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Selling More to the Australian Mining and Energy Sectors May 2013

If you are waiting for the election to finish, the economy to expand, the heavens to open up, the price of coal or iron ore to jump…. do not wait, there are things you can and cannot control – how you find opportunities and make them real is what you can control.

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The Vic Govt has announced it will spend $31.7M over the next four years on programs designed to build and sustain its mining industry.

Carpentaria Exploration has signed a new JV agreement with Pure Metals over its Hawsons iron project, in NSW.

IMX Resources‘ Mt Woods magnetite project, in South Australia, has found that a capital investment of some $294.6M would be required for a 2.5Mtpa operation.

Fairstar Resources announced that it had secured A$260M in funding to develop its Steeple Hill project, in WA. The funding agreement accounted for some 80% of the capital requirement to develop the iron-ore mine.

Centrex Metals has been granted the mining rights to the Gundaroo gold/base metals project, in NSW.

GVK Hancock Coal has appointed Thiess as preferred mine operations contractor for its $10bn Alpha thermal coal project

GlencoreXstrata’s $360M expansion plans for its McArthur River mine have been given the green light by the NT Govt.

Cockatoo Coal has sold its stake in Hume Coal, making Korean steel company POSCO the sole owner of the Southern Highlands coal project.

China National Offshore Oil Corporation pledging ‘significant funding’ to gather speed on a multi-billion dollar joint project with Altona Energy in the state’s north.

Rex Minerals has signed a non-binding agreement with Chinese company NFC to finance 70% of the cost to construct its Hillside copper and gold mine near Androssan on the Yorke Peninsula. Rex Minerals will subcontract it out to NFC’s Australian partner Arccon. It hopes to start construction in the first six months of 2014

GVK group’s has received environmental clearance for second Australian coal mine,$4.2B Kevin’s Corner mine, from the Qld Govt Coordinator General.

Queensland Nickel would invest some A$1B in an infrastructure upgrade for its Yabulu refinery to include the construction of new plant facilities, railway, and a tailings treatment facility.

Wesfarmers said it was considering expanding its Australian coal port capacity

Adani Mining has applied for an environmental assessment from the federal government of a 300km rail line from Galilee Basin to Abbot Point Coal Terminal as it pushes ahead to develop its Carmichael coal mine

Alkane Resources’ Tomingley mine is well under way. Earthworks have begun, after the company was awarded a mining lease for the $116M gold project in February.

Carabella Resources would launch a feasibility study for its Bluff coal project, in Central Queensland, after successfully completing a concept study

Aquila Resources Anketell Point port project has been approved  by Fed Govt.

Rio Tinto is looking at a 360Mtpa Pilbara iron ore export rate, hinting it will double the size of its Western Turner Syncline hub to 32mtpa.

Iron ore exports from Port Hedland rose 4% in April as shipments to Taiwan more than double.

Data from the China Iron & Steel Association showed that China’s average daily crude steel output hit a new all time record high of 2.129Mt over April.

Boulder Steel’s  Gladstone USD$4B steel plant is expecting a response to its environmental impact statement any day now. Boulder said that decision, along with final investment, could clear the way for construction to start, within 18 months. (mmmmm – this project is still hanging in there)

Eastern Iron has announced that it will be continuing to contract the services of Engenium for a definitive feasibility study on the Nowa Nowa iron ore project.

Ferrowest has entered into a JV agreement with Arafura Resources for the Yalyirimbi iron ore project.

Mutiny Gold is gearing up for construction at its Deflector gold/copper processing plant in July 2013. The project received its final WA Govt approval.

Atlas Iron will make a final decision on whether to build a new mine in the Pilbara by the end of next month confirming it had received final government approvals.

Centennial Coal is moving forward with a number of projects aimed at increasing production from its Springvale mine near Lithgow.

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LNG Energy News

AGL negotiates with shortlisted tenderers for Silverton Windfarm 1,000MW project.
The Ararat 250MW windfarm, which was proposed by Renewable Energy Systems, has obtained all the needed permits.
The Melbourne Airport Trigeneration Plant is an 8MW project is currently in the final design phase, and it is awaiting permits from the board to proceed with construction on the site.

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Aimex Supplier News

Veolia Environnement won a water treatment contract worth as much as A$800M for BG Group’s  Curtis LNG project

Viento Contracting Services has won a $15.4M Fortescue Metals Group contract to build a tailings storage facility for the Solomon iron ore project.

Osmoflo has won a $12M contract to design, manufacture and commission water conditioning and desalination facilities for Xstrata Coal.

Forge Group wins $290M EPC Contract for Dugald River Zinc Concentrator

ATCO Structures and Logistics has won a $100M contract with Bechtel for the design, manufacture, transport and installation of modular units for the Wheatstone project.

Decmil Group has been awarded by Atlas Iron – Altura Mining an accommodation project for the Mount Webber Mine

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All information contained in this blog derives from information available within the public domain. SG Partners/Michael Lang take no responsibility for information that may be incorrect at time of collation. Where statements/editorials are made it is on the bases of pure speculation and no malice is intended.


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One thought on “Selling More to the Australian Mining and Energy Sectors May 2013

  1. Pete K on said:

    You are correct Michael, even though mining sector is off the boil, it is not collapsing. Companies are still purchasing and projects are still progressing.

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