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06 December 2017
Beach Energy has entered into an equity deal over two prospects at the Ironbark offshore gas project in the Carnarvon Basin, Western Australia. Click here article for the full story.

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The 2018 Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta, was definitely a day not to be missed, the beach was packed and Mindil Markets supplied fantastic food! There were loads of activities for the kids and plenty of beer for the adults!
The beer can regatta was established in 1974 and is successfully continuing till this day, there was clearly a lot of beer enjoyed in the lead up to today, but it’s also such a great way to recycle cans that would otherwise be disposed of. This event supports community organisations and this year all proceeds have gone to The Asthma Foundation – a great community organisation offering support and education to Territorians.
MMC Australia sponsored a great group of kids this year! Jason and his grandfather, Connell Brannelly, President of Palmerston Lions Club started building this raft in March. They’ve used 230 Milk bottles, 3x2meter pieces of Ply that’s all recycled, and then a few tubes of silicone and rolls of duct tape to keep it all together. 
The MMC Logo looked great and you could see those orange flags a mile off!
As you can see there was a lot of time, preparation, effort and test days put into this little boat and they made us proud!
Well done to Jason 9, Jamie 9, Thomas 8 and Lucas 11, who did a great job out on the water yesterday and took home the encouragement award!

Check out our Facebook or LinkedIn for photos.

Professional Golfer Aaron Pike hits so well blind folded he is considering playing the up and coming MMC Northern Territory PGA Championships blind folded.
The MMC Northern Territory PGA Championship is on the 16th-19th of August at Palmerston Golf Course.
Come along and see more than 100 of Australia’s best professionals play the biggest State PGA event in Australia! MMC have taken the naming sponsorship for the NT PGA Championships for 2018.
One of the fantastic things about this is that through Cazalys this sponsorship is far reaching into the community. Cazalys are a not for profit organisation, providing sponsorship and funding for over 50 sporting clubs throughout to NT, including NTFL and NTFL clubs, NTRL, Motorsports, Pistol Clubs, Cricket Clubs, Hockey Clubs, Rugby Union Clubs, Soccer and even 8 Ball. On top of this Cazalys also support the Palmerston Junior Golf Clinic and the Palmerston and Humpty Doo Veterans Golf, who MMC have been sponsoring consecutively for more than 20 years.
MMC is a 100% NT owned business, who is passionately Territorian and proud to see this sponsorship flow throughout the Northern Territory community. 

The construction of the $30million Palmerston Police Station is now underway and supporting close to 200 local jobs for Territorians. This includes MMC who has the contract for all the steel.
Click here to read more and about the plans and expectations.
 
Over the past year MMC has seen an increase in activity in the Defence world.
Already completing structural steel for Shoal Bay and Robertson Barracks we now have orders for shelters for several training areas in the Northern Territory. Current enquires with defence wharf remediation, upgrades and also building works are currently in motion.
Alongside the many large opportunities with both Australian Defence investment and the US Defence investment, the future of Defence contracting in the NT is looking promising.
Investment in Defence it makes Sense!

MMC have continued our apprentice programme with the employment of 4 new apprentices within the last year in Certificate III in Fabrication.

This however is not the limit we expect to employ this year, aiming to employ 2 or 3 others whilst we already have 9 apprentices employed.

We are also pleased to advise we have recently graduated Jason May, he is now an excellent fully qualified Tradesmen working within several areas of MMC. Clarence Pumpa is also soon to finish his apprenticeship off, a few more books to sign off and he too will be a fully qualified tradesman, he has also shown great skill in specialised pipework and fabrication.

We look forward to seeing what else they achieve within their futures at MMC. 

 
Showcasing MMC’s diversity, we recently supplied our labour hire services as well as managing specific scopes for a shutdown at Pine Creek’s power station.
Our labour hire team supplied experienced Fitters & Trades Assistants to assist with a rotor overhaul.
Whilst MMC’s managed scopes included on & offsite fabrication, site supervision, coded welding, boiler making and trades assistants. Here are few photos and some commentary!
 
Pic 1 – Carlo working on the steam turbine manifold
Pic 2 – Casimero welding out the boiler header water manifold
Pic 3 - The Gas Turbine that has since been removed by Scott
Pic 4 – Arnold completing site run piping for the reverse osmoses plant upgrade
Pic 5 - Casimero welding up one of the Steam trap blow down pipes
Pic 6 - Casimero and Arnold installing the new actuated ball valves for the Steam Turbine pipework
Pic 7 - Casimero and Arnold doing a love job for our client, welding up a new oil drain for the Steam Turbine
Pic 8 - Scott working through the steps for removal the of the Gas Turbine.
Pic 9 - Nick in the process of removing the bellows for the Stream Turbine
Pic 10 - Scott up close and personal with a Gas Turbine Coupling
Pic 11 - The removal of the Gas Turbine
 
To see the photos head to our Facebook or LinkedIn pages.

Energy Club NT held a golf day in Palmerston on Friday where MMC sponsored the hole in one.
MMC also got involved in the competition, Owen, Michael, Josh and Darren were the MMC representatives for the day.
Aaron Pike was also there on a professional level raising money for charity, between Aaron and MMC over $700 was raised for the Northern Territory Junior Golf Clinic.

A great day all around and we look forward to the next golf day MMC will be attending at McArthur River.

For photos visit our Facebook or LinkedIn pages.

The last 2 weeks have seen a lot of production throughout MMC’s workshops, from Underpass walk ways for the Tanami, to all the below. 
Enermech Pipe Spools
Thickener discharge cones, production and rubber lining
Darwin Waste Facility Tanks
Steam Trap and Blowdown replacement
Crusher Feed cones
Platforms
Ute Trays
Alongside the Water Treatment Tanks that have been a working progress for a few weeks now.

With so many projects in progress and more to come we’ve been putting on new Boilermakers every week.

Congratulations to our employee of the month…….
Mr Brent Norris!
Brent has shown some outstanding work these last few weeks and is showing great potential to becoming a real tradesman.. 
You’ll get there one day, keep up the good work Brent!

But on a serious note, great work on the Tanks!

Industry News

Find out what's happening, in the NT and around Australia in the mining, construction and oil & gas industries:

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Aluminium
A native metal is any type of metal that is found in its pure metallic form in nature. While aluminium is the most abundant metal in the Earth's crust, it only occurs on its own in nature in low oxygen environments inside some volcanoes . The main source of aluminium is bauxite ore, which in turn is composed of minerals such as gibbsite (Al2O3.3H2O), boehmite (Al2O3.H2O) and diaspore. Australia is the biggest producer of bauxite in the world.

Gold is the best-known native metal, found by itself or alloyed with copper or other noble metals like silver, platinum and palladium.

Copper is also found in its pure form, but the majority of copper in Australia is found as copper iron sulfide(CuFeS2) or chalcopyrite. Copper is also found in azurite Cu3(CO3)3 and malachite Cu3(CO3)2.

Native silver oxidises very quickly. Most silver in Australia is found in trace amounts in freibergite, tetrahedrite and pyragyrite in the lead mineral galena (PbS).

Uranium.
Australia has approximately 38 per cent of the world's recoverable deposits of uranium and we are world's third largest producer of uranium after Canada and Kazakhstan.

We also have the world's largest deposits of brown coal, lead, rutile, zircon, nickel, tantalum, and zinc.

Australia has the world's second largest reserves of bauxite behind the Republic of Guinea, and the world's second largest deposit of gold, equal with Russia.

We rank fourth in the world for iron ore deposits behind the Ukraine, Russia and China. We rank third in production behind Brazil and China and are the world's largest exporter of iron ore.

Follow this Facebook page for the truth about fracking in the NT. Read the facts for yourself to make up your mind

These are just some of the reasons we need it;

1. To improve the current state of the economy so we can help reduce the number of businesses closing their doors

2. To stop the falling prices of our homes

3. To have private industry invest into the NT rather than constantly relying on Government.

4. To give our kids future prosperity and the choice to stay in Darwin to study and work and to give locals pathways for work right now.

5. To increase our population so we continue to receive some level of GST, the formula is set in stone. 

6. To ensure the revenue comes back into the NT and not into Canberra or overseas like other major projects have done in the past.

7. Onshore Gas will provide power to nearby communities and stations. (Currently, QLD power grid stops at the NT/QLD border and the NT power grid stops at Mataranka.

8. Fracking will open the door to 1,500 jobs  for locals here in the NT. 

All the reports and history proves fracking of natural shale gas (not coal seam or oil) has not had any water contamination incidents. NSW Chief Scientist reviewed the evidence from 2.5 million fracking wells around the world and failed to identify a single case of contaminating ground water. 

This is a fasinating mine, not only for its size but how they had to deal with freezing temperatures when it was operational. 

Mirny Mine is the world’s biggest Diamond mine, at 525 meters in depth and 1,200 meters in diameter, it is the 2nd largest excavated hole in the world and the 4th deepest. Diamonds were first discovered in 1955 and while it’s no longer operational, when it was it took 2 hours for trucks to drive from the bottom to the top.
The temperatures in winter were so cold that the entire mine had to be covered completely overnight to stop machinery from freezing. They encountered numerous problems throughout winter like, oil freezing, steel and car tyres shattering.

 Check out this video to see how the mining industry has been running in Mirny, Eastern Siberia, Russia.

 

Beach Energy has entered into an equity deal over two prospects at the Ironbark offshore gas project in the Carnarvon Basin, Western Australia. Click here article for the full story.