Projects

Underground gold mine expansion project in NT progresses

The expansion of the Tanami underground gold mine in the Northern Territory is progressing with a new contract being awarded. The mine, located approximately 563 kilometres north-west of Alice Springs, is operated by Newmont Mining Service Pty Ltd, a division of global mining player Newmont. Since 1986, the mine has produced more than 10 million ounces of gold from various open pits and underground mines. Presently, the mine produces from the Callie underground operation at Dead Bullock Soak with ore processed at the Granites Mill, more than 40 kilometres to the east. Newmont's Tanami Expansion 2 (TE2) ... more

Isaac Downs coal project secures ‘Prescribed Project’ status

Stanmore Coal’s $90 million Isaac Downs mining project, located approximately 10 kilometres south-east of Moranbah, has been declared a 'prescribed project' today. Minister for Regional Development, Glenn Butcher, said the project would provide ongoing long-term employment for workers at the region’s existing Isaac Plains Mining Complex and also create new jobs and economic growth. “Projects like this have the potential to play an important role for regional Queensland,” Mr Butcher said. Pending necessary approvals and Stanmore Coal’s business plans, Mr Butcher detailed that construction cou... more

$6.35M raised to accelerate activities at Katanning Gold Project

Ausgold Limited has received binding commitments from institutional and sophisticated investors for a share placement to raise $6,348,705 before costs to underpin an extensive exploration and Resource expansion drill program at its Katanning Gold Project (KGP) in Western Australia. Ausgold received strong demand for the placement from a number of international institutional and sophisticated investors, including a $3 million cornerstone investment from the Canadian resource investment group Dundee Goodman Merchant Partners. The new shares to be issued under the placement are priced at $0.0327 which represe... more

Gold drilling operations continue as planned in Victoria despite COVID-19 measures

Navarre Minerals Limited has provided an update on its exploration activities in light of new COVID-19 measures introduced by the Victorian Government. On 3 August 2020, the Victorian Government announced a re-introduction of Stage 3 restrictions for regional Victoria, where Navarre’s exploration activities occur. The new measures are expected to be in place for a period of six weeks. Under Stage 3 restrictions, Navarre’s exploration programs are able to continue as planned under strict health and safety protocols designed to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 to Navarre’s people, its contra... more

Equinor plans to build world-leading clean hydrogen plant in the UK

Norwegian-based international energy company, Equinor, is leading a project to develop one of the UK’s – and the world’s – first at-scale facilities to produce hydrogen from natural gas in combination with carbon capture and storage (CCS). The project, called Hydrogen to Humber Saltend (H2H Saltend), provides the beginnings of a decarbonised industrial cluster in the Humber region, the UK’s largest by emissions. H2H Saltend supports the UK government’s aim to establish at least one low carbon industrial cluster by 2030 and the world’s first net-zero cluster by 2040. It also paves the way f... more

BP and Chevron to fund new exploration initiatives in South Australia

BP and Chevron have committed to investing a total of $116.5 million in oil and gas exploration activities, with at least half directed to projects in South Australia with a view to increasing energy supplies in the state and south-eastern Australia. BP and Chevron ceased their programs of exploration in the Great Australian Bight in 2017 and 2018 respectively. The commitments were announced following the conclusion of Good Standing Agreement negotiations with both parties after their decisions to cease petroleum exploration in the Great Australian Bight. Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Ma... more

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... more

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,... more

First components for the Bango Wind Farm arrives

The port of Port Kembla has reaffirmed its role as a critical trade gateway and a major import hub for large renewable energy projects with the arrival of the first shipment of components for the Bango Wind Farm in the Southern Tablelands of NSW this month. In total, 46 of General Electric’s (GE) Cypress 5.3 Megawatt (MW) turbines will be imported through Port Kembla over the next six months. The wind turbine components will be stored on berth at the AAT facility before being transported by truck by heavy haulage operator, Rex J Andrews to the project site, which is located roughly 30 kilometres north of... more

Rio Tinto to close aluminium smelter operations

Rio Tinto will soon commence planning for the wind-down of operations and the eventual closure of New Zealand Aluminium Smelters (NZAS) following the conclusion of its strategic review which highlighted that the business is no longer viable given high energy costs and a challenging outlook for the Aluminum industry. As a result, NZAS has given Meridian Energy Limited notice to terminate the power contract, which will end in August 2021, when the wind-down of operations is expected to complete. The strategic review concluded that the smelter, which has made Rio Tinto an underlying loss of NZ$46m in 2019, is... more

Equinor plans to build world-leading clean hydrogen plant in the UK

Norwegian-based international energy company, Equinor, is leading a project to develop one of the UK’s – and the world’s – first at-scale facilities to produce hydrogen from natural gas in combination with carbon capture and storage (CCS). The project, called Hydrogen to Humber Saltend (H2H Saltend), provides the beginnings of a decarbonised industrial cluster in the Humber region, the UK’s largest by emissions. H2H Saltend supports the UK government’s aim to establish at least one low carbon industrial cluster by 2030 and the world’s first net-zero cluster by 2040. It also paves the way f... more

Large energy users power up renewable energy deal

A group of prominent Melbourne universities and businesses has secured a multi-million-dollar deal to power their operations using wind energy produced in regional Victoria. The group of seven large energy users includes RMIT University, Deakin University, Cbus Property, ISPT, Fulton Hogan, Citywide Asphalt, and Mondelez International. From July 2020, the purchased wind power will be produced primarily by the Yaloak South Wind Farm near Ballan, with the remaining energy coming from other wind farm projects in regional Victoria. Tango Energy will provide 110 GWh of renewable electricity per year to the pu... more

National Radioactive Waste Management Facility on track

Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia, Keith Pitt, has reconfirmed the Government’s commitment that 45 local jobs will be created through the establishment of the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF). Each year Australians benefit from nuclear medicine and research activities. According to the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (DISER), around 2 in 3 Australians will use nuclear medicine in their lifetime. With these benefits comes a responsibility to safely manage radioactive waste. Currently, Australia’s radioactive waste is stored in more than 1... more

Construction powers ahead on historic Port of Townsville upgrade

A major milestone has occurred at the $193 million Port of Townsville Channel Upgrade Project, with the recent delivery of more than half of the total rock required to build a protective sea wall. The Port of Townsville is the largest commercial Port in Northern Australia, but at just 92 metres, the shipping channel is one of the narrowest in the country. Currently, vessels up to 238 metres in length can safely access the Port. But with ships getting larger, the Port needs to adapt so that it can continue to service the needs of North Queensland's mining, defence, agriculture, construction, vehicle and tou... more

New contract secures works on Pilbara port access infrastructure

A $4 million construction contract has been awarded for the continued works on critical port access infrastructure at the Port of Port Hedland. On Friday, the Pilbara Ports Authority awarded the contract for Stage 4 of the Utah Road Pavement Rehabilitation Project to AllRoads Pty Ltd. AllRoads has committed to sourcing its construction workforce within Western Australia. Under the contract, a 1.2 kilometre stretch of Utah Road will be upgraded, following some deterioration from increased traffic loads of iron ore and other products. Utah Road connects the Great Northern Highway with the Utah Point Bu... more

Lynas Corporation sets sights on Kalgoorlie for new rare earth processing plant

Lynas Corporation Limited (Lynas) has selected Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, as the location for its new cracking and leaching plant - a decision that is set to create new jobs and is the first step in establishing a critical minerals hub in the Goldfields region. Kalgoorlie was selected from the two shortlisted locations in the Goldfields region following extensive due diligence from Lynas. The company detailed that Kalgoorlie provides close proximity to the Lynas mine at Mt Weld as well as a skilled workforce and rich history in the mining and processing industries. Lynas has signed an option to subleas... more

Rio Tinto progresses lithium project to feasibility study stage

Rio Tinto has approved an additional investment of almost $200 million to progress the next stage of the development of the lithium-borate Jadar project in Serbia. This will primarily fund the feasibility study, including the completion of detailed engineering designs, as well as permitting and land acquisition by the end of 2021, in line with the initial project schedule. Rio Tinto Energy & Minerals Chief Executive Bold Baatar said the project pipeline is an important part of the company’s vision to pursue opportunities which are part of the transition to a low-carbon future. “We look forward to w... more

Contract signed for U.S. rare earth separation facility

Australian critical minerals company, Lynas Corporation Limited, has advised that Phase 1 work on a heavy rare earth separation facility in Texas has advanced to the contract phase and that Lynas and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) have signed a contract for this work. Phase 1 funding provided by the DoD will enable Lynas and its U.S. partner Blue Line to complete a detailed market and strategy study as well as detailed planning and design work for the construction of a heavy rare earth separation facility. In line with DoD Phase 1 milestones, Lynas expects this work to be completed in the 2021 financial... more

Drilling results in 43 per cent resource increase at Côte d’Ivoire mine

Endeavour Mining has made further success from its ongoing exploration program at the La Plaque discovery, part of its flagship Ity mine in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa, with a 43 per cent increase in Le Plaque’s Indicated resource and the confirmation of mineralisation for seven additional nearby targets. In the first half of 2020, exploration efforts continued to be focused on the Floleu license, located only 6km south of the processing plant, which hosts the Le Plaque discovery, with a total of 67,195 metres drilled. This amounts to 188,600 metres drilled on the licence since the discovery was made in e... more

Rio Tinto to close aluminium smelter operations

Rio Tinto will soon commence planning for the wind-down of operations and the eventual closure of New Zealand Aluminium Smelters (NZAS) following the conclusion of its strategic review which highlighted that the business is no longer viable given high energy costs and a challenging outlook for the Aluminum industry. As a result, NZAS has given Meridian Energy Limited notice to terminate the power contract, which will end in August 2021, when the wind-down of operations is expected to complete. The strategic review concluded that the smelter, which has made Rio Tinto an underlying loss of NZ$46m in 2019, is... more