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Critical minerals

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… ...

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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… ...

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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… ...

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Jul 06, 2020
Trade diversification at the Port of Weipa

Trade diversification at the Port of Weipa

North Queensland Bulk Ports has assisted the kick-start of mineral sands exports from Port of Weipa in Far North Queensland. NQBP recently supported Clear Logistics Australia to facilitate the export of up to 70,000 tonnes of mineral sands. Two shipments have made their way to China in recent months since Clear Logistics Australia sought the… ...

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Jun 22, 2020
Hammer keen to nail big one in North West Qld

Hammer keen to nail big one in North West Qld

Hammer Metals is kicking off the next round of drilling at its Mount Isa region tenements, starting with the Shadow prospect within the JOGMEC joint venture project. The company’s commitment to its North West Queensland projects is going against the tide of investor sentiment, according to managing director Daniel Thomas. “Our investors probably have a… ...

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Jun 19, 2020
Sconi processing delivers high-purity samples

Sconi processing delivers high-purity samples

Australian Mines says it has successfully completed production runs of battery-grade cobalt sulphate and nickel sulphate with ore from its Sconi project, near Greenvale. Demonstrating its ability to produce high-purity samples supports ongoing offtake negotiations for the planned $1.4 billion cobalt-nickel-scandium operation. Australian Mines said today it was continuing to make good progress on t...

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Jun 17, 2020
Geophysics in exploration webinar

Geophysics in exploration webinar

Talk about value for money. The Geological Survey of Queensland continues its webinar series tomorrow (Thursday 18 June) with a clutch of speakers who’d normally be billing north of $1000/hour collectively. The theme is ‘Geophysics in Exploration’ and it’s free. Head of the mining and geology research centre at the University of Queensland Professor Rick… ...

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Jun 16, 2020
Funds to ‘supercharge’ new economy minerals push

Funds to ‘supercharge’ new economy minerals push

The State Government aims to ‘supercharge’ exploration for new economy minerals with $10 million in grants to be released under the second round of its COVID-19 fightback plan. The package announced today also features a $650,000 investment in the mining equipment, technology and services sector. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said $10 million in exploration grants would… ...

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