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  • MRL introduces Bluetooth contact tracing (0) February 8, 2022 MRL introduces Bluetooth contact tracingMineral Resources (MRL) has introduced Bluetooth contact tracing technology across its sites and corporate offices to ensure operations continue as normal. MRL is the first Australian resources company to roll out ...
  • WA Govt continues mineral exploration investment (0) February 8, 2022 WA Govt continues mineral exploration investmentThe Western Australian Government has continued its investment in mineral exploration by adding considerable funding to the Exploration Incentive Scheme (EIS).
  • OZ lines up West Musgrave with EPA approval (0) February 7, 2022 OZ lines up West Musgrave with EPA approvalOZ Minerals has received approval from the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) for its West Musgrave copper-nickel mines in Western Australia, as the company approaches a final investment decision.
  • Have your say on Queensland resources industry (0) February 7, 2022 Have your say on Queensland resources industryTime is running out for Queenslanders  to have their say on the State Government’s 30-year-plan to drive jobs and prosperity in a sustainable resources industry.
  • Hydra celebrates fuel cell progress (0) February 7, 2022 Hydra celebrates fuel cell progressThe Hydra Consortium has constructed its first prototype of a hydrogen fuel cell-based powertrain to test the technology in mining trucks and other mining applications.
  • BHP extends partnership into steel research (0) February 7, 2022 BHP extends partnership into steel researchBHP will extend its partnership at the University of Newcastle with a further $10 million in funding to support ongoing research.
  • Excited by uncertainty: Deloitte’s industry insights (0) February 4, 2022 Excited by uncertainty: Deloitte's industry insights“The next decade will be one of the most exciting and transformative in the mining industry’s history,” according to Deloitte’s 14th annual Tracking the Trends report for mining.
  • Further upgrades announced for Pilbara ports (0) February 4, 2022 Further upgrades announced for Pilbara portsThe NAIF will invest $255 million to common-user infrastructure, including the Pilbara Ports Authority, to support the Perdaman Urea Project.
  • Movers & shakers: The month’s mining developments (0) February 4, 2022 Movers & shakers: The month's mining developmentsKeep up with the latest progress in Australian mines, including from BHP, Gascoyne, Austral and Strandline. 
  • Cat fleet hits global autonomous milestone (0) February 4, 2022 Cat fleet hits global autonomous milestoneCaterpillar has announced that it now has over 500 Cat autonomous trucks in operation worldwide, becoming the largest autonomous fleet.
  • Iron ore sets new export revenue record (0) February 4, 2022 Iron ore sets new export revenue recordAustralian resources export revenue reached a new record high of $351 billion in 2021, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
  • ‘Goldilocks zone’ the key to metal discoveries (0) February 3, 2022 'Goldilocks zone' the key to metal discoveriesUK and Australian researchers have come to understand the specific temperature that allows green metals to rise into Earth’s crust, aiding exploration and discovery.
  • Govt supports graphite projects with $239m (0) February 3, 2022 Govt supports graphite projects with $239mThe Australian Government has approved two loans worth $239 million for Australian companies to produce highly purified graphite.
  • Red 5 moves red dirt at KOTH (0) February 3, 2022 Red 5 moves red dirt at KOTHRed 5 has commenced open pit mining at its King of the Hills (KOTH) gold project in Western Australia, with first gold production fast approaching.
  • Stanmore to expand Isaac Plains (0) February 3, 2022 Stanmore to expand Isaac PlainsStanmore Resources has approved the expansion of its Isaac Plains CHPP in Queensland after the plant achieved record feed rates.
  • Follow the leaders: This week’s executive appointments (0) February 3, 2022 Follow the leaders: This week’s executive appointmentsKeep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, including at Mineral Resources, De Grey Mining, and Fortescue Future Industries (FFI).
  • Tasmanian Government backs greenfield exploration (0) February 3, 2022 Tasmanian Government backs greenfield explorationSix Tasmanian mineral exploration projects will share in more than $270,000 in funding through round 6 of the State Government’s Exploration Drilling Grant Initiative (EDGI).
  • Codelco calls on FLANDERS for autonomous conversion (0) February 3, 2022 Codelco calls on FLANDERS for autonomous conversionCodelco will convert its Radomiro Tomic copper mine to an automated drilling operation over three years, courtesy of US engineering company FLANDERS.
  • Cat undercarriage maximised with track service inspections (0) February 3, 2022 Cat undercarriage maximised with track service inspectionsThe Mackellar Group prides itself on maximising the uptime of its equipment by investing in genuine Cat parts and regular Custom Track Service (CTS) Inspections.
  • Kalgoorlie rare earths gets ministerial approval (0) February 2, 2022 Kalgoorlie rare earths gets ministerial approvalLynas Rare Earths’ Kalgoorlie rare earth processing facility has been issued the Ministerial Statement under the Environment Protection Act 1986.
  • Golding and SIMEC agree to $600m deal (0) February 2, 2022 Golding and SIMEC agree to $600m dealNRW Holdings’ wholly owned subsidiary Golding Contractors has signed a three-year contract extension with OneSteel Manufacturing trading as SIMEC Mining.
  • Major miners make the grade in sustainability: S&P Global (0) February 2, 2022 Major miners make the grade in sustainability: S&P GlobalRio Tinto, Newmont, Gold Fields, Anglo American and Alcoa were all among the mining operators recognised in S&P Global’s Sustainability Yearbook for 2022.
  • Yangibana rare earths benefits from NAIF funding (0) February 2, 2022 Yangibana rare earths benefits from NAIF fundingHastings Technology Metals has received a $140 million loan from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) to fund the Yangibana rare earths project in Western Australia.
  • Solar project to power BHP (0) February 2, 2022 Solar project to power BHPConstruction has begun at one of the world’s largest off-grid mining solar and battery energy storage systems to power BHP Nickel West.
  • Port Hedland plan set to maximise mining exports (0) February 2, 2022 Port Hedland plan set to maximise mining exportsMajor mining companies have welcomed the Western Australian Government’s decision to endorse the amended Port Hedland development plan completed by the Pilbara Ports Authority (PPA).
  • From pit to port: value chain optimisation is transforming mining (0) February 1, 2022 From pit to port: value chain optimisation is transforming miningA unified decision-making tool across the supply chain ensures that every facet of a mining operation is infused with analytics and insight.
  • New mining warden to process backlog of applications (0) February 1, 2022 New mining warden to process backlog of applicationsAn increase in mining title applications in Western Australia’s minerals sector has led to the appointment of a second mining warden.
  • Aqura acquired by Telstra after big year with miners (0) February 1, 2022 Aqura acquired by Telstra after big year with minersAqura Technologies has been sold to Telstra for $30 million, handing a raft of mining infrastructure to one of Australia’s leading telecommunications companies.
  • MEC integrates mining services (0) February 1, 2022 MEC integrates mining servicesGlobal mining consultancy MEC Mining has acquired Integrated Geological Mining Services, based in Fremantle, Western Australia.
  • COVID cases isolate dozens of WA mine staff (0) February 1, 2022 COVID cases isolate dozens of WA mine staffThe WA Department of Health has confirmed two individual cases of COVID-19 at mine sites in the state’s Pilbara and Mid West regions.
  • The dotted line: January’s biggest contracts (0) February 1, 2022 The dotted line: January's biggest contractsKeep up with the latest and largest contracts from across the mining sector, including at Stanmore Resources, BHP, South32 and more.  
  • What is ESG, and what does it mean for the future of the mining sector? (0) January 31, 2022 What is ESG, and what does it mean for the future of the mining sector?ESG is not new. In the 2010s, the pressure for companies to disclose its sustainability performance was seen as a branding exercise.
  • Gruyere goes for gold with increased production (0) January 31, 2022 Gruyere goes for gold with increased productionGold Road Resources’ Gruyere gold mine in Western Australia has produced a record amount of ore during the December quarter of 2021.
  • Swick powers towards merge with DDH1 (0) January 31, 2022 Swick powers towards merge with DDH1Swick Mining Services will merge with DDH1 on a positive note in February, after a strong finish to 2021 saw it improve rig utilisation while continuing to grow its fleet.
  • Department interactions to be streamlined (0) January 31, 2022 Department interactions to be streamlinedThe Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions enter into an administrative agreement.
  • Fed Govt puts confidence, investment into northern Australia (0) January 31, 2022 Fed Govt puts confidence, investment into northern AustraliaThe Federal Government has invested in northern Australia with a further $2 billion towards critical infrastructure projects across the mining and agriculture sectors.
  • Newcrest remains on target and on schedule (0) January 31, 2022 Newcrest remains on target and on scheduleNewcrest enjoyed a 10 per cent increase in production over the December quarter due to an increase in the company’s Cadia mill capacity with completion of the replacement and upgrade ...
  • McLanahan delivers mineral processing equipment to Mexico (0) January 30, 2022 McLanahan delivers mineral processing equipment to MexicoWhen a new refinery needed mineral processing equipment the owners returned to their preferred supplier, McLanahan and its custom-engineered equipment.
  • Gold’s diversity leads to rise in demand (0) January 28, 2022 Gold's diversity leads to rise in demandThe World Gold Council has released its latest Gold Demand Trends Report revealing that annual demand has recovered.
  • Alien discovers out-of-this-world silver grades (0) January 28, 2022 Alien discovers out-of-this-world silver gradesAlien Metals has discovered historic silver grades at its Elizabeth Hill silver mine in Western Australia, with one drill hole finding more than 36 kilograms of silver per tonne.
  • Green means go: First copper sighted at Anthill (0) January 28, 2022 Green means go: First copper sighted at AnthillAustral Resources has exposed first copper ore at the Anthill copper project in Queensland, allowing first ore to be stockpiled more than a month earlier than expected.
  • Coal lights up export price index: ABS (0) January 28, 2022 Coal lights up export price index: ABSCoal and non-ferrous metals were among those to underpin Australia’s export price index for the December quarter, while China’s fall in demand for metalliferous ores weighed heavily.
  • Nova operation to reach its renewable Zenith (0) January 28, 2022 Nova operation to reach its renewable ZenithIGO has continued its partnership with Zenith Energy to prove it is possible to use 100 per cent renewables to meet the demands of an operational mine site.
  • Redevelopment of Dolphin mine begins (0) January 28, 2022 Redevelopment of Dolphin mine beginsConstruction activities have commenced on site for the redevelopment of Group 6 Metals wholly-owned Dolphin Tungsten mine on King Island.
  • Italian material handler makes tip top acquisition (0) January 28, 2022 Italian material handler makes tip top acquisitionGlobal provider of conveying, treatment technology and tyre repair products and services, REMA TIP TOP, has acquired the conveyor technology division of Nuova Emil Riv in northern Italy.
  • The dynamic duo: CBC Dubbo and Bonfiglioli save the day for a local quarry (0) January 28, 2022 The dynamic duo: CBC Dubbo and Bonfiglioli save the day for a local quarryThe team at CBC Dubbo isn’t just focused on delivering gearbox and motor products to end users, they are focused on delivering inventive engineering solutions
  • Setting the industry standard for bearing protective surface coatings (0) January 28, 2022 Setting the industry standard for bearing protective surface coatingsThe Timken ES302 bearing coating ensures bearing lifespans can increase by a factor of six when compared to uncoated bearings.
  • Covid causes further Kemerton delays (0) January 27, 2022 Covid causes further Kemerton delaysFurther delays are expected in the construction of Albemarle’s Kemerton lithium hydroxide plant near Bunbury in Western Australia (WA) after 13 workers tested positive for Covid-19.
  • Mining’s great comedown: WoodMac forecasts 2022 (0) January 27, 2022 Mining's great comedown: WoodMac forecasts 2022In 2022, the mining industry will see relaxed commodity prices, action on net-zero plans and the continued struggle of rising labour costs, according to Wood Mackenzie.
  • MinRes sets its sites on lithium (0) January 27, 2022 MinRes sets its sites on lithiumMineral Resources has seen strong growth in its lithium operations with spodumene prices rising 56 per cent from the previous quarter.
  • AdBlue shortage abates thanks to Incitec Pivot (0) January 27, 2022 AdBlue shortage abates thanks to Incitec PivotAustralia’s impending AdBlue shortage has been eased by fertiliser manufacturer Incitec Pivot and the federal government’s AdBlue Taskforce.
  • BHP research to challenge nickel mineral system (0) January 27, 2022 BHP research to challenge nickel mineral systemBHP has signed a major research agreement to identify new areas for the discovery of metals critical to electric vehicles.
  • Rinehart honoured for service to mining sector (0) January 27, 2022 Rinehart honoured for service to mining sectorRoy Hill and Hancock Prospecting executive chair Gina Rinehart has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in the General Division, as part of the Australia Day 2022 ...
  • Terrain Tamer expands to South Africa (0) January 25, 2022 Terrain Tamer expands to South AfricaTerrain Tamer 4WD Parts has recently expanded into South Africa, with their 16th warehouse opening in Bellville, an inner eastern suburb of Cape Town, to facilitate the service of the ...
  • China releases Aus coal from its ports (0) January 25, 2022 China releases Aus coal from its portsChina has cleared most of the Australian coal that had been held at Chinese ports due to a coal import ban, according to Fengkuang Coal Logistics.
  • Mt Bundy gets major boost for the NT (0) January 25, 2022 Mt Bundy gets major boost for the NTPrimary Gold’s Mt Bundy Gold Project has been awarded Major Project status, setting three mines in the Northern Territory up for restart.
  • Iluka’s Eneabba on track as refinery feasibility progresses (0) January 25, 2022 Iluka’s Eneabba on track as refinery feasibility progressesIluka Resources’ Eneabba rare earths project in Western Australia is developing nicely with phase two of the project in progress.
  • Fortescue begins 2022 with wind in its sails (0) January 25, 2022 Fortescue begins 2022 with wind in its sailsFortescue Metals Group has set records for second quarter and first half ore shipments, while achieving several milestones at the Iron Bridge magnetite project in Western Australia.
  • Metso Outotec announces world’s largest slurry pump   (0) January 25, 2022 Metso Outotec announces world’s largest slurry pump  Metso:Outotec has revealed the latest addition to its mill discharge (MD) pump series, the MDM900, for use in heavy-duty concentrator plants.
  • Bellevue gold project on target and budget (0) January 25, 2022 Bellevue gold project on target and budgetBellevue Gold remains confident of first production at its namesake Bellevue Gold project in June next year despite increased infrastructure turnouts during the development of the site.
  • Upgrading legacy drives: If you ain’t first, you’re last (0) January 25, 2022 Upgrading legacy drives: If you ain’t first, you’re lastCBC Power Transmission application engineering manager Brad Bickford says mines restarting creates one burning question: “what comes next?” 
  • AOG Energy 2023: Reconnecting the global Industry (0) January 24, 2022 AOG Energy 2023: Reconnecting the global IndustryReturning to Perth March 15-17 2023, AOG Energy will be a hub of industry professionals ready to collaborate and discover opportunity as the global supply chain reunites.
  • South32: Cannington hauls itself above expectations (0) January 24, 2022 South32: Cannington hauls itself above expectationsSouth32’s Cannington silver-lead mine has had a successful second half of 2021 as it prepares to transition to 100 per cent truck haulage.
  • Elphinstone turns a new leaf for underground BEVs (0) January 24, 2022 Elphinstone turns a new leaf for underground BEVsElphinstone has begun developing battery electric vehicles (BEV) for underground hard rock mining using internal investment and a federal government grant to get started.
  • Regis rockfall knocks gold guidance (0) January 24, 2022 Regis rockfall knocks gold guidanceRegis Resources has revised its gold production targets at the Duketon operation in Western Australia, due to a wall slip at its Rosemont main pit.
  • Calidus bringing solar to Warrawoona (0) January 24, 2022 Calidus bringing solar to WarrawoonaCalidus has executed an agreement with Zenith Pacific for the construction of a 4MW solar farm with a 3.5MW battery energy storage system.
  • Fortescue reignites Oakajee vision with Sinosteel (0) January 24, 2022 Fortescue reignites Oakajee vision with SinosteelFortescue Metals Group has joined with Sinosteel to investigate rail and port development at Oakajee in the Midwest region of Western Australia.
  • Coal prices boost Whitehaven despite disruptions (0) January 21, 2022 Coal prices boost Whitehaven despite disruptionsWhitehaven Coal has seen its coal prices soar in its operations, increasing by 144 per cent in the past year.
  • DeGrussa continues to perform for Sandfire (0) January 21, 2022 DeGrussa continues to perform for SandfireSandfire Resources has overcome the impact of increasing diesel and power costs to record a production increase of around 3000 tonnes at its copper operations, according to its December quarterly ...
  • Port of Townsville gets a face lift (0) January 21, 2022 Port of Townsville gets a face liftA Queensland-based contractor will use the country’s largest backhoe dredge to widen Townsville’s shipping channels, increasing potential for mineral exports in the state’s COVID-19 recovery.
  • WA backtracks on border reopening (0) January 21, 2022 WA backtracks on border reopeningThe Western Australian Government has delayed its border reopening beyond the planned date of February 5, throwing another spanner into its skilled labour shortage.
  • Redpath raise the bore with Kirkland Lake (0) January 21, 2022 Redpath raise the bore with Kirkland LakeKirkland Lake Gold has signed Redpath Mining to a raisebore contract at its Fosterville gold mine in Victoria, extending a long-standing relationship until 2023.
  • Follow the leaders: This week’s executive appointments (0) January 20, 2022 Follow the leaders: This week’s executive appointmentsKeep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, including at New Hope, MCA, Bisalloy and Alcoa.
  • Confident Tonkin ready for WA open borders (0) January 20, 2022 Confident Tonkin ready for WA open bordersNorthern Star Resources has taken lessons from its North American operations in managing workforce disruptions expected in Western Australia as border restrictions lift next month.
  • Grants support innovation in mining and resources (0) January 20, 2022 Grants support innovation in mining and resourcesThe Federal Government will provide more than $12 million in funding for Australian companies to commercialise their innovations.
  • New Wilkie combines coal and clean energy (0) January 20, 2022 New Wilkie combines coal and clean energyNew Wilkie Energy has begun ramping up its workforce to restart the Wilkie Creek coal mine in Queensland, in a project that merges coal with renewable energy.
  • Coronado production gets rained out (0) January 20, 2022 Coronado production gets rained outSaleable production for Coronado Global Resources was down 10 per cent on the previous quarter as a result of above-average rainfall.
  • Visa rebate incentive to alleviate skills shortage (0) January 20, 2022 Visa rebate incentive to alleviate skills shortageThe Chamber of Minerals and Energy of WA has welcomed visa incentives to help address current workforce shortages caused by COVID‑19.
  • Stanmore welcomes EPSA to Isaac Downs (0) January 19, 2022 Stanmore welcomes EPSA to Isaac DownsStanmore Resources has enlisted EPSA Pacific as the statutory coal mining operator at the Isaac Plains Complex, for a five-year term worth $564 million.
  • Lynas charts its own course through traffic (0) January 19, 2022 Lynas charts its own course through trafficLynas Rare Earths has chartered its own ship to transport its rare earth concentrate from Western Australia to Malaysia, easing the impact of global shipping delays.
  • Renison sorted for tin price record (0) January 19, 2022 Renison sorted for tin price recordThe Renison tin mine in Tasmania will now benefit from a new ore sorting technology just in time for the tin price to an all-time high.
  • Burgundy buys diamonds from Ellendale (0) January 19, 2022 Burgundy buys diamonds from EllendaleBurgundy has purchased a parcel of fancy yellow rough diamonds produced at the former Ellendale diamond mine.
  • Galena takes flight at Abra (0) January 19, 2022 Galena takes flight at AbraGalena Mining has completed construction of the airstrip at its Abra base metals mine in Western Australia – an important achievement for its fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workforce.
  • Mining West buy a ‘turning point’ for MACA (0) January 19, 2022 Mining West buy a 'turning point' for MACAMACA has completed its $175 million purchase of Downer’s Mining West business, while the sale of the Bluff coal mine to Bowen Coking Coal was also completed.
  • BHP trusts CIMIC for Port Hedland debottlenecking (0) January 18, 2022 BHP trusts CIMIC for Port Hedland debottleneckingBHP has chosen a CIMIC Group subsidiary for a debottlenecking project at Nelson Point in Port Hedland, Western Australia, in a contract worth $100 million.
  • Health and safety a priority as IMARC is postponed (0) January 18, 2022 Health and safety a priority as IMARC is postponedThe eighth International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) due to go ahead at the end of the month will be postponed organisers say.
  • Sandvik takes Toro by the horns (0) January 18, 2022 Sandvik takes Toro by the hornsSandvik has upgraded its Toro LH209L low-profile loader tailored to enhance its performance, reduce downtime and control emissions.
  • Kirkland production exceeds expectations, again (0) January 18, 2022 Kirkland production exceeds expectations, againKirkland Lake Gold has achieved record annual and quarterly production for 2021 and its fourth quarter, as the Fosterville gold mine smashed original targets in Victoria.
  • Mental health initiative a boost for mine workers (0) January 18, 2022 Mental health initiative a boost for mine workersThe Western Australian Government has launched a grant program to help prevent mental health injury at work and promote positive work practices, with a seperate initiative specifically targeted towards the ...
  • Coburn draws halfway line in the sand (0) January 17, 2022 Coburn draws halfway line in the sandStrandline Resources’ Coburn mineral sands project in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia has reached 50 per cent completion.
  • Further stamps of approval at Hastings’ Yangibana (0) January 17, 2022 Further stamps of approval at Hastings' YangibanaHastings Metals Technology has ticked another box for its Yangibana rare earths project in Western Australia, receiving governmental approvals for environmental management and a revised mining proposal.
  • Liebherr wheels out new loaders (0) January 17, 2022 Liebherr wheels out new loadersLiebherr has launched three new wheel loaders that will increase performance, productivity, and safety during daily use.
  • BHP joins the party on electric rail (0) January 17, 2022 BHP joins the party on electric railBHP will add four battery-electric locomotives to its Western Australian rail network, becoming the fourth major miner to improve rail decarbonisation efforts in Australia since mid-December.
  • Rinehart seeks EPA approval for Mulga Downs mine (0) January 17, 2022 Rinehart seeks EPA approval for Mulga Downs mineMining magnate Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting has filed for environmental approval for a 20 million tonne per annum (mtpa) iron ore mine on the family’s Mulga Downs station in the ...
  • BHP intern program to help skills shortage (0) January 14, 2022 BHP intern program to help skills shortageBHP has targeted first-year university students to intern across a range of areas at the company, encouraging young people to mitigate mining’s skills shortage.
  • Cadia to trial Orica’s latest blast solution (0) January 14, 2022 Cadia to trial Orica's latest blast solutionNewcrest Mining’s Cadia underground gold mine in New South Wales will be the first commercial trial site for Orica’s mechanised development charging system Avatel.
  • Just how do we supply all these clean metals? (0) January 14, 2022 Just how do we supply all these clean metals?Metals demand in the clean energy transition may call for substitution between materials, while lithium supplies may need to increase seven-fold by 2030, according to McKinsey & Company.
  • Epiroc to connect mines with new AI system (0) January 14, 2022 Epiroc to connect mines with new AI systemEpiroc has released a new system that enables multi-vehicle command, control and monitoring to maximise productivity and safety at mines.
  • Rio Tinto shows interest in satellite start-up (0) January 14, 2022 Rio Tinto shows interest in satellite start-upRio Tinto has formed an early adoption partnership with space data company Pixxel, to support the development of an imaging satellite with numerous benefits for mining.
  • Iron ore hits $130/t ahead of Chinese New Year (0) January 14, 2022 Iron ore hits $130/t ahead of Chinese New YearThe price of Australian seaborne 62 per cent iron ore fines has topped $US130 per tonne for the first time since October 2021, thanks to increased Chinese steel production.
  • Conveyor technology: Designing for the future by innovating the present (0) January 14, 2022 Conveyor technology: Designing for the future by innovating the presentHigher production demands across all bulk handling segments require increased efficiency at the lowest cost of operation.
  • Nickel at 10-year high, but for how long? (0) January 13, 2022 Nickel at 10-year high, but for how long?The nickel price broke a 10-year high this week, at $US21,680 ($29,765) per tonne for the first time since September 2011 as reports of dwindling battery metal supplies worried investors.
  • Challenge to grow critical minerals (0) January 13, 2022 Challenge to grow critical mineralsThe SA Government has launched a challenge focussed on growing the state’s critical minerals processing and manufacturing capabilities.
  • Follow the leaders: This week’s executive appointments (0) January 13, 2022 Follow the leaders: This week’s executive appointmentsKeep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, including at OZ Minerals, the Perth Mint and the MRIWA.
  • NRW optimises Dalgaranga with MaxMine (0) January 13, 2022 NRW optimises Dalgaranga with MaxMineNRW Holdings has agreed to install MaxMine technology across its mining contract at Dalgaranga gold mine in Western Australia to improve safety, productivity and environmental efficiency.
  • BHP to convert South Flank with autonomous haulage (0) January 13, 2022 BHP to convert South Flank with autonomous haulageBHP will transition its South Flank mine to autonomous haulage, less than a year after first ore was produced at the Western Australian site.
  • Tasmanian metal exports continue to grow (0) January 12, 2022 Tasmanian metal exports continue to growTasmania has recorded its fourth consecutive month with annual export figures exceeding $4 billion, while 64.1 per cent of the state’s exports came from non-ferrous metals, metallic ores and metal ...
  • Iluka gets rare referral win (0) January 12, 2022 Iluka gets rare referral winIluka’s Eneabba rare earth refinery at the Eneabba mine site has made it through the Environmental Protection Authority referral process.
  • Iron ore recovery sees mines reopen (0) January 12, 2022 Iron ore recovery sees mines reopenThe price of seaborne 62 per cent iron ore fines has reached near three-month highs, according to Mysteel, now worth $US128.35 ($177) per dry metric tonne (dmt).
  • Zinc prices to stabilise: Fitch (0) January 12, 2022 Zinc prices to stabilise: FitchData from Fitch Solutions shows that zinc prices in 2022 have been revised upwards from $US2,550/tonne ($3,537/tonne) to $US2,900/tonne.
  • Bis hauls its way to the Hunter Valley (0) January 12, 2022 Bis hauls its way to the Hunter ValleyHunter Valley Operations has awarded Bis a multi-year contract to deliver on-road haulage at its Howick-based processing facility.
  • WA seeks streamlined Mining Act (0) January 12, 2022 WA seeks streamlined Mining ActThe Western Australian Government has proposed to amend the Mining Act 1978 to improve regulation and update approvals processes.
  • Upskilling online with CQUni opened the pathway to success for Rick (0) January 12, 2022 Upskilling online with CQUni opened the pathway to success for RickRick Mulvey’s decision to upskill with CQUniversity’s Graduate Certificate in Asset and Maintenance Management took his mining industry career into operations management.
  • Thermal coal heats up as Indonesia mulls ban (0) January 11, 2022 Thermal coal heats up as Indonesia mulls banThermal coal prices have risen above $US200 per tonne for the first time since November began, owing to Indonesia’s export ban while it manages domestic supply issues.
  • Rio Tinto to charge up with Wabtec (0) January 11, 2022 Rio Tinto to charge up with WabtecRio Tinto will purchase four battery-electric trains from Wabtec Corporation for use in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
  • Fortescue considers taking backseat at Iron Bridge (0) January 11, 2022 Fortescue considers taking backseat at Iron BridgeFortescue Metals Group has indicated it’s open to contracting for mining services at its Iron Bridge magnetite project in Western Australia, contrary to its usual strategy.
  • Austral’s Anthill a ‘hive of activity’ (0) January 11, 2022 Austral's Anthill a 'hive of activity'Austral Resources has seen first overburden moved at its Anthill copper mine in central Queensland, after Thiess was confirmed as the contractor late last year.
  • Hexagon drills into Minnovare (0) January 11, 2022 Hexagon drills into MinnovareHexagon has acquired Minnovare, a leading provider of drilling technology that improves the speed, cost and accuracy of underground drilling.
  • Iron ore export figures stay strong for PPA (0) January 11, 2022 Iron ore export figures stay strong for PPAPilbara Ports Authority finished strong in 2021 as December’s total throughput of 68.5 million tonnes represented a 6 per cent increase compared to December 2020.
  • CIMIC brings the energy to Mica Creek (0) January 10, 2022 CIMIC brings the energy to Mica CreekCIMIC Group’s UGL has been awarded a contract for the design and works at the Mica Creek solar farm project in Mount Isa.
  • Austin order surge sets up 2022 (0) January 10, 2022 Austin order surge sets up 2022Austin Engineering has closed 2021 with a significant order book boost, adding $60 million in November and December across Asia Pacific and the Americas.
  • Liontown charges up with Metso (0) January 10, 2022 Liontown charges up with MetsoLiontown has awarded a contract to Metso-Outotec for the design, fabrication and delivery of a SAG mill at Kathleen Valley Lithium Project.
  • Copper prices easing slightly: Fitch (0) January 10, 2022 Copper prices easing slightly: FitchCopper prices in 2022 are expected to be slightly higher than initial forecasts, as prices remain elevated over tight inventories.
  • Aurizon continues charge for green rail with UQ (0) January 10, 2022 Aurizon continues charge for green rail with UQAurizon has partnered with the University of Queensland (UQ) to strengthen its credentials in zero-emission rail freight technology, investigating ‘new-generation’ batteries and green hydrogen fuel-cell technology.
  • Rinehart progresses Hardey iron ore (0) January 7, 2022 Rinehart progresses Hardey iron oreHancock has signed a development agreement to lead a bankable feasibility study on the Hardey iron ore project in the West Pilbara.
  • Port Hedland SIA upgrade complete (0) January 7, 2022 Port Hedland SIA upgrade completeThe Boodarie Strategic Industrial Area upgrade is complete in Port Hedland, enhancing downstream processing for the iron ore and gas sectors of Western Australia’s Pilbara region.
  • Gas pipeline has potential to cut coal mine emissions (0) January 7, 2022 Gas pipeline has potential to cut coal mine emissionsA study has investigated opportunities to capture fugitive emissions from underground and open-cut coal mines in the Bowen Basin to assist in Queensland’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Gold price set to strengthen after rocky 2021 (0) January 7, 2022 Gold price set to strengthen after rocky 20212021 saw the gold price record its first calendar year decline since 2018, falling 4 per cent to end the year at $US1820 ($2500) per ounce of gold, according to ...
  • OZ Minerals breathes life into Prominent Hill expansion (0) January 7, 2022 OZ Minerals breathes life into Prominent Hill expansionOZ Minerals has selected long-time partner Zitrón Australia to design and manufacture a new primary underground ventilation system for the Prominent Hill gold mine in South Australia.
  • Nickel prices to peak by 2027: Fitch (0) January 7, 2022 Nickel prices to peak by 2027: FitchNickel prices are expected to reach new record highs by 2027, according to data released by Fitch Solutions.
  • Fortescue on track to decarbonise fleet (0) January 6, 2022 Fortescue on track to decarbonise fleetFortescue purchases two Battery Electric Locomotives to transport iron ore to port, continuing the decarbonisation of its locomotive fleet.
  • The dotted line: The biggest contracts of 2021 (0) January 6, 2022 The dotted line: The biggest contracts of 2021After another big year in the resources industry, Australian Mining looks back at some of the most significant contracts to take place in 2021.
  • Australian lithium production to triple: Fitch (0) January 6, 2022 Australian lithium production to triple: FitchFitch Solutions expects strong lithium production growth in the years to come with lithium reserves continuing to increase.
  • Preparing the workforce for an autonomous future (0) January 6, 2022 Preparing the workforce for an autonomous futureA collaboration between WesTrac and Rio Tinto has led to the creation of a tailored program to teach team members the fundamentals of operating within an autonomous mine site.
  • Energy Vault receives further backing for zinc refinery (0) January 6, 2022 Energy Vault receives further backing for zinc refineryEnergy Vault has continued a string of significant partnerships and investments, as Korea Zinc contributed $50 million to have renewables deployed at its subsidiary’s refinery.
  • Panoramic first shipment exceeds expectations (0) January 6, 2022 Panoramic first shipment exceeds expectationsPanoramic Resources has set sail on its first nickel-copper-cobalt concentrate shipment from Wyndham Port in Western Australia, significantly surpassing its target of up to 10,000 tonnes.
  • Race to decarbonise the energy sector (0) January 5, 2022 Race to decarbonise the energy sectorThe massive global effort to decarbonise the energy sector is underway, and the race to net zero is shaping up to be an investment opportunity to define the decades to ...
  • South32, KCC to continue Worsley Alumina shipments (0) January 5, 2022 South32, KCC to continue Worsley Alumina shipmentsSouth32 and KCC have signed a six-year contract of affreightment for shipments of caustic soda to South32’s Worsley Alumina refinery in WA.
  • Chalice gets environmental approval for Julimar to stage up (0) January 5, 2022 Chalice gets environmental approval for Julimar to stage upChalice Mining’s Stage 2 CMP for initial low-impact drilling at its Julimar nickel-copper-PGE project in WA has been approved.
  • Copper waste to boost global battery sector (0) January 5, 2022 Copper waste to boost global battery sectorThe University of Queensland (UQ) and Cobalt Blue Holdings will look into whether cobalt used for battery storage can be extracted from copper mine tailings in Mount Isa and Cloncurry.
  • Natural land resources to boost regional Queensland (0) January 5, 2022 Natural land resources to boost regional QueenslandThe Natural Resource Recovery Program has been revamped to improve the productivity of Queensland’s land resources while supporting regional jobs.
  • Simberi processing plant on schedule for St Barbara (0) January 5, 2022 St Barbara has completed the laying of the deep sea tailings placement pipeline at the Simberi gold operation in Papua New Guinea.
  • Carmichael coal ready to set sail (0) January 5, 2022 Carmichael coal ready to set sailBravus Mining & Resources Carmichael mine has successfully delivered its first shipment of coal to the North Queensland Export Terminal.
  • Follow the leaders: This year’s biggest executive appointments (0) December 21, 2021 Follow the leaders: This year’s biggest executive appointmentsKeep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, including at Fortescue Metals Group, Anglo American, the New South Wales Government, Liontown Resources and Kirkland Lake Gold.
  • Mining’s most-clicked: The top stories of 2021 (0) December 21, 2021 Mining's most-clicked: The top stories of 2021Australian Mining takes a look back at the year that was with a recount of the top 5 stories in 2021.  
  • COB not letting cobalt go to waste (0) December 21, 2021 COB not letting cobalt go to wasteCobalt Blue Holdings has executed a MOU with the state of Queensland to assess opportunities for the recovery of cobalt from mine waste.
  • PilMins guidance cuts a blip on the map (0) December 21, 2021 PilMins guidance cuts a blip on the mapPilbara Minerals has lowered its production targets at the Pilgangoora lithium operation in Western Australia, as labour shortages slow the use of its newly commissioned Ngungaju plant.
  • Glencore powers Mica Creek solar farm to stage two (0) December 21, 2021 Glencore powers Mica Creek solar farm to stage twoAPA Group will begin stage two of the Mica Creek solar farm in Mount Isa in 2022, following an agreement with Glencore’s Mount Isa Mines.
  • Long-range Wi-Fi to connect industry (0) December 21, 2021 Long-range Wi-Fi to connect industryUSYD researchers are developing a Wi-Fi system to achieve long-range communication, high data rates and low latency for the mining industry.
  • Westgold milestone at the crown of Meekatharra (0) December 21, 2021 Westgold milestone at the crown of MeekatharraWestgold Resources has reached the base of its historic Fenian’s deposit of the Paddy’s Flat gold mine in Meekatharra, Western Australia.
  • SA grants Great White mining lease (0) December 21, 2021 SA grants Great White mining leaseAndromeda Metals and Minotaur Exploration have been granted a mining lease for the Great White Kaolin project in South Australia.
  • Major projects pipeline soon to flow again (0) December 21, 2021 Major projects pipeline soon to flow againAustralia’s resources and energy sector will see jobs and projects abounds in the coming years, with the committed pipeline’s value increasing 24 per cent in the 2021 major projects report.
  • Rio Tinto looks local for Pilbara rail cars (0) December 21, 2021 Rio Tinto looks local for Pilbara rail carsRio Tinto has called for expressions of interest (EOI) to build 100 rail cars for its Pilbara iron ore mining operations.
  • Resources exports to skyrocket (0) December 20, 2021 Resources exports to skyrocketAustralia’s resources and energy exports are expected to reach a record $379 billion in 2021-22, up from $310 billion in 2020-21.
  • RPMGlobal strengthens mine plan software suite (0) December 20, 2021 RPMGlobal strengthens mine plan software suiteRPMGlobal (RPM) has continued to expand its software suite with the acquisition of three more mine plan optimisation products in partnership with Canadian research partner MIRARCO.
  • GenusPlus adds drilling prowess with Fortescue deal (0) December 20, 2021 GenusPlus adds drilling prowess with Fortescue dealFortescue Metals Group subsidiary Pilbara Energy Company has awarded a $30 million contract to GenusPlus for 98 kilometres of overhead transmission line in Western Australia.
  • Court gives New Acland new hope (0) December 20, 2021 Court gives New Acland new hopeThe Land Court of Queensland has recommended that New Hope’s New Acland coal mine be granted stage three mining leases subject to conditions.
  • Commodity prices boost Queensland economic outlook (0) December 20, 2021 Commodity prices boost Queensland economic outlookQueensland’s coal exports have delivered an extra $2.9 billion in royalties to the state’s budget, according to its mid-financial year update.
  • Mission Australia Christmas appeal hampers are delivered (0) December 20, 2021 Mission Australia Christmas appeal hampers are deliveredA sea of Christmas, ‘Coates’ orange, food hampers was dispatched across the country this week to Mission Australia offices nationally.
  • Mulga Rock and roll: Vimy gets green light (0) December 17, 2021 Mulga Rock and roll: Vimy gets green lightVimy Resources has achieved “substantial commencement” at its Mulga Rock uranium project following confirmation by the WA DWER.
  • BHP sees potential in Energy Vault (0) December 17, 2021 BHP sees potential in Energy VaultBHP has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Energy Vault to develop energy storage solutions in BHP operations and expand Energy Vault into Australia.
  • Mining’s crucial role in economic recovery (0) December 17, 2021 Mining's crucial role in economic recoveryAustralia’s fiscal outlook is expected to show a more than $7 billion improvement since the 2021‑22 Budget, with the nation’s resources and commodity sector playing a significant part in the ...
  • Panoramic prepares for first Savannah shipment (0) December 17, 2021 Panoramic prepares for first Savannah shipmentPanoramic Resources has readied almost 10,000 tonnes of nickel-copper-cobalt concentrate from the Savannah operations for its first shipment at Wyndham Port in Western Australia.
  • Perenti sells MinAnalytical to ALS (0) December 17, 2021 Perenti sells MinAnalytical to ALSPerenti has announced the divestment of its subsidiary MinAnalytical Laboratory Services Australia to ALS for $43.6 million.
  • Downer and out: Leading contractor no longer (0) December 17, 2021 Downer and out: Leading contractor no longerDowner has officially divested its mining portfolio, completing its sale of the Open Cut Mining East business to BUMA Australia for about $150 million.
  • Was Gaines’ transition the right move for Fortescue? (0) December 16, 2021 Was Gaines' transition the right move for Fortescue?Analysts have suggested Fortescue Metals Group’s may be better served by diversifying into more reliable commodities like base metals, rather than renewable energy.
  • RPMGlobal bolsters ESG tech with Eden Suite (0) December 16, 2021 RPMGlobal bolsters ESG tech with Eden SuiteRPMGlobal has acquired the exclusive rights within the mining industry to Eden Suite’s Environmental Data Management and Reporting software, building on the advisory’s sustainable technology focus.
  • WA passes new Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill (0) December 16, 2021 WA passes new Aboriginal Cultural Heritage BillWA has passed laws that will transform the way Aboriginal cultural heritage is valued and protected in the wake of the Juukan Gorge incident.
  • Follow the leaders: This week’s executive appointments (0) December 16, 2021 Follow the leaders: This week's executive appointmentsKeep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, including at the Gold Industry Group, Envirosuite and Fortescue Metals Group.
  • ‘Last piece of this puzzle’ for efficient electric vehicles (0) December 16, 2021 'Last piece of this puzzle’ for efficient electric vehiclesABB and Amazon Web Services have continued their relationship in a collaboration with MEDATech for end-to-end electric vehicle solutions to achieve sustainability goals.
  • Perenti joins AROSE to focus on remote operations (0) December 16, 2021 Perenti joins AROSE to focus on remote operationsPerenti and its newly formed technology-driven service offering, idoba, have joined the AROSE consortium in a bid to strengthen its global mining services.
  • Forgotten silver mine sparks Alien interest (0) December 15, 2021 Forgotten silver mine sparks Alien interestAlien Metals has mobilised to restart the Elizabeth Hill silver mine near Karratha in Western Australia, with machinery and equipment weeks from re-entering the dormant operation.
  • ASM signs over critical minerals to Korea (0) December 15, 2021 ASM signs over critical minerals to KoreaAustralian Strategic Materials will begin producing critical metals from its Korean Metals Plant next year, in a collaboration with the Korean Mine Rehabilitation and Resource Corporation.
  • Major OEMs investigate alternative fuels (0) December 15, 2021 Major OEMs investigate alternative fuelsSanvik and Caterpillar have made significant strides in alternative fuels for mining applications, including HVO to replace diesel and hydrogen-powered haul trains.
  • Fortescue and Alinta Energy switch on solar (0) December 15, 2021 Fortescue and Alinta Energy switch on solarAlinta Energy’s Chichester Hub Solar Farm has begun production for Fortescue Metals Group in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
  • Copper Mountain climbs aboard $836m Eva mine (0) December 15, 2021 Copper Mountain climbs aboard $836m Eva mineCopper Mountain Mining Corporation has approved the beginning of development at the Eva copper project in Queensland with commissioning planned for 2024.
  • 29Metals flags processing changes at Capricorn (0) December 15, 2021 29Metals flags processing changes at Capricorn29Metals has announced it will be transitioning its Capricorn copper mine’s processing operations in Far North Queensland ‘in-house’ from February 2022.
  • Newcrest approved to build upon Cadia expansion (0) December 14, 2021 Newcrest approved to build upon Cadia expansionNewcrest Mining has been approved to further expand the processing capacity of Cadia gold mine in New South Wales, with tailings storage repairs also signed off.
  • Mining regions face restrictions as WA opens (0) December 14, 2021 Mining regions face restrictions as WA opensWestern Australian Premier Mark McGowan has flagged that the state’s key mining regions of the Pilbara and the Goldfields could face additional restrictions if their populations don’t reach the target ...
  • Mineral ores to sand out sustainability crisis (0) December 14, 2021 Mineral ores to sand out sustainability crisisResearchers from the SMI and UNIGE are exploring ore-sand as a sustainable source of sand, that could reduce the waste produced by mining.
  • Australia to work with Korea on critical minerals (0) December 14, 2021 Australia to work with Korea on critical mineralsAustralia and the Republic of Korea have created an agreement on critical minerals that will strengthen cooperation in resources and energy.
  • Roy Hill maintains MACA’s momentum (0) December 14, 2021 Roy Hill maintains MACA's momentumRoy Hill has signed MACA to a $70 million mining services contract at its namesake iron ore operations in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.
  • Hydrogen rail on the Aurizon for Anglo (0) December 14, 2021 Hydrogen rail on the Aurizon for AngloAurizon and Anglo American have begun investigating hydrogen-powered bulk freight trains to create more sustainable supply chains in mining.
  • QME receives strong support from major suppliers (0) December 14, 2021 QME receives strong support from major suppliersDo not miss this opportunity to participate in this much anticipated event where the industry will converge in Mackay on July 19-21, 2022.
  • Glencore shifting to seven-day roster (0) December 13, 2021 Glencore shifting to seven-day rosterGlencore’s Mount Isa mines has announced MICO will be changing its primary rosters to a seven days on/seven days off roster.
  • Vimy moves with haste at Mulga Rock uranium (0) December 13, 2021 Vimy moves with haste at Mulga Rock uraniumVimy Resources has begun development of the Mulga Rock uranium project in Western Australia, after receiving approval for its operational radiation management plan (ORMP).
  • Komatsu helps Wabtec reach safety milestone (0) December 13, 2021 Komatsu helps Wabtec reach safety milestoneWabtec Corporation has successfully tested its new mining collision awareness system solution with a Komatsu machine intervention controller.
  • Mineral exports put focus on port infrastructure (0) December 13, 2021 Mineral exports put focus on port infrastructurePilbara Ports Authority delivered a total monthly throughput of 59.9 million tonnes (Mt) for November 2021, a four per cent increase compared to the corresponding period in 2020.
  • Orica selling Minova to Aurelius Group (0) December 13, 2021 Orica selling Minova to Aurelius GroupOrica has announced it will sell its Minova business to Aurelius Group for $180 million, subject to transaction costs.
  • End of an era for Fortescue as Gaines steps down (0) December 10, 2021 End of an era for Fortescue as Gaines steps downFortescue has announced that Elizabeth Gaines will transition away from her role as CEO into a role as a non-executive director.
  • Gradual retirement to help skills shortages (0) December 10, 2021 Gradual retirement to help skills shortagesNew research from ECU shows moving into retirement gradually could be the key to helping the skilled worker shortage in the mining industry.
  • Civmec makes waves with Covalent contract (0) December 10, 2021 Civmec makes waves with Covalent contractCivmec has pushed its contract pipeline to $1.15 billion with work to be conducted at Covalent Lithium’s lithium refinery in Kwinana, Western Australia.
  • Curragh continues following staged restart (0) December 10, 2021 Curragh continues following staged restartCoronado Global Resources has resumed full operations at the Curragh coal mine in Queensland, after a gradual restart followed an incident in the dragline operations in November.
  • ANL improves shipping services in the Pilbara (0) December 10, 2021 ANL improves shipping services in the PilbaraANL has updated its shipping service to the Pilbara region of Western Australia, operating three loops from Singapore to Darwin, Port Hedland and Dampier.
  • Newcrest brings Clough onboard for Lihir shutdowns (0) December 10, 2021 Newcrest brings Clough onboard for Lihir shutdownsClough has been awarded a shutdown scope at Newcrest’s Lihir Gold project on Lihir Island in Papua New Guinea.
  • NSW strategy to open exploration for critical minerals (0) December 10, 2021 NSW strategy to open exploration for critical mineralsThe New South Wales Government will make it easier for exploration companies to search for critical minerals by removing Mineral Allocation Areas (MAA) as part of its Critical Minerals and ...
  • Know where you stand on COVID-19 insurance (0) December 10, 2021 Know where you stand on COVID-19 insuranceProactive Insurance Management director Lee O’Connor discusses the possible impacts COVID-19 may have on miners’ insurance claims.
  • Fortescue makes a beeline for green rail (0) December 9, 2021 Fortescue makes a beeline for green railFortescue Metals Group has welcomed two new locomotives to its research and development facility outside Perth as the miner tests a new fuel system to decarbonise rail freight.
  • Mining equipment to see steady growth (0) December 9, 2021 Mining equipment to see steady growthThe global mining equipment market is forecast to exceed $US90 billion ($125 billion) by 2027, as urbanisation demands more resources, according to Global Market Insights.
  • Rail trial to keep Queensland junior miners on track (0) December 9, 2021 Rail trial to keep Queensland junior miners on trackThe Queensland Government is funding a $1.8 million trial aiming to reduce costs and increase efficiencies for commercial freight users on the Mount Isa Line rail corridor in a transport ...