Adani confirms flood water at Abbot Point coal terminal released into wetlands

After Queensland's extreme weather over the last few weeks, Adani Australia has provided an update on its Abbot Point operations in North Queensland, stating that flood waters moving across the site did not enter the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, yet flood water did enter the 5,154-hectare Caley Valley Wetlands through an authorised release point as well as from the wetland's broader catchment area. According to Adani Australia, flood water entering the wetlands from Abbot Point Operations' authorised release point was sent for analysis to an accredited third-party, confirming the ‘total suspended soli... more

Millennium reports 70 per cent increase in Ore Reserves at Nullagine

Millennium Minerals Limited has declared a 70 per cent increase in Ore Reserves at the Nullagine Gold Project in Western Australia. The Ore Reserves (as of 31 December 2018) increased to 375,300 ounces, from the 221,600 ounces previously recorded on 31 December 2017. Presently, the project’s Mineral Resource stands at 22.9 million tonnes for 1.6 grams per tonne for 1.16 million ounces. The increase in Ore Reserves is a result of recent successful drilling programs, as well as the conversion of several Mineral Resource estimates to Ore Reserves. The updated Ore Reserve delivers mine life visibility ... more

Auris reports high grade copper finds at Forrest and Wodger Prospects

Western Australian base metals explorer, Auris Minerals Limited has announced significant copper and gold results from Reverse Circulation (RC) drilling which was completed at the Forrest and Wodger Prospects, in Western Australia’s Bryah Basin. Copper mineralisation at the Forrest Prospect was first discovered in 2014 through re-assaying of previously gold-focused drilling. RC and diamond drilling was completed in the same year to test an interpreted southerly plunge to identified copper mineralisation. 2014 drilling delivered promising results for Auris including 9.65 metres at 5 per cent Copper (Cu) ... more

Sconi project gains ‘Prescribed Project’ status

Australian Mines Limited’s $1.4 billion Sconi Cobalt-Nickel-Scandium Project has just been declared a ‘Prescribed Project’ by the Queensland Government, in a bid to boost jobs in North Queensland and make significant contributions to the local economy. Located in the historic mining town of Greenvale, approximately 250 kilometres north-west of Townsville, Australian Mine’s flagship Sconi Project aims to produce nickel, cobalt and scandium for use in battery manufacturing, electric vehicles and similar high technology applications for export markets. Two million tonnes of ore per annum is forecast ... more

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 L... more

Alcoa secures BHP, Chevron and Woodside gas deals

Western Australia’s single largest user of natural gas, Alcoa of Australia Limited has secured three new gas supply agreements which in full will supply close to 25 per cent of the company’s gas requirements from 2020. The agreements with BHP, Woodside and Chevron coupled with other gas supply contracts, which were announced in 2015 (Quadrant Energy and Santos), complete Alcoa’s gas portfolio to fuel its Kwinana, Pinjarra and Wagerup alumina refineries for the mid-term. The company consumes approximately 40 per cent of the gas supplied to the south west of Western Australia and about 25 per cent of t... more

Woodside signs gas supply agreement with urea plant

Perdaman Chemicals and Fertilisers Pty Ltd and Woodside Energy Limited have signed a historic Gas Sale and Purchase Agreement (GSPA) for the supply of pipeline gas to the proposed Perdaman Urea Plant on the Burrup Peninsula in Karratha for a period of 20 years, with the option to extend to 25 years. The 2 million tonnes per annum (tpa) Urea Plant will be Australia’s first urea export project supplying the demand in the growing Asia Pacific region. It is expected to create in excess of 2,000 direct jobs during the project’s three-year construction phase and hold a permanent staff of 200 to operate the plan... more

Production commences at Ichthys LNG Project

INPEX has just announced that they have officially commenced operations at the Ichthys LNG Project, which is located in the Ichthys Gas-condensate Field, offshore of Western Australia. The large-scale project is expected to be operational for over 40 years. The project is set to produce and ship approximately 8.9 million tons of LNG, along with approximately 1.65 million tons of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) per year. Aside from this, it is predicted that the project will further produce approximately 100,000 barrels of condensate per day during its peak. The produced gas will be gathered within the Centr... more

ARENA-funded trial to test new solar-friendly technologies

Parts of Victoria’s electricity grid will soon receive a technical overhaul thanks to a $2.2 million trial which will explore how existing infrastructure can effectively integrate with solar power and other new technologies. The trial, Creating Solar Friendly Neighbourhoods, is being developed through a partnership between leading energy infrastructure company AusNet Services, Victorian electricity distributor Jemena, the University of New South Wales and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)- which will contribute $1.1 million in funding to the project as part of their Advancing Renewables Program... more

NSW Government approves exploratory works for Snowy 2.0

Following a rigorous environmental and planning assessment, Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro, and the Minister for Planning Anthony Roberts, have officially approved exploratory works for the Snowy 2.0 Project. Snowy 2.0 is a major pumped-hydro project which is expected to increase the Snowy Scheme’s generation capacity by 2,000 megawatts (MW) and provide large-scale energy storage of 175 hours - enough to power three million homes for a week. The project will link the two existing Snowy Scheme dams, Tantangara and Talbingo, through underground tunnels and an underground power s... more

Mine to become Australia’s first compressed air facility for renewable energy storage

Hydrostor Australia Pty Ltd has been awarded a combined $9 million in grant funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the South Australian Government’s Renewable Technology Fund, for Australia’s first Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) project. Hydrostor is set to construct the 5 megawatt (MW) / 10 MWh fuel-free A-CAES facility which will re-purpose the Angas Zinc Mine which is currently in care and maintenance and is located in Strathalbyn, approximately 60 kilometres southeast of Adelaide. The $30 million commercial demonstration project will use the existing mine t... more

Elliott Green Power opens Susan River Solar Farm in Queensland

Elliot Green Power has opened the $175 million Susan River Solar Farm, which has the capacity to power nearly 40,000 homes at full generation. Member for Maryborough, Bruce Saunders, welcomed the latest addition to Queensland’s renewable generation fleet. “Susan River Solar Farm is one of the biggest solar farms to come online in Queensland,” he said, “but what’s been most important to the Fraser Coast is that 80 per cent of the construction workforce came from the local area.” Elliot Green Power sourced several Queensland businesses throughout the construction such as local quarries, concr... more

CU-River to transform former Port Augusta Power Stations site

Jobs and investment are set to flow into Port Augusta following an agreement by Flinders Power Partnership to sell the site of the former Port Augusta Power Stations to CU-River Mining Pty Ltd. South Australian iron ore magnetite producer, CU-River, plans to turn the site into an iron ore and grain transshipment port facility, with the acquisition expected to provide a substantial jobs boost for the Upper Spencer Gulf town. Once feasibility and approvals are completed, the proposed $250 million port facility is forecast to hold an initial capacity up to 15 million tonnes per annum (TPA), with future potent... more

Sandy Ridge Facility gains Government approval

The Department of Environment and Energy have approved Tellus Holdings Ltd’s Sandy Ridge Facility, which is set to reside within the Goldfields Region of Western Australia. Tellus is proposing to construct and operate Australia’s first dual open-cut kaolin (clay) mine and arid near-surface geological waste repository, the Sandy Ridge Facility, approximately 75 kilometres north-east of Koolyanobbing. There are two key aspects of Tellus' proposal. The first involves mining kaolin primarily for export to Asia or the domestic ceramic clay market, with the second aspect involving storing hazardous, intract... more

Work commences on new lithium hydroxide facility

Albemarle Corporation has commenced earthworks for its new lithium hydroxide manufacturing plant in the Kemerton Strategic Industrial Area, which is located approximately 17 kilometres north-east of Bunbury. The Albemarle Kemerton Plant will process spodumene ore concentrate from the Talison Lithium Greenbushes mine, which is the largest source of spodumene ore concentrate in the southern hemisphere (Environmental Protection Authority 2018), through five process trains. The plant is expected to produce up to 100,000 tonnes per annum of lithium hydroxide and has the potential to expand to 100,000 metric to... more

Sanjeev Gupta unveils ambitious new project for Whyalla

GFG Alliance Executive Chairman, Sanjeev Gupta, has revealed plans for a  mega steel plant for the South Australian City Whyalla, signing an engineering contract with CISDI for the ambitious project. Mr Gupta said GFG Alliance’s cutting‐edge transformation plans for the existing steel plant are just the beginning of what they have in store for the region. “Utilising almost perfect local conditions – our own infrastructure including a deep‐sea port; rich local resources; and unrivalled community passion – we now plan to build a new steel plant, one of the world’s largest, right here in Whyal... more

Sudi Project JV prepares for next phase of drilling in Southern Tanzania

Strandline Resources Limited is preparing to commence the next phase of air-core drilling at the Sudi mineral sands project in Southern Tanzania, alongside Joint Venture partner Rio Tinto Mining & Exploration Limited. The Sudi project is located 30 kilometres by sealed road from the port and city infrastructure of Mtwara in southeastern Tanzania. Under the terms of the Joint Venture, Rio Ti... more

Montem Resources launches Prospectus to raise $20 million

Metallurgical coal development company, Montem Resources Limited, has lodged its Prospectus with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) to raise up to $20 million and list on the Australian Securities Exchange via an Initial Public Offering (IPO). Following a successful capital raising and listing, Montem is likely to have a market cap in the range of $50 million to $55 million. The Prospectus offers up to 40 million new ordinary shares at an issue price of $0.50 per share to raise up to $20 million, with capital raising expected to close in early October, and trading of Montem shares exp... more

Drilling to commence at lithium project in Argentina

Lithium exploration and project development company, Lake Resources NL have confirmed that drill hole locations have now been determined for the upcoming drill program at their 100 per cent owned Cauchari Lithium Brine Project in Argentina. Following recent discussions with relevant authorities in Argentina this week, the company has announced plans to drill three holes, with a possible fourth hole, to depths of 400 metres. Drilling is anticipated to show a likely extension to the high-grade lithium brines in adjacent properties and work is likely to commence in early October, barring any unforeseen delays. ... more

BHP enters agreement over copper-gold project in Ecuador

BHP Billiton plc (BHP) has entered into an agreement with Canadian based mining company Guyana Goldfields Inc. (Guyana) to acquire a 6.1 per cent interest in SolGold Plc (SolGold), the majority owner and operator of the Cascabel porphyry copper-gold project in Ecuador. SolGold is a copper-gold exploration company with objectives to discover and define world‐class copper‐gold deposits in Ecuador. They hold the largest exploration team and the most active exploration programme across the country. Cascabel is SolGold’s flagship project and is one of the most advanced resources project in Northern Ecuador. ... more