The top five mining stories last week

BHP in the Pilbara. Image: BHP

Stay on top of the most read articles on the Australian Mining website over the past week, starting with an incident at the Jimblebar iron ore operation in Western Australia:

BHP autonomous trucks collide in the Pilbara

BHP has blamed a collision between two autonomous trucks at the Jimblebar iron ore mine in the Pilbara, Western Australia on wet weather.

The March 16 accident followed “significant rainfall that deteriorated road surface, causing one vehicle to slip into the other,” a BHP spokesperson said in a statement. Read more…

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Rio Tinto, BHP take action as cyclones hit 

Major miners Rio Tinto and BHP have geared up in preparation for the cyclones on both the west and east coasts of Australia.

Rio Tinto has responded at its Western Australian iron ore operations due to Cyclone Veronica off the Pilbara coast, and in Far North Queensland as Cyclone Trevor impacts the region. Read more…

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Anglo American, BMA put thousands of hectares into rehab

Anglo American and BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) have expressed their commitment to rehabilitating key mining land in Queensland.

In separate announcements, Anglo American and BMA demonstrated their environmental standards by pledging to return mined land to post-mining uses. Read more…

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Airborne survey reveals rich mineral deposits in northern Australia

The Northern Territory and Queensland have shown potential for mineral deposits including gold, copper, nickel, lead, zinc and manganese, an airborne electromagnetic survey (AEM) by Geoscience Australia indicates.

Deposits of critical minerals such as cobalt, platinum-group elements and rare earth elements have also appeared in the results. Read more…

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Fortescue ignites Christmas Creek light vehicle automation trial

Fortescue Metals Group has launched a trial of autonomous light vehicles at its Christmas Creek iron ore mine in the Pilbara, Western Australia.

The iron ore major reinforced its commitment to automation, announcing it would also establish a research and development centre based in Karratha, Western Australia, to develop, test and trial autonomous technology. Read more…

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