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DRA Global will deliver the Carmichael project’s $140 million coal preparation plant for Bravus Mining and Resources.

DRA Global owns Mackay-based G&S Engineering, which was also selected last year to build the operation’s coal handling plant . DRA employs more than 700 people in Mackay.

Bravus chief executive officer David Boshoff said DRA’s previous work on the Carmichael project had demonstrated its experience and capability.

“Mackay is renowned for its well-established mining services industry and it has always been our intention to engage services from regional Queensland wherever possible,” Mr Boshoff said.

“DRA will carry out the design, engineering and construction of our coal preparation plant, in addition to the coal handling plant that they are already delivering.

“We expect to see more than 250 people working on these combined projects onsite, ensuring regional Queensland cities like Mackay see the benefits going back into their local economies.”

The coal handling plant and the coal preparation plant work together to prepare and process the coal to meet market specifications.

“The coal handling plant resizes the coal and the coal preparation plant processes the coal to meet final product quality requirements. In doing so, the finished product is more energy efficient and environmentally friendly,” Mr Boshoff said.

“It is these facilities that will see Carmichael coal become some of the better-quality coal from around the world.”

DRA’s work on the two plants at Carmichael mine will include:

  • Supply and construction of coal processing infrastructure;
  • Supply and construction of coal sizing and conveying equipment;
  • Construction of coal stockpiling infrastructure; and
  • Construction of the Train Load Out infrastructure to enable loading of trains.
Australia’s LNG export revenue dropped to $36.1 billion last year, down from $48.7 billion in 2019, despite increased volumes, according to estimates from EnergyQuest.

Export income had been severely impacted by the lower oil prices seen through much of the year since April, together with low spot prices, the energy advisory firm said.

Its latest report showed the nation exported a record 78.0 Mt of LNG in 2020, up from 77.5 Mt in 2019.

This was a good result given disruptions to Gorgon, the fact that Prelude hadn’t produced since early February, issues seen at Wheatstone with reduced production, and the COVID-19 destruction of LNG demand, particularly early in the year, EnergyQuest said.

The Australian projects operated at 89 per cent of operation nameplate capacity of 87.8 Mtpa.

The east coast had record production of 22.6 Mt, although up only 1 per cent overall from 22.4 Mt in 2019, the EnergyQuest update said.

It said one of the reasons why it had been possible to maintain strong Gladstone exports was that use of gas for electricity had been falling, replaced by renewables.

“Replacing east coast gas with renewables to free up gas to export to China to replace coal is a win-win both environmentally and economically,” the firm said.

“The three Gladstone projects operated at record levelsfor the last three months of 2020, with two months greater than 100 per cent nameplate capacity.”

There was scope to further lift Australian LNG production rates in 2021, EnergyQuest said.

A further 3.6Mtpa will be added when Prelude reaches full production capacity and an additional 5 Mtpa from Gorgon once repairs to the cooling kettles have been resolved and production is back to full capacity.

Export volumes for 2021 are predicted to be around 80 Mt.

EnergyQuest also believes that higher oil and spot LNG prices are likely to increase LNG export revenue.

A return to the average prices experienced in 2019 could push LNG export revenue close to $50 billion. However, a return to warmer than average northern hemisphere winters could see a collapse in spot prices this time next year.

Superior Resources has announced ‘spectacular’ results from recent drilling at the Steam Engine gold project in North Queensland, with grades as high as 184g/tonne gold.

The Stage 2 drilling results will be incorporated into the planned pre-feasibility study, set to begin immediately after expected finalisation of the project’s scoping study in early February 2021.

They point to a very high-grade ore shoot with potential to materially increase total ounces at the Steam Engine lode, which lies within Superior’s Greenvale project area 210km west of Townsville.

The assay results released today include 5m at 38 g/t gold, including 1m at 184 g/t gold from 51m, and 7m at 20.6 g/t gold, including 1m at 135 g/t gold from 55m.

News of the results saw Superior lift 28.6 per cent on the market this morning, with shares trading at 1.8 cents at 11.22am, according to The Market Herald.

“We are very pleased to have met one of the objectives of the Stage 2 program in the first batch of Stage 2 assays, which was to identify new high-grade ore shoots in the Steam Engine lode,” managing director Peter Hwang said.

“Infill drilling from the Stage 1 program showed potential to convert a large low-grade zone to high grade.

“This has clearly been achieved with the results delivering the two best holes drilled to date at the project.

“The spectacular grade intercepts reported from these two holes, together with an ounce and a half-grade intercept reported in September 2020, confirm the presence of a very high grade ore shoot.

“This latest development together with the recent realisation of the size magnitude of the new Dinner Creek Lode, demonstrate that we are only just
beginning to uncover the project’s potential.”

Mr Hwan said activities at Steam Engine would be ramping up, with an accelerated resource and mining assessment program in conjunction with further resource expansion drilling programs and drilling to test the recently identified Dinner Creek lode.

“We will also be developing a maiden Mineral Resource Estimate at the Wyandotte copper deposit and targeting other copper prospects at the Greenvale project,” he said.

“With copper and nickel being the predominant mineral endowment
at Greenvale, the large Big Mag prospect will also be in our sights.”

Results from Stage 2 drilling were not factored into the December 2020 Revised Mineral Resource Estimate for the Steam Engine gold project, which sat at 1.6 million tonnes at 2.2 g/t gold for 112,000 ounces.

Contractors and supply businesses will have the chance to learn more about upcoming shutdowns and projects at the Gladstone Engineering Alliance’s Industry Update Breakfast next month.

Gladstone Industry Leadership Group chief executive officer Stacey Williams will present information on the Major Industry Shutdown calendar, with updates from Rio Tinto, NRG, Orica and Cement Australia.

When:      Thursday, February 11
7- 9am
 Yaralla Sports Club
$50 GEA members, $80 non-members

Gladstone Industry Leadership Group (GILG) is a membership-based organisation representing large industry in the Gladstone region.

They are focused on ensuring the long term, social, environmental, and economic sustainability of both Industry and Gladstone.

Marathon Consolidated has entered into agreements to acquire the business and assets of five major tyre centres to service the Flinders Highway in North Queensland.

It says they will be the first of many tyre centres owned by Marathon subsidiary National Tyres, with planned expansion throughout Australia.

“We have planned for the business to service the entire western Queensland region, and expand to a profitable national footprint,” National Tyres director Christopher Rockemer said.

The businesses being acquired include Twin City Tyres in Townsville and Cloncurry, Towers Tyres in Charters Towers, as well as Hughenden and Richmond Tyre Centres.

The sites provide a range of services including tyres, battery replacement and wheel alignments. 

“By merging the current strengths of these North Queensland businesses, we will have a greater product offering which will increase our servicing capability for our customers from Townsville to Mount Isa,” National Tyres chief executive officer Adam Wheeler said.

Contractors are at work on the Kidston hydroelectric power site, with preparations including upgrading the airstrip to support regular flights from Townsville and boosting camp accommodation to cater for hundreds of workers.

Genex Power initiated the early works program for the Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro Project, based at the former Kidston gold mine, after announcing last month that its board had formally resolved to proceed with financing and construction.

It came as the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) Board confirmed an investment decision to provide a concessional loan of up to $610 million for the project.

“We’ve got an early works package underway that includes upgrading the airstrip, and upgrading some of the communications, and substantially increasing the old mine camp, because we need to accommodate some 500 workers,” Genex Power executive director Simon Kidston said.

“So there’s a big job actually to upgrade that mine camp to accommodate literally hundreds and hundreds of people in the very near future.”

Exacto and NKE have been contracted for refurbishment design and building approvals for the Oaks Rush Construction Camp upgrade, Marchnet is commencing site access works for microwave tower sites and Avmin is resealing the airstrip.

The early works also include Powerlink beginning detailed design and procurement for the new 275kv line between Kidston and Mt Fox.

The company has indicated it is moving rapidly towards financial close on the project, anticipated in February.

“What we’re expecting to do very shortly is announce contractual close, which is when we’re committing the funds for the entire project, close to $800 million of capital,” Mr Kidston said.

“That will be another big step-up in activity from that point, which is the main project being underway.

“This is the preparation, we are doing the early works now so that we can hit the ground running when we achieve contractual and financial close.”