Home' Australian Resources and Investment : June 2016 Contents Metro Mining reaches key milestones
Metro Mining has reached yet another key milestone in its Bauxite
Hills Project approvals process, and it appears to be on track with
plans to commence mining operations by September next year.
Bauxite Hills, north of Weipa, on western Cape York, has a
direct shipping ore (DSO) resource of 65.3 million tonnes and
a mine life in excess of 13 years.
Metro has submitted its environment impact statement
to the Queensland Government Department of Environment
and Heritage Protection (DEHP). This follows the Queensland
Government classifying Bauxite Hills as a Project of Regional
Signi cance, and the company reaching Native Title and Land
Access agreements with traditional owners.
Environmental assessment is a key milestone in the
approvals process. Metro believes nal determination of the
environmental impact statement may be achieved later this year,
enabling site construction to start straight after the wet season,
and mining operations to commence in September 2017.
Overall, Metro expects that 200--250 people will be
employed at Bauxite Hills during peak production.
At a glance:
3 environmental impact statement submitted
3 Native Title agreements in place
3 'Project of Regional Signi cance' classi cation by
3 pre-feasibility study completed
3 transhipping contracts completed
3 off-take MOU secured with Xinfa Group (major
Netherlands moots electric car future with petrol and
diesel ban by 2025
The Dutch parliament will strive towards all-electric sales by
midway through the next decade if senate passes the motion into
law. Dutch politicians have voted, through a motion, calling on the
country to ban sales of new petrol and diesel cars, starting in 2025.
The motion has only passed through the lower house of
the Netherlands' parliament, and would need to pass through
the Dutch senate to become legally binding. But its success in
a majority vote puts the earliest date yet on a major country
phasing out polluting transportation.
Initially, the motion -- proposed by the Labour Party (PvdA),
the junior member of the Netherlands' Coalition Government --
aimed to ban petrol and diesel cars entirely, but it was dialled
back. As it stands, the proposal would allow existing cars to
stay in use, but would 'strive to prevent' the sale of any future
ones, ensuring that Dutch roads gradually electrify over the
next decade or so.
But the motion was opposed by the Labour Party's coalition
partners, the centre-right VVD, whose leader, Halbe Zijlstra,
called the plan 'unrealistic', according to a report from the
Dutch state broadcaster NOS. Zijlstra was particularly
concerned about whether or not the proposed law would
con ict with the country's energy agreement, which commits
the Netherlands to certain decarbonisation targets by 2020.
The leader of the PvdA, Diederik Samsom, says that the
proposal would be feasible -- and that the energy agreement
wouldn't con ict with it. 'That agreement runs until 2023; we
are free in what we do after that. We are ambitious, perhaps
other parties are less so,' he says.
Electric car sales in the Netherlands currently stand at just
under 10 per cent.
METS Ignited scoping living labs for METS sector
Since the establishment of the METS Growth Centre, METS
Ignited, in October 2015, in-depth consultations with the
sector has identi ed a number of immediate areas to be
addressed. One signi cant gap identi ed is the lack of pilot
facilities for researchers and METS companies to trial and
prove their product.
Accordingly, METS Ignited Chair Elizabeth Lewis-Gray
says METS Ignited will be working on the scope of living labs
over the next six months, including virtual or pilot mine sites
which, no doubt, will attract attention from the METS sector,
miners and researchers.
'A pilot mine site can showcase METS capabilities and
innovation, and demonstrate to miners the value-add that
METS bring, without miners taking on that risk,' says
'Developing ways to assist METS companies and miners to
work together more collaboratively towards common goals will
result in a step-change in the adoption of innovation.'
Recently, METS Ignited also established a partnership
with Austmine, and together these two industry-focused
organisations will develop a number of collaborative activities
and projects for the METS sector.
In 2016, METS Ignited developed its rst Sector
Competitiveness Plan for METS. This plan addresses short-
and longer-term challenges and opportunities facing the
'The plan focuses on key levers to strengthen sector growth,
focusing on collaboration, commercialisation, innovation,
global supply chains, and skills and workforce development,'
'It identi es strategies to strengthen the global position of
the METS sector and support customers of the global mining
The plan is the culmination of research and, together
with Austmine, an industry engagement program that has
taken place over several months, involving more than 200
leaders from the METS sector and mining industry, as well as
researcher and consultants. Naturally, it also builds on the
consultation that the organisation undertook last year.
'For the plan to be relevant to industry, the insights shared at
our workshops with METS companies, miners, researchers and
consultants gave us perspectives from the whole supply chain.
'The Sector Competitiveness Plan reinforces that the
success of the mining industry and METS sector could positon
itself through better collaboration,' says Lewis-Gray.
Visit www.metsignited.org for more information about METS Ignited
strategies and the collaborative projects that the sector can leverage.
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