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Mineral exploration in the NT

In recent months, mineral exploration in the Northern Territory (NT) has more than rebounded from its long-term downturn. For many years the region’s strong pipeline of mining projects were held back by low commodity prices, but with the upturn, many are now progressing strongly through the environmental approvals process. Expenditure figures are also pointing to…

5 Jul 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Mining & Resources

Staying ahead of developments in the Chinese coal industry

China’s wavering supply and demand trends have left Australian coal suppliers grappling with a moving production target in the years ahead. With this in mind we spoke with consulting firm CRU’s Head of Australia, Alex Tonks, ahead of the Australian Coal Conference - 16-17 August, Sydney to get some clarity on the very latest developments occurring…

2 Jul 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Energy & Utilities | Mining & Resources

Looming glut in LNG or supply shortfalls?

The last few years have written a somewhat depressing narrative for the LNG industry, with price-cuts, layoffs and untold balance sheet damage. But shifting environmental policy in China is now creating significant demand for gas, which may well alter market sentiments and indicate a more positive outlook in the years ahead. That is, providing demand…

21 Jun 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Banking & Finance | Mining & Resources

Is the current coal boom sustainable – and how should industry respond?

It has been a tumultuous few years for the coal mining industry. On the one extreme, record price surges, broadening import markets and increased global demand have boosted investor confidence and been cause for industry-wide celebration. On the other, railway disruptions, severed balance sheets and a blighted talent pool (post bust) have stunted supply chain…

13 Jun 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Mining & Resources

Australian coal prices reach six year high

Increased demand for electricity in China has prompted thermal coal prices to reach a six year high in recent days - almost double the lowest commodity rate of 2016. Meanwhile, the New South Wales government is forecasting $1.8 billion in mining revenue for the 2018 financial year (more than 90 per cent of which will…

8 Jun 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Mining & Resources

Strength in a collective voice for the Global Zircon industry

As with many commodities Zircon and its derivatives are faced with a number of threats from thrifting and substitution, as well as increasing regulatory demands. In 2012 the Zircon Industry Association (ZIA) was conceived with an aim to bring to together the global industry and use the power of a collective voice to respond to…

12 Jan 2017, by Thomas Beauchamp

Mining & Resources

Research, testing & training: A view of combustible dust from the laboratory

As a preview to the upcoming Dust Explosions Conference in Brisbane on the 17-18 October, Research Scientist, Dr Fiona Clarkson, from the Department of Natural Resources and Mines recently took a break from some bespoke explosion testing at Simtars' laboratory to give us an insight into the exciting and specialist world of combustible dust. How…

7 Oct 2016, by test test

Mining & Resources

What did we learn at #SEAAOC16?

There was a distinct buzz surrounding the 22nd South East Asia Australia Offshore and Onshore Conference gathering this September. It wasn’t surprising given that 750 industry executives gathered in Darwin as a newly elected Northern Territory Government were two weeks into taking the reins. Those that attended and made the journey to Darwin were rewarded with the…

29 Sep 2016, by test test

Mining & Resources

Mining the Territory 2016: Building foundations for growth

Great achievements and exciting projects are taking place in the Northern Territory within the mining and exploration sector. On 15th September, the 10th Anniversary Mining the Territory Conference successfully closed its curtains. For two days, delegates of the conference gathered at the Darwin Convention Centre, discussed and explored the current and future opportunities in the Northern…

24 Sep 2016, by test test

Mining & Resources | Planning & Design | Technology

Dust explosions in Europe: A preview of new trends and legislation for improving safety

While the scientific properties and risks of dust explosions are global, Europe remains a leader in standardising regulations for industrial hazards. Given that Europe is also the manufacturing origin of many design parts used in Australasian processing facilities and storage plants, we were delighted to have Gerard van Laar, Senior Consulting Scientist at Inburex (Germany) join…

31 Aug 2016, by test test
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