The top five mining stories last week

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Stay on top of the most read articles on the Australian Mining website over the past week, including an opportunity for further growth at Pilbara Minerals’ lithium site at Pilgangoora.

Pilbara Minerals gears up for stage three at Pilgangoora

Pilbara Minerals is on the hunt for offtake partners for stage three of the Pilgangoora lithium-tantalum project in Western Australia following the completion of a scoping study.

The company entered stage one commercial production at Pilgangoora, with a target of two million tonnes a year, at the start of April. Read more…

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WorleyParsons completes takeover of Jacobs resources division

WorleyParsons has acquired Jacobs Engineering’s energy, chemicals and resources division in a $US3.2 billion ($4.55 billion) deal.

The acquisition will create a merged business known as Worley, which employs a 57,600-strong workforce across 51 countries. Read more…

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Cameby Downs coal mine gets state nod for massive expansion

Yancoal Australia has received approval from the Queensland Government for its planned expansion of the Cameby Downs thermal coal mine.

The Darling Downs-based mine started production in 2010. Yancoal Australia manages the mine, which is operated by Syntech Resources, a subsidiary of Yancoal Australia shareholder Yanzhou Coal Mining Company. Read more…

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Rio Tinto increases focus on potential of Winu copper discovery

Rio Tinto plans to ramp up its assessment of the Winu copper-gold discovery in the far east Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Speaking at a Macquarie Australia conference in Sydney, group executive of growth and innovation Stephen McIntosh said the company needed to determine whether the project was of “Rio Tinto scale.” Read more…

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Wesfarmers targets lithium with Kidman Resources takeover bid

Wesfarmers’ hunt for access to metals needed for electric vehicles (EVs) has accelerated with a $776 million takeover offer for Australian lithium company, Kidman Resources.

The proposed acquisition would give Wesfarmers control of Kidman’s 50 per cent stake in the Mt Holland lithium project in Western Australia. Read more…

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