Stories

May 07, 2019
Dugald River set to step up another level

Dugald River set to step up another level

The Dugald River team is looking to bump up production further in 2019 after taking the North-West Queensland operation’s processing plant right out to design capacity in the past year. General manager Sam Rodda said the MMG site would aim for an ore throughput as high as 2Mtpa and was still ramping up its underground mining operations with contract partner Barminco. “It’s exciting for us. ...

Read More
May 07, 2019
Study highlights job demand trends in mining

Study highlights job demand trends in mining

The growth in demand for mining workers has been highlighted in an independent pilot study undertaken for the Minerals Council of Australia. Job demand in blue-collar fields in the sector was up 120 per cent in the three months to November 2018 (16,000 positions) throughout Australia compared to the three months to March 2016 (6000 positions). The MCA says the work by technology firm Cover...

Read More
May 06, 2019
Breakthrough agreements on coal rail network

Breakthrough agreements on coal rail network

Aurizon Holdings has reached agreements with its customers on a proposed revised Access Undertaking for the Central Queensland Coal Network (CQCN). The rail operator said the breakthrough agreements, which follow months of negotiation, would provide greater commercial and operational certainty for all users of the CQCN. Customers signed to the agreements represent more than 90 per cent o...

Read More
May 06, 2019
Resource group ready for another Mackay rally

Resource group ready for another Mackay rally

Mackay’s Resource Industry Network plans to rally the region again next weekend, hot on the heels of another State approvals setback for the Carmichael coal project. RIN general manager Adrienne Rourke said the local business community wanted to see confidence in the market and the future for the coal sector. “Adani’s commitment to the railway line and the Carmichael project is the first st...

Read More
May 05, 2019
Dredge tender out for Channel Upgrade Project

Dredge tender out for Channel Upgrade Project

Port of Townsville has released a tender on Qtender for dredging works as part of the $193 million Channel Upgrade Project. It follows the recent announcement that Holcim Australia had been awarded a key contract to supply rocks as part of the five-year project.  Port of Townsville said the successful tenderer would be required to remove up to 3.6 million cubic metres of dredge material f...

Read More
May 04, 2019
Government seeks long service leave feedback

Government seeks long service leave feedback

The State Government is seeking feedback on proposed changes to construction industry portable long service leave levy arrangements.  Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said the building and construction industry portable long service leave scheme, administered by QLeave, ensured workers could accrue long service leave even if they changed employers or work interstate. “The scheme ...

Read More
May 04, 2019
Senex Energy seals second Project Atlas gas sales deal

Senex Energy seals second Project Atlas gas sales deal

Senex Energy this week announced a second domestic gas sales agreement for its Project Atlas development, 20km south-west of Wandoan. Under an initial two-year agreement, Senex will supply manufacturer Orora with 1.1 PJ from January 2020 and 2.2 PJ from January 2021. There is built-in potential to extend the deal six years from January 2022 for up to 6.6 PJ of gas. Gas will be supp...

Read More
May 03, 2019
Finch plan blow for Adani

Finch plan blow for Adani

The State Government has rejected Adani’s black-throated finch management plan in another blow to the planned Carmichael coal project. The Department of Environment and Science said it had advised Adani that it could not approve the plan in its current form because it did not meet the requirements of the company’s environmental authority. “However, Adani may submit a new or rev...

Read More
May 02, 2019
Award sees Tom break long drought for Hastings Deering

Award sees Tom break long drought for Hastings Deering

Tom Bourne is the cream of the crop when it comes to apprenticeships. Mr Bourne, from Toowoomba, has won the CAT Top Dealer Apprentice of the Year title, beating competition from throughout Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. The event included a range of tests, including nine practical skills stations with fault code diagnostics, data...

Read More
May 02, 2019
Drilling underway at Walford Creek

Drilling underway at Walford Creek

Aeon Metals has started a new drilling campaign at its Walford Creek copper and cobalt project in North-West Queensland. The company said the first of two drill rigs had arrived on site and drilling of the first reverse circulation hole pre-collars had commenced. It said the drilling program would focus on exploration outside its current resources boundaries. “This drilling will...

Read More
May 01, 2019
Update on stalled Rocklands copper operation

Update on stalled Rocklands copper operation

Rocklands operator CuDeco has released its quarterly report today, outlining the state of play for the stalled copper operation. Operational activities at the Cloncurry mine remain suspended indefinitely while the company attempts to restructure its finances. CuDeco reported that it had recently refinanced convertible note facilities of almost $30 million with a secured convertible loan fac...

Read More
May 01, 2019
Taking control of water on mine sites

Taking control of water on mine sites

Major considerations for any dewatering project by Ian Ross, Global Product Manager for Dewatering at Weir Minerals. Weather and environment Each site’s dewatering requirements vary and present unique challenges, with environmental and geological considerations, as well as local climatic variations.  Differences in weather conditions and environmental changes can have a significant ...

Read More
May 01, 2019
QNI applies for rail accreditation for Yabulu refinery

QNI applies for rail accreditation for Yabulu refinery

QNI Resources and QNI Metals have made an application for accreditation to be a rail operator at the Yabulu nickel refinery near Townsville. “QNI Resources Pty Ltd made application to the National Rail Safety Regulator on April 29 to be an above rail operator for rail operations associated with the reopening of QNI’s Yabulu nickel and cobalt refinery,” managing director Nui Harris said. ...

Read More
May 01, 2019
Jemena’s gas pipeline contract awarded to Spiecapag

Jemena’s gas pipeline contract awarded to Spiecapag

Spiecapag Australia has been awarded the contract to construct a 60km pipeline as part of Jemena’s $140 million Atlas Gas Pipeline Project in south-west Queensland. Jemena’s project director, Mark Turner, said Spiecapag was selected following a competitive tender process. “Spiecapag has a proven record in constructing complex pipelines in regional Queensland, and brings to the table an exc...

Read More
Apr 30, 2019
Supply opportunities in local government

Supply opportunities in local government

From roof structures to recycling, drainage upgrades to motor vehicle supply and more, below is a range of tender opportunities available with regional councils this week: Closing on Description Issued By Category Thu, 02 May 2019 2:00 PM LB008684: ICT Solutions and Services – BUS274 Local Buy Pty Ltd Information Technology Broadcasting...

Read More
Apr 30, 2019
Processing plant en route to Ardmore phosphate site

Processing plant en route to Ardmore phosphate site

A start-up processing plant is on its way to Australia for Centrex Metals’ Ardmore rock phosphate project, south of Mount Isa. CDE Global has completed the fabrication and trial assembly of the 70-tonne-per hour modular plant, which is expected to arrive on site in June from the United Kingdom. Concentrate produced from the start-up phase will go to potential offtake customers. ...

Read More
Apr 30, 2019
Townsville push for direct Singapore flights

Townsville push for direct Singapore flights

Townsville Airport and Townsville City Council are joining forces to lobby for a direct connection to Singapore’s Changi Airport – which recorded over 65 million passenger movements last year. They say the direct flights to Singapore could begin as soon as 2020. “Townsville has several economic ties to Singapore including the JCU campus and the Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiat...

Read More
Apr 30, 2019
Cameby Downs to step up coal production

Cameby Downs to step up coal production

Yancoal is set to ramp up production at the Cameby Downs coal mine near Miles with an expansion project expected to extend the mine’s life to 75 years. Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham today announced approval of mining leases for the expansion project at the open cut site, saying it would provide further investment and up to 20 extra jobs for the Western Downs. “This is a vote of confidenc...

Read More
Subscribe to IQ Now
Menu