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Esmarie Swanepoel


Esmarie Swanepoel is Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor: Australasia for Mining Weekly.


Received BTech degree in Journalism from the Tshwane University of Technology

Wollongong weighs appeal as court rejects bid

2nd December 2016 ASX-listed junior Wollongong Coal has said it is disappointed with the decision by the Land and Environment Court to set aside the company’s appeal on orders from the New South Wales Planning and Assessment Commission (PAC). The PAC in March this year released its review report in relation to... 

Anti-coal politics could harm Qld economy – Minister

2nd December 2016 Australia’s Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Matt Canavan, has warned that attacks on the coal industry could threaten more than 180 000 jobs and A$30-billion in economic activity in Queensland. Canavan accused the Labor party of throwing its weight behind the Greens party, in... 

Woodmac gives warning on PRRT review

2nd December 2016 Some $20-billion worth of investment in the Australian liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector could be at risk if any major fiscal changes were implemented without proper consideration of their impact on the country’s competitive position, advisory firm Wood Mackenzie (Woodmac) has warned. The... 

Victoria jeopardising jobs and investment – MCA

2nd December 2016 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has lashed out at the Victorian government, saying that much-needed new jobs and investment in the resource sector were being delayed or missed owing to antiquated approvals processes and uncertainty. MCA acting executive director for Victoria Gavin Lind on... 

Red Mountain opts out of the Philippines

2nd December 2016 ASX-listed Red Mountain Mining has struck a deal with its joint venture partner Bluebird Merchant Ventures over its 75% interest in the Batangas gold project, in the Philippines. Under the terms of the agreement, Bluebird will acquire Red Mountain’s share in the project in exchange for... 

Red River finds financing for Thalanga restart

2nd December 2016 The restart of the Thalanga zinc project, in Queensland, is now fully funded after ASX-listed Red River announced a A$30-million capital raise. The company told shareholders on Friday that it had received commitments to raise A$30-million through a two tranche placement of 162.1-million shares,... 

Power outage shuts potline at Alcoa’s Portland smelter

2nd December 2016 A power outage at the Portland aluminum smelter, in Victoria, has forced aluminium major Alcoa to halt production at one of two potlines. While the other potline is operating, Alcoa warned on Friday it could experience a significant instability in the short term. 

BP sanctions Mad Dog Phase 2 in Gulf of Mexico

2nd December 2016 Oil major British Petroleum (BP) has sanctioned the $9-billion Mad Dog Phase 2 project, in the US, which will include a new floating production platform with a 140 000 bbl/d capacity. Oil production is expected to begin in late 2021. 

New twist in Kingsgate application to renew Thai licence

2nd December 2016 Gold miner Kingsgate Consolidated is “urgently” seeking clarity over a new twist in its application to renew its metallurgical processing licence at the Chatree gold mine, in Thailand. The miner in October submitted an application for a five-year renewal of the Chatree metallurgical licence, as... 

BHP Billiton suffers another power failure at Olympic Dam

1st December 2016 The Olympic Dam uranium/copper mine, in South Australia, has suffered another power failure, costing the mine more than four hours of production. Mining major BHP Billiton told Mining Weekly Online on Thursday that the overnight power outage had resulted from an interconnector failure and a lag... 

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