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Perth processing plant on track for January completion

Following the installation of an important autoclave component at its Perth cobalt sulphate processing plant, battery metals producer Australian Mines has advised that the plant is on course for a late January completion. Cobalt, nickel and scandium from the company’s Sconi mine in Queensland are expected to be delivered to the plant within the next three […]

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Free training to boost resources skills

Queensland’s resources sector has applauded the Queensland Government for offering free Certificate III trade training courses for year-12 graduates in high-demand skills areas. Chief Executive of the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Ian Macfarlane said the free courses would encourage students to take up training in skills shortage areas. ‘According to several data sources, and reports […]

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Perth Mint worker who stole gold bar in his underpants jailed

A Perth Mint security guard who stole a $50,000 gold bar by hiding it in his underpants has been sentenced to 15 months’ jail. The District Court was told Matthew Alexander Roussety, 27, had a “brain snap” when he decided to take the one-kilogram bar while he was working at the mint’s refinery at Perth […]

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Energy industry set to soar in 2018

As Australian companies welcome the New Year, IBISWorld’s business information analysts have revealed the top five industries expected to grow – and shrink – in 2017-18. The top predicted performer for 2017-18 is the Wind and Other Electricity Generation industry with a bumper year of 35.3% growth anticipated. IBISWorld anticipates that Sports and Recreation Facilities […]

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Construction ramps up at Carrapateena

OZ Minerals is planning to exploit the potential of the broader Carrapateena province in South Australia as it progresses construction of the copper-gold development in 2018. The company, in its 2017 fourth quarter update, reported that its focus at Carrapateena remained on progressing construction of the project, on time and within budget. OZ launched construction of […]

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Mining skills in demand for 2018

If you’re a HD Fitter, Dump Truck Operator or Underground Engineer you’re in luck. These are just three of the Resources & Mining skills that will be in high demand in 2018, according to the latest Hays Jobs Report, covering January to June 2018. According to the Hays Jobs Report, skills in demand include: Project Managers, Site […]

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Australia’s major mining projects

The number of committed mining and energy projects in Australia has increased by 21 per cent over the past year. A rise in copper, gold, nickel and other minor commodity prospects has lifted the amount of overall committed projects to 47, according to the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science’s latest Resources and Energy Major Projects report. […]

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SA ranked one of the most attractive oil regions in the world

The annual Fraser Institute Petroleum Survey ranks 97 global energy jurisdictions by perceived petroleum industry investment attractiveness and policy perception, and has shown an oil and gas industry divided in its view of Australia. South Australia was ranked as one of the top 10 attractive investment regions for the petroleum industry globally. An industry head […]

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Arafura’s rare earth project in NT receives environmental approval

A world leading rare earths mine project 135km northwest of Alice Springs and the 300 permanent jobs that go with it is now almost certain. Arafura Resources Limited, which gained major project status from the Commonwealth Government in 2016 for its Nolans Rare Earths Project, is aiming to become one of the world’s largest suppliers […]

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Australians lead the way towards asteroid mining boom

Australia will have asteroid mining before we have people living on Mars, according to leading Australian scientists. And Australian National University astrophysicist Brad Tucker says the incentive is simple. “You know why? Because there is money involved.” Based at Mount Stromlo Observatory, Dr Tucker is part of a national research team developing a model for […]

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