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Surat Basin Expo accentuates the positive

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The organisers of the Surat Basin Mining and Energy Expo are talking up the economy in the lead up to the 2015 event held over Wednesday and Thursday this week. It’s the fifth year Australian Events has invested in the expo to be held at Toowoomba Showgrounds. There was plenty to back a ‘glass half Read More

Surat Basin workforce projections

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The number of non-resident workers in the Western Downs grew by 354 per cent between 2011 and 2014. The Western Downs will be the largest non-resident population hub in the Surat Basin by 2021 according to a new report. The Surat Basin Population Report, 2014 shows the Western Downs will also continue to account for Read More

Wastewater upgrade

Work has kicked off on a $9 million upgrade of the Pittsworth Wastewater Treatment Plant, south-west of Toowoomba. Toowoomba Regional Council has allocated $56 million for water and wastewater capital works projects this financial year, with the Pittsworth project replacing a facility built in the 1970s. TRC waste portfolio spokesperson Cr Nancy Sommerfield said contractors Read More

Regional airports remain viable

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Chinchilla Aerodrome is set to get a $4m airstrip rehabilitation. Airport development in the Surat Basin is moving ahead despite a drop in traffic. Throughout the first 12 months of operation Miles airport saw 110,000 passengers travel through its doors and on its busiest days up to 26 flights took off and touched down on Read More

Bid for miners memorial

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A Moura community group is engaged in a last-ditch bid to raise enough funds to have a major miners’ memorial ready to mark the 40th anniversary of the Kianga disaster. The $535,000 project will honour those killed in three mass disasters on the Moura-Kianga coalfields as well as individual miners killed in accidents since 1961. Read More

Good news for the coal industry - Blast-off for Byerwen

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Tenders will start going out this month for work on the $1.7 billion Byerwen coal mine, 20km west of Glenden in central Queensland. Construction is scheduled to start by the end of the year at the hard coking coal project, being developed by QCoal Group and JFE Steel. “The rail and electrical work packages are Read More

The Australian oil and gas industry’s shaky start

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The Lander rig at Orallo. More than 100 years ago a search for water pushed the small Queensland town of Roma into an unexpected boom and saw the birth of Australia’s oil and gas industries. In 1900 the town began drilling a well named QG No.2 (QG No.1 had been unsuccessful) as a solution to Read More

US spy who tried to wrest control

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The ‘heavies’ at Landers No1 well at Orallo. Back row - Tom Wilson and John Machado. Front Row - R.E Allen and Clarence Evans. The year was 1924 when an undercover American geologist managed to weed his way onto an Australian oil drilling project on the outskirts of Roma with the intention of leaking information Read More

Roma Mineral Oil fired

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An old postcard depicting the 1908 fire. It was 1908 when an attempt to strike oil on Hospital Hill in Roma led to a fire that burned for close to six weeks. A few years earlier in 1905 a local group of businessmen in Roma, including several aldermen of the Roma Town Council, considered that Read More

Peabody reduces coal production

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Peabody Energy is holding its reserves in reserve until the market changes. The US company announced that it is cutting metallurgical coal production at the North Goonyella Mine by 1.524 million tonnes a year. The deposit is described as high-quality coking coal and production will be reduced until conditions change. It’ll mean a reduction in Read More

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