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Project NEW : Koolan Island

A WA resources company has resurrected plans for an iron ore mine in the Kimberley following robust results from a feasibility study.  Mount Gibson Iron will now redevelop its Koolan Island project after putting the development on ice in late 2014 after a section of its seawall failed. The feasibility study found if Mount Gibson fixed the seawall it could safely extract 12.8 Mt grading 66.0% Fe1 with a very low level of impurities over a 3.5 year period.

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The final seawall design incorporates a 467m long seepage barrier extending from the eastern to western abutment through a new rock embankment at the failure channel. Work on the rock-fill embankment will commence in the June Quarter with the construction of the seepage barrier to commence in the December Quarter 2017 and be completed late in the June Quarter 2018. Continue reading


Project NEW : Overland Solar Farm

Work is set to commence on 320MW of large-scale solar farms near Mildura in Victoria’s west. The three grid-connected solar farms are being constructed by Overland Sun Farming, an Australian company in a joint venture with UK outfit Island Green Power, on separate sites in Yatpool, Iraak, and Wemen.

The projects have completed all planning studies and have been granted development approval by Council.

In addition, Powercor Australia has signed agreements with Overland to connect each of the projects to the state electrical grid system and orders have been placed for the large electrical equipment that is needed to connect the solar farm to the nearby electricity grid.

Construction works for the projects will start during 2017, with completion anticipated to take about 12 months.  Continue reading


Project NEW : Caval Ridge Coal Mine

A multinational resource company plans to invest an equivalent $273.2 million in its next mining venture, in Central Queensland’s Bowen Basin.

BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) plans to pour US$204 million in its Caval Ridge Southern Circuit (CRSC) Capital Growth Project, about 170km southwest of Mackay. The project involves setting up an 11km overland conveyor system, which will transport coal from the Peak Downs Mine to the Coal Handling Preparation Plant (CHPP) at the nearby Caval Ridge Mine.

Work will also include upgrading the existing CHPP and Stockyard and creating a new Stockpile Pad and Run-of-Mine Station at Peak Downs. BMA will also invest in new mining fleet, including excavators and trucks.

The project covers an area approximately 17km long and 4km wide, excluding the Rail Spur and overland conveyor. Caval Ridge includes the Horse Pit (north of Peak Downs Highway) and Heyford Pit (north of Harrow Creek).

Construction is expected to start in mid-2017 and take 18 months to complete.

This project is promised to create 400 new construction jobs and 200 ongoing operational roles.  Continue reading


Project New : Amrun Bauxite Mine

Rio Tinto recently confirmed it had commissioned a variety of sub-contractors and suppliers for its $1.6b Amrun Bauxite Mine, 40km south of Weipa. To date more than $900m in contracts went to Queensland suppliers, representing almost two-thirds of the total $1.38b of all contracts awarded for the project.

At least 509 Queensland businesses are engaged directly and indirectly to supply goods and services to the site. Details of all of the major projects are listed in our full details on our Project Summary sheet, available from the link below, and represent hundreds of potential contractor work and job opportunities with various contractors involved in this mammoth project. Continue reading


Project : KGL Resources Jervois

The NT government has granted Major Project status to KGL Resources’ Jervois Copper-Silver-Gold Project, located approximately 270km northeast of Alice Springs.The project facilitation agreement (PFA) will enable the Northern Territory government and KGL to collaborate to advance the project through the required approvals processes. The project is expected to create 360 jobs during construction and 300 ongoing jobs once operational, over its more than 12-year life. Continue reading


Project New : Hume Coal Mine

Plans to develop a $498 million coal mine in the NSW Southern Highlands have moved to their next stage. The Hume Coal Project will involve development and operation of an underground coal mine and associated mine infrastructure about 3km west of Moss Vale. The proponent is Hume Coal Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of POSCO Australia, which in turn is wholly owned by Korean company POSCO.

The project’s Environmental Impact Statement has been placed on public exhibition this month. Preliminary plans were lodged with the NSW Department of Planning when the project was revealed in July 2013. Continue reading


Project UPDATE : Stratford Coal Mine

The Stratford open cut operations extract coal from upper and middle seams within the Gloucester Basin. Stratford Duralie coal is railed to the Port of Newcastle for export. The Stratford operation is located 95km north of Newcastle in the Gloucester Basin. As announced 1 June 2015, the NSW Planning and Assessment Commission approved the Stratford extension application. Continue reading