Monthly Archives: December 2015


Public Hearing Over Mount Owen Complex

A public hearing will be held by the NSW Planning Assessment Commission on Tuesday over the expansion of a large mining complex in Upper Hunter Valley.

Located outside Singleton, Glencore’s Mount Owen mining complex, which comprises of Mount Owen, Ravensworth East and Glendell open cut mines, has applied to expand existing operations until 2030 to recover an additional 90 million tonnes of coal and consolidate operations across the site.  Continue reading


Anglo American Restructures And Cuts 85000 Jobs

Anglo American has told investors it plans to cut 85,000 jobs globally as it merges six divisions into three businesses in a bid to restructure its operations and plans to sell more mines.

The major miner has four coal mines up for sale, three in central Queensland — Dawson, Foxleigh and Callide — and Dartbrook in the Hunter Valley, which is currently under care and maintenance.  Continue reading


Australian Mines Withdraws From Ned’s Creek

Australian Mines has announced it has withdrawn from its Western Australian farm-in and joint venture agreement with Lodestar Minerals, concluding there was limited potential to host a significant base metal deposit.

The Ned’s Creek tenements are located 150 kilometres north east of Meekatharra in Western Australia and have received limited previous exploration for base metals and gold.  Continue reading


Rio Tinto’s Hunter Mine Approval Raises Questions

Rio Tinto’s Mount Thorley Warkworth mine expansion got the green light last week, it has now been revealed the Federal Government began moves to protect the Hunter Valley woodland the day prior to approval.

With the mine approved by the Planning Assessment Commission last Friday, the Nature Conservation Council said the day before, the Commonwealth called for public comment on a plan to list the Warkworth Sands Woodlands as a threatened ecological community.  Continue reading


BHP To Ramp Up Olympic Dam Productivity But Will Cut Jobs

BHP Billiton believes copper will be in short supply by 2020 and plans to ramp up its South Australian mine, but planned cost savings will be met by more job cuts.

BHP Billiton forecasts that the Olympic Dam mine will be operating at record rates within a year. The mining giant said on Wednesday the South Australian mine would produce more than 200,000 tonnes per year sustainably by 2016 and reach 220,000 tonnes annually by 2019.  Continue reading