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Hatches Creek tender awarded to Alice Springs based company

The Northern Territory Government is continuing its Indigenous employment initiative and has awarded a tender to Alice Springs based firm Tangentyere Constructions to complete works at the Pioneer mine in Hatches Creek.

Department appears at Senate Inquiry

CEO Ron Kelly appeared at the Senate Select Committee on Unconventional Gas Mining hearing in Darwin.

New CSIRO partnership for geology research

Two CSIRO post-doctoral researchers will be based in Darwin for up to three years embedded within the Department of Mines and Energy under a new collaborative research agreement.

AGES Conference in Alice Springs

Industry experts are in Alice Springs this week to attend the 17th Annual Geoscience Exploration Seminar (AGES).

Petroleum (Environment) Regulations open for public comment

The Department is developing new Petroleum (Environment) Regulations. These new environment regulations will form an important part of the regulatory framework for the onshore oil and gas industry and are key to ensuring environmental protection and an increase in community confidence

Release of independent report into bioaccumulation of heavy metals in McArthur River

The results of an independent review into the bioaccumulation of heavy metals in the McArthur River Mine (MRM) area has confirmed a low risk to human health posed by consumption of fish from the McArthur River system.

NT Government on track to implement world’s ‘best practice’ operating environment for onshore gas industry

The Northern Territory Government is continuing its plan to develop world’s best practice for onshore gas activity and is inviting feedback from key stakeholders and the community on the new environmental regulations for the Territory’s onshore oil and gas industry.

Payment methods for the application of a Mineral Title

Effective immediately, Direct Deposit facilities for the payment of application fees for a new mineral title application will no longer be available.

Balanced Environment Strategy

Balanced Environment Strategy Discussion Draft

Territorians are encouraged to have their say and provide feedback on the Balanced Environment Strategy Discussion Draft. Comments can be provided through taking a short online survey or via email until 18 March 2016, or in person at one of the community consultation forums being held in February 2016.

Completed investigation into failure of Leach Tank 1 Ranger uranium mine

On 7 December 2013, Leach Tank 1 at Ranger uranium mine collapsed, resulting in a spill of approximately 1,400 cubic meters of acidic slurry. The spill was contained within the mine site.

ERA notified the Department of Mines and Energy and submitted an incident report under the Mining Management Act.

2016 Acreage Release invites investment in the Northern Territory

2016 Acreage Release invites investment in the Northern Territory

The Northern Territory Department of Mines and Energy announced the release of onshore petroleum acreage for 2016. Round 1 is the re-release of EPNT14-3 within the Beetaloo Sub-basin of the McArthur Basin. 

Registrations open for premier geoscience event

Registrations have opened for the Annual Geoscience Exploration Seminar (AGES) which presents new geoscience information and opportunities for mineral and petroleum exploration in the NT.

DME Annual Report 2013-14 Independent Monitor’s report released

The annual Independent Monitor’s report on the McArthur River Mine site was yesterday released at a community meeting in Borroloola.

This report and the appointment of the Independent Monitor (IM) is a condition from the October 2006 approval of the MRM’s open-cut expansion project.

Exploration Initiatives

Creating Opportunities for Resource Exploration: an initiative to maximise opportunities for the exploration and development of new mineral and petroleum resources. Find factsheets, maps and presentations on commodities and resource potential as well as information on investment opportunities and current activity in the Territory.

DME Strategic Plan 2013-2017

Department of Mines and Energy Strategic Plan 2013-2017:

Our Vision
The Northern Territory is the preferred destination for resource investment and development.