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Tungsten revival? PDF Print E-mail

BY BRIAN WAWN, PROJECT MONITOR

In the early 1900s, Australia produced around half of the world’s tungsten, mainly from far north Queensland. But from then on, Queensland mining in this sector went into long-term decline.

 
Oil and gas: the survivors PDF Print E-mail

BY BRIAN WAWN, PROJECT MONITOR

With most mineral prices having fallen in the past 18 months, oil and gas prices stand out as the survivors, with prices remaining more-or-less steady in this time.

 
Iron ore: stranded assets PDF Print E-mail

BY BRIAN WAWN, PROJECT MONITOR

The big iron ore players in Australia (Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton and Fortescue Metals Group) continue to expand in their heartland, the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

 
Coal in the doldrums PDF Print E-mail

BY BRIAN WAWN, PROJECT MONITOR

Last week, Glencore Xstrata announced that it is abandoning plans to develop a new coal port at Balaclava Island, north of Gladstone in Queensland. Weak thermal-coal prices are a major reason for this.

 
Bad news for gold projects PDF Print E-mail

BY BRIAN WAWN, PROJECT MONITOR

Gold prices have fallen sharply this month, currently standing at around US$1,410 per ounce. Gold projects are correspondingly in for a rough ride.

 
Copper prices: No joy ahead PDF Print E-mail

BY BRIAN WAWN, PROJECT MONITOR

Mining companies like rising commodity prices.

 
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