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China launches first emissions trading scheme

China will today launch its first carbon emissions trading scheme in Shenzhen, a business hub with a population of around 10 million and economic output of over A$150 billion. Shenzhen’s pilot...

Port Hedland gets airport fire fighting services back

Airservices Australia will introduce new services at Port Hedland starting with an Aerodrome Flight Information Service (AFIS) and Aviation Rescue Fire Fighting service (ARFF) at the airport. The new...

$180M investment in offshore exploration

Resources and Energy Minister Gary Gray has announced the grant of 13 new offshore petroleum exploration permits as part of round one of the 2012 Offshore Petroleum Exploration Acreage Release. The...

Qld Copper mine flicks FIFO

A copper mine near Cloncurry in Queensland’s remote north west has announced it intends to transition to a 100% local workforce. Mine owners, Copperchem, have been using a FIFO (fly in, fly out)...

Three oil shale applications lodged in NW Qld

On Tuesday, Axiom Mining lodged three applications for oil shale exploration permits in northern Queensland between Croydon and Julia Creek. The company claims oil shale lies between 40 and 120...

Pilbara to get renewable energy boost

Pilbara mining communities look set to be the biggest beneficiaries of a plan to build two large-scale renewable energy plants. The federal government-funded program is expected to generate 150...

Government closes overseas workers loop hole

In a bid to close a glaring loop hole in immigration law, the Gillard government has moved to extend the application of the migration zone to Australia’s offshore resources industry. Currently...

Approvals duplication blamed for drop in exploration

The productivity of Australia’s resource exploration industry is falling, according to a draft report — Mineral and Energy Resource Exploration — released by the Productivity Commission...

LNG demands labour; NT to experience skills shortages

A new labour market index launched by national resource industry employer group AMMA shows construction labour requirements on Australia’s mining, energy and infrastructure projects will peak at...