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 the start of a Victorian development that will turn brown coal into hydrogen.

Kawasaki begins construction of Victorian coal-to-hydrogen plant

Kawasaki Heavy Industries has started building works on important components of a government-backed pilot project in Victoria that will convert brown coal to hydrogen.

The company is developing the hydrogen liquefaction and loading terminal for its $500 million Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) project in the Latrobe Valley. Read more…

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QLD puts FIFO ban on eight more large projects

The Queensland Government has added another eight large resources projects to its ban on 100 per cent fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) recruitment in support of jobs for local communities.

The eight projects are Baralaba North (Baralaba Coal Company), Barbara (Round Oak Minerals), Bauxite Hills (Metro Mining), Century zinc (New Century Resources), Cook Colliery (Bounty Mining), Mount Colin (Round Oak Minerals), Mungana (Auctus Resources) and Olive Downs (Pembroke Resources). Read more…

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BHP plots massive automation roll out across Australia

BHP will potentially introduce up to 500 autonomous trucks at its Australian open cut operations, a tenfold increase on the company’s existing fleet at the Jimblebar mine in the Pilbara.

The hundreds of autonomous trucks would operate across BHP Mitsubishi Alliance’s (BMA) coal sites and BHP’s iron ore business. Read more…

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OZ Minerals edges closer to Carrapateena production

OZ Minerals has reported strong progress on its growth strategy, headlined by the Carrapateena operation in South Australia remaining on track for first concentrate in 2019.

The copper-gold project is expected to start production in the fourth quarter, with over 46,000 tonnes of development ore stockpiled. Read more…

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Anglo American gives tech-advanced Aquila coal project green light

Anglo American will extend the life of the Capcoal underground metallurgical coal operations in Central Queensland by six years after approving the Aquila project.

The company plans to spend $US226 million ($325 million) to revive the Aquila operation, which was placed under care and maintenance in 2013 due to low coal prices. Read more…

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