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In this issue, the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia recently raised concerns that an additional 8,000 skilled workers will be needed over the next 12-18 months. We ask how the state will meet these demands, and whether it can be done locally.

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Also, a recent report from the University of Sydney has shown that Australian copper mining operations could reduce their carbon emissions to zero within the next 30 years. While copper as a commodity is essential to much of green energy tech, the production of the mineral itself is carbon intensive and could prove to be a barrier to countries achieving the terms of the Paris Agreement if not addressed.

Elsewhere, figures from the Australian Government’s Resources Energy Quarterly report show that iron ore recently became the first commodity to exceed A$100bn in export value. Always an important commodity due to its application in steel, iron ore has exploded in value over recent years, thanks in no small part to rapid growth in China’s economy. We map the key developments in iron ore’s value.

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In this issue 

Inside the latest generation of the Large Open Pit Project

Australia’s Large Open Pit Project is one of the most successful mining research organisations, with support from private firms and a catalogue of influential papers and policy recommendations in its brief history. JP Casey speaks to manager Professor David Williams and assistant manager Dr Medhi Serati, both of the Geotechnical Engineering Centre, to learn about the next generation of the scheme.

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Navigating a hard border: spotlight on mining in Western Australia

The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia recently raised concerns that an additional 8,000 skilled workers will be needed over the next 12 to 18 months in the resources industry. Scarlett Evans reports.

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Could zero-emission copper mines be around the corner?

The University of Sydney recently released a report showing how Australia’s copper mining operations could target zero emissions within the next 30 years. Scarlett Evans finds out more about what ‘moonshot’ thinking like this can achieve.

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The sum of all fears: Covid-19 and risk management in mining

In January this year, professional services firm KPMG spoke to Australian mining companies about the biggest risks they faced. Since then, Covid-19 has amplified many of the mining industry’s greatest fears. Matt Farmer spoke to KPMG to reflect on what has changed since the survey.

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Steady on: how Australian mining is navigating uncertain times

The Australian mining sector fared well at the peak of the pandemic, with few shutdowns and minimal comparative disruption to production. But, Heidi Vella asks, as uncertainty continues and a global recession takes hold, what lies in store for the sector?

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The man, the myth, the dinosaur theme park: mining magnate Clive Palmer
Clive Palmer is many things, a mining magnate, a politician, and the owner of the world’s largest dinosaur theme park. Yet many of these projects have failed outright, or become embroiled in legal battles, with the only constant being a reminder of the influence of wealth and power across these sectors. JP Casey learns more.

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Agnew gold mine: a vision for green power at mines?

This year, Gold Fields completed its Agnew Hybrid Renewable Project, creating a microgrid for its Agnew gold mine that allows wind and solar power to make up more than 50% of the mine’s power requirements. Matthew Hall finds out if it could be a route to powering mines with green energy.

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Australian iron ore at A$100bn

According to figures from the Australian Government’s Resources Energy Quarterly report, iron ore recently became the first commodity to exceed A$100bn in export value. Yoana Cholteeva maps the key developments that helped make the iron ore trade so successful.

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Preview -Mine Australia January 2021

A new Bribery Prevention Network has been established in Australia, aiming to provide a hub supporting all businesses, especially those with international operations, in countering bribery and corruption. The network’s members include banks, non-profits such as Transparency International Australia, and key representatives of the mining industry, including BHP and the Australia-Africa Minerals & Energy Group. We learn more.

Also in this issue, we take a look at South Australia’s plans to bring 25,000-30,000 new jobs to the state by 2030, check in on the latest progress of Australia’s biggest ongoing mining projects, and explore how Australian mining companies and culture have rooted in the US.

Plus, we examine the potential for green alternatives to steel and aluminium, ask if Western Australia is going far enough to protect Aboriginal land, map out the breakdown of mineral production across Australian states, and delve into how long miners should provide oversight to an operation after production ends.