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Jun 21, 2018
Special delivery for Amrun infrastructure

Special delivery for Amrun infrastructure

A 550-tonne stacker and a 1700-tonne reclaimer arrived at Weipa this month for the $2.6 billion Amrun bauxite project. The delivery marked the culmination of a 16-month fabrication effort by Western Australian-based Civmec and a nine-day voyage on a heavy lift vessel. Rio Tinto Amrun project general manager Marcia Hanrahan said the remoteness of the Amrun site on cape York meant the safest and mos...

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Jun 20, 2018
Government releases further exploration ground

Government releases further exploration ground

The Queensland Government has earmarked more than 44,000sq km of land for coal, oil and gas exploration to spark new resource projects. Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said it was the largest amount of land released under the State’s exploration program and showed the government’s commitment to creating a stronger economy by encouraging private sector investment and ...

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Jun 20, 2018
Kidston energy project wins NAIF backing

Kidston energy project wins NAIF backing

Genex Power has secured a term sheet for up to $516 million in concessional finance from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) to support its Kidston Stage 2 project in north Queensland. The company has already commissioned Stage 1 (K1), a 50MW solar project at the former Kidston gold mine. Stage 2 includes a planned 250MW pumped storage hydro project, combined with up to 270MW fur...

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Jun 19, 2018
Lorena partners rethink pit design in bid for extra gold

Lorena partners rethink pit design in bid for extra gold

The Lorena gold mine joint venture is investigating pit design modifications to increase the mineable resources. A preliminary re-design of the pit, based on an updated block model, has shown that a cut-back to the south-east corner of the pit could deliver up to an additional 9000ozs of gold at an average grade of 4-4.5g/t, according to Malachite Resources. The economics of carrying out the cut b...

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Jun 19, 2018
State steps in over $1.2b Hummock Hill Island project

State steps in over $1.2b Hummock Hill Island project

The State Government has stepped in after a $1.2 billion proposal for a tourism project on Hummock Hill Island was knocked back by the Gladstone Regional Council. State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Minister Cameron Dick said he had approved the move following a request by proponent Eaton Place for the Coordinator-General to use his legislative step-in powers. It comes af...

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Jun 18, 2018
Copper in Australia

Copper in Australia

Australia is the world’s the fourth largest producer of copper. The Australian Department of Industry, Innovation and Science says copper is one of Australia’s top ten commodity exports, worth about $6 billion a year. Copper is an important metal widely used in electrical applications, plumbing and other building applications, and in metal alloys because of its high thermal and electri...

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Jun 18, 2018
Backing for bauxite processing research

Backing for bauxite processing research

Queensland research to optimise bauxite processing has attracted a cash injection. University of Queensland researcher Dr Hong Peng had received a $180,000 research fellowship from the State Government for his work, backed by an additional investment of $90,000 from UQ and almost $130,000 from Rio Tinto. Researcher Dr Hong Peng. Dr Peng, who is collaborating with Rio Tinto in developing the new pr...

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Jun 18, 2018
Jemena to build $140m gas pipeline and plant

Jemena to build $140m gas pipeline and plant

Senex Energy has appointed gas infrastructure company Jemena to build, own, and operate the Atlas Gas Processing Plant and Pipeline (AGPP). Jemena will invest about $140 million to build the gas plant and 60km pipeline which is capable of transporting approximately 40TJs of gas per day. The infrastructure will connect Senex’s new Atlas gas field in the Surat Basin in south-east Queensland with Je...

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Jun 16, 2018
‘Forgotten’ father of NQ mining

‘Forgotten’ father of NQ mining

John Moffat is sometimes referred to as the “father of Irvinebank”, yet very few people would know of him and the enormous contribution he made to north Queensland and its mining industry. Queensland historian Ruth Kerr long ago recognised Moffat’s role in NQ history and has done much to keep his name alive. John Moffat. Dr Kerr’s book, John Moffat of Irvinebank: a biography of a regional entrepre...

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Jun 15, 2018
Pembroke advances $1b coking coal project

Pembroke advances $1b coking coal project

Pembroke Resources has lodged its mining lease application and this week reached an agreement with traditional owners as it drives the $1 billion Olive Downs Coking Coal Project towards production. Pembroke Resources chief executive officer Barry Tudor said tenders were already out for early works for the project including haul roads, development of the rail loop and spur from the Norwich Park lin...

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Jun 15, 2018
Strong showing for QME 2018

Strong showing for QME 2018

A mining sector resurgence has helped swell the ranks of stands for this year’s Queensland Mining and Engineering Exhibition. QME 2018 will feature 35 per cent more exhibitors than in 2016, with more than 200 companies confirmed for the Mackay Showgrounds event, July 24–26. In a new development, resource sector heavyweights BHP, Anglo America, Adani and Yancoal will be coming together for a mining...

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Jun 15, 2018
Sojitz Coal Mining spreads its wings

Sojitz Coal Mining spreads its wings

Contractor Kalari commenced hauling coal his week from the new Meteor Downs South mine for railing at the Minerva operation, south of Emerald. Sojitz Coal Mining managing director and chief executive officer Cameron Vorias said it was the start of a steady stream of traffic from now on, with about 25 truckloads per day expected out of Meteor Downs South for an annual output of about 500,000 tonnes...

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Jun 14, 2018
More mining jobs, more permanent roles

More mining jobs, more permanent roles

The mining, resources and energy sector is leading the pack for job ads growth, according to SEEK’s latest employment report. Its data also shows a rise in the number of permanent positions on offer compared to contract roles. The recruitment business said mining, resources and energy job ads grew by 34 per cent last month compared to May of last year. Job ads in general grew by 10.7 per cent over...

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Jun 14, 2018
Work up for grabs on $3.6b construction project

Work up for grabs on $3.6b construction project

Suppliers and individual tradespeople are being encouraged to put up their hands for work on Brisbane’s $3.6 billion Queen’s Wharf development, as construction of the site’s diaphragm wall begins. The 172m concrete wall will create a watertight underground barrier between the Queen’s Wharf basement and the Brisbane River. Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said workers would ex...

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Jun 14, 2018
Eloise drilling yields strong copper-gold results

Eloise drilling yields strong copper-gold results

Minotaur Exploration says assay results have proven the presence of a copper-gold mineralised structure more than 3km long at its Eloise joint-venture project, 55km south-east of Cloncurry. The results came from drilling along the Jericho ‘J1’ corridor at the project and have prompted the JV partners to extend the drilling program at that target by 1700m. “The new assays reinforce the ...

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Jun 14, 2018
Innovation and investigation behind floodplain fix

Innovation and investigation behind floodplain fix

A $514.3 million road project south of Townsville is drawing on innovation and detailed local studies to deal with one of the most complex floodplain sites in Queensland. Transport and Main Roads Northern District director Stephen Mallows said an average of 544 direct jobs would be supported over the life of the Haughton River Floodplain Upgrade project. The department is progressing detailed desi...

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Jun 13, 2018
Water industry recognises top operators

Water industry recognises top operators

Goondiwindi Regional Council’s senior technical officer, water and sewerage, Tony Cover was named Operator of the Year at the recent Queensland Water Operations Conference and Exhibition in Logan. The Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (WIOA) event also included the annual IXOM Water of Origin competition – which saw Port Macquarie, New South Wales, pip Toowoomba to be j...

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Jun 13, 2018
Sconi proponent targets light-weight alloy market

Sconi proponent targets light-weight alloy market

Australian Mines is joining forces with United Kingdom-based technology company Metalysis to produce a low-cost, superior aluminium- scandium alloy for potential use by the automotive and aerospace industries. Australian Mines is advancing the Sconi scandium-cobalt-nickel project near Greenvale, about 200km north-west of Charters Towers. In a release to the ASX this week, the company said it was c...

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