Streamlining Environmental Approvals

Last month, Environment Minister Greg Hunt caused a stir within the Australian resources sector when he announced the Federal government’s adoption of new measures intended to streamline environmental approvals. These measures, he declared, could effectively slash red tape whilst increasing jobs and investment…

Streamlining Environmental Approvals

Women in Resources

With new themes chosen each year for their relevance to current global and local gender issues, the 2013 online theme was announced as “The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum.”

Bringing Balance

Mine Site Rules Are No Laughing Matter

In just a few short months, this latter song has spawned countless videos on YouTube, some videotaped in schools or nightclubs, some in sterile cubicle-filled offices. In most cases, those appearing in the videos dancing and rocking out have enjoyed a few fleeting Warholesque moments of Internet celebrity; for a group of Australian miners, their future changed forever in a mere thirty seconds.

Safety Dance?

A Crucial Role: Mine Site Explosives Training

Across the nation, there are a number of schools offering classes on the art and science of blasting, covering such topics as the use of explosives on different types of mine sites, firing, types of explosives, storage of explosives, hazards and precautions, drilling and charging operations, and a great deal more.

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Coming of Age in the Resource Boom

Oftentimes when we think of how the resources sector might change the face of a nation, the imagery consists of cut landscapes, pits and piles, oil wells and industrial wastelands. Rarely do we consider the effect that the resources sector might exact on the actual culture of the nation. Yet today, in Australia, we are witnessing the slow progression of a cultural evolution brought about by the resource boom.

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Mining Company Launches Aggressive Recruitment Drive

One of the largest mining companies in the world recently initiated a push to recruit over 6,000 workers to its sites across Australia. “We’re probably looking for around 6,000 people, but the bulk of those would be working in our operations in WA,” said Rio Tinto spokesman Bruce Tobin of the company’s recruitment drive. “Rio Tinto has launched one of Australia’s biggest ever recruitment campaigns and we’re looking to attract thousands of new employees to work across our 30 operations around Australia.” To fill the mining jobs, Rio Tinto will focus on a number of groups, including engineers, planners, geologists, […]

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Toilets Renew Interest in Zircon

Demand for western-style porcelain toilets from India and China’s growing middle classes has sparked a renewed interest in Australian zircon. A tough mineral, zircon is often used as a whitening agent for ceramic products such as toilets. Although it may appear colourless or in a number of colours such as blue, yellow, brown, green or grey, zircon loses its colour when subjected to high heat, and becomes brilliant. The increasing demand for zircon is prompting SA’s Murray Zircon to re-open a mine at Mindarie about 150 km east of Adelaide this year, and work on a joint venture basis with […]

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10 Year Uranium Mine Lease Granted

In South Australia, Alliance Resources and partner Quasar Resources have accepted a 10-year-long mining lease for the Four Mile project. Located near the Beverley uranium mine, 550 km north of Adelaide, it is believed Four Mile is one of the largest uranium deposits discovered on the planet in recent years, and may contain a uranium grade ten times higher than that found at the Olympic Dam. The approval of the lease puts SA on track to exploring and developing its next major uranium mining development. “The lease accepted by Quasar, an affiliate of Heathgate Resources, the owner and operator of […]

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Rio Tinto Withdraws from Massive Port Expansion

One of the world’s largest mining companies recently pulled out of the Abbot Point port expansion project near Bower in Queensland. “Global economic markets have shifted to a period of significant uncertainty, and we continue to see both a sustained upward pressure on costs and long timeframes for regulatory approvals,” stated an official at mining giant Rio Tinto, citing changes in the economic environment and commitments required as reasons for withdrawing from the massive, $9 billion project. A British-Australian multinational metals and mining corporation with headquarters in London and a management office in Melbourne, Rio Tinto has operations on six […]

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Future of Natural Gas, Renewables Uncertain, says Study

Long touted as a logical replacement for coal, a recent study indicates that natural gas may in fact be on shaky ground in Australia’s power sector. The study – a joint effort by RepuTex carbon analytics and the venerated ratings agency of Standard and Poor’s – examines and forecasts the impact of the Australian Carbon Price Mechanism on the nation’s National Electricity Market (NEM) through to 2020. As Australia makes the shift from coal to other fuel sources for generating energy, the study examined which sources will emerge as winners. The study is sure to come as a surprise to […]

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Strategic Resources

There are 17 classified rare earth elements, many of which have strategic purposes. Rare in name only, these elements are anything but scarce as they are found all over the world. The challenge rare earth elements pose is during extraction, as they exist in low concentrations and are difficult to separate from one another.

October 20, 2017, 7:07 AM AEDT