MinRes flags Wodgina delay

Mineral Resources has suffered a minor delay in the construction of its $610 million lithium concentrate processing plant at the Wodgina project in the Pilbara.

Role for business, unions as AI wave looms

Government and business must involve trade unions to develop plans to train Australia’s workforce for the increased presence of automation, according to Siemens Australia chief executive Jeff Connolly.

Kidman signs $US100m debt facility

Kidman Resources has announced plans to integrate the studies for its proposed Kwinana lithium refinery and Mt Holland mine near Southern Cross into a singular project, while also securing a $US100 million ($140 million) debt facility for the project.

Barminco wins $240m Nova extension

Barminco has secured a four-year contract extension for underground mining services at Independence Group’s Nova operation in the Fraser Range.

Black Rock posts graphite DFS

Black Rock Mining has detailed a capital expenditure of $US115 million ($162 million) for the first phase of its Mahenge graphite project in Tanzania, with plans to begin construction next year.

GR to complete engineering study

Cassini Resources and OZ Minerals have appointed GR Engineering Services to complete an engineering study for their joint venture West Musgrave copper-nickel project in Western Australia.

Zenith to add solar to Nova power station

Zenith Energy will incorporate a solar facility in its existing diesel power station at Independence Group’s Nova operation in the Fraser Range, taking capacity to 26 megawatts.

Talison nears deal on legal dispute

Talison Lithium and Global Advanced Metals have reached an in-principle settlement deal in their legal dispute over expansion plans for the Greenbushes mine.

Exports jump as outlook improves

SPECIAL REPORT: Gold Corporation, Alcoa, Roy Hill and Chevron have all posted higher revenue numbers in Business News’ annual analysis of WA’s biggest exporters.

Mid-tier miners iron out positions

SPECIAL REPORT: Acquisitions and pricing discounts are shaking up the rankings of WA’s main iron ore exporters.

GR wins $US18m Strandline contract

GR Engineering Services has secured a $US17.6 million contract ($25 million) to design and build a processing plant for Strandline Resources’ Fungoni mineral sands project in Tanzania.

BCI in $35m iron ore sale

BCI Minerals has sold its Kumina iron ore project in the Pilbara to Chris Ellison-led Mineral Resources for $35 million.

Western Areas approves $299m Odysseus

Nickel producer Western Areas has given the green light to develop its Odysseus project following completion of a definitive feasibility study, which detailed a capital cost of $299 million.

EPA given $3.3m boost

The Environmental Protection Authority will receive a $3.3 million funding boost to deal with a recent spike in proposals in Western Australia, with the government also announcing plans for a scheme to allow the outsourcing of some assessments.

Kidman studies show $1bn capex

Kidman Resources says development of its planned Kwinana lithium refinery and Mt Holland project near Southern Cross will cost up to $US755 million ($1.06 billion) and generate about 700 jobs.

Barminco confirms $335m extension

Barminco has been awarded a four-year extension to two mining services contracts at Gold Fields’ Agnew mine near Leinster, worth a combined $335 million.

QEM in $5m IPO

Vanadium-focused QEM, which features experienced mining executive Daniel Harris on its board, began trading on the ASX today after completing a $5 million initial public offering.

Thunderbird capex rises to $463m

Mineral sands aspirant Sheffield Resources has attributed a $115 million capital cost increase at its Thunderbird project to changes in the scope of work and the infrastructure ownership model.

Directors share turnaround insights

Cheryl Edwardes and Rick Crabb know better than most what it takes to steer a troubled business through a ‘near-death’ experience.

Sproule calls for Kin board spill

A group of dissident shareholders led by former director David Sproule are seeking a board spill at gold-aspirant Kin Mining, including the removal of new chief executive Andrew Munckton.

Alkane invests $3.7m in Calidus

Burswood-based Alkane Resources has invested $3.7 million in gold explorer Calidus Resources, with the proceeds to fund completion of a pre-feasiblity study at the Warrawoona project in the Pilbara.