FMG turn on hydrogen-powered transport

Fortescue will take another step towards its goal of net-zero operational emissions by 2040 with the introduction of hydrogen-powered coaches at its Christmas Creek operations.  FMG expects the 10 hydrogen coaches, built by HYZON Motors, to replace its existing diesel fleet from mid-2021 in what it described as a “first for an Australian mining operation.”  Fortescue Deputy Chief Executive Officer Julie Shuttleworth said the […]

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Testing FIFO workers in the age of COVID-19

As part of their efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19 resources companies are taking the health and safety of their workers to another level. West Australian miner Mineral Resources has set up a sophisticated drive-through testing centre close to Perth Airport. All their FIFO workers are required to take a test before departing to […]

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The big Australian’s big focus on health

In remote regions of Western Australia, good quality health care can often be a hit and miss affair, with many people traveling to big population hubs to get the treatment they need. For the people of Newman in WA’s Pilbara region access to health services is a big issue. “Health has been a big challenge […]

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WA’s resources companies contribute $67.1 billion to Australia’s economy

A survey of 53 Western Australian resources sector companies found that the State’s mining, oil and gas, energy and contractor industries contributed more than $67.1 billion to Australia’s economy in 2018-19 and directly created more than 71,000 fulltime jobs. The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CME) Chief Executive Paul Everingham said the […]

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Edgar Basto: From Colombia to Australia

Originally from Colombia, Edgar Basto early life was tough, selling lottery tickets were just a few of the things he had to do to help his mother make ends meet. The things he did had going for him were a remarkable brain and the support of a loving family and his teachers. That brain and […]

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Western Australia in prime position to lead battery manufacturing

Research carried out by the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia shows that battery manufacture in WA is technically and commercially feasible. Western Australia produces 9 of the 10 mineral elements required to make batteries, including nickel, lithium and cobalt, and expertise in mineral processing. Currently Australia exports all its battery minerals, worth about $1.2 […]

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4.4 billion-year-old Erawondoo Hill gains national heritage listing

Did you know the world’s oldest minerals are found right here in Western Australia? The Zircon Crystals at Erawondoo Hill in WA’s Pilbara region date back 4.4 billion years and are only 120 million years younger than the earth itself. This globally unique site of international significance has just been added to the National Heritage […]

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$50,000 gold nugget lost then found in the outback

After leaving a $50,000 gold nugget on the roof of their car and driving off along a remote outback road in Western Australia’s, Wheatbelt the owners of the nugget, who are in their 80s, soon realised their mistake and made a desperate call to police in the hope that it would be found. The nugget […]

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Small scale Tanzanite miner becomes overnight millionaire

A small scale miner in Tanzania has become an overnight millionaire after unearthing $4.9 million worth of Tanzanite stones. The artisanal miner, Saniniu Laizer scored the big payday from the country’s mining ministry for two massive gemstones that had a combined weight of 15kg (9.2kg and 5.8kg), the biggest ever found. The father of 30 […]

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How the resource sector has changed since 1991

The resource sector has changed considerably in the last 30 years. In 1991 gold was by far the number one resource contributing to the economy of Western Australia. As you can see from the chart below, things started to change with the mining boom at the start of the new millennium. China’s rise as a […]

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