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iMINCO Mining News - December 2012
Bechtel Gladstone recruitment drive
Bechtel will be holding a recruitment drive over the next few days in Gladstone as they amp up their search for local workers for their LNG project. The company say they want to employ as many locals as possible and the Bechtel recruitment team will be hitting shopping centres over the coming days to look for skilled people to join their team. Recruitment supervisor Joel Herbert said more than 4000 of the current workforce was local residents.

Fortescue’s Pilbara train unloader construction time-lapse video
Watch this amazing time-lapse video where you can see months of work condensed into less than a minute, and get a sense of the massive scale and pace of development at Fortescue Metals Group`s Pilbara operations. This first video shows construction of the recently completed second train unloader at FMG`s Port Hedland facility. The rest of the port is hidden behind camera in this shot, but on the horizon you can also see BHP`s now defunct HBI plant. Watch the Fortescue Mining video on YouTube.

Queensland coal mining jobs boost as GVK Hancock commit to QCoal rail agreement
GVK Hancock has signed a memorandum of understanding with Qld company QCoal to haul 20 million tonnes of coal a year from QCoal`s operations in the Bowen Basin to Abbot Point. GVK Hancock`s $10 billion Alpha coal project, involves two coal mines in the Galilee Basin, a 495 km standard gauge railway line as well as the port facilities at Abbot Point, approved by the QLD government in October. “It is anticipated QCoal`s product will be transported using the infrastructure being developed by GVK Hancock, including the Galilee Basin north-south rail line, recently announced as the preferred rail corridor by the Qld state government,” the company said in a statement.

More Pilbara mining construction jobs
Decimil has won a $30million contract for Rio Tinto`s iron ore operations in the Pilbara.
Decmil Australia has been providing engineering, construction, maintenance and industrial services to the resources industry for more than 30 years and has been associated with nearly every mining and energy project in North West Australia.

Australian mining investment 18 times bigger than for South Africa
Over the next two decades Australia`s mining industry will attract over 18 times the investment planned for South African mining projects. In Deloitte`s Tracking the Trends 2013 report, analysts said the projected investment for Australia from 2012 to 2031 was $55 billion, compared with $3 billion for South Africa, creating more opportunities for a wealth of mining jobs for the country. Brazil, home to Australia`s biggest iron ore competitor Vale as well as a host of other large projects, is expected to attract $30 billion over the period. While costs remain a challenge for Australian miners, Deloitte said mining companies in South America and North America were expected to post more overruns on their projects.

QLD miners waiting for uranium go-ahead
Another company has been granted a uranium exploration tenement in north-west Queensland, with the state government now under pressure to help fast track production. Energia Minerals have been granted two tenements covering 600 square km near Mount Isa

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