Q and A over supply to the new Amrun Mine on Cape York

P. Haul truck being loaded at Rio Tinto Weipa operations

(Haul truck being loaded at Rio Tinto Weipa operations) The announcement by Rio Tinto that it will commit more than $US1.9b (Aus$2.6) developing the newly named Amrun bauxite mine on Cape York shines a ray of light for suppliers. The company has taken an Indigenous name  for the project after consultation with traditional owner groups. Developing Read More

More big bauxite for Cape York

Ship being loaded at Rio Tinto Weipa operations with bauxite stockpiles in the background

Rio Tinto will expand output from one of the world’s premier bauxite deposits following approval of the US$1.9 billion ($Aus2.6 billion) Amrun project. Amrun involves the construction of a bauxite mine and associated processing and port facilities on the Cape York Peninsula in north Queensland. Rio Tinto has agreed with the traditional owners to change Read More

BG Group launches second QCLNG train


  Commercial operations have commenced from the second train at BG Group’s Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG) plant. QGC,
 BG Group’s Australian subsidiary, has also assumed control of Train 2 from Bechtel Australia, which built the facility. The company now has full control of both LNG trains and associated facilities at QCLNG. “As we assume full control Read More

Taskforce tackles north-west slump

Looking south east over the Black Star Open Cut pit towards Xstrata Mount Isa Mines surface infrastructure and the city of Mount Isa

Looking over the Black Star Open Cut pit towards Mount Isa Mines surface infrastructure and the city of Mount Isa   Government and industry are teaming up to tackle the impact of the current commodity price slump on north-west Queensland communities. Announcing a north-west minerals province taskforce, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said her government was committed Read More

Investment ‘hound’ seeks out mining funds

Queensland is to get its first resources investment commissioner to match-make international investors and finance-hungry miners and explorers. State Development and Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the new commissioner would be dedicated to winning investment capital for the state’s miners, explorers and mining technology companies. “This will be Queensland’s first dedicated Read More

ACCC green light for BG Group takeover

Curtis Island off Gladstone

Curtis Island   A planned $98 billion takeover of BG Group by Royal Dutch Shell has been given the thumbs up by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) – leaving just two more regulatory hurdles to be cleared for the mega-deal to go through. Under the deal, Shell is set to become the world’s Read More

Uk to close all coal-fired power stations by 2025


Photo: Syvinski The British Government will close all coal-fired power stations by 2025 and restrict their use by 2023. In a speech to the UK Institution of Civil Engineers, energy secretary Amber Rudd said the country’s energy needs could be sustained with gas, nuclear and, if the cost comes down, offshore wind. “Many decades of engineering Read More

Townsville is top of the ports

Dr Kate McLean - Project Engineer │ Ranee Crosby,  Chief Executive Officer │ Esther Slocombe, Company Secretary & Legal Counsel

Dr Kate McLean - project engineer,  Ranee Crosby,  chief executive officer & Esther Slocombe, company secretary  Townsville has won its second grand final of the year after the Port of Townsville was awarded the coveted “Svitzer Australia Port or Terminal of the Year Award” at the Lloyd’s List Australian Maritime and Shipping Awards in Sydney. Read More

Power station maintenance shuts roll through Queensland

Unloading of HV protection equipment during W2 overhaul Sept 2015

(Unloading of HV protection equipment during W2 overhaul Sept 2015)   A $5.2 million overhaul wrapped up recently at the Wivenhoe Power Station near Brisbane as CS Energy continues a $71.4 million program of maintenance shutdowns this financial year. Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems was the major contractor for the two-month overhaul, with additional contractors carrying Read More

QGC and Ostwald Bros receive national recognition


Ostwald Bros chief executive officer, Brendan Ostwald   Dalby-based companies Ostwald Bros and QGC have received national recognition for a jointly operated training program. The Ostwald Bros/QGC Partnership was announced as the winner of the 2015 Training, Education and Development Award at this year’s Australian Supply Chain and Logistics (ASCL) Awards. The award was for the Plant Read More

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