METALLIFEROUS AND INDUSTRIAL MINERAL OPERATIONS
Baal Gammon – Consolidated Tin Mines disposed of this mothballed copper-gold operation this year and it is now in the control of private company Baal Gammon Copper Pty Ltd (BGC).
Cannington – This South32-owned silver-lead-zinc mine produces up to 3Mtpa of ore, which is processed on site to produce about 500,000 tonnes of concentrate. Preliminary studies indicate that an option to extend the life of the mine by more than five years could be undertaken around 2020. https://www.south32.net/
Cape Flattery – This sand mining operation produces about 1.5Mtpa of silica sand for export for use in glass, foundry and chemical industries. Cape Flattery Silica Mines, a wholly-owned subsidiary company of Mitsubishi Corporation, is the world’s largest silica sand producer and exporter. www.cfsm.com.au
Capricorn Copper (formerly Mount Gordon mine) – Lighthouse Minerals and EMR Capital took control of this copper operation from former owner Aditya Birla in October 2015. Also formerly known as Gunpowder mine, the site had been under care and maintenance since April 2013. The new owners have a $110 million capital works program under way to restart it as Capricorn Copper. They are aiming to process 1.6Mtpa-1.7Mtpa of ore at a head grade of just over two per cent copper over a mine life of at least 10 years. http://www.capricorncopper.com/
Century – This operation was Australia’s largest open-cut zinc mine before ending production in 2015 under MMG. New owner New Century is undertaking a restart feasibility study into the recommissioning of the existing Century processing plant via the initial treatment of tailings before examining its other primary ore sources. New Century in October 2017 secured $58 million financing and is planning a restart in 2018. http://www.newcenturyresources.com/
Charters Towers gold – Underground mining operations at the Citigold’s Charters Towers ‘Central’ and ‘Imperial’ mining areas, together with the processing plant, have been placed on active care and maintenance. The company is involved in project funding discussions. www.citigold.com
Chillagoe project – ($100m) Auctus Minerals plans to restart mining at the mothballed Mungana site and to begin development of the nearby King Vol zinc project in the fourth quarter of 2016. GR Engineering Services has won a $36 million contract for upgrade and completion works on the Mungana polymetallic concentrator. http://www.auctusminerals.com.au/
Conjuboy – Greenvale Silicon, a subsidiary of Agripower Australia, is mining this diatomite deposit. The raw natural amorphous silica is processed at a facility near Charters Towers, producing about 160,000tpa of agricultural-grade product. http://www.agripower.com.au/
Cracow – Owner-miner Evolution Mining acquired 100 per cent of this underground gold-silver mine in November 2011. The mine produces up to 100,000oz of gold per annum. www.evolutionmining.com.au
Eloise – Owned and operated by FMR Investments, this underground copper-gold mine has been operating since reopening in early 2011. The operation, 65km south-east of Cloncurry, includes a mill with a capacity of 600,000tpa. -www.fmrinvestments.com.au
Ernest Henry – This Glencore-owned underground mining operation produced 67,000 tonnes of copper and 88,000 oz of gold in concentrate in 2015/16. Evolution Mining in August 2016 acquired a stake in the operations for $880 million. Ernest Henry has an ore reserve base that supports a mine life of at least 11 years. www.ernesthenrymining.com.au
Ernest Henry mine.
Far Fanning – Ore production began in late September 2016 at this gold mine and owners, Fortified Gold, hope to commission an on-site mill by the end of the year. They are targeting a 30,000oz per annum operation, with an expected mine life of eight years.
Georgetown gold – Etheridge Operations purchased the Georgetown plant and associated tenements following the administration of previous owner JKO Mining. It has an agreement with Laneway Resources to mine and process initially up to 200,000t of near surface ore when the mining lease at Agate Creek is granted
Goondicum – Canadian company Melior Resources owns this ilmenite, feldspar, apatite and titanomagnetite mine after buying out former owner Belridge Enterprises. The company commenced ilmenite production at in April 2015 but production was paused in August 2015, and the mine placed on care and maintenance. http://www.meliorresources.com/
Great Australia – CopperChem purchased the Great Australia site in 2009. It includes mining operations and hydrometallurgical and copper concentrator production facilities. The mine and concentrator are currently in care and maintenance. www.copperchem.com.au
Hey Point – Green Coast Resources expects to export first shipments from its Hey Point bauxite mine on Cape York this year. The private company started mining in 2015 and has assembled a 100,000-tonne ore stockpile. The Hey Point bauxite project is a direct shipping ore project expected to produce 3-4 million tonnes of bauxite for refining overseas.
Kunwarara – Global industrial minerals group Sibelco in 2012 acquired Queensland Magnesia (QMAG), which mines magnesite ore here and at the Yaamba satellite deposit. The ore is crushed and screened before going to the Parkhurst processing plant in Rockhampton. www.sibelco.com.au
Lady Annie – CST Mining Group – now known as NetMind Financial Holdings – restarted copper cathode production at this former CopperCo site in 2010. The operation includes a number of open pits and a SX-EW cathode production plant. www.netmindfh.com
Lady Loretta – Glencore’s zinc-lead-silver underground mine began production in September 2012 and stope mining commenced in mid-2013. It reached a capacity of 1.6Mtpa before Glencore suspended operations in late 2015 in a strategic move to preserve resources while zinc prices were low. www.mountisamines.com.au
Leichhardt copper – Malaco Mining owns this asset, which it purchased from Cape Lambert Resources. It is a copper mining operation including a heap leach SX-EW facility. http://malaco.com.my/
Lighthouse – Solar Silicon Resources Group began mining silica quartz here in 2011 for production of silicon metal and high purity crucible-grade sand. Solar Silicon Resources Group is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Magnolia Solar Corporation. http://www.magnoliasolar.com/
Lucky Break – Metallica Minerals owns this nickel and cobalt project. Queensland Nickel mined the Dingo Dam part of the deposit for about two months in 2015 for feedstock for the Palmer Nickel and Cobalt refinery near Townsville.
Mt Carlton – this Evolution Mining gold-silver-copper operation, about 45km north-west of Collinsville, commenced commercial production in mid-2013. www.evolutionmining.com.au
Mt Colin – CopperChem began open-cut operations in November 2013 at this copper project. It is now on care and maintenance. www.copperchem.com.au
Mount Garnet/Surveyor/Balcooma – Snow Peak Mining purchased these assets from former operator Kagara (in receivership) in 2013 and they were being managed by Consolidated Tin. Since the purchase, mining recommenced for a time at the Balcooma and Mount Garnet mines and processing at the Mount Garnet processing plant. http://www.csdtin.com.au
Mt Veteran – MGT Resources owns a suite of Mt Garnet tin assets, including the Mount Veteran mill, which it has upgraded to process hard rock tin ore at a processing rate of 10 tonnes per hour, or up to 70,000 tonnes per year of input capacity. The Mt Garnet tin project is on care and maintenance. The company said it would resume its production plan once tin prices returned to favourable level. http://www.mgt.net.au/
* Mount Isa Mines – Over its 90-year history Mount Isa Mines has grown to become Australia’s largest industrial complex, operating two separate mining and processing streams – copper and zinc-lead-silver. The site’s copper operations include two underground copper mines (Enterprise and X41 ore bodies), an on-site concentrator with a capacity of 7.2Mtpa and copper smelter. Mount Isa Mines also hosts the world’s largest zinc resource base, including the underground George Fisher zinc-lead mine, two open-pit zinc-lead mines (Black Star and Handlebar Hill), a concentrator with 9.2Mtpa capacity and lead smelter. Owner Glencore scaled down production at George Fisher in late 2015 in a strategic move to preserve resources while zinc prices were low. The Black Star open-cut mine is set to go into care and maintenance in the second half of 2016, in line with the zinc operation’s established life-of-mine plan.
Former owner Xstrata commenced a $47m pre-feasibility study into the development of a large zinc–lead–copper open-pit mine on the existing Mount Isa Mines footprint, known as the Mount Isa Open Pit (MIOP) project – but this work is on hold. www.mountisamines.com.au
* Mt Moss – Mt Moss Mining, a Curtain Bros business, placed this site on care and maintenance at the end of 2014. It was producing iron products including lump iron and intermediate iron ore. www.mtmoss.com
* Mt Rawdon – owner/operator Evolution Mining acquired this open-pit gold-silver mine in November 2011 and moved to owner miner in July 2014. It produces about 100,000oz of gold per annum. www.evolutionmining.com.au
* Mt Ruby – Developed Iron Ore began open-pit production in 2014 at this magnetite deposit, 18 km west-north-west of Ravenshoe. The magnetite is trucked to Mourilyan for export.
* Osborne – Chinova Resources ended underground mining at this copper-gold site in 2015 and has moved to an open cut operation expected to extend life of mine into 2017, with processing occurring until the last quarter of 2017. The site includes a 2Mtpa copper-gold flotation concentrator and 19MW gas and diesel-fired power station. http://www.inovaresources.com/
* Pajingo – Evolution Mining in August 2016 entered into a binding agreement to sell the Pajingo gold mine and surrounding exploration tenements in North Queensland to Minjar Gold for up to $52 million in cash and royalties. The Pajingo mine, 50km south of Charters Towers, has been operating since 1986 and produced 68,630 ounces of gold in 2015/16. www.minjargold.com.au
* Phosphate Hill – Incitec Pivot mines phosphate rock and manufactures about 975,000tpa of fertiliser at this site, with Golding Contractors acting as mining contractors for the operation. www.incitecpivot.com.au
* Ravenswood gold operations – Resolute Mining as completed the Ravenswood Expansion Project Feasibility Study, defining a $258 million plan to extend mining operations at the North Queensland gold town by recommencing open-pit mining in the Nolans East, Sarsfield, and Buck Reef West pits. Its Mt Wright underground operations are expected to continue until eventual closure in mid-2017 and mining is under way at Nolans East. The extension project will involve start-up capital of $134 million for pre-stripping and a staged processing plant expansion to 5Mtpa, with an expected life of mine project capital of $258 million staged over six years. www.rml.com.au
Rocklands – CuDeco sent the first deliveries of sulphide copper concentrates to the Port of Townsville in August 2016 and has also started exporting native copper from its flagship Rocklands mine to the Port of Townsville. www.cudeco.com.au
Sunstate Sands – This Earth Commodities silica sand operation celebrated its first export in 2015. The operation includes a processing plant. http://www.earthcommodities.com.au/
Concentrate production at the Thalanga mine.
Tartana – Owned by Solomons Mines, this open-cut mining site, 40km north-east of Chillagoe, produced copper sulphate crystals from copper ore. It is on care and maintenance.
Thalanga – Red River Resources commenced concentrate production at this zinc project in September (2017). Red River bought the Thalanga processing plant and surrounding tenements from failed miner Kagara’s administrators in 2014. It is forecast to achieve annual average production of 21,400 tonnes of zinc, 3600 tonnes of copper, 5000 tonnes of lead, 2000 oz of gold and 370,000 oz of silver in concentrate over an initial mine life of five years. http://www.redriverresources.com.au/
Twin Hills mine (Granite Belt Project) – Alcyone Resources placed its Twin Hills operations on care and maintenance in 2014 and has gone into receivership. MRV Metals (a subsidiary of Moreton Resources) has acquired this asset and a range of other tenements in the region. It recently received mining lease approval for its Granite Belt Project and is preparing to recommission silver production facilities. http://moretonresources.com.au/
Volga – Mining began in 2014 at this SMK Mining operation, which produces copper oxide ore. The site is mined in partnership with contractor JDR Mining and Civil and Moore Mining Engineers. Ore is processed at CopperChem’s plant at Cloncurry. http://www.smkmining.com.au/
Weipa bauxite – Bauxite mined at Rio Tinto Aluminium Weipa operations is shipped to the Yarwun and Queensland Alumina Limited refineries in Gladstone as well as to overseas customers. The Weipa operations consist of two continuous mining operations at East Weipa and Andoom, two beneficiation plants, 19km of railway to transport mined bauxite to the port area, two stockpiles and two ship loaders. The operation produces about 26Mtpa of bauxite. Rio Tinto Aluminium is constructing the Amrun (South of Embley) project to extend mining in the area. www.riotintoalcan.com
Wirralie – Solomons Mines established a new gold mine here in 2015 and anticipates an open-cut mine life of 20-years. Ore is treated on site to produce gold bullion.
Wolfram Camp – Almonty Industries bought this operation, 16km north of Dimbulah, in late 2014 from Deutsche Rohstoff subsidiary Wolfram Camp Mining. It produces tungsten and molybdenum concentrates. http://www.almonty.com/
ADVANCED METALLIFEROUS AND INDUSTRIAL MINERAL PROJECTS
Agate Creek – Laneway Resources has lodged a Mining Lease Application over this high-grade gold project. It plans an open-cut mining operation that will utilise the nearby Georgetown mill for gold processing. Agate Creek has a JORC resource of more than 400,000oz of contained gold. www.lanewayresources.com.au
Amrun – ($2.6b) Construction is under way on this Rio Tinto bauxite project, with Bechtel acting as the EPC manager. The project is about 40km south of Rio Tinto’s existing East Weipa and Andoom mines and involves the construction of a bauxite mine, processing and port facilities. The planned initial output is 22.8Mtpa, replacing production from the depleting East Weipa mine and increasing annual bauxite exports from Rio Tinto’s Cape York operations by about 10Mtpa. Production and shipping are expected to commence in the first half of 2019, ramping up to full production by the end of the year. The project’s design provides options for future expansion to 50 million tonnes a year.
Work packages are being rolled out, with information available through ICN Gateway at https://gateway.icn.org.au/project/3677/amrun-south-of-embley-project
Anthony – Zamia Metals has conducted a scoping study for an open-cut molybdenum mining and processing operation and is seeking a strategic/joint venture partner to fund the project through to completion of a definitive feasibility study. www.zamia.com.au
Ardmore – This high-grade phosphate rock project is located 128km south of Mount Isa and is described as a smaller, undeveloped satellite deposit to the Duchess Mine which feeds the Phosphate Hill ammonium phosphate fertiliser plant. Centrex Metals recently completed a major resource drilling program at the site. It says a scoping study is being undertaken in parallel to the more detailed feasibility study due for completion in mid-2018. www.centrexmetals.com.au
Aurukun bauxite – Glencore is assessing the feasibility of developing a small-scale bauxite mine at Aurukun producing up to six million dry product tonnes per year over a 20 year mine life.
Barbara copper-gold project –($32m) Syndicated Metals entered a joint venture with CopperChem (owned by Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Company) to develop this copper-gold project, with an expected output of about 20,000 tonnes of copper per annum. A feasibility study on open-pit mining was carried out based on processing the sulphide ore at Glencore’s Mount Isa operations and processing oxide ore at CopperChem’s Great Australia Mine operations. While the feasibility study outlined a robust open pit copper project, Syndicated and CopperChem announced in October 2015 that they had agreed to pursue alternative avenues to realise value from Barbara and related tenements. Syndicated cited “a lack of economic toll-treatment alternatives in the Mount Isa region based on a “dig-and-deliver” style development” as a factor in the decision. www.syndicatedmetals.com.au
Bauxite Hills project – ($40m) Metro Mining hopes to be in production in the third quarter of 2017, exporting up to 5Mtpa of direct shipping ore from this bauxite project. www.metromining.com.au
Ben Lomond – Project owner Mega Uranium has undertaken prefeasibility studies for uranium and molybdenum mining. www.megauranium.com
Binjour – Australian Bauxite announced a resource of 24.5 million tonnes of gibbsite-rich bauxite here in mid-2012 and aims to have a 1-5Mtpa operation producing from 2018. www.australianbauxite.com.au
Chinova Cloncurry copper-gold projects – Chinova Resources, a subsidiary of Shanxi Donghui Coal Coking & Chemicals Group, owns the Starra Line and Mount Dore projects about 120km south of Cloncurry and another cluster of deposits including the Mt Elliott/SWAN project about 100km south of Cloncurry. A scoping study for a regional copper heap-leach project based on copper oxide resources close to Mount Dore. The study envisaged production of around 25 000tpa copper cathode at a mining rate of up to 4.5Mtpa. http://www.inovaresources.com/
Cloncurry copper project – ($294m) This Altona Mining project, 95km north-east of Mount Isa, is expected to involve about 300 construction jobs and sustain about 280 new direct jobs in operation. www.altonamining.com
Dugald River – MMG’s Dugald River project in north-west Queensland is running ahead of schedule, with first concentrate production expected by the end of 2017. Dugald River is expected to rank within the top 10 zinc mines in the world when operational, with annual production of about 170,000 tonnes of zinc in zinc concentrate, plus by-products over an estimated 28-year mine life. www.mmg.com
Einasleigh copper – These assets were acquired by Kagara from Copper Strike in 2011 and sold to Snow Peak Mining in early 2013 as part of a larger package, which in January 2015 reverted to Consolidated Tin Mines.
Elaine/Blue Caesar prospects – China Yunnan Copper and Goldsearch are continuing drilling on these rare earth, copper, gold and cobalt prospects under the Mary Kathleen joint venture. www.cycal.com.au
Gilded Rose/ Mt Freda/Evening Star gold projects – owner Queensland Mining Corporation has entered into an option agreement with an Australian company, Ausmex Mining, to bring these projects into development. The cluster of gold tenements involved includes a mothballed facility with plant and machinery at Gilded Rose. www.queenslandminingcorporation.com.au
Hadleigh Castle – Denjim is looking to establish a mining operation and treat the ore at an external mill. The gold project has been previously mined with an existing decline to 425m depth.
Kalman – This molybdenum-rhenium-copper-gold project has changed hands several times in recent years and is now held by Hammer Metals, which also holds the nearby Overlander North and Overlander South copper deposits. Hammer metals in September 2016 released an updated resource estimate for Kalman of 20 million tonnes at 1.8 per cent copper equivalent (CuEq) at 0.61 per cent copper, 0.34 g/t gold, 0.14 per cent molybdenum and 3.7 g/t rhenium in the Indicated and Inferred categories. http://www.hammermetals.com.au/
Korella – Trial mining of the Korella phosphate deposit was undertaken in 2015, with a 20,000-tonne stockpile and a work camp remaining on site. Proponent Australia Venus Resource aims to begin commercial production in late 2017.
Kroombit – Argonaut Resources has completed the scoping study for development of an $87m zinc-copper operation and is continuing work to expand the resource. An application for a Mineral Development Licence over the area required to develop the Kroombit zinc-copper deposit has been lodged with the Queensland Government. www.argonautresources.com
Lorena – Chinova Resources and the BIM Metals group have bought into the Lorena gold project. Malachite Resources and Ore Processing Services have been advancing the project since entering a heads of agreement in April (2017). They announcedin July that they had reached a new joint venture/funding arrangement with Cloncurry Gold Recovery Management (CGR). CGR is the manager of a joint venture between Chinova Resources Tennant Creek (a subsidiary of Chinova Resources) and BIM Gold. It is envisaged that the Lorena gold project will produce 30,000-35,000 oz of gold in an 18-month open-cut operation. www.malachite.com.au
Maronan – Red Metal has completed a preliminary mine scoping study for this lead-silver and copper-gold project, 60 km south-east of Cloncurry. http://www.redmetal.com.au/
Marlborough – Gladstone Pacific Nickel proposed development of a new nickel-cobalt mine to feed a planned refinery at Gladstone. The project is on hold. www.gladstonepacific.com.au
Merlin – ($366m) an updated feasibility study for this Chinova Resources molybdenum and rhenium project was completed in November 2014. http://www.inovaresources.com/
Milo/Brightlands – GBM Resources holds this large tonnage Iron Oxide Copper Gold (IOCG) and Rare Earth Elements (REE) Project. A scoping study in 2013 confirmed the potential economic viability of a Milo open-pit operation. http://www.gbmr.com.au/
Mt Cannindah – The Mt Cannindah copper-gold project, 100km south of Gladstone, is the flagship project of Cannindah Resources. Total resources at the Mt Cannindah prospect only in this tenement package are 5.5 million tonnes at 0.92 per cent copper, 0.34g/t gold and 14.9g/t silver. http://cannindah.com.au/
Mount Carbine – Carbine Tungsten began recovering high-grade tungsten concentrate from its tailings retreatment plant in 2012. It plans to bring an open-cut mine back into production and has secured funding package options and an offtake agreement with Mitsubishi Corporation RtM Japan. www.carbinetungsten.com.au
Mount Coolon – GBM Resources acquired this gold project from Drummond Gold in 2015. It includes the Eugenia, Koala and Glen Eva deposits within 10 km of Mount Coolon. A scoping study demonstrated positive project economics of heap leaching the oxide resource at the Eugenia deposit, with the potential to see the company achieve near-term gold production. http://www.gbmr.com.au/
Mount Garnet tin project – ($76m) Consolidated Tin Mines completed a positive definitive feasibility study on the Gillian deposit in late 2015. It included the use of the former Kagara Mount Garnet processing plant. www.consolidatedtinmines.com.au
Mt Mackenzie – Resources and Energy Group holds this gold project about 40km north-west of Marlborough. The company has commenced a scoping study to examine how best to progress. http://www.rezgroup.com.au/
Mount Morgan tailings project – Carbine Resources acquired this project through the acquisition of Raging Bull Metals. It is carrying out a definitive feasibility study into mining the tailings to produce gold, copper sulphate and a pyrite concentrate. In August 2016 the company announced that total JORC resources for the project had increased by 215 per cent to 850,000 oz. www.carbineresources.com.au
Norton – Mantle Mining Corporation acquired this former gold mine and related deposit in March 2013. The most recent commercial production at the site was conducted by Norton Gold Fields in 2005/06. Mantle announced in August 2016 that following an internal review of the company’s project portfolio, the Board had resolved to refocus the company’s resources on its large scale Morning Star gold mine assets in Victoria. http://mantlemining.com/
Paradise phosphate ($1.77b) – A definitive feasibility study was completed for this project, owned by a subsidiary of Legend International Holdings. The proposal involves phosphate mines and a Mount Isa-based fertiliser manufacturing complex. Legend International Holdings has been placed into administration and the phosphate assets were frozen in August 2016 as part of a court action involving Indian fertiliser company IFFCO. http://www.lgdi.net/qld/
Drilling at the Sconi project.
Sconi – Australian Mines acquired 100 per cent of the project, near Greenvale west of Townsville, for $10 million cash and shares in a deal with joint venture partner Metallica Minerals in September 2017. The company is undertaking a bankable feasibility study, due to be completed in April 2018, for the project. The Sconi project consists of five deposits – Greenvale, Lucknow, Bell Creek, Minnamoolka and Kokomo, with granted mining leases covering all key deposits. https://australianmines.com.au/
Thalanga – Red River Resources has started early stage refurbishment work at the Thalanga processing plant, part of a package of former Kagara assets. The company completed a restart study for the zinc operation last year indicating an initial capital cost of $17.2 million and a forecast annual average production of 21,400 tonnes of zinc, 3600 tonnes of copper, 5000 tonnes of lead, 2000 oz of gold and 370,000 oz of silver in concentrate over an initial mine life of five years. http://www.redriverresources.com.au/
Tick Hill tailings project – Diatreme Resources and joint venture partner Superior Resources are conducting test work for a proposed tailings reprocessing operation at this former gold mine The site was mined in the 1990s by Carpentaria Gold – producing 513,333 ounces of gold. In January 2016 Diatreme announced a maiden mineral resource estimate for material located within the rehabilitated tailings dam at Tick Hill. The indicated resource is estimated at 630,000 tonnes at 1.08g/t gold, containing 680kg (22,000 troy ounces) of gold. http://www.diatreme.com.au/
Urquhart bauxite – Metallica Minerals aims to start production at its Urquhart bauxite project in 2017. The operation is expected to have a production rate of about 1.5Mtpa of direct shipping ore. Metallica entered a heads of agreement with Green Coast Resources in April 2016 that will give it access to that company’s Hey Point load-out facilities to transport its own product. http://www.metallicaminerals.com.au/
Urquhart HMS – Metallica Minerals subsidiary Oresome Australia and Ozore Resources are developing a simple dry mining and wet sand mineral processing operation using standard gravity (spiral concentrators) heavy mineral sand separation to produce a zircon-rutile heavy mineral concentrate (HMC). Pre-civil site preparation works have been completed. The joint venture continues to monitor the mineral sands market before proceeding to production. http://www.metallicaminerals.com.au/
Valhalla/Skal/Odin – Paladin Energy and subsidiary Summit Resources are continuing work to build resources at this advanced uranium exploration project. The former Newman State Government was putting in place the regulatory regime to support the uranium mining industry, however the Labor government elected in March 2015 has indicated it will not permit uranium mining. www.paladinenergy.com.au
Walford Crk – Aeon Metals drilling campaigns have confirmed the continuity of a shallow component of the Walford Creek resource close to the Fish River Fault containing excellent grades of copper, zinc and cobalt. The Walford Creek project was previously held by Nathan Tinkler’s Aston Metals, which went into receivership in 2013. Aeon Metals acquired Aston Metals the following year, taking on a 3600sq km tenement package in the North West. http://www.aeonmetals.com.au/
Wateranga – ($20m) High Titanium Resources and technology (formerly Queensland Industrial Minerals) proposes to develop a new open-cut ilmenite, feldspar, apatite and zircon mine. Ore will be processed on site through gravity and magnetic separation circuits before the mineral product is trucked to Bundaberg port. The company has completed process plant design work and is waiting for an ML to be granted before commencing construction of a mine. http://www.htl.net.au/
Watershed tungsten project – ($172m) Vital Metals has completed the definitive feasibility for this tungsten mine. The project holds all required permits and agreements to begin construction. www.vitalmetals.com.au
Westmoreland – Laramide Resources proposes a $US268m uranium mine development. In April 2016 it announced the results of an updated preliminary economic assessment completed by Lycopodium Minerals demonstrating attractive economics. It is based on an open-pit mining operation with a processing facility operating over a 15-year period at 5500 tonnes per day. The former Newman State Government was putting in place the regulatory regime to support the uranium mining industry in Queensland, however the Labor government elected in March 2015 has indicated it will not permit uranium mining. www.laramide.com
White Range – This Queensland Mining Corporation copper project takes in deposits including Greenmount, Kuridala, Young Australian, Vulcan, Desolation and Mt McCabe. The company proposes an open-cut mining and heap leach processing operation to produce LME copper cathode on site. QMC is seeking partners to bring the project into production. http://www.qmcl.com.au
Woolgar – Strategic Minerals is continuing exploration work on this gold project 120km north of Richmond. www.stratmin.com.au
PROCESSING OPERATIONS AND PROJECTS
Agripower Charters Towers – ($90m) Agripower Australia is developing this diatomaceous earth (amorphous silica) processing plant to produce fertiliser. The first stage has been commissioned, allowing production at the rate of about 160,000tpa of agricultural grade product. Phased expansion to 1Mtpa is planned. http://www.agripower.com.au/
Boyne Smelters – Pacific Aluminium, a Rio Tinto subsidiary, operates Boyne Smelters, which produces more than 570,000 tonnes of aluminium per annum in ingot and billet form. The company completed a $720 million upgrade in 2012. www.pacificaluminium.com.au
Cement Australia – Australia’s largest cement plant, Cement Australia’s facility at Fisherman’s Landing has a production capacity of more than 1.7 million tonnes of cement per annum. The plant processes limestone, clay, silica sand and iron additives to produce cement and clinker (an intermediate product in cement manufacturing). Feedstock is sourced from Cement Australia’s nearby East End Mine. www.cemaust.com.au
Dicalcium phosphate project – ($90m) – a Direct International Food Supplies proposal to build a dicalcium phosphate and monocalcium phosphate manufacturing facility for animal feed and crop fertiliser at Charters Towers. The planned operation would have an annual DCP production of 30,000t with capacity of up to 90,000t, as well as by-product (fertiliser) production of 60,000t and up to 180,000t per annum. The proponents are seeking investors. http://www.tiq.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/dicalcium-phosphate-project-fact-sheet-090415.pdf
Gladstone Steel Plant Project – ($6b) Proposed construction of a semi-finished steel plant to produce 5mtpa of slabs and billets. Formerly a Boulder Steel project, also formerly known as the Euroa Steel Plant Project. The group advancing this project now has proposed extracting iron ore from red mud created by the alumina industry.
Gladstone Pacific Nickel refinery proposal – Gladstone Pacific Nickel undertook an integrated definitive feasibility study for the Gladstone Nickel Project, which included the development of a $US3.65 billion nickel and cobalt refinery to treat nickel laterite ores from overseas as well as beneficiated ores from its Marlborough deposits. The project has State and federal environmental approvals but remains on hold. www.gladstonepacific.com.au
Moranbah ammonium nitrate plant – Developed at a cost of $935m by Incitec Pivot Limited subsidiary Dyno Nobel, this plant began production in 2012. The 350,000tpa ammonium nitrate manufacturing facility is capable of producing 260,000tpa of ammonium nitrate prill and 90,000tpa of ammonium nitrate emulsion. www.incitecpivot.com.au
Mount Isa acid plant – Incitec Pivot produces about one million tonnes of sulphuric acid here each year. Acid is transported by rail to Phosphate Hill for use in the production of phosphate fertiliser. It is also sold to local mining operations for use in solvent extraction of copper. www.incitecpivot.com.au
Mount Isa copper smelter – Copper anode from the Mount Isa smelter) is refined at Glencore’s Townsville copper refinery to produce 99.9 per cent pure LME (London Metal Exchange) grade-A copper cathode. The copper smelter had been expected to close during 2016 and the refinery in 2017, but owner Glencore announced in late 2015 that new environmental licencing conditions would allow the plants to stay open as long as they remain viable up until 2022. http://www.glencore.com/
Moura Queensland Nitrate Plant – a joint venture involving Dyno Nobel and CSBP (Wesfarmers), this facility is designed to produce 210,000 tonnes per year of explosive grade ammonium nitrate. http://www.dynonobel.com/
Orica chemical plant – Orica’s Yarwun manufacturing facility includes three nitric acid plants, two ammonium nitrate plants, an ammonium nitrate emulsion plant and a sodium cyanide plant. www.orica.com/Yarwun
Parkhurst magnesia plant – Global industrial minerals group Sibelco acquired plant operator Queensland Magnesia (QMAG) in 2012. The plant produces a range of high-grade magnesite and magnesia products including calcined, dead burned, and electrofused magnesia. http://www.sibelco.com.au/
QAL refinery in Gladstone.
QAL refinery – Queensland Alumina Limited (QAL) is one of the world’s largest alumina refineries, producing about 3.95mtpa of smelter grade alumina. www.qal.com.au
Queensland Nickel – Also known as the Palmer Nickel and Cobalt Refinery, this operation was placed in administration in January 2016 and liquidation in April 2016, with the plant closed. The Yabulu plant was processing nickel and cobalt-bearing laterite ores purchased from third party mines in New Caledonia, Indonesia and the Philippines. www.qni.com.au
Sun Metals refinery.
Sun Metals refinery – this Korea Zinc-owned refinery produces about 210,000 tonnes of zinc ingot annually as well as 410,000 tonnes of sulphuric acid and other process by-products including zinc ferrite. www.sunmetals.com.au
Townsville copper refinery – This Glencore plant is an electrolytic copper refinery with the capacity to produce 300,000tpa of copper cathode. The copper refinery and the Mount Isa smelter that supplies its feedstock had been expected to close in 2016-2017, but owner Glencore announced in late 2015 that new environmental licencing conditions would allow the plants to stay open as long as they remain viable up until 2022. http://www.glencore.com.au/
Yarwun alumina refinery – Construction on a $2.4b expansion project at this Rio Tinto Alcan-owned plant was completed in 2012 to take capacity to 3.4mtpa. www.riotintoalcan.com
Baralaba – Cockatoo Coal owned and operated the Baralaba Central mine from 2008 before transitioning to Baralaba North. This site produced about 750,000 tonnes of PCI coal in 2015, but operations stopped after the company was placed into administration. Cockatoo directors regained control of the company in May 2016 after a deed of company arrangement was executed. The company announced in June that it had been granted the mining lease for a planned $300m-plus expansion project to take production to a rate of up to 4.1Mtpa run-of-mine coal (about 3.5Mtpa of saleable coal). www.cockatoocoal.com.au
Blackwater – Owned by BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA), this open-cut operation produces coking and thermal coal. www.bhpbilliton.com
Blair Athol – Coal production resumed in August at this thermal coal mine under new owner TerraCom Limited. Coal mining is being scheduled around a rate of 2Mtpa. http://terracomresources.com/
Broadmeadow – Owned and operated by BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA), this underground coking coal mine uses longwall top coal caving technology. www.bhpbilliton.com
Burton – Peabody has entered into an agreement to sell the majority of its Burton mine and related infrastructure in the Bowen Basin to the Lenton Joint Venture for about $14 million. The Burton mine was placed into care, maintenance and rehabilitation in December 2016. The open-cut mine produced hard and semi-hard coking and thermal coals. www.peabodyenergy.com.au
Callide – Anglo American announced the sale of this open-cut mining operation this year to private company Batchfire Resources. This mine produces about 7mtpa of low-sulphur, sub-bituminous thermal coal primarily for Queensland’s domestic power generation. Boundary Hill South is a proposed extension to existing operations at Callide.
Cameby Downs – Managed by Yancoal Australia on behalf of its majority shareholder Yanzhou Coal Mining Company, this open-cut operation has a capacity of 1.5Mtpa thermal coal (product). www.yancoalaustralia.com.au
Capcoal – This complex includes two underground mines, Grasstree and Aquila, and two open-cut mines, Lake Lindsay and Oak Park. In July 2013 Anglo American placed Aquila under care and maintenance, however approval for a future longwall operation has been attained. Capcoal produces about 10.5Mtpa hard coking coal and pulverised coal injection (PCI) coal. Its ownership is 70 per cent Anglo American and 30 per cent Mitsui Coal Holdings, with Anglo American as operator. www.angloamerican.com.au
Carborough Downs – Majority owned by Vale, this mine has a capacity of up to 4Mtpa ROM metallurgical coal, from which about 2.8Mtpa of product coal is produced for sale. The site is expected to continue producing until 2019, with further potential for the extension of the mine life beyond that timeframe. www.vale.com
The Caval Ridge CHPP.
Caval Ridge – This BMA-owned open-cut mine has the capacity to produce about 5.5mtpa of coking coal. It was developed at a cost of $US3.4billion and opened in late 2014. www.bhpbilliton.com
Clermont – Glencore took over management of this open-cut thermal coal mine from former majority owner Rio Tinto Coal Australia. It produced just over 13 million tonnes in 2015. – www.glencore.com
Collinsville Coal – Part of the NCA Project involving Glencore, Itochu Coal Resources and Sumitomo, this open-cut mine produced 2.572 million tonnes in 2015. www.glencore.com
Commodore – Owned by InterGen Australia, Daelim and GE, this open-cut mine provides thermal coal for the Millmerran power station, producing about 3.6mtpa. Downer has the mining contract. www.intergen.com
Cook – Owned by Guandong Rising Asset Management after its takeover of Caledon Resources in 2011, this mine has a capacity of about 2Mtpa metallurgical and thermal coal after completion in 2015 of an expansion project. The project introduced a longwall mining system into the Argo Seam and included an upgrade of the coal handling and preparation plant (CHPP) to increase its throughput capacity to 500 tonnes per hour. http://www.caledon.com.au/
Coppabella -Peabody Energy is majority owner of this open-cut metallurgical coal mine. Coppabella sold 2.9 million tonnes in 2015. www.peabodyenergy.com.au
Curragh – Owned by Wesfarmers Limited, this open-cut operation produces about 8.5Mtpa metallurgical coal for export and about 3.5Mtpa of thermal coal for domestic use following a $286m expansion project completed in 2012. A feasibility study for expansion to 10mtpa export capacity has been completed, with a decision to proceed subject to market outlook. http://www.wesresources.com.au
Daunia – Production began in 2013 from this $US1.4b BMA project. The open-cut operation produces semi-hard coking coal, thermal coal and PCI. www.bhpbilliton.com
Dawson – An open-cut metallurgical and export thermal mine (formerly known as Moura mine) producing more than 8Mtpa. It is jointly owned by Anglo American and Mitsui Coal Holdings, however Anglo American plans to sell its 51 per cent stake. – www.angloamerican.com.au
Ensham – The Ensham Resources operation comprises five open-cut pits and an underground bord and pillar mine, with current production levels of 4.5Mtpa. The operation is majority owned by Idemitsu Australia (85 per cent) with LG International (15 per cent). https://www.idemitsu.com.au/
Foxleigh – Produces almost 3Mtpa premium pulverised coal injection (PCI) coal for steel manufacturers in Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Indonesia. Anglo American acquired 70 per cent of Foxleigh in 2008 with the balance of ownership shared by POSCO (20 per cent) and 10 per cent between Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal Australia. Anglo American announced the sale of its 70 per cent stake this year to Taurus Funds Management – www.taurusfunds.com.au
Goonyella Corridor – Owned by Peabody Energy, the North Goonyella longwall mine produced 2.7 million tonnes of saleable coking coal in 2015. Peabody has completed the EIS process for a $1.4b expansion project proposed for the adjoining Eaglefield mine, which is currently on care and maintenance. www.peabodyenergy.com
Goonyella Riverside – This BMA-owned open-cut mine produces high quality coking coal. www.bhpbilliton.com
Gregory Crinum – This BMA-owned complex includes the Crinum underground mine and Gregory open-cut mine, which have both been placed on care and maintenance. www.bhpbilliton.com
Grosvenor – Developed at a cost of $US1.9b, this metallurgical coal operation delivered first coal from its underground longwall in May 2016. It is capable of producing 7.5 million saleable tonnes per year at full capacity. Anglo American plans to sell its Grosvenor, Moranbah North and Moranbah South assets in the Bowen Basin as a package. www.angloamerican.com.au
Hail Creek – Managed by majority owner Rio Tinto Coal Australia, this open-cut mine produced 9.4 million tonnes of hard and thermal coal for export in 2015. Government approvals have been granted for the Hail Creek Transition Project to extend the life of mine. www.riotintocoalaustralia.com
Isaac Plains – Stanmore Coal bought this open-cut operation from Sumitomo Corporation and Vale, who had placed it in care and maintenance in 2014. Operations restarted in May 2016, with the mine expected to produce 1.1Mtpa of coking coal. Stanmore plans to bring the neighbouring Isaac Plains East deposit online to extend mine life to more than 10 years. Golding Contractors are the mining contractor. http://stanmorecoal.com.au/
Coal production at Isaac Plains.
Jeebropilly – This New Hope Group-owned open-cut mine produced 0.6 million tonnes of thermal coal in 2015. www.newhopecoal.com.au
Jellinbah – Managed by Jellinbah Resources for the Jellinbah East Joint Venture and operated by Jellinbah Resources and Leighton Contractors, this open-cut operation produces more than 4.6mtpa metallurgical coal. ellinbah Group has a 70 per cent interest in the Jellinbah operation and Marubeni Coal and Sojitz Coal each hold 15 per cent interests.-www.jellinbah.com.au
Kestrel – An underground mine which uses the longwall and continuous miner method. In 2015 this Rio Tinto mine produced more than 4 million tonnes of coking and thermal coal. www.riotintocoalaustralia.com.au
Kogan Creek – Owned by CS Energy and operated by Golding Contractors, this open-cut mine supplies thermal coal to CS Energy’s Kogan Creek power station. www.csenergy.com.au
Lake Vermont – Managed by Jellinbah Resources for the Lake Vermont Joint Venture and operated by Thiess, this open-cut mine produces about 8Mtpa hard coking coal and low volatile PCI coal. Jellinbah Group has a 70 per cent interest in the mine, with Marubeni Coal, Sojitz Coal and AMCI each holding 10 per cent interests. www.jellinbah.com.au
Middlemount – This mine is owned by a joint venture between Yancoal and Peabody Energy, with mining operations carried out on a contractor basis by NRW Holdings Limited. It produces low-volatile pulverized coal injection (PCI) coal and semi-hard coking coal. www.peabodyenergy.com www.yancoalaustralia.com.au
Millennium – An open-cut mine producing coking and PCI coal, with 4.6 million tonnes sold in 2015. A $400m expansion project is proposed from 2018/19. The Millennium Expansion Project (MEP) would see the existing mining operation expand into two new lease areas and would increase the run-of-mine extraction rate to 6Mtpa. www.peabodyenergy.com.au
Minerva – Majority owned by Sojitz, this open-cut mine produces 2.8Mtpa-3Mtpa thermal and PCI coal using the terrace mining method. http://sojitzcoalmining.com/
Moorvale – Peabody Energy is majority owner of this open-cut metallurgical and thermal coal mine, with Leighton Contractors carrying out mining operations. The mine produced 2.3 million tonnes of coal in 2015. www.peabodyenergy.com.au
Moranbah North – An underground longwall producing almost 5Mtpa of premium hard coking coal for steel manufacturers in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, India and Europe. It is managed and operated by majority owner Anglo American. www.angloamerican.com.au
Haul trucks at New Acland.
New Acland – An $896m continuation project is proposed to lift production at this open-cut operation from about 5Mtpa to 7.5Mtpa thermal coal. Queensland’s Coordinator-General gave conditional approval in December 2014. www.newhopegroup.com.au
Newlands – part of the NCA Project involving Glencore, Itochu Coal Resources and Sumitomo, this combined underground and open-cut operation produced 5.840 million tonnes of coal in 2015. The underground operation reached the end of its scheduled mine life in June 2016. Glencore is examining the feasibility of a project extending the life of the open-cut operations by about 20 years to 2042. – www.glencore.com
Norwich Park – This BMA-owned open-cut mine is in care and maintenance.| www.bhpbilliton.com
Oaky Creek – Glencore is the majority owner of the Oaky Creek No.1 and Oaky North underground mines, which produced 6.565 million tonnes metallurgical coal in 2015. – www.glencore.com
Peak Downs – This BMA-owned open-cut mining operation produces high quality coking coal. www.bhpbilliton.com
Poitrel – This BHP Billiton Mitsui Coal open-cut mine produces coking coal, thermal coal and PCI coal. www.bhpbilliton.com
QCoal Northern Hub – The Sonoma mine near Collinsville is operated in joint venture by QCoal, JFE, China Steel and Watami Trading. This open-cut operation produces about 4Mtpa metallurgical and thermal coal. Thiess is the mining contractor. QCoal also owns the nearby Cows Mine, producing less than 1Mtpa, and the Jax pit, which is on care and maintenance. It began producing coal from the 6Mtpa Drake open-cut mine in 2014, with coal processed at the Sonoma plant. www.qcoal.com.au
Rolleston – Glencore, with joint venture partners Itochu and Sumitomo, has commenced a sale process for the Rolleston thermal coal mine. The Rolleston open-cut mine produced 13.3 million tonnes of saleable coal in 2016 and recently received approval from the Queensland and Federal Governments for an expansion plan to extend its mine life to beyond 2040. www.glencore.com
Saraji – Owned and operated by BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Coal (BMA), this open-cut mine produces high quality coking coal. www.bhpbilliton.com
South Walker Creek – Owned and operated by BHP Billiton Mitsui Coal (BMC), this open-cut mine produces thermal coal and PCI coal. www.bhpbilliton.com
Wilkie Creek – Owner/operator Peabody Energy Australia closed this open-cut thermal coal mine in late 2013. It has been trying to sell the asset, most recently lining up a deal with Exergen subsidiary Sekitan Resources in 2015. www.exergen.com.au
Yarrabee – Owned by Yancoal Australia this open-cut PCI mine produced 2.81 million tonnes of saleable coal for 2015. www.yancoalaustralia.com.au
ADVANCED COAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
Alpha – ($5.5b) Proposed open-cut mine in the southern Galilee Basin producing 32Mtpa of high-quality thermal coal for the export markets. The Queensland Environment Minister issued an Environmental Authority for the Alpha Coal Mine in 2014. But the EA has been subjected to several legal challenges from anti-coal activists. In September 2016 the Queensland Court of Appeal rejected an application to overturn the findings of a lower court, the Land Court, recommending the grant of a Mining Lease and the decision by the Queensland Environment Minister to grant an Environmental Authority for the Alpha Coal Mine. The appeal represented the fourth attempt to challenge the legal validity of the approvals for the Alpha Coal Mine. The next steps will involve finalising remaining approvals in order to attain the Mining Lease, which will take the project another step closer to a point where construction can commence. www.gvkhancockcoal.com
Belvedere | Vale has a feasibility study under way for the development of a new longwall operation. | www.vale.com |
Belview – ($1.4b) Stanmore Coal is targeting coking and PCI coal production from this project. It proposes a single 3.5Mtpa ROM longwall operation costing about $869m to start up. The addition of a second longwall unit is estimated to add $529m of capital expenditure and increase production to 7Mtpa. | www.stanmorecoal.com.au |
Bluff – The Queensland Government approved the EA permit for the development of this PCI coal project under Carabella Resources. That company de-listed on the ASX in 2014 following acquisition by China Kingho Group. The China Kingho Group described acquisition of Carabella is the primary step in a strategy to set up global resources and development business in areas and districts outside China, with proposed headquarters in Australia. http://www.chinakingho.com/en_second/index.aspx?nodeid=200
Broughton – This coking coal project is at feasibility stage and U & D Coal lists it as a near-term greenfields project in its portfolio. The project has a total JORC resource of more than 120 million tonnes. http://www.udcoal.com.au/
Byerwen – QCoal is partnering with Japan’s JFE Steel Corporation to advance this project, expected to produce up to 10Mtpa metallurgical coal. Construction is under way, with MacMahon Holdings securing a preparatory works agreement and selection as preferred mining contractor. Sedgman has been awarded a $27 million engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for a tunnel stockpile reclaim system, train load-out conveyor and train load-out bin for the project. www.qcoal.com.au
Carmichael – Adani expects to start early works on the company’s $16.5 billion Carmichael thermal coal project in October as it heads for first exports in 2020. The Adani Group proposes a 60mtpa thermal coal mine and rail project in the Galilee Basin, with the coal to be exported from its terminal at Abbot Point. http://adanigroup.com/
China First – ($8b) Waratah Coal proposes an integrated open-cut and underground mining operation, rail system and port facilities to produce 40mtpa thermal coal. Also known as the Galilee Coal Project, Northern Export Facility. www.waratahcoal.com
China Stone – Queensland company Macmines plans to develop a 40mtpa (product coal) thermal coal mine, including open-cut and underground operations. The proposal includes construction of an on-site power station with a generation capacity of up to 1000MW. www.macmines.com
Clifford – Stanmore Coal has secured a joint exploration agreement from Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) to progress this thermal coal project. www.stanmorecoal.com.au
Codrilla – Peabody Energy has deferred development of this proposed $250m open-cut metallurgical mine project. www.peabodyenergy.com.au
Colton – the New Hope Group has mining lease applications proceeding to develop an open-cut coking coal operation producing about 0.5mpta. The mine has a projected production life of at least 10 years. www.newhopecoal.com.au
Comet Ridge – proposed shallow open-cut mine producing less than 1.6 Mtpa semi-hard coking and thermal coals. A 2013 prefeasibility study was positive and proponent Acacia Coal lodged a mining lease application (MLA 700005) with the Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines in 2015. The application is to support an open-cut, coking coal operation at Comet Ridge, producing up to 350,000 t per annum. http://acaciacoal.com/
Dysart East – ($450m) this proposed Bengal Coal mine is expected to produce 2Mtpa ROM metallurgical coal. It is being project managed by Dysart Mining Group, a privately owned group of companies. The project is at the final stages of contract negotiation on detailed design, procurement and financing to be provided by Chinese Suppliers. http://www.bengalcoal.com/
Eagle Downs – A 50:50 joint venture between Vale and Aquila Resources (taken over in 2014 by Baosteel and Aurizon) started development of this proposed underground longwall coking coal mine. Construction is on hold. www.vale.com www.eagledowns.com.au
Elimatta – mining lease applications are proceeding for a proposed open-cut mine at this site to produce up to 5mtpa thermal coal. New Hope acquired the nearby Taroom, Collingwood and Woori thermal coal deposits from Cockatoo Coal and Mitsui in 2014/2015. In combination with Elimatta, these projects contain total resources of more than 1 billion tonnes. www.newhopegroup.com.au
Grosvenor West – Carabella Resources had commenced a feasibility study for the Grosvenor West project, involving a potential 5.5mtpa hard coking coal development, before it was taken over by China Kingho Group. http://www.chinakingho.com/en_second/index.aspx?nodeid=200
Harrybrandt – owned by Yancoal International, this deposit is being studied as a potential open-cut operation producing PCI and anthracite coals. www.yancoalaustralia.com.au
Hillalong – Shandong Energy proposes an open-cut and underground operation producing up to 1.8 million tonnes a year of high-volatile coking and thermal coal. The project is currently undergoing an environmental impact assessment, with the company aiming to start construction in 2018. www.sdenergy.com.au
Kevin’s Corner – ($4.2b) proposed combined underground longwall and open-cut mine in the southern Galilee Basin producing up to 30Mtpa of high-quality thermal coal for export. www.gvkhancockcoal.com
Mackenzie – Stanmore Coal has formed a joint venture with Cape Coal to progress this coking coal project. It proposes an open-pit operation producing about 2Mtpa metallurgical coal. www.stanmorecoal.com.au
Mackenzie North – Jellinbah Coal proposes the development of a new satellite pit producing about 2mtpa to extend the life of the Jellinbah mine. – www.jellinbah.com.au
Drill core work at Meteor Downs South.
Meteor Downs South – ($30m) U&D Coal plans to begin construction in 2017 for its Meteor Downs South open-cut mine. It is developing the project with Sojitz Coal Mining. It is expected to produce about 1-1.5mtpa export-grade thermal coal over an eight to 10-year mine life. http://www.udcoal.com.au/
Minyango – Caledon Resources, owned by Guandong Rising Asset Management, proposes the development of an underground mine to produce up to 9Mtpa ROM metallurgical and thermal coal. The mining lease has been granted. http://www.caledon.com.au/
Moorlands – Cuesta Coal has completed a mine scoping study and a definitive feasibility study is under way for a 1.9Mtpa operation with a 30-year mine life. www.cuestacoal.com.au
Monto – Peabody Energy has a 41 per cent interest in the Monto Coal Joint Venture. The mining lease for Monto Stage 1 was granted in 2005 for production of up to 1.5Mtpa ROM coal and a Mineral Development Licence Application lodged in July 2010 to extend the mining area was successful. www.peabodyenergy.com.au
Moranbah South – Anglo American (50 per cent owner with Exxaro) has Environmental Approval to develop a greenfield underground hard coking coal mine, located to the south of Grosvenor mine. www.angloamerican.com.au
New Lenton – Held by New Hope Corporation in joint venture with Formosa Plastics Group. The joint venture is seeking approvals for the development of an open-cut mine to produce about 2mtpa thermal, PCI and metallurgical coal. It is also exploring the option of an expansion of the footprint into a second mining lease to allow production to ramp up to 3.5Mtpa.The EIS is planned for submission in 2018. www.newhopegroup.com.au
Olive Downs complex – Peabody Energy and CITIC Resources Holdings sold this package of metallurgical coal tenements to Pembroke Resources this year for $120m plus royalties. The package includes the Olive Downs South, Willunga, and Olive Downs North projects. http://www.pembrokeresources.com.au/
Red Hill – As part of the Red Hill Mining Lease Project, BMA has been assessing a future option for an underground mine project producing up to 14mtpa of coking coal. www.bhpbilliton.com
Rockwood – U&D Coal holds this potential PCI site, which it lists as a medium-term development in its portfolio of greenfield projects. http://www.udcoal.com.au/
Sarum – Glencore, on behalf of the NCA joint venture, is exploring the feasibility of constructing a $1b open-cut mine producing 3-10mtpa thermal and metallurgical coal. www.glencore.com
South Galilee – feasibility studies are continuing for a proposed open-cut and underground operation producing 15mtpa thermal coal. The proponents are Alpha Coal Management (on behalf of AMCI) and Bandanna Energy (which went into administration in 2014) – www.southgalilee.com.au
Springsure Creek – Bandanna Energy proposed development of an underground longwall mine, producing about 7mtpa ROM thermal coal. The initial development was expected to cost about $750m. Bandanna Energy Limited went into voluntary administration in September 2014. www.bandannaenergy.com.au
Styx – Prefeasibility studies have been completed and the EIS process commenced for this project. The project is being developed by Fairway Coal and is expected to produce 1.5Mtpa of metallurgical and thermal coal. www.waratahcoal.com
Taroborah – Shenhuo International Group proposes an open-cut and underground operation producing about 5.7Mtpa thermal coal with an expected development cost of about $665m. The EIS was approved in 2015. http://taroborah.com.au/
The Range – ($455-600m) A feasibility study has been completed for this thermal coal project. Stanmore Coal proposes an open-pit operation producing 5mtpa over 26 years. www.stanmorecoal.com.au
Togarah North – ($800m) Prefeasibility work is under way for an underground mine producing about 6Mtpa thermal coal. The project is a joint venture of Glencore subsidiary Enex Togara with Dongbu Australia, Hyosung Resources, Kores Australia and MM Resources. www.glencore.com
Wandoan project – ($7b) Glencore has been granted the first mining leases this project, which could produce up to 22 million tonnes of high-quality thermal coal annually. Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham in August (2017) approved the grant of three 27-year leases over 30,000 ha for Stage 1 of the project. The Wandoan coal project is a joint venture between Glencore (75 per cent owners) along with ICRA Wandoan and Sumisho Coal Australia. Four years ago Glencore announced that the project had been put on hold. http://www.glencore.com/
Wongai – This proposal for a $500m underground coking coal mine is a joint venture project between Bounty Mining Investments, Aust-pac Capital and the local traditional owners, the Kalpowar people. Project manager Bounty Mining entered voluntary administration in November 2015, and emerged from a Deed of Company Arrangement in March 2016 following an investment of $300,000 by Garrison Capital. It has since raised an additional $650,000, allowing the company to continue with the Wongai Coal Project pre-feasibility study. Bounty says a concept study completed in 2014 demonstrated that a bord and pillar underground mining operation could be established with a coal process plant and 14 km overland conveyor underwritten by a premium quality hard coking coal resource. http://www.bounty.com.au/Wongai/
Yamala – Early feasibility studies are under way for this thermal coal project, held by New Hope Corporation in joint venture with a subsidiary of Sojitz Corporation. www.newhopegroup.com.au
GAS AND OIL OPERATIONS/PROJECTS
Abbot Point LNG plant – Energy World Corporation is considering the feasibility of establishing a modular LNG facility with an initial capacity of 2mtpa, expanding to 5Mtpa. http://energyworldcorp.com/index.html
AGL gas assets – AGL owns gas wells in the Bowen, Surat and Cooper/Eromanga basins. Producing fields include Churchie, Silver Springs/Renlim, Waggamba and Taylor fields. In February 2016, AGL announced the strategic decision that exploration and production of natural gas assets will no longer be a core business for the company. It plans to sell its Queensland natural gas assets at Moranbah, Silver Springs and Spring Gully, apart from gas storage and related plant at Silver Springs. .www.agl.com.au
APA East Coast Grid – APA Group owns and operates a 7500km network of gas transmission pipelines in Victoria, NSW and extending north in Queensland to Mount Isa in the west and Gladstone on the coast. They include the Carpentaria Gas Pipeline, South West Queensland Gas Pipeline, Wallumbilla Gladstone Gas Pipeline, the Roma Brisbane Pipeline and Berwyndale Wallumbilla Pipeline. APA Group plans to extend the grid with the new $80m Reedy Creek Wallumbilla Pipeline project. www.apa.com.au
Arrow Energy gas operations and projects– Arrow Energy (owned by Shell and PetroChina) has operations in five CSG fields in the Bowen and Surat basins. With about 1200 wells, it supplies the Townsville (234MW), Daandine (33MW), Braemar 2 (450MW), Braemar (502MW) and Moranbah (12MW) power stations, as well as industrial users in Townsville and Moranbah.Its CSG operations include the Moranbah, Daandine, Kogan North, Stratheden and Tipton West sites.www.arrowenergy.com.au
Arrow Surat Pipeline and Arrow Bowen pipeline projects – the proposed Arrow Surat Pipeline would transport coal seam gas from the Surat Basin to a gas hub 22km west of Gladstone, where it would join the proposed Arrow Bowen Pipeline. The project’s Environmental Impact Statement has received State and Federal approvals. Construction would occur in two phases: – firstly, the northern section from Gladstone down to west Dalby, which will take two to three years, secondly, an extension from Dalby to west of Cecil Plains.
Arrow Bowen Gas Project – proposed phased expansion of Arrow Energy’s CSG production in the Bowen Basin to supply the liquefied natural gas (LNG) export market. The project area runs from north of Moranbah to Glenden for its first phase and, in future, south of Moranbah. The project EIS has received Queensland and Federal Government approvals. www.arrowenergy.com.au
Arrow Surat Gas Project – Arrow Energy plans to expand its operations in Queensland’s Surat Basin with a major coal seam gas (CSG) exploration, development and production project. The proposed Surat Gas Project (SGP) will provide gas for both domestic and export markets. It covers an area from Wandoan to Dalby, and down to the south-west of Millmerran, and is expected to include about 6500 CSG wells. The project would also include about 6000km of gathering lines across the Surat Basin, to move CSG and water from the wells to centralised gas processing and water treatment facilities. The project has received environmental approvals from the Queensland and federal governments.
Armour Energy assets – Armour Energy acquired the Roma Shelf project in the Surat Basin for $13m from Origin Energy in 2015. Armour Energy restarted oil production there in August and despatched its first load of crude oil, about 53,000 litres, from the Emu Apple oil field in September. The field is producing at a rate of more than 40 barrels per day. The company also plans to restart gas production through the Kincora gas facility. Armour also has shale gas tenements in the Lawn Hill/Riversleigh region. The company is targeting 2018 for the delivery of first gas from its North Queensland project area. www.armourenergy.com.au
Australia Pacific LNG – ($24.7b) a joint venture between Origin Energy, ConocoPhillips and Sinopec involving further development of coal seam gas fields in the Surat and Bowen basins, construction of a 530km pipeline and a multi-train LNG facility on Curtis Island. First LNG was exported in January this year and the first cargo from Train 2 was produced in October. www.aplng.com.au
Beach Energy assets – Beach Energy operates eight oil fields in south-west Queensland. Major fields and processing facilities are located at Kenmore and Bodalla, with minor facilities at Black Stump, Bargie, Glenvale/Coolum, Byrock and Marcoola. It is also involved in gas joint venture projects in the Cooper/Eromanga Basins with Santos and Origin, including in the Durham Downs Complex. www.beachenergy.com.au
Bengal Energy assets – Bengal Energy is part of a joint venture behind the Cuisinier oil discovery on the Barta block, where it has producing wells. It has an interest in other oil and gas properties and prospects in the Cooper Basin. www.bengalenergy.ca
Casper refinery project– ($1.6b) Casper Energy proposal for a Gladstone oil refinery to produce 63,000 barrels of fuel a day and employ 200 people in its operational phase, plus contractor staff employed in maintenance roles. The proponent aims to have all approvals in place in time for a final investment decision by 2017. http://www.casperenergy.com.au/
Charlie project – ($1.7b) This two-year development involves the construction of 300-400 wells west of Wandoan, a large field compression station and associated pipelines and facilities to feed into existing gas processing and water infrastructure at Woleebee Creek. CIMIC Group’s CPB Contractors has been appointed as the as the main works contractor. QGC (now part of Royal Dutch Shell) announced the project in November 2015, to be developed with joint venture partners China National Offshore Oil Corporation and Tokyo Gas. Construction ongoing.
Comet Ridge assets – Comet Ridge is working to bring its Mahalo block in the Bowen Basin into production and also has interests in the Galilee Basin. Comet Ridge entered into a memorandum of understanding with APA Group this year to work towards the transportation of gas from Comet Ridge’s Galilee Basin permits to east coast gas markets. http://www.cometridge.com.au/
Fisherman’s Landing LNG project – LNG Limited proposes to develop an LNG plant at Fisherman’s Landing, Gladstone. It is continuing efforts to source gas supply for its first two proposed LNG trains, each with a capacity of 1.5mtpa.www.lnglimited.com.au
Icon Energy assets – Icon has an interest in numerous coal seam gas, natural gas, shale gas and oil projects in the Surat and Cooper/Eromanga basins. (Sites: http://www.iconenergy.com/irm/content/tenements1.aspx?RID=353) www.iconenergy.com
Moranbah Gas Project – this is a 50/50 joint venture between Arrow and AGL, operated by Arrow. It supplies gas to the Moranbah and Townsville power stations, an ammonium nitrate plant in Moranbah and two mineral refining facilities in North Queensland. www.arrowenergy.com.au
New Fuels Development Centre – QER (Queensland Energy Resources is seeking partners to progress the development of a commercial oil shale project following conclusion of a demonstration program for its Paraho II processing technology. www.qer.com.au
Northern Gas Pipeline project – ($800m) Jemena is developing a 622km high-pressure gas pipeline to connect the existing Amadeus Pipeline, near Tennant Creek in the NT, to the Carpentaria Gas Pipeline, at Mount Isa. The construction contractor is McConnell Dowell. Construction of the NGP (formerly known as the North East Gas Interconnector) is scheduled to begin in 2017, with completion due in 2018. For work package details visit https://gateway.icn.org.au/project/3680/northern-gas-pipeline-ngp-previously-negi
Origin Energy gas operations/projects – Origin Energy provides coal seam gas for the APLNG plant at sites including Combabula/Reedy Creek, Spring Gully, Condabri, Orana and Talinga. Origin expects an increase in drilling activity to about 300 wells in financial year 2017 for the APLNG project. It holds interests in Cooper / Eromanga Basin projects in joint venture with Santos/Beach including Durham Downs and with Senex/Planet Gas. Origin Energy is evaluating the potential to develop the Ironbark CSG field within ATP 788 near Tara – potentially a $250m development. www.originenergy.com.au
Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG) – ($20b) the first cargo of LNG was loaded from this project in December 2014, after more than four years of development and construction on Curtis Island. First shipment from the second train was achieved mid-2015. The project included the development of a two-train liquefaction plant, related wells, field facilities and pipelines. The QCLNG plant has an output of about 8 million tonnes of LNG a year. Owner BG Group was acquired by Royal Dutch Shell in February 2016. www.shell.com
Queensland Gas Pipeline – this 627km Jemena-owned infrastructure links the Wallumbilla gas hub in south central Queensland to large industrial gas users in Gladstone and Rockhampton. Natural gas and coal seam gas enters the pipeline at Wallumbilla and at various receipt points located near gas fields along the pipeline route. https://jemena.com.au/
Queensland Hunter Gas Pipeline project – ($900m) Hunter Gas Pipeline proposes to develop an 831km gas pipeline between the Wallumbilla gas hub in Queensland, passing through the Gunnedah Basin and terminating at Newcastle in NSW. Construction is expected to begin in late 2018 or 2019. www.qhgp.com.au
Reedy Creek Wallumbilla Pipeline project – ($80m) APA Group plans to build a gas transmission pipeline and associated facilities to link its Wallumbilla gas hub with the Australia Pacific LNG pipeline at Reedy Creek. The Reedy Creek Wallumbilla Pipeline project will expand APA’S 7500km East Coast Grid by a further 50km, providing a key link to the Wallumbilla gas hub for one of the three major LNG projects operating out of Gladstone. APA will design, build, own and operate the pipeline as well as constructing associated connection and compression facilities. The company has entered into a 20-year contract with Australia Pacific LNG Marketing to provide a bi-directional service of up to 300 terajoules a day on the new pipeline. www.apa.com.au
Santos GLNG – ($US18.5b) – this project exported its first shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in October 2015. The first LNG cargo from the plant’s second train was achieved in May 2016. The project included the development of coal seam gas fields in the Bowen and Surat basins, construction of a 420km underground gas transmission pipeline, and a two-train LNG facility on Curtis Island, Gladstone. The Santos GLNG Project is a joint venture between Santos, PETRONAS, Total and KOGAS. http://www.santosglng.com/
Santos oil and gas – Santos produces sales gas, ethane, crude oil and gas liquids from the Cooper/Eromanga basins. Gas and ethane are processed at the Ballera plant in Queensland and Moomba in South Australia. South-west Queensland crude oil gathered from areas such as Watson, Tickalara, Cooroo and Naccowlah is processed at Jackson and then transported to the Lytton oil refinery in Brisbane.
It has interests in gas fields in the Surat and Bowen basins including:
Fairview field – covering about 1400 kmsq km, the Fairview field has four operating compression facilities with a combined capacity of 588 TJ per day. Sales gas from the Fairview field is transported by pipeline to Gladstone, where it is converted into LNG for export to overseas markets.
Denison Trough– Denison Trough contains 13 gas fields with more than 50 producing gas wells. Conventional gas is processed at either the Rolleston or Yellowbank gas processing facilities, which have a combined processing capacity of over 40 TJ/day. Sales gas is transported via the Queensland Gas Pipeline for sale into the Gladstone market.
Spring Gully – gas from Spring Gully field wells is processed at three gas processing plants: Spring Gully, Strathblane and Taloona, which have a combined total capacity of 180 TJ/day. Sales gas is transported via an 89km pipeline to the Wallumbilla Hub.
Scotia field – this field comprises 25 connected wells gathered into a central processing facility. Sales gas is transported via a 111km Scotia-Peat lateral pipeline to join the Roma-Brisbane pipeline, about 116 kilometres east of Wallumbilla.
Roma field – this field covers about 3000sq km and the major Roma Hub compression facility can produce 145 TJ of gas per day. Sales gas from the Roma field is transported by pipeline to Gladstone, where it is converted into LNG for export to overseas markets. www.santos.com
Senex Energy assets – Senex Energy has started work on a new coal seam gasfield development, the Western Surat Gas Project. It plans to spend $40m on the project in its first three years, with gas production targeted by the end of 2017. Civil works have started on site. Senex in 2015 reached an agreement to supply sales gas form the project to GLNG, which also purchased Senex’s Maisey block for $42m. http://www.senexenergy.com.au/
WestSide Corporation assets – WestSide operates the Meridian SeamGas CSG fields west of Gladstone. It holds a 51 per cent interest in the asset, with Mitsui E&P Australia holding the remaining 49 per cent. Elsewhere in the Bowen Basin, WestSide is operating exploration and appraisal programs at the ATP 769P (Paranui) and ATP 688P (Tilbrook and Mount Saint Martin) sites. WestSide holds a 25.5 per cent joint venture operating interest in each tenement area with Mitsui E& P Australia and QGC.
POWER STATIONS AND PROJECTS
Barron Gorge power station – This 66MW Stanwell hydro plant sources water from the Barron River to produce electricity. http://www.stanwell.com/
Barcaldine power station – Ergon Energy owns and operates this 55MW combined cycle gas power station. www.ergon.com.au
Braemar 1 power station – Owned by Alinta Energy, this gas-fired 502MW plant is supplied via a 150km gas pipeline from Condamine. http://alintaenergy.com.au/about-us/power-generation
Braemar 2 power station – Arrow Energy owns and operates this gas-fired 450MW plant. www.arrowenergy.com.au
Braemar 3 project – An ERM Power proposal to develop an open cycle gas-fired power station of up to 550MW capacity. www.ermpower.com.au
Braemar 4 project – Development approval was granted by Western Downs Regional Council in 2012 for this 500MW intermediate load gas-fired power station proposed by ERM Power. www.ermpower.com.au
Burdekin hydro project – Stanwell Corporation has sold the rights to develop a hydroelectric power station at SunWater’s Burdekin Falls Dam to Meridian Energy.
Callide A-Moura line works – ($68m) Proposed staged replacement of 132kV transmission line between Callide A and Moura substation. This Powerlink project would begin in 2020 if approved.
Callide B power station – Owned and operated by CS Energy, this 700MW coal-fired plant is supplied with coal from Anglo American’s adjacent Callide Mine. www.csenergy.com.au
Callide C power station – Owned in a 50:50 joint venture by CS Energy and InterGen, this 810MW plant is supplied with coal from Anglo American’s adjacent Callide Mine. www.csenergy.com.au
Condamine power station – The BG Group, now owned by Shell, operates this gas-fired 140MW plant. www.bg-group.com
Daandine power station – Gas-fired plant owned and operated by Energy Infrastructure Investments (EII). http://www.apa.com.au
Darling Downs power station – Origin Energy owns this 630MW gas-fired plant. www.originenergy.com.au
Diamantina and Leichhardt power stations –APA Group this year took 100 per cent ownership of these two plants, under the Diamantina Power Station project. jointly developed by APA and AGL, DPS involves two separate power facilities with shared infrastructure – the 242MW combined cycle gas turbine Diamantina Power Station and the adjacent 60MW open cycle gas turbine Leichhardt Power Station. AGL supplies gas to the plants, which have long-term power purchase agreements with major electricity users in Mount Isa.
German Creek power station – This 45MW Energy Developments plant is powered by the combustion of waste coal mine gas. http://www.energydevelopments.com.au/
Gladstone power station – NRG Gladstone Operating Services runs this 1680MW coal-fired plant on behalf of joint venture participants including Rio Tinto and NRG Energy. www.nrggos.com.au
Kareeya power station – This 86.4MW hydro plant is powered by water released from the Koombooloomba Dame into the Tully River. http://www.stanwell.com/
Kogan Creek power station – CS Energy owns this 750MW coal-fired power station. www.csenergy.com.au
Mackay gas turbine – Two jet engines power the turbines at this 34MW plant, fuelled by diesel. Stanwell Corporation uses the gas turbine to generate electricity in periods of high customer demand.
Mica Creek power station – At the end of 2014, the requirement for generation from this Stanwell-owned gas-fired station was reduced to less than 100MW, in line with the commissioning of Diamantina Power Station.
Millmerran power station – A coal-fired 860MW plant owned by a partnership comprising of InterGen Australia, Daelim and GE, with InterGen as the operator. www.intergen.com
Moranbah power station – This 12.2MW coal seam methane facility is owned and operated by AGL. The Moranbah Gas Project supplies 1.5 PJ of gas per year to this power station – half to generate electricity for domestic use and the other half to generate electricity to power the MGP. www.agl.com.au
Moranbah North power plant – Clean energy company Energy Developments has pioneered the collection and combustion of waste coal mine gas at this 45MW project, which draws its fuel from Anglo Coal’s Moranbah North coal mine. www.energydevelopments.com
Mt Stuart power station – Owned by Origin Energy, this 414MW power station is designed to generate electricity at peak times. Mt Stuart uses an open-cycle gas turbine system in which the three turbines are fuelled by kerosene. www.originenergy.com.au
Oakey power station – owned by ERM Power, this 332MW peaking plant runs on natural gas or distillate liquid fuel. www.ermpower.com.au
Roma power station – this 74MW plant, owned by Origin Energy, is a natural gas-fired peaking power station. www.originenergy.com.au
Stanwell power station – Stanwell Corporation owns and operates this coal-fired plant, with a generation capacity of up to 1460MW. www.stanwell.com
Strathmore-Clare South line works – ($55m) Proposed line refit works on one 132kV transmission line between Strathmore/ Collinsville North and Clare South substations. This Powerlink project is planned within the next five years.
Swanbank E power station – Swanbank E is due to start supplying power again on January 1 (2018), after a Queensland Government decision to return it to service. The 385MW gas-fired plant is owned and operated by Stanwell. www.stanwell.com
Tarong power station – Stanwell Corporation owns and operates this 1400MW coal-fired plant. www.stanwell.com
Tarong North power station – Stanwell Corporation owns and operates this 443MW coal-fired plant. www.stanwell.com
Townsville power station – Arrow and AGL Energy share equal rights to the electricity generated by this 234MW power station, powered wholly by gas from the Moranbah Gas Project.
Wivenhoe power station – CS Energy owns this 500MW pumped storage hydroelectric plant on the eastern side of the Wivenhoe Dam. The dam is also the site of Stanwell’s 4.7MW Wivenhoe Small Hydro generator.
RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS
Baralaba solar – FRV Services Australia proposes a 50MW solar farm about 70km west of Biloela, near Baralaba. Banana Shire Council has approved the Baralaba Solar Farm development application. http://www.baralabasolarfarm.com.au/
Barcaldine solar – ($60m) This project is being developed by Barcaldine Remote Community Solar Farm, a company owned by Elecnor Australia. Elecnor subsidiary Green Light Contractors (GLC) is acting as Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor. Construction is planned in 2016 and the commissioning is expected in the first quarter of 2017. Work packages are being released through ICN Gateway. http://barcaldinesolarfarmproject.com.au/
Bloodwood Creek solar – Carbon Energy has signed a memorandum of understanding with Photon Energy to evaluate the development of a solar power generation plant with up to 20MW capacity at its former underground coal gasification (UCG) site near Dalby. http://www.carbonenergy.com.au/irm/content/default.aspx
Bulli Creek solar – ($750m-$1b) Solar Choice has received approval from the Toowoomba Regional Council for a total footprint of up to 2 gigawatts (2000MW) over the next eight years. http://www.solarchoice.net.au/
Clare solar – The Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) 100MW project is expected to be operational in late 2017. Downer EDI won the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract and a two-year Operations and Maintenance contract for the project. http://www.claresolarfarm.com.au/
Collinsville solar– ($100m) Construction started in July (2017) on this Ratch Australia Corporation project with UGL Ltd acting as engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor. This 42MW solar farm is being developed adjacent to the old Collinsville coal-fired power station. http://ratchaustralia.com/
Collinsville North Solar Project – Development approval has been received from the Whitsunday Regional Council for this Equis Energy project, to be constructed on land close to the Collinsville North substation in 2017.
Coopers Gap wind farm – ($850m) AGL Energy has given the green light for this 453MW project to proceed. Construction is expected to begin in late 2017 and be completed by mid-2019, with AGL naming a joint venture consisting of GE and Catcon as the successful tenderer for the engineering procurement contract. www.agl.com.au
Dalby solar – Western Downs Regional Council has approved plans by Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) to build a large-scale solar farm east of Dalby. The 30MW solar farm will be located at the intersection of Blaxland–South Rd and the Warrego Highway and is set to cover 82ha. http://frv.com/en/#
Darling Downs solar – ($216.7m) A proposal from Origin Energy for an 110MW solar farm adjacent to the Darling Downs Power Station. Construction is expected to commence in 2017. www.originenergy.com.au
Daydream Solar Farm – Edify Energy is developing this 150MWac solar farm near Collinsville. Construction is scheduled to commence in Q3 2017, with RCR Tomlinson as principal contractor.
Forsayth wind farm – ($150m) Infigen proposal for a 75MW windfarm with 25-30 turbines and a substation. http://www.infigenenergy.com/
Hayman Solar Farm – Edify Energy is developing this 50MWac solar farm near Collinsville. Construction is scheduled to commence in Q3 2017, with RCR Tomlinson as principal contractor.
Hughenden solar – Overland Sun Farming proposes a 14.2MW solar farm. It has been working with Flinders Shire Council, landowners and Ergon Energy to progress the project. http://www.overlandsunfarming.com.au/
Kelsey Creek solar – The Kelsey Creek Solar Farm Consortium (KCSFC) proposes a 50MW Solar Farm near Proserpine and says generation could start as early as 2018. http://www.kcsf.com.au/
Kennedy Energy Park – ($2b) Windlab and Eurus Energy Holdings Corporation have council development approval for a $120m Stage 1 development comprising 30MW of wind generation, 20MW of solar and 2MW of Li ion battery storage. The proponents say says construction will commence early in 2017. Windlab intends to build more than 1000MW of wind and solar generation north of Hughenden after completing this first stage of the Kennedy development. http://www.windlab.com/home
Kidston energy project – Powerlink and Genex Power have signed an agreement to progress Stage 2 of the $1 billion Kidston Hydro-Solar Project. Stage 2 would see the 250MW Kidston Pumped Hydro Project and the 270MW Kidston Solar Project proceed at the site of the former Kidston gold mine in North Queensland. The 50MW Kidston Stage 1 solar farm is already under construction. http://www.genexpower.com.au/
Lakeland solar and storage – ($42.5m) Conergy is starting construction on a large-scale solar and battery storage project. The project consists of a 10.8MW solar PV array featuring 41,440 solar panels, with a Conergy ‘CHESS’ storage solution. Conergy has appointed BMD Constructions as the major sub-contractor for the Lakeland Solar and Storage Project. http://www.conergy.com.au/
Lilyvale solar – ($400m) Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) proposes a 400-hectare solar farm for a property near Tieri. http://frv.com/en/#
Longreach solar – ($28.7m) Canadian Solar Australia proposes a 15MW solar farm. RCR Tomlinson has also been awarded two contracts, totalling about $50 million, to design and construct the Longreach Solar Farm and the first phase of the Oakey Solar Farm. http://www.canadiansolar.com/au/
Mount Emerald wind farm – ($360m) Ratch Australia has started construction on this project, with Vestas and Downer Group as construction contractors. The 180MW project will include more than 50 turbines and a substation .http://ratchaustralia.com/
Normanton solar – ($14.3m) Scouller Energy has started installing the 16,000 solar photovoltaic panels required for the 5MW Normanton Solar Farm. The project has a January 17 commissioning date locked in with network provider Ergon Energy. It is being developed with Canadian Solar and won an $8.3m grant from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). http://www.normantonsolarfarm.com.au/
North Queensland Bio-Energy project – ($600m) North Queensland Bio-Energy Corporation plans to bring this sugar-based renewable energy facility online by mid-2019. The proposed facility would produce about 350,000 tonnes of sugar, have an ethanol distillery capacity of 90,000-200,000 litres daily and generate 110-115MW of power. The proponent expects to issue tenders for construction and equipment supply in late 2016/early 2017. http://www.nqbioenergy.com.au/index.php
Northern Oil Refinery – ($150m) Southern Oil Refining plans a commercial-scale biofuel plant in Gladstone. A $16 million pilot project – the Northern Oil Advanced Biofuels Pilot Plant – is under construction. It will help determine the best types of feedstock for the biofuels venture. http://www.sor.com.au/
Oakey solar – ($47.5m) Canadian Solar (Australia) proposes a 25MW solar farm. RCR Tomlinson has also been awarded two contracts, totalling about $50 million, to design and construct the Longreach Solar Farm and the first phase of the Oakey Solar Farm. http://www.canadiansolar.com/au/
Pentland bioenergy ($800m) – Renewable Developments Australia (RDA) proposes to develop a plant to produce up to 350 million litres of fuel-grade bio-ethanol per annum, supplied by its own cropping operations. It would use biomass waste to run two 16-megawatt co-generation power plants at the site. http://rdaust.com/
Ross River solar – ($250m) Townsville City Council has approved the development application from ESCO Pacific for a 135MW solar farm on a disused mango plantation on Round Mountain Rd at the Pinnacles. A total of 450,000 solar photovoltaic panels will be installed over an area of 202ha. The $250m project is expected to take 12 months to build, with work to commence in early 2017. http://www.escopacific.com.au/
Rugby Run – ($200m) Adani plans to start work on the first stage of its $200 million Rugby Run solar farm at Moranbah by the end of the year, following a development approval by Isaac Regional Council. The $100 million 65MW first stage of Rugby Run Solar Farm is expected to use the latest mono-PERC technology and single axis tracking systems developed to improve efficiency and output. Further stages are planned to take the generation capacity up to 170MW.
Tableland Sugar Mill power plant – ($75m) Civil works for MSF Sugar’s green energy power plant have been completed. The 24MW plant – fired with bagasse – is expected to be completed in July 2018. – http://www.msfsugar.com.au/
Wandoan South Solar Project – ($1.5b) Western Downs Regional Council has approved Equis Energy’s 1000MW Wandoan South Solar Project. The project, 21km south-west of the Wandoan township, will cover 1424ha.
Whitsunday solar – ($122.4m) A proposal by Edify Energy and Solar Choice for a 70MW solar farm near Collinsville. Planning approval was granted in June 2015 for a staged deployment. http://www.solarchoice.net.au/
MAJOR PROJECTS – AIRPORTS
Cairns airport redevelopment ($1b) – Staged development over 20 years by North Queensland Airports Group. It is in the master planning and feasibility phase, with some early works under way. EOIs ongoing for further expansion of the airport business park precinct and helicopter enterprise. Major works are due to go out to tender in 2017. – North Queensland Airports Group http://www.cairnsairport.com.au/docs/Cairns-Airport-Land-Use-Plan-September-2015.pdf
Mackay airport precinct development ($1b) – This North Queensland Airports Group project is a staged development over 20 years, with Phase 1 – a $30m Airport hotel complex – completed last year. http://www.cairnsairport.com.au/docs/MAPL-Land-Use-Plan-2014.pdf
Townsville airport upgrade – ($42m) The Federal Government has approved the Major Development Plan (MDP) for an upgrade to terminal and apron facilities. The ‘Project Alive’ plan will double departure lounge capacity and increase retail outlets as well as seeing Installation of state-of-the-art user check-in and automatic bag drop facilities. Works are expected to begin by the end of 2016 in this Queensland Airports Limited project. http://www.townsvilleairport.com.au/projectalive/
MAJOR PROJECTS – PORTS
Abbot Point coal export facilities.
Abbot Point expansion – Adani Mining – ($1b) planned development of a new coal terminal (T0) in addition to the existing Adani-owned coal terminal at this port. The T0 expansion at Abbot Point will involve the onshore construction of rail in-loading facilities, coal handling and stockpiles as well as to two new ship loading berths about 3km offshore. It will have an initial capacity of 40mtpa, with plans to expand to 70mtpa. Adani has signed Korea’s POSCO as builder and joint venture partner for the T0 development. Construction works are expected from late 2015 – Adani Mining www.adaniaustralia.com.au
Abbot Point expansion – GVK Hancock – ($1.7b) – a proposed joint venture between GVK Hancock and Aurizon to develop and operate a new coal export terminal (Terminal Three or T3) at the existing Abbot Point coal port near Bowen in North Queensland. The project includes construction of a jetty and wharf facilities and ship-loading infrastructure including capacity for two million tonnes of coal stockpile and a nominal annual throughput of 60 million tonnes. The project has obtained the relevant environmental and native title approvals. The possible onshore relocation of dredged material is under consideration due to a change in Government regulations.
Cairns Shipping Development Project – ($120m) Proposed expansion of the Port of Cairns shipping channel in Trinity Inlet and wharf infrastructure upgrade to accommodate larger cruise ships. An EIS report on the revised CSDP is due to be submitted for consideration by the Queensland Coordinator-General by June 30, 2017 – Ports North http://www.portsnorth.com.au/
Clinton Vessel Interaction Project – ($50m-$100m) Gladstone Ports Corporation is investigating options to reduce the impact of vessel interactions through the Clinton Channel and to maximise port capacity and efficiency, including the possibility of widening or deepening the channel. A detailed business case will be finalised later this year. Works on the preferred option are anticipated to commence in 2017. – Gladstone Ports Corporation http://gpcl.com.au/Pages/Clinton-Vessel-Interaction-Project.aspx
Port of Townsville Berth 4 Upgrade – ($55m) this project will help maximise container and general cargo handling. Works include raising the deck level on Berth 4 and extending the quay line to allow Berths 2, 3 and 4 to become one continuous length. The berth pocket will be deepened to 12.5m to accommodate larger vessels. The project tender was awarded to Townsville business CivilPlus Constructions in February 2016 and the construction phase is now under way. The upgraded facility is expected to be ready for operations late in 2017. – Port of Townsville http://www.townsville-port.com.au/
Townsville Port Expansion Project – ($1.5b) planned expansion to accommodate the forecast trebling of trade volume over a planning horizon to 2040. Proposed features include a new deepwater outer harbour, six additional berths, deepening and widening of existing approach channels and reclamation of 100ha of existing harbour for new berths, bulk cargo storage and a rail loop. A supplementary Environmental Impact Study document is expected to be submitted this year. http://www.townsville-port.com.au/
Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal – Stage 1 of this new shipping terminal with 27mtpa capacity is complete, with first coal shipped in April 2015. It was privately funded at a cost of $2.6b. There are plans for expansion, with the terminal to be built in stages to match demand. It is expected to have a capacity of up to 80mtpa when fully commissioned – Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal –http://www.wicet.com.au/irm/content/default.aspx
MAJOR PROJECTS – RAIL
Carpentaria Rail project – ($1.5b) proposed rail line and port development hoped to attract public and private investment. The project would involve construction of a new deep water bulk minerals export port on the lower Gulf of Carpentaria with associated rail infrastructure connecting the North Western Minerals province. The proponent is finalising design and feasibility work to begin the formal approvals process in 2017. – MIEPCO https://sites.google.com/site/carpentariarail/
InterLinkSQ – ($160m) rail freight and industrial hub on a 200ha estate. Stage 1 construction planned to start in 2015 – Freight Terminals Pty Ltd http://www.interlinksq.com.au/index.htm
Galilee Basin infrastructure – Adani Mining – ($2.9b) the State Government has signed an Infrastructure Enabling Agreement with Indian company Adani to build the rail infrastructure needed to link the Carmichael coal project to Abbot Point export facility. The proposed standard-gauge rail line is expected to take about two years to build and be able to transport 100 million tonnes of coal a year. POSCO E&C has been appointed as the Preferred EPC contractor for Adani’s North Galilee Basin Rail (NGBR) project. www.adaniaustralia.com.au
Galilee Basin infrastructure – GVK Hancock – ($3b-plus) A proposed joint venture between GVK Hancock and Aurizon for rail infrastructure to connect GVK Hancock’s Alpha, Kevin’s Corner and Alpha West thermal coal developments to the Abbot Point coal port near Bowen in North Queensland, a distance of approximately 500km. The parties will continue to progress the joint venture in line with the key approvals for the coal mines. www.gvkhancockcoal.com
Inland Rail – ($3b) The Australian Government has committed to building an inland railway between Melbourne and Brisbane via central-west NSW and Toowoomba. The project will require about 400km of track upgrades and 600km of new track. Pre-construction activities such as detailed corridor planning and environmental assessments have begun. Construction expected to run until 2020, with the project led by the Federal Government and Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC). The Government in September 2016 announced it was inviting the private sector to register its interest in the design, construction, delivery and financing of the project. https://www.infrastructure.gov.au/rail/inland/ http://inlandrail.artc.com.au/
North Coast Line Capacity Improvement – ($95m) A 10 year Queensland Rail program (action plan in development) to address corridor deficiencies, increase rail capacity and improve rail operational performance to support a modal shift from road to rail freight along the north coast corridor. http://queenslandrail.com.au/
Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor – ($500m-700m) A proposed rail freight line which would connect the North Coast Line directly into the Port of Townsville. Building Queensland is leading the development of the business case for TEARC in partnership with the Department of Transport and Main Roads. The completed business case is expected to be delivered to government in Q4 2017. http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Projects/Name/T/Townsville-Eastern-Access-Rail-Corridor.aspx
MAJOR PROJECTS – ROADS
Bruce Highway overtaking lanes, Brisbane to Cairns Corridor – ($275m) Construction work on new overtaking lanes began in 2015 and is expected to run to 2019. http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/projects/ProjectDetails.aspx?Project_id=051589-13QLD-NP
Bruce Highway safety package, Brisbane to Cairns Corridor – ($400m) planned upgrades for high-risk locations with measures such as line markings, safety barriers, intersection improvement and rest areas. The first of the safety works commenced in January 2015. The package will be progressively rolled out through to mid-2019. – Qld and Federal governments http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/projects/brucehighway.aspx
Cairns Southern Access Stage 2 – ($58m) The Cairns Southern Access Stage 2 – Robert Road to Foster Rd project will widen the Bruce Highway from four to six lanes on a 2.1km section. Preconstruction works associated with service relocation and site works have started. http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Projects/Name/C/Cairns-Southern-Access-Stage-2-Robert-Road-to-Foster-Road-6-lane-widening
Cape York Regional Package – ($260.5m) A range of transport and community infrastructure projects including weather-proofing of the Peninsula Development Rd. The package includes a $200m program of works to progressively seal sections of the Peninsula Developmental Rd, $10 million over four years for sealing works on the Endeavour Valley Rd through to Hope Vale, and $50.5 million for priority community infrastructure works identified by the Cape Indigenous Mayors Alliance. Works are due for completion by June 2019. The 2016 construction program will continue to further seal sections of the Peninsula Developmental Rd and will include Coen South (22km), Archer to Wolverton (13km), Musgrave (12km) and Little Laura to Fairview (4.6km). http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Projects/Name/C/Cape-York-Region-Package-Peninsula-Developmental-Road
Capricorn Highway duplication – The Australian Government has committed up to $59.99m towards the Capricorn Highway – Rockhampton to Gracemere Duplication project. This project will duplicate the section of the Capricorn Highway between Rockhampton and Gracemere from two-lanes to four-lanes in addition to constructing a bridge over Scrubby Creek and upgrading four intersections on this section of the Capricorn Highway. The Australian Government is working with the Queensland Government to finalise funding arrangements.
Cattle Creek and Frances Creek upgrades, Bruce Highway – ($174m) AECOM Australia has been appointed to carry out the detailed design for this project, which involves construction of a new higher-level bridge and approaches. Construction is planned from 2017 and completion due in 2018. – Qld and Federal governments. http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/projects/ProjectDetails.aspx?Project_id=051583-13QLD-NP
Eton Range, Peak Downs Highway – ($189m) Construction is under way on the Eton Range Realignment Project on the Peak Downs Highway, west of Mackay. Fulton Hogan were awarded the contract in December 2015 and started construction in April 2016. – Qld and Federal governments. http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Projects/Name/E/Eton-Range-Peak-Downs-Highway.aspx
Hann Highway sealing – The State Government has committed $19.6m for sealing works and the Federal Government has committed $42.6m towards the Kennedy Development Road, including elements of the Hann Highway. Transport and Main Roads Qld said it would progressively seal sections of the Kennedy Development Rd (The Lynd-Hughenden) in 2016/17 and that funding negotiations were continuing to allow more work over the following five years. http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/About-us/Corporate-information/Publications/Queensland-Transport-and-Roads-Investment-Program.aspx
Haughton River and Pink Lily Lagoon upgrade, Bruce Highway – ($515m) construction of a new high level bridge at Haughton River and Pink Lily Lagoon, with a higher flood immunity road across a 14km floodplain, between south of Horseshoe Lagoon to Palm Creek. Construction expected from 2018-19.
Mackay Northern Access Upgrade– ($80m) his project will involve six-laning of 2.5km of the Bruce Highway from Ron Cam Bridge to Davey St (in North Mackay). Construction expected in 2018. Qld and Federal governments. http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/projects
Mackay Ring Road Stage 1 – ($560m) Engineering firm AECOM has been appointed to coordinate the detailed design for an 11.3km, two-lane rural highway bypass. http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Projects/Featured-projects/Mackay-Ring-Road.aspx
Peak Downs Highway bridges replacement– ($70m) Four timber bridges at Fiery Creek, Lonely Creek, Boundary Creek and Cut Creek will be replaced with new concrete structures. Seymour Whyte has been contracted to carry out construction and completion is scheduled by August 2018. http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Projects/Name/P/Peak-Downs-Highway-timber-bridges-replacement
Sandy Gully, Bruce Highway upgrade – ($57.5m) This project will upgrade 3.7km of the Bruce Highway, delivering a new two-lane bridge and improved approaches. It will include rehabilitation and widening works at the intersections with Bergyl St and Euri Creek Rd. Expected project completion in 2018. Vassallo Constructions have been appointed as contractors for this work. http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Projects/Name/S/Sandy-Gully-Upgrade-Bruce-Highway
Townsville Ring Road Stage 4 – ($200m) Work on an 11.5km section crossing the Bohle Plains (Shaw Rd to Mount Low). Seymour Whyte Construction was awarded the contract to complete construction, with major works commencing in the first quarter of 2015. The project is expected to be completed in January 2017. – Qld and Federal governments. http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Projects/Name/T/Townsville-Ring-Road-Section-4
Townsville Northern Access Intersections upgrade – ($72m) This project involves the duplication of the Bruce Highway from Veales Rd to Greenvale St. Early interim safety works are expected to commence construction mid-2016 and major construction completed late 2022- Qld and Federal governments. http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/projects/
Toowoomba Second Range Crossing – ($1.6b) Nexus Infrastructure is building this bypass route to the north of Toowoomba, 41km in length, running from the Warrego Highway at Helidon in the east to the Gore Highway at Athol in the west, via Charlton. Completion expected in 2018– Qld and Federal governments. www.nexustsrc.com
Walkerston Bypass – ($150m) The Australian Government has committed $75m to support the construction of the Walkerston Bypass. The bypass, also known as the Bowen Basin Service Link, will improve the connection of the Peak Downs Highway to the Bruce Highway and relieve Walkerston of heavy vehicle congestion, improving safety for all road users. The Australian Government is working with the Queensland Government to finalise funding arrangements.
Warrego Highway Upgrade Program– ($635m) the ‘Warrego is go’ upgrade program comprises 15 projects being delivered between Toowoomba and Miles delivered between 2014-15 and 2018-19. . The first stage is a $110 million project to extend the four-lane highway from Nugent Pinch Road to west of Charlton, being carried out by Seymour Whyte Constructions. This project is due to be completed by September 2016. Stage 2 will duplicate the Warrego Highway from Leeson Rd to just west of the intersection with Kingsthorpe–Haden Rd and involves construction of a new two–lane road parallel to the existing Warrego Highway. Construction of this stage is expected to begin in 2017. http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Projects