Shares in Fortescue Metals Group lifted today after it reported an 11 per cent cut in production costs and flagged further reductions. For more on FMG, Tim Treadgold's opinion column (see below) outlines reasons why mining giant BHP Billiton should buy the iron ore miner.
Atlas Iron is targeting further savings after revealing it sold iron ore at a loss during the December quarter, selling for an average price of $63 per tonne compared to an all-in cash cost of $66 a tonne.
Cost cutting may be the order of the day across the resources industry, but mining services provider Murray Engineering is marching to the beat of its own drum – hiring at its Pinjarra headquarters and opening a larger Kalgoorlie office.
Junior oil explorers angered by a sudden increase in government tenement fees are close to forming an alliance to fight the fee changes, including a 700 per cent increase for some onshore tenement fees.
Not everyone can afford a luxury electric Tesla vehicle, starting around $100,000, but the launch of the US brand in Australia this month is expected to impact on Western Australia's emerging electric vehicle market, according to the local branch of the Australian Electric Vehicle Association.
A business led by Northern Star Resources chairman Chris Rowe has capitalised on cost cutting by oil and gas companies to position itself among the world’s elite commercial operators of underwater drones.
The free-falling iron ore price has hit the state’s coffers hard this year, but one of the state’s most respected resources authorities is pragmatic about the future, given the cyclical nature of the commodities sector.
Western Australian Country Health Service plans to build a residential development in South Hedland have cast doubt on a neighbouring private project from which the state government has recently withdrawn support.
BHP Billiton’s plans to renew the lease on its fly-in, fly-out camp on the outskirts of Newman, rather than take up existing empty housing in the town, has prompted a chorus of dissent from Pilbara-focused property groups.
There's a good reason Perth Airport seems overrun with people in hi vis - even as the resources sector stalls and new projects are shelved - with flights to key industry destinations still dominating air traffic.
Shell Australia has become the third major petroleum producer to partner with Western Australia’s leading energy research group, in a move that is expected to provide a host of opportunities for local input and collaboration on the $12 billion Prelude floating liquefied natural gas project.
One of Western Australia’s largest solar power providers is set to take a Pilbara-based corporation off-grid after striking a deal that provides electricity and battery storage at a commercially competitive rate to Horizon Power.
In its latest push for greater conservation in mining regions, the Environmental Protection Agency has classified a proposed Mineral Resources iron ore project in the Yilgarn as 'environmentally unacceptable'.
The state’s investment in Finbar’s Pelago property development may have become the subject of recent controversy, but some in Karratha’s small business community are in no doubt that the strategy is good for the Pilbara.
Western Australia’s clean energy sector is undergoing a shakeup after the state’s premier lobbying organisation announced it was closing and would be replaced by a WA chapter of the Clean Energy Council.
Not long after Melbourne-based Blue Tongue was launched in 2001 its founder, Tully Young, recognised that Western Australia had a transport industry skills shortage – so he moved himself and almost half his business to Perth.
The resource sector’s safety record has been brought into doubt after a contractor was crushed while working at a liquefied natural gas plant and hospitalised, but the incident was not recorded as a lost-time injury.
Engineer, entrepreneur and restaurateur Michael O’Hanlon has declared he will run for the position of Perth lord mayor at the October election, based on an ambitious three-point economic plan for the city.
Synergy chairman Lyndon Rowe has mapped out a detailed agenda for energy market reform, saying there would be catastrophic consequences if the government did not tackle market players with vested interests.