Sirius Resources says mining operations began at its Nova nickel project near Balladonia yesterday.

China's MMG plans to dramatically expand its WA base metals exploration presence, signing a deal to take an interest in more than 300sq km in the Mid West.

The first half-reporting season for the depressed mining services sector is promising to be one of reduced earnings and the odd savage writedown.

Shares in iron ore producer Fortescue Metals Group have fallen sharply after the price for iron ore dropped to a new five-and-a-half-year low.

Lessons learnt from Victoria's Hazelwood Coal Mine fire will see operators held responsible for the fire risk at their mines.

Texan billionaire Walter "Loddie" Naymola has strengthened his grip on Resource Equipment by securing majority control and seizing the chairmanship of the company.

Western Australian gold miners have again warned that jobs will be lost if there is any increase to the gold royalty rate.

Nearly 600 jobs will be axed as a result of Arrium's decision to close one of its two South Australian mines due to falling iron ore prices.

Santos lifted sales revenue and production in the December quarter, despite a sharp slide in oil prices.

Shares in MACA fell after the mining contractor warned it would take a $30 million hit on Arrium's decision to mothball its Southern Region iron project in South Australia.

Macmahon CEO and Managing Director Ross Carroll has left the contractor as its share price hits an all-time low on gloom surrounding the mining services sector.