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May 18, 2021
Report underlines mining contribution

Report underlines mining contribution

Australia’s mining industry forked out record taxes and royalties in 2019-20, even as the COVID-19 pandemic started to push the economy into recession, the Minerals Council of Australia says. The record payments to government are highlighted in the latest Deloitte Access Economics report commissioned by the MCA. It estimates the minerals sector paid $24.1 billion in company… ...

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May 18, 2021
No new coal or gas projects on IEA road to net zero emissions

No new coal or gas projects on IEA road to net zero emissions

A roadmap for the energy sector to reach net zero emissions by 2050 sets a pathway with no new oil or gas fields, coal mines or mine extensions beyond those already committed. The International Energy Agency report states that reaching net zero by 2050 requires further rapid deployment of available technologies as well as widespread… ...

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May 18, 2021
Industry embraces red tape removal

Industry embraces red tape removal

New laws passed through the Senate to allow automatic recognition of qualifications across borders have been hailed as a win for the mining sector and small business tradespeople. Mutual recognition of state and territory-based occupational licences and registration would boost the mining workforce’s ability to work across regions without the red tape and cost of obtaining… ...

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May 18, 2021
New Clontarf Academy launches in  Mackay

New Clontarf Academy launches in Mackay

BHP is helping deliver five new Clontarf Academies in Queensland and New South Wales, with the first launched at Mackay State High School. The big miner said its partnership with the Clontarf Foundation would support Indigenous students through access to assistance and mentoring, and increased awareness of academic opportunities or employment pathways. In addition to… ...

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May 17, 2021
Exploration, mining and processing briefs

Exploration, mining and processing briefs

Updates from Sandvik, Alice Queen, Ampol, Austin Engineering, State Gas and Central Petroleum in this week’s exploration, mining and processing briefs. State Gas spuds first Rougemont well State Gas is drilling the first well in its new Rolleston-West gas project (ATP 2062), near Rolleston in the Surat Basin. The Rougemont-1 well is the first of… ...

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May 17, 2021
Wasco to carry out Roma North expansion

Wasco to carry out Roma North expansion

Jemena has awarded Queensland-based Wasco Australia the construction contract for a $15 million expansion of the Roma North gas processing facility. Jemena executive general manager of gas markets Antoon Boey said the project would also see businesses from the Maranoa region providing more than $500,000 worth of goods and services such as accommodation, meals, and… ...

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May 16, 2021
LNG trade at play in China dispute

LNG trade at play in China dispute

With Australian commodities such as coal already facing Chinese import restrictions, could its LNG projects be next in Beijing’s crosshairs? Wood Mackenzie Asia Pacific vice chair Gavin Thompson said the potential for the dispute to impact Australian LNG exports to China was becoming clearer. He was commenting after the recent announcement by China’s National Development… ...

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May 13, 2021
WebGen blast technology delivers for Ernest Henry

WebGen blast technology delivers for Ernest Henry

Glencore’s Ernest Henry Mining (EHM) is reporting significant improvements in blast performance as it fine tunes its trailblazing use of wireless technology. The site has been one of the first mines in the world to trial Orica’s Wireless Electronic Blasting system, WebGen. Following the first trial of WebGen in 2017, Glencore said the EHM team… ...

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May 13, 2021
Charge On challenge to electrify haul  fleets

Charge On challenge to electrify haul fleets

Mining giants BHP, Rio Tinto and Vale have launched a global competition for technology innovators to develop new concepts for large-scale haul truck electrification systems. The Charge On Innovation Challenge aims to help significantly cut emissions from surface mine operations and unlock safety, productivity, and operational improvements. The big miners are founding patrons of the… ...

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