Top five mining stories last week

Stay on top of the most read articles on the Australian Mining website over the past week, including the rise of mining salaries around the country.

WA mining salaries move higher than during boom

BDO Australia has reported that wages for some professions in the mining sector are rising above the levels seen in the last boom, particularly in Western Australia.

The company analysed the wages of 35,000 mineworkers and found at least a dozen jobs that were now commanding median wages higher than during the previous mining boom, which is generally considered to have lasted from around 2003 to 2013. Read more…

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Rio Tinto hit by cost blowout at Oyu Tolgoi

Rio Tinto’s development costs for the Oyu Tolgoi underground mine in Mongolia have potentially risen by more than a third on its previous expectation.

The company revealed that preliminary estimates for the copper-gold-silver project’s capital spend now range from $6.5 to $7.2 billion, an increase of roughly 22 to 36 per cent on the $5.3 billion it had forecast. Read more…

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BHP introduces truck maintenance technology at Daunia

BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) has developed a system for truck maintenance at the Daunia coal mine in Queensland that reduces the average downtime for a regular service from two hours to just 40 minutes.

The system potentially saves 10 hours of extra work each week for the Daunia fleet with the reduction of one hour and 20 minutes for each truck over a fortnight. Read more…

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BHP considers LNG ships for iron ore exports

BHP wants to introduce LNG-fuelled iron ore vessels, which could transport up to 10 per cent of its product in the coming years.

The mining giant is considering LNG as a way to eliminate nitrogen oxide and sulphur oxide emissions by launching the world’s first tender for the ships. Read more…

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Which mining skills are in demand around Australia?

Recruitment specialist Hays has revealed the skills that are in demand across Australia’s resources sector heading into the second half of the year.

The skills hotspots are emerging particularly across the engineering, trades and labour, human resources and office support job disciplines. Read more…

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