New software developed by ANSTO’s materials engineering specialists is aiming to help coal-fired power stations improve their efficiency and sustain a reliable output.

The software, ‘Remlife’ is already in use by several power companies across Australia to gauge the wear and tear of plant infrastructure.

The majority of Australia’s coal-fired power stations are several decades old. With no new power stations coming online in the near future, the question remains how existing stations will cope with the added pressure of rising demand. But this latest software means power stations can generate electricity more reliably, according to Dr Warwick Payten who headed up the development of the Remlife software.

BHP Billiton has signed off on a US$400 million investment to expand Hunter Valley Energy Coal in New South Wales.

BHP Billiton has approved three key metallurgical coal projects located in the Bowen Basin in Central Queensland.

The Federal Government has announced its acceptance of advice and recommendations provided by the Policy Transition Group (PTG) that was formed following the announcement of new resource taxation arrangements.

The Federal Government has given conditional environmental approval  to the Xstrata Coal's proposed mine at Wandoan on Queensland's Western Darling Downs.

The Queensland Government will appoint an economic transition taskforce for North Stradbroke Island off Brisbane, after announcing that all mining on the island will be banned from 2025, two years earlier than planned.

A WA lithium miner plans to establish the first mine site in Australia completely powered by renewable energy within the next three years.

BHP Billiton has approved a $US7.4 billion ($7.2bn) capital investment to continue production growth at its Western Australia iron ore operations.

Stronger safety standards have been set for the Queensland mining industry following recent changes to legislation.

The Canadian public policy research organization, The Fraser Institute, has released its 2010-11 survey, ranking Western Australia in the top 20 mining jurisdictions of the world for attracting investment.

A proposal by Shree Minerals to develop a magnetite and hematite mine adjacent to the Nelson Bay River in north-western Tasmania will go through a high level of assessment under national environmental law.

A blow-out in the cost of the Oakajee port and rail project in Western Australia is threatening to derail progress to meet the deadlines imposed by the WA Government, according to a report published today in The Australian.

The Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics and Sciences has released its annual report into energy use and consumption throughout the country.

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) latest report on Australian mineral statistics has found that Australia’s export earnings from energy and mineral commodities increased by 25% last year, to $165 billion.

The Environmental Protection Authority has recommended against a controversial coal mine being established near Margaret River in Western Australia's south west.

General Electric (GE) has announced plans to open an $80 million custom-built state-of-the-art resources technology and learning complex at Jandakot Airport in Western Australia.

An 18 month apprenticeship training program for 1,000 workers and $200 million to fund targeted training projects for skills in critical demand are among a range of initiatives to address skills shortages in Australia’s resources sector.

An Aboriginal organisation, the Lhere Artepe Group,  has bought a controlling interest in civil engineering company, CDE.

The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority has given the green light to the $A6 billion Oakajee port and 570-kilometre rail development.

The Queensland Government has announced the membership of a new Surat Basin Engagement Committee that will consider the range of issues surrounding the development of coal seam gas in the state.

NSW Premier Kristina Keneally has announced that a future Labor government would prohibit exploration for coal seam gas near national parks and ban the use of toxic BTEX chemicals in extracting gas.

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