Sandfire Resources has placed its shares in a trading halt at $4.275 while its biggest shareholder, OZ Minerals, is cashing out.

Rare earths miner Lynas Corporation has almost doubled its half-year loss as it looks to cut more costs in a difficult market.

The Timor-Leste government has floated the prospect of buying Woodside Petroleum out of the giant Sunrise gas project, as the fledgling Southeast Asian gets increasingly impatient at the hold-up to what it hopes will becomes an economy-transforming development.

A union is angry Chevron workers haven't been evacuated from the Gorgon gas project as tropical cyclone Olwyn bears down on the WA coast.

Lawyers are early winners in the $50 million battle for control of the Central Tanami project amid an escalation in the war between Tanami Gold and its two suitors.

Crude oil prices slid Thursday as traders focused on rising US stockpiles amid a global supply glut.

Decmil has won another $40 million contract on the Roy Hill iron ore project in the Pilbara.

Chevron has moved to finally end speculation about the launch of its US$54 ($71) billion Gorgon project, saying fuel gas would arrive on Barrow Island within days to start up the project's first turbine generator.

Mining billionaire Gina Rinehart has lashed state and federal governments for imposing too many costs on the mining sector amid a commodity price downturn.

Western Australian gold miners have welcomed comments made by Prime Minister Tony Abbott during a visit to Kalgoorlie on Tuesday.

Nido Petroleum Managing Director Phil Byrne is leaving the company after successfully managing the effective takeover of the company by Thai refining giant Bangchak Petroleum.