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Oct 14, 2019
Civil contractor’s gear goes under the hammer

Civil contractor’s gear goes under the hammer

More than $5 million worth of civil and earthmoving equipment from a south-east Queensland civil contractor will be up for auction from Thursday. O’Leary Constructions has engaged GraysOnline to conduct an online auction of the equipment. The auction house said O’Leary was retiring some equipment and undertaking a fleet upgrade after recently completing major projects. GraysOnlin...

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Oct 14, 2019
Expansion plans for Cape York bauxite operation

Expansion plans for Cape York bauxite operation

Bauxite miner Metro Mining aims to step up annual production to 6 million WMT (wet metric tonnes) from 2021 with a $51.4 million expansion project. The company today announced completion of the definitive feasibility study for the Stage 2 expansion of its Bauxite Hills operation, about 95km north of Weipa on Cape York Peninsula. It comes as Bauxite Hills looks set to deliver 3.5 million ...

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Oct 14, 2019
Santos in $2b northern gas assets deal

Santos in $2b northern gas assets deal

Gas and oil giant Santos will pay more than $2 billion to acquire ConocoPhillips’ northern Australia business. The package includes operating interests in Darwin LNG, Bayu-Undan, Barossa and Poseidon for $US1.39 billion ($AU2 billion). There is also a $US75 million ($AU111 million) contingent payment subject to a final investment decision on Barossa – a gas and light condensate fie...

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Oct 14, 2019
Julia Creek vanadium deposit ‘one of the largest in the world’

Julia Creek vanadium deposit ‘one of the largest in the world’

QEM says its Julia Creek project is proving to be one of the largest vanadium deposits in the world as it reveals a significant resource upgrade. The company’s flagship Julia Creek vanadium / oil shale project covers 249.6sq km in the Julia Creek area of North West Queensland. Following the resource upgrade, the project holds a 2760Mt vanadium JORC resource, with an average V2O5 content ...

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Oct 14, 2019
Focus on lowering emissions in mining energy mix

Focus on lowering emissions in mining energy mix

The Queensland resources sector continues to invest in new technologies to reduce emissions across the sector, a new report shows. The Queensland Resources Council’s latest State of the Sector – a quarterly survey of resource CEOs in Queensland – found 40 per cent were investing in the research and development of low emission technologies. “This expenditure will grow further ov...

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Oct 13, 2019
Hillalong coal project drilling kicks off

Hillalong coal project drilling kicks off

Bowen Coking Coal has kicked off exploration at its Hillalong project in the Bowen Basin within days of securing a farm-in deal with Sumitomo Corporation. The company has engaged Xenith Consulting for its exploration program and said on Friday (October 11) that drill site clearing and inductions were underway. Drilling will target two economic coal seams – Elphinstone and Hynds –...

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Oct 13, 2019
Green light for $350m CQ wind farm

Green light for $350m CQ wind farm

A new $350 million wind farm has won State approval, 20km west of Biloela in Central Queensland. The State Government says Lacour Energy’s Banana Range project will create up to 150 construction jobs. Planning Minister Cameron Dick said the new wind farm would boost the total capacity of wind generation approved by the Queensland Government to 2240 megawatts, enough to power over one ...

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Oct 12, 2019
Golden art of algorithm may help beat drill cost blues

Golden art of algorithm may help beat drill cost blues

An Australian researcher has developed a suite of geochemical tools that may save millions on drilling by more accurately targeting mineral deposits. Dr Caroline Tiddy, a Senior Research Fellow in UniSA’s Future Industries Institute, says while global demand for copper and gold is growing, it is getting increasingly hard to find these metals – meaning explorers face increased costs as...

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Oct 11, 2019
Gladstone industry leaders shine in annual awards

Gladstone industry leaders shine in annual awards

Leading lights in the Gladstone region’s industry supply chain have been recognised at the 2019 Gladstone Engineering Alliance Gala Dinner and Industry Awards Night. GEA acting general manager Chantale Lane said the GEA Board’s decision to add three new awards to the line-up was a reflection on the local talent. “All the nominations in this year’s Industry Awards were of an ext...

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Oct 11, 2019
Townsville shines in world record attempt

Townsville shines in world record attempt

Townsville has bagged itself a Guinness World Record, with a very bright Bunnings carpark effort on World Mental Health Day (October 10) A crowd of 2499 people came together to break the record for the ‘most people wearing high-visibility vests at a single venue’, smashing the previous record of 2136. “We couldn’t be prouder of the entire team who made this happen,” Mental Heal...

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Oct 11, 2019
Australian Future Energy powers ahead

Australian Future Energy powers ahead

Australian Future Energy still has power plans for Townsville as it continues to tick off the steps towards bringing its $1 billion Gladstone Energy and Ammonia Project online. The company today announced completion of a merger with Synthesis Energy Systems, which will see it become a subsidiary of SES. Australian Future Energy chief executive officer Kerry Parker said the company strategy ...

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Oct 11, 2019
Strong copper showing at Briggs project

Strong copper showing at Briggs project

Drilling is confirming the large-scale potential of the Briggs copper project, 50km inland from Gladstone, according to Canterbury Resources. The company has released results for three holes completed at the Central Porphyry Zone of the project – each of which intersected very broad intervals of copper mineralisation. “We are excited by the excellent progress being achieved at Brig...

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Oct 11, 2019
Priority projects need push from the Commonwealth

Priority projects need push from the Commonwealth

MITEZ is lobbying for ‘a bigger push from the Commonwealth’ for a range of advanced North West Queensland projects to become a reality. MITEZ (Mount Isa to Townsville Economic Zone) chief executive officer Glen Graham was among those addressing hearings in Townsville and Mount Isa this week of the Senate Select Committee inquiry into the effectiveness of the government’s Northern...

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Oct 11, 2019
Shadforth to lead Port of Mackay road project

Shadforth to lead Port of Mackay road project

North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation has appointed Queensland-based construction company Shadforth for a $2.9 million road project to create a secondary access for the Port of Mackay. NQBP chief executive officer Nicolas Fertin said work to extend the road from Edmund Casey Drive to Slade Point Road was starting this month and was expected to be completed by early 2020. “Extending th...

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Oct 11, 2019
MITEZ backs mining in Senate submission

MITEZ backs mining in Senate submission

‘Get out here on the ground’ was a clear message from a key North West Queensland group as part of an inquiry into the effectiveness of the Federal Government’s Northern Australia agenda. The government was also urged to focus on common-user infrastructure to bolster mining activity as part of its Northern Australia agenda. Mount Isa to Townsville Economic Zone (MITEZ) was am...

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Oct 11, 2019
Anger over ‘election cycle’  infrastructure delays

Anger over ‘election cycle’ infrastructure delays

A peak industry body has slammed politically motivated delays to infrastructure roll-out, saying contractors are going from famine to feast when it comes to project releases in Queensland. Queensland Major Contractors Association (QMCA) chief executive officer Jon Davies called for infrastructure to be prioritised to meet the needs of citizens and business rather than politicians. “It ha...

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Oct 11, 2019
Workers stand down as miner stands up for safety

Workers stand down as miner stands up for safety

More than 5000 workers have stood down for safety talks across Anglo American’s Queensland operations in the company’s Global Safety Day program. Chief executive of Anglo American’s metallurgical coal business, Tyler Mitchelson, said the day was an important part of the company’s dedication to eliminating workplace fatalities. “Safety is our core value, and there is nothing more i...

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Oct 10, 2019
Collinsville marks 100 years of coal mining

Collinsville marks 100 years of coal mining

Collinsville is celebrating 100 years of mining with a weekend of activities, including tours of the town’s heritage-listed No. 1 Mine after recent restoration work. Glencore will offer free bus tours taking in the old Bowen Consolidated Coal Mine No.1 site as well as the operating Collinsville open-cut mine and the Coalface Experience on Saturday (October 12), followed by an afternoon ...

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