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Two new renewable energy projects for South Australia

Leading Australasian renewable energy operator Tilt Renewables has announced advances in two new renewable energy projects for South Australia. A new 300 MW, 1350MWh pumped hydro energy storage project at Highbury is moving to the approvals phase; and a grant of more than $7 million has been announced from SA’s Renewable Technology Fund to support […]

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Permanent mining employment makes a comeback

A buoyant marketplace for permanent work is making a welcome return for job seekers in Australia’s mining industry. Human resources agency DFP Recruitment, in its latest mining and resources job index, reported that permanent job vacancies increased by 44.5 percent during 2017 after a 4.4 percent improvement in December. The rise in permanent vacancies lifted this category to 82.28 […]

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BHP continues recruitment drive for Olympic Dam

BHP is continuing a recruitment drive for the Olympic Dam mine in South Australia as it ramps up the operations to full capacity in the current quarter. The diversified miner launched an investment of more than $350 million on a smelter upgrade project at Olympic Dam last August. The maintenance and upgrade of the surface operations […]

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Manufacturing off to a flying start in 2018

Australia’s manufacturing sector has picked up where it left off in 2017, with the January PMI reading indicating faster growth than at the end of last year. According to AI Group’s latest survey, the Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index (Australian PMI) increased by 2.5 points to 58.7 in January, adding to the longest manufacturing expansion […]

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Lithium Australia to develop large-scale pilot plant

Lithium Australia is well on its way towards disrupting the global lithium industry with a decision now made to build an industrial-scale lithium processing plant based on its breakthrough SiLeach lithium processing technology. Sileach is a chemical based process that converts lithium concentrate into battery minerals such as lithium carbonate without the need for expensive, […]

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World’s biggest Virtual Power Plant to generate new jobs

The South Australian State Government has announced the creation of the world’s largest Virtual Power Plant. . The project will see as many as 50,000 households be equipped with Tesla Powerwall 2 products, with over 6,500 South Australians already registering their interest to host a solar and battery system. . Combined, these households will form […]

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Gruyere gold project construction on track

The Gruyere joint venture between Gold Fields and Gold Road Resources in Western Australia is on target to pour first gold in the March 2019 quarter, with construction about one-third complete. More than a year after early works were launched at Gruyere, the JV partners have also completed 72 per cent of the project engineering […]

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Work starts on power link for Darling Downs Solar Farm

Construction is underway on the transmission line that will connect APA Group’s $220 million Darling Downs Solar Farm to the state’s electricity network later this year. Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said Powerlink had started construction for APA on a new 350 metre transmission line linking the 110MW solar farm to the existing Braemar to […]

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Two new iron ore mines approved in SA

A new South Australian iron ore mine has been approved to feed Whyalla’s steelworks at a cheaper cost, and another to boost iron ore exports from the region. The new mining leases have been approved in the Middleback Range on Eyre Peninsula and add to Whyalla businessman Sanjeev Gupta’s assets portfolio. His company SIMEC Mining […]

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Life of Callide coal mine extended until 2043

Brisbane-based miner Batchfire Resources has been granted a mining lease for its recently acquired Callide coal mine in Central Queensland. The mine, which has been in operation since 1944, produces low sulphur, sub-bituminous thermal coal primarily for domestic power generation and alumina refining. Queensland’s Natural Resources and Mines Minister, Dr Anthony Lynham, said the mining […]

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