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  • 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.
  • Xstrata receives process control (0) May 6, 2008 MIPAC is working with Xstrata to improve operations in its Mt Isa Zinc Concentrator.
  • Komatsu simulator joins fleet (0) May 6, 2008 The Mining Industry Skills Centre has added to its fleet of simulators with the purchase of a simulator from South African-based company Thoroughtec.
  • Motors and drives expand in WA (0) May 6, 2008 Industrial motors and drives innovator Bonfiglioli is expanding again with the opening of a new office and warehouse in Perth.
  • Power on for tunnel projects (0) May 6, 2008 With its ability to supply fully integrated packages Ampcontrol has recently been selected to supply temporary power distribution and short term hire systems for a number of major tunnelling projects.
  • Concern over shuttle cars (0) May 6, 2008 The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has conducted a review of unplanned movements of shuttle cars, where the shuttle car has moved in either a forward or reverse direction ...
  • Topic is catering (905) May 6, 2008 ISS Facility Services Australia (ISS) has acquired one of Western Australia’s largest catering companies Topic Caterers.
  • Zinifex to become owner-operated (0) May 5, 2008 The management of Zinifex Century Mine and Downer EDI Mining has announced the dissolution of Century Mining Alliance.
  • IsaMill ramps up production (0) May 5, 2008 Xstrata Technology’s is on track to have 100MW of installed IsaMill power operating by the end of 2008, with two more orders for M10,000 IsaMills bound for the lead/zinc ...
  • The essence of maintenance (0) May 2, 2008 Premature failures and breakdowns of equipment subjected to high demand and low maintenance leads to higher repair costs and low equipment availability over prolonged periods.
  • Groundbreaking system launched in South Africa (0) May 2, 2008 Australian measurement systems company, GroundProbe, will launch a ground-breaking mine safety and alarm system at the Rustenburg Platinum Mine Ltd (previously known as Potgietersrus Platinums Ltd.) in South Africa next ...
  • Rosebery receives funding boost (0) May 2, 2008 Zinifex has announced that it will invest almost $35 million in its operations at Rosebery to improve both efficiency and capacity at the company’s west coast Tasmania mine.
  • Software evaluates safety (23) May 2, 2008 In a step beyond traditional processes, Abaqus finite element analysis (FEA) software from SIMULIA is being used to enhance mine design and engineering simulation at a number of mines around ...
  • Drilling deep (0) May 2, 2008 As the mining industry seeks to improve extraction rates, the need has grown for improved drilling methods. Michael Sheffield writes for Australian Mining.
  • A world apart in underground drilling (0) May 2, 2008 A new breed of remote controlled, real-time underground mining machines is being developed with an eye to a wide range of workplace and cost-saving benefits. Michael Sheffield writes for Australian ...
  • Uplifting work on pipeline (0) May 2, 2008 Nacap is helping to ensure safety and security in Australia by using an innovative method of de-stressing piplines as they are shifted and lifted to overcome and circumvent obstacles, obviating ...
  • Zinifex moved by dump trucks (0) May 2, 2008 A fleet of 42 Komatsu 830E dump trucks – including 12 new trucks added in the past year – has been giving exceptional performance and availability at Zinifex Century Mine ...
  • Climate change creates money worries (0) May 1, 2008 Queensland’s resource sector industries have submitted a six-point checklist to the federal government’s Garnaut Climate Change Review.
  • KCGM employs fail-safe network (0) May 1, 2008 Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines (KCGM), located in the remote mining town of Kalgoorlie in Western Australia, has replaced its data network with a network from Nortel to improve security and ...
  • Automated plow system (0) May 1, 2008 Bucyrus has exchanged contracts with Poland’s largest coking coal mining company to supply the country’s first automated plow system.
  • QME exhibitor preview in July issue (0) May 1, 2008 Australian Mining will present a comprehensive preview in the July issue of exhibitors at the Queensland Mining and Engineering Exhibition (QME) in Mackay.
  • Consulting firm backs scheelite mine (0) April 30, 2008 Consulting engineering and environmental solutions company, SEMF, has played a crucial role in securing the go-ahead from Local, State and Commonwealth governments in the redevelopment of the King Island Scheelite ...
  • A holy hydraulic boost (0) April 30, 2008 The refurbishment of one of Western Australia’s oldest Catholic Cathedrals received a hydraulic boost recently from Enerpac’s 700 bar technology and Onsite Engineering (OSE).
  • Maintenance services for mines and utilities (0) April 29, 2008 SPECIALISED Reline Services (SRS) is offering a range of maintenance services for the mining and mineral processing industries.
  • Cairns company joins a Champion (0) April 29, 2008 QUEENSLAND Air Compressors has joined Champion Compressors’ air compressor service and maintenance network.
  • Electronic ear guides mining drill (0) April 29, 2008 CSIRO scientists with the Minerals Down Under National Research Flagship have successfully used an electronic listening post to track and control a drill operating more than 300 metres below the ...
  • Call for skills, emission strategy (0) April 28, 2008 The Western Australia Chamber of Minerals and Energy (CMEWA) has called for highly engaged governments and regulators to reduce the skills shortage crisis and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Wireless condition monitoring (8) April 28, 2008 Wireless technology can aid preventative maintenance in plants. Jim Ralston writes.
  • Infrastructure, skills critical for SA (0) April 28, 2008 A key industry consortium has described as “staggering” the impending demand for infrastructure in South Australia and deemed essential that its early development proceeds if the State is to fuel ...
  • The dragline is the bottom line (0) April 28, 2008 THE Australian coal mining industry has gained at least a 10% improvement in dragline productivity since “bottom line” research and development began in 1994 according to ACARP.
  • Contract win for collision technology (0) April 28, 2008 Industrea’s wholly owned subsidiary Advanced Mining Technologies (AMT) has been awarded a contract by BHP Billiton in Chile to supply and install collision avoidance technology.
  • Desperate for maintenance workers (0) April 24, 2008 AN annual survey of nearly 43,000 employers in 32 countries has found companies are increasingly desperate for plumbers, welders and other maintenance staff.
  • Mining and processing equipment repair services (0) April 24, 2008 KEY Solutions Group is offering refurbishment and repair services for mining and processing machinery and their sub-components.
  • Mine equipment test service (0) April 24, 2008 TESTSAFE Australia has highlighted the need for their equipment testing and certificate programs due to laws requiring certification for machine exportation into the EU and US markets.
  • Injured miner left for three hours (0) April 23, 2008 A seriously injured miner went unnoticed for three hours after falling off an elevated platform.
  • A 3D image of growth (0) April 22, 2008 The expansion of Olympic Dam has helped put the South Australian mining industry on the map.
  • Conveying the site (0) April 22, 2008 A flexible conveyor belt can reduce transportation costs and environmental hazards . Jessica Darnbrough writes.
  • Excavator debuts at Mt Keith (0) April 22, 2008 BHP Billiton’s Mt Keith operation has received the first of two Hitachi 800 tonne excavators.
  • Judges wanted for Prospect Awards (0) April 22, 2008 Australian Mining is currently looking for judges to join the elite panel responsible for judging the 2008 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards.
  • Iron ore projects in development (0) April 21, 2008 GERALDTON Iron Ore Alliance member companies’ mining projects are contributing to major infrastructure development in the Mid West region.
  • South Australia or bust (0) April 21, 2008 South Australia is expected to play host to 40 mines by 2020. Infrastructure tops the agenda as the State tries to implement a strategy for the future.
  • Industry fuels up for global challenge (0) April 21, 2008 The go-ahead for construction of the world’s first ‘oxyfuel’ power plant at Callide Power Station in central Queensland has reinforced Australia’s lead role in developing breakthrough technology to address global ...
  • Water trucks on the move (0) April 21, 2008 Carrying on from the CITIC Pacific Mining load and haul fleet contact signed in late 2007, Terex Mining Australia have just delivered its first of four Terex Unit Rig MT3300AC ...
  • When the dust settles (0) April 21, 2008 Dust suppression techniques have come a long way from turning a hose on a dusty process.
  • Driver avoids fatal crash (0) April 21, 2008 The Queensland Department of Mines and Energy (DME) has released a safety alert urging miners to be careful when operating large vehicles after a driver narrowly avoided a serious head-on ...
  • Safety record on port upgrade (0) April 19, 2008 SEVERAL safety initiatives were used on the recently completed $2 billion Rio Tinto Iron Ore Dampier Port Upgrade (DPU), which helped it to set a new benchmark in the Pilbara ...
  • Search for great community partnerships (0) April 18, 2008 CAPS Australia Pty Ltd has announced its support of the 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards as sponsor of the Community Partnership of the Year category.
  • Heavy duty weighbridge for quarry (0) April 18, 2008 ACCUWEIGH will supply an extra heavy duty weighbridge to Rocla’s Sand Quarry in Ellenbrook WA which will weigh vehicles that cannot be handled by a standard weighbridge
  • FIFO from Carnarvon (0) April 18, 2008 RIO Tinto Iron Ore has announced it will start a fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) commute roster from Carnarvon.
  • Strong demand for engineers continues (0) April 18, 2008 Western Australia’s resources boom shows no sign of abating in 2008, according to the latest Hays Resources & Mining report (April 2008) on salaries and employment in the industry.
  • Nominate an outstanding contributor (0) April 17, 2008 Siemens is again sponsoring the Most Outstanding Contribution to Mining category in the 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards.
  • Turnkey solution to bulk handling (0) April 16, 2008 WITH the ever increasing mechanisation of bulk handling, large-scale manufacturers, processors and logistics providers can have their feet so hard on the pedal they fail to step back and take ...
  • Emergency training promotes safety (0) April 16, 2008 Large, heavy equipment, gases and dust all combine to make a minesite a dangerous place to work.
  • Profits beyond daily deadlines (0) April 16, 2008 Optimization audits can seek out profits beyond the rush of daily production deadlines. Jamie Wade writes.
  • Leighton wins Mesa A iron ore contract (0) April 15, 2008 HWE Mining, a wholly owned subsidiary of Leighton Contractors Pty Limited, has been awarded a $344 million contract to provide mine development services at Rio Tinto’s Mesa A iron ore ...
  • South West emergency skills challenge (0) April 15, 2008 The 2008 South West Emergency Response Skills Challenge will be held on 18 and 19 October at Australind Senior High School.
  • Gold mine scales up (0) April 15, 2008 NEWCREST Mining’s Ridgeway Deeps project in Cadia Valley NSW will soon become part of one of Australia’s largest underground gold mines.
  • Smooth sailing (0) April 15, 2008 An Australian technology is helping ports and ships’ captains choose the best departure times and cargo capacity for heavily laden carriers. Jamie Wade writes.
  • Managing the skills shortage (0) April 14, 2008 The mining industry skills shortage, how are you managing it or is it managing you? James Walsh writes for Australian Mining.
  • Centenary Feature: Hard Rock Mining 1908 – 2008 (0) April 14, 2008 AUSTRALIAN Mining invites editorial contributions and story ideas for its Centenary Feature: Hard Rock Mining 1908 to 2008 in the June 2008 issue
  • Pilbara Spotlight in June ’08 issue (0) April 14, 2008 AUSTRALIAN Mining invites editorial contributions and story ideas for its Pilbara Spotlight in the June 2008 issue.
  • Mine maintenance feature (0) April 14, 2008 AUSTRALIAN Mining invites editorial contributions and story ideas for its Maintenance Management feature in the June 2008 issue.
  • New Product Focus: Materials Handling (0) April 14, 2008 AUSTRALIAN Mining invites editorial contributions and story ideas for its product focus on materials handling equipment in the June 2008 issue.
  • GPS guidance system (0) April 14, 2008 AUTOMATED Positioning Systems (APS) has launched a GPS-based guidance systems for dozers and other equipment working on stockpiles.
  • Alarm over vehicle support stands (0) April 14, 2008 A recent incident related to vehicle support stands at a Queensland coal mine has highlighted the need for fit-for purpose equipment.
  • Infrastructure plan for Territory (0) April 14, 2008 The Northern Territory’s infrastructure needs for the next decade will be the focus of an independent report to Government.
  • Unzipping the secrets of the mind (0) April 11, 2008 A fascinating new training program from BHP Billiton Iron Ore is putting extra ZIP into safety management.
  • Hooked on safety (0) April 11, 2008 Production Technician with BHP Billiton Iron Ore, Lenny Smith, recently came up with a simple, flexible and effective way to reduce risk at Iron Ore’s Port Operations.
  • Electronic cleaner (0) April 11, 2008 CRC Industries has launched an electronic cleaner for cleaning electrical and electronic equipment.
  • Ultrasonic sensor (0) April 11, 2008 SICK has launched an ultrasonic sensor with a scanning distance of 20 to 250 or 50 to 350 mm.
  • Remote communications seminar (0) April 10, 2008 Optus is holding a free breakfast seminar in early May where the Optus Satellite team will demonstrate equipment and share experience of how they have worked with mining companies in ...
  • ‘Big picture’ conference in July (0) April 10, 2008 A major mining conference will be held alongside the Queensland Mining and Engineering Exhibition in Mackay in late July.
  • Electronic chair reduces injuries (0) April 10, 2008 CAVOTEC has introduced a product that addresses lower back and shoulder injuries experienced by dragline operators.
  • Spill containment solutions (0) April 10, 2008 ACTISAFE has released a line of products contain spills by lifting metal drums off the ground.
  • Petroleum exploration bids open (0) April 10, 2008 The South Australian Government has opened bidding for three new onshore petroleum exploration licences in the Otway Basin in the southeast of South Australia.
  • Forum on Indigenous in mining (0) April 10, 2008 The Greater Mount Isa Region Mining Industry Forum begins today.
  • Skills conference and training awards (0) April 10, 2008 Registrations are now open for the 2008 Mining Industry Skills Centre Conference and Training Awards.
  • Bacteria for cleaner energy (0) April 9, 2008 CSIRO scientists are investigating whether injecting coal seams with certain kinds of bacteria and carbon dioxide can produce commercially viable quantities of methane gas.
  • Contracts and works at Dalrymple Bay (0) April 9, 2008 Electrical engineering group O’Donnell Griffin (ODG) has won two new contracts totalling almost $23 million for the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal redevelopment.
  • Hearing protection device (0) April 9, 2008 HEARLINK has launched a two-way communication and hearing protection device.
  • High visibility jackets (0) April 9, 2008 BOC has launched a range of high visibility jackets that cater to wide range of climates.
  • Crinum wins gas monitoring award (0) April 9, 2008 BMA’s Crinum mine has taken out the 2007 Peter Dent Simtars Gas Chromatographer of the Year award.
  • Coal industry firing on all cylinders (0) April 9, 2008 Queensland’s coal industry continues to power the State, with production, exports and employment increasing significantly over the 12 months to November 2007.
  • Intrinsically safe cap lamps (0) April 8, 2008 NLT Australia has launched a world first intrinsically safe Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) that addresses the IECex standard.
  • Dust control nozzles (0) April 8, 2008 SPRAY Nozzle Engineering has launched a series of dust control nozzles that suppress dust in air-handling ducts, conveyer transfer points, dump pits and loading hoppers.
  • Billion-dollar port details released (0) April 8, 2008 Port Waratah Coal Services has released details of a one billion dollar post-2010 expansion plan that would enable coal output from its Newcastle operation to be boosted by 40%.
  • Customised safety platforms (0) April 7, 2008 ADFORM Products have released the maxiskaff system which custom designs and builds safety platforms.
  • Big year for Port of Darwin (0) April 7, 2008 As the Top End terminus of the AustralAsian Rail link, the Port of Darwin has, in the past twelve months, seen an impressive number of new developments and trading ‘firsts’. ...
  • Building for the boom (0) April 7, 2008 Whether living in Roxby Downs or the southern coastal town of Robe, South Australia’s approaching mining boom is going to surround you, according to Michael Colling from South Australian company ...
  • Guide to Workplace Safety (0) April 7, 2008 The eleventh edition of the annual Mining Industry Guide to Workplace Safety has released with more than 3,100 copies delivered to mine sites and mining operations.
  • FMG’s first ore on track (0) April 7, 2008 The rolling of Fortescue Metal Group’s first train load of iron out of the Pilbara and its automated unloading in the now commissioning new port, named the Fortescue Herb Elliot ...
  • Alert over pipe failure (0) April 7, 2008 Safety authorities have issued a Safety Alert after a basalt-lined steel ‘Y’ piece pipe failed under pressure during clearing of a blocked co-disposal pipe line at a mine preparation plant.
  • Miners Memorial Day in Queensland (0) April 7, 2008 The Queensland Government will hold a Miners Memorial Day to commemorate the lives of more than 1450 miners who died in mining tragedies that touch on three different centuries of ...
  • Coloured traffic cones (0) April 7, 2008 PREMIER Workplace Solutions (PWS) has launched new coloured traffic cones that highlight dangerous hazards.
  • Energy efficient compressors (0) April 4, 2008 Atlas Copco has released a range of energy efficient oil-injected compressors.
  • Reflective Hazard Striped tape (0) April 4, 2008 FLOORSAFE International has launched a range of self adhesive vinyl reflective tapes.
  • Cushions lift extreme weight (0) April 4, 2008 PRONAL has launched a range of seamless inflatable lifting cushions that can operate in confined spaces.
  • Quicker, safer tyre changes (0) April 4, 2008 Changing heavy industrial tyres and wheels has always been a tough and demanding job with obvious physical risks to the tyre maintenance crew and the machine itself.
  • Government reneges on grant (0) April 4, 2008 The Federal Government has reneged on a $5 million grant to the Mining Industry Skills Centre for the Simulation Research Development and Training Centre awarded by the previous Federal Government ...
  • Turning the tide (0) April 4, 2008 The Northern Territory Industry Capability Network (NTICN) has signed a Framework Agreement aimed at assisting BOC and its sub-contractors in identifying and providing NT and Australian industry with full, fair ...
  • Service provider shortlisted (0) April 4, 2008 Rio Tinto has selected ISS Facility Services Australia as the preferred bidder for a multimillion dollar services contract at Wickham Village, Pannawonica Village and Dampier, located in the Pilbara region ...
  • Simulator training acquisition (0) April 4, 2008 Immersive Technologies has acquired Perth-based Mining Training Services (MTS) to help address the Australian mining and civil industries shortage of operators.
  • Fitter avoids injury from plug failure (0) April 3, 2008 A maintenance fitter at a longwall operation has avoided serious injury after a tailgate Armoured Face Conveyor (AFC) feeder cable was blown out of the back of a 3.3 kV ...
  • Maintenance at a new level (0) April 3, 2008 An initiative developed by Worsley Alumina employees has revolutionised the way maintenance is carried out on the 52km overland conveyor used to transport bauxite from the Boddington mine to the ...
  • Darwin-Broome express (0) April 3, 2008 Long-haul freight specialist Northline today launches the first express freight service between Darwin and Broome, opening up the booming Kimberley region to fast freight deliveries from northern Australia.
  • Silver flows from Andes (0) April 3, 2008 Hochschild’s Ares Mine in Peru is expanding the size of its plant and has ordered five additional Gekko Systems’ InLine Leach Reactors (ILR5000 Batch Manual) to add to its two ...
  • Mining events for 2008 (0) April 3, 2008 A LIST of mining conferences, seminars and workshops.
  • CO2 storage plant opens in Victoria (0) April 3, 2008 Australia’s first carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) demonstration plant has opened in the Otway Basin near Nirranda South in southwestern Victoria.
  • North Rankin 2 Project approved (0) April 3, 2008 Woodside, as operator of the North West Shelf Venture, announces that North West Shelf Venture participants have taken a final investment decision for the development of the North Rankin 2 ...
  • Flameproof safety conduits (0) April 3, 2008 EVCCO has launched a new series of enviro-friendly HFT (Halogen Free Tubing) safety conduits.
  • Mineral sands exports exceeded (0) April 3, 2008 Mineral sands exports from Iluka’s Hamilton processing plant have exceeded expectations in their first 12 months of operation.
  • Explosion proof exhaust fan (0) April 2, 2008 STOKES Synertec has launched an explosion proof exhaust fan that removes dangerous fumes.
  • Power plant for Sino Project (23) April 2, 2008 Austrian Energy & Environment (Australia) has secured a turnkey EPC design, supply and erection contract for CITIC Pacific Mining for a nominal 450MW Combined Cycle Power Plant.
  • Keeping alert is an eyeful (0) April 2, 2008 OPTALERT has released a world-first range of driving glasses that are scientifically proven to alert a driver of impending drowsiness.
  • Infrastructure demand staggering (0) April 2, 2008 A key industry consortium has described as “staggering” the impending demand for infrastructure in South Australia and deemed essential that its early development proceeds if the State is to fuel ...
  • UQ goes back to nature (0) April 2, 2008 The University of Queensland is rediscovering elements of a native rainforest at its 7.5 hectare Indooroopilly Experimental Mine site and staff are observing with delight the return of native fauna.
  • Pilbara rail contracts awarded (0) April 1, 2008 Macmahon Holdings Limited and its subsidiary MVM Rail Pty Ltd (MVM Rail) have been awarded approximately $42 million of contracts to provide seven kilometres of rail track servicing BHP Billiton ...
  • Mesa A Mine rail contract (0) April 1, 2008 Macmahon Holdings Limited has been awarded a $65 million contract to construct approximately 50 km of rail to the Mesa A mine for Robe River Mining Co Pty Ltd (a ...
  • Coal analysis for greener power (0) April 1, 2008 Minerals analysis company Intellection has sold a system that uses coal analysis technology to provide efficient, greener electricity to South African power utility, Eskom.
  • New areas open for exploration (0) April 1, 2008 The Queensland Government has announced four new areas for mineral exploration.
  • Skills program for oil and gas industry (0) April 1, 2008 Western Australia’s engineers and oil and gas specialists will develop better skills for more efficient drilling and production operations through a new program launched in Perth recently.