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Oct 17, 2016
CuDeco kicks off copper concentrate exports

CuDeco kicks off copper concentrate exports

CuDeco has announced the first shipment of sulphide copper concentrate to China from its Rocklands copper mine near Cloncurry in north-west Queensland. About 4635 wet metric tonnes (WMT) of sulphide copper concentrate was shipped via the Port of Townsville this week. CuDeco said the shipment had been sold to Oceanwide International Trading under the existing offtake agreement. It follows a 1000 WM...

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Oct 17, 2016
Townsville-based Tracey Lines joins CEFC team

Townsville-based Tracey Lines joins CEFC team

North Queensland-based economist Tracey Lines has joined the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) to help accelerate the development of clean energy investment opportunities in north Queensland. The appointment recognises the considerable potential for clean energy investment in Queensland, across renewable energy, energy efficiency and low emissions projects. “I’m looking forward to speaking w...

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Oct 16, 2016
Adani hiring as coal project gains ground

Adani hiring as coal project gains ground

Adani’s job advertisements in Mackay’s Daily Mercury this weekend are an early sign of a regional jobs floodgate about to open at the Carmichael coal project, according to Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen. Jobs advertised included a human resource manager for Bowen and a general manager health and safety and stakeholder communications manager at Adani’s regional headquarter...

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Oct 15, 2016
Wivenhoe shutdown winds up

Wivenhoe shutdown winds up

CS Energy is wrapping up a $13.5 million major overhaul at its pumped storage hydroelectric Wivenhoe Power Station near Fernvale in south-east Queensland. The Unit 1 overhaul has involved more than 90 contractors, used more than 100 tonnes of scaffolding, 50 tonnes of garnet for sandblasting and 2300 litres of paint. Key works include the replacement of the draft tube bearing, internal pump painti...

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Oct 14, 2016
Jump in coking coal price

Jump in coking coal price

The December quarterly benchmark price for semi-soft coking coal has been set at $US130 per tonne, a rise of $US56 per tonne or 75 per cent above the September 2016 quarterly benchmark price, according to Stanmore Coal. “The rapid rebound in coking coal prices is a timely reminder of the tightness of the market for this key ingredient for steel making,” Stanmore Coal managing director Nick J...

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Oct 14, 2016
More detail of Singapore Defence deal revealed

More detail of Singapore Defence deal revealed

North Queensland businesses are to be preferrenced in a Singaporean government investment in Townsvlle and Rockhampton defence bases. Singapore is expected to spend $2.25 billion on infrastructure and upgrades at the Townsville Field Training Area and Shoalwater Bay Training Area. Details concerning the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership were presented to Townsville Enterprise (TEL), Townsville C...

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Oct 14, 2016
Mining contractor locked in for Blair Athol restart

Mining contractor locked in for Blair Athol restart

New owner TerraCom has executed a contract with Link Mining Services to recommence operations at the mothballed Blair Athol coal mine in central Queensland. The agreement is for five years and will  become effective on mining lease title transfer. TerraCom said it was working with Link Mining to finalise a detailed mobilisation and integration plan for Blair Athol to ensure a seamless transition f...

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Oct 14, 2016
Kennedy power plan receives $18m kick-start

Kennedy power plan receives $18m kick-start

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has committed $18 million to a Hughenden project combining solar, wind and battery storage. The recoupable grant funding will help Windlab and Eurus Energy build the first $120 million phase of Kennedy Energy Park, consisting of 19.2 MW (AC) solar photovoltaic (PV), 21.6 MW wind and 2 MW/4 MWh battery storage. ARENA chief executive officer Ivor Frischknecht s...

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Oct 13, 2016
Milestone for energy industry development

Milestone for energy industry development

Australia Pacific LNG confirmed it had produced the equivalent of a cargo of liquefied natural gas from the second train at its LNG Facility on Curtis Island near Gladstone. The start of operations from the second train marks the final major construction milestone on Australia Pacific LNG’s journey to become one of Australia’s leading domestic and international energy suppliers. The second train h...

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Oct 13, 2016
Golden return from mint

Golden return from mint

A focus on identifying new global markets for Australia’s precious metal products has paid off for The Perth Mint. The mint is delivering a record pre-tax profit of $41.04 million. Australia is the world’s second largest producer of gold after China, and The Perth Mint added value to more than ten million ounces of gold and 22 million ounces of silver in 2015/16 through the export of a wide range ...

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Oct 13, 2016
Boost for Metro’s 2018 bauxite export plans

Boost for Metro’s 2018 bauxite export plans

Metro Mining Limited has signed a binding off-take agreement for China’s Xinfa Group to purchase around half the Bauxite Hills Project production for the first four years of operation.  Bauxite Hills is located 95km north of Weipa on western  Cape York. Environmental approvals are under consideration with production planned to commence in May 2018. Metro forecasts production of up to 4 million ton...

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Oct 13, 2016
New international freight services from Toowoomba

New international freight services from Toowoomba

The Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport airport has chalked up another first. Cathay Pacific will commence regular international freight services reducing transit times and costs for trade focussed businesses in Toowoomba and the surrounding region. Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester welcomed the announcement, citing the importance of effective freight transportation to th...

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Oct 13, 2016
November start to Cairns bridge project

November start to Cairns bridge project

A contract has been awarded for the duplication of the Bill Fulton Bridge on Cairns’ Western Arterial Road. An Albem Operations and Highway Construction joint venture is expected to start the $34.2 million project in November. The route is used by an estimated 30,000 commuters every day. The project was expected to support 97 jobs during construction said Member for Barron River Craig Cra...

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Oct 13, 2016
Alarm raised on open-cut black lung threat

Alarm raised on open-cut black lung threat

A case of black lung disease in an open-cut coal mine worker has been reported at BMA’s Goonyella Riverside Mine, according to the mining union. Paul Head reported that in his 31 years working as an open-cut coal miner he had only received one chest x-ray when he first started working in the mines. CFMEU Mining and Energy Division Queensland District President Stephen Smyth said workers and ...

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Oct 13, 2016
Progress on Adani’s Carmichael Coal Project

Progress on Adani’s Carmichael Coal Project

The north’s abuzz with moves by government to help get Adani’s Queensland coal mine off the ground. Indian utilities and logistics giant Adani owns the Carmichael lease near Clermont in the northern section of the Galilee Basin. They had touted for a 2010 start to operations when first securing the lease. Now it looks like 2020 is closer to the mark. Adani is looking at spending $21.7 ...

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Oct 13, 2016
Upgrades start to coal highway

Upgrades start to coal highway

    Peak Downs Highway near Bee Creek – pic courtesy Mackay Mercury Possible expansion in the Galilee basin is being catered to with infrastructure upgrades. Main roads will be spending $70 million to upgrade four timber bridges on the Peak Downs Highway west of Mackay. The first sod has been turned on the upgrade to the timber bridges at Fiery, Lonely, Boundary and Cut Creeks ...

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Oct 11, 2016
Collinsville Coal continuance confirmed

Collinsville Coal continuance confirmed

Good news on the mining front. Glencore will restart Collinsville Coal this year. The resource minister’s office confirmed they are recruiting this week. There’s been a crew of about 40 processing inventories and providing care and maintenance since Glencore cut production in December last year. The move was flagged with news of major works leaking out of the Whitsundays coal town incl...

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Oct 07, 2016
Leading lights of Gladstone industry honoured

Leading lights of Gladstone industry honoured

Gladstone Engineering Alliance (GEA) has recognised three local individuals for their contributions to Gladstone industry with the presentation of the annual GEA Industry Awards.. GEA chief executive officer Carli Homann said the awards each represented different values important to the success of the Gladstone supply chain. “The Forty Calis Memorial Award is presented to an individual who has dem...

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