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Rio Tinto's new mine will be solar powered, company says

February 02 2020

Global mining giant Rio Tinto has unveiled plans for a large solar farm to feed its new iron ore mine in Western Australia's Pilbara region.

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Anthony Albanese gives evidence at conspiracy trial of former NSW Labor ministers

February 02 2020

Federal Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese tells a Sydney court that Ian Macdonald told him he wanted to be preselected again during a Labor Party lunch at a Chinese restaurant.

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Miner's body not found for hours after he was mistakenly sent to deadly 'goaf', inquest hears

February 02 2020

A coronial inquest has heard that workers at a Queensland mine suspected that a sensor that alerted them to a deadly gas leak may have been faulty.

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Morris Iemma tells court what Eddie Obeid said about his colleague Ian Macdonald

February 02 2020

A mining licence conspiracy trial hears from former NSW premier Morris Iemma, who tells the court Eddie Obeid lobbied to have his colleague Ian Macdonald promoted to "senior position in the government".

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$60m conspiracy allegations facing Obeids and Macdonald 'reconstructed fiction', court hears

February 02 2020

Eddie Obeid, son Moses and former resources minister Ian Macdonald face the Supreme Court over allegations of conspiracy in a $60 million mining deal.

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BHP open to coal exit as it focuses on 'future-facing' copper, nickel and potash

February 02 2020

Mining giant BHP reports an increase in half-year profit to $7.3 billion and tells investors it is open to selling its remaining thermal coal business to focus on "future-facing" commodities.

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Ex-miner Uwe Seeger tours a coal mine turned into a museum

February 02 2020

Coal mining in Germany's Ruhr valley dates back centuries, but in 2007 the government decided to shut down the country's black coal mines. Now many have been turned into tourist attractions. Read More


Europe's biggest economy is quitting coal, so far without sacking a single worker

February 02 2020

Germany is doing what Australia says it can't — shutting down every coal mine and coal-fired power plant in the country. But there's a cost.

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Randalls gold mill

February 02 2020

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Mining student convicted of stealing gold at Kalgoorlie site

February 02 2020

A fourth-year engineering student at the WA School of Mines claims "curiosity" got the better of him after being convicted of stealing nuggets from a Kalgoorlie gold mine.

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Fears of a 'big, big mess' as Rio Tinto begins pulling down Gove refinery

February 02 2020

Mining on the Gove Peninsula will be finished and its bauxite machinery pulled down and scrapped by 2030 — but some fear the chapter which follows may take more than a generation to complete.

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Uncertainty growing in mining markets as coronavirus spreads

February 02 2020

Australia's multi-billion-dollar mining industry takes a battering as the spread of coronavirus continues to stall construction in China.

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