South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy

The South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME) is a not-for-profit, non-government organisation founded in 1979. It represents approximately 130 companies involved in resource extraction and supporting service industries in South Australia.[2]

South Australian Chamber of Mines & Energy
Logo of the South Australian Chamber of Mines & Energy
AbbreviationSACOME
TypeNGO
Legal statusNonprofit organization
President
Greg Hall
CEO
Rebecca Knol[1]
Websitewww.sacome.org.au

The organisation has published a number of periodicals including the SA Mines and Energy journal,[3] has been the subject of several feature articles in the resources sector magazine Australia's Paydirt,[4][5] and released SACOME Priorities: State Election 2018[6] and 2024 Vision for the Resources Sector.[7]

AdvocacyEdit

Port BonythonEdit

SACOME believes that the growth of iron ore mining in South Australia has been limited by the state's lack of bulk commodities port infrastructure. In 2011, SACOME's CEO Jason Kuchel publicly supported the chosen location for a future 3 km iron ore export wharf at Port Bonython, northeast of Whyalla in South Australia's upper Spencer Gulf region.[8] The location is controversial due to its close proximity to breeding reef for the Northern Spencer Gulf population of giant Australian cuttlefish. The proposed port's potential environmental impact has been challenged by community groups including Save Point Lowly[9] and the Alternative Port Working Party.[10]

Since then other locations have been considered including the Iron Road Limited proposal at Cape Hardy on the Eyre Peninsula.[11]

Nuclear powerEdit

SACOME supports the future development of nuclear power in South Australia.[12][13] Among its members are several companies actively involved in uranium mining and exploration. These include BHP Billiton, Areva Resources Australia, Heathgate Resources and Uranium SA.[14] In 2014, SACOME's Chief Executive at the time, Jason Kuchel, believed that small modular nuclear reactors could potentially provide energy to remote resources projects, including at mine sites.[15][16] Kuchel's advocacy was acknowledged by Australian Mining magazine as having influenced the establishment of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission in 2016.[17]

Joint electricity purchasing groupEdit

SACOME established an electricity buying group of 27 South Australian businesses in 2017 to secure reliable electricity supply arrangements for its members at competitive prices.[18] On 8 June 2018, an eight-year supply contract was signed with renewable energy retailer SIMEC ZEN Energy.[19]

Dirt TV awardsEdit

In 2014, SACOME launched Dirt TV, a competition to encourage school students in years 7 to 12 to produce short videos creatively promoting the resources sector. The inaugural award was won by high school students James Haskard and Daniel Blake of Concordia College. 14 entries were received and resource company sponsors provided a total prize pool of $10,000.[20] The competition ran from 2014 to 2016.

CouncilEdit

SACOME is governed by an elected council that comprises leaders from within the South Australian mining and energy industry.

The Councillors for 2020 are:[21]

  • Greg Hall (Rex Minerals) – President
  • Matt Sherwell (Santos)
  • Gabrielle Iwanow (OZ Minerals)
  • Varis Lidums (Minotaur Exploration)
  • Sarah Clarke (Piper Alderman)
  • Nicholas Mumford (Mumford Commercial Consulting)
  • Laura Tyler (BHP)
  • Mark Dayman (FYFE)
  • Wendy Roxbee (Senex Energy)
  • Hamish Little (Iluka Resources)
  • Rebecca Knol (CEO, SACOME)

Past councilsEdit

2014:[22]

2015:[23]

  • John Roberts – Mithril Resources (President)
  • Mike Flynn – Santos Limited (Vice President)
  • Yvonne Green – Iluka Resources (Vice President)
  • George McKenzie – Finlaysons
  • Darryl Cuzzubbo – BHP Billiton
  • Terry Kallis – Kallis & Co
  • Phil Cole – Senex Energy
  • Joe Ranford – Terramin
  • Andrew Stocks – Iron Road Ltd
  • Alison Snel – Flinders Port Holdings
  • Greg Hall – Hillgrove Resources
  • Patrick Mutz – Murray Zircon
  • Jonathon Glew – Gypsum Resources
  • Andrew Cole – OZ Minerals

2018:[24]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Peak mining body appoints new CEO InDaily, 22 September 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  2. ^ "About Us". South Australian Chamber of Mines & Energy. Retrieved 13 August 2020.
  3. ^ "SA Mines and Energy Journal". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  4. ^ "SACOME as you are". Informit. 1 April 2011. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  5. ^ "SACOME snapshot". Informit. 1 June 2011. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  6. ^ "State Election Journal". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  7. ^ "2024 Vision". SOUTH AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER OF MINES & ENERGY. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  8. ^ England, Cameron (13 April 2011). "SACOME chief Jason Kuchel says failure in providing necessary port infrastructure". The Advertiser. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  9. ^ Changerathil, Valerina (10 August 2012). "Detailed study of Port Bonython impact". The Advertiser. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  10. ^ Opie, Rebecca (22 May 2014). "Working party says 'act now'". Whyalla News. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  11. ^ Iron Road project approved for South Australia's Eyre Peninsula ABC News, 3 May 2017. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  12. ^ Brook, Barry (2012). "Nuclear series" (PDF). SA Mines & Energy Journal. South Australian Chamber of Mines & Energy. Retrieved 16 October 2014.
  13. ^ Validakis, Vicky (31 March 2014). "South Australians positive about nuclear power: SACOME". Mining Australia. Retrieved 16 October 2014.
  14. ^ "Industry members". South Australian Chamber of Mines & Energy. Retrieved 16 October 2014.
  15. ^ England, Cameron (31 March 2014). "Strong support for nuclear power in SA, resources lobby says". The Advertiser. Retrieved 16 October 2014.
  16. ^ Haxton, Nance (15 June 2011). "Mobile nuclear power plants for outback mines". PM. ABC. Retrieved 16 October 2014.
  17. ^ "SACOME chief executive resigns – Australian Mining". 20 July 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  18. ^ Commission, Australian Competition and Consumer (17 May 2017). "ACCC allows SA businesses to jointly purchase electricity". Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Retrieved 18 August 2020.   Text was copied from this source, which is available under a Attribution 3.0 Australia (CC BY 3.0 AU) license.
  19. ^ "SACOME Joint Electricity Purchasing Group awards long-term supply contract to Sanjeev Gupta's SIMEC ZEN Energy". SOUTH AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER OF MINES & ENERGY. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  20. ^ Russell, Christopher (26 September 2014). "Cheeky mining video wins Concordia students inaugural SACOME Dirt TV award". Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  21. ^ "Council". SOUTH AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER OF MINES & ENERGY. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  22. ^ "About Us > Council". South Australian Chamber of Mines & Energy. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
  23. ^ "About Us > Council". South Australian Chamber of Mines & Energy. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
  24. ^ "About Us". South Australian Chamber of Mines & Energy. Retrieved 15 September 2014.