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…

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…

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…

Eni Announces New Oil Discovery in the Egyptian Western Desert

Eni, a leading Egyptian Oil Company, has just announced a second light oil discovery on the b1-X exploration prospect, which is located in the South West Meleiha license, in the Egyptian Western Desert, located approximately 130 km North of the oasis of Siwa. The well in question is the second drilled well by Eni, who had plans to explore the deep geological sequences of the Faghur Basin. Approximately 7 km away from their first discovery (SWM A2-X), SWM B1-X has been drilled to a total depth of 4,523 meters. Down there Eni announced that they encountered 35 meters net of…

BP’s ‘landmark’ new pipeline in Azerbaijan

In partnership with Shah Deniz, BP has just announced the start-up of the new $28-billion project Shah Deniz 2, a landmark new gas development in Azerbaijan which will enable the first commercial gas delivery to Turkey. The project is set to start on time and on-budget. Shah Deniz 2 is set to be the first subsea development in the Caspian Sea, also forming the largest subsea infrastructure operated by BP worldwide. The project forms the beginning of the Southern Gas Corridor series of pipelines, delivering natural gas to the Caspian Sea and directly to European markets for the first time.…

Calima to benefit from $72B Western Canadian pipeline infrastructure

Australian Oil and Gas company Calima Energy Limited has undertaken a strategic review of current and near-term investments in gas pipeline capacity relevant to the Montney Formation in Western Canada.    “Calima is fast approaching the point where it will be drilling its first wells on the Calima Lands and it was therefore considered prudent to review the factors affecting the market both in terms of price and ease of access to infrastructure,” commented Calima Energy Managing Director, Alan Stein. The review identified over C$70 billion (approximately A$72 billion) of proposed infrastructure investments which have the potential to add over…

Nautilis commences tests on new seafloor drill rig

Nautilis Minerals Inc. has just announced the commencement of their wet-testing program for a new seafloor diamond drill rig.   Nautilus’ rig, which is nicknamed the ‘Hobbit’ has met preliminary targets in a series of land-based trials, of which were largely focusing on rod handling, functional drilling and stability testing. Nautilus’ wet-test program is set to occur over a two-week period, expanding the testing parameters to include submerged operations and mechanical endurance.  The Canadian registered company was the first to explore the ocean floor for polymetallic seafloor massive sulphide deposit (the sulphide deposit prospect is in Papua New Guinea and…

DRA Global secures West Africa EPC project

Global engineering firm, DRA, has successfully secured a contract with Sierra Rutile Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Iluka Resources Limited, for the expansion of its mineral sands operations in the Bonthe District of Sierra Leone. Sierra Rutile’s Gangama plant, which was originally constructed by DRA in 2016, will double its capacity to 1000-1200tph at the project’s completion. The project also includes the expansion of the Lanti front end circuit; and the refurbishment of the Lanti floating concentrator. “We are excited to continue our longstanding partnership with Sierra Rutile, which has included three feasibility studies and two engineering, procurement, and…

Chilean lithium project awarded key regulatory export licence

Lithium Power International Limited’s 50% owned Chilean joint venture company Minera Salar Blanco (MSB), responsible for developing the Maricunga Lithium Brine Project, has been awarded a key regulatory export licence by the Chilean Nuclear Energy Commission (CCHEN) to produce, market and export lithium products from Chile that are extracted from the Maricunga salar. MSB was granted a significant extraction quota on 9 March 2018 to export lithium from Chile. The quota has a term of 30 years and covers brine extracted from Maricunga, containing 88,885 metric tonnes of metallic lithium in brine or 472,868 tonnes of lithium carbonate equivalent (LCE).…

Australian mining projects making progress in Africa

Construction at the US$80-million Epanko project in Tanzania is expected to commence next year. Following mining and processing, Epanko will produce a high-grade graphite concentrate. The proponent, the Australian company Kibaran Resources, is also looking at a further processing step, to produce graphite suitable for lithium-ion batteries. Because of their use in electric vehicles, such batteries present a strongly-growing market for graphite. Australia is the largest foreign investor in mining in Africa. Epanko is one of several dozen Australian projects that have progressed beyond an early exploration stage. There are many more at an early stage. According to one estimate,…