Mining & Resource Companies
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Below we have created a list of the major mining and resource companies in Australia including info from their about page and a direct link to their careers page.
[learn_more caption=”BHP Billiton”]
Our consistent strategy of owning and operating large, long-life, low-cost, upstream assets – diversified by geography, product and market – has enabled us to continue to deliver value to our shareholders. We are focused on investing in high-quality, expandable resource basins where large mineralisation deposits create significant growth options.
With over 20 commodities in our portfolio, we have a centralised marketing model that markets to customers globally. It is based on a hub and spoke model around the two principal marketing centres at The Hague and Singapore, with regional marketing offices in China, Japan, Korea, India and Brazil.
By using a common platform across all the commodities we can manage the physical product flows as well as the financial flows in a uniform manner. This uniformity extends to a single IT platform, a single set of processes, a single risk management system, a single set of standards and a single governance model, irrespective of what commodity and geography. Another aspect of this model is that it is scalable.
The long term outlook for BHP Billiton is strong. Our focus is on delivering strong production and cost performance as well as investing in new growth opportunities. We aim to operate at full capacity and stay focused on eliminating low-value activities to maintain our low-cost position and our ability to generate robust cash flows.
This strategy means more predictable business performance over time which, in turn, underpins the creation of value for our shareholders, customers, employees and importantly, the communities in which we operate. [/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”Rio Tinto”]
Rio Tinto comprises five principal product groups – Aluminium, Copper, Diamonds & Minerals, Energy and Iron Ore – plus two support groups: Technology & Innovation and Exploration.
This unique and versatile metal is used in a broad range of applications for transportation, packaging, electrical materials, medicine, construction and other sectors. Aluminium is light, strong, flexible, non corrosive and infinitely recyclable. When compared to most other metals, less energy is required to manufacture and transport products made from aluminium. Recycling aluminium uses only five per cent of the energy needed to produce primary metal, reducing total greenhouse gas emissions.
Operations in: North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Middle East Products: bauxite, alumina, speciality aluminas and aluminium.
Copper is found in nearly every home and vehicle, and in parts and appliances used in numerous aspects of infrastructure and technology. It blends easily with other metals to form useful alloys such as brass and bronze. It does not rust, and is an excellent conductor of electricity and heat. Copper is useful in a broad range of building, construction and electrical applications. Wiring and plumbing are the largest markets for copper. In air conditioning and refrigeration, copper acts as a heat exchanger. It’s also an important material architecturally and used in roofing sheeting.
Operations in: North America, South America, Africa, Australia and Asia Products: copper, gold, molybdenum and silver.
Diamonds & Minerals
Rio Tinto produces diamonds in a range of colours, including white, champagne and pink. We also operate a standalone pink diamond business to sell and market loose polished pink diamonds. Some of our diamonds are cut and polished and destined for the fine jewellery market. Others are retained for cutting and polishing, and sold to an international customer base.
Rio Tinto’s minerals are essential ingredients used in renewable energy production, insulation and lighter, more fuel efficient cars and in producing glass and paint. They might be used to raise crop yields, trap heat, absorb neutrons, improve flame resistance, strengthen building materials, make industrial processes cleaner and can be found in diverse other applications.
Operations in North America, South America, Australia and Asia, Europe and Africa Products: diamonds, borates, titanium dioxide feedstocks, talc, high purity iron, metal powders, zircon and rutile.
Rio Tinto produces coal and uranium for use as sources of energy. We produce two types of coal – thermal (steam) coal and coking coal. Thermal coal is primarily used to generate electricity in power stations. We produce low sulphur coal, which helps our customers lower their sulphur dioxide emissions. Coking coal is also known as metallurgical coal mainly used in making steel. Uranium is one of the most powerful natural sources of energy. Ore is extracted and treated to produce uranium oxide powder which is supplied to customers to become nuclear fuel for power generation.
Operations in: North America, Africa and Australia Products: thermal coal, coking coal and uranium
Iron is the most useful metal in the world. Cast iron is partly refined iron containing up to five per cent carbon and is ideal for moulded parts like car engine blocks. Wrought iron is nearly pure iron mixed with a glass-like material. It is used in outdoor furniture, railings and other decorations. Steel is the most common form of iron, containing about one per cent carbon. It has thousands of uses. Stainless steel contains chromium and is ideal for vehicle parts, hospital equipment and cooking utensils. Tool steel is extremely hard, heat treated steel that is used in metalworking tools.
Operations in: Australia and North America Products: iron ore and salt
At the end of 2009, the Exploration group was actively exploring in 17 countries, and assessing opportunities in a further 19 for a broad range of commodities including bauxite, copper, coking coal, diamonds, iron ore, nickel and uranium.
Technology & Innovation
T&I’s technology Centres have responsibility for different areas of mine technology, including mining, asset management and strategic production planning. T&I also pursues innovations that will give Rio Tinto further competitive advantage as it develops the orebodies of the future.
T&I’s offices are in Australia, Canada, the US and UK. Download the T&I fact sheet [/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”Rio Tinto Coal Australia”]
Rio Tinto Coal Australia operates the Blair Athol, Hail Creek, Kestrel and Clermont mines. We also manage Coal & Allied’s operations in the Hunter Valley, Bengalla, Hunter Valley Operations and Mount Thorley Warkworth.
Hail Creek Mine
Hail Creek Mine, located 95 km south west of Mackay in central Queensland, supplies steel mills in Asia and Europe with up to 8 million tonnes of hard coking coal per annum.
The Clermont Mine is Rio Tinto Coal Australia’s newest coal mine, and is located 12 km north west of the township of Clermont in central Queensland. When the mine reaches full capacity it will produce up to 12.2 million tonnes of themal coal for international markets.
Blair Athol Mine
Blair Athol Mine, located 20 km north west of Clermont in central Queensland, supplies customers in Asia and Europe with up to 12 million tonnes of thermal coal per annum.
Kestrel Mine, located 40 km north east of Emerald in central Queensland, is an underground operation supplying world markets with up to 4.2 million tonnes of coking and thermal coal per annum. [/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”Rio Tinto Iron Ore”]
Rio Tinto’s Iron Ore group is one of the world’s largest iron ore producers with approximately 23 per cent of seaborne iron ore trade. We have operations in Australia and Canada with development projects in Guinea (west Africa) and India.
The group includes iron ore operations in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, owned by Hamersley Iron and Robe River, and managed by Pilbara Iron. The Iron Ore Company of Canada (Rio Tinto: 59 per cent), in eastern Canada was acquired in 2000. Our portfolio also includes the HIsmelt facility in Kwinana, Western Australia, and the Orissa (India) and Simandou (Guinea) deposits. Our head office is located in Perth, Western Australia. In 2008, Dampier Salt Limited transitioned into the iron ore product group to capture synergies through geographical proximity to our Pilbara operations.
Our Pilbara operations consist of a network of 14 mines, three shipping terminals and the largest privately owned railway in Australia.
Rio Tinto Iron Ore Expansion Projects manages major expansion projects in the Pilbara, from conceptual, through pre-feasibility and feasibility phases and into construction and commissioning.
Labrador City and Sept-Îles
Our Canadian operations consist of a mine, concentrator and pellet plant located in Newfoundland and Labrador, with port facilities in Sept-Îles, Quebec. A 418 kilometre railway links the mine to the port. Our iron ore strategy saw Canadian operations expand production capacity to 18.4 million tonnes by mid-2008.
Our Simandou project, located in Guinea, west Africa, has significant resources of high grade iron ore. In August 2010 Rio Tinto signed a binding agreement with Chinalco’s listed subsidiary Chalco, under which a joint venture to develop and operate the Simandou iron ore project would be established. Mining operations are expected to start within five years.
The Orissa project, a joint venture partnership with state-owned Orissa Mining Company, is located in eastern India. The project will focus on meeting domestic Indian demands for iron ore. [/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”Centennial Coal”]
A subsidiary of Banpu Public Company Limited, Asia’s largest independent coal group.
Established in 1989 and listed on the Australian Securities Exchange in 1994, Centennial is a coal mining and marketing company supplying thermal and coking coal to the domestic and export markets. From small beginnings in 1989 and a $20 million listing in 1994 Centennial grew to be a top S&P/ASX 100 company. Upon the recent takeover by Banpu Public Company Limited (”Banpu”) in October 2010, our market capitalisation had grown to approximately $2.5 billion.
The Company is a major fuel supplier to the New South Wales energy industry, fuelling approximately 46% of the State’s coal-fired electricity.
Centennial sells approximately 35% of its coal into the export market. Coal is exported through ports at Newcastle and Port Kembla in NSW. Customers include power stations and steel mills in Taiwan, Japan, Korea and Europe.
We are securing our future through organic growth at existing operations and focused portfolio management – including acquisitions, divestments and focused exploration.
We have approximately 1,700 employees and ten operating coal mines in NSW, making Centennial one of the largest underground coal producers in NSW and now, as part of Banpu, a member of the largest independent pan-Asian coal group. [/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”Fortescue Metals”]
Fortescue is the New Force in Iron Ore and has joined the world’s leading producers of iron ore.
Since the Company was formed in 2003, its extraordinary growth has been unparalleled. Listed in the S&P/ASX 50 share index, Fortescue has firmly established itself as one of the world’s largest producers and sea-borne traders of iron ore. With over 65,000km2, the company continues to aggressively pursue growth strategies that will leverage its position as the major tenement holder in the Pilbara region which is widely regarded as the world’s best address for iron ore. [/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”Gloucester Coal”]
Gloucester Coal successfully operates two open cut mines, Stratford and Duralie in the Gloucester Basin and Donaldson Coal in the Newcastle Coalfield, which consists of two underground mines, Tasman and Abel. In QLD, Gloucester Coal Ltd has joint control and holds a near 50 per cent interest in Middlemount, located in the Bowen Basin.[/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”Energy Resources of Australia”]
Energy Resources of Australia Ltd (ERA) mines uranium ore and produces drummed uranium oxide at its Ranger mine 260 kilometres east of Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory.
ERA sells its product to power utilities in Asia, Europe and North America under strict international and Australian Government safeguards.
The Company aims to maintain long term relationships with customers to meet their energy needs and help reduce their risks through reliable supply of high quality product.
ERA also holds title to the Jabiluka deposit, situated 22 kilometres north of Ranger.
The Ranger Project Area and the Jabiluka lease are located on Aboriginal land. The conditions for mining at Ranger and Jabiluka are set out in agreements made with the Northern Land Council on behalf of the Mirarr Traditional Owners under the Federal Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976.
Rio Tinto, a diversified resources group, owns 68.4 per cent of ERA shares. The balance of the Company’s shares are publicly held and traded on the Australian Stock Exchange.[/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”Minara Resources”]
A leading nickel producer Minara Resources Limited is one of Australia’s top three nickel producers, and one of the top ten in the world.
Based in Perth, Western Australia, Minara operates the Murrin Murrin nickel and cobalt, joint venture project (60% Minara, 40% Glencore International AG) which is situated in the northern goldfields region between the towns of Leonora and Laverton.
The Murrin Murrin project employs over 1,000 employees and contractors, making it one of the largest single-site employers in Western Australia. [/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”Iluka Resources”]
Iluka Resources Limited (ASX code: ILU) is an Australia listed ASX 100 company. Iluka has 418.7 million shares on issue. The company is involved in the exploration, project development, operation and marketing of mineral sands products.
The company’s objective is to create and deliver value for its shareholders.
Iluka is the world’s largest producer of zircon, with a market share of approximately one third. It is the second largest producer of titanium dioxide minerals, and within this sector the largest global producer of the higher value titanium dioxide products of rutile and synthetic rutile (upgraded ilmenite).
Iluka’s operations are based in Australia, with mining and processing operations in Victoria; mining operations in South Australia, as well as processing and ilmenite upgrading operations in Western Australia. The company also has mining and processing operations in Virginia, in the United States. The company has a major exploration tenement holding in South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales. Iluka maintains a global prospectivity model for potential areas of mineral sands exploration.
Iluka also owns a “life of mine” royalty over sales revenue from iron ore produced from specific tenements within BHP Billiton’s Mining Area C (MAC) province in the north west of Western Australia.
The main mineral sands products of rutile, synthetic rutile, ilmenite and zircon have a wide range of consumer, lifestyle and industrial applications: pigment production used in paints, plastics, papers, titanium metal production, welding electrodes, floor and wall tiles, sanitary ware, zirconium based chemicals and zirconia metal applications.
The company employs approximately 900 people across its operations. The corporate office is located in Perth, Western Australia.
Iluka is committed to operating in a sustainable and environmentally responsible manner. The company targets high levels of performance and seeks to pursue “best practice” in the areas of environment, health and safety management, in keeping with its values of Commitment, Integrity and Responsibility.
Over recent years, the company has transformed its asset base from its historical reliance on its Western Australian mining operations to new, high quality, longer life operations in the Murray Basin (Victoria and New South Wales) and Eucla Basin (South Australia).[/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”Incitec Pivot”]
The IPL Group has undergone a transformation in the past five years from an Australian fertiliser company to an organisation with interests in North America, South America and Asia, as well as Australia. This growth has positioned IPL in the top 50 ASX-listed companies in Australia.
The chemicals IPL produces are fundamental to the basics of everyday life:
Nitrogen-based fertilisers help us to grow more food for the world’s ever-increasing population and produce natural fibres such as wool, cotton and timber.
Explosives made from similar chemicals help to extract the minerals essential for the production of energy and the manufacture of everyday goods.
Food, clothing , shelter, transport, communications and energy all depend on the industries IPL serves.
In recent years, the rapid rise in living standards in two of the world’s most populous nations – China and India – has created a surge in the demand for food and minerals.
IPL has strategically positioned itself to take full advantage of this need.
Through its integrated business model, IPL’s 5,000 employees manufacture and market fertilisers and explosives to customers around the world. Throughout its operations, the company’s mantra is simply – Zero Harm for Everyone Everywhere. Where safety is concerned, there are not compromises. It is the bedrock of the business and the number one priority.
IPL has financial strength and wide exposure to established and developing markets. This has created opportunities for sustainable growth – subject to Incitec Pivot’s strict investment criteria.
IPL has become a leader in its chosen markets with a portfolio of recognised and trusted brands.[/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”Newcrest”]
Newcrest is Australia’s largest gold producer and one of the world’s top 10 gold mining companies by production, reserves and market capitalisation.
Newcrest has a portfolio of predominantly low cost, long life operating mines, a strong pipeline of growth projects and highly prospective brown and greenfield exploration projects. The company has a substantial reserve and resource base with current gold reserves representing more than 25 years of future production . As at 30 June 2011, it had gold reserves of 80.0 Moz and copper reserves of 8.36 Mt and gold resources of 147.5 Moz and copper resources of 19.9 Mt.
As an unhedged gold producer with low gearing and a strong operating cash flow, Newcrest’s financial strength, coupled with extensive technical capability and a pipeline of organic growth opportunities ensure the company is well placed to deliver competitive returns to shareholders over the long term.
Newcrest’s asset portfolio includes eight operating mines using a variety of efficient predominantly low cost bulk mining methods for large orebodies together with selective underground mining methods to optimise high-grade epithermal deposits. Current operations include: Cadia Valley Operations, comprising Cadia Hill and Ridgeway (near Orange, NSW), Telfer Open Pit and Telfer Underground (Pilbara Region, Western Australia), Gosowong (Indonesia), Lihir (PNG), Hidden Valley (PNG) and Bonikro (West Africa).
The company is currently evaluating three major prospects with significant metal endownments, namely Wafi-Golpu in PNG, Namosi in Fiji and O’Callaghans in Western Australia. In addition, Newcrest is currently exploring for gold and gold-copper deposits in Australia, Indonesia, PNG, Fiji,and Cote d’Ivoire. Discovery of new orebodies remains an important element in Newcrest’s strategy to maximise shareholder returns over the long term. A key objective of the company’s exploration activities is to control large prospective mineral districts in order to secure long term mining operations, while enhancing the potential for further discoveries.
For the financial year ended 30 June 2011, Newcrest produced 2.7 million ounces of gold at a cash cost of A$493 per ounce and 75.6 kilo tonnes of copper. For 2011-12, Newcrest is targeting gold production of 2.775 – 2.925 million ounces and copper production of 75 – 85 thousand tonnes.
Headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, Newcrest is among the top 15 companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange by market capitalisation. The Company has around 16,000 employees and long term contractors.[/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”Kagara”]
Kagara Ltd is a leading Australian mining company (ASX ticker: KZL) with growing copper, zinc-lead and nickel operations in North Queensland and Western Australia and a strong project development and exploration pipeline.
The Company’s North Queensland copper and zinc-lead operations and exploration tenements cover an area of nearly 2,000 square kilometres extending over 500 km from west of Charters Towers in the South to the north-west of Cairns in the North. It has three operating provinces (Northern Chillagoe, Central Mt Garnet and Southern Thalanga provinces) including three treatment plants and three underground mines and one open pit mine.
Kagara has a 5-Year Strategic Growth Plan based on growing zinc production to 120ktpa and copper production to 30ktpa by FY15; a $50 million exploration program to establish an 8-12 year production outlook for each of its operating provinces; and structuring the business to become an ASX-100 company.
The immediate focus of this 5-year Strategy is to increase zinc production to a targeted level of 53-59kt for FY12 (FY11: 40.1kt) and maintain copper production at a targeted level of 17-20kt (FY11: 22.5kt), while reducing cash operating costs and protecting and enhancing margins – underpinned by a strong and well managed project pipeline.
“Building the capacity of the organisation, delivering on our operational commitments, striving for continuous improvement, together with a strategic review of all Kagara assets will lead to a more focused and results-oriented business into the future. Kagara has an enviable suite of tenements and operational assets throughout North Queensland which will carry Kagara towards its goal of being a major ASX-listed based zinc and copper producer.”
Elsewhere in its base metals portfolio, Kagara has completed a pre-feasibility study on the world-class, potentially Tier One Admiral Bay zinc-lead-silver-barite project in Western Australia. The Company is currently seeking equity or joint venture partners to underpin an externally funded Bankable Feasibility Study.
A strategic review of the Company’s assets has determined the Forrestania Nickel Project in Western Australia, including the operating Lounge Lizard nickel mine, to be non-core. Kagara has initiated a process to divest these assets.
Kagara Ltd’s portfolio of listed investments include a 61.9% stake in the ASX-listed gold developer Mungana Goldmines Limited (ASX: MUX), which is developing the world-class Red Dome gold project in North Queensland.
The Company also has a strategic relationship with Monto Minerals to jointly explore and develop base and precious metals over Monto’s 500 square kilometres of highly prospective tenements located around Herberton in North Queensland. [/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”Lynas”]
Lynas Corporation Ltd is an ASX 100 listed company, with the strategy to create a reliable, fully integrated source of Rare Earths from mine through to market, and to become the benchmark for the security of supply and environmental standards in the global Rare Earths industry.
The foundation of this strategy is Mount Weld in Western Australia, the richest known deposit of Rare Earths in the world, and a state-of-the-art Rare Earths processing plant, the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP), currently under construction near Kuantan in Pahang, Malaysia. [/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”Macarthur Coal”]
Macarthur Coal is a leading independent coal company in Australia and with its joint venture partners, owns, operates and develops mines in Queensland’s Bowen Basin.
Macarthur is the world’s largest exporter of low volatile Pulverised Coal Injection (LV-PCI) coal used in the production of steel. This product is mined at Coppabella, Moorvale and Middlemount mines.
In 2011 the Company announced Codrilla as its fourth mine for development. Macarthur and its joint venture partners also own an extensive portfolio of exploration tenements across Queensland’s Bowen Basin, giving the Company and its partners a strong growth pipeline of metallurgical coal projects.
Macarthur’s product is sold to the majority of the world’s largest steel producers and is exported to Asia, Europe and South America.[/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”Mincor Resources”]
Mincor Resources NL is a nickel mining Company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. The Company is debt-free with an exceptionally strong balance sheet and has paid regular fully-franked dividends since 2003.
Mincor operates two mining centres in the world-class Kambalda Nickel District of Western Australia, and has been mining there successfully since 2001. The Company is also active in nickel and base metal exploration throughout Australia.
Mincor’s growth strategy is aimed at the creation of a diversified mining house through a strong focus on growing the Company’s successful nickel business while simultaneously expanding its interests across a wider range of mineral commodities.[/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”Mount Gibson Iron “]
As a leading independent Australian “pure-play” hematite iron ore producer, Mount Gibson Iron Limited (ASX Code: MGX) is well-established in the bulk commodities sector. With the successful takeover of Aztec Resources in late 2006, Mount Gibson has built a sustainable platform for future shareholder growth.
With Tallering Peak already operating at its targeted hematite production rate of 3 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa), the Koolan Island hematite mining operation ramping up from 3Mtpa towards its targeted production rate of 4Mtpa by December 2011 and development and construction of the Extension Hill hematite project scheduled for completion in the June 2011 quarter, Mount Gibson is well positioned to take advantage of strong Iron Ore prices. Annual production of 3Mtpa at Extension Hill will lift total Mount Gibson production to 9Mtpa in 2012.
Mount Gibson has firm commercial relationships with major Chinese steel industry customers, and with continued strong demand and prices the Company and its shareholders are ideally leveraged to benefit from further commodity price rises.
The Company is generating strong cashflow and has a stable and experienced management team focused on delivering returns to shareholders. [/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”Murchison Metals”]
Murchison Metals Limited (‘Murchison’) is an Australian ASX listed company. The Company is aiming to create shareholder wealth through mining and exporting high quality iron ore to world markets.
Murchison is a 50% shareholder in Crosslands Resources Ltd (‘Crosslands’) which is the owner of the Jack Hills iron ore project located in the mid-west region of Western Australia. The remaining 50% of Crosslands is held by Mitsubishi Development Pty Ltd (‘Mitsubishi’), a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation, Japan’s largest general trading company.
In addition, Murchison has a 50% economic interest in a new independent infrastructure business, Oakajee Port and Rail (OPR). OPR has the right to construct new port and rail infrastructure to service miners (including Crosslands) and other potential customers in the mid-west region of WA. The remaining 50% economic interest in OPR is held by Mitsubishi.
Murchison has a strong, experienced and energetic hands-on management team which will continue to support both Crosslands and OPR to become, respectively, a leading iron ore producer and a leading infrastructure business.[/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”Orica”]
Orica is an Australian-owned, publicly-listed global company with operations in around 50 countries and customers in twice that many.
We have evolved from a supplier of explosives to the Victorian gold fields in 19th Century Australia into a multi-billion dollar company that is currently ranked as one of the top 30 companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange based on market capitalisation.
Orica’s proud traditions of leadership, innovation, quality and safety are shared by our 13,000 people located in around 50 countries across six continents.
Orica turns science into the solutions that satisfy basic human needs. Our products, brands and services can be trusted for their reliability, range and quality. Each of our businesses – Orica Mining Services, Minova and Orica Chemicals – is the leader in its chosen market.[/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”Oz Minerals”]
OZ Minerals is an Australian based mining company with a focus on copper. The Company owns and operates the high quality Prominent Hill copper-gold mine in South Australia and is maximising value from the Prominent Hill operation and from exploration in the highly prospective region.
OZ Minerals recently purchased the Carrapateena copper project in South Australia which is a similar style of deposit to Prominent Hill. This project is in the exploration phase but has the potential to be in production by 2017-2018 should exploration and studies prove successful.
OZ Minerals is also building a pipeline of projects which can deliver superior returns in the medium term through acquisition, organic developments and a strong commitment to exploration both at existing projects and through the identification of new opportunities. OZ Minerals has a strong balance sheet, a team of highly skilled mining industry professionals and a commitment to Respect, Integrity, Action and Results.[/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”PanAust”]
PanAust is an Australia-based S&P/ASX 100 (ticker:PNA) copper and gold producer with operations in Southeast Asia and a portfolio of growth projects in Laos and Chile.
PanAust’s key producing asset is the Phu Kham Copper-Gold Operation, which is located within the Company’s highly prospective 2,636 square kilometre Contract Area in Laos.
In March 2011, the Company acquired from Codelco, the world’s largest copper company, a majority interest in the Inca de Oro Copper-Gold Project in Chile. This provides PanAust with geographic diversity and a base for establishing a copper business in South America; the world’s most prolific copper producing region.
PanAust’s committed growth in Southeast Asia includes:
the Ban Houayxai Gold-Silver Project (Laos) the Phu Kham Upgrade Project (Laos)
the Phonsavan Copper-Gold Project (Laos)
the Puthep Copper Project (Thailand)
The Company’s head office is located in Brisbane, Australia. [/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”Panoramic Resouces”]
Panoramic Resources Limited (PAN) is a well established Perth-based mining company. It owns and operates in Western Australia the Savannah (East Kimberley) and Lanfranchi (Kambalda) underground nickel mines and has recently acquired the Gidgee Gold Project (Murchison). PAN is an S&P/ASX Top 200 company with no bank debt and a growing nickel and gold resource base, employing more than 500 people.
By its successful development of the Savannah Nickel Project, PAN has demonstrated its ability to identify viable projects and take them from the resource definition phase through evaluation and feasibility studies to construction and production. Its expertise has also enabled it to substantially increase production and extend the mine life at both the Savannah and Lanfranchi operations.
The Company’s vision is now to broaden its exploration and production base, with the aim of becoming a major, diversified mining house in the S&P/ASX Top 100. The first significant step in this direction was the acquisition, early in 2011, of the Gidgee Gold Project, located some 640 kilometres northeast of Perth. This project includes a 600,000 tonnes per annum process facility, a 150 person camp and a large, highly prospective tenement package already containing 310,000 ounces of gold in Resource.
PAN is also widely engaged in exploration activities in Australia, Canada, the United States and Scandinavia, primarily focusing on nickel, copper and gold. The Company is actively looking to add to this exploration portfolio with new projects.
The growth path is being led by an experienced exploration-to-production team that has already enabled Panoramic to develop a substantial and profitable revenue stream, providing it with the capital base to achieve its vision through acquisitions and or joint ventures.[/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”St Barbara”]
St Barbara is one of Australia’s largest ASX listed gold producers and explorers. St Barbara’s key assets include its Leonora and Southern Cross Operations, both of which are located in Western Australia. It has Mineral Resources of 7.6 million ounces of gold including Ore Reserves of 2.8 million ounces of gold as at 30 June 2011, as well as an extensive landholding comprising granted tenements and tenement applications of approximately 4,500 square kilometres.
The Leonora Operations comprise the Gwalia 1.2 Mtpa processing plant and the Gwalia Underground mine and the King of the Hills mine, as well as nearby development opportunities. St Barbara’s Gwalia gold mine was successfully commissioned in October 2008, with production expected to exceed 175,000 ounces in financial year 2012. Gwalia is the cornerstone asset for St Barbara with an indicative mine life exceeding nine years and high grade mineralisation below the current reserves. King of the Hills commenced production in June 2011 and is expected to produce 55,000 to 60,000 ounces over its remaining life of at least 4 years.
The Southern Cross Operations comprise the Marvel Loch 2.2 Mtpa processing facility, the Marvel Loch Underground mine and a number of development opportunities. The Southern Cross Operations have produced a minimum of 120,000 ounces for each of the last four years.
Currently the two gold operations produce in aggregate over 250,000 ounces of gold per annum.
The Company is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ticker symbol SBM).
In addition to the two Western Australian gold producing operations, the corporate office is based in Melbourne, Victoria, with an operations support team based in Perth.[/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”Straits”]
Straits was formed through the de-merger of the metal assets from diversified resource company Straits Resources Limited (renamed International Coal Holdings Ltd), and was listed on the Australian Stock Exchange on 2 February 2011 (ASX Code: SRQ).
Straits is a mining and exploration company focussed on copper and gold in Australia and Asia.
Straits controls and operates the Tritton Copper Mine in NSW and the Mt Muro Gold mine in Indonesia and has an exciting exploration portfolio focussing on projects in NSW and South Australia.[/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”Wesfarmers Resources”]
Wesfarmers Resources is a significant Australian open-cut miner and is a leading metallurgical coal producer with interests spanning two coal mines. The division’s operations comprise the Curragh mine in Queensland’s Bowen Basin (metallurgical and steaming coal for export and domestic markets) and a 40 per cent interest in the Bengalla mine in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales (steaming coal for both export and domestic markets).
Wesfarmers operates the Curragh mine situated 200 kilometres west of Rockhampton in Queensland’s Bowen Basin. As one of Australia’s largest independent coal producers, Curragh produces around nine million tonnes of metallurgical and steaming coal annually.
Export metallurgical coal is transported 300 kilometres by rail to the Port of Gladstone where it is shipped to customers in Japan, South-East Asia, Europe and South America.
Curragh’s steaming coal is produced for domestic power generation and transported by rail directly to the Stanwell Power Station near Rockhampton. The 20 kilometre overland conveyor which transports coal from Curragh North to Curragh is the longest single flight conveyor in the world.[/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy & Fertilisers “]
The Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy & Fertilisers division operates chemical, gas and fertiliser businesses that service a range of sectors in both domestic and international markets.
CSBP Chemicals manufactures and supplies ammonia, ammonium nitrate and industrial chemicals to the Western Australian resource and industrial sectors through CSBP.
CSBP has a 50 per cent interest in QNP, a fully integrated ammonia/ammonium nitrate facility located near Moura in central Queensland. QNP has a manufacturing capacity of approximately 215,000 tonnes per year of explosive grade ammonium nitrate.
Australian Gold Reagents
AGR is Western Australia’s sole manufacturer of sodium cyanide, which is used in the mining industry for gold extraction. AGR has been manufacturing and distributing sodium cyanide to the WA gold mining industry for over 20 years, and is also a key supplier to international gold mining operations. AGR is a 75 per cent owned joint venture with Coogee Chemicals.
Australian Vinyls is Australia’s leading manufacturer and supplier of polyvinyl chloride resin. Australian manufacturers convert AV’s resin into a variety of products including pipe, electric cable insulation, packaging, floor coverings and profiles. AV’s subsidiary ModWood produces wood-plastic composite products from recycled wood and plastic.
Kleenheat Gas extracts, distributes and markets LPG and is a leading provider of gas services to residential, commercial, industrial, rural and automotive markets across Australia. It also produces and supplies LNG for the heavy duty vehicle and remote power generation markets through EVOL LNG. Air Liquide WA Air Liquide WA is a joint venture company between Wesfarmers Limited (40%) and Air Liquide Australia Ltd. Established in 1965, the company services the Western Australian, Northern Territory and some export markets with a comprehensive range of industrial, scientific and medical gases.
CSBP Fertilisers manufacture, import and distribute phosphate, nitrogen and potassium based fertilisers in blended, compound and liquid form for the Western Australian agricultural sector. CSBP also offers farmers a comprehensive soil and plant analysis service supported by the NUlogic interpretation model delivered by its network of staff and accredited partners in regional WA. [/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”Western Areas”]
Western Areas is an Australian-based nickel sulphide explorer and producer listed on the ASX and TSX (ASX & TSX Code: WSA). The Company’s core asset is the 100% owned Forrestania Nickel Project, located 400km east of Perth.
The primary discovery at Forrestania, Flying Fox, is one of the highest grade nickel deposits in the world. Total Mineral Resources at Flying Fox comprise 1.8 million tonnes at an average grade of 4.5% (2.5Mt @ 5.5% for 125kNi including Lounge Lizard) nickel, containing approximately 81,820 tonnes of nickel. Western Areas’ produced 8,000 tonnes of nickel in the 1st full year of production at Flying Fox.
Open pit mining has also commenced at Spotted Quoll, 6km south of Flying Fox, Total Ore Reserves at Spotted Quoll comprise 1.7Mt at an average grade of 6.0% nickel containing approx. 106,010 nickel. The Stage One Underground Feasibility Study was completed during December. Deeper drilling has intersected high grade nickel up to 400m below the ore reserve at Spotted Quoll.
The Cosmic Boy nickel concentrator is now commissioned and was officially opened by the Western Australian Minister for Mines and Petroleum on 24th March 2009. The Stage One Plant is fully operational with the Stage Two expansion being officially opened on 10th June 2010 by the Western Australian Minister for Mines and Petroleum. This has doubled the capacity of the plant to 550,000tpa ore. The Board believes that this central concentrate plant will establish Forrestania as a major nickel province producing ore from a number of sources.
Flying Fox and Spotted Quoll are expected to be two of the lowest cost nickel mines in the world. In addition preliminary surface development work has been completed on the planned Cosmic Boy and Diggers South mines.
The Company is also developing a number of other discoveries at the Forrestania Nickel Project.[/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”CITIC Pacific Mining”]
CITIC Pacific Mining is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hong Kong listed company CITIC Pacific Limited and is headquartered in Perth. CITIC Pacific Mining is a young company established to manage the company’s first major investment in Australia, the Sino Iron project. The company’s senior management have considerable iron ore, resources and construction expertise and experience in Australia and internationally.
CITIC Pacific Mining is committed to working closely with the community and stakeholders. This includes identifying employment and training opportunities, and supporting business development and community development projects. The company’s mission is to deliver maximum sustainable value for shareholders by innovating, making excellent business decisions, creating a great place to work and being a good corporate citizen.[/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”Hancock Coal”]
Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd (HPPL) is a diversified Australian energy and resources company, with a strong record of pioneering the economic development of regional Australia.
Founded by Lang Hancock over 50 years ago, HPPL has a long and proud history in minerals, exploration and development industries in Australia. Since it was established in the mid 1950s, HPPL has demonstrated a strong commitment to the growth of Australia’s mineral wealth, and has continued to seek and develop additional resource deposits across the country.
The pioneering spirit of Hancock that led the development of the Pilbara region in Western Australia is now being directed to the vast potential of the Galilee Basin in Queensland with Hancock Coal Pty Ltd (HCPL) and the Alpha Coal Project.
HCPL, a subsidiary of Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd has a long-standing interest in the development of the Galilee Basin, with the parent company having held coal exploration permits and investigated the Alpha region since the 1970s.
In the 1970s, resource exploration commenced in the Galilee Basin, which was considered to be uneconomic due to the lack of associated infrastructure on Australia’s east coast. Now, some 30 years later, with more developed rail and port infrastructure coupled with the global demand for coal fired power, there is an exciting opportunity for this area of regional Queensland. [/learn_more]
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