Top five mining stories last week

Stay on top of the most read articles on the Australian Mining website over the past week, including modifications to the approval of a leading coal mine in New South Wales.

Boggabri coal mine receives project approval

The Independent Planning Commission has signed off on changes to the project approval at the Boggabri Coal site in New South Wales.

Boggabri has sought to modify five elements of the existing project approval for the operation in the state’s northwest. Read more…

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Komatsu, Cummins reach milestone with 100th delivery to Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto has received delivery of the 100th repower engine component for its Komatsu 830E and 930E haul trucks from the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and Cummins.

The Cummins QSK60 modular common-rail system (MCRS) advantage plus engines are capable of generating higher horsepower with fewer turbochargers and can also be used for Komatsu autonomous trucks. Read more…

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Victorian miners to be hit by gold royalty

The Victorian Government plans to introduce a 2.75 per cent royalty to its gold miners, in line with all other Australian states.

Only small miners are exempt from the updated royalty. In Victoria, a 2.75 per cent royalty rate already applies to all minerals other than lignite and gold. Read more…

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Caterpillar focuses on the environment with R2900 loader launch

Caterpillar has released its new R2900 underground loader, which offers expanded emission control options in response to global regulations surrounding diesel engines.

The product allows mining companies who are facing stricter regulations, particularly in Europe and North America, to choose between emission configurations. Read more…

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Rio Tinto pursues development of ‘Silicon Valley of mining’

Rio Tinto has backed the Western Australian Government’s launch of its first ever five-pillar approach to enhancing science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) capabilities throughout the state.

The $3.3 million strategy was an election commitment for the McGowan Government in addressing the ‘current lack of diversity’ in STEM education and careers. The STEM strategy was launched at Rio Tinto’s Perth operations centre. Read more…

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