Jessica Mascione joined Business News in August 2019 and commenced as the online reporter in October. She covers a variety of topics for online, including junior mining. In 2019, Jessica completed a Bachelor of Media at the University of Adelaide in South Australia, with a major in Journalism. She completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing and Advertising) at Curtin University in 2014.
Fortescue Metals Group is anticipating iron ore exports to be at the upper end of guidance after posting record shipments for the first half of 2020, while also announcing plans to spend $US450 million ($A668 million) on a solar-gas power facility.
Northern Star Resources said it was on track to meet production guidance of around 1 million ounces of gold this year, helped by its recent acquisition of a 50 per cent stake in the Kalgoorlie Super Pit and strong performance across its Australian operations, but also disclosed today an increase in its operating costs.
Rio Tinto has confirmed it will proceed with the next phase of its exploration joint venture at the Citadel copper-gold project, located in the Pilbara's Paterson province, but has extended the time it has to spend $14 million from three years to five years.
Western Australia’s unique indigenous rock art in the Pilbara is set for a UNESCO World Heritage listing, with the state and federal governments formally submitting an application for the recognition and protection today.
Barrick Gold has resolved a three-year tax dispute with the Tanzanian government, which has lifted a ban on minerals exports, potentially providing a pathway to production for a contingent of Western Australia-headquartered miners and exploration firms.
Treasurer Ben Wyatt says the latest data from Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA showed positive signs for the Western Australian economy, despite CCIWA arguing for reforms to boost business and housing investment.
Gold explorer Emerald Resources is seeking to raise $75 million through a share placement to develop its Okvau project in Cambodia, while also finalising a $US60 million ($A88 million) loan with Sprott Private Wealth.
Water Corporation chairman Mike Hollett has tendered his resignation, citing business and family interests, just two months after being reappointed to the role. Deputy chair David Lock will act in the role until a permanent chair is appointed.
Civil and mining contractor MACA has secured another contract with First Quantum Minerals, worth $20 million, and further contracts with VicRoads totalling $19.5 million, while also announcing the closure of its Brazil operations.
First Quantum Minerals has reached a new milestone as it moves closer to re-opening its Ravensthorpe nickel project, while fellow nickel miner Western Areas has signed new offtake contracts with BHP and Jinchuan.
The state government has awarded Bocol Constructions and MACA a contract to raise the height of the Hay Street traffic bridge, a project that will require the closure of Mitchell Freeway for two weekends.
Atlas Iron is planning to start development of its Corunna Downs iron ore project in the Pilbara by mid-year, at a cost of around $50 million, after the Environmental Protection Authority recommended approval.
John Holland has won its first substantial contract in Western Australia in several years, with the Public Transport Authority of WA awarding the Chinese-owned company a contract for track maintenance services on Perth's urban rail network.
Mining companies are scaling back their operations, with Newmont Corporation and Kirkland Lake Gold cutting exploration in Australia and others including Rio Tinto shelving some of their international mines.