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Queensland coal exports hit new record in 2018

Queensland’s coal exports totalled a record-breaking 223 million tonnes in 2018, surpassing the last record set in 2016 by two million tonnes, the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has reported. Coal from Queensland was exported to 30 different countries last year, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, England, France, South Africa, Turkey, Ukraine and Vietnam. The largest […]

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Job hotspots: where are the skills shortages?

Recruitment agency Hays has revealed the mining skills most in demand moving into 2019. Recognising the skills shortages that have emerged, Hays has identified numerous hotspots in each state for mine workers looking for opportunities. In Western Australia, the high levels of activity have drained the supply of skilled professionals once more, according to Hays. […]

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Construction to start at Dargues gold project in NSW

A major milestone has been marked on Diversified Minerals’ Dargues Gold Project in New South Wales, with the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract awarded to DRA Global. “Diversified Minerals are pleased to be working closely with DRA Global on the design and construction of the Dargues Gold Project and look forward to continuing our long-standing relationship […]

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Construction starts on WA’s largest lithium plant

Albemarle has announced the commencement of earthworks at the Kemerton Strategic Industrial Area, in Western Australia, for construction of the company’s Kemerton lithium hydroxide (LiOH) conversion site. The world’s number one producer of the so called ‘white gold’ confirmed it had recently received the required environmental approval from the Australian federal and state government for the […]

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Northparkes Mines set for $200m growth project

China Molybdenum Company (CMOC) and Sumitomo have approved the development of a new block cave mine to expand the Northparkes Mines copper-gold operation in New South Wales. The $200 million, three-and-a-half-year project (called E26 Lift 1 North) will start this month and is expected to reach full production in mid-2022. It is forecast to produce […]

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Rio Tinto in talks to extend Pilbara iron ore JV

Rio Tinto is discussing an extension of the Bao-HI iron ore joint venture in Western Australia’s Pilbara region with partner China Baowu Group. The JV focuses on the Eastern Ranges mine and Western Range project. It has delivered sales of more than 180 million tonnes since it was created in 2002. Rio Tinto expects to […]

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$300 million zinc refinery expansion for north QLD

Zinc production is set to increase in Australia with a multi-million-dollar investment to expand a north Queensland refinery. Korea Zinc Company will spend $300 million on its Australian subsidiary, Sun Metals Corporation, which owns a zinc refinery just outside of Townsville. The expansion is expected to increase the refinery’s zinc production from around 225,000 tonnes […]

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Australian Mines moves $1.3bn Sconi project to next step

Australian Mines has released its bankable feasibility study (BFS) for the Sconi cobalt-nickel-scandium project in North Queensland, revealing a capital requirement of $US974 million ($1.35 billion). The Sconi project will require the development of three open pits for $US31 million, and a two million tonnes per year (Mt/y) processing plant for $US730 million. However, the company is confident of strong annual […]

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Mineral Lease Granted for new Mount Peake mine

Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles, has today granted a mineral lease for the new Mount Peake mine in central Australia, a project granted Major Project status by the Territory Labor Government. TNG Limiteds Mount Peake mine has the potential to create 500 jobs during construction and 175-250 ongoing roles during operation. The […]

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Perdaman and Woodside sign gas deal for $4.5 billion urea plant

A $4.5 billion fertiliser plant in the Pilbara that will create more than 2000 construction jobs moved closer to reality today with Perdaman signing up for 20 years of gas from Woodside. For the project to go-ahead Perdaman must finalise agreements with customers for the two million tonnes of urea to be produced a year. […]

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