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Feb 27, 2020
Pure Minerals fine-tuning process for TECH project

Pure Minerals fine-tuning process for TECH project

Pure Minerals is tweaking a Perth-based pilot plant in preparation for bulk ore samples to test the process for its planned Townsville Energy Chemicals Hub (TECH) project. New Caledonian ore supply partners have mined and bagged an 80-tonne sample of nickel laterite ore. Pure Minerals said the ore was representative of the material to be… ...

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Feb 11, 2020
Pure Minerals eyes PNG nickel mining potential

Pure Minerals eyes PNG nickel mining potential

The company behind a proposed battery chemical plant in Townsville is buying a nickel project in Papua New Guinea. Pure Minerals said it had acquired the Sewa Bay nickel project in the Milne Bay Province from Highlands Pacific Resources. “Sewa Bay has the potential to be a low-cost mining operation with nickel laterite mineralisation from… ...

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Feb 07, 2020
Alumina add-on to boost battery metals plant profits

Alumina add-on to boost battery metals plant profits

A scoping study has shown ‘outstanding economics’ for the production of high purity alumina (HPA) from the TECH battery metals project, Pure Minerals says. The study backed 99.9 per cent purity HPA as a key value-add opportunity as a co-product to the nickel sulphate and cobalt sulphate that would be the Townsville plant’s primary products…. ...

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Jan 31, 2020
Funds injection for TECH feasibility work

Funds injection for TECH feasibility work

The group advancing the Townsville Energy Chemicals Hub (TECH) has attracted a $2.25 million grant, plus $1.6 million of in-kind contributions, towards feasibility work. Queensland Pacific Metals and its project partners Direct Nickel Projects (DNi) and the CSIRO attracted the grant under the federal Co-operative Research Centres Projects program. The latest round of CRC-P funding… ...

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Dec 19, 2019
Christmas Q&A – John Downie

Christmas Q&A – John Downie

John Downie is managing director of Pure Minerals, which is driving plans for the Townsville Energy Chemical Hub. He joined iQ for a quick Christmas Q&A…. What was the greatest achievement or advance in your industry/organisation in the past year? Progressing the company’s Townsville Energy Chemicals Hub (TECH) to a completed pre-feasibility stage with sound… ...

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Dec 09, 2019
Study backs $441m battery chemicals plant for Townsville

Study backs $441m battery chemicals plant for Townsville

A pre-feasibility study has backed the technical and economic merits of a planned $441 million Townsville Energy Chemical Hub. Pure Minerals today (December 9) released the results of the study, undertaken by Lycopodium Minerals with the support of consultants. It is based on an annual production target of 26,398 tonnes of nickel sulphate and 3097… ...

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Nov 06, 2019
Sconi centre stage in 2020

Sconi centre stage in 2020

Australian Mines will sharpen its focus on its $1.4 billion Sconi project in 2020, with plans to close an office in New South Wales as it continues to pursue the North Queensland development. Managing director and chief executive officer Benjamin Bell issued a business update in the lead-up to the company’s November 19 AGM. “The primary… ...

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Oct 22, 2019
Australian Mines keen to start Sconi

Australian Mines keen to start Sconi

Australian Mines says it has stepped up funding negotiations for its Sconi battery metals project in North Queensland ‘to progress project construction as soon as possible’. Managing director Benjamin Bell made the comment in the company’s quarterly report, highlighting the significant milestones achieved over the past few months. He also spoke of Les Guthrie joining… ...

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Oct 15, 2019
Robots hit explorers on the bourse

Robots hit explorers on the bourse

by Ross Louthean A leading Australian sharemarket and commodities observer has told the Australian Nickel Conference in Perth that while nickel demand has surged, explorers for that and other metals in Australia are being heavily discounted by investors. The principal for PCF Capital, Liam Twigger, said in his opening address that new analysis showed the… ...

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