Top five mining stories last week

Stay on top of the most popular stories on Australian Mining over the past week, including Fortescue Metals Group’s hunt for an expansion opportunity in Africa.

Fortescue in race for massive West African iron ore project

Fortescue Metals Group has submitted a bid to be the developer of Blocks 1 and 2 of the giant Simandou iron ore project in Guinea, West Africa.

The Simandou project is one of the world’s largest untapped high-grade iron ore sites, with more than two billion tonnes of resources. Read more…

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Rix’s Creek coal approval reversed in ‘embarrassing’ blunder 

The New South Wales Independent Planning Commission (IPC) has approved an extension of Rix’s Creek South Coal Mine after a six-year long process, only to reverse the decision hours later.

An approval of the expansion would have extended operations at the Bloomfield Group mine near Singleton until 2040. Read more…

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Gruyere gold mine reaches commercial production

Gold Road Resources and Gold Fields have achieved commercial production at the Gruyere gold mine in Western Australia.

The joint venture reached the milestone slightly ahead of guidance, midway through the anticipated ramp-up period of six to seven months. Read more…

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BHP veteran spells out mining’s social challenges

Social and environmental issues have become one of the mining industry’s most pressing challenges right now.

While mining companies consistently work to retain their social licence, BHP Billiton’s former head of institutional and government relations Osvaldo Urzúa boldly suggests the issue isn’t only reserved for miners. Read more…

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BHP changes business approach to drive social value

BHP chief external affairs officer Geoff Healy has reinforced the company’s role in transitioning from maintaining a social licence to creating social value.

“For us, it is – plain and simple – good business. We are part of a society that expects more of us. We recognise that our success depends on our ability to earn their trust and confidence,” Healy, speaking at an investor and analyst briefing in London, said. Read more…

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