Top five mining stories last week

The Cat R2900 loader offers Caterpillar’s ventilation reduction system as an alternative. Image: Hastings Deering

Stay on top of the most popular stories on Australian Mining over the past week, including the launch of the Cat R2900 loader.

Cat R2900 loader launch turns heads

Hastings Deering is delivering the productivity, green and safety needs of its mining company partners with the release of the Cat R2900 underground loader.

There are growing calls for mining companies to improve how they tell the stories of their achievements to make the industry more sustainable. Read more…


BHP claims world’s largest electronic blasting title

BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) has broken the world record for an electronic blast at the Caval Ridge coal mine in Queensland.

Using Dyno Nobel’s Digishot technology, the blast saw 4.7 million metres of overburden shifted in a blast fired with 2194 tonnes of bulk explosives across 3899 holes. Read more…


Roy Hill chooses Epiroc to automate haul trucks

Roy Hill has signed a contract with Epiroc to automate the Western Australian iron ore miner’s mixed fleet of 77 Hitachi and Cat haul trucks.

Epiroc, in partnership with automation specialist ASI Mining, will deliver an interoperable solution with the ability to expand to other mining vehicle types and manufacturers. Read more…


Gladstone welcomes $200m alumina plant

Mineral development company Alpha HPA plans to build a $200 million high purity alumina (HPA) industrial plant in Gladstone, Queensland.

The plant will occupy a 9.2 hectare site in the Gladstone state development area which is owned by the state government. Read more…


Caterpillar launches trolley assist system

Caterpillar has released a lower emission, fuel and energy cost trolley assist system for Cat electric drive mining trucks.

The Cat trolley assist retrofit kit is available for the 795F AC truck and the trolley design is compatible with three of Cat’s other electric drive mining trucks, the 794 AC, 796 AC and 798 AC. Read more…


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