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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
Juukan Gorge inquiry focus on Queensland

Juukan Gorge inquiry focus on Queensland

The inquiry into the destruction of Indigenous heritage sites at Juukan Gorge is turning its spotlight on Queensland. The inquiry by the Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia will be examining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage legislation in Queensland, with a public hearing by video conference on Tuesday (May 18). Representatives of the Australian Heritage Speciali...

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May 17, 2021
Camel Creek delivers high-grade results

Camel Creek delivers high-grade results

Early results from an ongoing drilling campaign at Camel Creek have highlighted the potential for a substantial gold project, Great Northern Minerals says. The first 24 holes returned with outstanding intersections and pointed to deeper and higher grade mineralisation at the North Queenkland site. “This ongoing drill program has returned the best assay results ever… ...

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May 15, 2021
Barkly Highway widening works kick off

Barkly Highway widening works kick off

Safety improvement works kick off this month on the Barkly Highway between Cloncurry and Mount Isa. The $7.58 million project is funded through the Queensland Government’s High Risk Roads Initiative, as part of the Targeted Road Safety Program.  A Transport and Main Roads spokeswoman said RoadTek was undertaking the work to widen a 4km section… ...

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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
Darwin comp puts mine rescue teams to the test

Darwin comp puts mine rescue teams to the test

Mine rescue teams will test their skills when Darwin hosts the annual Northern Australia Emergency Response Competition (NAERC) this weekend. Teams participating in 2021 include Newmont Tanami Operations, McArthur River Mine, Gemco South 32, Glencore Mount Isa Mines and Rio Tinto. The event includes simulated fire-fighting, first aid, rescue from heights, breathing apparatus skills, underground...

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May 13, 2021
An eagle on the wing

An eagle on the wing

Customer supplied editorial A new air charter business is now operating out of Charters Towers. Aquila Air Services has based itself in the gold city because of access to wide tracts of land through three cardinal points. Aquila, being Latin for ‘eagle’, draws on the theme set by sister company Eagle Drilling NQ, also based… ...

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May 13, 2021
EOI call for $600m hybrid power project

EOI call for $600m hybrid power project

The proponents behind the $600 million North West Queensland Hybrid Power Project (NWQHPP) are calling for expressions of interest from contractors. State Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen Mick de Brenni said the call was out for Queenslanders to build what could be Australia’s largest hybrid generator, generating 50 megawatts of cleaner, cheaper energy. Publicly… ...

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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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