Projects

Pit extension project approved for Hunter Valley coal mine

Close to two million tonnes more coal will be extracted from a Hunter Valley mine following an approval to modify an existing development consent with conditions by the NSW Independent Planning Commission. Mt Owen Pty Ltd sought approval to extend the Barrett Pit at its Glendell Coal Mine, 20km northwest of Singleton, to recover an additional 1.97 million tonnes of run-of-mine (ROM) coal. The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s whole-of-government assessment report found the proposed modification would result in: a net increase in disturbance area of 4.3 hectares a net 0.4-hectare ... more

Newmont sells stake in Continental Gold for $260M

Newmont Corporation has successfully completed the sale of its 19.9 per cent equity stake and convertible bond in Continental Gold Inc. for $260 million in cash. The sale was part of a contractual arrangement to support Zijin Mining Group’s acquisition of Continental. Tom Palmer, President and Chief Executive Officer said selling the Continental stake into a strong bid allowed the company to generate $260 million in cash that will support its disciplined approach to capital allocation, including strengthening the company’s investment grade balance sheet, investing in the highest returning projects, and re... more

Carrapateena achieves nameplate milling rate

OZ Minerals’ Carrapateena mine in South Australia has now achieved nameplate mill throughput rate, with stable operational periods at 500 tonnes per hour and in excess of 90 per cent runtime achieved for 24-hour periods. Flotation recovery for several shifts has reportedly already exceeded 90 per cent, with concentrate grades in excess of 40 per cent copper. In commenting on the milestone, OZ Minerals Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Cole, said while the mine produced first concentrate in December, the minerals processing plant was subject to further work by the construction contractors to complete final ... more

Major quartz vein gold system found at Yandal Gold Project

Toro Energy Limited has announced that assay results from the 2019 maiden RC drilling programme, at the company’s 100 per cent owned Yandal Gold Project in Western Australia, along with detailed surface mapping, have confirmed that a major quartz vein gold system has been intersected in Toro’s first drill holes in the Golden Ways Target Area. Four reverse circulation (RC) drill holes were completed for a total of 792m in Toro’s maiden drill programme at Golden Ways. Drill holes TERC09, TERC10 and TERC11 aimed to test anomalies and alteration from historical drilling, while TERC12 aimed to test a large o... 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

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 op... more

New renewable energy generation precinct to create jobs

A new wind farm near Warwick in Queensland will be built by publicly owned generator CleanCo building, as part of a precinct that will create 400 jobs and supply up to nearly 700,000 homes. Early works are expected to start later this year, with construction scheduled to run from mid-2021 to 2024, with the Precinct generating its first power from mid-2022. Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad said the wind farm will be part of the 1026-megawatt MacIntyre Wind Farm Precinct on the Southern Downs. “For the next few months, the entire focus of the Queensland Government is on protecting Queenslanders... more

Plans for world-first solar power plant in Victoria

The Australian Renewable Agency (ARENA) has announced $3 million in funding to RayGen Resources Pty Ltd (RayGen) to conduct a technical and commercial feasibility study for a 4 MW ‘solar hydro’ power plant to be built in north-western Victoria. In a world-first, the Melbourne based renewable energy startup RayGen is proposing to build a fully dispatchable renewable energy facility that will use their innovative concentrated solar PV technology known as PV Ultra and combine it with their Thermal Hydro technology to generate renewable energy and provide large scale energy storage. The grid-scale power plant... more

The Pilbara looks to renewable hydrogen and ammonia production

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced $995,000 in funding to Yara Pilbara Fertilisers Pty Ltd to support a feasibility study for the production of renewable hydrogen and ammonia. The feasibility study will explore the potential to make green hydrogen work at industrial scale at Yara’s existing ammonia production facility in the Pilbara. Yara will investigate producing renewable hydrogen via electrolysis powered by onsite solar PV. The renewable hydrogen produced will displace 30,000 tonnes per year of hydrogen which Yara currently derives from fossil fuels. The blended hydrogen wil... more

$768M solar farm receives conditional approval

The New South Wales' Independent Planning Commission has approved a new $768- million solar farm on the Northern Tablelands, with conditions. UPC Renewables Australia Pty Ltd (the Applicant) sought planning approval for the 720- megawatt New England Solar Farm on 3362 hectares of agricultural land, 6km east of Uralla. The solar farm will comprise more than 2.4 million solar panels, 150 power conversion units and a lithium-ion battery storage facility. It will connect to TransGrid’s existing transmission line that transects the development site. The Department of Planning, Industry & Environment fi... more

$1B transmission line project declared a coordinated project

The Queensland Government has ticked off a major milestone on a proposed $1 billion overhead high-voltage electricity transmission line which would connect major energy users and North West Queensland’s public to the national electricity grid. Queensland’s independent Coordinator-General declared CuString Pty Ltd’s CopperString Project a ‘coordinated project’ on 27 April. The proposed project is a 1,100-kilometre 275-kilovolt overhead high-voltage electricity transmission line connecting the North West Minerals Provence and Mount Isa to the National Electricity Market grid south of Townsville. ... more

QLD provides $100m to keep Haughton pipeline moving

The Queensland Government has fast-tracked $100 million, as part of its $225 million commitment to Townsville’s water security, to keep construction of the Haughton 36.5 kilometre water pipeline moving. Member for Townsville, Scott Stewart said the $100 million payment (paid last week) would go towards supporting up to 1000 jobs over the life of the project. “We all know Townsville has been doing it tough and is currently recovering from an unprecedented flooding event. The jobs that flow from the Haughton pipeline are a shot in the arm during the rebuilding period,” Mr Stewart said. There are mo... more

Construction begins on Australia’s biggest lithium processing plant

Construction of the $1 billion Albemarle Kemerton Plant in Western Australia, Australia’s largest lithium processing plant, has commenced. The plant will become Australia's largest lithium hydroxide plant, with approval to produce up to 100,000 tonnes per annum of premium battery grade lithium hydroxide. Western Australia is currently the number one global producer of lithium, the second largest global producer of rare earths, the third largest global producer of cobalt and the fourth largest global producer of nickel. The Government of Western Australia is working with Albemarle to ensure job opportu... more

Construction commences on Australia’s first thermal waste-to-energy facility

Premier of Western Australia Mark McGowan, and Federal Minister for the Environment Melissa Price, have officially ‘turned the sod’ at Australia’s first thermal waste-to-energy facility in Kwinana, Western Australia. The facility, named Avertas Energy, will use state-of-the-art technology to process 400,000 tonnes of household, commercial and industrial waste each year to significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 400,000 tonnes (equivalent to taking 85,000 cars off Perth’s roads). Once operational in 2021, the facility will generate and export 36 megawatts of baseload electricity t... more

Rio Tinto to consider options for future of New Zealand’s Aluminium Smelter

Rio Tinto has announced that it plans to conduct a strategic review of its interest in New Zealand’s Aluminium Smelter (NZAS) at Tiwai Point, to determine the operation’s ongoing viability and competitive position. NZAS is a joint venture between Rio Tinto (79.36 per cent) and Sumitomo Chemical Company Limited of Japan (20.64 per cent). It is New Zealand’s only aluminium smelter and began operations in 1971. The plants produces primary aluminium in the form of ingot, billet, and rolling block. The majority of the plant's alumina is supplied from the Rio Tinto Yarwun and Queensland Alumina refineries ... more

BHP targets 100 per cent renewable energy at Chile operations

BHP has announced four new renewable power agreements to meet power demand for two of its copper operations in Chile. BHP’s Escondida mine, located in Northern Chile, is the world’s largest copper producer, while Spence is BHP’s wholly-owned open-pit copper mine, located in the Atacama Desert, in the North of Chile. BHP aims to supply Escondida and Spence’s energy requirements from 100 per cent renewable energy sources from the mid-2020s. The new contracts are expected to meet Escondida and Spence’s current energy needs and also contain the flexibility to help manage future demand as well. Pre... more

Rio Tinto’s Canada operations certified for responsibly produced aluminium

Rio Tinto now offers independently certified responsibly produced aluminium from all of its Canadian operations, with the extension of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative’s (ASI) Chain of Custody certification to include the BC Works smelter and Kemano Power Operations in Kitimat, British Columbia. The certification reinforces Rio Tinto’s commitment to responsible mining and metals production by providing independent verification that material can be traced through a ‘chain of custody’ which extends from Rio Tinto’s Gove bauxite mine in Australia to its alumina refinery, aluminium smelters and cast... more

Results of Canadian zink mine feasibility study released

Zinc exploration and development company, Superior Lake Resources Limited, has announced the results of a Bankable Feasibility Study (BFS) for the Superior Lake Project, located approximately 200 kilometres east of Thunder Bay in the province of Ontario, Canada. The project spans an area of 175 square kilometres and consists of two deposits – Winston Lake and Pick Lake. It is owned by Ophiolite Holdings Pty Ltd, an Australian incorporated entity. Superior Lake owns 70 per cent of Ophiolite and recently announced transactions to acquire an additional interest of 15 per cent in Ophiolite. Since acquiring a... more