Mining giant Vale has announced a five year, $2.5 million partnership with the University of Queensland.
The partnership will see the development of new geosciences research, education and training programs.
Vale’s global coal managing director Decio Amaral said “this five year partnership has reinforced Vale’s commitment to expanding its operations in Australia, the organic growth of its three existing mines, and the opening of new mines.
“This investment in training and education will enable us to start developing our existing – and future employees – now.”
He went on to say that the partnership will deliver direct benefits to its coal operations at Carborough Downs and Integra in the Hunter Valley.
The research programs are also an important part of the new joint venture.
“As part of this partnership, five new research projects will be initiated to focus on existing, specific areas of improvement indentified within Vale’s mines,” he said.
These five projects are the origins of spatial variability in coal seam gas and drainage behaviour; geological controls on phosphorus, sulphur and alkali occurrence – implications for beneficiation; depositional and structural controls on ground conditions and coal quality; the optimisation of seismic reflection technologies for structural and geological characterization; and finally tectonic influence on location and styles of sediment accumulation in the Karro coal measures of Mozmabique.
Amaral said that “the outcomes of this research are expected to result in significant advancement in coal mining techniques in Australia and the world.”