Top five mining stories last week


The Savannah nickel mine. Image: Barminco

Stay on top of the most popular stories on Australian Mining over the past week, including Panoramic suspending operations at the Savannah nickel mine in Western Australia due to the coronavirus’ impact on operations.

Panoramic suspends Savannah nickel operations

Panoramic Resources has suspended the Savannah nickel mine in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia due to the coronavirus’ ongoing impact to operations.

The temporary suspension has affected multiple aspects of Savannah’s operations including transportation, availability and cost of personnel and equipment and supplies. Read more…


BMA employee ceases work before testing positive for coronavirus

A BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) worker at the Blackwater mine in central Queensland has tested positive for coronavirus.

Although BMA received the report last Friday (April 10), the worker has not been on site since April 1. Read more…

BMA has since provided an update regarding this employee, which can be read on Australian Mining.


Iluka withdraws guidance, BHP demerger on hold

Iluka Resources has withdrawn its 2020 guidance amid the uncertainty over the impact and duration of the coronavirus pandemic on global demand and its markets.

With potential further impacts on production as the coronavirus pandemic continues to create uncertainty, the company decided to withdraw its guidance for the 2020 financial year. Read more…


Rio Tinto optimistic about recovery in Chinese demand

Rio Tinto has reported strong production results in the first quarter of the 2020 calendar year, despite some of its projects being affected by coronavirus government restrictions.

During the first quarter, Rio Tinto shipped 73 million tonnes  of iron ore from its mines in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, which was five per cent higher than the first quarter of 2019. Read more…


Whitehaven strengthens workforce ahead of AHS deployment

Whitehaven Coal has commenced its operation of autonomous haulage system (AHS) at the Maules Creek mine in New South Wales.

A fleet of six EH5000 trucks and excavators were operated by the company as part of its autonomous haulage of overburden during March. Read more…

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