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 Fortescue’s contract awards in the Pilbara.

Fortescue awards $35m contract to Pilbara businesses

Fortescue Metals Group has awarded a major component overhaul and replacement services (MCORS) contract to three contractors based in Port Hedland in Western Australia.

Force Equipment, WesTrac and Komatsu received the $35 million joint contract to perform maintenance on Fortescue’s heavy mobile equipment in Port Hedland, saving the company a 1600 kilometre one-way trip to Perth for heavy mobile equipment repairs. Read more…

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Rio Tinto declares force majeure due to cyclone damage

Rio Tinto has announced disruptions to certain iron ore shipments from Western Australia following the impact of Cyclone Veronica.

The tropical cyclone made landfall in Australia between Karratha and Port Hedland on the northwest coast of Australia on March 24, causing several mining companies including Fortescue Metals Group, Rio Tinto and BHP to suspend their operations in the Pilbara region. Read more…

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Fortescue approves $3.7 billion Iron Bridge stage two expansion

Fortescue Metals Group subsidiary FMG Magnetite and joint venture partner Formosa Steel have agreed to the development of stage two of the Iron Bridge magnetite project in the Pilbara, Western Australia.

The $US2.6 billion ($3.7 billion) development includes a 22 million wet metric tonnes-per-year ore processing facility (OPF), an airstrip and expanded village, a 195-kilometre Canning Basin water pipeline and a 135-kilometre concentrate pipeline to Fortescue’s Herb Elliot port facility in Port Hedland. Read more…

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Newcrest to sole fund five exploration programs in 2019

Newcrest Mining’s joint venture (JV) exploration programs with Encounter Resources received a boost today as the company announced it will sole fund programs this year across the highly sought after gold regions of Tanami and West Arunta in Western Australia.

Newcrest confirmed it will target Tier 1 equivalent mineral deposits across the prospective provinces once recent heritage surveys have been completed. Read more…

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Liebherr enhances performance of ultra-class mining trucks

Liebherr has increased the payload capacity of its T 264 ultra-class mining trucks to 240 tonnes following the implementation of several upgrades.

The changes include a front wheel design and braking system that improve torque and operational safety, particularly during downhill operations. Upgraded wheel motors and rear gear ratio can ensure similar cycle times while boosting payloads by 10 per cent. Read more…

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