Top five mining stories last week

Stay on top of the most popular stories on Australian Mining over the past week, including another significant find at the Beta Hunt gold mine in Western Australia.

RNC continues hot streak with $3.9m gold find

RNC Minerals has recovered an estimated 1750 ounces of coarse gold from 274 kilograms of rock at the Beta Hunt mine in Western Australia.

At current Australian dollar prices, the gold find has an estimated value of $3.9 million. Read more…

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Bootu Creek mining remains suspended following incident

OM Holdings has recovered the body of an employee who was buried under a collapsing wall at the Bootu Creek manganese mine in the Northern Territory.

The incident happened in the Tourag Pit on August 26. The man was an employee of OM subsidiary, OM Manganese, the owner and operator of the Bootu Creek mine. Read more…

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Wesfarmers takes control of Kidman Resources

Wesfarmers has executed its acquisition of Kidman Resources by completing a $776 million deal.

The takeover has given Wesfarmers a 50 per cent interest in the Mt Holland lithium joint venture (JV) project in Western Australia, with Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile (SQM) holding the remaining stake. Read more… 

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Scania targets mine sites with cabless autonomous concept

Scania has introduced a fully autonomous concept truck without a cab, marking another milestone in the development of heavy self-driving vehicles.

The truck, Scania AXL, has the company’s modular system at the heart of the design, which also replaces the traditional cab. Read more…

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WA achieves record mining employment figures

Western Australia’s mining industry has continued to thrive off record commodity sales and prices, reporting a boost in employment numbers that reached unseen levels.

The figures for the 2018-2019 period were revealed in the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s latest statistic release, which highlighted a significant year for the state’s mining sector. Read more…

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