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Mar 05, 2019
Blue Energy CEO wants more Bowen Basin infrastructure

Blue Energy CEO wants more Bowen Basin infrastructure

Additional infrastructure is needed as a priority to further open the potential of the Bowen Basin’s gas reserves, according to the head of Brisbane-based company Blue Energy Limited. Chief executive officer John Phillips said a new pipeline south from Moranbah was required to bring more gas to the east coast market. He said the potential for the Bowen Basin to be a major contributor ...

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Mar 04, 2019
Adani to have say on proposed legislation aimed at blocking mine

Adani to have say on proposed legislation aimed at blocking mine

Adani will today tell a State Government inquiry that development of the Carmichael Mine will create long-term jobs and opportunities for Queensland families and communities. Adani will address a public hearing into a Bill being proposed by the Greens which would stop mining in the Galilee Basin. Chief executive officer Lucas Dow said Adani would tell the hearing that the communities that w...

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Mar 03, 2019
Scientists convert CO2 to solid coal

Scientists convert CO2 to solid coal

Scientists have used liquid metals to turn carbon dioxide back into solid coal at room temperature, in a breakthrough for carbon capture and storage. A research team comprising UNSW’s Professor Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh and newly appointed Scientia Fellow Dr Dorna Esrafilzadeh together with their former RMIT colleague Dr Torben Daeneke has demonstrated the new technique. Published in the jo...

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Mar 01, 2019
Slump sparks School of Mines overhaul

Slump sparks School of Mines overhaul

Staff are expected to be cut from the Western Australian School of Mines: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering after a period of low enrolments. A revised curriculum is also in the works in a bid to attract more students as it is rolled out from 2020. Curtin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry said the university had consulted with external stakeholders on the issue. ...

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Mar 01, 2019
Hoegh links Mackay to major equipment manufacturers

Hoegh links Mackay to major equipment manufacturers

One of the world’s largest automobile roll-on roll-off (RORO) vessels is due to berth at the Port of Mackay this weekend. The Höegh Trapper is carrying new and used mining vehicles and machinery destined for the Bowen Basin. At almost 200m long and with the capacity to carry up to 8,500 cars, the Höegh Trapper will be the third Höegh RoRo vessel to visit the Port of Mackay in the pas...

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Mar 01, 2019
Uni engineers make breakthrough in aluminium alloy manufacturing

Uni engineers make breakthrough in aluminium alloy manufacturing

Monash University engineers have developed a new and improved way to manufacture aluminium alloys, overturning 100 years of established practice and opening up new options for industry to test and develop new alloy manufacturing processes. Developed by Professor Christopher Hutchinson, the ‘cyclic plasticity’ method creates aluminium alloys with better combinations of properties than exist...

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Mar 01, 2019
Council adds to innovative waste solution

Council adds to innovative waste solution

Rockhampton Regional Council has taken environmental sustainability a step further by refining an innovation introduced last year at its Lakes Creek landfill site. Last year, the Piggy Back project extended the lifespan of the landfill site for another 40 years by adding additional cells, with each cell capable of taking 180,000 cubic metres of waste. Waste committee chairman, Neil Fisher,...

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Mar 01, 2019
Refinery owners pour $240m into environmental measures

Refinery owners pour $240m into environmental measures

Queensland Alumina Limited (QAL) plans to invest $240 million in its Gladstone Alumina Refinery over five years as part of an Environmental Improvement Plan. The Environmental Improvement Plan will focus on major capital upgrades and organisational culture change. QAL general manager Mike Dunstan described the investment from refinery owners Rio Tinto and Rusal as good news for Gladstone. ...

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Mar 01, 2019
Jacobs wins tender for pipeline Stage 2 business case

Jacobs wins tender for pipeline Stage 2 business case

The Federal Government has announced the awarding of the tender for the business case for Stage 2 of the Haughton Pipeline Extension Project in Townsville. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the business case, awarded to multi-national professional services company Jacobs, was crucial to the project progressing. “Appointing Jacobs demonstrates the Government’s commitment to securing To...

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Mar 01, 2019
Defence projects to boost NQ economy

Defence projects to boost NQ economy

The Department of Defence has announced a major step forward for a planned North Queensland training facility and a $50 million project at RAAF Base Townsville. The department has settled with willing landholders in the Greenvale area, 250km north-west of Townsville, paving the way for work to establish a training area as part of the Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative (ASMTI). ...

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Feb 28, 2019
BMA welcomes new crop of apprentices

BMA welcomes new crop of apprentices

BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance has welcomed 41 apprentices at its sites across the Bowen Basin as part of its 2019 intake. BMA asset president James Palmer said it was critical BMA’s workforce was constructed from a solid foundation of local people. “For BMA to continue being a valued part of the Central Queensland community, we need to support it, and creating jobs in the region is o...

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Feb 28, 2019
Green light for Surat Basin gas project

Green light for Surat Basin gas project

The biggest new resources project in Queensland in eight years has been approved by the State Government. Arrow Energy’s $10 billion Surat Gas Project is expected to generate up to 1000 jobs. Approval has been granted for 14 petroleum leases between Dalby and Wandoan that will bring an extra 5000 petajoules of gas to market over 27 years, including 240 petajoules per annum during peak...

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Feb 27, 2019
Bumper year for Yancoal

Bumper year for Yancoal

Yancoal Australia has announced a record profit after tax of $852 million for the 2018 calendar year. Record production at a time of sustained pricing strength across global coal markets drove Yancoal’s financial turnaround, it said in a full-year financial results statement released this week. The company said demand for high-quality low-ash and low-sulphur coals remained strong, as dev...

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Feb 27, 2019
Flinders Highway back in business after flood repairs

Flinders Highway back in business after flood repairs

The Flinders Highway from Richmond to Julia Creek has reopened to traffic after record rain and flooding. Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the reopening followed the fast-tracking of critical repairs after entire sections of highway had been washed away. “The Palaszczuk Government has moved quickly to fast-track essential repairs to reopen the Flinders Highway as soon a...

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Feb 27, 2019
High-risk roads earmarked for $100m-plus safety works

High-risk roads earmarked for $100m-plus safety works

The State Government has announced a $112 million safety boost for nine high-risk Queensland roads. “My department identified 26 sections of the state-controlled road network, each about 20km in length, that are known locations for crashes,” Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said. “While these sections of road represent only 1.4 per cent of Queensland’s state-controlled...

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Feb 27, 2019
Cash injection for Sconi mine developer

Cash injection for Sconi mine developer

Sconi mine proponent Australian Mines has raised $5 million through a share placement, saying the response demonstrated a buoyant appetite in the battery metals sector. The $1.4 billion North Queensland project has been forecast to be one of the most competitive cobalt-producing nickel operations in the world by an independent study. it is one of three Australian cobalt projects owned by Au...

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Feb 27, 2019
‘Shot in the arm’ for workplace safety

‘Shot in the arm’ for workplace safety

Chain of responsibility and workplace obesity are among the focus topics for the annual Resource Industry Network (RIN) Safety Conference, to be held in Mackay in March. Resource Industry Network WH&S Group chair Mick Crowe said the Safety Conference was an ‘annual shot in the arm’ safety wise for the broader community. “Our goal with the conference is to motivate, educate and ins...

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Feb 26, 2019
MITEZ highlights crucial transport task

MITEZ highlights crucial transport task

Restoring the North West’s transport network within a reasonable timeframe is crucial for local communities, businesses and industries that have already suffered significant losses, says regional development group MITEZ. MITEZ (Mount Isa to Townsville Economic Development Zone) said it had been impressed by the way the State Government and many of its agencies were working to repair road...

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