Top five mining stories last week

Richards Bay Minerals operation. Image: Rio Tinto.

Stay on top of the most popular stories on Australian Mining over the past week, including a security concern that has slowed operations for Rio Tinto in South Africa.

Rio Tinto cuts Richards Bay output after security incident

Rio Tinto will curtail operations at the Richards Bay Minerals mine in South Africa following a security incident.

The company reported that violence has escalated in the communities surrounding the mineral sands operation, resulting in one Richards Bay worker being shot and seriously injured. Read more…

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Primero wins major Koodaideri contract

Rio Tinto has awarded a $115 million contract to Primero for its Koodaideri iron ore mine in the Pilbara, Western Australia.

The contract entails the design, fabrication, supply, construction, installation and testing and commissioning of the mine infrastructure area and associated facilities. Read more…

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BHP on track to deliver first ore from South Flank

BHP has reached its halfway point at its South Flank project in the Pilbara, Western Australia, with thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions getting ready to construct the rail mounted stackers and reclaimer.

The two fully autonomous stackers and reclaimer will be the largest of their kind in the world, each with a capacity of 20,000 tonnes per hour. Read more…

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Rio Tinto pulls trigger on $US1.5bn Kennecott investment

Rio Tinto has approved a $US1.5 billion ($2.2 billion) investment to continue production at the Kennecott copper operation in the United States.

The investment, which will extend operations at Kennecott to 2032, will extend strip waste rock mining and support infrastructure development in the second phase of the South Wall Pushbank project. It will allow mining to continue into a new area of the ore body. Read more…

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Newmont to optimise Tanami, Super Pit for prolonged growth

Newmont Goldcorp expects its Australian operations to contribute 1.5 million ounces to the company’s overall gold production next year.

The company’s output in Australia is forecast to rise to 1.7 million ounces in 2021 and then 1.8 million ounces the following year as the company optimises the Tanami, Boddington and Super Pit operations. Read more…

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