Heron Resources has commenced the crushing and processing of its first underground ore from the high-grade G2 lens at the Woodlawn project in New South Wales.
Managing tailings storage from mines has come a long way, especially during the past decade. Inmarsat’s tailings dam monitoring solution is at the forefront of this new way of management.
Autonomous equipment has emerged in some areas of mining, but minerals processing remains a sector where uptake of the technology has been limited. That’s not to say it isn’t possible.
BHP is backing a restart of operations at the troubled Samarco Mineração iron ore joint venture (JV) with Vale in Brazil through a significant investment.
Protest and activism led to the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) in Melbourne hitting global headlines this year.
Australia’s minerals industry has committed to the safe and responsible management of tailings storage facilities through the release of the Australian Mining Tailings Communique.
Vale has advised relatives of the victims who suffered from the B1 dam breach at the Córrego do Feijão mine in Brumadinho that they can now register to receive compensation.
Weir Minerals has extended its scope of service to the entire tailings process, from dewatering, transport and disposal to the conversion of tailings into a resource.
The mining industry has responded to demand by investors to increase the disclosure of information regarding tailings storage facilities (TSFs).
BHP has established a new ‘tailings taskforce’ as part of its increased focus on the risk management of tailings in the wake of the Brumadinho disaster.
New Century Resources has reiterated the potential for an expansion project at the Century zinc mine in Queensland after achieving a strong March quarter.
Technology company GreenGold has won a contract to design and install its ReCyn technology at PT Agincourt Resources’ Martabe gold project in Northern Sumatra, Indonesia.
The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) will develop an international standard for tailings facilities for its member companies, of which include BHP and Vale.
The Malaysian Government has set Lynas licence renewal conditions related to waste removal at its Lynas Advanced Material Plant (LAMP) near Kuantan, Malaysia.
Cyanide is firmly established in the gold mining industry as the overwhelming choice of solvent for gold and silver recovery from ores. Several niche applications for alternative reagents have been proposed, but it’s unlikely the superiority of cyanide will be seriously challenged for some time.
It is no secret that mining produces waste that can be damaging to the environment, but with advances in technology and knowledge, the ability to reduce the environmental impacts of mine tailings improves.
New Century Resources has started flotation and production of zinc concentrate at the Century mine processing plant in Queensland.
Hellyer Gold Mines is set to add life to the Hellyer operation in Tasmania by reprocessing tailings from previous operations.
Businessman Clive Palmer claims that tailings owned by his companies in Queensland contain cobalt worth $6 billion.
Newcrest has started the deposition of tailings at the old Cadia Hill open pit following the completion of crucial pipeline infrastructure.