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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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Iron ore finishes 2017 strong as prices climb

Iron ore and coking coal prices have jumped to a three-month high, resulting in a strong finish to the year for two of Australia’s key export commodities. Despite ongoing volatility, iron ore prices have averaged at $70.60 over the year compared to $56.50 in 2016. Natural iron ore reached $74.15 a tonne (62 per cent Fe) […]

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Jobs boost for sector as plans to reopen mine approved

A silver, lead and zinc mine that has been dormant for almost a decade in far-west NSW has been given the green light to reopen by the State Government. Mining company Perilya will create 140 new jobs to reach deeper deposits at the North Mine in Broken Hill, which was mostly closed in the early […]

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Merry Christmas from Shutdowns Australia

From everyone here at Shutdowns Australia, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We are excited about the future and look forward to what’s coming in the mining, resources, and oil and gas industry in 2018. Stay tuned for exciting things to come!    

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Rio Tinto to expand autonomous truck fleet in the Pilbara

Rio Tinto is to expand its fleet of autonomous haul trucks at its iron ore operations in Australia’s Pilbara region by more than 50% by 2019 after signing agreements with Caterpillar and Komatsu. Under the agreements, traditional trucks will be converted to autonomous vehicles, with a total of 29 Komatsu haul trucks to be retrofitted […]

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Tips for a great FIFO Christmas

Santa isn’t the only FIFO worker this Christmas. Across Australia, thousands of workers spend Christmas away from their loved ones. It can be tough working away on Christmas. However, there are ways to cope with being apart and make your day special while on site. Here are our top tips for surviving a FIFO Christmas: […]

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Iluka gives Cataby project the green light

Iluka Resources has given the nod for its $275 million Cataby mineral sands project north of Perth after squaring away offtake deals covering 85 per cent of production from the mine. The news will create 250 jobs in construction, 160 jobs in operation and secure the immediate future of 160 existing employees at the company’s […]

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