The Monthly Mining News Roundup - June

30 June 2020

Figures highlight mining industry strength

Data released this week shows the scale of recent mining industry growth in Australia. Mining earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) for 2018-19 year inccreased by 32.2 per cent or $33.7 billion compared to the previous year, the ABS figures show. Within that total figure, coal mining performed less impressively - with the EBITDA growing 12.8 per cent ($3.4b) compared to 41.9 per cent ($7.8b) in 2017-18. 

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Hastings Deering to offer 40 apprenticeship positions 

Hastings Deering is set to open applications for its 2021 apprenticeship program to fill 40 new positions across Queensland and the Northern Territory. They include apprenticeships for diesel fitters across nine Hastings Deering workshops in Brisbane, Toowoomba, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville, Cairns, Mt Isa, Darwin and Alice Springs. The program will offer training opportunity for boilermakers and mechanical fitters in Mackay, auto Rockhampton and engine reconditioners in Rockhampton.

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Adani awards Queensland-based BMD with $350 million-plus contract

Adani has awarded a $350 million-plus civil construction contractt for the Carmichael coal project's rail network to Queensland-based BMD. This takes the total value of contracts awarded for the Galilee Basin project to more than $1 billion, according to Adani Mining chief executive office Lucas Dow. The BMD work package is expected to generate 600 jobs and the company says the majority of the workforce will come from Rockhampton and Townsville. 

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Macmahon secures contract extension to continue for an additional three years

Macmahon Holdings has won a $700 million contract extension from Byerwen Coal to continue work at its coking coal mine in Queensland. Th contractor has been providing open cut mining service at Byerwen since the mine was estabished in 2017, employing more than 430 workers on the site. With the extension, Macmahon will continue working at the Bowen Basin mine for three additional years, with the option to extend for another two years.

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Vitrinite advances Vulcan Mine plans

Vitrinite is pushing ahead with plans for a 1.95 Mtpa coking coal mine at its Vulcan tenements, 35km south of Moranbah. The open-cut project has an estimated life of four years and is expected to employ 116 people at its peak. Documents submitted as part of the project's Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act referral indicate mining is expected to start as soon as October this year.

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Glencore receives special status for QLD coal project

The Queensland Government has recognised Glencore's proposed billion-dollar coal mine, Valeria as a coordinated project. This is a major milestone for Glencore as it moves the Valeria project through its approval proceesses. Valeria will produce metallurgical and thermal coal, and support up to 1400 construction jobs and 950 full-time operational jobs over 35-year mine life.

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BMA has announced $2.3mil in funding to turn regional

BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) has announced $2.3 million in funding to turn regional Queenslanders into budding industry professionals. This will support the appointment of a general manager for Mackay's Resources Centre of Excellence (RCOE), and CQUniversity chair or automation and future work skills. BMA last year committed $475,000 to support the establishment of RCOE as a world-class mining centre in Mackay.

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Legislation introduction to imprve mine rehabilitation and create jobs

Legislation introduced into Parliament today brings a new suite of Queensland mine rehabilitation regulations and establishment of an independent statutory position of Rehabilitation Commissioner. Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch said the Environmental Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 (EPOLA Bill) was the next step in the government's plan to improve mine rehabilitation and create jobs in Queensland. "In 2018 our government passed important mine rehabilitation laws and this Bill delivers on the commitment we made at the time to establish a Rehabilitation Commissioner," she said. 

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BMA creates 44 new roles

BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) has created 44 new production and maintenance supervisor roles for women and Indigenous Australians in a push to train more leaders from diverse backgrounds. The recruitment drive will equip people with limited knowledge of mining with leadership skills to inspire BMA's coal operations teams in Queensland. They will complete an 18-month leadership development prrogram where they will start out shadowing established leaders before branching out and entering leadership roles themselves.

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