Australian Mining https://www.australianmining.com.au Australia's home for mining industry news Tue, 12 Dec 2017 03:49:12 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.2 Thor Mining gains option for Western Shaw Pilbara project https://www.australianmining.com.au/news/thor-mining-gains-option-for-western-shaw-pilbara-project/ https://www.australianmining.com.au/news/thor-mining-gains-option-for-western-shaw-pilbara-project/#respond Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:56:56 +0000 https://www.australianmining.com.au/?p=173632 Thor Mining, a lithium, copper and tungsten-focused operator, has agreed to an option for the 75 per cent purchase of the Western Shaw project from Redstone Metals for $250,000 in company shares.

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Thor Mining, a lithium, copper and tungsten-focused operator, has agreed to an option for the 75 per cent purchase of the Western Shaw project from Redstone Metals for $250,000 in company shares.

The project is in the vicinity of Dynasty Resources’ prospective North Shaw lithium project in the Pilgangoora region of the Pilbara, which is in itself adjacent to several further high-profile projects owned by the likes of Atlas Iron, Altura, BHP and Pilbara Minerals.

Thor has four months (120 days) to decide whether or not to acquire a 75 per cent interest in the project, and is preparing to undergo reconnaissance and due diligence during this period, and the project’s geological potential will be revealed down the line. Thor paid $50,000 to secure the option, which is non-refundable in the even Thor decides not to acquire the project following the 120-day period.

“The Western Shaw project appears to be an excellent exploration opportunity and provides Thor with exposure to potential conglomerate-hosted gold and lithium in the Pilbara province,” said Thor executive chairman, Mick Billing.

“This is the first interest secured in what the company considers to be high-impact exploration opportunities in Australia and we look forward to moving this opportunity forward, initially via due diligence and field reconnaissance.”

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Mining and construction strongest Australian job sectors: survey https://www.australianmining.com.au/news/manpowergroup-survey-mining-and-construction-strongest-job-sectors/ https://www.australianmining.com.au/news/manpowergroup-survey-mining-and-construction-strongest-job-sectors/#respond Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:09:14 +0000 https://www.australianmining.com.au/?p=173659 The ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey, a national employment survey covering the first quarter of 2018, has suggested the mining and construction industries are part of a burgeoning job market.

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The ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey, a national employment survey covering the first quarter of 2018, has reported that mining and construction are leading a burgeoning job market in Australia.

All states, territories, sectors and organisations have recorded positive outlooks for 2018, with mining and construction showing the strongest year-on-year gain of any job sector overall, 16 per cent up on the previous year, with an overall employment outlook gain of 23 per cent overall (including 15 per cent in Queensland and nine per cent in Western Australia).

Australia in general also recorded the third-strongest year-on-year gain of over 43 surveyed countries. Richard Fischer, Australia and New Zealand managing director for ManpowerGroup, stated that the data showed the overall strength of Australia’s economy.

“The employment outlook in Australia is now the strongest reported in more than six years and is showing no signs of slowing down as a rebound in the mining and construction sector adds to an already strong outlook in other key sectors such as finance,” he explained.

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QCoal awards $100m of Byerwen contracts to Sedgman https://www.australianmining.com.au/news/qcoal-awards-100m-byerwen-contracts-sedgman/ https://www.australianmining.com.au/news/qcoal-awards-100m-byerwen-contracts-sedgman/#respond Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:01:13 +0000 https://www.australianmining.com.au/?p=173660 Mineral processing contractor Sedgman has won contracts at QCoal Group’s Byerwen coal mine in Queensland worth almost $100 million.

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Mineral processing contractor Sedgman has won contracts at QCoal Group’s Byerwen coal mine in Queensland worth almost $100 million.

CIMIC Group, Sedgman’s parent company, reported that the contractor would deliver a stockpiling and train load-out facility, and a coal handling and processing plant at Byerwen through two engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts. These contracts will start in 2017 and be completed next year.

Sedgman has also been awarded a third contract for the operation of the crushing and stockpiling at the coking coal mine, starting this month.

The greenfield Byerwen mine is 20km west of Glenden in the Bowen Basin.

Grant Fraser, Sedgman managing director, said the contractor significantly reduced the site construction time and cost for the project by using an innovative modular processing plant design.

“We are pleased to continue our strong, long-term relationship with the QCoal Group and look forward to contributing our core skills in technical delivery and commercial innovation at this project,” Fraser said.

The contracts add to a 10-year working relationship between QCoal and Sedgman.

CIMIC chief executive Michael Wright commented: “These contracts demonstrate Sedgman’s ongoing leadership in the coal processing industry and are a testament to the team’s focus on delivering value for our clients.”

QCoal confirmed last month that it had executed a $350 million mining services contract with Macmahon at the Byerwen mine. That contract involves the provision of all open cut mining and bulk earthworks at the new mine.

Byerwen, a joint venture between QCoal and Japan’s JFE Steel, is being developed to produce 10 million tonnes of coking coal a year.

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New Maptek product CaveLogic offers productive 3D panel caving https://www.australianmining.com.au/news/new-maptek-product-offers-productive-strategic-panel-caving/ https://www.australianmining.com.au/news/new-maptek-product-offers-productive-strategic-panel-caving/#respond Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:43:30 +0000 https://www.australianmining.com.au/?p=173644 Tech company Maptek, a software innovations provider with over 40 years of experience, has unveiled a new product called CaveLogic, designed to allow mining engineers to panel caves in a cost-effective and efficient way using 3D visualisation techniques.

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Tech company Maptek, a software innovations provider with over 40 years of experience, has unveiled a new product called CaveLogic, designed to allow mining engineers to panel caves in a cost-effective and efficient way using 3D visualisation techniques.

CaveLogic makes use of dynamic analysis systems to reduce the risks associated with panel caving (also known as block caving); it generates multiple scenarios showing geotechnical limitations and visually identifying the easiest route for underground mine planning. CaveLogic’s dynamic analysis is also able to take the economics of the environment in combination with the scans to generate efficient production plans that are suitable to individual customer need.

This can go as far as determining pit feasibility, whether underground or open cut, greenfield or brownfield.

“The Maptek solution quickly and easily simulates multiple scenarios for identifying the best option,’ said Maptek South America vice president, Marcelo Arancibia.

“Dynamic analysis using CaveLogic considers the economic environment and generates practical production plans quickly, easily, accurately and interactively.

“Unlike other panel caving systems, results are readily visualised for determining sequencing and are auditable for confident decision support.”

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Rio Tinto launches Far North Queensland recruitment drive https://www.australianmining.com.au/news/rio-tinto-launches-far-north-queensland-recruitment-drive/ https://www.australianmining.com.au/news/rio-tinto-launches-far-north-queensland-recruitment-drive/#respond Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:25:39 +0000 https://www.australianmining.com.au/?p=173646 Rio Tinto is seeking more than 100 workers for a variety of roles at its bauxite operations in North Queensland.

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Rio Tinto is seeking more than 100 workers for a variety of roles at its bauxite operations in Far North Queensland.

A recruitment drive has been launched for positions at Rio’s existing Weipa mines at Andoon and East Weipa and the Amrun project south of the Embley River between Weipa and Aurukun.

Rio is aiming to build a workforce in the region capable of supporting the developing site at Amrun.

The Amrun project includes a range of infrastructure to support mining, including a processing plant and port near Boyd Bay, a dam, roads and tailings storage facility. A ferry terminal on Hey River will transport workers from Weipa to the mine.

Rio is seeking workers to fill positions for electrical and instrumentation technicians, operators, plant fitters and in maintenance.

The company said some Amrun roles would start immediately, while others would gradually take effect between 2018 and 2019. Rio is aiming to ship first bauxite from Amrun during the first quarter of 2019.

Rio Tinto Weipa Operations general manager Daniel van der Westhuizen said it was exciting for the company to offer so many roles that would ultimately support the bauxite operations.

“It’s an exciting time for our people, business and community with Amrun becoming a part of a strong and sustainable future for the region,” van der Westhuizen said.

Weipa will remain the residential base for the three mines in the region, with Andoom and East Weipa employees returning home after every shift, according to the miner.

Rio Tinto East Weipa superintendent and future Amrun employee Scott Tass said: “A couple of years ago when I heard the Amrun project was going ahead, I knew I had to start looking at making my way back to Weipa because I wanted to be part of it.

“Aside from moving the first bit of ore, I’m most looking forward to the facilities there. I’ve been in a number of camps and Amrun stands above the rest,” Tass said.

Rio roles in demand at Weipa:

  • Fixed plant operator maintainers
  • Heavy equipment personnel
  • Crew leader
  • Plant operators
  • Electrical maintainers/operators
  • Electrical maintainers
  • Heavy equipment fitters
  • Dozer and loader operators.

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