Top five mining stories last week

Goonyella Riverside mine manager Sean Milfull. Image: BMA

Stay on top of the most popular stories on Australian Mining over the past week, including BHP’s plan to introduce autonomous haulage at an east coast coal operation for the first time.

BHP to roll out autonomous trucks at QLD coal mine

BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) plans to introduce autonomous haulage at the Goonyella Riverside coal mine in Queensland next year without any forced redundancies.

This conversion is expected to increase truck hours and deliver more consistent cycle times. It could also reduce exposure to safety risks and decrease significant events. Read more…

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Pilbara Minerals restarts Pilgangoora after police investigation

Pilbara Minerals has resumed operations following a serious incident at the Pilgangoora lithium-tantalum project in Western Australia.

The company reported last night that it expected to reach full production rates at the site in the next 24 to 48 hours. Read more…

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Homicide squad investigates incident at Pilbara Minerals site

Pilbara Minerals has advised that a fatality has occurred as a result of an incident unrelated to mining operations at its Pilgangoora lithium-tantalum operation in Western Australia.

The incident occurred between personnel at the site and as a result, the homicide squad of the Western Australian Police Force travelled from Perth to aid local police and detectives with the investigation. Read more… 

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Rio Tinto launches Australian-first automation qualification

Rio Tinto, the Western Australian Government and South Metropolitan TAFE have partnered to launch an Australian-first qualification in automation, the Certificate IV in Autonomous Control and Remote Operations.

The course, which follows the accreditation of the Certificate II in Autonomous Workplace Operations earlier this year, has been approved by the Western Australian training accreditation council, and is the highest-level accredited automation course to date. Read more…

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Albemarle backs lithium recharge to take 18 months

American lithium producer Albemarle Corp has warned that the challenging market conditions for the commodity could last another 18 months.

The company last week announced it would suspend the Wodgina lithium joint venture with Mineral Resources in Western Australia until market conditions support production. Read more…

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