BHP Billiton planning nation's biggest underground coal mine
BHP Billiton’s future plans include an underground coal mine near Gunnedah, in the Liverpool Plains region of northern New South Wales. According to the plans, production could start as early as 2021, with a run slated for 30 years. The venture could potentially employ up to 400 people; at the peak of construction, BHP has said that around 600 workers would be employed.
Documents have been submitted to the Federal Environment Department, outlining the plans for the Caroona mine. According to these documents, BHP has claimed that there could possibly be 10 million tonnes of high-quality thermal coal exported per year from the site. If everything is approved, BHP believes the first stage of construction would take approximately three years to complete.
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However, the official process has yet to begin, and already there is strong community opposition to the project. The main concern is the impact the new underground mine could have on the region’s water. The agriculture sector has a heavy presence in the area, would see heavy hardship if it were to be disrupted or complicated by irrigation problems.
BHP Billiton claims that their current mine plan shows that the region’s agricultural activity would not be affected.
“The preliminary environmental studies undertaken for the Gateway submission indicate that the proposed underground mine will not impact the alluvial irrigation aquifers essential for agricultural production in the area,” said Peter Sharpe, BHP’s NSW thermal coal asset president.
Amobee Appoints Nick Brien As CEO
In its latest strategic move, Amobee—a global multimedia advertising leader—announced that Nick Brien will be its Chief Executive Officer. The company is entirely owned by Singtel, Asia’s leading communications technology organisation, which provides consumers with mobile, broadband, and TV and businesses with data hosting, cloud, network infrastructure, analytics, and cybersecurity tools.
Brien, who has worked for Microsoft, Intel, P&G, and American Express, will take over to drive the next generation of advertising tech. Said Evangelos Simoudis, Chairman of the Board of Amobee: ‘Nick has the deep expertise in advertising that we need to seize the market opportunities ahead’.
How Did Brien Get Here?
Before joining Amobee, Brien led 15,000 people across 40 divisions as CEO of the Americas for Dentsu International. For thirty years, he’s helped brands pilot unique advertisements, keeping up with the latest trends. He’s served as CEO of McCann Worldgroup, global CEO of IPG Mediabrands, President of Hearst Marketing Services, and CEO of iCrossing. Over the course of his career, he’s consistently strategised how to keep up with digital shifts. Now, he’ll capitalise on Amobee’s legions of experienced data scientists and developers.
‘I’m excited to be joining Amobee at such a transformative time in our industry’, Brien explained. ‘We’ll pilot advertising accountability and intelligent decisioning. And there’s no doubt in my mind that optimising media performance—whether you’re targeting, planning, buying, or delivering—can only be achieved using applied science, machine learning, and data analytics’.
What Does This Mean for Amobee?
Amobee is set on growing its personal brand within the advertising sector. As APAC social media influencers, Gen Z growth hackers, and viral content producers start to enter the field, established companies will be working doubly hard to keep up. Amobee, however, is still looking good. With a Gartner Magic Quadrant for Ad Tech, a Forrester New Wave recognition, and now, Nick Brien as CEO, the firm is set up for success.