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Aug 18, 2018
Tenders called for Sarina roadworks

Tenders called for Sarina roadworks

Design works are finalised and tenders are being called for the $14.36 million safety upgrade of the Bruce Highway and Sarina Coast Road intersection, in Sarina. An average of 32 jobs are expected to be supported over the life of the Sarina Northern Access Upgrade project. Construction is scheduled to start in early 2019 and is expected to finish in early 2020, weather permitting. A new dual-lane...

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Aug 17, 2018
Col shares history’s silver lining

Col shares history’s silver lining

Tea and the Opium Wars played a key role in the unfolding fortunes of north Queensland’s early mining industry, according to mining historian Col Hooper. Mr Hooper, principal of HME Consulting Engineers, will delve into the region’s mining heritage at this year’s Sir George Fisher Lecture, hosted by the North Queensland Branch of The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM). ...

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Aug 16, 2018
Maiden resource released for Cape Bedford silica project

Maiden resource released for Cape Bedford silica project

Brisbane-based Diatreme Resources has announced a maiden Mineral Resource for its Nob Point Prospect at the Cape Bedford silica/heavy minerals project north of Cairns. The resource estimate, undertaken by independent experts Ausrocks, stands at 21.6 million tonnes at more than 99 per cent purity silica. This comprises high‐grade, high‐value silica sand potentially suitable for use in high‐...

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Aug 16, 2018
Swick hits diamond drilling milestone

Swick hits diamond drilling milestone

Swick Mining Services has reached a major milestone by drilling 10 million metres of diamond core. The feat includes a total of 329,172m of diamond core in Queensland, including at Dugald River, Pajingo, Mount Gordon, Osborne, Merlin, Lady Annie and Lady Loretta. Swick started drilling diamond core in 2004 with just one mobile underground drill rig at a nickel mine in Kambalda, Western Australia. ...

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Aug 16, 2018
Anglo snaps up Komatsu 830E trucks for hire

Anglo snaps up Komatsu 830E trucks for hire

National Plant & Equipment is hiring 16 Komatsu 830E electric drive dump trucks to Anglo American for its Capcoal Surface Operations. It comes after the company invested in 12 of the dump trucks, measuring in at just under 7m high and 8m wide each, last year. These were delivered and assembled at the National Plant & Equipment site in Yatala in late 2017 in an operation captured on time la...

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Aug 16, 2018
Mackay welcomes RORO roll-out

Mackay welcomes RORO roll-out

Port of Mackay will welcome its first roll-on roll-off (RORO) trade this month, when NSS will handle the cargo of four massive mining trucks bound for the Bowen Basin. Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said this would be the first time a RORO vessel had come into the Port of Mackay, off the back of a $9.8 million infrastructure upgrade delivered under the State Government’s Acceler...

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Aug 15, 2018
Sun Metals commissions $200m solar farm

Sun Metals commissions $200m solar farm

The Sun Metals Corporation zinc refinery in Townsville this week officially commissioned their new $200 million 125MWac solar farm. “Sun Metals’ mission is to become the safest, the most environmentally responsible and the most competitive zinc refinery in the world,” Sun Metals chief executive officer Yun Choi said. “The solar farm is an excellent example of our commitment to th...

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Aug 15, 2018
Barminco buy creates second largest Oz mining services company

Barminco buy creates second largest Oz mining services company

Mining services company Ausdrill is taking over underground hard-rock mining contractor Barminco Holdings  for $271.5 million, it was announced today. Barminco was recently awarded the contract to mine Mount Colin near Cloncurry for CopperChem and also has the contract for underground mining at MMG’s Dugald River mine in north-west Queensland. “Barminco and Ausdrill are a great fit, with ...

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Aug 15, 2018
Ross gets a blast from the past

Ross gets a blast from the past

Queensland history buff Ross Thomas admits he loves to talk. But when his subject of interest is North Queensland’s mining history, that’s not such a bad thing. Mr Thomas has that rare ability to bring the past to life with just a few words, so those attending his presentation, on North Queensland’s colourful mining history, during the North Queensland branch of AusIMM’s Business Professio...

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Aug 14, 2018
Shooting stars at New Century

Shooting stars at New Century

Hydraulic mining cannons shooting water at 30-40 bar pressure will help release the value of tailings at the Century zinc site in Queensland’s lower Gulf. New Century Resources manager – mine technical services Tim Edwards said this would be the largest hydro-mining operation in Australian history. “We have engaged National Pump and Energy (NPE) as our mining contractor and subcontracting to...

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Aug 14, 2018
Green light for Western Surat Gas Project

Green light for Western Surat Gas Project

Senex Energy has been granted approval to develop Western Surat Gas Project under the Commonwealth Government Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC). The project will involve up to 425 wells and associated infrastructure, with an investment of several hundred million over the life of the project Senex has now received all primary approvals to commence development of the We...

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Aug 13, 2018
Ratch flicks switch on $100m Collinsville solar farm

Ratch flicks switch on $100m Collinsville solar farm

The first panels have been switched on as part of a staged testing and commissioning process for the  $100 million Collinsville Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Project. Project developers Ratch Australia Corporation expect the 42.5MW project to achieve full commercial operation in September. Ratch executive general manager business development Anthony Yeates said the testing announced the “electrifi...

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Aug 13, 2018
Concentrate flowing from Century restart

Concentrate flowing from Century restart

New Century Resources has started producing zinc rougher concentrate at the Century zinc mine in Queensland’s lower gulf, where it is mining and retreating mineralised tailings. Hydraulic mining at the former MMG site kicked off last week and New Century said the start of tailings slurry flotation represented an important milestone in the restart – demonstrating the initial proof-of-c...

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Aug 11, 2018
Boral boosts capacity in Toowoomba

Boral boosts capacity in Toowoomba

Boral Asphalt expects to commission a new $13 million asphalt plant in Toowoomba in October in the face of strong regional demand. The large scale Ammann batch plant will have a capacity of 140 tph and features four hot storage bins to allow flexibility in the production of different asphalt mixes. Boral Asphalt – Queensland general manager Rob McGuire said the company had supplied asphalt ...

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Aug 10, 2018
Triple triumph for New Hope Group

Triple triumph for New Hope Group

New Hope Group has won three 2018 ABA100 Australian Business Awards for innovative use of x-ray technology and automatic braking systems as well as its contribution to community. Managing director and chief executive officer Shane Stephan said the company had a long history of backing in-house innovation, with the workforce seeking to continually improve, streamline and progress its operations. A...

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Aug 09, 2018
Mining underway at Century zinc project

Mining underway at Century zinc project

New Century Resources has started hydraulic mining operations at the Century zinc site in the lower Gulf region. “It is a fantastic achievement by the New Century team and our business partners to deliver the restart of operations at Century both on time and budget,” New Century managing director Patrick Walta said. “We are now focused on the next phase of Century development, rampi...

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Aug 09, 2018
CSIRO announces hydrogen fuel breakthrough

CSIRO announces hydrogen fuel breakthrough

Breakthrough membrane technology from CSIRO has paved the way for low-emissions hydrogen from Australia to supply fuel cell vehicles worldwide. CSIRO chief executive Larry Marshall was one of the first to ride in the Toyota Mirai and Hyundai Nexo vehicles powered by ultra-high purity hydrogen, produced in Queensland using the membrane technology. “This is a watershed moment for energy, and w...

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Aug 08, 2018
Paynter Dixon wins Airlie Beach foreshore work

Paynter Dixon wins Airlie Beach foreshore work

The $6.3 million Airlie Beach Foreshore Revitalisation project is set to begin later this month, with the construction tender awarded to Paynter Dixon Queensland. The upgrade includes a new 10.5m tall playground, 65 extra sealed carparks, more seating and shade umbrellas, new sound stage, refurbished amenities block, extra landscaping and a 3m wide beachfront path connecting the foreshore to the A...

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