Fenix Resources is due to commence a combined infill and geotechnical diamond drill program at its iron ridge project in midwest Western Australia.
Epiroc has introduced the fifth generation of the Rig Control System (RCS) for Pit Viper blasthole drilling rigs, a development it considers to be the “next evolutionary step” towards fully autonomous mining.
Drilling services provider DDH1 has acquired Perth-based Ranger Drilling, adding specialised reverse circulation iron ore drilling services to the group’s capability.
Sandvik has introduced an operator training simulator to provide a compact and flexible solution to safely train teams on the DD422i, DD422iE and DT922i drill rigs.
Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology has upgraded its automation package for the DD422i and DD422iE underground drilling jumbos, enabling 24/7 drilling and boosting a mine’s overall operational productivity.
BHP’s introduction of autonomous equipment at the $4.5 billion South Flank iron ore project in the Pilbara is under way.
Mineral exploration is trending up, with a 3.6 per cent quarterly growth to $561.4 million in the September quarter according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
Due to having a team of engineers located throughout the world working closely with in-house drilling teams, Boart Longyear is able to develop products and put them through rigorous testing in both the lab and the field.
Kalamazoo Resources is selling its Snake Well gold project in the Murchison region of Western Australia to Adaman Resources for $7 million.
Caterpillar has released tricone drill bits that are suitable for severe rotary blasthole applications, with lowered cost of drilling proven in copper, iron ore and coal mines.
Caterpillar has introduced the MD6200 Rotary Blasthole Drill. It is the smallest drill of its type that the company has produced.
SRG Global has secured a $20 million contract with Downer for drilling works at BHP Mitsubishi Alliance’s (BMA) Blackwater coal mine in Queensland.
The Groote Eylandt Mining Company (GEMCO), a joint venture between South32 and Anglo American, has awarded a three-year drilling contract at the Groote Eylandt manganese mine to Boart Longyear.
Australian Vanadium has been granted a licence for a new tenement south of the Gabanintha vanadium resource in Western Australia.
Australian Mines have scheduled four diamond drill holes to test the Arunta West iron oxide copper gold (IOCG) ore deposits at its copper-gold operation in Western Australia.
Artemis Resources is undertaking a major new base metal drilling programme at its Carlow Castle cobalt-gold-copper project in the Pilbara.
Mining equipment and technology provider IMDEX has obtained an exclusive option for the acquisition of New Zealand-based drilling tech company Flexidrill and its patent-protected technologies, which include the CoreVIBE and MagHAMMER.
The Western Australian Government has announced that 44 projects will benefit from its Exploration Incentive Scheme (EIS) co-funded drilling program.
Atlas Copco has announced its acquisition of major US drill supplier and operator Cate Drilling Solutions. The drilling company, based in Salt Lake City, Utah and currently supplying drills for operations in Utah, Idaho, Nevada and Wyoming, was acquired for a sum not thought to be materially significant to divulge.
Western Australian drilling company DDH1 has received investment from Oaktree Capital Management, enabling the company to expand its capacity and capabilities.