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Bowen Basin

Dec 14, 2020
New owners in groundwork at Broadmeadow East

New owners in groundwork at Broadmeadow East

Bowen Coking Coal has mobilised a drilling team to conduct a coal quality and groundwater monitoring campaign at its Broadmeadow East project, near Moranbah. The company completed acquisition of the coking coal project from Peabody Energy in September for $1 million cash plus royalties of up to $1.5 million.  It has flagged plans to start mining by the end of 2021, creating up to 200 ongoi...

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Dec 12, 2020
Bowen Basin pipeline study kicks off

Bowen Basin pipeline study kicks off

Work is underway on a $5 million study to investigate the best options for connecting gas reserves in the Bowen Basin to domestic customers and the export market. If the proposal stacks up, Resources Minister Scott Stewart said there would be potentially 1000 construction jobs available and countless opportunities in gas production and other industries which relied on affordable sources of gas...

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Dec 11, 2020
Sumitomo backs next phase of Hillalong exploration

Sumitomo backs next phase of Hillalong exploration

Sumitomo is taking its backing for the Hillalong coal project in the Bowen Basin to the next level, confirming it will proceed with Phase 2 of a joint venture agreement. This follows a successful Phase 1 exploration program which resulted in a maiden JORC Resource of 43 million tonnes and confirmation that the Bowen Coking Coal project is able to produce a low-ash, high-quality coking coal. ...

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Dec 10, 2020
Union survey highlights Operations Services gripes

Union survey highlights Operations Services gripes

A mineworkers’ union says a survey has shown only 4 per cent of those employed by BHP’s Operations Services are satisfied that their wages and conditions stack up with Queensland coal industry standards. It comes as the mining giant tries to lock in their substandard conditions with fresh Enterprise Agreements, CFMEU Mining and Energy says. Queensland President Stephen Smyth said th...

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Dec 09, 2020
Macmahon seals deal on $250m Foxleigh contract

Macmahon seals deal on $250m Foxleigh contract

Macmahon Holdings says it has been formally awarded a $250 million contract for work at the Foxleigh coal mine near Middlemount in Central Queensland. It comes after the mining services firm was named as preferred contractor in October. The agreement will see Macmahon provide equipment hire and maintenance services at the Foxleigh mine over a five-year term from March 1 next year. “The...

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Dec 09, 2020
Stake in Rolleston coal operation up for grabs

Stake in Rolleston coal operation up for grabs

Receivers have been appointed over the 12.5 per cent stake in the Rolleston open-cut coal operations held by ICRA Rolleston. Glencore is the majority owner of the mine, 140km southeast of Emerald, with a 75 per cent share. A Glencore spokesman said today it would be a case of ‘business as usual’ at the thermal coal site despite the development. McGrathNicol Restructuring said...

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Dec 09, 2020
Jobs to flow as Curragh boosts mining fleet

Jobs to flow as Curragh boosts mining fleet

Golding Contractors is bringing a fifth and sixth mining fleet online at the Curragh coal mine near Blackwater, generating about 150 new jobs. The additional fleet was set to include Hitachi EX5600 and EX3600 excavators and 13 Hitachi EH4000 trucks, along with ancillary plant, the company said. It follows a letter of direction from mine owner Coronado Curragh to increase mining plant at the...

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Dec 03, 2020
Christmas lull for Bowen Basin coal sites

Christmas lull for Bowen Basin coal sites

Peabody Energy will shut down production at two Bowen Basin coal operations for four weeks over Christmas. The company has briefed the workforce of the plan to temporarily idle production at Coppabella and Moorvale mines, and they will be able to access paid leave for the period. “Like most other Australian mining operators, Peabody has been affected by challenging global economic con...

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Nov 26, 2020
Casual mineworker case takes another turn

Casual mineworker case takes another turn

A landmark case on entitlements for casual mineworkers is set for another round in court after a decision which employers have welcomed and unionists described as a blow. The High Court of Australia today granted special leave for WorkPac to appeal the Federal Court’s Rossato decision. WorkPac v Rossato, like the earlier WorkPac v Skene decision, resulted in findings that the working ...

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