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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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Kalium Lakes receives green light for WA sulphate of potash project

Kalium Lakes has received Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) approval relating to the proposal and mining closure plan for its Beyondie sulphate of potash project (BSOPP) in Western Australia. The BSOPP hosts Australia’s highest-grade sulphate of potash (SOP) brine deposit, with a probable reserve of 2.66 million tonnes (Mt) at 14.2kg per cubic metre […]

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QLD gas fuels local jobs

Gas from the Surat Basin will power one of Queensland’s largest manufacturing companies, supporting 400 jobs and boosting the state’s domestic gas security. Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Anthony Lynham today announced that Central Petroleum had been granted an Authority to Prospect – a condition being that gas if produced, be sold only to […]

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Grid scale battery to be built at Lake Bonney Wind Farm

On behalf of the Australian Government, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced $5 million in funding to Infigen to install a 25MW / 52MWh Tesla battery at the Lake Bonney Wind Farm in South Australia. . The $38 million project is also supported by the South Australian Government with a $5 million grant […]

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Mining and energy sector continues to lead national jobs rise

Mining resources and energy sector led Australia’s year-on-year rise in job advertisements, according to the latest report released by SEEK. The sector continued its upward trend in jobs, with a further rise of 0.8 per cent up until July. DFP said that this represented the sector’s 14th consecutive monthly rise in vacancies. These vacancies were headed by demand […]

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Thor Mining tungsten mine to economic boost to NT

Thor Mining’s proposed Molyhil tungsten mine in the Northern Territory could deliver $100 million of net value and $500 million in revenue over its seven-year mine life, according to a definitive feasibility study (DFS). The fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) project, 220km northeast of Alice Springs, lies about 30km west of 13 valuable tungsten outcrops at the Bonya tungsten deposits, […]

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Boonanarring project set for fourth quarter start

Image Resources’ Boonanarring mineral sands project in the North Perth Basin, Western Australia, is on track to start production by the end of 2018. Positive cash flow is expected to follow in the first quarter of 2019. The zircon-focused mineral sands project is an extensive project, having received a market valuation of $235 million in June […]

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