Projects

  • Wodgina

    PROJECTS

    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…

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…

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…

Major milestone for largest Port of Townsville infrastructure project

The largest infrastructure project in the history of the Port of Townsville has reached a major milestone this week, with the completion of the $232 million Channel Upgrade project’s rock wall. The Port of Townsville is the largest commercial Port in Northern Australia, but at just 92 metres, the shipping channel is one of the narrowest in the country. Currently, vessels up to 238 metres in length can safely access the Port. However, ships are getting larger with each passing year, so the Port needs to adapt so it can continue to service the needs of North Queensland's growing industries…

Western Australia’s first graphite processing plant to be built in Collie

Western Australian based company, International Graphite, is set to build the state’s first downstream graphite processing plant in Collie's light industrial area. On Tuesday, the Western Australian Government announced it will provide the company with a $2 million grant from the Collie Futures Industry Development Fund. Stage one of the plant, which is the first of its kind in Australia, will include graphite micronising and foils product lines and is expected to create up to 40 full-time local jobs. The facility will include the capability to re-package and distribute expandable graphite powder for use in graphite foils and fire retardants.…

Construction starts on Australia’s first renewable energy training tower

Construction has commenced on Australia’s first wind turbine training tower at Federation University Australia’s campus in Ballarat. A ‘sod turning’ event was held to mark the start of construction and to launch a new short course for tradespeople to retrain to work in the wind industry. The tower is the first stage of the Asia Pacific Renewable Energy Training Centre (APRETC) – a partnership between Federation TAFE and the renewable energy industry. The $1.8 million project is funded by Vestas, ACCIONA, GPG and Tilt Renewables to allow the renewable energy companies to train workers locally in Ballarat, the gateway to…

EOI sought to develop prospective hydrogen export hub, Port Bonython

The South Australian Government is inviting national and international expressions of interest (EOI) to develop land at Port Bonython in the Upper Spencer Gulf, one of SA’s most prospective hydrogen export hubs. The significant renewable energy resources of the region may also support a range of other industrial, mining and related projects and development. The state-owned site has outstanding access to multiple renewable energy zones and boasts over 2,000 hectares of available land as well as access to an existing deep-water port comprising a 2.4-kilometre long jetty – which has been approved for a $37 million State Government-funded upgrade. Treasurer…

University to build Australian-first renewable energy training tower

Federation University Australia is set to build Australia’s first wind turbine training tower at the university’s Mt Helen campus in Ballarat. The 23-metre tower has been designed with ladders and safety equipment that will give students real-world experience when training to work in the wind industry, or other industries that require working at heights, such as construction and maintenance. The tower is the first stage of Federation University’s Asia Pacific Renewable Energy Training Centre, which has received $1.8 million in funding from renewable energy companies so they can train local workers in Victoria and increase the domestic talent pool instead…

Resources companies support Dog Fence rebuild

Two resources companies are contributing to the 1,600 kilometre rebuild of the Dog Fence in South Australia, with the donation of a drill rod. The 5,400 kilometre South Australian Dog Fence protects the sheep industry from wild dogs and dingoes. The fence stretches across the State from the Great Australian Bight near Fowlers Bay, borders New South Wales, and then turns north and east across Queensland to the Darling Downs. More than two-thirds of the South Australian Dog Fence is more than 100 years old. Over time the fence has been degraded by kangaroos, emus, feral camels, wild dogs, weather…

Port of Port Hedland’s shipping berth upgrade commences

One of the Port of Port Hedland’s first shipping berths, Berth 3, will be upgraded as part of the Western Australian Government’s $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan, with works commencing to remediate the rock wall and to refurbish the wharf piles. Berth 3 at the Port of Port Hedland is a common user berth, used primarily for the export of salt and import of fuels and general cargo. The berth was constructed in the 1960s and this will be the first time the rock wall remediation has been conducted. The project will address subsidence and degradation of the rock wall…

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…