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Oct 19, 2019
Concentrator overhaul on track at Capricorn Copper

Concentrator overhaul on track at Capricorn Copper

Capricorn Copper has launched a week-long maintenance shutdown on its processing plant, with about 80 contractors joining 80 of the operation’s own Ausenco workforce for the job. Concentrator manager Marvin Muller from Ausenco said the shutdown was the biggest in the processing plant, 125km north of Mount Isa, since the copper mine was restarted in 2017. “We are completing more ...

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Oct 18, 2019
Fire-retardant foam study attracts fellowship funding

Fire-retardant foam study attracts fellowship funding

Queensland research to develop fire-retardant thermal insulation foams for safer buildings has received a $888,000 boost. The work at University of Southern Queensland (USQ) comes at a crucial time for global building industries in the wake of London’s Grenfell Tower fire. Dr Pingan Song, an expert in bio-nano polymers, said buildings around the world still contained the same combustible cl...

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Oct 18, 2019
Martinus Rail wins $100m-plus Adani rail contract

Martinus Rail wins $100m-plus Adani rail contract

Adani has awarded a $100 million-plus rail contract for its Carmichael coal project to Australian firm Martinus Rail. The contractor will operate out of Adani’s newly opened Rockhampton Business Centre. Adani Mining chief executive officer Lucas Dow said that more than $450 million worth of contracts had already been awarded on the Carmichael Project, the majority to regional Queensland a...

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Oct 18, 2019
First coal rolls out of restarted Gregory mine

First coal rolls out of restarted Gregory mine

The first coal leaves Gregory mine by train today (October 18) after the site’s restart under new owner Sojitz Coal Mining, with exports out of Gladstone due to start next month. Coal has been running through the washplant for a fortnight after refurbishment works by DRA Global and local subsidiary G&S Engineering, according to Sojitz Coal Mining managing director and chief executiv...

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Oct 18, 2019
Intersection upgrade for Rookwood Weir work

Intersection upgrade for Rookwood Weir work

A tender package is out for a construction firm to deliver a multi-million-dollar road upgrade as part of the $352 million Rookwood Weir project. The Capricorn Highway intersection upgrade at Gogango will provide safe access for earth-moving machinery and construction vehicles travelling to the weir site. Applications are open until November 7 and the tender is expected to be awarded to th...

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Oct 17, 2019
Shamrock wins $2.9m airport entry works

Shamrock wins $2.9m airport entry works

Shamrock Civil has won a $2.9 million contract for work to streamline the entry to Townsville Airport. The project involves the extension of Meenan St to meet John Melton Drive, which will become the main entry and exit point to the airport – significantly improving traffic flow in the area. Landscaping and planting of large trees will be carried out along the road and drainage works und...

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Oct 17, 2019
Townsville battery project secures 10-year ore supply

Townsville battery project secures 10-year ore supply

An ore supply agreement for a proposed $415 million Townsville battery chemicals plant has been extended from five to 10 years. Proponent Queensland Pacific Metals says greater certainty around long-term supply of ore improves the prospects of securing funding for the Townsville Energy Chemicals Hub (TECH) project). Meanwhile the company says there has been a slight dealy in the completi...

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Oct 17, 2019
Engineers’ project may see plastic problem zapped

Engineers’ project may see plastic problem zapped

James Cook University engineers are developing microwave heating technology to break down plastic waste into by-products helpful to the environment. And they have launched a crowd funding bid to take their research further. Head of Electrical Engineering Professor Mohan Jacob (pictured above) says the average person uses 130 kg of plastic a year. “Perhaps contrary to popular opinion,...

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Oct 16, 2019
Record cash flow for Queensland gold miner

Record cash flow for Queensland gold miner

Gold producer Evolution Mining delivered record mine operating cash flow of $278.7 million last quarter. The company said stand-out performances included the Ernest Henry operation near Cloncurry, which produced 23,378oz at an AISC ( All-in Sustaining Cost) of $414/oz – generating record net mine cash flow of $66.1 million. Construction is underway on a $60 million project to take the...

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Oct 16, 2019
Bids sought to deliver coal miner medical checks

Bids sought to deliver coal miner medical checks

Expressions of interest are to be called for a mobile health service to deliver medical checks to coal mine workers throughout regional Queensland. Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham speaking in Queensland Parliament today said that bids would be sought in November for expert providers to deliver the service.    “The mobile unit should be equipped, staffed and on the road in regi...

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Oct 16, 2019
Gas sector fires up Queensland economy

Gas sector fires up Queensland economy

The natural gas industry contributed about $55 billion to Queensland’s economy over a seven year period, according to a new report. The Lawrence Consulting report underlines the importance of the sector for jobs and economic wealth creation – particularly in regional areas such as Gladstone, Toowoomba, Roma, Chinchilla and Dalby. Almost $5 billion was spent on wages state-wide durin...

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Oct 15, 2019
Robots hit explorers on the bourse

Robots hit explorers on the bourse

by Ross Louthean A leading Australian sharemarket and commodities observer has told the Australian Nickel Conference in Perth that while nickel demand has surged, explorers for that and other metals in Australia are being heavily discounted by investors. The principal for PCF Capital, Liam Twigger, said in his opening address that new analysis showed the nickel price surge favoured the “b...

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Oct 15, 2019
Eva project strengthens as  Blackard deposit delivers

Eva project strengthens as Blackard deposit delivers

Copper Mountain Mining is building potential at the Eva project, where its work on the Blackard deposit has added 836 million pounds of copper to the resource. The company has released recent drill results, metallurgical testwork results and a new mineral resource for the deposit, which is located within the Eva copper project mining leases 95km north-east of Mount Isa. They will be fed in...

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Oct 15, 2019
Supply opportunities in local government

Supply opportunities in local government

From bridge design to a sewer reline, cafes to software and more, below is a list of current council tenders in regional Queensland. Closing Description Issued By Fri, 18 October 2019 2:00 PM SDRC009173: 20_023 Quart Pot Creek Pedestrian Bridge – Design and Construct  Southern Downs Regional Council Fri, 18 October 2019 2:00 PM SDRC009178: 20...

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Oct 15, 2019
It’s a blast as Poitrel pioneers wireless technology

It’s a blast as Poitrel pioneers wireless technology

BHP Mitsui Coal’s Poitrel mine has claimed the title of world’s largest blast using wireless technology, after successfully completing the third blast in a trial series to test Orica WebGen technology. The latest blast on Sunday, October 13, saw 1.3 million cubic metres of overburden shifted in a strata blast fired with 1920 WebGen 100 units across 534 holes. Poitrel mine producti...

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Oct 15, 2019
Armour seals $95m farm-in deal on northern project

Armour seals $95m farm-in deal on northern project

Santos and Armour will jointly explore and develop Armour oil and gas tenements in the South Nicholson Basin in a $95 million farm-in deal. Armour’s South Nicholson Basin exploration project area covers tenements in Noprth Queensland and the Northern Territory. It includes the Egilabria 2DW1 directional well, which was the first hydraulically stimulated horizontal shale well in Australia...

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Oct 15, 2019
Golding wins $35m works package at Blackwater

Golding wins $35m works package at Blackwater

Golding Contractors has won a $35 million contract for civil works at BMA’s Blackwater mine in Central Queensland. Works to be undertaken include drainage and flood protection works, relocating critical mine infrastructure and civil works for the reloaction of a communication mast. It includes about 1, 200,000 cubic metres of earthworks, 4km of HDPE pipelines, 22km of fibre optic cabl...

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Oct 14, 2019
Pipeline industry excellence honoured in APGA awards

Pipeline industry excellence honoured in APGA awards

New technology that can be operated remotely and increases the rate of loading and unloading of pipe has won a key pipeline industry safety award. It was among a raft of initiatives and high achievers recognised with awards during the 2019 APGA (Australian Pipelines and Gas Association) Annual Convention and Exhibition in Adelaide. The 2019 APGA Safety Award went to Qube, which teamed up wi...

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