Western Australia's two major industry lobbies, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA and the Chamber of Minerals and Energy, have witnessed changes at the top during the past year, with new leadership taking the reins.
Chinese steel making giant Sinosteel has indicated it may not support the proposed merger between takeover target Midwest Corporation Ltd and Murchison Metals Ltd as questions are raised over the latter's asset quality.
The state's current gas crisis is proving to be a boon for West Perth-based biodiesel company Australian Renewable Fuels Ltd, which today received a purchase order for the immediate supply of 500,000 litres of biodiesel.
Minara Resources Ltd today confirmed that it has secured temporary gas supply and delivery arrangements for its Murrin Murrin operation following the fire which has disrupted gas supply from Apache Energy's Varanus facility.
West Perth-based nickel miner Mincor Resources NL has moved to accelerate one of its key exploration ventures in the zinc-lead industry after securing a joint venture with major Japanese Government entity, JOGMEC.
Apex Minerals NL has entered into a second nickel joint venture with Barrick Gold Corporation over its Lawler gold tenements in the north eastern Goldfields, which more than doubles the extent of nickel interests.