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Jul 29, 2020
Explorers welcome boost for wide-ranging projects

Explorers welcome boost for wide-ranging projects

The wider scope and boosted budget of the latest Queensland Collaborative Exploration Initiative funding round has been welcomed by the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies. “24 companies with 25 projects and almost $4 million in funding is a great boost for the industry and will make a significant impact to Queensland’s economic recovery from… This content is for iQ Industry Que...

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Jul 28, 2020
Indium on the radar in new exploration grants round

Indium on the radar in new exploration grants round

A hunt for indium near old Herberton district mine workings is among the projects to win a share of almost $4 million in the latest round of Collaborative Exploration Initiative (CEI) grants. Red River Resources is among the 24 companies receiving State Government support for exploration focused on the new economy minerals required for advanced electronics… This content is for iQ Industry Q...

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Jul 24, 2020
Cape York silica sand project advances

Cape York silica sand project advances

Diatreme Resources has announced another step forward in the approval process for its Galalar silica sand project on Cape York, as it aims for a 2022 start to production. The company has released the Initial Advice Statement (IAS) and draft terms of reference (DToR) for the project’s environmental impact statement. “This is another important step… This content is for iQ Industry Queensland,...

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Jul 24, 2020
Mount Carbine sorting work wins research funding

Mount Carbine sorting work wins research funding

A mine waste transformation project in Far North Queensland has won a grant of $220,000 under the Queensland METS Collaborative Projects Fund. The work is happening at Speciality Metals International’s Mount Carbine tungsten operation. Joint venture partners Speciality Metals and Cronimet have been trialling sensor-based ore sorting to extract +10mm to 40mm high-grade tungsten particles̷...

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Jul 21, 2020
Oil yields add momentum to Julia Creek project

Oil yields add momentum to Julia Creek project

QEM has announced successful results from independent test work aimed at increasing oil yields from its Julia Creek vanadium and oil shale project. It says the work shows substantially higher oil yields are possible at Julia Creek through the addition of a solvent during extraction processing, compared to options such as direct retorting. QEM managing… This content is for iQ Industry Queens...

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Jul 17, 2020
Red mud to riches under Qld reprocessing plan

Red mud to riches under Qld reprocessing plan

A Queensland company is poised to step up to commercial production with a project to extract valuable rare earths and critical minerals from the aluminium industry’s red mud waste. Alumtek Minerals is in talks with QAL in Gladstone to base an initial Stage 1 plant there after completing three years of successful bench trials and… This content is for iQ Industry Queensland, iQ Coal, iQ Civil...

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Jul 15, 2020
State puts its money behind Sconi start

State puts its money behind Sconi start

The Queensland Government is providing a financial leg-up for the  $1.4 billion Sconi cobalt-nickel-scandium project in North Queensland. The amount involved remains confidential and it comes with a range of conditions, including that Sconi developer Australian Mines completes construction by July 2023. The State financial support package comes after the Queensland Government last year grante...

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Jul 09, 2020
New-look Speciality Metals on the march

New-look Speciality Metals on the march

Speciality Metals International has a new-look leadership team and is on the hunt for further near-production tungsten and gold assets as it continues to crank up operations at Mount Carbine. The Far North Queensland site is a multi-pronged proposition for Speciality Metals and joint venture partner CRONIMET. They are already exploiting a 12-million-tonne waste rock… This content is for iQ ...

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Jul 07, 2020
Data to deliver exploration dollars

Data to deliver exploration dollars

The Australian Government has launched an online data portal that will help the resources sector lead economic recovery following COVID-19. The portal provides free access to around 250 datasets collected as part of the Australian Government’s $225 million Exploring for the Future program, said Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia, Keith Pitt. “We know… This content is for i...

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