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Townsville will host a one-and-a-half-day conference in March focusing on injury prevention, work health and safety, rehabilitation and return to work.

The North Queensland Injury Prevention and Return to Work Conference 2021 features a half a day of masterclasses, a networking evening and a full day conference.

People can join on site or via live stream to hear keynote speakers including Workplace Health and Safety Queensland Safety Advocate Dan Kennedy.

Mr Kennedy’s son Dale, an apprentice, was working in a ceiling space when he died from an electric shock at age 20.

He shares his story to encourage workers (especially young workers), to voice their concerns if they see something that is unsafe, and to always turn the power off before working in a ceiling space.

The North Queensland Injury Prevention and Return to Work Conference will be held at The Ville in Townsville March 25-26. In-person ticket: $297
Online ticket: $165

Mount Carbine owner EQ Resources is advancing preparations to reopen the 430m long historical decline at the Far North Queensland tungsten mine.

The company says it has received the green light from the Department of Environment and Science to allow underground sampling and exploration.

“This is another positive step towards our aim of being a pre-eminent tungsten producer in Australia,” chief executive officer and senior technical adviser Kevin MacNeill id.

“There is significant value in the Mount Carbine resource, and we are heading in the right direction to understand how best to mine it efficiently and maximise value for the company and its shareholders.”

The company is already operating a quarry at Mount Carbine, north-west of Cairns, and retreating waste stockpiles from former mining activity to produce tungsten concentrates.

The next step in reopening the decline after receiving the Federal permission, by way of an amended Environmental Authority, is to submit a report to the State Department of Resources setting out the detailed project plan

The company has engaged John Murphy of Northern Consultancy Services Australia as a specialist consultant for the drafting and completion of the Facility Description Report, and this report is expected to be finalised by April 2021.

Once safe access has been secured, channel samples and several bulk samples will be assayed and tested in the Mount Carbine operation’s XRT sorter and gravity plant.

Upon receipt of anticipated positive results, additional drilling would be undertaken to define the first few years of mining reserves.

This information would form the basis for a feasibility study for the high-grade underground mining operation, EQ Resources said.

EQ Resources was formerly know as Speciality Metals International. A
special resolution was passed by shareholders at the 2020 Annual General Meeting to change the company name.

Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal owners are advancing plans for a four-stage expansion to lift capacity to almost 100 million tonnes per annum.

Dalrymple Bay Infrastructure Management has lodged paperwork in the Federal environmental approval process for its ‘8x expansion project’.

While timing is subject to market and financial conditions, the first phases are expected to take place in 2024.

It comes after the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal business listed on the stock exchange in December with a market value of more than $1.2 billion.

Dalrymple Bay Infrastructure Management says detailed master planning at the terminal and along relevant supply chains has revealed the need for staged and incremental expansion of the terminal to account for growing trade opportunities from Queensland’s mineral regions.

Its proposal, subject to a referral under the Environment Protection and
Biodiversity Conservation Act, involves an incremental expansion
project that will increase nameplate capacity from 85Mtpa to 99.1Mtpa.

The company noted that the terminal already holds an Environment Authority from the Queensland Government for throughput up to and including 89Mtpa.

Dalrymple Bay Infrastructure Management currently leases the terminal site, 38km south of Mackay, from the State of Queensland.

It predominantly ships metallurgical coal – which accounts for about 80 per cent of the terminal throughput.

The proposed expansion would include installation of new Shiploader 4, stockyard upgrades, addition of an inner rail loop, rail receival dump station and in-loading conveyor, and an upgrade to outloading conveyors. There are also plans for a new stacker (ST5) and a new reclaimer.

Gladstone Ports Corporation is forecasting a successful 2021 after achieving a record high for LNG exports for the month of December.

Acting chief executive officer Craig Walker said throughout December GPC exported 2,193,785 tonnes of LNG and welcomed 176 vessels to its three ports in Rockhampton, Gladstone and Bundaberg.

The strong finish to 2020 came after EnergyQuest reported that Gladstone’s LNG plants in November exceeded nameplate capacity for the first time since exports commenced in January 2015.

Gladstone LNG shipments for the year reached a new high of 22.37 million tonnes, up from 22.12 million tonnes in 2019.

Australian LNG export prices have more than doubled since late November to the highest level in more than five years, following increases in northeast Asian buying prices.

“We’re extremely proud of our December results with the LNG trade performing a record month, demonstrating that renewables are leading the charge,” Mr Walker said.

He said a number of exciting projects were set to roll out for 2021 including the facilitation of hydrogen, replacement of a 40-year-old shiploader at the Reg Tanna coal terminal and new waterfront walkways for the community.

“These projects will facilitate prosperity for our region and state through the creation of jobs while maintaining trade facilitation,” Mr Walker said.

“At GPC, we’re remaining focused on intergenerational thinking, planning and strategy.

“We’re continuing to invest in important infrastructure projects to support operations for the next 50 years.”

Mr Walker said 2021 would also be a memorable year for the Gladstone community.

“I can’t say too much about what we have planned just yet but I can confirm it is going to be big and I know the community are going to be very excited,” he said. “It will certainly be a milestone 2021.”

December exports from Gladstone also included 6.4 million tonnes of coal, 422,625 tonnes of alumina, 27,500 tonnes of alumina hydrate, 43,996 tonnes of aluminium, 55,888 tonnes of cement and 28,000 tonnes of cement clinker.

Central Queensland-based company Wisely Services has been appointed as principal contractor for North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation’s Bowen wharf repair project.

The works are due to start this month and will take about six months to complete, weather permitting.

Conducted as part of NQBP’s maintenance and repairs program, the project includes the repair or replacement of some of the wharf’s timber members.

NQBP chief executive officer Nicolas Fertin said the repairs would ensure the wharf remained available to the public and continued to provide temporary towage infrastructure for Abbot Point’s towage operations.

“NQBP’s condition assessment of the wharf, completed last year, found elements of the timber superstructure to be in varying condition and in need of repairs,” Mr Fertin said.

“Given the wharf is over 150 years old and has experienced several extreme weather events, it’s not surprising repair works need to be undertaken.

“NQBP’s operational use of the wharf has reduced considerably over the years, with trade via the wharf ceasing in the mid-1980s and towage services progressively transitioning to alternative infrastructure since last year.

“We are looking into options for the wharf’s future, but for now, we are focused on the essential repairs of the wharf.

“We also recognise the wharf is popular for recreational activities such as fishing and community events and will aim to keep some public access throughout the works provided it’s safe and practical to do so.”

Wisely chief executive officer Chris Bugeja said the company was proud to win the contract and looked forward to working on the project.

“Wisely brings a long history of experience to this project, having successfully delivered other major port maintenance and construction projects across Queensland,” Mr Bugeja said.

  • Interested local suppliers are encouraged to contact Wisely on 1300 947 359 or at [email protected] to express their interest in the project.
Castillo Copper has released what it describes as ‘game changing’ assay results confirming a major copper discovery at Big One deposit.

The latest results significantly extend known mineralisation and clearly confirm there is a high-grade, shallow scalable copper system at the North West Queensland site, the company says.

It is accelerating development plans for the deposit, with a geophysics campaign being formulated and modelling of a JORC-compliant resource underway.

The latest results include 40m at 1.64 per cent copper including 1m at 16.65 per cent and 44m at 1.19 per cent copper including 1m at 12.6 per cent.

The recent drilling campaign has also demonstarted high cobalt grades, including 12m at 912ppm cobalt.

“We are delighted to receive assays of this calibre, especially with global copper supplies tight,” managing director Simon Paull said.

“There is now compelling evidence Big One deposit is a shallow,
high-grade copper-cobalt system that can potentially scale further.

“The board is now ramping up forward development work and the modelling of a maiden JORC-compliant resource.”

The Big One deposit is part of Castillo’s Mount Oxide project, located 150km north of Mount Isa near the old Mount Oxide copper mine.