US$1.74 billion. Chemical process engineering works will also be included in order to maximise the amount of inherent carbon consumed from the natural gas via the manufacturing process. Furthermore, studies have commenced at Project Haber to maximise the amount of green…

AGL submits planning application for Loy Yang battery

AGL has lodged a planning application with the Victorian Minister for Planning and the Department of Environment, Water, Land and Planning for a 200 megawatt (MW), four-hour duration grid-scale battery at its Loy Yang Power Station in the Latrobe Valley. Loy Yang is Victoria’s largest power station and includes four 500+ MW turbo generators which were brought into service between 1984 and 1988. Upgrades through major maintenance programs and plant enhancements have taken generation capability from 2000 MW in the year 2000, to over 2200 MW today. AGL’s Chief Operating Officer, Markus Brokhof, said batteries will be an important part…

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…

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…

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…