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21 October 2014
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QRC slams anti-coal conspirator


THE Queensland Resources Council has called for the The Australia Institute to reveal its secret funders following the self-touted think tank’s recent report which downplayed the economic significance of the coal industry to the sunshine state.
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Near-disaster canoe protest


A 226m COAL carrier vessel narrowly avoided running over 40 climate change protesters in Newcastle’s harbour on Friday morning, the local newspaper reported.
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No more scabs


THE High Court has dismissed a union appeal over a Saraji coal mine worker who was fired by BHP Billiton for using the derogatory term “scabs” on a sign during an industrial relations campaign in 2012.
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News Wrap


IN THIS morning’s News Wrap: Iron ore price constrained by output surge; disagreement over resources blacklist continues; and BHP, Rio Tinto not anti-competitive, says Sims.
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Derivatives volume up in coal trade


THE YEAR 2014 is proving to be a watershed one, with coking coal volumes being traded worldwide growing quickly, according to the Steel Index.
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O’Connor appointed to Stanmore board


STANMORE Coal has appointed Patrick O’Connor as an independent non-executive director, effective immediately.
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$5M fines for NSW companies that breach planning rules


NSW will soon have the toughest planning law penalties in the country, after Minister for Planning Pru Goward announced increases in penalties for breaches to $5 million for companies and $1 million for individuals.
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$250M valuation for Carbon’s Surat assets


ONE of the most advanced underground coal gasification companies in Australia, Carbon Energy, which is waiting for state government approval to get its first commercial plant up in Queensland, has received $250 million valuation of its Surat Basin gas assets.
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Tiger's Realm upgrades Amaam North resource


TIGER'S Realm Coal has updated its coking coal resource to 72.3 million tonnes at Project F, the first of several areas to be tested on the prospective Amaam North licence block in the Chukotka province of far eastern Russia.
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Aussie answer to toxic fire-fighting chemicals


A technology to mop up the toxic residues left after the use of special foams to fight fires is a finalist in the 2014 Australian Innovation Challenge.
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Don’t diss nuclear


THE report ‘Don’t look downstream’ from the September 26 issue of Mining Journal presented a downbeat assessment of the prospects of the nuclear industry. It’s not a view shared by many beyond the more ardent opponents of nuclear energy, writes Dr Jonathon Cobb.
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High profile line-up at CCF national conference


LEADING industry players will discuss major infrastructure projects and latest innovations during next week’s Civil Contractors Federation national conference and exhibition in Adelaide.
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Santos battles low oil prices


SANTOS has been able to partially offset lower realised oil prices in the September quarter with higher sales volumes, as the successful PNG LNG project ramp-up has led to the company’s highest quarterly production in seven years – 14 million barrels of oil equivalent, 9% above the previous quarter.
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Sifco process gets bearing fixed, little downtime


BY repairing the pinion gear of a mining crane in-situ with the Sifco process, industrial gearing manufacturer Horsburgh & Scott was able to return the crane to service with little downtime and extend the working life of the gear components.
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Mines weigh up closure costs: QRC


SOME of Australia’s loss-making coal mines are only operating due to rail and port obligations, according to Queensland Resources Council CEO Michael Roche.
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Xstrata all-stars raise another billion


FORMER Xstrata CEO Mick Davis has built up a war chest of almost $US5 billion ($A5.7 billion) for his X2 Resources mining venture and said mining and metals investment opportunities were being reviewed.
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Hogsback and the return of the mining tax


IF YOU like scary movies Hogsback suggests you get ready for Mining Tax, The Sequel.
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News Wrap


IN THIS morning’s News Wrap: Australian coal takes advantage of Japanese nuclear fears; Fossil fuel’s the future, says Nippon Steel; and MMG warns natural gas price crucial to Century mine future.
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Under-explored project lands Japanese partner


COCKATOO Coal has agreed to farm out a 35% stake of its newly acquired Dingo West metallurgical coal project in Queensland to a Japanese government-owned company in a $3.5 million deal.
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Former Leighton crew reviews WDS


SHARES of engineering group WDS slumped by more than 4% yesterday after it announced that an independent business strategy review led by former Leighton Holdings veterans was underway.
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CSG licences cancelled after alleged breaches


THE FARMING industry in New South Wales has praised the state government’s decision to cancel the exploration licences of coal seam gas explorer Leichardt Resources, after it failed to fulfil its licence conditions.
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Blast Movement Technology wins Qld export award


BLAST Movement Technology was one of 16 Queensland businesses announced as winners at the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards at the Brisbane Convention Centre on Thursday night.
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Judge criticises FIFO workers


GLADSTONE Magistrates Court judge Penelope Hay made scathing comments on fly-in, fly-out workers in a recent decision against a rigger who attacked police and security guards in a drunken state.
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HOGSBACK 
Hogsback and the return of the mining tax


IF YOU like scary movies Hogsback suggests you get ready for Mining Tax, The Sequel.
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MORE HOGSBACK

An inconvenient truth confronting renewables


The punishing impact of the rising US dollar


The renewables basket case


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MINE ACTIVITY 
Broadmeadow ramp up


BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance is targeting 6.7 million tonnes per annum of production from its Broadmeadow mine in Queensland which started longwall top coal caving operations last year.
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COAL COMPANY ACTIVITY 
O’Connor appointed to Stanmore board


STANMORE Coal has appointed Patrick O’Connor as an independent non-executive director, effective immediately.
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MORE COAL COMPANY ACTIVITY

$250M valuation for Carbon’s Surat assets


Tiger's Realm upgrades Amaam North resource


Santos battles low oil prices


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OEM/SUPPLIER ACTIVITY 
Aussie answer to toxic fire-fighting chemicals


A technology to mop up the toxic residues left after the use of special foams to fight fires is a finalist in the 2014 Australian Innovation Challenge.
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MORE OEM/SUPPLIER ACTIVITY

High profile line-up at CCF national conference


Sifco process gets bearing fixed, little downtime


Former Leighton crew reviews WDS


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COAL MARKETS 
QRC slams anti-coal conspirator


THE Queensland Resources Council has called for the The Australia Institute to reveal its secret funders following the self-touted think tank’s recent report which downplayed the economic significance of the coal industry to the sunshine state.
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MORE COAL MARKETS

No more scabs


Derivatives volume up in coal trade


$250M valuation for Carbon’s Surat assets


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R & D 
Mining must build on social licence: CSIRO


THE mining sector needs to work harder on community acceptance, trust and support, the CSIRO has found.
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Rio software gives deposit an ‘ultrasound’


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SAFETY AND HEALTH 
WDS loses APLNG work after fatal accident


ENERGY and mining services group WDS is believed to have recently lost further work with the Origin Energy-led Australia Pacific LNG project.
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MORE SAFETY AND HEALTH

Black Diamond to be gazetted as abandoned


Aurizon knocked by triple fatality


Life-risking rescue at BMA mine


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ENVIRONMENT 
$5M fines for NSW companies that breach planning rules


NSW will soon have the toughest planning law penalties in the country, after Minister for Planning Pru Goward announced increases in penalties for breaches to $5 million for companies and $1 million for individuals.
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Divestment the equivalent of trade sanctions


Boyce honoured for stand against energy inequality


Greens at odds with PM’s coal support


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EDUCATION 
New CSIRO chief announced


TECHNOLOGY innovator Dr Larry Marshall has been announced as incoming chief executive of the CSIRO, replacing Dr Megan Clark.
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MORE EDUCATION

Mining hub opens in Perth


A personal focus


Woodside’s $10m boost for UWA engineers


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