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Resources Monitor reports on projects in Australia in three vibrant sectors: mining, gas and electricity.

Mining is currently the fastest-growing sector of the economy.

Underpinned by government support, strong growth is forecast in the gas sector, in electricity generation, pipelines and import terminals.

And new renewable-electricity projects (wind, solar and pumped hydro) are mushrooming throughout the country.

Our reports open the door for suppliers, consultants and contractors to opportunities in these fast-growing sectors.  

In 2021, we will add reports on water, transport and oil-and-gas projects.

We aim (by the end of 2021) to offer a comprehensive reporting service on resources and infrastructure projects in Australia.


 

Source: Stephen Codrington


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Project Notes


10 November 2020

 

A major wind-solar project


Construction started in October 2020 on a $500-million renewable-energy project near Port Augusta in South Australia, comprising:

 

 - a wind farm, with 50 turbines and capacity of 210 megawatts

 - a solar farm, with nearly 250,000 solar panels and capacity of 107 megawatts

 

Danish company Vestas is supplying the wind turbines and Chinese company Longi Solar is supplying the solar panels. The developer is the Spanish company, Iberdrola. Rounding out the international nature of the project, the two main contractors are Elecnor (Spanish-owned) for the wind farm and Sterling and Wilson (Indian owned) for the solar farm. 




Thermal coal: out of favour, not of prospects

MACH Energy aims to double production at its Mt Pleasant thermal-coal mine in New South Wales, to 20 million tonnes per year. This will make Mt Pleasant one of the largest thermal-coal mines in Australia.

In a report of October 2020, the Minerals Council of Australia forecasts that, over the next decade, Asian thermal-coal imports will grow by 25% or 270 million tonnes - more than Australia's current total thermal-coal exports (212 million tonnes in 2019). Notwithstanding moves to restrict coal-fired electricity in Australia, Asia offers promising prospects.