Northern Star and Minnovare team up on underground tech

The Production Loader.

Northern Star Resources and Minnovare will collaborate on the development of drill and blast technology for use across the gold miner’s Western Australian operations.

Minnovare’s Production Optimiser, a drill and blast system designed to reduce blast hole deviations, has already been in use on selected rigs at Northern Star’s underground operations since June.

The system development is representative of a move into the mining production sector for Minnovare.

Minnovare managing director Callum McCracken called Northern Star an early adopter of the technology, and that the company was delighted to enter into further collaboration.

“Northern Star has demonstrated a strong commitment to collaboration with new technology forerunners,” he said.

“Being an early adopter of new technology is central to their core strategy for the future — remaining a leader amongst their peers and being able to attract the best and brightest the industry has to offer.”

As part of the collaboration, Northern Star will go beyond just implementing Minnovare products at its mines as the company will be actively involved in the Minnovare development process as well.

The technology agreement with Minnovare is in keeping with the recent announcement that Northern Star is committing $60 million this financial year for exploration campaigns. The company saw major growth in June when it hit its annual gold production target of 600,000oz/y six months ahead of schedule.

“We are always looking to work with parties that provide solutions to problems and to implement opportunities that drive a better overall business outcome,” said Northern Star Resources’ principal – innovation and technology, Jeff Brown.

“Minnovare is a fitting example of a provider that has worked through all aspects of their solution to ensure it integrates and delivers immediate value.

“Their approach and ability to rapidly act upon improvements has not only seen a very successful deployment but has laid the foundation for further collaboration.”