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The GEA Gladstone Supply Chain Expo this week will showcase more than 60 exhibitors, highlighting the services and capabilities of the region's supply chain.

GEA chief executive officer Carli Homann said the Expo was an unsurpassed opportunity for industry decision-makers and the community to engage with Gladstone region manufacturers, engineers, suppliers and industry experts in one place.

“The GEA Supply Chain Expo is about giving local suppliers the opportunity to showcase their high level skills and capacity gained from working within these industries for many years,” Ms Homann said.

“These suppliers are ready and waiting to deliver world-class service for major projects and we want to make sure that everyone knows about their services and capabilities.”

Resource companies and buyers from around the state have been invited, from project investors and proponents to government representatives and industry associations, Tier 1 contractors and smaller firms.

“There will be a number of presentations throughout the day but one to look out for is from Inter-Port Global who are touting Gladstone as a location for a future international freight transport hub,” Ms Homann said.

“Inter-Port Global chief executive Des Euen shared his vision to develop a container hub at the State Development Area, near Mount Larcom only a couple of weeks ago which, if it comes to fruition, will be a $30 billion project.”

This will be the third year GEA has run the event.

Ms Homann said organisers had moved the Expo back to the Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre to allow space for more exhibitors and to allow suppliers with larger equipment to show off their capabilities.

  • The GEA Gladstone Supply Chain Expo will be held on Thursday, April 12 at the Gladstone Entertainment & Convention Centre from 9am to 3pm.

Resource and energy exports are on track to reach a record $230 billion in 2017-18 and earn a trillion dollars for Australia in the next five years, according to Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Matt Canavan.

Mr Canavan said figures in the Resources and Energy Quarterly, released this week by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, demonstrated that the resources sector was going from strength to strength.

“Australia’s resources and energy export volumes are projected to hold up near their current historical highs over the next five years and, in that period, earn more than a trillion dollars for Australia,” Mr Canavan said.

“We are seeing healthy growth in commodity prices, particularly iron ore and metallurgical coal, combined with growing export volumes, especially in LNG.”

The March quarterly provides in-depth analysis of commodity markets and detailed forecasts for production, exports and prices.

Mr Canavan said strong commodity prices played an important role in driving Australia’s economy.

“Mining is crucial not only to Australia’s economy, but also to growth and prosperity across our whole region,” he said.

“We are already the largest exporter of coal, bauxite and iron ore, and we could be the biggest LNG exporter as well by 2019.

“These commodities play an important role in helping our region to develop its critical infrastructure and build its prosperity.”

The Resources and Energy Quarterly is available at

The State Government has granted a mining lease for Bengal Coal’s planned Dysart East mine near in central Queensland out to 2039.

Queensland Resources Council chief executive Ian Macfarlane said the planned underground coal mine near Dysart had the potential to create much-needed construction jobs and 200 operational jobs for the life of the mine.

“Around 200 jobs could be created for the Dysart East Underground Coal Mine which has a target to produce about 1.9 million tonnes per annum of prime hard coking coal,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“It’s more good news for the coal industry.”

Mining lease granted for Dysart East
Townsville City Council has voted to negotiate with two shortlisted companies to supply pipe for the $215 million Haughton Pipeline Duplication project

A recommendation on the preferred supplier is expected to go the full council meeting on April 24 for a decision.

Mayor Jenny Hill said the pipe tender was the biggest component of the pipeline and it was crucial to get the deal right.

“This little extra time to negotiate allows council to guarantee that we get the right technology for the best price, while trying to maximise the number of local jobs created,” Cr Hill said.

“The pipeline will be a city-changing project and the benefits will be felt in Townsville for decades to come.

“More jobs will flow from the pipeline as the project ramps up over coming months.”

The pipeline is an essential part of the council’s three-point plan for Water Security, which also includes a recycled water system along with a Community Water Transition Support Package.

Cr Hill said the awarding of the pipe tender on April 24, would still see the pipeline built by the end of next year – within 26 months from start to finish.

Pipe tender to be decided April 24
Malachite Resources has announced its first gold pour from the Lorena open-cut operation near Cloncurry.

“We are delighted to have achieved this significant step in the development of the Lorena gold project and to have also achieved “Gold Producer Status” for the first time since listing on the ASX,” chairman Terry Cuthbertson said.

The company said the first gold pour was largely derived from lower grade ore that had been processed initially as the plant processes and recoveries were being optimised.

The processing of higher grade ore through the processing plant has commenced and gold production is now expected on a regular basis.

Malachite Resources, which holds a 55 per cent stake in the project, says mining is continuing in accordance with the schedule and that operating costs to date have been largely in accordance with project forecasts.

The project is expected to produce 30,000-35,000 ozs of recovered gold in 18 months of production.

The joint venture partners are awaiting assays from a 2400m RC drilling program carried out early this year to identify additional gold resources near surface and below the existing pit to extend the operation.

Lorena mine achieves first gold pour
A $4.85 million Ergon Energy project has seen the powerlines go underground to keep the lights on at Queensland’s Whitsunday islands following the destruction of Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

Underground feeders have replaced overheard power conductors connecting to the submarine cables which supply power to Hayman, Hamilton, Daydream and South Molle Islands.

Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said tourism operators in the area would benefit from a more resilient network the next time wild weather hit.

“The overhead network has been damaged by cyclones, and is also at risk from bushfires,” Mr Lynham said.

“This will significantly reduce Ergon Energy’s maintenance costs and also cut the need for costly diesel generation for island resorts.” 

The line route runs through Conway National Park, near Shute Harbour, so environmental protection was a priority for the project team.

“Access was a challenge for construction crews, who had to work along the existing narrow, steep, rocky and winding easement,” Dr Lynham said.

“Our contractors Zinfra did a great job on the installation while maintaining supply, ensuring the safety of workers and minimising their impact on a sensitive area.”

While Hamilton Island is open for business, Daydream Island, Hayman Island and South Molle remain closed for redevelopment in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Debbie. 

Power goes underground for resorts