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Nov 22, 2017
Boom in Mining Start ups

Boom in Mining Start ups

Similar to other industries, the mining industry also picks up startup trends in various mining related operations. Now there are nearly 200 startups operating in different continents in the world. They cover most mining activities. This article has been described as like teenage sex – all diagrams. What do you think? Click here for detail. ...

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Nov 20, 2017
Official launch for Haughton Pipeline project

Official launch for Haughton Pipeline project

The start of work on the $215 million Haughton Pipeline project has been marked with a breaking ground ceremony attended by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill. Townsville City Council says the project, which includes 36km of 1.8m diameter pipeline between the Burdekin and the Ross River Dam, will be completed within 26 months. The pipeline was funded by the Queensland Go...

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Nov 20, 2017
Towering achievement for Ratch wind project

Towering achievement for Ratch wind project

Ratch Australia Corporation has erected the first wind turbine at the Mount Emerald Wind Farm on the Atherton Tableland, with three 57m-long blades set in place atop a 90m tower. Ratch construction director Rene Kuypers said the milestone capped a huge team effort. “From unloading the cargo at Cairns Port to carefully trucking the components up to Walkamin and now the crane crews erecting the comp...

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Nov 20, 2017
Merger for Cloncurry copper proponent

Merger for Cloncurry copper proponent

Cloncurry copper project proponent Altona Mining is merging with Copper Mountain Mining Corporation, with  Altona to become a wholly owned subsidiary of CMMC. The Cloncurry project, 95km north-east of Mount Isa, has a measured and indicated mineral resource containing almost one million tonnes of copper and an inferred resource of  0.72 million tonnes of copper. CMMC’s principal asset is the 75 pe...

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Nov 20, 2017
Pajingo job’s a keeper for Pat

Pajingo job’s a keeper for Pat

Pat Madigan knows more about the mill operations at Minjar Gold’s Pajingo Mine than most; he’s been there for 30 years. “I came to Pajingo on a four-month contract and am still here,” Mr Madigan said. Now 66, Mr Madigan was raised in small country towns on the Queensland and New South Wales border with his farming family on wheat, sheep and cattle properties. He met his wife at  “Wondavale Station...

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Nov 19, 2017
Civil engineering work on the rise in Queensland

Civil engineering work on the rise in Queensland

Engineering vacancies in Queensland have grown 40.7 per cent in the past year, with civil engineering qualifications proving the most wanted, a new report shows. The Engineers Australia September Engineering Vacancy Report shows a lift in engineering vacancy trends in Queensland from  mid-2016, with demand in this field outstripping broader jobs growth. Engineering vacancies nationwide bottomed ou...

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Nov 18, 2017
Capricorn Copper comes online

Capricorn Copper comes online

The Capricorn Copper mine in north-west Queensland has successfully produced its first copper concentrate and is now officially open for business. Capricorn Copper chairman Owen Hegarty said completion of the mine’s refurbishment and restart project came at an ideal time, as the copper market strengthened. “We have been confident in the fundamentals of copper throughout the project development pha...

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Nov 17, 2017
Plan for $1.3b solar thermal plant in Townsville

Plan for $1.3b solar thermal plant in Townsville

CWP Renewables plans to develop a a 250 MW concentrated solar thermal project near Townsville at an expected cost of $1.3 billion. Construction on ‘Freedom Energy One’ could start as soon as early 2019, pending approvals. CWP  expects the project to create more than 2000 jobs during the two-year build and 50 operations and maintenance roles. “This concentrated solar thermal project can deliver dis...

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Nov 17, 2017
Funds boost for Kidston Stage 2

Funds boost for Kidston Stage 2

Genex Power has secured further Federal Government funding of up to $5 million for Kidston Stage 2 –  a world-first integrated solar and pumped hydro hybrid project. The K2 Project comprises the 250MW Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro Project (K2-Hydro), and the co-located 270MW solar PV Project (K2-Solar). The development is located 270km north-west of Townsville at the former Kidston gold mi...

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Nov 15, 2017
NQ yields 38oz nugget for prospector

NQ yields 38oz nugget for prospector

A prospector has uncovered a 38oz gold nugget, worth more than $50,000, in the Charters Towers area using a Minelab GPX 5000 detector. The find came just moments after he had uncovered a three-ounce nugget worth about $4000, according to a report from Minelab. The larger nugget – weighing more than a kilogram (1,176gms) – was 15cm below the surface. The joyous prospector has named his ...

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Nov 15, 2017
Council calls in reinforcements for $200m project pipeline

Council calls in reinforcements for $200m project pipeline

Whitsunday Regional Council has established a Major Projects Advisory Board to oversee almost $200 million of regional capital projects to be delivered by council over the next 18 months. The board is made up of WRC Mayor Andrew Willcox, deputy Mayor John Collins, chief executive officer Barry Omundson, director of engineering Jason Raiteri, chief staff officer Paul Fendley (secretariat) and five...

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Nov 14, 2017
Rockhampton Regional Council rolls out the tenders

Rockhampton Regional Council rolls out the tenders

From civil works, to building and other trades, there’re a lot of tender opportunities current in the Rockhampton region. Tenders released include replacing the roof of the Rockhampton Regional Council Mount Morgan Admin offices. Click here for more detail. The Rocky council is also upgrading the Lakes Creek Road Landfill. Click here and you’ll also find out who to refer to. The counci...

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Nov 14, 2017
Port authority in new water monitoring deal

Port authority in new water monitoring deal

North Queensland Bulk Ports (NQBP) has entered into a new research and monitoring partnership with James Cook University worth more than $3 million over three years. Scientists from JCU’s Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research Centre (TropWATER) will be responsible for keeping an eye on the marine environment at four of NQBP’s sites. Dr Michael Rasheed, the TropWATER co-director of the part...

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Nov 13, 2017
More solar work for RCR Tomlinson

More solar work for RCR Tomlinson

RCR Tomlinson has won another clutch of major solar project work. The company announced today that it had been selected as the preferred EPC contractor for two major contracts, totalling about $260 million, for the Clermont Solar Farm in Queensland and the Wemen Solar Farm in Victoria being developed by Wirsol Energy. Subject to final contracts, RCR’s scope of work will include engineering, procur...

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Nov 13, 2017
G&S Engineering grabs a slice of major coal project

G&S Engineering grabs a slice of major coal project

Mackay-based G&S Engineering has won a $9.5 million contract on the Caval Ridge Southern Circuit project in the Bowen Basin. The contract covers works to connect the new 11km overland conveyor that will link BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance’s (BMA) Peak Downs mine with the coal handling preparation plant at Caval Ridge mine. BMA asset president Rag Udd said the contract announcements associate...

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Nov 10, 2017
Cannindah Resources eyes Piccadilly prize

Cannindah Resources eyes Piccadilly prize

Queensland-based junior Cannindah Resources has gone into small-scale production at its Piccadilly gold project, with the first consignment of ore processed at Minjar Gold’s Pajingo operation last month. The ore is being sourced from an area of high-grade quartz veins on the Piccadilly mining lease, 60km north of Charters Towers. But Cannindah has eyes on a greater prize – a ‘significant’ intrusiv...

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Nov 10, 2017
Bounty buys Cook Colliery, plans early 2018 restart

Bounty buys Cook Colliery, plans early 2018 restart

Bounty Mining has acquired the assets of Caledon Coal and Blackwater Coal, including Cook Colliery and the Minyango coking coal project. Bounty will settle the acquisitions for a total of $31.5 million, with $6.7 million paid on completion and the balance deferred and paid over 18 months. In a separate but related transaction, Bounty said it had acquired the assets associated with the Cook Collier...

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Nov 09, 2017
Container cargo spikes for Port of Townsville

Container cargo spikes for Port of Townsville

Port of Townsville Limited has recorded strong trade growth in the first quarter of 2017/18 compared to the same time last year. More than 20,000 containers were handled at the Port of Townsville between July and September, up more than 8,000 TEU’s (twenty foot equivalent unit) on the same time last year, breaking trade records. As well as a 135 per cent increase in containerised and general cargo...

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