Resources contractor AusGroup has continued navigating the sea change from construction to operations by landing maintenance work with Chevron worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

The stream of job losses stemming out of WA's North West continued at the weekend, with MMA Offshore and Rio Tinto's Dampier Salt division both announcing staff cuts.

Colin Barnett has signalled an historic pivot towards India, declaring Western Australia's trade with traditional partners Japan and China has reached or is entering "maturity" and the subcontinent is our "next big frontier".

Rio Tinto's automation push looks set to continue unabated, with the manager of its Pilbara iron ore mines saying the mining giant has "only just started".

The Peter Sullivan-chaired Zeta Resources has again lifted its stake in nickel miner Panoramic Resources.

New international contracts worth $177 million have given engineering company Ausenco's dwindling share price a boost.

Triton Minerals has set the sharemarket alight and burst back through the $100 million market value barrier after trumpeting a binding offtake deal that should underpin development of its Mozambique graphite project.

BC Iron has welcomed much-needed tax concessions from the State Government that it will allow the battling iron ore miner to defer $8-12 million in royalty payments until next year.

BHP Billiton and Fortescue Metals have applied for permits to add about 50 million iron ore tonnes to an already over-supplied global market as prices fell to new record lows.

Tap Oil Managing Director Troy Hayden has launched a blistering attack on his biggest shareholder as the war for control of the $60 million company turned into an ugly slanging match with Thai tycoon Chatchai Yenbamroong.

A Western Australian iron ore lobby group has shut down because of tough conditions facing the industry.