Strong demand for coal, bauxite, copper and zinc and other commodities form the building blocks of Australia’s modern societies.
Exploration & development
Significant steps have been made towards a pilot-scale test facility for creating a more effective way to harvest rare earth elements from coal ash.
The bill, passed by the US Congress, includes funds to be spent on research and development of the beneficiation and separation of rare earth element resources from coal processing by-products.
Miniaturised laser technology may be key to characterising domestic sources of rare earths in sources, such as coal and coal-related by-products.
NETL research projects and strategic partnerships are underway, which focus on recovering rare earth elements from domestic coal and coal-related by-products.
US District Judge gives Trump until late 2019 to investigate mining cutbacks in top coal producing regions, in order to fight climate change.
Resources account for about 80% of Queensland’s exports and over the last two years the sector has benefitted from elevated prices and a strong tailwind from larger volumes.
The CoalLog standard improves the efficiency of collection and transfer of Australian coal exploration data and provides a basis for easier data analysis and training.
Works include mine planning, drill and blast, overburden removal and coal mining at the Northern Hub, which produces hard metallurgical and thermal coal.
Kibo Mining Plc (Kibo) signs a joint venture agreement with Mozambique energy companyTermoeléctrica de Benga S.A. for its participation in the further assessment and potential development of the Benga Independent Power Project (BIPP).
Exploration is an important indicator of confidence in the resources sector, and greenfield exploration demonstrates the sector’s willingness to explore for larger deposits, QRC states.
The Palaszczuk Government’s announcement to explore calling tenders to explore further coal development for export, steel production and electricity generation has been welcomed by the Queensland Resources Council.