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Feb 25, 2021
BHP crowd-sources solution to a pressing problem

BHP crowd-sources solution to a pressing problem

Jord International has been awarded the first contract under the BHP Supplier Innovation Program Challenge after coming up with a safety solution for the Caval Ridge mine wash plant. The fixed plant maintenance team at Caval Ridge, near Moranbah, was looking for a safer way to perform maintenance on the filter presses that remove moisture from coal rejects at the wash plant. BHP group procu...

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Feb 23, 2021
Suppliers urged to speak up on ‘anti-resources activism’

Suppliers urged to speak up on ‘anti-resources activism’

The Queensland Resources Council is urging businesses supplying the mining sector to have their say in an inquiry into the impact of recent banking and insurance policy changes on export industries. The QRC plans to highlight the impact of ‘anti-resources activism’ on the ability of some businesses to renew insurance policies and their ability to access finance. This will be part of its sub...

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Feb 22, 2021
Coal miners ‘rattled’ after another gas event

Coal miners ‘rattled’ after another gas event

The withdrawal of workers from Moranbah North is the latest in a series of events that has left Queensland underground coal miners rattled, a key union says. Operations have been suspended at Moranbah North after mine management identified carbon monoxide and ethylene gas levels in the gas monitoring system, pointing to indicated a potential spontaneous heating in the longwall panel. CFMEU...

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Feb 22, 2021
Training opportunities with  BMA

Training opportunities with BMA

BMA is recruiting for 67 trainees in its Bowen Basin operations as it welcomes 60 new apprentices to the fold. “We take great pride in training members of our community to become part of our team,” BMA asset president James Palmer said. “During a challenging time for our industry, we’re creating more than 120 jobs that provide a pathway to a career in mining...

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Feb 22, 2021
Mining suspended at Moranbah North

Mining suspended at Moranbah North

Experts are continuing assessments to pinpoint the cause of an event which prompted Anglo American to evacuate workers from its Moranbah North underground coal mine at the weekend. The company said elevated levels of some gases in the goaf had triggered the withdrawal of workers from the longwall operation as a safety precaution. “At the time of the incident, we had been mining throug...

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Feb 22, 2021
Nominations open for key Mackay industry awards

Nominations open for key Mackay industry awards

METS sector companies across the Mackay region are encouraged to nominate for the upcoming 2021 Resource Industry Network (RIN) Awards. Nominations officially opened this week (February 22) and RIN is urging businesses to take the time to prepare their nominations for the categories on offer. RIN general manager Dean Kirkwood says this year’s event is even more reason to celebrate given the...

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Feb 19, 2021
Queensland exploration riding high

Queensland exploration riding high

Strong commodity prices are expected to help fuel a continued climb in exploration spending in Queensland, after a 77 per cent rise in the past three years, a peak group says. Queensland Exploration Council chair Kim Wainwright said exploration expenditure in the state had been robust over most of the past 10 years, apart from a drop in 2015-17, but had been on a steep upwards trajectory sinc...

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Feb 19, 2021
National strategy to help boost resource workforce

National strategy to help boost resource workforce

Ensuring that people living in regional communities are ready for work opportunities in the resource sector is a major focus of a new national strategy. The Federal Government released Australia’s National Resources Workforce Strategy this week, highlighting the need to make sure Australia has the skilled workers needed to meet future demand. Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Austr...

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Feb 17, 2021
Coal down but not out in BHP half-year wrap

Coal down but not out in BHP half-year wrap

BHP’s coal operations saw a $US1.1 billion ($AU1.4 billion) reversal in fortunes in the half-year result released this week, to make a $US201 million ($AU260 million) loss. The hit was mainly down to an underlying loss of $US180 million (EBITDA) from NSW thermal coal, while Queensland coal operations made an underlying EBITDA in the black at $US59 million. BHP reported good progress in the...

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