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Qld refutes claims it will fund access road to Carmichael mine

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     7th June 2018 The Queensland government has denied reports that it is planning to fund up to A$100-million to build an access road for Adani’s Carmichael coal mine. “There are currently no proposals about roads and Adani being considered by the government,” Queensland Mines and Energy Minister Dr Anthony... 

Qld calls for public opinion on old mines

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     31st May 2018 The Queensland government has released the Abandoned Mines discussion paper, calling on public input on how to manage old mine sites. Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham noted that from the gold rush of the late 1800s to the earliest days of coal, zinc, copper and lead, Queensland has a rich mining... 

Santos announces A$400m Gladstone LNG investment

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     31st May 2018 Oil and gas major Santos and its joint venture partners in the Gladstone liquefied natural gas (GLNG) project, will invest more than A$400-million on the 137-well Arcadia gas project, in the Bowen basin. Santos said on Thursday that the A$400-million Arcadia investment was in addition to the... 

Qld urges action around North West tender

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th May 2018 The Queensland government has urged explorers to bid to explore the North West minerals province, before the latest exploration tender closes on May 24. The tender area covers more than 10 000 km2 of the state’s north west. 

Metro ships first bauxite from mine in north Queensland

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     7th May 2018 ASX-listed Metro Mining has shipped its first 62 000 t of bauxite from the Bauxite Hills mine, in Queensland. The maiden shipment is due for delivery to Chinese integrated aluminium company Xinfa Group, which has a four-year binding agreement with Metro, for the offtake of one-million tonnes in... 

Qld opens coal exploration acreage

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     3rd May 2018 The Queensland state government has opened up more than 540 km2 of acreage in the Bowen, Surat and Galilee basis for coal exploration tender. “This exploration tender is about opportunity for the next wave of investment in a sector that sustains one in eight Queensland jobs and provides billions... 

Santos delivers Scotia project 16% under budget

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     26th April 2018 ASX-listed Santos has completed the commissioning and start up of its $400-million Scotia project, in the Bowen basin of Queensland. The company told shareholders that the project was completed ahead of schedule and under budget, with initial full field production exceeding 40 TJ/d, in line... 

Queensland awards Santos exploration rights near Injune

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th April 2018 Oil and gas major Santos and its Gladstone liquefied natural gas (GLNG) partners have been granted the rights to explore for gas near Injune, in Queensland. Queensland Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said Santos and its joint venture (JV) partners Total, Petronas, Kogas and Australia Pacific... 

Senex granted approvals for project to supply gas-strapped east coast

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     29th March 2018 The Queensland government has granted ASX-listed Senex Energy a petroleum lease and preliminary environmental approvals to develop Project Atlas, to supply gas to the domestic market. Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the grant of Senex’s petroleum lease in the... 

Qld opens North West for exploration

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     28th March 2018 The Queensland government has opened up more than 1 000 km2 in the state’s North West minerals province for exploration. Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham on Wednesday announced the release of four areas totalling 1 100 km2 via competitive tender as part of Queensland’s annual exploration programme. 

Qld grants exploration rights between Middlemount and Blackwater

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     22nd March 2018 The Queensland state government has awarded Metroof Minerals and Sojitz Coal exploration rights to a total of about 13 100 ha between Middlemount and Blackwater, to explore for coal. Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said on Thursday that awarding the tenders was another positive result from the... 

Santos launches $750m Queensland gas project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th February 2018 Domestic gas supply and regional jobs in Queensland are set to gain considerably with Santos GLNG investing $900-million in upstream gas developments in Maranoa, Western Downs, Central Highlands and Banana this year. As well as upstream developments around the Fairview, Scotia and Arcadia... 

Arrow and QCLNG announce major gas deal

By: Mariaan Webb     1st December 2017 Multinational oil and gas major Shell and its joint venture (JV) partner PetroChina have approved a major gas supply deal that will bring to market Arrow Energy’s significant gas reserves in the Surat basin of Queensland. The JV partners have approved a 27-year deal between Arrow and Queensland... 

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... 

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