The board of Atlas Iron has unanimously recommended a revised bidder’s statement from Hancock Prospecting, while also announcing the suspension of production at its Mt Dove iron ore mine due to challenging market conditions.
Mineral sands-aspirant Strandline Resources has appointed GR Engineering Services to lead a definitive feasibility study at its Coburn project, while Arafura Resources has signed on Mining Plus and a number of other consultants for a study at the Nolan project.
Tanami Gold says it will exercise a put option forcing Northern Star Resources to buy a 15 per cent stake in the junior miner’s Central Tanami project for $20 million, after the Bill Beament-led company said it had not reached commercial production at the joint venture mine.
AVZ Minerals has announced the resignation of executive chairman Klaus Eckhof, weeks after he sold off half his stake for $4.4 million, while also signing up Perth-based CPC Engineering to complete a scoping study for its Manono lithium project in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Margaret River winery Vasse Felix is set to acquire the principal assets of Watershed Premium Wines, under a $20 million deal that allows Watershed’s cellar door and restaurant to continue operating under a two-year lease agreement.
Shares in local contractor NRW Holdings were up 9.2 per cent today after the company said its order book had increased to near record levels of $2.05 billion, while also saying the business was well placed to be involved in Western Australia’s major upcoming iron ore projects.
Accounting firm UHY Haines Norton will have three offices in Western Australia following a merger with national outfit Sothertons, while Moore Stephens Perth - which absorbed the old UHY practice in WA in 2015 - has announced changes to its leadership team.
Western Australia’s population growth remains subdued, with the state recording a 0.8 per cent increase for the 12 months to December, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
WorleyParsons has been awarded a contract extension for engineering services at Chevron’s Gorgon and Wheatsone LNG projects, while NRW Holdings has received a $93 million extension to its Stanmore Coal contract.
Two local biotech companies have announced capital raisings today, with Botanix Pharmaceuticals tapping investors for $8 million, while Roto-Gro International has boosted its coffers with a $4.5 million raising.
Fortescue Metals Group has announced major changes to its leadership, with a new chief executive taking the reins and its directors taking a hands-on role to support an updated strategy that focuses on producing more higher-grade iron ore.
Downsizing in the resources sector is outstripping emerging demand from technology, medical and education businesses for CBD office space according to a new report by independent property research firm Y Research.