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The resources sector has welcomed new rules that provide for reduced isolation periods for COVID cases and their close contacts when the State Government deems WA to be a high caseload environment.
Chinese-backed Murray Zircon has called for an extraordinary meeting of shareholders of Image Resources to remove three members of the WA mineral sands miner’s board and replace them with its own nominees.
Shares in Newcrest Mining slumped to a three-year low after the gold producer disappointed the market with lower than expected production and higher costs in the December quarter.
Ramelius Resources boss Mark Zeptner has described the shortage of truck drivers in WA as “parlous” with the State’s delayed border re-opening and 14-day quarantine periods worsening the crisis.
OZ Minerals is keeping a close eye on WA’s border restrictions as it weighs a decision on the development of its $1.1 billion West Musgrave nickel-copper project in the second half of the year.
Western Areas boss Dan Lougher says the nickel miner has continued to make major strides in the development of its long-life Odysseus project as intrigue grows around its proposed takeover by IGO.
Evolution Mining boss Jake Klein says WA is “deferring the inevitable” by keeping its border closed and says the challenge of COVID in the workplace “can be managed”.
Fortescue Metals Group has received a below average score on its ESG credentials from S&P Global Ratings but is a high performer against its mining peers.
As the February 5 deadline for the State to reopen to the rest of the country, companies and leaders are getting ready for a rise in cases but say they are prepared.
Adrian Lowe and Stuart McKinnon
Magnetite is enjoying a resurgence in the WA iron ore industry as a change in economic, energy and environmental tides boost its credentials.
WA Government authorities are scrambling to ensure lucrative iron ore exports through Port Hedland are not disrupted after the State’s hard borders caused a shortage of marine pilots.
Shares in West African Resources were firmer after the company exceeded annual guidance to post record yearly and quarterly gold production.
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