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  • Innovative Mining Solution Finalist: Micromine (0) November 17, 2008 Micromine is a finalist in the 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards for its development of PITRAM, a mine production control and management solution that records, manages and processes mine-site ...
  • Innovative Mining Solution Finalist: MinVu (0) November 17, 2008 MinVu is a finalist in the Prospect Awards for the development of a mine production data warehouse system.
  • Innovative Mining Solution Finalist: Springvale Coal (0) November 17, 2008 Springvale Coal is a finalist in the 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards for the development of its Strata Management System.
  • More job cuts in WA (0) November 17, 2008 Consolidated Minerals has joined the list of miners cutting permanent staff, with the company set to shed more than 180 staff and contractors by mid-December at its Beta Hunt nickel ...
  • Innovative Mining Solution Finalist: Swick Mining (0) November 17, 2008 Swick Mining is a finalist in the 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards for its development of the underground diamond drill rig.
  • Grants to boost minerals search (0) November 14, 2008 Victorian Energy and Resources Minster Peter Batchelor has announced 11 mining companies will receive a total of $700,000 to aid in their search for minerals.
  • FMG demand strong (0) November 14, 2008 Fortescue Metals Group has brought forward a planned shutdown at one of its Western Australia operations, reducing calendar 2008 output by two million tonnes, or 10%, however, chief executive Andrew ...
  • Crisis forces mines to rent (0) November 14, 2008 The global economic crisis is continuing to take its toll on the mining industry. The liquidity in the market is gone and as such, minesites are finding it increasingly difficult ...
  • Rio’s trainees score jobs (0) November 14, 2008 A dozen Indigenous trainees will start work at Rio Tinto’s Mesa J iron ore mine in Pannawonica this week after completing a 10-week pre-employment program.
  • DPI’s safety concern (0) November 14, 2008 A spate of incidents on separate minesites where employees have been seriously injured has forced the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries to release a safety bulletin highlighting the ...
  • ETS to cut jobs (0) November 14, 2008 The Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Energy and Resources, Barry Haase, has said the Federal Government’s emissions trading scheme will inflict great pain on miners, energy distributors, exporters and consequently the ...
  • Minerals professionals on solid ground (0) November 14, 2008 Despite economic downturn and concern over professional employment, the Australasian minerals industry is well positioned for the future, Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) president Peter McCarthy said.
  • Limited FREE tickets for Australian Made conference (0) November 13, 2008 A limited number of free tickets are available for the annual Australian Made conference in Sydney on Tuesday 18 November.
  • Metalliferous Mine of the Year Finalist: Northparkes Mine (0) November 12, 2008 Northparkes copper-gold mine is a finalist in the 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards for its development of the world first block caving method.
  • Metalliferous Mine of the Year Finalist: McArthur River Mine (0) November 12, 2008 McArthur River Mining (MRM) is an Xstrata Zinc owned company and has been named as a finalist in the 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards.
  • Metalliferous Mine of the Year Finalist: Wattle Dam Mine (0) November 12, 2008 Ramelius Resources’ Wattle Dam Mine is a finalist in the 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards for pushing its production past 32,151 ounces, the equivalent of one tonne of pure ...
  • Metalliferous Mine of the Year Finalist: Cadia East Mine (0) November 12, 2008 Newcrest Mining’s Cadia East Mine in NSW is a finalist in the 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards for achieving what is said to be the best advance rate worldwide ...
  • Metalliefrous Mine of the Year Finalist: Ernest Henry (0) November 12, 2008 Xstrata’s open-cut copper gold mine, Ernest Henry, is a finalist in the 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards.
  • Metalliferous Mine of the Year Finalist: Angas Mine (0) November 12, 2008 Terramin Australia’s Angas Zinc Mine is a finalist in the 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards for using innovation to overcome a wall of clay and silt.
  • Mining companies cut costs (0) November 12, 2008 OZ Minerals is reviewing capital and operational expenditures to be sure it can fund all ‘essential’ projects.
  • Safety first for mines (0) November 12, 2008 Anglo Gold’s Ashanti Sunrise Dam has won the Western Australia Chamber of Minerals and Energy Underground Mine Emergency Response Challenge held at Focus Minerals’ Coolgardie Gold Project.
  • ACA launches interactive website (0) November 12, 2008 The Australian Coal Association has launched a comprehensive website explaining the new generation of low emissions coal technologies and their role in addressing climate change, the executive director of the ...
  • $870 bn worth of relief (0) November 12, 2008 The Chinese government’s move to stimulate the domestic economy has been welcomed by Western Australia’s largest miners and investors, Hartleys resource analyst Andrew Muir told MINING DAILY.
  • Royalty hike a naked cash grab, NSW miners (0) November 12, 2008 The News South Wales government’s move to increase the State’s coal royalty levy by 1.2% across the board is a naked grab for cash, according to the State’s coal miners. ...
  • Coal Mine of the Year Finalist: Ensham Coal Mine (0) November 11, 2008 Ensham Coal Mine has shown continued determination and commitment to its team through a year of great adversity and, it is for this reason, the mine is a finalist in ...
  • Coal Mine of the Year Finalist: Hail Creek Mine (0) November 11, 2008 Rio Tinto Coal Australia’s Hail Creek Mine is a finalist in the 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards for its continued drive to improve the quality of the mine.
  • Coal Mine of the Year Finalist: Mt Thorley Warkworth Mine (0) November 11, 2008 Rio Tinto Coal Australia’s Mt Thorley Warkworth Coal Mine is a finalist in the 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards for its innovative approach to mine safety.
  • Coal Mine of the Year Finalist: Springvale Mine (0) November 11, 2008 Springvale Coal mine is a finalist in the 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards for its innovation and commitment to improving production at the minesite.
  • Coal Mine of the Year Finalist: Stratford Coal Mine (0) November 11, 2008 Stratford Coal Mine, operated by Gloucester Coal, is a finalist in the 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards.
  • Australians against uranium expansion (0) November 11, 2008 A Newspoll survey conducted by the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) has revealed that 40% of Australians are against the export of Australian uranium to any country for use in nuclear ...
  • Operating plan slashed at Endeavor (0) November 10, 2008 CBH has announced it is implementing further changes to its mine plan at the Endeavor Mine, in response to the continued deterioration of metal prices.
  • Ensham takes the road less travelled (0) November 10, 2008 The January floods certainly took a toll on Ensham Mine which has, after 10 months, struggled back up to 80% productivity, Ensham’s general manager of operations and CEO Peter Westerhuis ...
  • Global crisis targets staff (0) November 10, 2008 The global slowdown has forced all mining companies to freeze recruitment until the full force of the crisis can be understood.
  • Royalty increase seems imminent (0) November 10, 2008 Increasing royalties will hurt the mining industry which is already suffering from the ongoing economic crisis, a spokesperson for the NSW Minerals Council has told MINING DAILY.
  • Rio cuts ore production by 10% (0) November 10, 2008 Rio Tinto will cut iron ore production at its Pilbara operations by about 10% due to reduced demand from customers.
  • FIFO met with criticism (0) November 10, 2008 BHP Billiton’s plans to move to fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) operations for its mines in central Queensland are needed to meet operational requirements for contractors in the area, BHP manager media ...
  • Pilbara shut down (0) November 10, 2008 Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) has announced that it will bring forward a planned shut down of the port and mine processing plant for about 10 days, commencing November 17.
  • Government wants more from NSW coal (0) November 7, 2008 A row over the NSW coal royalty levy has erupted today between the NSW government, Unions and the State’s miners, as the NSW government considers increasing coal royalties to 10%.
  • 58,000 workers required by 2020 (0) November 7, 2008 An additional labour force of 58,000 will be required by 2020 if Australia is to maintain its current share of commodities, Minerals Council of Australia director, environment and social policy, ...
  • Prospect Awards photos now available (0) November 7, 2008 Images from this year’s 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards, held recently at Dockside convention centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney, are now available online.
  • Federal support for WA uranium expansion (0) November 7, 2008 The expansion of uranium mining in Western Australia could add billions of dollars to Australia’s gross domestic product, a spokesperson for Federal Resources Minister Ferguson told MINING DAILY.
  • Abbot Point coal terminal (0) November 7, 2008 The Monadelphous Group has won a $76 million contract from the Ports Corporation of Queensland for the expansion of Abbot Point Coal Terminal.
  • Look to the long term for growth, Williams (0) November 7, 2008 Dr Nikki Williams’ Keynote address at the Prospect Awards presentation evening on Wednesday 22 October, 2008, at the Dockside Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney.
  • QR revenue falls following flood (0) November 5, 2008 Queensland Rail’s predicted revenue growth was hampered by the January floods that inundated the Bowen Basin and Central Queensland, QR’s chairman John Prescott said.
  • Qld health and safety gets a revamp (0) November 5, 2008 The State Government is improving its testing systems to ensure only the most qualified people are overseeing health and safety in the state’s mines, Mines and Energy Minister Geoff Wilson ...
  • Carbon reduction scheme essential, Roche (0) November 5, 2008 An international agreement on carbon reduction will be essential to the longevity of the mining industry, Queensland Resources Council chief executive officer Michael Roche has told MINING DAILY.
  • Asciano takeover speculation (0) November 5, 2008 Speculation that the Asciano Group last week received a second takeover offer from a private equity consortium led by the Texas Pacific Group (TPG) has been met with an indifferent ...
  • Coolgardie first for emergency challenge (0) November 5, 2008 The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CME) is holding its annual Underground Mine Emergency Response Challenge from 7-9 November 2008 at the Coolgardie Gold Project owned by ...
  • Pilbara development dialogue (0) November 5, 2008 The Pilbara Development Commission (PDC) recently held the third of its ‘Pilbara Dialogue’ sessions in Karratha as part of the PDC’s role in facilitating the development of a regional vision ...
  • WA department restructure (0) November 5, 2008 Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett has announced the restructure of the Department of Industry and Resources (DOIR) and the Department of Consumer and Employment Protection (DOCEP).
  • BHP takes a hit in Rio bid (0) November 5, 2008 European Union regulators have expressed antitrust concerns with BHP Billiton’s hostile bid for rival Rio Tinto that would create the world’s largest iron ore miner.
  • New measurements needed for coal mines (0) November 5, 2008 The CSIRO has released a report through the Australian Coal Industry’s Research Program (ACARP) on the measurement procedures of greenhouse gas emissions from underground coal mining, finding that steps need ...
  • CCI welcomes rate cut (0) November 5, 2008 Western Australia’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) has welcomed the Reserve bank’s decision to cut interest rates by a further three quarters of a per cent to 5.25%, CCI ...
  • Alcoa – Hydraulic Steering Filter Housing (0) November 4, 2008 Alcoa’s hydraulic steering filter is a finalist in the 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards.
  • Jan Lichos – Brake Diagnostic Tool (0) November 4, 2008 Jan Lichos is a finalist in the Excellence in Occupational Health and Safety category at the 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards for his brake diagnostic tool.
  • Bill McCurry – Centre-line Socket Safety System (0) November 4, 2008 Bill McCurry’s centre-line socket safety system is a finalist in the 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards for its ability to improve occupational health and safety standards in the industry.
  • Rio Tinto – Self-Locking Jack (14) November 4, 2008 Rio Tinto’s self-locking jack is a finalist in the 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards for its ability to reduce the safety hazards associated with lifting heavy loads.
  • Springvale Coal – Vent Safe Sliding Door (0) November 4, 2008 Springvale coal is a finalist in the 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards for the design and development of a new mine ventilation door.
  • Swick – Carrier-Mounted Underground Diamond Drill Rig (0) November 4, 2008 Swick is a finalist in the 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards for the design and development of a carrier-mounted underground diamond drill-rig that has reduced the hazzards associated with ...
  • Alcoa – Bearing Lifting Jig (37) November 4, 2008 Alcoa is a finalist in the 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards for designing a bearing lifting jig that effectively striped the hazzards involved in lifting bearings into place.
  • Nolan’s Bore rare earths (0) November 3, 2008 Arafura Resources has proposed to develop a new mining operation at Nolan’s Bore, 135 km north of Alice Springs.
  • Strong finish to GME (0) November 3, 2008 The 2008 Goldfields Mining Expo has recorded a strong finish, with show visitor numbers substantially ahead of those for the previous exhibition in 2006.
  • Prosecutions following death (0) November 3, 2008 A mine operator, a site senior executive and an equipment supplier have recently pleaded guilty to breaches of obligations under the Mining and Quarrying Safety and Health Act 1999 in ...
  • $500 million refinery contract (35) November 3, 2008 WR Carpenter No 1 Pty Ltd a company of The Griffin Group, on behalf of Worsley Alumina, has issued a contract to AE&E Australia for the design, engineering, procurement, construction ...
  • Carbon pollution scheme way forward, QRC (0) November 3, 2008 The Queensland Resources Council has said that predictions of the export coal industry’s demise under a Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) are misplaced.
  • Climate change report raises concerns (0) November 3, 2008 The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia chief executive Reg Howard-Smith has raised concerns at the recently released Commonwealth Government’s Low Pollutions Future Report entitled The Economics of ...
  • Pilbara stuck in last century, Barnett (0) November 3, 2008 Underdeveloped towns and facilities in Western Australia’s Pilbara mining area are making it difficult for the region to attract and retain employees, Premier Colin Barnett said in exclusive interview with ...
  • Changing face of mining recruitment (0) October 31, 2008 The lapse in the mining boom is hitting ores and minerals sections more than the energy based miners, IBIS World industry analyst Ed Butler told MINING DAILY.
  • Karara project update (0) October 31, 2008 ProjectConnect has announced that 103 procurement packages have just been listed by the $1.8 billion Karara Iron Ore Project.
  • Don’t fall asleep on safety, Jennings (0) October 31, 2008 New South Wales Mines Safety Advisory Council (MSAC) chairman Norman Jennings has revealed details of a working party of MSAC nominees currently developing a fatigue risk management standard for the ...
  • Rio Tinto’s staff strikes again (0) October 31, 2008 Rio Tinto’s train drivers will walk off the job again today, a union spokesperson has told Australian Mining.
  • Farmers, miners sign historic agreement (0) October 31, 2008 The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) and the Minerals Council of Australia, Victorian Division (MCA), have signed off on two significant documents regarding exploration and mining on Victorian private land.
  • It’s all Australian made (0) October 30, 2008 The 2008 Australian Made Conference, being held in Darling Harbour, Sydney, on November 18, is fast approaching and promises to be a day of practical, informative sessions on successful manufacturing ...
  • Transportable wastewater treatment (43) October 30, 2008 A solution to the problem of wastewater treatment at remote workplaces and population centers has been adopted by Anglo Coal at its new Lake Lindsay open cut mine in central ...
  • Professor inducted into Hall of Fame (0) October 29, 2008 Curtin University of Technology Emeritus Professor John de Laeter’s seminal research into mineral exploration technology has been recognised with his induction into the Australian Prospectors and Miners Hall of Fame.
  • CME welcomes strategic regional initiatives (0) October 29, 2008 The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CME) has welcomed the Western Australian Government’s announcement to support strategic regional based projects to develop Western Australia, in its submission ...
  • Fortescue tries to bridge troubled water (0) October 29, 2008 The decision to declare the Robe River, Hamersley and Goldsworthy rail lines open for third party access has the potential to create a Dalrymple Bay in the Pilbara, Minerals Council ...
  • Yilgarn iron ore update (0) October 29, 2008 Polaris Metals has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Esperance Port Authority that will allow the company to identify the requirements (operating and capital costs) for exporting ore ...
  • A contracted fairytale (0) October 29, 2008 Civil and mining contractor CDE capital has claimed top honour in the Contract Miner of the Year category at the 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards. Jessica Darnbrough writes for ...
  • Market wide-open for exporter (0) October 29, 2008 Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has presented Intellection with the inaugural Tom Burns Award, designed to recognise an emerging exporter to China or Vietnam.
  • Economic turmoil stalls productivity (0) October 29, 2008 The current global economic crisis is predicted to be the biggest issue facing the mining industry, Converge International CEO Lindsay McMillan told Australian Mining.
  • Contract win for Kooragang terminal (0) October 29, 2008 Mining and construction company Thiess has been contracted by the Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group (NCIG) to build a coal export terminal on Kooragang Island as part of a $1 billion ...
  • Worker crushed by sliding backhoe (0) October 29, 2008 The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has revealed a worker received severe bruising to the lower back and hip when he was crushed between a handrail and steel structure ...
  • Product Focus: Shotcreting & Support (0) October 28, 2008 Australian Mining is currently inviting editorial contributions and story ideas for its Product Focus: Shotcreting & Support in the December 2008 issue.
  • Fluid Power: Pneumatic & Hydraulic Equipment (0) October 28, 2008 Australian Mining is currently inviting editorial contributions and story ideas for its Fluid Power: Pneumatic & Hydraulic Equipment in the December 2008 issue.
  • Metals Outlook 2009 (0) October 28, 2008 Australian Mining is currently inviting editorial contributions and story ideas for its Metals Outlook in the December 2008 issue.
  • WA goldfields expansion (0) October 28, 2008 Emerson Stewart has received a new $5 million contract from BHP Billiton Nickel West in the northern goldfields of Western Australia.
  • Unearthing mining news (0) October 27, 2008 REED Business has launched five new websites that deliver timely and relevant information to the mining industry.
  • Port Bonython gets facelift (0) October 27, 2008 Port Bonython may receive a facelift in the coming months, with the area looking set to house an export facility.
  • Boddington project full steam ahead (0) October 27, 2008 The Boddington Gold Project’s process control system will soon mobilise to a site-based phase.
  • Mining for managers (0) October 27, 2008 Better management is the key to attraction and retention in the tight market for contract services labour. Daniel Hall writes
  • Borehole permeability report (0) October 27, 2008 The Australian Coal Industry’s Research Program (ACARP) has released a CSIRO report on coal seam gas drainage, finding that drilling boreholes can improve drainage.
  • Coal preparation handbook (0) October 27, 2008 The CSIRO and the Australian Coal Industry’s Research Program (ACARP) have released a report on dense medium in coal preparation, calling for a handbook of coal preparation guidelines.
  • WA company wins in Las Vegas (0) October 27, 2008 Malaga based Mining Equipment Spares has rolled the dice and won at the Mining Expo international in Las Vegas.
  • Carbon allocation debate (0) October 24, 2008 A report released by the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) has found that the Federal Government may give $3 billion worth of free carbon pollution permits to some of Australia’s largest ...
  • No evidence of subsidence (0) October 24, 2008 Claims by some local groups about the impact of mining subsidence on water have been challenged by the industry, who say they refuse to accept the outcome of a year-long ...
  • Joe Gutnick address (0) October 24, 2008 Mining industry entrepreneur Joseph Gutnick will give the keynote address at the 3rd Annual Mining the Isa Conference at the Mount Isa Civic Centre on 17-18 November.
  • Prospect winners announced (0) October 24, 2008 Innovation, occupational health and safety and environmental management were the big winners at the 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards.
  • Carbon vs Nuclear (0) October 24, 2008 The Federal Government’s carbon pollution reduction scheme has come under fire from industry leaders. Jessica Darnbrough writes.
  • Creating a climate change advantage (0) October 23, 2008 Carbon Reduction Institute environmental director Gavin Pereira has said that there are firm financial reasons for businesses to act on climate change now.
  • Two strong hands (0) October 22, 2008 The first twin boom drilling and cable installation rig will make its debut on Australian shores later this year.
  • Conditions improved onsite (0) October 22, 2008 A world first wireless condition monitoring sensor system has been developed by VIPAC Engineers and Scientists for variable speed machinery.
  • OZ Minerals may cut zinc production (0) October 22, 2008 OZ Minerals is considering scaling back production at its Century mine and delaying their planned Dugald River project, OZ chief executive Andrew Michelmore said after the company released its third ...
  • Pilbara strike action escalates (0) October 22, 2008 Train drivers in the Pilbara are ramping up industrial action today, with workers recently passing a resolution to continue their campaign.
  • Gen Y knows what it wants (0) October 22, 2008 Members of today’s Generation Y will not take a job simply because they need one, rather they will take a job because they are passionate about it, RecruitR director of ...
  • Software R&D agreement (0) October 22, 2008 Citect has announced that it is integrating its field operations team with its parent company, Schneider Electric, and has also announced plans to further invest in research and development.
  • Processing breakthrough (0) October 22, 2008 The CSIRO is conducting research to better understand ionic liquids, which could have major ramifications on minerals processing.
  • Dangerous time ahead: Resources Council (0) October 22, 2008 The interconnection of North West Queensland and the Northern Territory to the National Electricity Market has been put forward as a prime example of nation building under the Federal Government’s ...
  • Rio launches mine of the future (0) October 22, 2008 Rio Tinto has joined forces with General Electric (GE) to develop the first energy efficient and environmentally friendly automated mine.
  • Prospect Awards finalists announced (0) October 21, 2008 The 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards has attracted the strongest field ever.
  • Leg up for junior explorers (0) October 21, 2008 Four junior mineral explorers will share in $160,000 in research funding to help them uncover new mineral resources in under-explored parts of Queensland.
  • Alcoa expects Rio Tinto shares (0) October 21, 2008 Alcoa has said that it expects a trouble-free transfer of its shareholding in Rio Tinto from a custodial account with Lehman Brothers International Europe in London.
  • Counter offers fail to entice (0) October 20, 2008 Counter offers are an unsuccessful strategy in long-term staff retention, Hays Resources & Mining has said.
  • Game-based training tool (0) October 20, 2008 The Mining Industry Skills Centre has launched Project Canary, a game-based simulation training program intended to minimise employee injuries on mine sites.
  • CSIRO technology goes global (0) October 20, 2008 The CSIRO has signed an agreement with Joy Australasia to commercialise the underground longwall automation system, known as LASC (Longwall Automation Steering Committee) technology.
  • Green light for Adelaide Hills (0) October 20, 2008 South Australian Minister for Mineral Resources Development Paul Holloway earlier this week announced a mineral lease has been granted to Hillsgrove Resources Limited for the development of the Kanmantoo copper ...
  • Processing report released (0) October 20, 2008 A new minerals processing report from the Australian Coal Industry’s Research Program (ACARP) has been released.
  • Hot export opportunities in Chile (0) October 20, 2008 Mining suppliers and distributors have been advised to plan ahead and be targeted by Chilean mining companies interested in Australian technology and innovation following a series of Austrade’s seminars held ...
  • Rio Tinto sounds warning (0) October 17, 2008 Rio Tinto has warned that demand for commodities from China is slowing. Jessica Darnbrough writes.
  • New mine safety centre (0) October 17, 2008 NSW Minerals Council Chairman Colin Bloomfield opened an advanced mines’ rescue training facility in Wollongong.
  • Red Dog to install IsaMills (0) October 17, 2008 Alaska’s Red Dog zinc mine has purchased two M3000, 1.5 MW IsaMills.
  • Trainees hit the tracks (0) October 17, 2008 The latest intake of trainee coal train drivers is ready to start practical training this week as Queensland Rail (QR) continues the $6 billion-plus expansion of its Queensland coal network ...
  • Miners take hit (0) October 17, 2008 The Australian stock market has fallen again with fears of a US recession sparking Wall Street to its worst day since the 1987 crash, reports smh.com.au
  • An automated affair (0) October 17, 2008 Extensive trials in Western Australia have shown the future of environmentally friendly automated mining is now. Jessica Darnbrough writes.
  • The Edge of Reason (23) October 16, 2008 A small-time contractor has hit his straps after investing in reliability. Jessica Darnbrough writes.
  • Online revolution (0) October 16, 2008 The evolution of safe, secure and real-time remote monitoring technology is happening now. Daniel Hall writes.
  • Rio Tinto faces further strike action (0) October 15, 2008 Rio Tinto’s Pilbara Iron Ore train drivers will walk off the job again this Friday, the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union has said.
  • Mine safety takes a road trip (0) October 15, 2008 Safe Work 2008 will run over the next four weeks to raise awareness about safety in the workplace.
  • FMG announces increased reserves (0) October 15, 2008 Fortescue Metals Group exploration and operations teams have announced a new reserve estimate for the company’s Cloudbreak and Christmas Creek operations, with an increase of 54% to 1.625 billion tonnes.
  • Demand strong despite crisis (0) October 15, 2008 Oz Minerals CEO Andrew Michelmore predicts demand for commodities for the mid- to longer-term remains optimistic despite the current global economic crisis.
  • Green light for Pardoo (0) October 15, 2008 Atlas Iron Limited has received final environmental approval from the Western Australian Minister for Environment for the Pardoo DSO Project.
  • Mine safety has a birthday (0) October 14, 2008 Swedish company Alimak Hek is celebrating its 60th birthday.
  • Record Queensland exploration (22) October 14, 2008 Queensland Mines and Energy Minister Geoff Wilson has announced that the State has achieved record levels of investment in mining and petroleum exploration in 2007-2008, with more than half a ...
  • WA royalties program approved (0) October 14, 2008 The Western Australian Government has approved the $670 million Royalties for Regions program, formally giving effect to the Royalties for Regions policy.
  • State plan: Have your say (0) October 14, 2008 The South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME) has called for submissions on a strategic plan for the future of the State’s resources industry.
  • QRC opens dialogue with farmers (0) October 13, 2008 The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed initiatives of the Queensland Government to reduce friction between resource and farming interests in Queensland.
  • Mining giants take a blow (0) October 13, 2008 The Australian Stock market suffered its worst day since 1987 on Friday 10 October.
  • SA braces for further boom (0) October 10, 2008 South Australian communities are being encouraged to prepare for the coming mineral boom in order to avoid the mistakes of other states.
  • Monadelphous wins $140 m contract (0) October 10, 2008 Monadelphous Group has won a contract with Worsley Alumina worth $140 million.
  • Early bird benefits! (0) October 9, 2008 The second annual Australian Made Conference is fast approaching and will once again aim to lift the profile of the manufacturing in Australia and recognise those who are striving for ...
  • South Australia to boost Uranium exports to China (0) October 9, 2008 South Australia is in a good position to increase its uranium exports to China, Premier Mike Rann has said.
  • GME just days away (0) October 9, 2008 Exhibitors at the 2008 Goldfields Mining Expo, held at the Kalgoorlie Boulder Racing Club from October 28 to 30, are promising a large number of new product and services releases.
  • Australia: A safe bet (0) October 8, 2008 RESOURCESTOCKS World Risk Survey has placed Australia as the fourth country in the world with the least risk for resource sector investment.
  • The eastern seaboard steps up (0) October 8, 2008 The boom in Western Australia’s mining industry is having one inadvertent negative effect, a skilled labour strain which is leading to long lead times in local bulk handling technologies solutions. ...
  • Calling a spade a spade (0) October 8, 2008 An Australian research centre has funded the development of a dozer spade blade that is already showing promising results with a reduction in fuel consumption. Jessica Darnbrough writes.
  • Rio Tinto workers threaten strike action (0) October 7, 2008 Rio Tinto faces the first industrial action at its Pilbara operations in Western Australia since 1992 when its train drivers stop work for 12 hours on Saturday.
  • $1.8 billion Karara project (0) October 7, 2008 The $1.8 billion Karara iron ore project has commenced listing supply opportunities.
  • Big contracts bound for SA (0) October 7, 2008 South Australian Treasurer Kevin Foley has announced that local, Australian and New Zealand Suppliers have won more than $450 million worth of contracts for the development of OZ Mineral’s billion ...
  • BlueScope enters steel contract (24) October 7, 2008 BlueScope Steel has entered into a long-term contract with BHP Billiton and its joint venture partners for the purchase of iron ore.
  • New flight to Cloncurry (0) October 3, 2008 SkyAirWorld has announced an additional weekly flight between Brisbane and Cloncurry as a result of overwhelming demand on its new domestic service.
  • Mining boss doubts climate change pact can be reached (0) October 3, 2008 The chief executive of Rio Tinto Tom Albanese has said he is doubtful that a global agreement can be reached on climate change.
  • Done and dusted (0) October 2, 2008 Meteorological forecasts and dispersion models are helping minesites win the war against dust. Jessica Darnbrough writes for Australian Mining.
  • Operations suspended at Whyalla smelter (0) October 2, 2008 Ausmelt has announced that it will suspend operations at its smelter in Whyalla, South Australia.
  • MCA reviews Garnut report (0) October 2, 2008 Minerals Council of Australia Chief Executive Officer Mitchell Hooke has advocated Professor Ross Garnut’s final Climate Change Review report.
  • Watchdog backs BHP’s takeover bid (0) October 2, 2008 Australia’s competition watchdog has cleared global miner BHP Billiton’s proposed $144 billion bid for Rio Tinto, after it was agreed that the take-over wouldn’t lessen competition.
  • Number of fires on site surge (0) October 1, 2008 According to a report by the Queensland Government’s Department of Mines and Energy, there were 228 fires in the 12 month period from 1 August 2007 to 31 July 2008.
  • Ensham to fly back into business (0) October 1, 2008 A $4.5 million Motor Generator or ‘MG’ was flown into Ensham Coal mine in a bid to repair the $100 million dragline at the site.
  • NSW OHS legislation amendments (0) September 30, 2008 The Occupational Health and Safety Amendment (Application to Mining Workplaces and Coal Workplaces) Regulation 2008 has expanded, with consequences for mining workplaces and coal mines.
  • Safety’s not a game, or is it? (0) September 30, 2008 A games-based military training tool has formed the basis for a new mining training simulator.
  • Protection for overseas workers (0) September 30, 2008 Temporary overseas workers employed in New South Wales will be given greater protection in the workplace under a joint Commonwealth-State agreement announced recently.
  • Terramin maiden Zinc shipment (0) September 30, 2008 The first shipment of zinc concentrate from Terramin Australia’s Angas mine, with a current market value of US$3 million, has left Port Adelaide.
  • 2008 Prospect Awards: You are invited (0) September 30, 2008 The Australian mining industry’s night of nights, the 2008 Prospect Awards, is a great opportunity to network with company representatives and key decision makers from the leading mines around the ...
  • Worker dies at Leigh Creek (0) September 29, 2008 SafeWork South Australia will investigate a recent incident at Leigh Creek coal mine in the State’s north in which a man apparently fell from a bulldozer, and died later in ...
  • QR gets green light for coal dust plan (0) September 29, 2008 The environmental Protection Agency has approved Queensland Rail’s (QR) Transitional Environmental Program (TEP).
  • Train derails in WA (0) September 29, 2008 A train carrying iron ore from Portman Limited’s Koolyanobbing operation has derailed inside the Esperance Port boundary.
  • New law protects overseas workers (0) September 29, 2008 A new Bill has been introduced into the Senate that sets out a new framework to better protect temporary overseas workers in Australia.
  • Fall arrest standards: don’t fall short (0) September 29, 2008 Forthcoming changes and implications regarding the safe use and operation of miner’s belts could present a dilemma for the mining industry. Liz Foster writes for Australian Mining.
  • Resource projects win steel awards (0) September 26, 2008 Development of resource-related facilities claimed the biggest share of this year’s Steel Awards for Western Australia, presented recently in Perth.
  • Dealing with driver fatigue (0) September 26, 2008 Assessment of sleep disorders is a new requirement under the National Transport Commission’s (NTC) recent Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue (HVDF) reforms. Sylvia Aitken writes
  • Open vs closed thickener feedwells (0) September 26, 2008 Open versus closed feedwells is still a debating point, Outotec special projects director Ian Arbuthnot writes for Australian Mining.
  • Company wins $65 m contract for camp site (0) September 26, 2008 Complete Site Services (CSS) has been awarded a $65 million contract to supply and install an 801-man camp for Fortescue Metal Group’s (FMG) project located at Christmas Creek, 100km north ...
  • High Court gives glimmer of hope to FMG (0) September 26, 2008 Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) has moved one step closer to negotiating third party rail access to the BHP Billiton Iron Ore’s Mt Newman and Goldsworthy rail lines, after the High ...
  • Fast-tracking safety (0) September 26, 2008 A new web-based safety system is helping one contractor achieve zero lost time injuries. Jessica Darnbrough writes.
  • Motors vs drives (0) September 25, 2008 With an increasing number of variable speed drive (VSD) compressors being employed to meet compressed air needs, a common misconception has arisen, that a VSD will always be more efficient ...
  • The rush that never ended (26) September 25, 2008 The Eastern Goldfields was born out of man’s penchant for gold. However, the dark knight Nickel has since stepped out of the shadows and shown its true worth. Jessica Darnbrough writes for ...
  • Swan to decide third party access (0) September 25, 2008 The Minerals Council of Australia has urged Treasurer Wayne Swan to reject an application for access by third parties to privately owned rail infrastructure in the Pilbara region of northwest ...
  • Port overhaul announced (0) September 25, 2008 The Queensland Resource Council has reacted cautiously to an overhaul of Queensland’s port authorities announced recently by the State’s Treasurer Andrew Fraser.
  • Rio to spend $131 m on mining town (0) September 24, 2008 Rio Tinto has announced it will spend $131 million to improve housing and infrastructure in the town of Pannawonica in Western Australia to support a new mine.
  • Miner injured in truck collision (0) September 24, 2008 The Queensland Department of Mines and Energy (DME) has released a safety alert urging mines to perform a risk assessment on intersections to identify potential hazards after a rear dump ...
  • Pilbara: remote, but not forgotten (0) September 24, 2008 Minerals Council of Australia CEO Mitch Hooke sets the record straight on why mining companies should not be used as a surrogate for government responsibilities in the remote north. Story ...
  • Mining company reduces zinc production in favour of copper (0) September 24, 2008 OZ Minerals, the world’s second largest zinc miner, will reduce zinc production in favour of copper at its Golden Grove mine in 2009.
  • Scope adjustment control (0) September 24, 2008 McCullough Robertson Lawyers Partner Brad McCosker explores mechanisms to adjust the scope of work in a mining contract in the fourth part of this six-part series for Australian Mining.
  • Railway design a runaway success (0) September 24, 2008 Judges have awarded a Certificate of Merit to Rio Tinto Iron Ore’s Lang Hancock Railway (LHR) in Western Australia’s Pilbara region in the recently held Golden Gecko Awards.
  • Mining to blame for HIV increase (0) September 23, 2008 In a shock report recently released, an increase in the number of people contracting HIV infection has been blamed on the mining boom.
  • Work readiness program rolls out Indigenous graduates (0) September 23, 2008 Several Indigenous people have graduated from the Mining Industry Skills Centre’s Work Readiness pilot program.
  • Innovation: a COMET destined for earth (0) September 23, 2008 The Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research Kim Carr has released an evaluation of the Commercialising Emerging Technologies (COMET) program.
  • Transport a winning issue for BHP (0) September 23, 2008 Greyhound Australia has won BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam 2008 Vendor of the Year Award.
  • FMG to defend charges (0) September 22, 2008 Fortescue Metals Group is one of eight companies to face the Perth Magistrates Court over the deaths of two workers at a Pilbara camp site.
  • Prominent Hill starts commissioning (0) September 22, 2008 OZ Minerals has confirmed that its Prominent Hill copper-gold project in South Australia will commence commissioning next month.
  • Hillgrove mine opens its doors (0) September 22, 2008 Straits Resources Limited has officially opened a new operation in New South Wales.
  • Rudd pledges $100m to carbon capture facility (0) September 22, 2008 The Federal Government has pledged $100 million to the establishment of a global institute for carbon capture.
  • Breathing apparatus fails in exercise (0) September 19, 2008 The Department of Primary Industries has released a safety alert encouraging all mines using self-rescue breathing apparatus’ to review their systems for managing the use, storage and inspection of these ...
  • Railcar unloader destined for Pilbara (0) September 18, 2008 Metso Minerals is set to supply two twin-cell rotary railcar unloader systems to Pilbara Infrastructure, a subsidiary of Fortescue Metals Group Ltd (FMG) for its Anderson Point site in the ...
  • MinVu takes a stand in Vegas (0) September 18, 2008 MinVu will take a stand at MINExpo 08 in Las Vegas this month in a bid to conquer the American market.
  • Curragh Mine’s contract extended (0) September 17, 2008 Thiess has secured a $260 million contract extension from Wesfarmers Curragh for coal mining and pre-strip overburden removal at its Curragh North Mine located 38 km north of Blackwater in ...
  • Terramin opens up (0) September 17, 2008 Terramin’s Angas Zinc Mine in South Australia will officially open in a ceremony hosted by the State’s Premier Mike Rann. The local mining company has already exceeded expectations, making $1 million ...
  • Contractor receives contract extension in Bowen Basin (0) September 17, 2008 Thiess has secured a $260 million contract extension from Wesfarmers Curragh for coal mining and pre-strip overburden removal at its Curragh North Mine located 38 km north of Blackwater in ...
  • Product Focus: Pumps, Pipes, Valves & Compressors (0) September 15, 2008 Australian Mining invites editorial contributions and story ideas for its Pumps, Pipes, Valves & Compressors Product Focus in the November 2008 issue.
  • Mine Automation & Remote Control (0) September 15, 2008 Australian Mining invites editorial contributions and story ideas for its Mine Automation and Remote Control Feature in the November 2008 issue.
  • Argyle uses articulated dump trucks to get job done (0) September 15, 2008 Argyle Diamond Mines has commissioned a fleet of articulated dump trucks, specially modified to cart pre-mixed shotcrete underground.