Top five mining stories last week

The Blina project at the Ellendale mine in 2007. Image: Gibb River Diamonds. Copyright: Robert Frith

Stay on top of the most popular stories on Australian Mining over the past week, including the future of Australian diamond miner Gibb River Diamonds.

Could diamonds be everyone’s best friend?

Gibb River Diamonds is on the verge of becoming a diamond producer in Australia with major ambitions. This is unsurprising to many, as its fancy yellow diamonds are gems that no other Australian miner can produce.

Diamond mining has held a unique charm since its earliest days of activity in the fourth century Before Christ. As a commodity that is limited in supply compared with other minerals, the rarity of diamonds is reflected in Australia too, where the number of mines can be counted with mere fingers. Read more…

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National Plant sends Cat 994K to work at Rio Tinto’s Marandoo mine

National Plant and Equipment has delivered Australia’s first rental Cat 994K wheel loader to Rio Tinto’s Marandoo mine in Western Australia.

For over 25 years, the 994K has remained the top customer choice in its size class and is the largest wheel loader manufactured by Caterpillar. Read more…

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BHP expedites hiring plans, appoints new board members

BHP has allocated six-month contracts to around 1100 of the 1500 people that were targeted for recruitment through the company’s contractor partners.

These include employees from Virgin, Qantas and Monadelphous who found themselves out of work. Read more…

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Nathan River iron ore mine to create 250 jobs in NT

Nathan River Resources has received further approval to move the Nathan River iron ore project in the Roper Gulf region of the Northern Territory into the next stage of development.

The British Marine Group-owned company took over the former Western Desert Resources Roper Bar mine in 2017 after its previous owner went into liquidation. Read more…

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Anglo American suspends Grosvenor mine

Anglo American has halted operations at the Grosvenor coal mine in central Queensland after an accident that injured five people.

The mine has been evacuated as Anglo American works with the authorities to ensure it is safe to return underground and commence an investigation into the explosion. Read more…

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