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BHP builds South Flank accommodation capacity

BHP has upgraded and expanded its Mulla Mulla accommodation village in the Pilbara so it can house five times the number of occupants. The $150 million village expansion included development of an extra 2000 rooms, as well as sports and recreational facilities to support the $US3.4 billion ($4.6 billion) South Flank project. Mulla Mulla, which […]

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Aussie gold production hits record highs again

There appears to be no stopping the juggernaut that is the Australian mining sector as gold production hits another record high for the 2018/2019 financial year, according to Australian gold mining consultants Surbiton Associates. Gold production hit a record high of 321 tonnes or 10.3 million ounces in the 2018/19 fiscal year, the firm said in a […]

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Western Australia encourages exploration through drilling program

The Western Australian Department of Mines, Industry, Regulation and Safety has called for applications for round 20 of the exploration incentive scheme’s (EIS) co-funded exploration drilling program. It is offering $5 million a year to encourage innovative drilling at greenfields and under-explored areas of the state. Explorers can receive a refund of up to 50 […]

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Why BHP needs a mining camp with a three-storey cafe and cross-fit gym

BHP is banking on a $150 million mining camp to even out bumps in the fly-in, fly-out operation and smooth the way to its target of gender balance at a giant new iron ore mine in Western Australia’s rugged Pilbara. That’s why it has built a three-storey cafe, a cross-fit gym, a 3000-book library, a […]

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Australia’s critical minerals drive investment

Australia’s abundance of critical minerals is driving rapid advancements in computing, manufacturing, energy and transport, according to the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA). The industry body revealed the nation’s significant contribution of materials ranging from rare earths to high performance metals, which it anticipates will continue to attract foreign governments and global investors. Australia already […]

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Capricorn makes move to develop Karlawinda

Capricorn Metals will raise $65 million to advance development of the Karlawinda gold project in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The equity raising will also allow Capricorn to satisfy a key condition and reopen talks to secure a debt and gold hedging facility with Macquarie Bank. The $107 million debt and gold hedging facility […]

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Hastings edges towards Yangibana rare earths production

Hastings Technology Metals has been granted an environmental permit for its Yangibana rare earths project in Western Australia. The approval allows Hastings to move forward on the project to eventually produce rare earth carbonate on site. It will now move into the next stage of the project’s development, which will focus on the final project […]

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Dartbrook coal mine approved to recommence operations in the Upper Hunter

A controversial plan to reopen a ‘mothballed’ coal mine in the New South Wales Upper Hunter Valley has been approved, but a five-year extension on the mine’s life has been denied. Australian Pacific Coal Limited has an existing approval to extract up to 6 million tonnes of run-of-mine coal annually from the Dartbrook mine using […]

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Civmec contract with Fortescue to create 300 jobs

Fortescue Metals Group has awarded Civmec a contract for the delivery of the primary crushing and ore processing facility at its Eliwana iron ore project in the Pilbara, Western Australia. Civmec will be responsible for the full vertical delivery of Eliwana’s iron ore loading, primary, secondary and tertiary crushing, ore screening and associated conveyor systems, […]

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Ravensthorpe mine set to re-open a third time amid demand for nickel

The owners of the mothballed Ravensthorpe nickel mine in Western Australia’s south-east say they will move to re-open the site if surging demand for the metal continues. In its latest quarterly results posted overnight, First Quantum Minerals said it was planning to restart the nickel and cobalt operation by early next year. The Canadian mining […]

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