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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

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    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…

Leigh Creek Energy explores AdBlue opportunities from urea project

Leigh Creek Energy (LCK) has announced it is exploring options to produce domestic AdBlue to address chronic supply shortage across Australia. Recent curbs on fertiliser exports from China and the announced closure of Australia’s only urea manufacturing facility (Incitec Pivot Limited’s major Gibson Island fertiliser plant in Brisbane) has created a growing shortage and increase in the price of urea both worldwide and in Australia. Urea is a key chemical used in the manufacturing process in several industries including fertiliser, chemical production, AdBlue fuel additives, resin production and the medical sector. LCK’s Leigh Creek Urea Project (LCUP) is set to…

New research to bring fibre optic technology to Australia’s resources sector

A Curtin research team will work to bring leading broadband fibre optic acoustic sensing technology to the Australian oil and gas, mining and environmental monitoring industries, offering a more cost-effective and safer resource extraction process. As part of the Federal Government’s Global Innovation Linkages Program, the research team – led by Professor Roman Pevzner from Curtin’s WA School of Mines: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering – will partner with international collaborators to test the viability of the technology in the Australian landscape. The project will seek to produce a suite of passive and active geophysical data acquisition and analysis techniques…

Port Kembla Power Station awarded CSSI status

A proposed $1.3 billion hydrogen-gas turbine power station in Port Kembla has been declared Critical State Significant Infrastructure (CSSI), given its importance to renewable energy capacity in New South Wales. Deputy Premier John Barilaro said it is a massive step towards safeguarding the state’s future energy security while providing jobs during challenging times. “The Port Kembla Power Station will be a gamechanger, not just for NSW but Australia,” Mr Barilaro said. “It will provide the energy capacity our state needs as existing coal-fired power stations reach their end of life, and household power bills will be the big winner as…

Snowy Hydro’s Kurri Kurri power plant draws fire from Hunter community

Energy Minister Angus Taylor’s proposal to construct a gas-diesel power plant in Kurri Kurri, 25 kilometres west of Newcastle, has stirred up a hornet’s nest, both locally and nationally. “Community groups in the Hunter look to NSW Energy Minister Matt Kean and Planning Minister Rob Stokes to reject this unnecessary and harmful power plant and double down on making New South Wales a renewable energy superpower,” said Carly Phillips, Co-coordinator of the Gas Free Hunter Alliance. Snowy Hydro’s ‘Response to Submissions’, released on Monday, has drawn fire from community groups in the Hunter. Of the 261 submissions from government agencies,…

Woodside to bring large-scale solar to the Burrup

Woodside is investigating the supply of approximately 50 megawatts of solar energy to the Woodside-operated Pluto LNG facility on Western Australia’s Burrup Peninsula. The solar power would be supplied from the proposed Woodside Power Project, which could comprise more than 210,000 solar panels, making it one of the largest solar projects in Western Australia. Woodside has undertaken a range of environmental, geotechnical and engineering studies and is progressing key stakeholder consultations ahead of seeking regulatory approvals for the power project. Woodside Acting CEO, Meg O’Neill, said Western Australia is uniquely placed to capitalise on the state’s renewable energy resources and…

Federal Government commits $600M on new gas power plant in NSW

The Federal Government has committed up to $600M in the 2021-22 Budget, for Snowy Hydro Limited to construct a 660 megawatt (MW) open cycle gas turbine at Kurri Kurri in the Hunter Valley. The Hunter Power Project is expected to deliver an economic boost to the region, creating up to 600 new jobs during peak construction and 1,200 indirect jobs across New South Wales. The Government said the $600M project, together with EnergyAustralia’s 316 MW Tallawarra B open cycle gas plant, will help shore up the security, reliability and affordability of electricity for consumers in NSW, expected to be generating…

Hydrogen Park South Australia opens for business

Australian Gas Networks (AGN) - part of Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG) - has officially opened its $14.5 million hydrogen production facility Hydrogen Park South Australia and commenced blending renewable hydrogen into part of its natural gas distribution network in Adelaide. At Hydrogen Park South Australia (HyP SA), located at the Tonsley Innovation District, a proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyser uses renewable electricity (solar and wind) to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. AGN will blend approximately 5 per cent renewable hydrogen into its existing natural gas distribution network to deliver a blended gas to more than 700 homes in…

Maoneng Australia invests $150 million in Gould Creek battery project

South Australia’s largest battery storage project to date will create 160 jobs and power up to 40,000 homes, with the State Government granting development approval to Maoneng Australia’s $150 million, 225MW project at Gould Creek. Maoneng Australia’s $150 million investment in its 225MW Gould Creek Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) will see the company power 40,000 homes during peak hour, once completed in 2023. Located just 22 kilometres outside Adelaide and covering approximately 3.4 hectares of land, the project is expected to take 12 months to complete and will provide up to 160 construction jobs and two full time maintenance…

New solar farm to supply Mount Isa mine up to 88 megawatt

A new solar farm of up to 88 megawatt will power the Mount Isa North West Minerals Province under a two staged plan with an initial investment of more than $80 million. APA has announced it will commence building the 44 megawatt stage one of the Mica Creek Solar Farm. Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Steven Miles said the project is an excellent example of the demand for renewable energy, from all sectors of business and industry. “We’re backing businesses, backing renewable energy, and the North West Minerals Province as we keep delivering Queensland’s plan for economic recovery…

Construction of WA’s biggest battery soon to commence

A $155 million contract has been awarded to NHOA Australia to deliver Western Australia's biggest lithium-ion battery. The 100 megawatt battery, to be built at the decommissioned Kwinana Power Station, will have the capacity to power the equivalent of 160,000 homes for two hours. Construction will begin in November 2021 with the battery expected to be operational by the end of 2022. The battery will be able to store excess rooftop solar energy during the day, when demand is low, and discharge electricity rapidly during the afternoon and evening peak. The site is bigger than 20 tennis courts, side-by-side, with space…

Global team to deliver the Australia-Asia PowerLink Project

The more than A$30 billion Australia-Asia PowerLink (AAPowerLink), which will supply renewable electricity to Darwin and Singapore, has reached another milestone with the announcement of the project's team. One of the world’s largest renewable energy infrastructure projects will be delivered by a team consisting of Bechtel, Hatch, Marsh, PwC Australia and SMEC (a member of the Surbana Jurong Group) across different areas. The companies' experience in developing and delivering complex infrastructure projects, together with a strong commitment to renewable energy giga-projects and providing global solutions to achieve net zero targets will be essential in delivering a project of such scale…

Proposed global scale energy hub one step closer

Townsville in Queensland is a step closer to a huge industry and jobs boost from a proposed energy hub and advanced manufacturing facility at the Lansdown Eco-Industrial Precinct that will refine ore to produce critical materials for use in new-technology batteries. The proposed Townsville Energy Chemicals Hub (TECH) will create around 800 construction jobs and its operational phase will create an estimated 1700 jobs, including 300 highly-skilled advanced manufacturing jobs at the facility and 1400 jobs in support industries. Project proponent Queensland Pacific Metals (QPM) proposes to build the facility in the Townsville City Council’s Lansdown Eco-Industrial Precinct, approximately 40km…

Rio Tinto to triple Weipa solar capacity and add battery storage

Rio Tinto has approved a new solar farm and battery storage at Weipa in Queensland, in a move that will more than triple the local electricity network’s solar generation capacity and help provide cleaner power to Rio Tinto’s operations. Under the plans, EDL has been appointed to build, own and operate a 4 megawatt (MW) solar plant and 4MW/4MWh of battery storage at Weipa. Work on the battery facilities will commence this year, with construction of the project expected to be complete by late 2022. The new solar farm and battery storage will complement the existing 1.6MW solar farm at…

Funding to power up CDU Microgrid Renewable Energy Hub

A Charles Darwin University project that will establish a Renewable Energy Microgrid Hub to lead research in the development of green power systems has been awarded more than $2 million in funding from the Australian Government. Charles Darwin University Director of Energy and Resources Institute Professor Suresh Thennadil said the Microgrid Renewable Energy Hub will support green power systems through research and training. “The Microgrid Renewable Energy Hub will support cheap, reliable and green power systems through research and training collaborations with industry to develop innovative approaches to address challenges in the design, deployment and operation of renewable energy systems,”…

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…