Top five mining stories last week

Image: Rio Tinto.

Stay on top of the most read articles on the Australian Mining website over the past week, including the official launch of an autonomous project in the Pilbara.

Rio Tinto deploys ‘world’s biggest robot’ in Pilbara

Rio Tinto has launched its landmark AutoHaul project in the Pilbara, marking the world’s first automated heavy-haul long distance rail network.

The launch of the project is the culmination of $US940 million ($1.37 billion) worth of investment over the space of more than 10 years. Read more…

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Australian gold price breaks $2000 as global uncertainty escalates

The Australian gold price has continued to surge this week, breaking the $2000 an ounce mark for the first time amid global uncertainty.

Gold prices on Thursday afternoon peaked at $2013 per ounce, with Australian listed mining companies benefiting from the commodities rise. Read more…

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CSIRO cyanide-free gold recovery technology goes live

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is taking its Going for Gold recovery technology out of the trial phase and into the real-world market.

Cyanide leaching is the most popular gold leaching reagent in many countries, but CSIRO’s method — which took 20 years of research and around $10 million in investment — proposes a non-toxic alternative. Read more…

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BHP unlocks Olympic Dam potential with heap leach trial

BHP has completed a heap leach development trial it says confirms the technology’s viability to extract copper, uranium, gold and silver at the Olympic Dam mine in South Australia.

The company produced 19 tonnes of ‘good quality’ copper during the trial, most of which went back into the smelter and off to customers, though the company “kept a little to ourselves to commemorate the achievement.” Read more…

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Adani starts construction at Carmichael project

Adani has officially launched construction at its Carmichael coal and rail project in the Galilee Basin after receiving approval from the Queensland Government last week.

The company yesterday it had around 60 workers onsite who were surveying and clearing for access onto the mine site. Read more…

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