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Yancoal explores expansion potential at NSW coal mines

Pure-play coal producer Yancoal has identified growth potential at its Moolarben and Mount Thorley Warkworth coal complexes in New South Wales. Studies are underway to consider a potential underground mine at Mount Thorley Warkworth in the Hunter Valley, which could boost production by six million tonnes of run-of-mine (ROM) coal. Yancoal is currently working towards […]

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Huge rare diamond found at WA mine

Rio Tinto has revealed one of the largest gem-quality white diamonds in the 35-year history of its Argyle mine in the Kimberley, Western Australia. The diamond, which was found at the mine last month, weighs 28.84 carats and will be sold in Antwerp, Belgium later this year. Dubbed Argyle Octavia, due to its octahedral shape, […]

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Regis commences underground expansion at Rosemont

Regis Resources has started development of its underground Rosemont gold site with an aim to achieve first ore in the September quarter of 2019. The Rosemont development is expected to produce a maiden ore reserve of 480,000-600,000 tonnes of ore a year at an average yield of 6.4 grams of gold per tonne for up […]

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Gruyere JV construction nears finish line for first gold pour

The Gruyere joint venture (JV) has completed 97 per cent of its process plant construction at the Western Australian site, putting it on target for first gold production in the June 2019 quarter. Gold Road Resources and Gold Fields have progressed finishing works across the site and the progressive handover to commissioning. Gruyere’s primary crushing […]

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Australia’s key projects and mine expansions

In the wake of the mining downturn, the industry has recovered to re-affirm its place as a major driver of the Australian economy. The coming years will reinforce this position as dozens of projects or expansions develop into Australia’s next generation of mines. In an Australian Government December 2018 quarter report, more than 25 mining projects […]

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Parents warn kids off FIFO

Parents are discouraging their teenage children from pursuing careers in the resources sector because they mistakenly believe there are “no jobs” in the industry — potentially helping to create a crippling future skills shortage. WA Chamber of Minerals and Energy chief executive Paul Everingham said about 15,000 additional workers would be required in the resources […]

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100 jobs for new graphite mine

Australia’s largest known graphite deposit, discovered two years ago on the Siviour’s farming land near Arno Bay, could bring 100 permanent jobs to the area, says mineral resources company Renascor.  The deposit was discovered during a search for uranium, using an airborne electro-magnetic survey, and the extent of the shallow deposit was soon realised, stretching about […]

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800 new jobs for renewable energy plant in Kwinana

Construction has started on one of two proposed waste-to-energy facilities in the Rockingham-Kwinana area, the first to be built in Australia. First sod was turned on Friday at the $668 million energy project in Kwinana which will thermally treat waste diverted from landfill into steam for electricity generation. It is co-developed by Dutch Infrastructure Fund, […]

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BHP mine sites affected by scarlet fever

Outbreaks of scarlet fever have been reported at two BHP sites near Newman. BHP has confirmed three cases of scarlet fever at Mining Area C and another three at the nearby South Flank site, an hour and half from Newman. In a statement, a BHP spokesman said appropriate measures have been taken to treat infected […]

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Kalium Lakes receives environmental nod for Beyondie SOP project

The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has given its approval for Kalium Lakes’ Beyondie sulphate of potash (SOP) project in the eastern Pilbara, Western Australia. The EPA’s findings are now with the Western Australian Minister for Environment Stephen Dawson, who will make a final decision that allows Beyondie launch its construction. Once the decision […]

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