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Feb 22, 2018
Caval Ridge Southern Circuit project hits the home straight

Caval Ridge Southern Circuit project hits the home straight

The $270 million Caval Ridge Southern Circuit project near Moranbah has passed the half-way mark and is on track to be completed by the end of 2018. BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) reports that civil concrete and earthworks have been well progressed by Whittens and the principal contractors CPB Contractors. G&S Engineering have completed structural steelwork elements, the Run of Mine (R...

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Feb 21, 2018
First exports for Capricorn Copper

First exports for Capricorn Copper

Capricorn Copper has celebrated its first shipment of about 11,800 wet metric tonnes of copper concentrate through the Port of Townsville. The operation, 125km north of Mount Isa, is expected to export its next shipment towards the end of March. Capricorn Copper managing director Carl Hallion said the development of a logistics chain for concentrate with South 32 Cannington gave Capricorn Copper a...

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Feb 21, 2018
Battery metal’s NQ debut

Battery metal’s NQ debut

North Queensland is sitting on a sizeable deposit of one of the world’s best performing metals. A few hints. It’s not gold, platinum nor rhenium. Cobalt found in copper deposits is getting similar attention in the Isa-Carpentaria Minerals Province. Lithium and nickel are used in smaller format products. Got it yet? It’s vanadium. Bloomberg is reporting that vanadium increased in price by more than...

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Feb 21, 2018
Battery-powered growth

Battery-powered growth

The McKinlay Shire Council is confident a company developing a vanadium deposit in north-west Queensland is the real deal. There’s a long way to go admits chief executive officer Peter Fitchat, but Brisbane-based Multicom Resources has met every milestone so far in the bid to get to a mining lease. A 100-tonne bulk sample is scheduled this month (February), which will be used to undertake refineme...

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Feb 21, 2018
Alternative energy industry in Townsville

Alternative energy industry in Townsville

Townsville City Council has been briefed on plans to build a battery factory in the city. It’s not the Boston Energy and Innovation lithium ion battery facility touted mid-last year. The plans for this factory are to manufacture batteries to cater to residential-sized demand. The main element, vanadium, is sourced from what junior miner Multicom Resources describes as one of the largest deposits i...

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Feb 21, 2018
Townsville engineers celebrate diversity

Townsville engineers celebrate diversity

Diversity will be a point of focus for the Engineers Australia Townsville Regional Group in 2018, with new chair Tara-lee MacArthur at the helm. An electrical engineer who graduated from QUT Brisbane six years ago, Ms MacArthur has since moved into a role in substation design standards with Ergon Energy, based in Townsville. In this role, she is responsible for standardising design policies, strat...

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Feb 21, 2018
Upcoming civil and mining events

Upcoming civil and mining events

Road Engineering and Maintenance Conference. The 7th Annual Road Engineering & Maintenance conference will feature case studies on improving protocol for road asset management, contract performance and technical processes on road and pavement engineering. All case studies are focused on delivering value for money and improving life cycle quality of road networks. It’s being held in Sydn...

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Feb 21, 2018
Mackay and Gladstone first for pilot biorefineries

Mackay and Gladstone first for pilot biorefineries

Mackay and Gladstone will be the immediate beneficiaries of a government backed bio-processing venture. The Palaszczuk Government is supporting US company Mercurius Biorefining’s  scientific validation program and feasibility study on its patented REACH™ technology, via the Biofutures Acceleration Program. Renewable jet fuel and diesel made from sugarcane waste could eventually be man...

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Feb 20, 2018
Battery-maker snaps up Sconi sulphates

Battery-maker snaps up Sconi sulphates

Electric vehicle battery manufacturer SK Innovation has signed an offtake agreement for 100 per cent of the cobalt and nickel produced at the Sconi project in north Queensland. The initial agreement is for seven years, with an extension option, for up to 12,000 tonnes per year of cobalt sulphate and 60,000 tonnes per year of nickel sulphate. Project proponent Australian Mines said it had extended ...

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Feb 20, 2018
Engineering vacancies on the rise

Engineering vacancies on the rise

The number of engineering vacancies jumped 36 per cent  in Queensland over the course of 2017, far outstripping the overall Queensland job vacancy growth of 8.1 per cent. In January 2017 there were 579 vacancies for engineers in Queensland, growing to 788 in December 2017, according to an Engineers Australia report based on the latest data from the  Australian Government Department of Employment. ...

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Feb 20, 2018
Contract news around the councils

Contract news around the councils

Epoca Constructions will deliver a $4.2 million program of government-funded road projects over four months in the Isaac region. The program will see 65km restored across 94 sections of road under jointly funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). Seven road teams will be dispatched to their work sites around Clermont, Middlemount, Dysart, Moranbah, St Law...

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Feb 19, 2018
Piling works under way as ring road progresses

Piling works under way as ring road progresses

Piling works have started for a new Pioneer River crossing as part of the $497.3 million Mackay Ring Road Stage 1 project. Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the piling works, taking place upstream from the existing Edmund Casey Bridge, would provide the physical support for the new 670m-long structure. “These piles will form the permanent foundation of the river crossin...

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Feb 19, 2018
Conergy connects solar-storage project to the grid

Conergy connects solar-storage project to the grid

Australia’s first grid-connected, utility-scale solar and battery facility has started feeding electricity into the network in far North Queensland. Conergy has ‘flicked the switch’ on its $42.5 million Lakeland Solar and Storage project near Cooktown and announced plans for a second stage for the project, with approval from Cook Shire Council. Construction is due to start in September...

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Feb 19, 2018
Applications open for 2018 CEEC Medal

Applications open for 2018 CEEC Medal

The Coalition for Energy Efficient Comminution (CEEC) is calling for mining and minerals processing personnel and researchers to showcase the advances they’ve made over the past 18 months. Applications are now open for the 2018 CEEC Medal, which recognises the most outstanding published papers, articles or case studies that profile energy-efficient comminution and minerals processing strategies. M...

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Feb 18, 2018
The Bushveld in north west Queensland

The Bushveld in north west Queensland

He’s just come home from a hard day’s work. His eyes are slits as they take in the vast horizon located beyond the bushveld, just short of the setting sun. He sits on the stoep and considers lighting the Braai to cook Boerewors and steak for dinner, which will be complimented by slap chips. Thinking about it makes him hungry and he reaches for some biltong. He notices movement. A figure is silouet...

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Feb 16, 2018
Transformers arrive to bring solar farms online

Transformers arrive to bring solar farms online

Two transformers are being installed at the Strathmore substation near Collinsville to allow new solar farms to join the electricity transmission network from March. Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the transformers were the most significant pieces of equipment needed to complete the connection of the Whitsunday and Hamilton projects to the transmission network. The $122 million Whitsunday p...

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Feb 15, 2018
Santos gas to power New Century

Santos gas to power New Century

New Century Resources has sealed a gas deal with Santos as it works towards a start to production at the Century zinc site in the lower Gulf. Worth about $100 million, the agreement represents the single largest contract award by the company to date, allowing for the supply of about 9PJ of gas over four years. New Century Resources said the contract was a plank in a Century power strategy which it...

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Feb 14, 2018
Knock-back for New Acland extension plans

Knock-back for New Acland extension plans

The State Government has refused an application to amend the Environmental Authority (EA) for the New Acland Stage 3 extension project. New Hope Group managing director Shane Stephan said the company was disappointed with the outcome and was considering its options in response. New Hope Group managing director Shane Stephan. “As previously advised, a judicial review of the Land Court decisio...

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