Top five mining stories last week

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Stay on top of the most popular stories on Australian Mining over the past week, including BHP’s plan for the future as the company and mining industry contend with a volatile global economy.

BHP to ‘reinvigorate’ portfolio amid global uncertainty

BHP expects that a diversified commodity portfolio combined with increased access to technology will drive the company’s balance sheet as it grapples with growing global uncertainty.

The company’s chief financial officer Peter Beaven addressed shareholder concerns about the effect of global trade tensions on operations and which projects hold the greatest potential for BHP over the medium and long term. Read more…

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Weir secures largest-ever mining order with Fortescue

The Weir Group has won a £100 million ($179.4 million) order to provide a range of crushing and pump equipment to Fortescue Metals Group’s Iron Bridge iron ore project in the Pilbara, Western Australia.

Weir will supply its Enduron High Pressure Grinding Rolls and GEHO pumps to the magnetite project, 145 kilometres south of Port Hedland. Read more…

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Thiess wins $1.3bn contract extension at Curragh

Thiess has been awarded a six-year, $1.3 billion contract extension by Coronado Global Resources to provide services at the Curragh coal mine in Queensland.

The CIMIC Group mining services company will provide overburden removal and haulage, mining and run-of-mine rehandling services, equipment maintenance and pit dewatering services. Read more…

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Lynas leans towards Kalgoorlie for rare earths plant

Lynas Corp has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder for potential sites for a cracking and leaching plant.

The agreement includes the review and due diligence of prospective sites and provides a framework for support from the city to ensure the new plant is successful. Read more…

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Komatsu diversifies in Western Australia with BHP deal

Komatsu Australia has achieved diversification in the Pilbara that many original equipment manufacturers (OEM) only dream about by winning an order for 41 haul trucks at BHP’s South Flank project.

The company’s presence in Western Australia is set to rise significantly with the agreement to deploy the automation-ready 930E-5 ultra-class trucks at the iron ore development from next month. Read more…

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