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Esmarie Iannucci


Esmarie Iannucci is Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor: Australasia for Mining Weekly.


Received BTech degree in Journalism from the Tshwane University of Technology

Rio readies for tax fight

2nd March 2021 Major Rio Tinto on Tuesday said that it would dispute an assessment by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), after the ATO issued the company with an amended assessment of A$359.4-million primary tax and A$47.1-million of interest. The assessment was in addition to the more than A$8.4-billion of... 

ASM eyes Korean plant start in 2022

2nd March 2021 A scoping study by ASX-listed Australian Strategic Materials (ASM) into an initial 5 200 t/y metals plant in Korea, has demonstrated the feasibility for the project. The company is hoping to independently produce key critical metals, focusing on rare earths, titanium and zirconium metals,... 

Lake Wells granted NAIF loan

2nd March 2021 The Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) has approved a A$140-million loan for the Lake Wells sulphate of potash (SOP) project being developed by ASX-listed Australian Potash. The loan facility will have a 17-year tenor, and would be subject to commercial and project conditions... 

CCS fund open for application

2nd March 2021 The federal government’s A$50-million Carbon Capture, Use and Storage Development Fund has officially been launched. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies are one of five priority areas for investment under the government’s Technology Investment Roadmap, said Minister for Energy and... 

Rio investing in Tom Price community

2nd March 2021 Major Rio Tinto has awarded some A$500-million worth of contracts to Western Australian and Pilbara Aboriginal businesses to support the latest development of its Greater Tom Price operations. The miner noted that construction of the Western Turner Syncline Phase 2 (WTS2) expansion started in... 

Exploration spend continues to grow - ABS

2nd March 2021 New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has shown that mineral exploration expenditure continued to grow in the December quarter. “Total Australian mineral exploration expenditure grew in every quarter in 2020, illustrating the strength of Australia’s mineral exploration... 

Work starts on Warrawoona

2nd March 2021 Site work has started at the Warrawoona gold project, in Western Australia. ASX-listed Calidus Resources on Tuesday reported that in parallel with the construction activity, the company was completing an integration study on the nearby Blue Spec gold deposit, that would assess the economics of... 

Lynas profits soar

26th February 2021 Rare earths miner Lynas has reported a significant increase in its net profits and revenues for the half year ended December, with record sales achieved in the December quarter. The ASX-listed miner on Friday reported that net profits for the interim period increased to A$40.6-million, up from... 

Aus emissions below Paris Agreement target

26th February 2021 Australia has recorded a 4.4%, or 23.3-million tonne decline in emissions in the year to September 2020, with emissions reaching 510.1-million tonnes, the federal government’s National Greenhouse Gas Inventory has shown. Australia’s emissions are now 19% below 2005 levels, which is the baseline... 

CFMEU calls for inquiry to include Moranbah North

26th February 2021 The Miners Union is calling on the Queensland government to make urgent changes to the ongoing Queensland Coal Board of Inquiry in light of events at Moranbah North coal mine. Miner Anglo American withdrew staff from the Moranbah North coal mine following changes in underground conditions, with... 

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