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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

100 plus carat diamond recovered at Lulo

Lucapa Diamond Company Limited, Empresa Nacional de Diamantes E.P. (Endiama) and Rosas & Petalas have announced the recovery of the 23rd +100 carat diamond by Sociedade Mineira Do Lulo (SML) from the Lulo alluvial diamond mine located approximately 630 kilometres east of the Angolan capital of Luanda. The 144 carat Type IIa D-colour diamond recovered from Mining Block 08 (MB08), is the sixth +100 carat diamond recovered in 2021 so far and 23rd +100 carat stone recovered at Lulo since exploration and mining operations began. Lucapa’s Managing Director, Stephen Wetherall, said including the first +100 carat recovery from MB46 as…

Newcrest announces mineral resource estimate for Red Chris

Newcrest Mining Limited has announced its initial mineral resource estimate for the Red Chris mine in British Columbia, Canada. Red Chris is a gold-copper porphyry deposit located on the northern edge of the Skeena Mountains, approximately 1,700 kilometres north of Vancouver and 18 kilometres southeast of the town of Iskut in British Columbia. The construction of Red Chris was completed in November 2014, with first commercial production from the open pit occurring in July 2015. The mine site is located on 23,142 hectares and consists of 77 mineral tenures, five of which are mining leases. In August 2019, Newcrest acquired…

Anglo American embarks on feasibility study for South Africa’s hydrogen valley

Anglo American has announced a collaboration agreement to complete a feasibility study to develop a 'hydrogen valley' anchored in the platinum group metals-rich Bushveld geological area in South Africa. Spearheaded by South Africa’s Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), the collaboration agreement also includes energy and services company ENGIE, the South African National Development Institute (SANEDI) and clean energy solutions provider Bambili Energy. The proposed hydrogen valley will stretch approximately 835 kilometres from Anglo American’s Mogalakwena platinum group metals (PGMs) mine near Mokopane in Limpopo province in the north of South Africa, along the industrial and commercial corridor to Johannesburg…

Eagle Mountain reports exceptional high-grade results at Oracle Ridge

Eagle Mountain Mining Limited has announced assay results from the ongoing drilling program at the company’s 80 per cent owned Oracle Ridge Mine Project in Arizona, USA, have returned the highest grades ever recorded at the project. Assay results from hole WT-21-04 and WT-21-06 have been announced by Eagle Mountain, with results for holes WT-21-05, WT-20-07 and recently completed WT-21-08 still pending.   [caption id="attachment_31864" align="aligncenter" width="807"] Figure 2 – Summary map of recent drill holes at Oracle Ridge with highlight of assay results reported in thecurrent announcement in red. Image credit: Eagle Mountain Mining Limited.[/caption]   WT-21-04 WT-21-04 was…