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Jan 23, 2021
Qld cathode powder process wins European patent

Qld cathode powder process wins European patent

A Lithium Australia subsidiary has been granted a European patent to produce specialist metal oxides for new battery-fuel technologies. VSPC’s advanced cathode powders are manufactured at its pilot plant and R&D facility in Brisbane. “VSPC has been granted a European patent for the production of complex metal-oxide nanoparticles,” Lithium Australia managing director Adrian Gri...

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Dec 09, 2020
Yarwun stint refines next generation talent

Yarwun stint refines next generation talent

Four engineering students are getting hands-on experience at Gladstone’s Yarwun alumina refinery during their Christmas-New Year break. They include Chien-Yi Wang and Kai Yee Soo from the University of Queensland, Bethany Collins from CQ University and Nishtha Vyas from the Queensland University of Technology. Rio Tinto Yarwun general manager Mark Gilmore said the two-months of on-th...

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Nov 26, 2020
New supply deal for NQ battery materials plant

New supply deal for NQ battery materials plant

Pure Minerals has announced a deal to supply battery maker Samsung SDI with nickel products from its Townsville plant. Samsung SDI is seeking to purchase up to 6000t per annum of contained nickel from the TECH (Townsville Energy Chemicals Hub) project. Pure Minerals chief executive officer Stephen Grocott said the company was consistently gaining traction with end users who viewed it as a p...

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Nov 24, 2020
Land deal sets scene for TECH plant progress

Land deal sets scene for TECH plant progress

A planned $550 million-plus Townsville battery materials plant is a step closer with Queensland Pacific Metals formally securing the project site. The company, a subsidiary of Pure Minerals, has entered into a binding reservation deed with Townsville City Council for the land in theLansdown Eco-Industrial Precinct. “The reservation deed secures the TECH (Townsville Energy Chemicals Hub) ...

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Nov 10, 2020
All systems go for silo after $3.5m rebuild

All systems go for silo after $3.5m rebuild

Contractor Walz Group has completed work on a $3.5 million coal silo refurbishment project at Queensland Alumina Limited, Gladstone. Almost 160 tonnes of scaffolding was employed during the six-month project to bring one of four QAL coal silos back into commission. “The completion of the Coal Silo 2 project is an important milestone for us,” QAL general manager Pine Pienaar said. ...

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Oct 31, 2020
BHP examines sorting strategies with CRC ORE

BHP examines sorting strategies with CRC ORE

BHP is working with an Australian research consortium to examine deployment of cutting-edge preconcentration techniques. Olympic Dam in South Australia  is one of the locations where BHP is actively examining bulk ore sensing and sorting opportunities – techniques within the Grade Engineering suite of technologies. Grade Engineering is a key innovation of the Cooperati...

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Oct 27, 2020
Fresh approach for Citigold mining plans

Fresh approach for Citigold mining plans

Citigold says it has selected a site for a new small footprint processing plant to help to remove the bulk of the granite dilution from planned underground gold mining operations. The company is continuing to seek finance to complete underground capital works to restart mining at its Charters Towers gold project, based on an 11 million-ounce gold deposit under the historical gold mining cit...

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Oct 15, 2020
Korean deal may push up scale of Townsville plant

Korean deal may push up scale of Townsville plant

Pure Minerals is looking at scaling up its planned Townsville battery materials plant after scoring a major deal with South Korean chemical company LG Chem. It says the move would bring economies of scale along with more jobs and other benefits for Townsville and the greater community. LG Chem is seeking to buy up to 10,000 tonnes of contained nickel and about 1000 tonnes of contained cobal...

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Oct 14, 2020
Consortium seeks energy edge in coarse particle processing

Consortium seeks energy edge in coarse particle processing

A newly formed consortium of University of Queensland researchers and industry partners is targeting improved energy efficiency for mineral processing operations. The Collaborative Consortium for Coarse Particle Processing Research (CPR) will run initially for five years and will tackle multidisciplinary aspects of coarse particle processing such as flotation, comminution, classification, and...

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