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Global lithium production set to double in five years

A new report from GlobalData predicts that electric vehicle (EV) demand will double global lithium production from 26,700 tonnes (t) in 2018 to 58,300t in 2022. China is expected to lead this demand for EVs, accounting for more than 50 per cent of the 1.1 million new EV sales globally in 2017, with the US in […]

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Rio Tinto recognised for gender diversity and anti-domestic violence program

Rio Tinto has received two awards at the 2018 Women in Resources National Awards (WIRNA) for gender diversity and anti-domestic violence initiatives. The mining major won in the Excellence in Diversity Programs and Performance category, while employee Rachel Durdin, a growth & innovation project shaping general manager at Rio Tinto, was named the winner of the Gender Diversity Champion […]

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Mining companies join forces in suicide prevention in an Australian first

Mining companies have for the first time got on board with the annual MATES In Construction ‘Fly the Flag Day’ public awareness campaign to help prevent suicide. The campaign has gained more and more momentum each year, with the number of participating sites more than doubling from last year. It involves more than 1000 construction and […]

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Mining shines in SEEK job report despite weak overall growth

SEEK has reported its weakest month for growth in Australian job advertisements since March 2017 but the mining, resources & energy sector still led the way across all included industries. While job growth for August 2018 was up 5.4 per cent on August 2017 overall, growth for the mining, resources and energy sector was 29 per […]

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New Century Resources officially reopens Century zinc mine

New Century Resources (ASX: NCZ) is celebrating the revival of its flagship Century zinc mine in Queensland’s Gulf of Carpentaria, which it hopes will become the world’s fourth-largest zinc operation at full production. Friday marked the official reopening of the mine, which has been under rehabilitation since it was acquired by New Century more than a […]

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Northern Minerals discovers two new rare earth prospects in WA

ASX listed heavy rare earths producer Northern Minerals, has proven not to be a one trick pony with a new rare earths discovery in the vicinity of, but not immediately adjacent to its world-class Browns Range rare earths mine in W.A. The new high grade, impressive looking discovery is 15km south of Browns Range in […]

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Minerals and petroleum exploration sees $80 million hike in QLD

Queensland saw a 22 per cent boost in exploration spending for minerals and petroleum over the last 12 months, totalling $442.1 million. This is an $80 million climb compared to 2016–2017. Queensland Resources Council executive Ian Macfarlane said, “The strongest growth was in base metals — copper, silver, lead, zinc, nickel and cobalt — with exploration increasing by 53 […]

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Pilgangoora lithium project officially opened

Altura Mining has officially opened its Altura lithium project in Pilgangoora, Western Australia, 18 months after construction started. The opening marks a further milestone for the company. Altura recently celebrated its first lithium concentrate production and first product haulage to Port Hedland for export. The project is located around 123km from the town of Port Hedland. Altura managing director James […]

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Hopes of restarting production at a NT gold mine

A Northern Territory gold mine which suspended production last year has found some of the NT’s highest grade gold in its exploration. At the time, the owners wanted to concentrate on exploration and work out how much gold was left in the mine. Since June 2017 drill rigs at Kirkland Lake’s Cosmo Gold mine, 160 […]

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WA government aims to reopen Ellendale diamond mine

The Western Australian Government is seeking expressions of interest to reopen and operate the Ellendale diamond mine in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Ellendale has produced gem and industrial-quality diamonds. It previously provided about half of the world’s highly-valued fancy yellow diamonds, of which US jeweller Tiffany & Co was a major client. Expressions of interest […]

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