A WA lithium miner plans to establish the first mine site in Australia completely powered by renewable energy within the next three years.

Galaxy Resources won the Energy Generation and Distribution Award by the Sustainability Energy Association of Australia. The award ceremony, recognising sustainable energy excellence and innovation, was held in Perth last week.

The company received the award for its use of solar and wind power at its Mt Cattlin mine near Ravensthorpe.  Mt Cattlin is the first mine site in Australia to have real-time solar tracking panels as part of its power generating requirements. The solar tracking feature means the solar panels are able to follow the sun in all directions to maximise the power generated and provides 15% more power than a single axis systems.

BHP Billiton has approved a $US7.4 billion ($7.2bn) capital investment to continue production growth at its Western Australia iron ore operations.

Stronger safety standards have been set for the Queensland mining industry following recent changes to legislation.

The Canadian public policy research organization, The Fraser Institute, has released its 2010-11 survey, ranking Western Australia in the top 20 mining jurisdictions of the world for attracting investment.

A proposal by Shree Minerals to develop a magnetite and hematite mine adjacent to the Nelson Bay River in north-western Tasmania will go through a high level of assessment under national environmental law.

A blow-out in the cost of the Oakajee port and rail project in Western Australia is threatening to derail progress to meet the deadlines imposed by the WA Government, according to a report published today in The Australian.

The Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics and Sciences has released its annual report into energy use and consumption throughout the country.

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) latest report on Australian mineral statistics has found that Australia’s export earnings from energy and mineral commodities increased by 25% last year, to $165 billion.

The Environmental Protection Authority has recommended against a controversial coal mine being established near Margaret River in Western Australia's south west.

General Electric (GE) has announced plans to open an $80 million custom-built state-of-the-art resources technology and learning complex at Jandakot Airport in Western Australia.

An 18 month apprenticeship training program for 1,000 workers and $200 million to fund targeted training projects for skills in critical demand are among a range of initiatives to address skills shortages in Australia’s resources sector.

An Aboriginal organisation, the Lhere Artepe Group,  has bought a controlling interest in civil engineering company, CDE.

The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority has given the green light to the $A6 billion Oakajee port and 570-kilometre rail development.

The Queensland Government has announced the membership of a new Surat Basin Engagement Committee that will consider the range of issues surrounding the development of coal seam gas in the state.

NSW Premier Kristina Keneally has announced that a future Labor government would prohibit exploration for coal seam gas near national parks and ban the use of toxic BTEX chemicals in extracting gas.

Blasting at BMA’s Saraji and Peak Downs coal mines in Queensland has been put on hold by the Queensland Mines Inspectorate following two incidents on March 6 when miners were exposed to nitrogen oxide gas as a result of blasting.

Australia will negotiate a nuclear safeguards agreement with the United Arab Emirates to pave the way for uranium sales.

A new planning framework to guide development in the Pilbara has been released in response to many of the opportunities and challenges facing the region.

The new premises of specialist steel fabricator, Modular Engineering, has been launched at the Australia Marine Complex (AMC) in Henderson.

Xstata plans to more than double output of zinc-lead concentrates from its McArthur River mine in the Northern Territory and upgrade three smelters worldwide, in a bid to extend the life of the isolated mine.

Two miners have been awarded top honours at the 2011 Queensland Resources Council Resources Awards for Women.

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