Article – PM opens new $93m abattoir in the Top End

by 10 March 2015

22 February 2015 Fred McCue NT News

MANAGEMENT  of a new abattoir near Darwin hopes the Asian middle-class will develop a strong liking for Australian beef.

The $93 million Australian Agricultural Company’s (AACo) Livingstone Beef facility was opened by Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Saturday.

It will process 220,000 head of cattle a year providing boxed manufacturing beef to domestic and international markets, including the US and Asia.

AACo chairman Don McGauchie said recent trade [...]

Article – MinRes eyes Pilbara skyrail

by 10 March 2015

20 February 2015 Nick Evans The West Australian

Mineral Resources chief executive Chris Ellison wants to build a 330km Pilbara skyrail to carry iron ore from its Iron Valley operation to Port Hedland.

Mr Ellison floated the industry-first proposal during a presentation of MinRes’ half-year result yesterday, saying it could start building an elevated rail line by the end of the year.

He said the automated system, Bulk Ore Transport System (BOTS), could be built [...]

Article – Wheatstone LNG project leaps forward

by 10 March 2015

19 February 2015 Cole Latimer Australian Mining

Chevron’s Wheatstone LNG project has hit a milestone with the completion of a linking pipeline between its processing plant and Dampier to Bunbury pipeline.

The 109 kilometre, $95 million, pipeline, which connects Wheatstone’s processing plant with the major pipeline was completed on time, according to The West.

It links Wheatstone with compressor station 2 on the pipeline, via the existing Ashburton West Link.

However Chevron stressed that the project will still [...]

Article – The Over-regulation Burden by Mrs. Gina Rinehart

by 5 March 2015

March 2015 Gina Rinehart Australian Resources and Investment, vol.9 no.1

It was one of those ‘blink and you miss it’ moments, but it actually should have been front page news. Our treasurer Joe Hockey stood up in Parliament House and said that the government was spending $100 million a day more than it is collecting. That should make you focus.

“We have no choice,” he told a media conference. “If we don’t get on [...]

Article – 31 SEZ developers, units seek more time to implement projects

by 3 March 2015

18 February 2015 Economic Times

NEW DELHI: As many as 31 special economic zone (SEZ) developers and units — including Torrent Pharmaceuticals and Zydus Technologies – have sought more time from the government for implementing their projects.

All these requests will be considered by the Board of Approval (BoA), headed by Commerce Secretary Rajeev Kher, on February 20.

The BoA is a 19-member inter-ministerial body that deals with SEZ-related matters.

Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd, a unit in Dahej SEZ Ltd, [...]

Article – Business red tape needs to be reduced, says Rinehart

by 3 March 2015

20 February 2015 Sarah-Jane Tasker The Australian

AUSTRALIAN mining billionaire Gina Rinehart has called on Australia’s business community to step up and engage with politicians to explain why onerous regulation — which she says is hurting investment — needs to be reduced.

Mrs Rinehart said it was “wishful thinking” to assume it was understood that high-cost Australia, with its declining productivity, must be cost competitive overseas or face losing markets and much- needed tax revenue.

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Article – Irrigated agriculture developed in perfect time for WA cattle station

by 3 March 2015

19 February 2015 Tyne McConnon ABC Rural

As hot dry conditions on the north-west coast of Western Australia continue, one Kimberley cattle station is making the most of its newly developed irrigation project.

Wallal Downs Station, 300 kilometres south of Broome, last year spent $1 million on setting up 94 hectares of irrigated agriculture for cattle fodder.

The station completed the development just in time as this year it has been in almost drought conditions.

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Article – Mineral Resources reveals monorail ambitions

by 3 March 2015

19 February 2015 Tess Ingram Sydney Morning Herald

Mineral Resources managing director Chris Ellison said the company is looking to move away from iron ore mining and reinvent itself as a pure mining services company with the construction of a monorail in the Pilbara.

Mr Ellison said the company had patented its own elevated rail system, being designed in China, and hoped to commence the construction of a line from Port Hedland port to BC [...]

Article – Qaim inaugurates admin block of Khairpur Special Economic Zone

by 3 March 2015

23 February 2015 Daily Times

Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Qaim Ali Shah inaugurated the administration block of Khairpur Special Economic Zone (KSEZ) on Sunday. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that The KSEZ is a milestone project for the revival of economic activities. It will bring prosperity and development to the country, he added.

The CM said that the special economic zone will create more than 20,000 jobs for the youth adding that [...]