Construction and engineering specialist Abirgoup has secured a framwork agreement with Rio Tinto over the rail formation work in the Pilbara region./

The agreement will see Abigroup work in a collaborative arrangement with Rio Tinto for the delivery of railway earthworks associated with the mining company’s 333 million tonnes per annum expansion program.

The agreement will include participating in Early Contractor Involvement programs to finalise engineering, design and costing of work packages followed by construction of the work package.

After a bumper season that saw the company post a record quarterly export figure, iron ore mining giant Fortescue Metals Group’s CEO Neville Power has announced the company is open to the possibility of a joint construction venture to develop the Anketell Point port in the Pilbara region.

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has commenced work on a major rail upgrade between Singleton and Muswellbrook in the Hunter Valley.

Leighton Holdings has been awarded a US$518 million crude oil development project by Iraq’s South Oil Company.

Rio Tinto has announced the company set new quarterly records for iron ore sales and hard coking coal production.

BHP Billiton has announced a pre-commitment spending package of $1.2 billion for the first phase of the Olympic Dam Project to develop an open pit mine in northern South Australia.

Construction of the Kitan oil field, 550 kilometres north of Darwin in the Timor Sea, has started.

Recruitment specialist Hays has published its report on employment trends for the October quarter, finding increasing demand for professionals with any experience in the mining and resources sector.

The Federal Government has announced a three point reform agenda for the country’s ports, freight and shipping industries.

The International Monetary Fund has praised Australia’s economic position, saying that the country is well positioned to continue to reap the benefits from the ongoing commodity boom, a sound financial policy framework and a stable financial services sector.

The Federal and South Australian Governments have approved the Environmental Impact Statement for the $30 billion expansion of BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam mine in South Australia.

Plans for the CopperString 1,000 km transmission line from Townsville to Cloncurry in north-west Queensland have been thrown into doubt by an announcement by Xstrata that it will obtain its power from the new gas-fired Diamantina Power Station under a 17-year contract with the Diamantina consortium.

The Australian Stock Exchange is calling for comments from stakeholders on a consultation paper it has released on the Listing Rule reporting requirements that apply to mining, and oil and gas companies.

GHD Pty Ltd  has been announced as the successful proponent to determine route alignment options for the Bunbury to Albany Gas Pipeline corridor.

CSIRO has announced the development of a x-ray imaging detector that will use a new method of characterising mineral ores.

Queensland coal mining company, New Hope Corporation,  has put itself up for auction and  has received a number of preliminary proposals.

Australian exporters have recorded a trade surplus of $3.1 billion in August – the second highest on record – as well as experiencing the highest exports to Asia on record.

BHP Billiton has predicted Australia's resources industry will need an extra 170,000 workers in the next five years, a figure 60 per cent higher than a  previous government forecast used to develop policies for meeting skills demand.

John Holland has been selected as the preferred tenderer for the construction of the $400 million Connors river Dam to Moranbah Pipeline in Central Queensland.

Chevron Australia has announced constriction will begin immediately on the company’s Wheatstone LNG Project at Ashburton North on the Pilbara Coast.

Western Australia’s Auditor General Colin Murphy has submitted a report to State Parliament outlining his the need for increased focus on compliance with mining conditions in the state.

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