The top five mining stories last week

Stay on top of the most read articles on the Australian Mining website over the past week, starting with plans to restart the Gregory Crinum coking coal mine in Queensland.

Gregory Crinum coal mine to restart following BMA sale

Japan’s Sojitz is plotting the restart of the Gregory Crinum coking coal mine in Queensland after completing a $100 million acquisition of the site from BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA).

The operations, which were placed on care and maintenance in January 2016, had a capacity of six million tonnes a year when production stopped. Read more…

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Wesfarmers lobs $1.5bn offer at Lynas

Wesfarmers has set its sights on Lynas Corporation with a $1.5 billion takeover bid.

Lynas’ owns the Mt Weld rare earths operation in Western Australia. The company also operates the Malaysia-based Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP), which has been the focus of environmental activists in the South-East Asian country. Read more…

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Rio Tinto suspends Pilbara operations due to cyclone

Rio Tinto has temporarily halted rail operations and mining at the Robe Valley project in the Pilbara in response to Cyclone Veronica.

The company also cleared ships from its Cape Lambert and Dampier ports in preparation for the storm. Read more…

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Monadelphous builds $212m South Flank contract portfolio

BHP has awarded a second construction contract at the South Flank iron ore project in the Pilbara, Western Australia to Monadelphous.

The $104 million contract includes structural, mechanical, piping and electrical and instrumentation works for the project’s inflow infrastructure. Monadelphous now has $212 million of combined construction work at South Flank with the latest award. Read more…

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Komatsu moves closer to fully autonomous dozer dream

Komatsu has unveiled the D375Ai-8 ‘intelligent’ dozer, the company’s first mining dozer featuring its Machine Control system.

The 72.9-tonne D375Ai-8 is powered by a US EPA Tier 4 Final emission certified Komatsu SAA6D170E-7 diesel engine, rated at 455 kilowatts in forward gears and 558 kilowatts in reverse. Read more…

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