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Mining industry hits out at expected blow for Australian coal power

The mining industry has raised “serious concern” following reports that this week’s final Finkel review on the Future Security of the National Electricity Market may rule out modernized coal-fired power stations. An emphasis on renewable energy sources and gas will take its place, according to the Minerals Council of Australia executive for coal, Greg Evans, …

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AGL announces development of $295m gas-fired power station

AGL has announced plans to invest $295 million to develop a 210mW gas-fired power station alongside the company’s Torrens Island plant, near Adelaide. Construction of the Barker Inlet power station is scheduled to begin later this year, with full operation expected to be underway in early 2019. “Our decision to move ahead with this development reflects …

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Adani’s $16b Carmichael coal mine gets go-ahead

Adani has given the green light to start work on the $16 billion Carmichael coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin. Chairman Gautam Adani announced he had signed off on the project in a statement on Tuesday. “I am proud to announce the project has Final Investment Decision (FID) approval which marks the official start of …

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Australian ‘fly-in, fly-out’ operator extends BHP Billiton mining contract

Alliance Aviation will continue to supply scheduled “fly-in, fly-out” chartered flights for BHP Billiton Iron Ore (BHPIO) miners after its contract was extended. Australasia’s leading provider of contract, charter, and allied aviation services, Alliance provides essential services to the mining and energy sectors in Australia. The business currently operates a fleet from operational bases in …

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Mining leaders meet in Melbourne over industry’s future

Resource sector leaders are meeting in Melbourne on Thursday as Australian industry, including mining, faces a major change. Steve Knott, CEO for the Australian Mines and Metals Association (AMMA), said resource employers have been riding a wave of transformation for some time, particularly concerning the management of globalization, collaboration, and automation. “The resource industry has been …

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Design phase for WA gas project announced

The design competition phase for the Waitsia gas project in the northern Perth Basin has been given the green light. Starting immediately, the competition for the project facilities will include a gas plant capable of processing 100 TJ/d, carbon dioxide extraction, collection hubs and flow lines. The approach will allow the joint venture to establish …

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Statoil to begin Great Australian Bight drilling

Statoil has been granted regulatory approval to revive exploration in the Great Australian Bight after signing a swap agreement with BP. The Norwegian company will take over two permits off Australia’s southern coastline to drill an exploration well before the end of October 2019. The National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator (NOPTA) has approved the transfer, …

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KalNorth confirms sale of WA’s Kalpini project

KalNorth Gold Mines has confirmed the sale of its Kalpini project in Western Australia for $3.2 million. Following an agreement early last month, NBT Metals was granted an extension to make the payment by May 31 and has since secured the site, which excavates gold roughly 75km north-east of Kalgoorlie. The project comprises the Gambia and …

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Calibre signs SA engineering contract amid Magnetite Mines merger

New South Wales construction and maintenance specialist Calibre Group has signed a contract with Magnetite Mines to provide engineering services for a multi-stage project in South Australia. The first stage is scheduled for completion in six weeks and involves the delivery of a comprehensive narrative, setting out the Olary-Ward iron ore project combined with a …

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