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Nov 21, 2020
Aquila on track for longwall production in early 2022

Aquila on track for longwall production in early 2022

About 500 people are at work on Anglo American’s Aquila project as it heads towards first longwall production of hard coking coal in early 2022. Aquila will extend the life of the Capcoal underground operations near Middlemount by six years and continue to utilise infrastructure at the complex as the Grasstree mine approaches end of life. Anglo American has awarded nearly $200 millio...

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Nov 21, 2020
Details of Mackay coal terminal float revealed 

Details of Mackay coal terminal float revealed 

Mackay’s Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal business will be listed on the stock exchange next month under Dalrymple Bay Infrastructure, with a market value of more than $1.2 billion. The prospectus for the float was released yesterday, with start of trading on the ASX expected on December 8. It is expected to be be one of the largest infrastructure listings in 10 years. The offer price w...

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Nov 20, 2020
Maintenance group to boost  capacity with $5m workshop

Maintenance group to boost capacity with $5m workshop

Field Mining Services Group is flying in the face of the coal downturn with plans for a new $5 million workshop in Paget, Mackay. It is a case of the group outgrowing the capabilities of its current Paget premises, where the major mining maintenance contractor has undertaken workshop activity for the past 13 years. Chief operating officer Jason Holt expected it would invest a further $500,...

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Nov 20, 2020
Safety and health focus in automation research

Safety and health focus in automation research

BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) and Whitehaven Coal are stumping up more than half a million dollars for University of Queensland research on automation in the mining industry. The funding will support several projects as part of the Human Aspects of Mining Automation research program developed by the Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) and involving researchers from across UQ. The institute...

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Nov 20, 2020
Bright bucket to spark mental health awareness

Bright bucket to spark mental health awareness

Mackay-based heavy engineering and fabrication company Mainetec has created a 49-cubic-metre conversation starter with this Hulk excavator bucket manufactured to suit a Liebherr 9800 excavator. Mainetec said it had worked with CR, who supplied the cast lip for the build, to support the TIACS Foundation with the bucket. TIACS stands for This is a Conversation Starter and is known for its...

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Nov 20, 2020
Hair today, gone tomorrow as mullet sacrifice pays off

Hair today, gone tomorrow as mullet sacrifice pays off

Saying goodbye to one magnificent mullet has seen graduate mining engineer Flynn Malnic raise more than $18,000 for the Cancer Council. Colleagues at Carborough Downs underground mine supported Mr Malnic when he decided to organise the head shave help Queenslanders with cancer. Thanks in part to the eagerness of the team at Carborough Downs to get involved, Mr Malnic raised $9128 through th...

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Nov 19, 2020
MACA brings in receivers over Bluff bills

MACA brings in receivers over Bluff bills

Mining contractor MACA says it has appointed receiver managers over the accounts of Bluff coal mine owner Carabella Resources over money it is owed. It comes after the company announced late last month that the Bluff PCI mine, 20km east of Blackwater, was being placed on care and maintenance amid soft coal prices and uncertainty over Chinese imports. It said it that stage that the par...

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Nov 19, 2020
A brief history of coal mining

A brief history of coal mining

Did you know that Taronga Park Zoo was the site of a proposed coal mine? Or that coal was first mined in Ipswich in 1825. This from Geoscience Australia. The earliest recognized use of coal is from the Shenyang area of China around 4000 BC where black lignite was carved into ornaments. Coal from the Fushun mine in north-eastern China was used to smelt copper as early as 1000 BC. Marco Polo...

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Nov 17, 2020
Mental health support for business owners

Mental health support for business owners

Greater Whitsunday Alliance (GW3) is encouraging small business owners who may be struggling after a tough year to take advantage of the extended MIW Business Wellbeing Service. The MIW Business Wellbeing Service provides free mental health support to Mackay Isaac Whitsunday small business owners. “As we move towards the end of the year it is a season that is difficult and stressful for m...

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