A report from global advisory organisation BDO Australia has predicted a number of future trends in the mining industry, including the prediction that 50 per cent of miners will be replaced by robots by 2020.
Engineering and infrastructure firm RCR Tomlinson has announced that it has extended is bank guarantee from $195 million to $295 million and has received approval for insurance bonding facility increases of $50 million, for a total of $150 million in increased funding.
Miners could drive down energy costs by up to 50 per cent through the implementation of effective energy management programs, according to a Deloitte paper.
BHP has partnered with US firm Rocky Mountain Institute on the Sunshine for Mines program, focused on redevelopment of disused mining sites.
BHP wants to add more copper resources to its global portfolio to capitalise on an expectation that there will be an upsurge in demand in the coming years.
The expansion announcement follows on from stage 1 construction, which commenced in October 2016 at a cost of $400 million. Stage 2 construction is expected to be complete by late 2019.
A new roadmap published by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has identified several growth areas to aid the expansion of the Australian oil and gas industry, which is currently challenged by low-cost overseas competition and attempts to reduce carbon intensity within the local energy sector.
More mines in Australia are introducing renewable energy to their operations. Kate Dougherty explains the benefits and obstacles of renewables projects for the mining industry.
Advanced Energy Resources (AER) has signed a long term power purchase agreement with GMA Garnet, which will see the construction of a three megawatt wind and solar farm in Western Australia.
The CSIRO has launched the new Centre for Hybrid Energy Systems, a collaborative facility to research renewable and hybrid energy technologies.
The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has launched a campaign to highlight the resource sector’s vital role in renewable energy.
Caterpillar has released the Cat Microgrid technology, a suite of power systems that combine renewable energy sources with traditional power outlets.
Charity group Oxfam Australia has taken aim at the coal industry in a new report which suggests renewable energy is quicker and cheaper for bringing energy to the developing world than coal-fired power.
Despite the falling cost of energy, new leaps forward in sustainability for miners are still being made.
The South Australian outback mining town of Coober Pedy will be run on 70 per cent renewable energy, thanks to a project grant from ARENA.
Australia’s ambitious goal for increased renewable energy is ignoring the difficulty of ensuring baseload power 24 hours a day.
With Australia’s coal market hurting, is India our energy market’s future, or will India have a renewable energy revolution?
New research revealed gas-fired power generation will not be cheaper than coal and its emissions will be only slightly lower than coal.
The New South Wales Minerals Council has hit back at the Greens, saying their energy strategy would ‘slash jobs and trash the economy’.
The NSW Greens are looking to close all large-scale fossil fuel power stations by 2031, claiming politicians are the only obstacle to a state run entirely on renewable energy.