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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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May 13, 2021
Ensham extension plans advancing

Ensham extension plans advancing

A plan to extend the Ensham coal mine to add an extra nine years to operations is advancing, with the environmental impact statement (EIS) out for public comments. The $315 million extension project would see the mine continue to produce about 4.5 million tonnes of coal each year and support more than 600 full-time jobs… ...

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May 12, 2021
Pure Hydrogen signs water deal for Gladstone plant

Pure Hydrogen signs water deal for Gladstone plant

Pure Hydrogen has sealed an agreement for water supply for its planned large-scale Project Jupiter hydrogen plant in Gladstone. The company said the contract with the Gladstone Area Water Board was among its initiatives to secure supply of critical inputs for Project Jupiter to proceed. The water supply contract is subject to conditions including project… ...

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May 12, 2021
Water-wise moves cut refinery consumption

Water-wise moves cut refinery consumption

Yarwun alumina refinery near Gladstone has reduced its raw water consumption by 30 per cent over the last five years. Owner Rio Tinto said the refinery had reduced raw water consumption from 28,000 cubic metres to 20,000 cubic metres per day.   General manager Mark Gilmore said the achievement was part of Yarwun’s ongoing work… ...

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May 11, 2021
Mount Mackenzie drilling program completed

Mount Mackenzie drilling program completed

Resources & Energy Group has completed drilling for metallurgical test work as it advances the Mount Mackenzie gold and silver project, 150km north-west of Rockhampton. The bore‐core has been loaded onto pallets and dispatched to ALS Townsville. Previous test work and interpretation highlighted a high amenability of the weathered mineralisation at Mount Mackenzie to standard… ...

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May 11, 2021
Charges laid over Curragh mine death

Charges laid over Curragh mine death

Charges have been laid over the death of Donald Rabbitt in an incident at the Curragh mine near Blackwater in January 2020. Independent Work Health and Safety Prosecutor Aaron Guilfoyle has commenced prosecutions against the mine operator, contractor and a former site senior executive of the coal mine. Mr Rabbitt, an employee of Curragh mine… ...

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May 11, 2021
Rockfire cashed up for new drilling campaigns

Rockfire cashed up for new drilling campaigns

Rockfire Resources has raised more than $1.5 million in a share placement to fund drilling at its Copper Dome and Copperhead projects in Central Queensland, as well as the Plateau gold deposit within its Lighthouse tenement. “A reverse circulation drilling rig is available in Charters Towers and the company plans to mobilise as quickly as possible to… ...

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May 10, 2021
Pitt keen to promote mining careers

Pitt keen to promote mining careers

Young people are missing career opportunities in the resources sector as they are being indoctrinated with the idea there is no future in the industry, according to Federal Resources Minister Keith Pitt. Mr Pitt has told an industry podcast that encouraging young Australians to pursue technical and trade careers in the sector is critical to… ...

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May 10, 2021
Warning on global critical mineral supplies

Warning on global critical mineral supplies

Supplies of critical minerals essential for key clean energy technologies like electric vehicles and wind turbines need to pick up sharply over the coming decades to meet the world’s climate goals, a new report warns. The International Energy Agency is calling on governments to act now to address potential energy security hazards. “The challenges are… ...

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