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Nov 23, 2020
Upsurge in major resources projects in the pipeline

Upsurge in major resources projects in the pipeline

A key report shows a 19 per cent increase in the number of major resources and energy projects under development in Australia in 2020 compared to last year. Meanwhile the value of the projects in the investment pipeline increased by 4 per cent to $334 billion over the 12 months from the start of November 2019 to the end of October 2020. The 2020 Resources and Energy Major Projects was comp...

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Nov 23, 2020
Sun Metals in major renewable energy pledge

Sun Metals in major renewable energy pledge

Townsville zinc refinery owner Sun Metals Corporation has committed to power its entire operations with 100 per cent renewable electricity by 2040. The company announced it had joined the global RE100 initiative, led by the Climate Group in partnership with CDP. It is among 15 Australian companies, with a combined market capitalisation of $470 billion, which have now joined RE100 –...

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Nov 21, 2020
Aquila on track for longwall production in early 2022

Aquila on track for longwall production in early 2022

About 500 people are at work on Anglo American’s Aquila project as it heads towards first longwall production of hard coking coal in early 2022. Aquila will extend the life of the Capcoal underground operations near Middlemount by six years and continue to utilise infrastructure at the complex as the Grasstree mine approaches end of life. Anglo American has awarded nearly $200 millio...

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Nov 21, 2020
Blackall hospital part of $60m-plus works program

Blackall hospital part of $60m-plus works program

Health and Ambulance Services Minister Yvette D’Ath has officially opened Blackall’s new $20.11 million hospital – part of a $60 million-plus health infrastructure works program over three years in the Central West. “This is a completely new facility to replace the former hospital and it marks a significant expansion of services for Blackall and Tambo residents,” Ms D’Ath ...

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Nov 21, 2020
Details of Mackay coal terminal float revealed 

Details of Mackay coal terminal float revealed 

Mackay’s Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal business will be listed on the stock exchange next month under Dalrymple Bay Infrastructure, with a market value of more than $1.2 billion. The prospectus for the float was released yesterday, with start of trading on the ASX expected on December 8. It is expected to be be one of the largest infrastructure listings in 10 years. The offer price w...

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Nov 21, 2020
Jumbo drill and bolter a groundbreaking double act

Jumbo drill and bolter a groundbreaking double act

Komatsu’s new jumbo drill and bolter boast a common platform that allows operators to convert their machine from a jumbo to a bolter, or vice versa. The company says its groundbreaking common carrier and control system for underground hard rock mining is designed to meet the industry’s needs for greater productivity and versatility while helping lower capital costs. The new small-cl...

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Nov 21, 2020
Kaiser takes key Queensland resources role

Kaiser takes key Queensland resources role

Former Labor MP Mike Kaiser has been appointed as acting Director-General of the Queensland Government’s Department of Resources. It was one of two temporary three-month appointments announced when Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the Directors-General for each department under her newly formed government yesterday. Queensland Resources Council chief executive Ian Macfarlane said t...

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Nov 20, 2020
Maintenance group to boost  capacity with $5m workshop

Maintenance group to boost capacity with $5m workshop

Field Mining Services Group is flying in the face of the coal downturn with plans for a new $5 million workshop in Paget, Mackay. It is a case of the group outgrowing the capabilities of its current Paget premises, where the major mining maintenance contractor has undertaken workshop activity for the past 13 years. Chief operating officer Jason Holt expected it would invest a further $500,...

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Nov 20, 2020
Safety and health focus in automation research

Safety and health focus in automation research

BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) and Whitehaven Coal are stumping up more than half a million dollars for University of Queensland research on automation in the mining industry. The funding will support several projects as part of the Human Aspects of Mining Automation research program developed by the Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) and involving researchers from across UQ. The institute...

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