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Thirty-Five Years in the FIFO Loop

By Harry Morton It’s 1985 in Useless Loop, Western Australia. You’re working a six-month FIFO job doing 12-hour shifts with no rostered days off. Your room is a little box with an old bone rattler air conditioner in the corner, no fridge and only the communal toilet block to do your business in. The site […]

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Airborne survey reveals rich mineral deposits in Northern Australia

The Northern Territory and Queensland have shown potential for mineral deposits including gold, copper, nickel, lead, zinc and manganese, an airborne electromagnetic survey (AEM) by Geoscience Australia indicates. Deposits of critical minerals such as cobalt, platinum-group elements and rare earth elements have also appeared in the results. This is the second release from the AEM […]

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Image Resources to upgrade Boonanarring mineral sands project

Image Resources will embark on a drilling program aimed at upgrading the company’s mineral resource at the Boonanarring mineral sands project in Western Australia. The additional drilling is intended to define the mineralisation of Boonanarring’s core that has been identified as having potentially high grades. Image Resources said in an ASX statement its previous information […]

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Newmont delivers Tanami power project

Newmont Mining has completed its $US245 million ($346 million) Tanami power project in the Northern Territory on schedule, coinciding with the mine pouring its 10 millionth ounce of gold. The power project is expected to provide the Tanami gold mine with a safe and reliable energy source that lowers power costs and carbon emissions by […]

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Rising graphite demand opens opportunities for Australian miners

High graphite prices are encouraging development of new projects outside of China, according to market consultant Roskill. China produces around 70 per cent of the global supply of graphite, but the country is curtailing production to combat pollution. There are several types of graphite, with high-flake varieties being the most desirable for commercial production. The […]

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Fosterville gold mine to expand with cement plant

Kirkland Lake Gold is set to receive an onsite cement plant at its Fosterville gold mine with support from Victoria’s Labor Government. Minister for Resources Jaclyn Symes announced today the plant had received regulatory and planning approval. It will bring 60 construction jobs and 30 ongoing full-time jobs to Fosterville, adding to the 600 working […]

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Victoria’s Latrobe Valley coal-to-hydrogen pilot project gets green light

A world-first pilot project which will turn brown coal from Victoria’s Latrobe Valley into hydrogen has been approved by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). The Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain project, spearheaded by a Japanese-led consortium, will test the feasibility of producing hydrogen from brown coal and shipping it to Japan for use in the domestic […]

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Glencore ups intake of apprentices in Australia

In a huge boost to regional employment Glencore has increased its apprenticeship intake by 74 in Queensland and 112 across its Australian mining operations, said the Queensland Resources Council (QRC). QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said this cohort of young women and men were embarking on a long and rewarding career in the resources sector. […]

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$10B mining project approved in southern Queensland

A $10 billion gas project has the green light to begin construction in Queensland’s Darling and Western Downs regions. Arrow Energy recently received approval for 14 petroleum leases, covering an estimated 2500 sq km between Dalby and Wandoan. The project involves using existing QGC processing facilities, pipelines and other infrastructure to transport gas to domestic and export facilities. The gas […]

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Global nickel boom gives mine in WA’s remote Kimberley a second life

The expected demand for electric vehicles is driving optimism in the global nickel industry and breathing new life into a mothballed mine in Western Australia’s remote East Kimberley after a three-year hiatus. After a tough few years, things are turning a corner for the nickel market, which is up by 20 per cent since the […]

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Coal leads Australian mining to 2018 export record

Australia’s resources exports delivered a record $248 billion in revenue in 2018, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data. The $248 million figure accounted for 72 per cent of Australia’s goods exports overall. Coal was the highest earning export commodity for the year, accounting for $66 billion in export revenue, bolstered by improved […]

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