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  • Mt Isa

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    Cooper Metals drilling program underway at Mt Isa Project

    Cooper Metals Limited has commenced RC drilling at the King Solomon prospect at the Mt Isa East Copper Gold Project in northwestern Queensland. Around 20 holes for 2000m of RC drilling is planned over the next ... more

  • BP33

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    BP33 drilling delivers outstanding results for Core Lithium

    Following diamond drilling commencing in May at Core Lithium Ltd’s BP33 deposit, which is part of the Finniss Lithium Project near Darwin in the Northern Territory, assays are starting to be received by the c... more

  • Gruyere Gold Mine

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    Gruyere Gold Mine achieves record production in the June quarter

    Gold Road Resources Limited has produced a record 85,676 ounces of gold at its Gruyere Gold Mine, a 50:50 joint venture with Gruyere Mining Company Pty Ltd, a member of the Gold Fields Ltd Group, which operates... more

  • PROJECTS

    Cannon Resources doubles nickel mineralisation at Sabre prospect

    Cannon Resources Limited’s recently completed deep diamond hole has more than doubled the vertical extent of nickel mineralisation at the Sabre prospect, located in the northern Goldfields region of Western A... more

  • Cooper Metals drilling program underway at Mt Isa Project
  • BP33 drilling delivers outstanding results for Core Lithium
  • Gruyere Gold Mine achieves record production in the June quarter
  • Cannon Resources doubles nickel mineralisation at Sabre prospect

Cooper Metals drilling program underway at Mt Isa Project

Cooper Metals Limited has commenced RC drilling at the King Solomon prospect at the Mt Isa East Copper Gold Project in northwestern Queensland. Around 20 holes for 2000m of RC drilling is planned over the next few weeks with assays reported as soon as they are available. The program is testing along strike and down dip of mineralisation intersected in the June maiden drilling program, where down hole intersections included: 17m @ 2.2% Cu from 84m including 8m @ 4.3% Cu from 84m (22MERC016) 18m @ 1.8% Cu and 0.11g/t Au from 57m, including 5m @ 5.4% Cu and 0.31g/t…

BP33 drilling delivers outstanding results for Core Lithium

Following diamond drilling commencing in May at Core Lithium Ltd’s BP33 deposit, which is part of the Finniss Lithium Project near Darwin in the Northern Territory, assays are starting to be received by the company. Geological logging has confirmed that spodumene bearing pegmatite extends at depth to the south with indications that thickness, and grade may improve with depth. Although the main and southern bodies are currently modelled as separate entities, the location of the drilling also provides support that they are likely continuous. A total of three deep diamond drill holes have intersected the main BP33 mineralisation at depths…

Gruyere Gold Mine achieves record production in the June quarter

Gold Road Resources Limited has produced a record 85,676 ounces of gold at its Gruyere Gold Mine, a 50:50 joint venture with Gruyere Mining Company Pty Ltd, a member of the Gold Fields Ltd Group, which operates Gruyere. The gold was produced at an AISC of A$1,250 per attributable ounce during the June 2022 quarter. The increased production quarter on quarter was the result of record high head grades as well as record high quarterly processing throughput. Gruyere remains on target for 2022 Annual Production Guidance of 300,000 – 340,000 ounces (150,000 – 170,000 ounces attributable) at an attributable AISC…

Cannon Resources doubles nickel mineralisation at Sabre prospect

Cannon Resources Limited’s recently completed deep diamond hole has more than doubled the vertical extent of nickel mineralisation at the Sabre prospect, located in the northern Goldfields region of Western Australia. The Sabre nickel sulphide deposit is located within the company’s flagship project Fisher East, which also hosts three other high grade nickel sulphide deposits all in close proximity to each other. These are the Musket, Camelwood, Cannonball deposits, that together with the Sabre nickel sulphide deposit have a combined JORC 2012 Mineral Resource containing 116,300 tonnes of nickel. Hole MFED122 has intersected nickel sulphide mineralisation at 650 metres vertical…

Co-funded diamond drilling commences at Mt Fisher

West Australian gold exploration and development company, Rox Resources Limited, has commenced diamond drilling at the Mt Fisher Gold Project. The Mt Fisher Gold Project is an early-stage project within the company’s project pipeline that includes the advanced stage Youanmi Gold Project (3.2 million ounces gold). The Mt Fisher Gold Project is located in the Northern Goldfields, approximately 500 kilometres northeast of Kalgoorlie (about 120 kilometres east of Wiluna) within the Mt Fisher greenstone belt. This belt is located 40 kilometres east of the prolific Yandal greenstone belt, host of significant gold deposits including Jundee, Bronzewing and Mt McClure. The…

Victory makes high value critical rare earth element discovery 

Victory Goldfields has made a discovery of rare earth elements (REE) including critical heavy rare earth elements (HRE) from follow up assays that initially reported significant anomalous values of Yttrium at its Mafeking and North Stanmore projects, situated approximately 15 kilometres from the Cue township in Western Australia. Victory’s Executive Director Brendan Clark said results from their recent drilling program represent high total rare earth oxide grades that are comparable to several global saprolite (‘ionic’ clay) deposits that also contain the critical metal scandium. “The company is very pleased with its initial assay results that include a high percentage of…

JV partners progress magnetite project to pre-feasibility study stage

Hancock Prospecting, through its subsidiary Hancock Magnetite Holdings, with joint venture (JV) partners Legacy Iron and Hawthorn Resources, is advancing the Mt Bevan magnetite project to the pre-feasibility study (PFS) stage. An agreement between the three parties has seen Hancock Magnetite Holdings make an initial investment of $9 million to earn a 30 per cent interest. After the completion of the PFS, Hancock’s interest will increase to 51 per cent, while Legacy will hold 29.4 per cent and Hawthorn 19 per cent. Atlas Iron, a subsidiary of Hancock Prospecting, has been appointed as the manager for the JV and will…

Lightsource bp receives planning approval for NSW solar farm

Lightsource bp has secured planning approval to upscale plans for the Wellington North Solar Project in New South Wales. The 400-megawatt direct current (MWdc) site is adjacent to Lightsource bp’s 200 MWdc Wellington solar farm which is currently under construction. Once operational, the 600 MWdc hub could become the state’s largest renewable energy power hub. Adam Pegg, country manager, Lightsource bp Australia, said receiving the planning approval of the Wellington North solar farm is an important step forward in the ambition to help Australia transition to a lower-carbon future. “In a few years our 600MWdc Wellington solar hub will be…

Australia’s first green hydrogen and gas power plant now one step closer

New South Wales will be home to Australia’s first dual fuel capable hydrogen and gas power plant following an $83 million funding agreement for the Tallawarra B project in the Illawarra. Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the hydrogen and gas power plant is vital infrastructure needed to provide dispatchable electricity capacity to replace the Liddell Power Station and create the industries and jobs of the future. “Delivering enough electricity to power around 150,000 homes at times of peak demand, the project is expected to deliver a $300 million boost to the economy and support about 250 jobs during construction,” Mr…

Santos inks new gas supply agreement with Rio Tinto

Santos has signed a new gas supply agreement with Rio Tinto. Under the agreement, Santos will supply up to 15 petajoules (PJs) of natural gas to Rio Tinto commencing in late 2021. Santos Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Gallagher, said Rio has been a long-term buyer of gas from Santos and they look forward to the strong partnership continuing. “We have been supplying natural gas to Rio for many years. This new gas supply agreement underlines the importance of natural gas for Australian manufacturers and industry,” Mr Gallagher said. He added: “Our disciplined, low-cost operating model has allowed us…

Gas permits to provide energy for mining operations

Mineral Resources Limited (MRL) has been successful in the recent Western Australian Government Petroleum Acreage Release, with the award of two highly prospective gas exploration permits in the Perth and Northern Carnarvon Basins. The award of these permits aligns with the MRL's strategy to secure its own natural gas supply to provide energy security for current and future mining operations at lower cost and with lower emissions to replace diesel use across the business. MRL has committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2050 and is presently developing the roadmap to enable this target to be achieved. A critical aspect…

Woodside delivers first carbon offset condensate cargo

Woodside Burrup Pty Ltd and its Pluto LNG joint venture participants (Kansai Electric Power Australia Pty Ltd and Tokyo Gas Pluto Pty Ltd) have delivered their first cargo of carbon offset condensate to commodity trading company Trafigura Pte Ltd. On Monday, Woodside outlined that the carbon dioxide equivalent emissions associated with extraction, storage and shipping of the 650,000- barrel cargo will be offset through a combination of efficiency measures, which reduce emissions, and surrender of high-quality carbon offsets. Trafigura is also working with the vessel owner to minimise actual emissions associated with transporting the cargo. High-quality carbon offsets have been…

Port Hedland welcomes first LNG-fuelled vessel

The bulk carrier HL Green received a special greeting when it arrived on its maiden voyage to Port Hedland, Western Australia on 6 January. HL Green was the first liquified natural gas (LNG) fuelled vessel to berth at the Port of Port Hedland, as the maritime industry moves to reduce emissions from shipping operations. HL Green is one of two 180,000 tonne bulk carriers that was built in Korea by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) and launched on 11 December 2020. The vessel is expected to make about 10 round trips a year between Korea and Australia. The HL Green…

BHP awards LNG supply agreement to Shell for LNG-fuelled iron ore vessels

BHP has awarded its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply agreement for five LNG-fuelled Newcastlemax bulk carriers, which will transport iron ore between Western Australia and China from 2022. Shell has secured the contract to fuel the vessels, which BHP will charter from Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) for five-year terms. BHP Chief Commercial Officer, Vandita Pant, said the LNG bunkering contract marks a significant step in how BHP is working with its suppliers to reduce emissions across the maritime supply chain. “LNG fuelled vessels are forecast to help BHP reduce carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e) emissions by 30 per cent on…

Hydrogen and mining industry heavy weights initiate QLD project

A proposed multi-billion chemical complex producing green hydrogen and green ammonia is a step closer with a strategic partnership agreement initiating the first phase of the H2-Hub™ Gladstone project. Acting Premier and Minister for State Development Steven Miles joined developer of green hydrogen infrastructure The Hydrogen Utility (H2U) and mining and infrastructure solutions provider Orica, in Gladstone for the announcement. “Commitments like this help to propel Central Queensland towards becoming a clean energy powerhouse, as part of Queensland’s plan for economic recovery,” Mr Miles said. “I can also announce today the Coordinator-General has declared the H2-Hub Gladstone a Coordinated Project.…

AGL closes Liddell’s first unit in line with the energy transition

AGL has closed the first unit at its Liddell power station in the NSW Hunter Valley, marking a major milestone in its energy transition and a further step in the development of AGL’s Hunter Energy Hub. The full closure of the Liddell Power Station will take place in April 2023. It will be the first of AGL’s thermal generation sites to be converted into an integrated, low-carbon industrial energy hub, which will support energy reliability and regional economic development. AGL Chief Operating Officer, Markus Brokhof said the closure of the first of four units at Liddell was a significant moment…

AGL’s Hunter Energy Hub takes shape with Liddell grid-scale battery

AGL’s proposed 500-megawatt (MW), two gigawatt-hour (GWh) grid-scale battery on the site of its Liddell power station has been granted approval by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE). The grid-scale battery will form part of AGL’s Hunter Energy Hub that is planned for the site of Liddell power station, following its retirement in 2023. AGL Chief Operating Officer, Markus Brokhof said the transition of Liddell power station into an integrated, low-carbon industrial energy hub would be AGL’s first rehabilitation of a thermal coal site. “As we decarbonise, firming technology like this grid-scale battery will become the backbone of…

Construction begins on Northern Goldfields solar and storage project

Construction is now underway on one of the world’s largest off-grid mining solar and battery energy storage systems being built by TransAlta to help power BHP Nickel West’s Mt Keith and Leinster operations, the Northern Goldfields Solar Project. The project, which was announced last year, includes a 27.4 MW solar farm at Mt Keith, a 10.7 MW solar farm and a 10.1 MW battery at Leinster, and will be integrated into TransAlta’s Northern Goldfields remote power grid. The project, which will replace power currently supplied by diesel and gas, will help BHP Nickel West reduce scope 2 emissions at its Mt…

Fortescue and Alinta Energy complete largest remote WA solar farm

Western Australia’s largest solar farm on a remote network, the 60 MW Alinta Energy Chichester Hub Solar Farm in the Pilbara region, has begun production for Fortescue Metals Group.   The solar farm includes over 160,000 solar panels over 120 hectares and has already powered up to 100 per cent of daytime operations at Fortescue’s Christmas Creek and Cloudbreak mines, and will displace around 100 million litres of diesel every year. Supply will be backed up by battery storage and gas generation at Alinta Energy’s Newman Power Station. Alinta Energy’s MD & CEO Jeff Dimery said the commencement of operations…

Call in for Waratah Coal Power Station considered

Queensland's Planning Minister has given notice of a proposed call in for a proposed coal-fired power station on a cattle property located 30 kilometres north-west of the town of Alpha. Waratah Coal applied for a development approval to the Barcaldine Regional Council as a code assessable development, that does not require public consultation, under an outdated 2006 planning scheme. Deputy Premier and Planning Minister Steven Miles said Barcaldine Regional Council had done a good job of assessing the application given the small council has never assessed a project of this size. Miles added: “Currently, this application isn’t subject to public…

Driving down emissions in heavy transport with renewable hydrogen

Heavy vehicles powered by renewable hydrogen will be used in a first-of-a-kind deployment based in Townsville, helping to reduce emissions in the transport and mining sectors. On behalf of the Australian government, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced that it has conditionally approved $3.02 million in funding to Ark Energy H2 Pty Ltd (Ark) to support the deployment of a 1 megawatt electrolyser with storage and refuelling infrastructure to fuel five new 140-tonne rated fuel cell electric trucks. The project will be located at the Sun Metals zinc refinery in Townsville, which is owned by Ark’s sister company…

Tianqi produces Australia’s first battery-grade lithium hydroxide

Tianqi Lithium Energy Australia Pty Ltd (TLEA) has announced Australia’s first production of battery-grade lithium from its plant in Kwinana, Western Australia, the first-time battery-grade lithium, or lithium hydroxide monohydrate (LHM), has been produced in Australia in commercial quantities. Tianqi's plant is one of the few battery-grade lithium hydroxide facilities outside of China. Lithium hydroxide produced at the Kwinana plant will be exported overseas and used in the production of high energy density batteries for electric vehicles and energy storage systems. The Kwinana plant has successfully met internal certification processes with the onsite laboratory confirming that battery-grade specification has been met…

Fortescue could convert coal mine into green hydrogen production plant

Global green energy company Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) will evaluate the feasibility of converting the former Centralia coal mine in the United States into a green hydrogen production facility. Green hydrogen is a zero-carbon, zero-methane fuel and unlike other types of hydrogen it does not require the burning of fossil fuels in the production process. The proposed FFI green hydrogen production plant would enable the decarbonisation of hard-to-abate sectors of the North American economy and support the development of a Pacific Northwest green hydrogen hub, potentially creating hundreds of new local jobs. The Centralia coal-fired power plant is scheduled to…

Newmont sells Kalgoorlie Power Business to Northern Star

Newmont has agreed to sell its Kalgoorlie power business to Australia’s Northern Star Resources Limited for US$95 million, inclusive of the US$25 million option payment previously received from Northern Star as part of its purchase of Newmont’s 50 per cent stake in Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines (KCGM) in 2020. The Kalgoorlie power business includes a 50 per cent interest in the 110MW Parkeston Power Station and associated infrastructure which provides electricity to KCGM, and the Kalgoorlie area through its connection to the South-West Interconnected System. The Kalgoorlie power business has been a profitable asset for Newmont since the sale of…

FBICRC steps ahead with Cathode Precursor Production Pilot Plant 

The Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre (FBICRC) has signed contracts with a consortium of companies, the WA Government, contractors and academic institutions to design and commission its flagship Cathode Precursor Production Pilot Plant in Western Australia which will provide technical capability towards the production of advanced battery materials on an industrial scale. The FBICRC and its partners will make an investment valued at over $18 million ($9.2 cash and $9.2 in-kind including the repurposing of BHP’s existing nickel sulfate pilot plant) to produce the present generation of cathode chemistries used in electric vehicles from locally sourced materials. The pilot…

MoU between Renascor and POSCO supports $209M investment in SA

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Renascor Resources and POSCO, one of South Korea’s largest conglomerates, will support a $209 million investment in South Australia to develop a Battery Anode Material (BAM) manufacturing facility in the Eyre Peninsula. The MoU provides for the purchase of up to 30,000 tonnes per annum of Purified Spherical Graphite (PSG) from Renascor’s planned BAM manufacturing facility and a potential equity investment by POSCO in Renascor. The South Australian Government states that the project is forecast to create 190 full-time roles, more than 100 jobs during construction and has the potential to generate around $260…

Covalent Lithium to build new facility in Kwinana

Covalent Lithium has entered into a long-term lease for a 40-hectare site in the Kwinana Strategic Industrial Area (SIA) where it will construct a lithium refinery. The Covalent Lithium refinery, a joint venture between the subsidiaries of Wesfarmers and Chilean company SQM, forms a part of the integrated Mount Holland Lithium project. The project, which is expected to create 1,000 construction and 350 operational jobs, involves the construction and operation of a spodumene mine and concentrator near Mount Holland in Western Australia. Once complete, the Kwinana refinery will have the capacity to support the production of batteries for up to…

WA accelerates towards longest EV fast charging network

Western Australia will soon be home to the longest electric highway in Australia with the State Government today announcing the 45 locations that will make up the electric vehicle fast-charging network. The infrastructure network includes up to 90 fast-charging stations and backup chargers at 45 different locations connecting Perth and regional Western Australia - stretching north to Kununurra, south to Esperance and east to Kalgoorlie. Electric vehicle owners will easily be able to travel the state along these routes, with the average distance between charging stations around 160 kilometres. Most electric cars can run for at least 400 kilometres in…

Rio Tinto becomes sole owner of Diavik Diamond Mine

Rio Tinto has become the sole owner of Diavik Diamond Mine in the Northwest Territories of Canada. The transaction for Rio Tinto’s acquisition of the 40 per cent share held by Dominion Diamond Mines in Diavik was completed following the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta’s approval. With production at Diavik expected to end in 2025, its high-end, predominantly white gem quality diamonds with Canadian provenance continue to be in strong demand in all established and emerging consumer markets. Rio Tinto Minerals Chief Executive Sinead Kaufman said: “Diavik will now move forward with certainty to continue supplying customers with high…

Santa Comba Tungsten Project achieves first production

The Santa Comba Tungsten Project has successfully delivered first production from the fully permitted underground mine. Rafaella Resources Limited has confirmed the successful delivery of first production as set out in March with the safe installation of a pilot plant and first production from high-grade stockpiles left from previous operations dating back to 1985. Managing Director Steven Turner said working closely with the authorities to ensure all the permits and approvals were obtained is a testament to the capabilities of the growing team at the site and in Madrid. "This is the first real step in bringing the Santa Comba…

Walkabout provides update on Lindi Jumbo

Walkabout Resources has provided an update on recent activities and contracts it has awarded to progress its 100 per cent owned Lindi Jumbo Graphite Project in South East Tanzania. Lindi Jumbo Limited, a 100 per cent owned subsidiary of Walkabout Resources, has commenced an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract with Yantai Jinpeng Mining and Machinery Co. Limited (Jinpeng) for the Lindi Jumbo Graphite Process Plant in Yantai, China. Jinpeng – a medium-sized private manufacturing and construction engineering business with approximately 400 employees based in Yantai – is experienced in building graphite processing plants both locally and internationally. The company…

Uranium exploration resumes at REX project

Delecta Limited has confirmed the resumption of exploration programs at its REX Uranium-Vanadium Project, located in Colorado. In June 2020, Delecta acquired 60 per cent of the shares in Sunrise Minerals Inc, a US-based company that holds 100 per cent of the REX Project, with the project consisting of 256 contiguous Bureau of Land Management (BLM) claims covering an area of approximately 2,072 hectares. The project lies within the Uravan Mineral Belt of Colorado within trucking distance of the White Mesa Mill, the only operating conventional uranium-vanadium mill in the US that has 90 per cent spare capacity available to…

Adriatic Metals releases DFS for Vares Silver Project

Adriatic Metals Plc has announced the outcome of the Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS) for the Vares Silver Project in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which has been completed by a number of international consultants and coordinated by Ausenco Pty Ltd. The Vares Silver Project hosts two Mineral Resources: the Rupice underground deposit (Rupice) and the Veovaca open-pit deposit (Veovaca). The two deposits are located approximately 11 kilometres apart. Veovaca was a previously operating open-pit mine producing lead, zinc and barite concentrates that ceased operations in 1988. The potential economic viability of the Rupice deposit was only determined in 2017 after it was…

Rio Tinto’s final Argyle diamond collection hosted in Antwerp

Rio Tinto’s final Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender collection of rare pink, red, blue and violet diamonds is being showcased to connoisseurs, collectors and luxury jewellers in Antwerp, Belgium. The Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender, an annual invitation-only event for the past 38 years, is widely considered to be the most anticipated diamond sale in the world, showcasing the pinnacle of Argyle’s production to an exclusive group of collectors, diamond connoisseurs and luxury jewellery houses. Following 37 years of operations, mining ceased at the Argyle mine in Western Australia in November 2020 and the 2021 Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender is the final…

Celsius secures permit extension to Sagay project

Celsius Resources Limited’s Philippine subsidiary Tambuli Mining Company Inc. (TMCI) has been granted a two-year extension of its exploration program for its Sagay Copper-Gold Project. The Sagay copper-gold asset is located in the northern tip of Negros with a total area of 4,594.2 hectares where occurrences of large porphyry copper mineralisation potential have been confirmed. TMCI President Attorney, Julito R Sarmiento, said the announcement is an important step in developing another asset within the company’s copper-gold portfolio, and re-confirms the renewed commitment of the Philippine National Government to support the mining industry and the country’s path to economic recovery. “Our…