Projects

  • Magnetite

    PROJECTS

    Fortescue to assess Magnetite and Infrastructure Project

    Fortescue Metals Group Ltd and Sinosteel have signed a binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to complete a rapid project assessment of Sinosteel’s Midwest Magnetite Project, with the assessment to include... more

  • Canbelego

    PROJECTS

    Helix confirms “massive” copper intersection at Canbelego project

    Helix Resources Limited has intersected visible copper sulphide mineralisation at the Canbelego Main Zone target position in New South Wales. The Main Zone intercept occurs from 405 to 434 metres comprising ... more

  • Townsville

    PROJECTS

    Townsville port works to enable more mineral exports

    The Port of Townsville is a step closer to welcoming ships up to 300 metres long with the arrival of Australia’s largest backhoe dredge. The $232 million Channel Upgrade is the largest infrastructure proje... more

  • Hastings

    PROJECTS

    WA environmental regulator grants key permits to Hastings

    Hastings Technology Metals Ltd has fulfilled a key requirement of the already received Ministerial Statement 1110, which was to prepare and submit a Flora and Vegetation Environmental Management Plan for the Ya... more

  • Fortescue to assess Magnetite and Infrastructure Project
  • Helix confirms “massive” copper intersection at Canbelego project
  • Townsville port works to enable more mineral exports
  • WA environmental regulator grants key permits to Hastings

Fortescue to assess Magnetite and Infrastructure Project

Fortescue Metals Group Ltd and Sinosteel have signed a binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to complete a rapid project assessment of Sinosteel’s Midwest Magnetite Project, with the assessment to include a rail and port development at Oakajee. At the conclusion of the 12 month rapid project assessment and subject to the outcome of that process, Fortescue has the option to acquire up to 50 per cent of the Midwest Magnetite Project and up to 100 per cent of the proposed port and rail infrastructure project. Fortescue Chief Executive Officer, Elizabeth Gaines said, “For over three decades, Sinosteel has demonstrated their…

Helix confirms “massive” copper intersection at Canbelego project

Helix Resources Limited has intersected visible copper sulphide mineralisation at the Canbelego Main Zone target position in New South Wales. The Main Zone intercept occurs from 405 to 434 metres comprising mainly incipient veins and disseminated chalcopyrite (CuFeS2 – copper sulphide mineral) and includes approximately 1.3 metres of massive to semi-massive chalcopyrite from 425.2 metres. Several intervals of mineralisation were observed higher in the hole which support the interpretation of parallel lode positions to the west of the Main Zone; from 80 metres a 20-metre interval of oxide copper minerals, malachite and possibly chalcocite; and between 100 to 200 metres…

WA environmental regulator grants key permits to Hastings

Hastings Technology Metals Ltd has fulfilled a key requirement of the already received Ministerial Statement 1110, which was to prepare and submit a Flora and Vegetation Environmental Management Plan for the Yangibana project to the satisfaction of the WA Environmental Protection Authority chief executive. As a result, Hastings has received two key approvals to enable the continuation of early works infrastructure site activities, namely: Approval from the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation of its Flora and Vegetation Environmental Management Plan; and Approval from the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety for a revised Mining Proposal. The Flora and…

Mining commences at Austral Resources’ Anthill project

Austral Resources Australia Ltd has commenced mining at the Anthill Copper Project in Queensland following several months of site preparation to establish site infrastructure, mobilise plant, clear the pit areas, and prepare haul roads. The Mount Kelly processing plant refurbishment is proceeding to schedule with the crushing circuit at 70 per cent completion and work underway at the heap leach solvent extraction plant to process Anthill ore in the second quarter of 2022. The Anthill mine is a hive of activity with two blast rigs working ahead of the mining fleet to deliver broken ground. Clearing is nearing completion over…

First coal heads for export from world’s biggest new coal basin

Bravus Mining and Resources, the Australian arm of Adani, is fast approaching the date to ship its first coal from the Carmichael mine. Adani says the first coal for export is “being assembled” at its coal port in Bowen, the North Queensland Export Terminal. Bravus Mining & Resources CEO David Boshoff said the coal has been delivered to NQXT over the past few weeks during the testing and commissioning of Bowen Rail Company’s new trains. The coal will now be loaded and dispatched as per NQXT’s normal operations and subject to the port’s shipping schedule. “This is a big moment…

New Acland mine expansion recommended for conditional approval

On 17 December, the Land Court of Queensland recommended the approval of the New Acland mine expansion located outside Oakey on the Darling Downs. The recommendation was made subject to the condition that the operator, New Hope Corporation subsidiary New Acland Coal Pty Ltd (NAC), applies to the Coordinator-General to have the Environmental Authority conditions amended. The Department of Environment and Science has issued a series of draft Environmental Authorities that will regulate Stage 3 if approved. Some of the stricter conditions include the lower evening (6-10pm) and night (10pm-7am) noise limits of 35dB. If NAC fails to do so…

Rox Resources to begin drilling Mt Fisher-Mt Eureka gold project

Rox Resources will commence a drilling program at the Mt Fisher-Mt Eureka gold project, located in the Mt Eureka greenstone belt in the northern Goldfields of Western Australia. This belt is located 40 kilometres east of the prolific Yandal greenstone belt, host of significant gold deposits including Jundee, Bronzewing and Mt McClure. Rox holds 850 square kilometres of the Mt Eureka greenstone belt and surrounding prospective zones, with 350 square kilometres of that held by the Cullen Resources JV. A 4,000 metre RC and diamond drill program is currently being conducted on high priority drill ready gold targets generated from…

Leigh Creek Energy explores AdBlue opportunities from urea project

Leigh Creek Energy (LCK) has announced it is exploring options to produce domestic AdBlue to address chronic supply shortage across Australia. Recent curbs on fertiliser exports from China and the announced closure of Australia’s only urea manufacturing facility (Incitec Pivot Limited’s major Gibson Island fertiliser plant in Brisbane) has created a growing shortage and increase in the price of urea both worldwide and in Australia. Urea is a key chemical used in the manufacturing process in several industries including fertiliser, chemical production, AdBlue fuel additives, resin production and the medical sector. LCK’s Leigh Creek Urea Project (LCUP) is set to…

New research to bring fibre optic technology to Australia’s resources sector

A Curtin research team will work to bring leading broadband fibre optic acoustic sensing technology to the Australian oil and gas, mining and environmental monitoring industries, offering a more cost-effective and safer resource extraction process. As part of the Federal Government’s Global Innovation Linkages Program, the research team – led by Professor Roman Pevzner from Curtin’s WA School of Mines: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering – will partner with international collaborators to test the viability of the technology in the Australian landscape. The project will seek to produce a suite of passive and active geophysical data acquisition and analysis techniques…

Port Kembla Power Station awarded CSSI status

A proposed $1.3 billion hydrogen-gas turbine power station in Port Kembla has been declared Critical State Significant Infrastructure (CSSI), given its importance to renewable energy capacity in New South Wales. Deputy Premier John Barilaro said it is a massive step towards safeguarding the state’s future energy security while providing jobs during challenging times. “The Port Kembla Power Station will be a gamechanger, not just for NSW but Australia,” Mr Barilaro said. “It will provide the energy capacity our state needs as existing coal-fired power stations reach their end of life, and household power bills will be the big winner as…

Snowy Hydro’s Kurri Kurri power plant draws fire from Hunter community

Energy Minister Angus Taylor’s proposal to construct a gas-diesel power plant in Kurri Kurri, 25 kilometres west of Newcastle, has stirred up a hornet’s nest, both locally and nationally. “Community groups in the Hunter look to NSW Energy Minister Matt Kean and Planning Minister Rob Stokes to reject this unnecessary and harmful power plant and double down on making New South Wales a renewable energy superpower,” said Carly Phillips, Co-coordinator of the Gas Free Hunter Alliance. Snowy Hydro’s ‘Response to Submissions’, released on Monday, has drawn fire from community groups in the Hunter. Of the 261 submissions from government agencies,…

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…

Proposed global scale energy hub one step closer

Townsville in Queensland is a step closer to a huge industry and jobs boost from a proposed energy hub and advanced manufacturing facility at the Lansdown Eco-Industrial Precinct that will refine ore to produce critical materials for use in new-technology batteries. The proposed Townsville Energy Chemicals Hub (TECH) will create around 800 construction jobs and its operational phase will create an estimated 1700 jobs, including 300 highly-skilled advanced manufacturing jobs at the facility and 1400 jobs in support industries. Project proponent Queensland Pacific Metals (QPM) proposes to build the facility in the Townsville City Council’s Lansdown Eco-Industrial Precinct, approximately 40km…

Rio Tinto to triple Weipa solar capacity and add battery storage

Rio Tinto has approved a new solar farm and battery storage at Weipa in Queensland, in a move that will more than triple the local electricity network’s solar generation capacity and help provide cleaner power to Rio Tinto’s operations. Under the plans, EDL has been appointed to build, own and operate a 4 megawatt (MW) solar plant and 4MW/4MWh of battery storage at Weipa. Work on the battery facilities will commence this year, with construction of the project expected to be complete by late 2022. The new solar farm and battery storage will complement the existing 1.6MW solar farm at…

Funding to power up CDU Microgrid Renewable Energy Hub

A Charles Darwin University project that will establish a Renewable Energy Microgrid Hub to lead research in the development of green power systems has been awarded more than $2 million in funding from the Australian Government. Charles Darwin University Director of Energy and Resources Institute Professor Suresh Thennadil said the Microgrid Renewable Energy Hub will support green power systems through research and training. “The Microgrid Renewable Energy Hub will support cheap, reliable and green power systems through research and training collaborations with industry to develop innovative approaches to address challenges in the design, deployment and operation of renewable energy systems,”…

ARENA funding for hydrogen export feasibility study

On behalf of the Australian Government, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has today announced up to $2.17 million in funding to Stanwell Corporation Limited to complete a feasibility study for a proposed hydrogen export project located in Gladstone, Queensland. A key challenge of producing cost-competitive green hydrogen by electrolysis is the high capital costs of equipment. Large export-scale projects have the potential to improve cost competitiveness due to economies of scale. The study, delivered in partnership with Japan’s largest hydrogen supplier Iwatani Corporation, will investigate the feasibility of developing a hydrogen production facility capable of producing up to 36,500…

A renewable first for First Peoples in Victoria

Victoria’s first solar farm wholly owned and operated by an Aboriginal Corporation has received one of five grants supporting community-led renewable energy generation across the Gippsland and Latrobe Valley region in Victoria. Yesterday, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio, announced that five local community groups will share more than $1 million in grants through the Latrobe Valley Energy and Growth Program, which empowers communities to take control of energy costs, support local jobs and reduce emissions. Successful groups from the first round of funding include Ramahyuck District Aboriginal Corporation with $1 million for construction of a 4.9-megawatt…

MoU could kick off a hydrogen hub in Townsville

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Port of Townsville and Ark Energy could see 120,000 tonnes of renewable hydrogen shipped from North Queensland to South Korea in the next decade. Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen, the Hon. Mick de Brenni MP, said a feasibility study will investigate the development of a renewable hydrogen facility focused on the transport industry at Sun Metals’ zinc refinery in Townsville, along with hydrogen export facilities at the Port of Townsville. “We’ve backed Sun Metals with a $5 million Hydrogen Industry Development Fund grant to kickstart hydrogen production in the North.” “Now, through…

CleanCo to take power from Dulacca Renewable Energy Project

Queensland’s publicly-owned renewable energy company has signed up to take clean energy from the Dulacca Renewable Energy Project. Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen, the Hon. Mick de Brenni MP, confirmed last Tuesday that publicly-owned energy generator CleanCo Queensland had signed an agreement to take power from the project, which comprises a wind farm and energy storage facility. Located between the communities of Dulacca and Drillham in the Western Downs Region of Queensland, the project is forecast to generate up to 180 megawatts (MW) of renewable wind energy and create approximately 150 construction jobs. “We know it’s important to ensure…

Townsville port works to enable more mineral exports

The Port of Townsville is a step closer to welcoming ships up to 300 metres long with the arrival of Australia’s largest backhoe dredge. The $232 million Channel Upgrade is the largest infrastructure project in the Port’s 158-year history which will widen its 14.9-kilometre shipping channels over the next two years. Minister for Resources and Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said the channel upgrade will create more opportunities for the city. “This upgrade is important for the resources industry, as it will allow more of North Queensland’s world class minerals to be exported to the world.” The Port of Townsville…

Newmont sells Kalgoorlie Power Business to Northern Star

Newmont has agreed to sell its Kalgoorlie power business to Australia’s Northern Star Resources Limited for US$95 million, inclusive of the US$25 million option payment previously received from Northern Star as part of its purchase of Newmont’s 50 per cent stake in Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines (KCGM) in 2020. The Kalgoorlie power business includes a 50 per cent interest in the 110MW Parkeston Power Station and associated infrastructure which provides electricity to KCGM, and the Kalgoorlie area through its connection to the South-West Interconnected System. The Kalgoorlie power business has been a profitable asset for Newmont since the sale of…

FBICRC steps ahead with Cathode Precursor Production Pilot Plant 

The Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre (FBICRC) has signed contracts with a consortium of companies, the WA Government, contractors and academic institutions to design and commission its flagship Cathode Precursor Production Pilot Plant in Western Australia which will provide technical capability towards the production of advanced battery materials on an industrial scale. The FBICRC and its partners will make an investment valued at over $18 million ($9.2 cash and $9.2 in-kind including the repurposing of BHP’s existing nickel sulfate pilot plant) to produce the present generation of cathode chemistries used in electric vehicles from locally sourced materials. The pilot…

MoU between Renascor and POSCO supports $209M investment in SA

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Renascor Resources and POSCO, one of South Korea’s largest conglomerates, will support a $209 million investment in South Australia to develop a Battery Anode Material (BAM) manufacturing facility in the Eyre Peninsula. The MoU provides for the purchase of up to 30,000 tonnes per annum of Purified Spherical Graphite (PSG) from Renascor’s planned BAM manufacturing facility and a potential equity investment by POSCO in Renascor. The South Australian Government states that the project is forecast to create 190 full-time roles, more than 100 jobs during construction and has the potential to generate around $260…

Covalent Lithium to build new facility in Kwinana

Covalent Lithium has entered into a long-term lease for a 40-hectare site in the Kwinana Strategic Industrial Area (SIA) where it will construct a lithium refinery. The Covalent Lithium refinery, a joint venture between the subsidiaries of Wesfarmers and Chilean company SQM, forms a part of the integrated Mount Holland Lithium project. The project, which is expected to create 1,000 construction and 350 operational jobs, involves the construction and operation of a spodumene mine and concentrator near Mount Holland in Western Australia. Once complete, the Kwinana refinery will have the capacity to support the production of batteries for up to…

WA accelerates towards longest EV fast charging network

Western Australia will soon be home to the longest electric highway in Australia with the State Government today announcing the 45 locations that will make up the electric vehicle fast-charging network. The infrastructure network includes up to 90 fast-charging stations and backup chargers at 45 different locations connecting Perth and regional Western Australia - stretching north to Kununurra, south to Esperance and east to Kalgoorlie. Electric vehicle owners will easily be able to travel the state along these routes, with the average distance between charging stations around 160 kilometres. Most electric cars can run for at least 400 kilometres in…

Napandee site may host Australia’s new radioactive waste facility

A National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF) is now one step closer, following the decision by the Minister for Resources and Water, Keith Pitt, to  declare Napandee near Kimba, South Australia as the proposed site for the facility. Australia’s radioactive waste is currently stored in more than 100 locations around the country. To solve this problem, the Australian Government is establishing a single fit-for-purpose facility. In coming to this decision, Minister Pitt considered relevant material to inform a formal declaration. “This is the next step in progressing this nationally significant infrastructure project, which successive governments have been working on for…

Swedish 5G technology is helping mining industry modernise

5G technology from Ericsson could soon be used to improve communication and remote control operations in the Swedish mines. A project designed to improve productivity and safety in traditionally dangerous environments is being run by Ericsson, ABB, Boliden, SICS Swedish ICT and Volvo Construction Equipment. In the pilot phase of the project, a 5G development system consisting of new and existing technologies will be used to remotely control a Volvo truck used for transporting ore within the mine. The actual location for the pilot is still to be chosen from a shortlist of mines operated by Boliden. The successful implementation…

Amec Foster Wheeler wins Sweden refinery contract

A contract by Preem AB, the largest fuel company in Sweden, has awarded a contract for the Engineering, Procurement and Construction management (EPCm) of their Lysekil refinery’s new Vacuum Distillation Unit (VDU). The new facility will manufacture Vacuum Gas Oil hence removing the need for its import. Amec Foster Wheeler announces the award of the EPCm contract follows the successful completion of a feasibility study for the VDU by Amec Foster Wheeler in 2014 to confirm the technical viability of the project, and its subsequent Front End Engineering Design in 2015. “I am delighted that we are able to continue…

ConocoPhillips awards brownfield services contract

Amec Foster Wheeler has announced that its Clough AMEC joint venture has been awarded a three year contract by ConocoPhillips to provide asset support, operations and maintenance services to the Bayu-Undan offshore field development, located in the Timor Sea. The Bayu-Undan offshore facilities consist of a floating storage and offloading facility and three fixed platforms, a remote wellhead platform and a compression, utilities and quarters platform (CUQ) and a drilling, production and processing platform. The latter two are located adjacent to each other and linked by an access bridge, forming the Central Production and Processing Complex. “We are delighted to build on our…