Northern Minerals receives assay results from latest exploration drilling program

Heavy rare earths producer, Northern Minerals Limited (Northern Minerals or the Company) has returned encouraging assay results across several targets from the first phase of its latest exploration drilling program at the Browns Range Project. The Browns Range Project is located 160 kilometres south-east of Halls Creek in northern Western Australia. Northern Minerals successfully completed 8,500 metres of reverse circulation (RC) drilling at Browns Range in late 2020, following the Company’s announcement on the 2 November that it had commenced a $5 million exploration program that would include up to 16,... more

Horizon launches 50,000m exploration program

Horizon Minerals Limited (Horizon or the Company) has started its 2021 new discovery and resource growth exploration program in the Goldfields region of Western Australia. Horizon’s fully-funded 50,000-metre exploration program is now underway, with four rigs across the 890 square kilometre asset portfolio, all operating within 75 kilometres of the proposed Boorara Mill site [1]. The program comprises diamond, RC and aircore drilling. The primary objectives of the exploration program are to [1]: Test high priority new discovery targets defined at greenfields project areas including Windanya, Lakewoo... more

New Century delivers milestone 500,000th tonne of zinc concentrate

New Century Resources Limited (New Century or the Company) has reached a major milestone, producing its 500,000th tonne of zinc concentrate since the recommencement of operations in August 2018. The Century mine is located at Lawn Hill, Queensland, approximately 250 kilometres north-west of Mount Isa in the Lower Gulf of Carpentaria. The mine initially commenced open-pit production in 1999 (under the operatorship of Rio Tinto [1]) and during its 16 years of operation, Century was recognised as one of the largest zinc mines in the world, producing and processing an average of 475,00 tonnes per annum (tpa) o... more

Brockman provides update on Marillana Iron Ore Project

Brockman Mining Limited has provided an update on the current status of the Marillana Iron Ore Project in conjunction with the Farm-In and Joint-Venture agreement (FJV Agreement) with Polaris Metals Pty Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mineral Resources Limited (MRL). The Marillana Project is located in the Hamersley Iron Province within the Pilbara region of Western Australia. According to Brockman, Polaris has completed a drilling and metallurgical testing campaign and has also completed its technical and cost report on the project. The outcome of both these undertakings has resulted in Polaris providi... more

Port Hedland welcomes first LNG-fuelled vessel

The bulk carrier HL Green received a special greeting when it arrived on its maiden voyage to Port Hedland, Western Australia on 6 January. HL Green was the first liquified natural gas (LNG) fuelled vessel to berth at the Port of Port Hedland, as the maritime industry moves to reduce emissions from shipping operations. HL Green is one of two 180,000 tonne bulk carriers that was built in Korea by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) and launched on 11 December 2020. The vessel is expected to make about 10 round trips a year between Korea and Australia. The HL Green is distinguished from other bulk carri... more

BHP awards LNG supply agreement to Shell for LNG-fuelled iron ore vessels

BHP has awarded its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply agreement for five LNG-fuelled Newcastlemax bulk carriers, which will transport iron ore between Western Australia and China from 2022. Shell has secured the contract to fuel the vessels, which BHP will charter from Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) for five-year terms. BHP Chief Commercial Officer, Vandita Pant, said the LNG bunkering contract marks a significant step in how BHP is working with its suppliers to reduce emissions across the maritime supply chain. “LNG fuelled vessels are forecast to help BHP reduce carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2... 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

New $16M Western Power energy facility for Albany

Premier of Western Australia Mark McGowan and Energy Minister Bill Johnston have announced plans for a new $16 million energy hub in Albany. Western Power's state-of-the-art facility is forecast to generate around 70 construction jobs. It will enhance employee safety, improve operational efficiencies and future-proof the electricity supply for Albany and the Great Southern region. The facility's design focuses on a safe working environment, including single-flow traffic, the separation of light and heavy vehicles, and reduced interaction between forklifts and people. It also includes electric vehicle charg... more

Funding boost for ANU solar research

A $4.5 million funding boost will help researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) develop next-generation solar cell technology. The money will go towards state-of-the-art research equipment for three separate projects. The funding is partly from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency's (ARENA) Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics Infrastructure project ($3.6 million) and is supported with co-funding from ANU ($0.9 million). Dr Kean Chern Fong and his team will receive $3.1 million for a new 'nano-engineering' laboratory. The lab will help create new materials to enhance the conversion... more

Plans progress for nation’s largest battery at Eraring Power Station

Origin Energy Limited is advancing its plans for a battery at the Eraring Power Station in New South Wales with an overall capacity of up to 700 MW and a dispatch duration of four hours – making it the nation’s largest battery project currently under consideration. Origin has issued an Expression of Interest to suitably qualified firms to supply and install the large-scale battery. A Connection Enquiry has also been lodged with NSW transmission network service provider TransGrid to connect the battery to the national grid via the Eraring substation. Origin Executive General Manager, Energy Supply an... more

Renewable future for retired coal mine in NSW

Through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), the Australian Government has announced that it will jointly fund a new technical feasibility study into using an underground coal mine as part of a Pumped Hydro Energy Storage (PHES) scheme in New South Wales. On behalf of the Federal Government, ARENA will provide $995,000 in funding to Centennial Coal for a technical review and pilot trial to examine the feasibility of repurposing an underground coal mine for pumped hydro just south-west of Newcastle at Newstan Colliery, Fassifern. The mine has been on care and maintenance since 2014. The New South... more

Collie sheds on track for heritage listing

The Railway Goods Shed and Footbridge in Collie, that were instrumental in establishing the only coal industry in Western Australia, have been included in the State Register of Heritage Places. Designed in 1898 by C.Y. O'Connor, the Goods Shed is the largest standard Class 1 shed built by the former railways department, and includes a double gabled roof with the track running through the length of the building on one side. The footbridge is one of the few rare surviving examples of a rural railway footbridge in the State and was restored by volunteer labour, reopening in 2013. It spans the entire distance ... more

State-of-the-art mineral science hub on the way for Tasmania

Tasmania will soon have expanded geotechnical testing capabilities, thanks to a $2.4 million upgrade to the Mineral Resources Tasmania Core Library at Mornington. Minister for Resources, Guy Barnett, said the upgrade will mean more of the scientific analysis work that goes into both managing our natural resources and growing the sector can happen in Tasmania rather than going offshore. “Tasmanian construction company Fairbrother has been awarded the contract to upgrade the Library, which will combine laboratory facilities, currently spread across two sites, and provide an upgraded and expanded state-of-t... more

Strike Energy launches ammonia-urea project

Strike Energy Limited has announced the launch of Project Haber, a Western Australian ammonia and urea manufacturing facility, which comes after a year of feasibility studies. Strike and TechnipFMC have completed feasibility studies on a 1.4 million tonne per annum urea production facility which would process gas from Strike’s Greater Erregulla development in the Perth Basin. Natural gas is a critical input into ammonia and urea production, and access to competitively priced gas from Strike’s Perth Basin resources would be a key enabler for the project. In parallel, Strike has been awarded (subject ... more

New specialist training facility for WA’s resources sector

A tender for the construction of a dedicated industrial conveyor belt trade training facility at the Midland campus of North Metropolitan TAFE has been issued this week, with the design development stage now complete. The $2 million project is fully funded by the Western Australian Government and is included in its Mid-year Review. Construction on the facility is expected to be completed in October 2021 with training forecast to commence in Semester 1, 2022. Fremantle-based Armstrong Parkin Architects designed the facility, which will be used to deliver a qualification in the repair, maintenance and ins... more

DRA Global secures West Africa EPC project

Global engineering firm, DRA, has successfully secured a contract with Sierra Rutile Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Iluka Resources Limited, for the expansion of its mineral sands operations in the Bonthe District of Sierra Leone. Sierra Rutile’s Gangama plant, which was originally constructed by DRA in 2016, will double its capacity to 1000-1200tph at the project’s completion. The project also includes the expansion of the Lanti front end circuit; and the refurbishment of the Lanti floating concentrator. “We are excited to continue our longstanding partnership with Sierra Rutile, which has in... more

Chilean lithium project awarded key regulatory export licence

Lithium Power International Limited’s 50% owned Chilean joint venture company Minera Salar Blanco (MSB), responsible for developing the Maricunga Lithium Brine Project, has been awarded a key regulatory export licence by the Chilean Nuclear Energy Commission (CCHEN) to produce, market and export lithium products from Chile that are extracted from the Maricunga salar. MSB was granted a significant extraction quota on 9 March 2018 to export lithium from Chile. The quota has a term of 30 years and covers brine extracted from Maricunga, containing 88,885 metric tonnes of metallic lithium in brine or 472,868 ton... more

Australian mining projects making progress in Africa

Construction at the US$80-million Epanko project in Tanzania is expected to commence next year. Following mining and processing, Epanko will produce a high-grade graphite concentrate. The proponent, the Australian company Kibaran Resources, is also looking at a further processing step, to produce graphite suitable for lithium-ion batteries. Because of their use in electric vehicles, such batteries present a strongly-growing market for graphite. Australia is the largest foreign investor in mining in Africa. Epanko is one of several dozen Australian projects that have progressed beyond an early exploration s... more

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 s... more