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Feb 06, 2021
Look north to turn the tungsten tide

Look north to turn the tungsten tide

Tungsten hit national headlines this week when King Island Scheelite secured a $10 million government loan to redevelop its Dolphin tungsten project in Tasmania, with the move heralded as a chance to break China’s stranglehold on a key commodity. But at the other end of the country, EQ Resources is already exporting tungsten from its Mount Carbine project – in a region that is home to a cluste...

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Feb 05, 2021
Ensham mine in solar farm proposal

Ensham mine in solar farm proposal

Idemitsu Australia Resources has submitted a development application for a 90MW solar farm to power operations at the Ensham mine, outside Emerald. The company said the proposed solar farm would be developed in three stages on land owned by Idemitsu adjacent to the coal mine. The solar farm project would create up to 150 jobs during construction. No final decision to proceed had been mad...

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Feb 05, 2021
Tug berth build adds to port activity

Tug berth build adds to port activity

North Queensland-based contractor Pacific Marine Group is set to start work on a new $8.5 million tug berth facility at Mackay. Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said the tug berth project was the latest, and the largest, in a series of investments totalling $17 million aimed at boosting the port and creating jobs as part of Queensland’s economic recovery plan. “The Port of Mackay co...

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Feb 05, 2021
Bravus hits back at rail site run-off allegations

Bravus hits back at rail site run-off allegations

Bravus Mining and Resources has hit back at allegations that poor sediment controls on the massive Carmichael coal construction project are causing environmental damage. The Mackay Conservation Group this week said it believed conditions imposed on the company’s rail project to protect nearby waterways from contamination may have been breached.  MCG’s lawyers at Environmenta...

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Feb 05, 2021
NT bans seabed mining

NT bans seabed mining

The Northern Territory Labor Government has declared a ban on seabed mining. A moratorium on mining activities in the sea and coastal waters is due to expire on 5 March 2021. It will be extended for up to another six months to allow for the Environment Minister, Eva Lawler, to consult on the draft prohibition declaration, and how it will operate in NT coastal waters. Ms Lawyer says...

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Feb 05, 2021
South32 coal expansion plans blocked

South32 coal expansion plans blocked

South32’s planned $956 million project to extend the life of the Dendrobium coal mine in New South Wales has been blocked by that state’s Independent Planning Commission. CFMEU Mining and Energy has described the decision as a blow to South Coast mineworkers, and says it will consult with members and stakeholders about next steps.  “Dendrobium mine is a major employer ...

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Feb 05, 2021
Kidston connection deal paves way for 400 jobs

Kidston connection deal paves way for 400 jobs

Genex Power has welcomed a $147 million State Government pledge that will see its Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro Project hooked up to the national grid. The transmission line for the North Queensland power project is expected to support more than 400 new jobs during its construction. It will be built, owned and operated by Powerlink Queensland. The funding package announced today represent...

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Feb 05, 2021
State-owned power plants in $1b-plus write-down

State-owned power plants in $1b-plus write-down

More than $1 billion has been wiped off the value of coal and gas power stations owned by Queensland electricity generators CS Energy, Stanwell and CleanCo in the past year. A report from the Queensland Audit Office showed that lower electricity prices resulted in combined net losses of $367 million for the State-owned generators in 2019-20 and a decline in the value of power station...

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Feb 05, 2021
Demag adds new all-terrain crane to its range

Demag adds new all-terrain crane to its range

The new Demag AC 80‑4 offers versatility, with its 60m main boom and compact design. The company says the launch of the new model was prompted by the success of its previous 80-tonne crane, the AC 80-2. “The worldwide success that this model had showed that there’s significant interest in a crane with this kind of lifting capacity. In fact, a large number of customers kept confirming this ...

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