Top five mining stories last week

The Dawson site. Image: Anglo American.

Stay on top of the most popular stories on Australian Mining over the past week, including Anglo American’s decision to delay the introduction of autonomous trucks at an east coast coal mine.

Anglo American abandons autonomous truck plan in QLD

Anglo American has scrapped a plan to replace a portion of its truck fleet at the Dawson coal mine in Queensland with autonomous trucks.

The decision follows a feasibility study carried out at the Dawson mine which considered the option of introducing autonomous haulage systems (AHS) instead of undertaking a major overhaul of the company’s 23-strong fleet of CAT797 trucks. Read more…

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Idemitsu pledges to make Boggabri workers Gunnedah’s top paid

Idemitsu Australia Resources has proposed to make its Boggabri Coal employees the highest paid open-cut mine workers in the Gunnedah Basin in New South Wales.

The Japanese company has agreed to increase its workers’ remuneration by 2.5–3.5 per cent a year, while ensuring they receive training for a number of skills over time. Read more…

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Australian gold miners thrive off recession fears

Australian investors have flocked to gold as a safe haven commodity amid rising fears of a global recession.

It comes against the backdrop of growing tensions in the US-China trade war and the Australian dollar hitting a decade low of 66.72 US cents after the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) cut interest rates to a record low 0.75 per cent. Read more…

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Pembroke granted environmental approval for $1bn coal project

Pembroke Resources has received environmental authority (EA) for its Olive Downs coking coal project in Central Queensland.

The EA, granted by the Department of Environment and Science, authorises activities for Olive Downs’ 79-year mine life and provides the conditions, including environmental obligations, for the operation of the mine. Read more…

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Caterpillar meets changing needs with underground truck

Caterpillar has released the AD45 mining truck for underground hard rock mining, a machine that is available in configurations to meet the strictest emissions standards.

The AD45 truck, which will arrive at users’ sites in early 2020, has the same dimensional envelope as its predecessor (the AD45B) even when configured for minimal exhaust emissions. However, the new truck delivers superior speed. Read more…

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