Top five mining stories last week

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Stay on top of the most read articles on the Australian Mining website over the past week, including the successful trial of an innovative haul truck.

Bis-designed Rexx goes the distance at Granny Smith

A “game-changing” haul truck designed and built by Bis has conquered another trial at Gold Fields’ Granny Smith mine in Western Australia.

The dual powered 20-wheel dump truck labelled Rexx, has helped shift thousands of tonnes of waste material out of the Wallaby pit to a stockpile 15 kilometres away. Read more…

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Rio Tinto invests in Australia’s autonomous future

Rio Tinto has introduced Australia’s first nationally recognised qualifications in automation to provide workers with skills in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) industry.

The new certificate courses are the result of a collaboration between Western Australia’s resources sector including Rio Tinto, South Metropolitan TAFE and the Western Australian Government. Read more…

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Iron ore prices break another five-year record

Iron ore prices have reached a five-year high, breaking through the $US110 ($159.2) mark as the industry continues to respond to supply disruptions from Brazil.

The price of the steel-making commodity has now risen nearly 50 per cent since January and over eight per cent in this month alone. Read more…

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Macmahon takes step to resolve dispute with Newcrest

Macmahon and Newcrest Mining have stepped into good faith negotiations over the Telfer project in Western Australia, which could lead to litigation if unsuccessful.

The contractor is seeking an amendment to the contract rates following changes in Telfer’s mine plan and works program. Read more…

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Fortescue bolsters South Australian presence

Fortescue Metals Group has enlarged its foothold in South Australia by embarking on two joint venture (JV) agreements in copper and gold through its subsidiary FMG Resources.

FMG secured its farm-in and JV agreement with Tasman Resources over the Vulcan iron oxide-copper-gold-uranium (IOCGU) prospect, around 30 kilometres north of BHP’s Olympic Dam mine. Read more…

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