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Aug 12, 2020
MIM ponders copper smelter  future

MIM ponders copper smelter future

Glencore is playing its cards close to its chest on the future of the copper smelter in Mount Isa. A four-year extension was due for review this year. In the past, the owner has made a decision to continue smelting copper contingent on operating under legacy environmental standards. Mount Isa City Council and the Australian Workers Union have called on Glencore to secure a future for worker...

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Aug 11, 2020
Sedgman to carry out Jellinbah plant upgrade

Sedgman to carry out Jellinbah plant upgrade

Sedgman has been awarded a contract to deliver an upgraded coal handling and processing plant for the Jellinbah mine, north of Blackwater in Central Queensland. Sedgman commenced the feasibility study for the plant upgrade in February this year, continuing into front-end engineering design phases and an EPC offer provided to Jellinbah Group in June. The expansion of the processing plant wi...

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Aug 07, 2020
Smelter issue smouldering

Smelter issue smouldering

There’s pressure on Glencore to commit to the future of the Mount Isa Mines’ copper smelter. A four year extension is due for review this year. In the past, Glencore has made a decision to continue smelting copper contingent on operating under legacy environmental standards. The smelter and its stack are defining images for the city and Mayor Danielle Slade said the contributio...

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Jul 29, 2020
Women in technology take centre stage

Women in technology take centre stage

There’s been a good response to the call for nominations to the 2020 Queensland Women in Technology (WiT) Awards despite the disruptions of COVID-19.  For the first time, a regional award has been introduced to recognise and encourage women who are using science and technology to advance regional industries and communities.  The WiT Awards have grown dramatically since Women in Techno...

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Jul 29, 2020
Webinar – the geopolitics of metal supply security

Webinar – the geopolitics of metal supply security

Friday 31 Jul 202, 9-10am – Mining, the circular economy and beyond. Register to attend by clicking here. Abstract: The current global tensions between China and the West have the potential for leading to major disruptions in metal supply. This presentation will consider the latest data on supply security based on recent  research conducted on resource efficiency, recycling, ...

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Jul 27, 2020
NQ battery plant proponent hails fast-charge technology

NQ battery plant proponent hails fast-charge technology

Townsville battery factory developer Magnis Energy Technologies has announced a new type of extra-fast-charge battery touted as a potential game changer for electric vehicle manufacturers. The company’s partner, Charge CCCV (C4V), has developed and built advanced lithium ion battery battery cell technology that can significantly imporve the cycling life of commercial batteries. The batterie...

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Jul 27, 2020
Sun Metals and TECH team up in iron oxide study

Sun Metals and TECH team up in iron oxide study

Townsville zinc refinery operator Sun Metals and the proponents of the planned TECH battery chemical plant will investigate the potential to sell a joint iron oxide product. Pure Minerals’ TECH (Townsville Energy Chemicals Hub) project is expected to produce 327,000 tonnes per annum of high-grade iron oxide (haematite) as a co-product of processing nickel laterite ore for battery materia...

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Jul 23, 2020
NQ project set to meet supercharged market

NQ project set to meet supercharged market

The electric vehicle battery market is being supercharged during the COVID-19 crisis, and a Townsville project is poised to make the most of the hot demand. Newly appointed Pure Minerals chief executive officer Stephen Grocott said the company’s TECH battery chemicals project was well-placed to enter the fray. It skipped the steps involved in getting a mining operation off the ground by tap...

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Jul 17, 2020
Red mud to riches under Qld reprocessing plan

Red mud to riches under Qld reprocessing plan

A Queensland company is poised to step up to commercial production with a project to extract valuable rare earths and critical minerals from the aluminium industry’s red mud waste. Alumtek Minerals is in talks with QAL in Gladstone to base an initial Stage 1 plant there after completing three years of successful bench trials and proof-of-concept work with SGS Metallurgy. Alumtek Minerals ha...

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