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Boonanarring project set for fourth quarter start

Image Resources’ Boonanarring mineral sands project in the North Perth Basin, Western Australia, is on track to start production by the end of 2018. Positive cash flow is expected to follow in the first quarter of 2019. The zircon-focused mineral sands project is an extensive project, having received a market valuation of $235 million in June […]

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More jobs released in QLD’s resources sector

One new job was created every hour in Queensland’s resources sector last month. This amounted to an additional 4400 jobs, with more than 1400 vacancies still advertised online. The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) chief executive Ian Macfarlane said, “Over the last 12 months, the resources sector has created more than 8400 jobs – the equivalent of one job […]

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Mount Gibson pushes Koolan Island closer to restart

Mount Gibson Iron has entered the final stage of the restart program at the Koolan Island iron ore project in the Kimberley, Western Australia. The company is on track for first ore sales from the high-grade hematite iron ore operation in the March quarter of 2019. Koolan Island operations have been suspended since November 2014 […]

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Restart of Century zinc mine imminent

New Century Resources is on the verge of restarting the Century zinc mine in Queensland after making strong progress in July. The mine, 250km northwest of Mt Isa, was one of the largest zinc mines in the world during its original operational run from 1999 to 2016, when it was closed by previous owner MMG. At the height […]

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Regis Resources set to expand Rosemont gold mine in WA

Regis Resources has received board approval to expand its Rosemont operation. An underground mining operation will be developed directly below the current open pit starting next year. Expansion work will commence at Rosemont by the end of March 2019, with the processing of underground material to start by December 2019. Regis executive chairman Mark Clark indicated a very […]

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New high-tech nickel plant to be built in WA

Nickel producer Alpha Fine Chemicals (AFC) is set to build and operate a nickel sulphate plant at Kwinana south of Perth in Western Australia. The plant will produce 20,000t per annum of nickel sulphate crystals to support the rapidly growing lithium-ion battery market. It will also produce cobalt carbonate and magnesium sulphate as by-products of […]

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Peabody extends mine life at North Goonyella coking coal mine

Peabody’s North Goonyella underground coking coal mine is set to have its mine life extended to 2026. The extension comes with the introduction of a new mining area, North Goonyella South. It will secure the jobs of more than 230 workers, many of which live locally. Peabody’s Australian president George Schuller commented that Australia remains “the go-to […]

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Submarine construction site on track in SA

Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne says development of the new submarine construction yard at the Osborne North in Adelaide is on schedule. The federal government has submitted a development application for the construction of its new submarine construction yard in Adelaide. Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne said the application to the Port Adelaide Enfield Council […]

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Demand for workers in QLD’s resources sector continues

Queensland is teeming with hundreds of jobs in the resources sector, from Townsville and Mt Isa in the north to Toowoomba and Roma in the south and in corporate headquarters in Brisbane. There are close to 1,400 Queensland job vacancies in the mining, resources and energy sectors on the employment board SEEK. The mining sector has […]

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Australia is now a heavy rare earths producer

Northern Minerals has today become the first producer of heavy rare earths outside of China with the official opening of its Browns Range project in Western Australia. “The opening of the Browns Range heavy rare earths project is nearly eight years in the making, since the initial discovery in 2010,” boss George Bauk said. “There […]

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