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  • Dust Control Feature (0) July 21, 2008 AUSTRALIAN Mining invites editorial contributions and story ideas for its Dust Control Feature in the September 2008 issue.
  • Wear Resistance Feature (0) July 21, 2008 AUSTRALIAN Mining invites editorial contributions and story ideas for its Wear Resistance feature in the September 2008 issue.
  • Miners safe after tyre explosion (0) July 21, 2008 The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has released a safety alert urging all mines to be vigilant when using tyre inserts after a RAM car operator was forced to ...
  • Self-contained self-rescuer malfunctions (0) July 21, 2008 A Fenzy Biocel 90 Self-Rescuer (SCSR) failed to activate correctly during a recent Level 2 Emergency Exercise at an underground coal mine.
  • DME enforces escapeway legislation (0) July 21, 2008 Inspections made by Queensland’s Department of Mines and Energy (DME ) has revealed that a number of underground coal mines are not implementing legislative requirements for escapeways, or maintaining escapeways ...
  • Website guides people into resource sector jobs (0) July 21, 2008 The Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA (CME) has launched a careers website: www.peopleforthefuture.com.au for those looking for a job in the resources sector.
  • Centenary Feature: Mining in the Eastern Goldfields of WA (0) July 21, 2008 AUSTRALIAN Mining invites editorial contributions and story ideas for its Mining in the Eastern Goldfields of WA Centenary feature in the September 2008 issue.
  • New Product Focus: Process Control & Instrumentation (0) July 21, 2008 AUSTRALIAN Mining invites editorial contributions and story ideas for its Process Control and Instrumentation Product Focus in the September 2008 issue.
  • World’s largest ‘smart’ pulp mill in Chile (0) July 18, 2008 Emerson Process Management has helped Celulosa Arauco strengthen its world class pulp supply capability by digitally integrating the world’s largest “smart” pulping mill built by the industry leader at Nueva ...
  • Green paper disregards emission technologies (0) July 18, 2008 The federal government’s Green paper on Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme leaves the acceleration of investment in low emission technologies out in the cold.
  • Upgradeable bagging machine (0) July 18, 2008 ADM Packaging has released the ADM-X240 bagging machine from Panasonic, offering quality program control and investment security.
  • Explorer confirms brown coal resource (0) July 17, 2008 Blackham Resources and Wesfarmers Premier Coal Ltd have confirmed the presence of 700 million tonnes of brown coal at the Scaddan lignite deposit.
  • NSW workplace safety row intensifies (0) July 17, 2008 The NSW Minerals Council has appealed to the Federal Government to override NSW’s “undemocratic and draconian” occupational health and safety (OHS) laws as part of its national harmonisation review.
  • Govt. should delay monitoring: Xstrata Coal (0) July 17, 2008 The federal government’s call to apply minimum standards to the measurement of carbon emissions from open cut coal mines early next decade is “too ambitious”, Xstrata Coal says.
  • Five new mining websites and e-newsletters (0) July 17, 2008 REED Business Information will launch five new mining-specific vertical websites and e-newsletters in October, aimed at keeping mining industry professionals at the cutting edge of news and developments relevant to ...
  • OHS amendment for major hazard facilities (0) July 17, 2008 WorkCover NSW has published new Major Hazard Facilities (MHFs) regulations in the NSW Government Gazette.
  • Lifting the game (0) July 16, 2008 Jandakot-based engineering firm Vector Lifting has been awarded railway maintenance equipment contracts by two major Pilbara iron ore miners.
  • An automated response (555) July 16, 2008 One minesite has teamed up with their supplier and combined automation with technology and procedure to achieve a world first production milestone. Jessica Darnbrough writes.
  • Govt considers first new coal port in 25 yrs (0) July 16, 2008 Australia’s first new coal port in 25 years could be built in central Queensland, to boost the state’s coal exports by 40%.
  • A seamless drive forward (0) July 15, 2008 An innovative drive solution has helped streamline one mine’s conveyor system upgrade.
  • Community workshops discuss oil resources (0) July 15, 2008 In a significant departure from established industry practice, the company investigating the development of oil shale resources near Proserpine in the Whitsunday region has announced it will establish an independent ...
  • WA economic outlook positive amid risks (0) July 15, 2008 The WA economy has been resilient in the face of the negative effects from higher interest rates and global economic uncertainty by continuing to grow strongly, according to Chamber of ...
  • Australian Mining has a new editor (0) July 14, 2008 Daniel Hall has been appointed Australian Mining editor, with outgoing editor Jamie Wade appointed Reed Business Information Manufacturing and Electronics Group associate publisher.
  • Making it through the wilderness (0) July 14, 2008 While rehabilitation methods that disturb soil and damage remaining vegetation are still widely used, the industry appears to be turning to low impact approaches that focus on ecological longevity while ...
  • Excavators go up in flames (0) July 14, 2008 The Queensland Department of Mines and Energy (DME) has released a safety bulletin after the Mines Inspectorate noticed an increase in the occurrence of diesel engine turbocharger fires.
  • Review prompts change to safety reporting (0) July 14, 2008 A damning report into the way mine safety statistics are recorded in Queensland will bring about changes to the system, Queensland Mines and Energy Minister Geoff Wilson has said.
  • Australian Mining to make QME documentary (0) July 14, 2008 In an Australian Mining first, the editorial team will be documenting the Queensland Mining and Engineering Exhibition (QME) later this month.
  • Premier opens regional mining office (0) July 11, 2008 The Premier of Western Australia Alan Carpenter officially opened Alcoa’s new Peel Regional Office recently, in front of more than 200 people.
  • Inquest into miner’s death (0) July 11, 2008 The driver of a shuttle car that crushed a miner against the wall of a central Queensland mine has told a coronial inquest a series of events could have led ...
  • A supercycle of growth (0) July 10, 2008 With another independent study confirming a ‘supercycle’ of resource sector growth, infrastructure delivery and regional planning are now priorities of national interest, Queensland Resources Council chief executive Michael Roche said.
  • Premier predicts coal boom to continue (0) July 10, 2008 Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has opened the $780 million expansion to Gladstone’s R G Tanna Terminal, and expects the State’s coal exports could almost double by 2030.
  • Mine safety legislation clarified (8) July 9, 2008 The Queensland Department of Mines and Energy (DME) has released a safety bulletin that clarifies what legislation is used and when on various mine sites during construction.
  • Mining application fees on the rise (0) July 9, 2008 Primary Industries and Resources South Australia (PIRSA) has announced a new schedule of fees under the Mining Act 1971, effective from 1 July 2008.
  • Speed management on mine sites (0) July 9, 2008 ARRB Group Mining and Resources Manager Damir Vagaja reports on speed management, an important aspect of traffic safety.
  • Garnut review prompts debate (0) July 8, 2008 The Garnaut Review’s draft report released in July has contributed to the national debate about Australia’s response to climate change.
  • Free information seminars for coal sector (0) July 7, 2008 From 1 September 2008 the NSW coal mining industry will undergo some changes thanks to the extended Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 2001 Act.
  • China gets process control centre (0) July 7, 2008 Emerson Process Management opened a new technical centre, creating the first fully-integrated process control instrumentation facility in China.
  • New chair for Dampier Port (0) July 7, 2008 Horizon Power chairman Brendan Hammond has been appointed chairman of the Dampier Port Authority (DPA).
  • Fine issued after tailings spill (0) July 7, 2008 THE Western Australian Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) has issued a $25,000 fine to a Kalgoorlie mining company for allegedly causing environmental harm.
  • Uranium policy threatens climate credibility (0) July 4, 2008 The gulf between the Queensland and Federal Governments over uranium mining was in danger of threatening Australia’s credibility as a climate change policy leader, Queensland Resources council chief executive Michael ...
  • WA to receive $70million conveyor (0) July 4, 2008 Fenner PLC has announced that it plans a major investment in growing its capability and capacity to produce steel reinforced conveyor belt.
  • Safety message falls on deaf ears (0) July 3, 2008 The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has released a safety report urging mines to review safety procedures around on-site quarry benches.
  • Pressure testing flameproof enclosures (0) July 3, 2008 ACARP has released a final report on the previously conducted research into the effect of equipment placement in a flameproof enclosure.
  • Big players bid on rail network (0) July 2, 2008 TOLL Holdings has emerged as a bidder for the Adelaide-Darwin railway in a joint approach with South Australian transport magnate Allan Scott.
  • Employers take soft approach to hiring (113) July 2, 2008 The latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey has indicated that prospects for job seekers in the Mining & Construction sector may well be softer than they have been for the past ...
  • Xstrata starts $4m study for coal port (0) July 2, 2008 Xstrata is to start a $4 million pre-feasibility this month into development of a possible $750 million to $1 billion coal port at Port Alma.
  • Overhaul of mine safety statistics report (0) July 2, 2008 The Queensland Government will bring in sweeping changes to the way in which annual mine safety statistics are recorded in the State, according to Mines and Energy Minister Geoff Wilson.
  • Peculiar Knob project 14-year lease approved (0) July 2, 2008 Western Plains Resources has been granted a 14-year mining lease for its Peculiar Knob iron ore project.
  • SA mining to continue strong jobs growth (0) July 2, 2008 Strong jobs growth in South Australia’s mining sector is expected to continue this year, with a survey estimating an average increase in employment of nearly 20% in 2008.
  • Uranium: opportunity awaits (0) July 2, 2008 The Queensland Resources Council has issued a Resource Report on uranium in Queensland, incorporating findings from the latest independent economic research on the sector’s potential contribution to economic growth and ...
  • Safety warning over exploratory drilling (0) July 1, 2008 SafeWork SA is urging the mining industry to review its safety procedures for exploratory drilling after a worker was injured recently on the Yorke Peninsula.
  • Grant fuels largest software package (0) July 1, 2008 Micromine has been awarded a $5 million grant by the Australian government to develop a software platform which promises to transform the industry.
  • Award modernisation has priority (0) July 1, 2008 The Australian Mines and Metals Association (AMMA) has welcomed The Australian Industrial Relations Commission’s decision to include mining on the priority list of industries for award modernisation.
  • A climate of change (0) July 1, 2008 An emissions trading scheme introduced ahead of a global agreement will harm, not benefit our most competitive exporters. Minerals Council of Australia chief executive Mitchell Hooke writes.
  • Rig-Mate lever hoists recalled (0) June 30, 2008 Noble & Son has detected an issue with some of its 1.5 tonne Rig-Mate lever hoists.
  • Winners are grinners: mine rescue challenge (0) June 30, 2008 Zinifex Century Mine’s Emergency Response Team has placed second in the Queensland Resources Council’s Queensland Mines Rescue Challenge, held at Townsville’s Dairy Farmers Stadium in June.
  • Contract extension for contractor (0) June 30, 2008 Macmahon Holdings has announced a $100 million extension to the contract at the BMA Coal Operations owned and operated Saraji surface coal mine in Queensland.
  • Simulator to improve underground safety (0) June 30, 2008 Queensland researchers are working on a special simulator to help coal miners better adjust to the breathing apparatus they wear in the event of an underground explosion.
  • New survey date for Mt Isa region (0) June 30, 2008 The Queensland Government has released new survey data which involved 900 kilometres of deep seismic reflection in the Mount Isa Inlier.
  • Tough new conditions for Super Pit (0) June 30, 2008 The operation of the iconic Kalgoorlie Super Pit will be subject to a new regime, after the Western Australian Government ordered the appointment of an independent auditor to oversee the ...
  • Mining outlook strong for NT (0) June 30, 2008 Northern Territory Mines and Energy Minister Chris Natt says mining and exploration will further improve next financial year.
  • Outsourcing ends progress (0) June 30, 2008 There is a growing realisation that the outsourcing of instrumentation can be fatal for a process plant. John Immelman writes.
  • Clean coal Bill paves way for research funding (0) June 30, 2008 The NSW Government can fund research into clean coal technologies after the passing of the Clean Coal Administration Bill 2008.
  • Company receives contract for PNG (0) June 27, 2008 Wärtsilä has been awarded contracts to supply two power plants to be installed in the Madang region of Papua New Guinea.
  • QME registration now open (0) June 27, 2008 Online registration for the 2008 Queensland Mining and Engineering Exhibition (QME) is now open
  • SA invests in exploration (0) June 27, 2008 The South Australian Government will invest $14.1 million in the next four years to ensure the State realises the full potential of the mineral exploration boom.
  • Failure of escape ladderway in underground rise (0) June 26, 2008 The Western Australia Department of Consumer and Employment Protection (DOCEP) has released a significant incident report after segments of a 100 m long underground ladder were found in a twisted ...
  • Coal industry wins consultation commitment (0) June 26, 2008 Queensland coal industry leaders have received assurances from Treasurer Andrew Fraser that the government will more closely examine the sector-wide implications of massive mineral royalty increases and a new industry ...
  • Back on track after gas blast (0) June 25, 2008 Apache Corp aims to return to 60% production by mid-August after an explosion at the Varanus Island facility off the coast of Western Australia knocked out a third of gas ...
  • Operator crushed in longwall mine accident (0) June 25, 2008 The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has released a safety alert urging mines to review safety procedures after a shearer operator was crushed between the front of a longwall ...
  • Invisible gold clear as day (0) June 24, 2008 Nanoparticles of gold too small to be seen with the naked eye have been created in laboratories, but up until now, have never been seen in nature.
  • Third party gets access to rail (0) June 24, 2008 Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) has welcomed the draft recommendations by the National Competition Council (NCC) to declare the rail services of Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton for the Robe, Hamersley ...
  • Faulty tow attachments prove fatal (0) June 24, 2008 The construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has released a safety alert urging all coal mines using haulage arrangements to check tow attachments for competency and signs of fatigue.
  • Best practice for Alcoa (0) June 23, 2008 One of the largest process control projects in the world undertaken by Alcoa World Alumina and Honeywell, QUASAR (Quality Automation Solutions in Alumina Refining), was awarded Engineers Australia’s 2007 National ...
  • A storing solution for carbon dioxide (0) June 23, 2008 The Minister for Resources and Energy Martin Ferguson has introduced landmark legislation to Parliament which will establish the world’s first comprehensive framework for carbon dioxide capture and geological storage.
  • A safety pin-up (0) June 23, 2008 The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Mine Safety Branch has developed a dedicated safety information and alerts web page.
  • Trainee or Apprentice of the Year category (0) June 20, 2008 Australian Mining has introduced a new category into the 5th Annual Prospect Awards: Trainee or Apprentice of the Year.
  • Best Contract Miner of the Year category (0) June 20, 2008 Atlas Copco is again sponsoring the Best Contract Miner of the Year Award.
  • Processing excellence category (0) June 20, 2008 ABB Australia is again sponsoring the Minerals Processing Plant of the Year award.
  • Excellence in Mine OH&S category (0) June 20, 2008 Sandvik is again sponsoring the 5th Annual Australian Mining Excellence in Mine OH&S award.
  • Excellence in Environmental Management category (0) June 20, 2008 Metso Minerals is sponsoring the Excellence in Environmental Management Award.
  • Community Partnership of the Year category (0) June 20, 2008 ENTRIES are open for the Community Partnership of the Year category in the 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards.
  • A safety first appeal (0) June 20, 2008 The Union representing workers in Queensland’s booming mining Industry has welcomed the Queensland Ombudsman’s comprehensive report into the Queensland Mines Inspectorate.
  • Innovative Mining Solution category (0) June 20, 2008 BASF Construction Chemicals Australia is again sponsoring Australian Mining’s Innovative Mining Solution category.
  • Prosecutions following death of a quarry worker (0) June 20, 2008 A senior site executive and quarry worker from far North Queensland have pleaded guilty to breaches of the Mining and Quarrying Safety and Health Act 1999 in the Mareeba Industrial ...
  • Most Outstanding Contribution to Mining category (0) June 20, 2008 Siemens is again sponsoring the Most Outstanding Contribution to Mining category in the Australian Mining Prospect Awards.
  • Great employers wanted (0) June 20, 2008 Monroe Engineering Services has announced its support of the 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards as sponsor of the inaugural Australian Mining Employer of Choice category.
  • Explorer of the Year category (0) June 20, 2008 ENTRIES are open for Explorer of the Year category sponsored by Maptek in the 5th Annual Prospect Awards.
  • Coal Mine of the Year category (0) June 20, 2008 ENTRIES are open for the Coal Mine of the Year category in the 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards.
  • Best Metalliferous Mine of the Year category (0) June 20, 2008 Atlas Copco is again sponsoring the Metalliferous Mine of the Year category.
  • Australian Mine of the Year category (0) June 20, 2008 MMD Australia is again sponsoring the Australian Mining’s Mine of the Year category.
  • Mine Manager of the Year Category (0) June 20, 2008 Hella Australia is again sponsoring the Mine Manager of the Year Award.
  • Explorers receive practical guidance (0) June 19, 2008 The Minerals Council of Australia welcomed the release of the Victorian Code of Practice for Mineral Exploration to provide practical guidance to explorers regulated under the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) ...
  • Entries for 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards closing soon (0) June 19, 2008 The Awards program rewards innovation, initiative, hard work and superior performance in a range of mining categories. The deadline for nominations is Friday 27 June.
  • Back in black in the Bowen (0) June 19, 2008 From modest beginning to coal reserve powerhouse, the Bowen Basin has come a long way in a short time. Fran Molloy writes for Australian Mining.
  • Female attraction (63) June 19, 2008 With the skills shortage at boiling point, the Bowen Basin is implementing some innovative initiatives to retain and attract women to the mining industry. Jessica Darnbrough writes for Australian Mining.
  • Safety review raises more questions (0) June 18, 2008 Ombudsman David Bevan’s self-initiated review of the Queensland Mines Inspectorate (QMI) has raised serious questions over the state government’s budget decision to transfer its funding to industry, according to Queensland ...
  • Using local know-how to win work (0) June 18, 2008 The Pilbara Development Commission and Kimberley Development Commission have standardised their Business Capability Registers to help their local suppliers connect more efficiently with major projects that are using ProjectConnect ...
  • Reed business gives another high-five to industry (0) June 18, 2008 REED Business will be launching five new industry-specific websites and e-newsletters in July, aimed at keeping manufacturers and industrial professionals at the cutting edge of news and developments relevant to ...
  • Aluminium extrusion addressed (0) June 17, 2008 A team of researchers from the University of Queensland and Rio Tinto Alcan have been recognised for their research into a common problem faced by the aluminium industry.
  • Geological director is honoured (0) June 17, 2008 The NSW Department of Primary Industries’ Geological Survey Director Lindsay Gilligan has been awarded a Public Service Medal for his service geoscience, mineral resource assessment and enhancing mineral exploration.
  • Prominent Hill to be prominent fixture in SA (0) June 17, 2008 OXIANA is eyeing a 40-year life for its Prominent Hill copper and goldmine being developed in South Australia’s far north.
  • Salary Survey: Attracting and retaining personnel feature (0) June 16, 2008 AUSTRALIAN Mining invites editorial contributions and story ideas for its Salary Survey 2008: Attracting, training and retaining personnel feature in the August 2008 issue.
  • Quarrying, Crushing & Screening feature (0) June 16, 2008 AUSTRALIAN Mining invites editorial contributions and story ideas for its Quarrying, Crushing & Screening feature in the August 2008 issue.
  • Product Focus: Process Control (0) June 16, 2008 AUSTRALIAN Mining invites editorial contributions and story ideas for its New Product Focus: Process Control in the August 2008 issue.
  • Tax changes to hit mining (0) June 16, 2008 Mining will be funding tax cuts for other taxpayers under changes introduced in this year’s Queensland Budget.
  • Mining on top of training (0) June 16, 2008 The minerals industry’s strong commitment to training its own employees was a key finding of a new report by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).
  • Mining education partnership (0) June 16, 2008 The University of Adelaide is the latest tertiary institution to join the groundbreaking national education joint venture, Mining Education Australia (MEA).
  • Seafloor mining a new frontier (0) June 16, 2008 Extracting rich deposits of minerals from Australia’s seafloor are discussed in a new report launched in Sydney recently by the CSIRO.
  • Mining professionals feel the heat (0) June 16, 2008 As the production capacity of Australia’s mining industry continues to expand, with a record $70.5 billion in projects either committed or under construction, the professionals who work in the industry ...
  • Insider view helps improve feedwell design (0) June 16, 2008 A better understanding of the physiochemical workings at play in the often murky depths of a thickener’s feedwell has helped one of the world’s leading thickener suppliers make what could ...
  • Geologist awarded service medal (0) June 16, 2008 The NSW Department of Primary Industries’ Geological Survey Director, Lindsay Gilligan was recently honoured in the 2008 Queens Birthday Awards with a prestigious Public Service Medal.
  • Centenary Feature: Mining in the Pilbara (0) June 16, 2008 AUSTRALIAN Mining invites editorial contributions and story ideas for its Centenary Feature: Mining in the Pilbara 1908 to 2008 in the August 2008 issue.
  • Communication is king in coal chain (0) June 12, 2008 Better exchange of information and improved integration processes in the coal supply chain can make a big impact on the bottom line. Jamie Wade writes for Australian Mining.
  • Rehabilitating the past (0) June 12, 2008 Two of Queensland’s historic abandoned mine sites are undergoing rehabilitation through funds set aside in the Bligh Government’s 2008-09 State Budget.
  • Safety levy promotes safety first (0) June 12, 2008 The safety and health of men and women who work in Queensland’s mines will be strengthened through a new industry safety and health levy.
  • World’s first Komatsu wheel loader simulator (0) June 12, 2008 Immersive Technologies has further expanded its exclusive relationship with Komatsu with the release of the WA1200-3 wheel loader.
  • Cloncurry miners get ready for jet travel (0) June 11, 2008 Workers in rural Queensland’s mining industry will soon have another air travel option to and from Cloncurry, with Brisbane-based SkyAirWorld soon to be operating a scheduled service.
  • Engineering group has big win in Pilbara (0) June 11, 2008 Electrical engineering group O’Donnell Griffin (ODG) has been awarded a $13.5 million rail signalling contract for the Pilbara region.
  • Productivity call answered (0) June 11, 2008 Cutting costs and lifting productivity: two of the big calls at any mine site, and big calls being answered at the huge sites in the Bowen Basin.
  • Calling for entries to the 2008 Lift of the Year Awards (0) June 11, 2008 Nominations for the Lift of the Year Awards must be received by July 31, 2008. Get your entry in today.
  • CICA President’s message (0) June 11, 2008 In March, I travelled to Las Vegas for ConExpo – the largest construction equipment exhibition to be held in 2008.
  • Crane power at Vegas (0) June 11, 2008 The sky was the limit in Las Vegas recently with cranes and lifting equipment on show at ConExpo 2008. *Roger Lindley writes.
  • Thickener feedwell gets scrutinised (0) June 10, 2008 Outotec has approached a team of CSIRO researchers, working through the Parker Centre for Integrated Hydrometallurgy Solutions, for an independent analysis of their patented new feedwell design.
  • WA apprentice recognised for excellence (0) June 10, 2008 An RCR Tomlinson WA-based third-year apprentice, Sean Coffey, has been awarded the Coregas/Welding Technology Institute of Australia (WTIA) “Young Tradesperson of the Year” for 2007.
  • Boom time for mining show (0) June 10, 2008 The Queensland Mining and Engineering (QME) exhibition, the State’s largest mining show, kicks off in Mackay from July 22-24 – showcasing the latest mining equipment and services at a time ...
  • JV to manage Rockhampton expo (0) June 10, 2008 Rockhampton Regional Council and Reed Exhibitions have announced a joint venture, under which Reed will take on the management and marketing of the Queensland Resources Expo (QREX) trade fair, which ...
  • Engine and boom for power and ease (0) June 10, 2008 New Holland Construction’s new B110B backhoe features a curved boom design that makes it more compact without compromising on reach or digging depth, according to New Holland Product Manager, Kieron ...
  • Big returns from big dipper (0) June 10, 2008 When a cooper mine in the USA learned of a new overburden-loading dipper that P&H Mining Equipment had developed in conjunction with a Powder River Basin coal mine, the wheels ...
  • Gas blast threatens mines (0) June 6, 2008 Industrial users across Australia’s biggest mining region were hunting for alternative fuels after an explosion at an offshore gas plant knocked out more than a third of normal gas supplies.
  • Tasmanian mine under review (0) June 5, 2008 A 109 page coroner’s report has been released, revealing the cause of death of three Tasmanian miners working at Renison mine.
  • Resources sector paying Queensland’s bills (0) June 5, 2008 Queensland’s resources sector is forecast to pump an unprecedented $3.64 billion into state government coffers in 2008-09, according to data released in the state budget.
  • Hike in coal royalties is short term solution (0) June 4, 2008 The Queensland Treasurer’s pre-budget 43% hike in coal royalties is a ‘smash and grab’ raid for short-term cash at the expense of long-term economic security, according to Queensland Resources Council ...
  • Scraper replenishes vegetation (0) June 4, 2008 A new scraper has established itself as the preferred earthmoving machine for the rehabilitation and replacement of surface areas for the new mineral sands mining operations.
  • Miners killed after falling from height (0) June 4, 2008 The Queensland Department of Mines and Energy (DME) has released a safety bulletin urging all mines to complete a comprehensive assessment of the risk of falling from height, after several ...
  • Safe tipper tray operation (176) June 3, 2008 A series of large tipper (dump) trucks were refused entry into an Australian coal mine recently as they did not comply with Australian standards for safe operation of rear dump/tipper ...
  • Australian first finds gas control solution (0) June 3, 2008 A new flow loop commissioned by the CSIRO will help researchers find solutions to predict and control gas hydrates formation in offshore oil and gas production pipelines.
  • South Australia to host AusIMM dinner (0) June 3, 2008 The Annual Awards Dinner of The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (The AusIMM) will be held in Adelaide on Saturday 14 June at Stamford Plaza Hotel.
  • Geothermal drilling gets budget boost (0) June 3, 2008 The $50million geothermal drilling program, a key election promise of the Australian Government, will be funded earlier than expected, according to the Minister for Resources and Energy the Hon Martin ...
  • Mackay is sixth least affordable city (0) June 3, 2008 Mackay is the sixth least affordable regional city for key workers in Australia, according to the inaugural BankWest Key Worker Housing Affordability Report.
  • Responsibility on the road (0) June 3, 2008 David Wilkins emphasises the need for mine site managers to have audits undertaken, changes implemented and correct documentation recorded to reduce their liabilities in the event of an incident.
  • R&D gets a boost (0) June 2, 2008 The Australian minerals industry’s R&D effort has received a major boost with the launch of CSIRO’s Minerals Down Under National Research Flagship by the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and ...
  • Shutting down injuries at BMA (0) May 30, 2008 The Norwich Park Mine Field Maintenance Team, along with BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance’s (BMA) Field Maintenance Alliance Partner, Transfield Services, recently completed a 60-day major Dragline shutdown with no recordable ...
  • Warehouse pioneers new technology (0) May 30, 2008 Norwich Park Mine has received international recognition for its pioneering work in applying Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to warehouse control and parts management.
  • Crinum comes in first (22) May 30, 2008 In one of the closest competitions ever, Crinum Mine recently took out top honours in the 2007 Peter Dent Simtars Gas Chromatographer of the Year Competition.
  • Jobs numbers set to soar (0) May 30, 2008 Research commissioned by the Minerals Council has shown that employment in the already buoyant minerals sector is set for even stronger growth, with a 70% increase by 2020.
  • Supply chain impacts growth (0) May 30, 2008 Australia has already lost market share to international competitors in the race to meet the strongest global growth in demand for minerals and energy in a generation and could lose ...
  • Indigenous initiative gathers support (0) May 30, 2008 The Rudd Government’s plan to provide Indigenous Australians with new Job Seeker trainee places as a complement to existing initiatives of minerals companies is receiving industry support.
  • Flannery wrong on coal climate response (0) May 30, 2008 Queensland Resources Council chief executive Michael Roche has expressed his ‘utter dismay’ at claims by palaeontologist Dr Tim Flannery that the Queensland coal industry is doing nothing to support the ...
  • Innovative program protects body (0) May 30, 2008 Goonyella Riverside Drill and Blast crews were the first to receive biomechanics training from onsite Occupational Therapists, as part of an innovative program recently.
  • $500m boost for rail yard (0) May 29, 2008 Earth works have begun on one of Australia’s largest rail projects, a $500 million upgrade of the Jilalan Rail Yard, which will expand the export capacity of the Australian coal ...
  • Weather delays DBCT expansion (0) May 29, 2008 Recent inclement weather will delay by three months the final expansion phase of works on the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal (DBCT), according to the project developer Babcock & Brown Infrastructure.
  • Got a spare? (0) May 28, 2008 Designing an efficient spare parts program is crucial to the smooth running of a minesite. Mike Tanner writes.
  • A framework agreement for the Pilbara (0) May 28, 2008 ABB has secured a five year Framework Agreement with Pilbara Iron.
  • Minister outlines mining vision (0) May 28, 2008 Minister for Resources and Energy Martin Ferguson has outlined his vision for the Australian minerals industry.
  • More accommodation for QME (0) May 28, 2008 With accommodation and flights during Mackay’s Queensland Mining and Energy exhibition, from 22 to 24 July, looking very tight, additional “cruise ship” and other local accommodation in the region, along ...
  • Super digger unearthed (0) May 28, 2008 Engineered around a proven design that emphasises reliability and durability, Hitachi’s flagship excavator has been designed to provide extended operating life and significantly reduce operating and maintenance costs, even under ...
  • Double the power for Abbot Point (0) May 27, 2008 Double the power for Abbot Point in $27 million upgrade Electricity supply to Bowen’s Abbot Point Coal Terminal will be doubled in one of the biggest electrical infrastructure upgrades in ...
  • Tenderers for geothermal exploration (0) May 27, 2008 The Queensland Government has announced the latest successful tenderers for 13 new areas of geothermal exploration in the State.
  • Green light for mineral sands project (0) May 27, 2008 Iluka Resources is investing $420 million in developing the Jacinth-Ambrosia heavy mineral sands project, north-west of Ceduna.
  • Sunrise Dam wins rescue comp (0) May 27, 2008 Emergency response personnel from 15 mining operations participated in the Chamber of Minerals & Energy Western Australia’s (CME) Annual Surface Mine Emergency Response Competition on 2 to 4 May in ...
  • Mine safety just a call away (0) May 26, 2008 Dial Before You Dig and WorkSafe Victoria have called on plant operators and tradesmen to reduce the risk of injury by checking on the presence of underground infrastructure before they ...
  • Excavator bucket breaks worker’s leg (0) May 26, 2008 WorkSafe Victoria has warned against working in close proximity to mobile plants after a worker was struck by the bucket of an excavator, breaking his leg.
  • Ravensthorpe mine opens (19) May 26, 2008 Western Australian Premier Alan Carpenter has praised the contribution of BHP Billiton’s $US2.1billion Ravensthorpe Nickel Operation to regional Western Australia at the official mine opening in late May.
  • Driller’s feet crushed in foot clamps (0) May 23, 2008 The Queensland Department of Mines and Energy (DME) has released a significant incident report urging workers to be more careful when operating equipment, after a driller had his feet crushed ...
  • Miner suffers serious facial burns (0) May 23, 2008 The Queensland Department of Mines and Energy (DME) has released a safety bulletin urging mines to colour code all valves and pipes after a miner received serious burns to his ...
  • Fatality forces Government to tighten reign (0) May 22, 2008 The Queensland Government has announced it will tighten mine safety laws to require all mines to provide information immediately to investigators following a fatality or serious mining accident.
  • 3D images help find untapped riches (0) May 22, 2008 Victoria could be set for a new gold rush with the Brumby Government investing in a state-of-the-art 3D facility to help prospectors accurately locate Victoria’s vast untapped mineral, oil and ...
  • Joint partners start exploring Eyre Peninsula (0) May 21, 2008 InterMet Resources and joint venture partner Lincoln Minerals Limited (LML) has completed a Heads of Agreement with Mineral Enterprises (MEA) on an exploration licence for Wanilla near Port Lincoln on ...
  • Consultant pipes up (0) May 21, 2008 As Australia’s resource sector continues to boom, Perth-based engineering, drafting and design specialists PDC Consultants has again boosted its technical capacity by acquiring leading pipework detailing business Piper Engineering.
  • Procurement system for iron ore provider (0) May 20, 2008 Turnpoint Solutions has delivered a procurement system to Portman Limited, a West Australian based supplier of high-grade iron ore.
  • Plant management becomes reality (0) May 19, 2008 From software and hardware to facilities and equipment, smart management of a company’s assets has long been proven to significantly benefit a company’s profitability.
  • Old mining environmental laws to be eliminated (0) May 19, 2008 New laws passed by Queensland Parliament will repeal the special status granted to some mining companies going back to the Bjelke-Petersen Government which made them exempt from environmental protection legislation.
  • Xstrata makes an offer (0) May 19, 2008 Xstrata Queensland, a wholly owned subsidiary of Xstrata, has announced its intention to make an all cash offer to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares in Indophil Resources ...
  • Asbestos found on minesites (0) May 19, 2008 The Queensland Department of Mines and Energy (DME) has released a safety bulletin urging mines to check their brake and clutch assemblies for traces of chrysotile asbestos.
  • The sound of flotation (0) May 16, 2008 Minerals processing involves the range of activities between the exploration and mining, and the manufacturing of minerals and mineral products.
  • Concrete recycling stacks up (0) May 16, 2008 A concrete recycler has found a more efficient alternative to recycling concrete with two Thor stackers from Select Engineering Services.
  • Mining equipment sales up (0) May 15, 2008 The Australian construction and mining equipment market grew by 16% in 2007 according to figures released by the Construction and Mining Equipment Industry Group (CMEIG) and ERG International.
  • Residual frothing measures up (0) May 15, 2008 Residual frother is a major problem in coal and minerals preparation plants.
  • A safe foundation (0) May 15, 2008 The Personal Injury Education Foundation has launched its inaugural Personal Injury Management Conference and Excellence Awards.
  • QME entices international guests (0) May 14, 2008 The Queensland Mining and Engineering Exhibition (QME) will provide local and international suppliers with the opportunity to interact with the Queensland Mining community at the Mackay Showgrounds on the 22 ...
  • Following the lode (0) May 14, 2008 The application of scientific method, good policy and sound judgement has producing advances in mining methods and techniques in Australia for a century and a half. Michael Sheffield writes for ...
  • Mining consultant recognised (0) May 13, 2008 Innovative technology applications in mining will keep Australia at the forefront of the world-wide mining trade. Australian Information Industry Association CEO Ian Birks writes.
  • Tophammer surface drills set record (0) May 13, 2008 Ausdrill has attempted to overcome the current shortage of skilled operators by placing the biggest order for surface tophammer track drills ever won by Sandvik Mining and Construction
  • Major suppliers line up for Kalgoorlie’s GME (0) May 13, 2008 More than 200 exhibitors have signed up for the Kalgoorlie Goldfields Mining Expo to be held at the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Racing Club on 28 to 30 October 2008.
  • Centenary Feature: Mining in the Bowen Basin 1908 – 2008 (0) May 12, 2008 AUSTRALIAN Mining invites editorial contributions and story ideas for its Centenary Feature: Mining in the Bowen Basin 1908 to 2008 in the July 2008 issue. This issue will be the ...
  • Emissions trading scheme ruffles feathers (0) May 12, 2008 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has said measured transitional arrangements will be the key to ensuring the proposed emissions trading scheme achieves its environmental objectives without compromising economic growth, ...
  • Hitachi excavator joins fleet (82) May 12, 2008 Mount Isa contracting business Huddy’s Plant Hire has changed hands and the new owners have committed to an expansion.
  • CMEWA emergency response competition (0) May 12, 2008 Emergency response personnel from fifteen mining operations participated in one of Western Australia’s leading mine rescue training exercises held in the Goldfields.
  • A trainee’s pathway to success (0) May 9, 2008 Several Moranbah-based apprentices have graduated from the Mining Industry Skills Centre’s Work Readiness Program, which provides first-year apprentices from BMA’s Broadmeadow and Peak Downs Mines with an accelerated pathway into ...
  • Environmentally friendly company soaks up atmosphere (0) May 9, 2008 The recent Restoration Ecology Journal has focused on Alcoa’s environmental research and management programs.
  • Mapping and Surveying Feature (0) May 9, 2008 AUSTRALIAN Mining invites editorial contributions and story ideas for its Mapping and Surveying feature in the July issue 2008.
  • Diggers and Dumpers Feature (0) May 9, 2008 AUSTRALIAN Mining invites editorial contributions and story ideas for its Diggers and Dumpers (Earthmoving)feature in the July 2008 issue. This issue will be the biggest Australian Mining magazine so far ...
  • New Product Focus: Cranes and Lifting (0) May 9, 2008 AUSTRALIAN Mining invites editorial contributions and story ideas for its product focus on cranes and lifting equipment in the July 2008 issue. This issue will be the biggest Australian Mining ...
  • Measuring gas-shielded welding processes (0) May 8, 2008 A recent survey by gases and engineering company BOC has identified that only 18% of users measure the productivity of their gas-shielded welding processes.
  • Software company supplies pit to port management (0) May 8, 2008 QMASTOR has signed a contract with an Australian iron ore producer for the provision of their Pit to Port.net, SMS3D.net and iFuse systems across the group.
  • Diggers and dealers get an overview (0) May 7, 2008 The annual Diggers and Dealers forum will be held in Kalgoorlie from 4 to 6 August 2008.
  • Crushing and screening in NZ (0) May 7, 2008 Sandvik Mining and Construction has appointed Rocktec as its New Zealand dealer for the Sandvik-branded range of fixed and mobile crushing, screening and feeding products, with responsibility for sales, service, ...
  • Working for the Pilbara (0) May 7, 2008 Organising a mine shutdown in the remote Pilbara region can be a challenge at the best of times. However, one company is creating a name for themselves for shutdowns, maintenance ...
  • The air apparent (0) May 7, 2008 More scientific approaches are helping solve the challenges of mine ventilation. Michael Sheffield writes for Australian Mining.