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Minnovo to design Dugald River processing plant.

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MMG has announced that Perth-based company Minnovo will carry out the final and detailed design engineering of the Dugald River processing plant and other infrastructure. Minnovo describes itself as an engineering services provider formed and managed by a group of experienced engineering professionals. The team has extensive and successful backgrounds in the design and construction Read More

Minerals beat champagne in the margin

Champagne Coal

From our friends at Suncorp. This morning’s update shows how well resources houses are doing, even compared to luxury goods. This is in spite of low commodity prices. “…margins enjoyed by Australian-based miners are the envy of luxury goods producers such as Christian Dior and Hermes. Rio’s earnings before tax, interest, amortisation and depreciation (EBITDA), were Read More

ABC program on coal - past, present: future?

Coal produced at the Kestrel Mine Extension project being stockpiled

The Adani Carmichael project and recent moves to facilitate mining in New South Wales near prime farming land are pivotal issues in this program. It questions whether the social, economic and environmental drivers are there to support the coal industry into coming decades. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/rearvision/coal-a-dirt-habit-or-miracle-rock/6765318  

Arrow plant steps on the gas

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Cranes being readied to lift a compressor skid from its transport trailer at the Daandine site. Three new compressors are being added to Arrow’s Daandine central gas processing facility in the Surat Basin as part of a major plant and gasfields expansion project to increase local capacity. The compressor packages, each weighing about 250 tonnes, Read More

Water achievers lauded

AWA Qld Water Awards winners (2)

Winners and attendees celebrate at the Australian Water Association’s 2015 Queensland Water Awards gala dinner.   Northern engineers have featured prominently in the recent Australian Water Association Queensland awards. Dave Brooker from Mackay Regional Council took out the Water Professional of the Year and Rob Saunders from the Townsville office of GHD won the Queensland Read More

Moranbah mine gets a new life

Move hailed by local industry as a positive signal for the coal sector. Stanmore Coal has issued a tender for contract mining and processing plant operations at its newly acquired Isaac Plains Mine, 7km east of Moranbah. The company plans to restart the mothballed site in the first half of 2016 after purchasing it from Read More

More power to overhaul work

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The Callide Unit B1 HP turbine rotor was the focus of recent shutdown work. CS Energy plans to spend $71.4 million on overhaul projects at its power stations across Queensland this financial year. CS Energy chief executive officer Martin Moore said this budgeted expenditure reflected the company’s commitment to the safe, reliable and efficient operation Read More

Nominees announced for Gladstone awards

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  The nominees have been announced for the Gladstone Engineering Alliance Industry awards. Mark Whitmore, Cliff Pugh and Steve Kelly from XPort Plumbing, Dan Madden from Prime Rentals and Vern Elms from Ezi Communications are up for the Forty Calis Memorial Award. The Forty Calis Memorial Award recognises the achievements of an individual who has demonstrated an entrepreneurial Read More

Major Bruce Highway design upgrade awarded

Bruce Highway flooded

(The Bruce Highway north of Townsville in flood)   AECOM has been appointed to carry out the detailed design of the $174 million upgrade to Cattle and Frances Creeks crossings on the Bruce Highway north of Townsville. The Cattle and Frances Creeks upgrade project will play an important role in improving flood immunity and safety Read More

The Buzz [Sept edition] - wrap on the Carmichael project

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(The Yakka skink) Adani’s plans for a $16 billion coal mine have been hogging the headlines nationwide in a skirmish that started with a skink and a snake. It has since turned into a federal battle over the scope of the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Act. Approval for the Carmichael Mine was set aside in Read More

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