The top five mining stories last week

Stay on top of the most read articles on the Australian Mining website over the past week, including the approval of a major mine development in Queensland.

QLD Government gives green light to Pembroke coal project

The Queensland Government has approved Pembroke Resources’ $1 billion Olive Downs metallurgical coal project in the Bowen Basin.

Subject to Commonwealth Government approval, Pembroke will start construction of the project in 2020, with strict conditions to ensure local employment and minimisation of environmental impacts. Read more…

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Rio Tinto cleared to expand West Angelas iron ore project

Rio Tinto’s proposed expansion of the West Angelas iron ore mine in the Pilbara, Western Australia is a step closer to construction with the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA)’s approval.

West Angelas’ Deposits C, D and G will be enlarged by 4100 hectares to 26,700 hectares to sustain production levels at 34 million tonnes a year with the growth project. Read more…

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BHP backs future of Nickel West to drive battery market

BHP has indicated it will keep the Nickel West business in Western Australia as the company looks to capitalise on the emerging global battery market.

Speaking at a global metals, mining and steel conference in Barcelona, BHP chief executive officer Andrew Mackenzie said retaining the company’s nickel operation “offers high-return potential.” Read more…

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Rio Tinto builds focus on lithium, copper to supply battery materials

Rio Tinto is strengthening a commitment to become a key supplier of materials for battery and electric technologies at the Jadar lithium project in Serbia and at its copper ventures around the world.

The company has made no decision on the approval of Jadar, but is progressing the lithium-borates project through to the pre-feasibility study (PFS) stage for a proposed 2023 production start. Read more…

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Resolute Mining gains ground for expansion at Ravenswood

Resolute Mining has been granted approval for nine mining leases that will help catapult the Ravenswood gold project in Queensland into expansion.

Ravenswood’s proposed expansion is expected to extend the gold mine’s life by at least 14 years. The Queensland Government approval builds on its support for Ravenswood after the site’s project status was last year extended to November 2020. Read more…

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