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WA mineral exploration activity on the rise

Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston has welcomed a 50 per cent increase in Programme of Work (PoW) applications since the start of the year in Western Australia. The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) receives, on average, 200 applications each month and so far in 2018, it has received an average 300 […]

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Third WA salt mining project signals revival

A new salt project has been announced for Karratha and Cape Preston, bringing Western Australia’s number of prospects to three. Leichhardt Industrials’ $230 million Eramurra salt project has been undergoing pre-feasibility study (PFS) since April and aims to produce up to 1.83 million tonnes a year (Mt/y) of high-grade chemical salt for the Asia-Pacific market. The project […]

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Local jobs promised at BHP’s new Pilbara iron ore mine

BHP will adopt a strong local procurement and jobs focus with its $4.8 billion South Flank iron ore project in the Pilbara, says the mining giant’s Australian president Mike Henry. Speaking to reporters yesterday after BHP’s board formally approved the project on Thursday night, Mr Henry said 85 per cent of South Flank’s construction budget […]

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Mining safety showing global improvement

The amount of mining fatalities among 28 of the world’s 40 largest miners which disclosed their safety statistics has reduced by 37 per cent. Out of 22 companies which reported injury frequency rate statistics, 15 reported improvements or remained consistent in 2017 with the previous year. More than half of the fatalities disclosed occurred in markets […]

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Surge in permanent roles signals mining recovery

Most regions across Australia have experienced an increase in permanent mining roles on jobs portal SEEK, suggesting renewed confidence in the sector following a five-year mining downturn. This suggests a turnaround from the 2012-16 mining slump, which was characterised by reluctance in hiring permanent staff, a climb in the ratio of contract to permanent job ads and a loss […]

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Queensland Nickel approves plans to restart Yabulu Refinery

Clive Palmer’s QNI Resources is a step closer to reopening the Yabulu Nickel Refinery in Queensland. Palmer today released a statement saying QNI had approved plans to reopen the facility near Townsville in yet another twist for this ongoing saga. The businessman claimed that “other group companies” had nearly $500 million of cash reserves in […]

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BHP starts new iron ore mine in WA

Resources giant BHP last night pressed the button on a new $4.7 billion iron ore mine in the Pilbara which it says will employ 2500 people during construction and 600 when operational. The announcement came as further evidence emerged that the WA jobs market is finally starting to stir, with the strongest growth in new […]

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Price of gold spurs wave of WA FIFO jobs in Wiluna

Rising gold prices look set to bring about a wave of new jobs for FIFO workers – turning a WA ghost town into a boom town in the process. The once-thriving goldrush town of Wiluna, 1200 kilometres north-east of Perth, has struggled since the end of the WWII but the price of gold has changed […]

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Employment opportunities on the rise

Australia’s miners are in demand again, but the sector has changed since the boom days. Research from SEEK revealed job advertisements in the mining, resources and energy sector grew 34 per cent year on year, recording the largest increase of all employment sectors in May. It was followed by government and defence (up 29 per cent), community […]

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Santos delivers QLD jobs boost with Arcadia approval

Santos, with its GLNG partners, plans to invest more than $400 million on the 137-well Arcadia gas project in Queensland’s Bowen Basin. The investment adds to the $900 million Santos is investing in upstream developments in the Maranoa, Western Downs, Central Highlands and Banana regions in Queensland. Santos managing director and chief executive officer Kevin […]

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