Projects

  • Wodgina

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    Wodgina project in the Pilbara powers up with first lithium output

    Mineral Resources (MinRes) has marked a significant milestone in its lithium growth strategy with first new spodumene concentrate delivered at the Wodgina Lithium Project, in the Pilbara region of Western Austr... more

  • Core Lithium

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    Core Lithium receives final lithium assays from 2021 drilling campaign

    Core Lithium Ltd has received final assays from its 2021 drilling program at the Finniss Lithium Project near Darwin in the Northern Territory. During the lithium exploration drilling undertaken at the Finni... more

  • Alligator

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    Vimy to resume drilling at Alligator River uranium project

    Vimy Resources Limited will commence a major resource extension drilling program next month at the high-grade Angularli deposit, part of the company’s Alligator River project in the Northern Territory. Wor... more

  • Aircore

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    Aircore highlights significant regional gold potential at Abercromby

    Assay results returned from the recent 10,312m aircore drilling (AC) program have highlighted strong potential for further gold discoveries at BMG Resources Limited’s Abercromby Gold Project in the Wiluna gre... more

  • Wodgina project in the Pilbara powers up with first lithium output
  • Core Lithium receives final lithium assays from 2021 drilling campaign
  • Vimy to resume drilling at Alligator River uranium project
  • Aircore highlights significant regional gold potential at Abercromby

Extensive drilling program to grow Austral’s resource and mine life

Austral Resources Australia Ltd has commenced an extensive exploration programme with a focus on drilling historical and new prospects to grow the company's copper (Cu) resource base, and to extend Austral's mine life. With a budget of AU$10M over the next 12 months for exploration and drilling, the team will maximise the integration and interpretation of the extensive historical datasets. The planned drilling will focus on high priority brownfield exploration targets to grow Austral's current JORC Mineral Resource Estimate (420kt of contained copper). Steve Tambanis, Austral's Chief Executive Officer commented: "Our exploration team has wasted no time reviewing a massive…

Challenge to Palmer’s Galilee Coal begins in Queensland Land Court

The opening arguments in Youth Verdict's critical human rights and climate change legal challenge to Clive Palmer's proposed Galilee Coal Project will be heard today in the Queensland Land Court in Brisbane. Youth Verdict's First Nations-led argument is the first time a coal mine has been challenged on the grounds of human rights violations in Australia. Represented by the Environmental Defenders Office, Youth Verdict and The Bimblebox Alliance, will argue burning coal from the mine will impact the cultural rights of First Nations Peoples by further contributing to adverse climate change. They will also argue the mine would destroy the…

3D modelling to help with Ranger Uranium Mine site cleanup in Kakadu         

Researchers from Charles Darwin University (CDU) are using 3D-printed models of mine rehabilitation sites to visualise how the Ranger Uranium Mine will be rehabilitated. CDU Northern Institute Research Development Officer Rohan Fisher is working with the Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation, Northern Land Council (NLC), and Energy Resources of Australia to support the Mirarr Traditional Owners as their country that was impacted by the Ranger mine is handed back. “It’s the First Nations people who know this land.  It’s their input and guidance that’s vital for the success of our modelling and ultimately and rehabilitation projects,” Mr Fisher said. “The first step…

Drill program scheduled at the Narraburra Rare Earth Project

Drilling at Godolphin Resources Limited’s Narraburra Rare Earth and Rare Metals Project is scheduled to begin in late April 2022. The initial program will comprise up to 80 air core holes for 4,000 metres of drilling. The drill holes have been designed to test for depth extensions and step outs to known mineralisation and provide the data to complete a JORC (2012) Mineral Resource Estimate (MRE). Managing Director Ms Jeneta Owens said the planned drill program follows considerable work with landholders and government approvals, as well as an extensive review of previous work undertaken at the project. “The planned drill…

First phase of exploration underway at Pilbara lithium projects

Rock chip and soil sampling programs are underway at QX Resources Limited’s Turner River and Western Shaw Lithium projects located in the Pilbara, Western Australia. The sampling program follows from a detailed interpretation of remote satellite imagery and geophysical datasets which had identified numerous priority areas at Turner River, Western Shaw and Split Rock. The program will comprise field reconnaissance and mapping aimed at identifying pegmatite dykes with associated soil and rock chip sampling within the priority prospective areas identified at Turner River and Western Shaw. It is anticipated that the first phase of sampling will be completed in the…

Federal Government renews Hawsons’ Major Project Status

Hawsons Iron Ltd has had its iron ore project’s Major Project Status renewed by the Federal government for three more years, in recognition of its potential to supply high-quality magnetite for the production of low emissions steel. The status also recognises the project’s potential job creation and skills retention gains in NSW and South Australia, and buttresses NSW’s State Significant Development declaration and Major Project application with the South Australian government. Hawsons executive chairman Bryan Granzien said the decision represented a crucial validation of the quality, potential, and strategic importance of the Hawsons Iron Project, as the global steel industry…

Core acquires new NT lithium project near Finniss

Lithium developer Core Lithium has entered into a binding tenement sale and purchase agreement with Newmont Exploration Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of gold producer Newmont Corporation, to acquire the Shoobridge project in the Northern Territory. The project is about 80 kilometres south-southeast of the Core’s 100 per cent owned Finniss lithium project near Darwin, within the Tipperary pegmatite district which includes the Shoobridge pegmatite field and the Plateau Point pegmatite field. The Shoobridge pegmatites have been exploited for their tin and tantalum and are the site of the first discovery of tin-bearing pegmatites in the NT in 1882. Importantly, the…

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…

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…

Napandee site may host Australia’s new radioactive waste facility

A National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF) is now one step closer, following the decision by the Minister for Resources and Water, Keith Pitt, to  declare Napandee near Kimba, South Australia as the proposed site for the facility. Australia’s radioactive waste is currently stored in more than 100 locations around the country. To solve this problem, the Australian Government is establishing a single fit-for-purpose facility. In coming to this decision, Minister Pitt considered relevant material to inform a formal declaration. “This is the next step in progressing this nationally significant infrastructure project, which successive governments have been working on for…

New hub launched at Curtin’s WA School of Mines

A new research and teaching hub that will investigate carbon-neutral solutions for Western Australia’s resources sector has been launched at Curtin University’s WA School of Mines in Kalgoorlie. Renowned iron ore processing expert Dr John Clout has been appointed the Professor of Practice in Pyrometallurgy at the new Kalgoorlie Metals Research Laboratory, based at Curtin’s Kalgoorlie campus. Curtin’s WA School of Mines: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering Head of School Professor Michael Hitch said the new research hub will explore cleaner alternatives through teaching and research that will pave the way for a greener future for the industry. “The Kalgoorlie…

Swedish 5G technology is helping mining industry modernise

5G technology from Ericsson could soon be used to improve communication and remote control operations in the Swedish mines. A project designed to improve productivity and safety in traditionally dangerous environments is being run by Ericsson, ABB, Boliden, SICS Swedish ICT and Volvo Construction Equipment. In the pilot phase of the project, a 5G development system consisting of new and existing technologies will be used to remotely control a Volvo truck used for transporting ore within the mine. The actual location for the pilot is still to be chosen from a shortlist of mines operated by Boliden. The successful implementation…

Amec Foster Wheeler wins Sweden refinery contract

A contract by Preem AB, the largest fuel company in Sweden, has awarded a contract for the Engineering, Procurement and Construction management (EPCm) of their Lysekil refinery’s new Vacuum Distillation Unit (VDU). The new facility will manufacture Vacuum Gas Oil hence removing the need for its import. Amec Foster Wheeler announces the award of the EPCm contract follows the successful completion of a feasibility study for the VDU by Amec Foster Wheeler in 2014 to confirm the technical viability of the project, and its subsequent Front End Engineering Design in 2015. “I am delighted that we are able to continue…

ConocoPhillips awards brownfield services contract

Amec Foster Wheeler has announced that its Clough AMEC joint venture has been awarded a three year contract by ConocoPhillips to provide asset support, operations and maintenance services to the Bayu-Undan offshore field development, located in the Timor Sea. The Bayu-Undan offshore facilities consist of a floating storage and offloading facility and three fixed platforms, a remote wellhead platform and a compression, utilities and quarters platform (CUQ) and a drilling, production and processing platform. The latter two are located adjacent to each other and linked by an access bridge, forming the Central Production and Processing Complex. “We are delighted to build on our…