Top five mining stories last week

One of Pindan's past construction projects for Rio Tinto is the Yandi camp. Image: Pindan.

Stay on top of the most popular stories on Australian Mining over the past week, including the latest contract Rio Tinto has awarded for the development of the Koodaideri iron ore project in Western Australia.

Rio Tinto awards Pindan $90m construction contract

Rio Tinto has contracted integrated property and construction group Pindan to construct an operations village for its Koodaideri iron ore project in the Pilbara.

Koodaideri, which is in Western Australia’s Pilbara region, will be Rio Tinto’s most technologically advanced mine and will have a capacity of 43 million tonnes of iron ore annually. Read more…

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Fortescue makes move at Iron Bridge with MACA contract

Fortescue Metals Group and joint venture partner Formosa Steel IB have awarded a contract to MACA for the Iron Bridge magnetite project in Western Australia.

This contract entails bulk earthworks for access roads and infrastructure, which is expected to generate $26 million of revenue for MACA. Read more…

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BHP hits halfway mark of South Flank construction

BHP chief executive Andrew Mackenzie has declared the South Flank iron ore project in the Pilbara, Western Australia 50 per cent complete.

The multi-billion dollar project is on track for initial production in 2021, replacing production from the 80 million tonne a year Yandi mine near Newman. Read more…

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Newcrest Mining approves Cadia stage one expansion

Newcrest Mining is on track to increase the Cadia Valley mine’s processing capacity to 33 million tonnes a year.

The company’s board has approved its stage one expansion, which includes starting the next cave development and improving recovery rates. Read more…

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BHP blasts towards wireless mining with Orica tech

BHP Mitsui Coal has taken the title of completing the world’s largest wireless blast at the Poitrel coal mine using Orica WebGen technology.

The company’s third trial blast with the technology at the Queensland mine saw 1.3 million cubic metres of overburden shifted in a strata blast, fired with 1920 WebGen 100 units across 534 holes. Read more…

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