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Qld releases more exploration acreage

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th October 2017 The Queensland government will release more than 19 000 km2 of land for gas exploration as part of its annual exploration programme, Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said on Wednesday. The gas generated from these exploration tenements will be used to power local... 

Appea calls for clarity on Pristine Rivers legislation

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     29th September 2017 The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) has called on the Queensland government to clarify its position on natural gas development in the Cooper basin, after reports emerged that the government could be considering environmental legislation to protect rivers.... 

Townsville port expansion moves ahead

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     29th September 2017 The A$1.6-billion expansion of Australia’s largest lead and copper export port in Townsville, Queensland, has been approved by the state’s Coordinator-General. The 30-year development plan includes four key elements, including capital dredging of some 11.48-million cubic metres of sediment to... 

Qld resource sector worth upwards of A$20bn

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     28th September 2017 The Queensland state government on Thursday said that it was working to provide a more systematic process to release resource exploration tenders in the state. The yearly exploration programme identifies the exploration areas and timing of release, as well as the government’s priorities for the... 

Looming east coast shortage sparks war of words over Australian gas

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     27th September 2017 The Victorian and New South Wales state governments have hit back at claims made by Premier Malcolm Turnbull that the state governments are failing to develop available gas resources, exacerbating the looming gas shortage faced by the Australian east coast. Turnbull this week urged the New South... 

Northern gas pipeline project, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     22nd September 2017 The first sod has been turned at the Northern gas pipeline project. 

First sod turned on A$800m Northern gas pipeline

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th September 2017 Queensland State Development and Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham has turned the first sod at the A$800-million Northern gas pipeline. The 622-km pipeline, being developed by Jemena, will link Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory to Mount Isa, in Queensland, with first... 

Qld pumps A$25m into coal health and safety

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     8th September 2017 The Queensland government on Friday announced a A$25-million investment over the next two years to deliver more reforms aimed at protecting the health and safety of the state’s coal workers. In tabling the government’s response to the second Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis Select Committee report,... 

New Queensland mines legislation provides for civil penalties

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     7th September 2017 The Queensland government has introduced new legislation to impose penalties on mine operators that fail to keep workers safe. Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said on Thursday that the Mines Legislation (Resources Safety) Amendment Bill, introduced to Parliament, would... 

Qld releases more gas acreage

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th September 2017 The Queensland government has opened a further 400 km2 of prospective land in the Surat and Bowen basins for tender, following a successful pilot project. The state government earlier this week awarded ASX-listed Senex Energy 58 km2 of tenements in the Surat basin coal seam gas acreage, to... 

Qld set to award Surat basin lease to Senex for domestic gas supply

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th September 2017 The Queensland government has tipped ASX-listed Senex Energy as the preferred tenderer for a petroleum lease in the Surat basin, to supply gas to the domestic market. Senex has been awarded 58 km2 of tenements in the Surat basin coal seam gas acreage, which hosts an estimated recoverable gas... 

Queensland grants Metro leases for Bauxite Hills mine development

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     29th August 2017 The Queensland government has granted ASX-listed Metro Mining three mining leases over its Bauxite Hills mine. Minister for State Development and Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham said the granted leases were critical for the A$35.8-million bauxite mine project to proceed into... 

Queensland bans underground coal gasification

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     28th August 2017 Underground coal gasification (UCG) has officially been banned in Queensland after the state Parliament last week passed legislation to that effect. Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the risks that UCG posed outweighed any potential positives. 

Queensland’s ‘game changer’ exploration grant welcomed

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th August 2017 The Queensland government has opened its coffers for explorers looking for mineral discoveries in the North West region of the state. Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said on Monday that explorers wanting to work in the North West minerals province had until September 29 to... 

Anglo, Glencore coal mines warned over dust levels

By: Mariaan Webb     11th August 2017 Queensland has warned multinational miners Anglo American and Glencore about dust levels in their coal mines and has said that operations that fail to comply with legislation will be closed. In a rare move, Queensland Mines Minister Anthony Lynham named the two companies in Parliament on... 

Blueprint for Queensland’s North West minerals province welcomed

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th July 2017 The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) has welcomed the Queensland government’s release of a blueprint for the North West minerals province, which contains a suite of actions to secure the long-term future of the minerals-rich region. The strategic blueprint leverages... 

Qld supports METS sector

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th July 2017 The Queensland state government has outlined plans to grow the states mining technology sector, with the aim of creating 3 000 additional jobs over the next ten years. State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham released a ten-year action plan to make the state’s existing A$7-billion mining... 

Queensland underground coal mine dust levels now online

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th June 2017 Dust monitoring results from Queensland’s underground coal mines are now available online for the first time. Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said on Friday the results – found on the Department of Natural Resources and Mines website – would be published quarterly as part... 

Qld budgets A$27m for North West gas, minerals exploration

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th June 2017 The Queensland government has set aside A$27-million in its latest state budget to fund the next generation of projects in the state’s north-west region. Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham said the funds would be invested over four years to expand resource exploration and... 

Qld to help METS sector, turn ‘good ideas into commercial products’

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     30th May 2017 Queensland’s mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector has been invited to apply for the state government’s dedicated late-stage industry accelerator programme, which aims to fast-track innovation in the market. “Delivering the accelerator and other programmes that will drive METS... 

Queensland coal mining jobs growing again

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd May 2017 Stronger commodity prices have resulted in an increase in the number of jobs in the coal exploration sector, with new data from the Queensland government revealing that employment in the sector had grown by more than 3 000 in the six months to November. “Coal mining jobs are up 9% to 22 000 and... 

Qld seeks to improve black lung screening with new standards

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th May 2017 The Queensland government has introduced new accreditation standards for people conducting the compulsory lung function test on the state’s 30 000 coal miners, as part of its reform to tackle black lung disease. “The new standards will ensure quality tests, so if a coal mine worker has lung... 

More land released for oil and gas exploration

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th May 2017 The Australian government has announced that 21 new areas in commonwealth waters will be made available for oil and gas exploration through the 2017 Offshore Petroleum Exploration Acreage Release. The areas sit across eight basins in commonwealth waters off the Northern Territory, Tasmania,... 

MMG starts staffing Dugald River

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th May 2017 Metals miner MMG has started the recruitment process for its A$1.4-billion Dugald River zinc project, in Queensland, which is expected to start production in the first half of 2018. State Development and Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham welcomed the boon for local jobs in... 

Qld proposes changes to Gasfields Commission

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th May 2017 The Queensland government on Wednesday introduced the Gasfields Commission and Other Legislation Amendment Bill to Parliament as part of a package of reforms to revamp the Gasfields Commission to better serve landholders, communities and the onshore gas industry during the next phase of gas... 

Construction to start at Byerwen coal project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     8th May 2017 Construction on the A$1.76-billion Byerwen coal project, in Queensland, should begin soon, after Australia's QCoal and Japan’s JFE Steel Corporation on Monday announced they had approved the development. The approval came after the Queensland state government last month granted mining leases to... 

Queensland unveils mine rehabilitation reforms

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th May 2017 The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (Amec) has welcomed the Queensland government’s proposed reforms on mine rehabilitation and financial bonds for mines. The proposed reforms are the most significant upgrades to the resource sector’s financial assurance and rehabilitation... 

New Hope gains Qld approval for Colton coal mine

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     4th May 2017 The Queensland government has granted mining lease approvals for the three tenements making up ASX-listed New Hope Corporation’s proposed A$300-million Colton coal mine. New Hope MD Shane Stephan on Thursday welcomed the development, saying the approval, which was provided after a thorough... 

Qld releases land for exploration bids in coal-rich Bowen basin

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     28th April 2017 The Queensland government has opened more than 270 km2 of land for bids from coal explorers. State Development and Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham on Friday announced tenders for four blocks in the Bowen basin, the first release of Queensland coal country in four years. 

Capricorn copper mine to reopen in October

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th April 2017 The Queensland government has granted the A$152-million Capricorn copper mine, near Mount Isa, prescribed status in order to assist in the restart of operations. The Capricorn mine, which was previously known as Mt Gordon, was sold to privately held Lighthouse Minerals and its joint venture (JV)... 

Queensland’s Lynham pitches pipelines funding proposal to federal govt

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th April 2017 The Queensland government has placed a proposal before the federal government seeking funding for new gas pipelines in exchange for Queensland gas resources. Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham over the weekend said that the package of initiatives was aimed at tackling the... 

Rare resources discovered in Queensland

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th April 2017 Queensland could likely play host to a number of rare minerals, as geologists have unearthed evidence suggesting the presence of platinum and gold as well as rare earth elements (REE). “This may be a whole new frontier for Queensland,” Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said... 

Adani facing stringent water use rules – Minister

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th April 2017 The Queensland state government has put in place financial and regulatory safeguards, as well as a stringent monitoring system to manage the water supply to the proposed Carmichael coal project. Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said project developer Adani had to provide the... 

Qld govt opens Olive Downs EIA for comment

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th April 2017 The Queensland government has opened the draft terms of the environmental-impact assessment for the proposed Olive Downs coal project for public comment. “This is the first step in a rigorous process for this mine proposal that could create more than 500 construction jobs a year over two years,”... 

Qld invests more in exploration

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th April 2017 The Association of Mining & Exploration Companies (AMEC) has welcomed the Queensland government’s announcement of a A$600 000 investment in exploration. Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham on Wednesday said seven mineral and resource companies had gained more than A$600 000 in... 

Qld govt increases support for mining equipment, services sector

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd March 2017 The Queensland government has announced plans for a new accelerated programme to benefit the state’s A$21-billion mining equipment, technology and services (Mets) sector. Minister for State Development Dr Anthony Lynham on Thursday said applications would soon open for the new accelerator... 

Qld steps up support in battle against black lung

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd March 2017 Queensland coal miners have been promised additional support from the state government, to battle the ongoing coal workers pneumoconiosis (CWP), or black lung, epidemic. Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace on Thursday said that since the reemergence of black lung, the Queensland state... 

Qld welcomes further investment in Surat basin

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     21st March 2017 The Queensland government has welcomed an announcement by oil and gas major Shell that the QGC joint venture (JV) would drill an additional 161 wells to expand operations in the Surat basin. Shell Australia on Tuesday said that the move would enable further supply to both domestic customers and... 

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