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Australian miners embracing automation in quest for improved safety, efficiency

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd November 2018 While the phrase ‘automation’ might evoke visions of a Schwarzenegger-esque future in which machines rise up to take over the world, it has come to have a distinctly different connotation in Australia. From drones being used to safely map, survey and explore mining operations to autonomous trains... 

Balking miners jeopardise $2.8bn Mozambican coal rail

By: Bloomberg     5th October 2018 A plan to develop a $2.8-billion railway and port to ferry coal in Mozambique may collapse because miners are balking, according to the man trying to build it. Failing to get the project off the ground would deprive the southern African country of a source of revenue it’s come to rely on as it... 

Australia resources exports heading for record; country takes lithium crown

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd October 2018 Australia’s resources and energy exports are forecast to hit a record high of A$252-billion in 2018/19, helped along by a decline in the Australian dollar over the past quarter. In its newest Resources and Energy Quarterly, the Office of the Chief Economist notes that the new outlook had been... 

Orocobre appoints new leadership

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st October 2018 ASX- and TSX-listed Orocobre has appointed Martin Perez de Solay as its new CEO and MD, following a global search by a recruitment specialist. De Solay will commence in the roles following the company’s annual general meeting, and a transition period with current MD and CEO Richard Seville. 

SolGold CEO: High grades deliver independence

By: Mariaan Webb     28th September 2018 High copper and gold grades of the Alpala deposit are providing dual-listed SolGold with a level of independence in the development of the larger Cascabel project, in Ecuador, CEO Nicholas Mather said on Friday. Responding to critics saying that Brisbane-based SolGold is too small to fund a... 

Metallica and Melior merger creates diversified Qld mining firm

By: Mariaan Webb     13th September 2018 Brisbane-based resources firms Metallica Minerals and Melior Resources on Thursday announced a binding merger agreement, creating a diversified Queensland mining company with near-term production potential and a pipeline of future growth opportunities. The merger will combine mineral sands and... 

Lydian Armenia Invests in Immersive Technologies’ Simulators to Rapidly and Safely Train Operators

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd August 2018 In an effort to train and develop a local workforce for a greenfield operation Lydian Armenia invested in simulators with Professional Services from Immersive Technologies. The new mine has a 4km downhill loaded haul with up to 10 percent grade, creating additional need for operators to be... 

Matt Mullins

By: Martin Creamer     27th July 2018 This week Mining Weekly features Matt Mullins, the director of Tecoma Strategies and chairperson of the SAMCODES Standards Committee 

PNG LNG delivering economic promises - Oil Search

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th May 2018 ASX-listed Oil Search has maintained that the Papua New Guinea liquefied natural gas (PNG LNG) project has been beneficial to the region, despite reports suggesting otherwise. Social justice advocates Jubilee Australia has claimed that the PNG LNG project has caused increased violence in PNG as... 

Companies reach shaft sinking milestones

20th April 2018 Multinational mining company Turquoise Hill Resources’ Oyu Tolgoi copper/gold mine in Mongolia, has achieved significant underground development milestones with the completed sinking of two shafts this year. The Oyu Tolgoi, one of the world’s largest new copper/gold mines, is located in the South... 

Adani is said to delay Australia coal shipment, eyes deals

By: Bloomberg     29th March 2018 Indian conglomerate Adani Enterprises Ltd. will miss its original deadline to start shipping thermal coal from one of the world’s biggest planned mines due to funding difficulties, even as it eyes export deals with Asian companies. The billionaire Gautam Adani-backed company has abandoned a 2020... 

Qld resources firms spending more with local businesses, survey shows

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th March 2018 Queensland resources companies are likely to spend more on local suppliers in 2018, a survey by the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has found. The survey was conducted among 27 resource CEOs, and found that at least half of those surveyed have plans to increase their spend in 2018, with no... 

Qld grants exploration rights between Middlemount and Blackwater

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd March 2018 The Queensland state government has awarded Metroof Minerals and Sojitz Coal exploration rights to a total of about 13 100 ha between Middlemount and Blackwater, to explore for coal. Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said on Thursday that awarding the tenders was another positive result from the... 

Platina brings Owendale closer to production with DFS contract award

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st March 2018 Brisbane-based Ausenco Services has been appointed as the engineering contractor to assist ASX-listed Platinum Resources to complete a definitive feasibility study (DFS) for the Owendale scandium/cobalt and nickel project, in New South Wales. The DFS will bring together the information that the... 

The EV future is here and already boosting earnings for miners

By: Bloomberg     23rd February 2018 The booming electric vehicle revolution is flowing through to the bottom line of a growing list of global miners, who are reaping higher profits from rising demand for battery raw materials. Orocobre reported Friday that net income rose 11% in the December half and forecast lithium prices to... 

Successfully delivering results 15 years after commissioning

25th January 2018 For 25 years, Immersive Technologies has been working with mining companies across the globe to achieve Real Results in operator safety and productivity – these partnerships have for many years driven quantifiable operational improvement. Successfully achieving these results means consistently... 

Virtual Reality Training, WorksiteVR Quest: A Leap Forward in Personnel Induction at Rio Tinto’s Oyu Tolgoi Mine.

25th January 2018 Immersive Technologies developed a series of WorksiteVR Quest www.immersivetechnologies.com virtual reality scenarios designed to facilitate a blended learning model in conjunction with eLearning and practical activities. Mine site inductions are necessary however often dry, boring, and... 

Diamonds body calls for ‘productive dialogue’ on Kimberley Process reform

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th December 2017 The World Diamond Council (WDC) has called for an open discussion about the Kimberley Process (KP) reform, highlighting three key areas in need of reform to ensure its continued success. These include broadening the scope of the KP as the debate on the expansion of the definition of conflict... 

World Diamond Council encourages open dialogue, reform

By: Mia Breytenbach     7th December 2017 The World Diamond Council has called for an open discussion about the Kimberley Process (KP) reform at the upcoming KP plenary, which will take place in Brisbane from December 9 to 14. As the voice of the diamond industry, the WDC is calling for all KP participants to join together in a... 

BHP, Goldman hunt for energy fix amid remote banana plantations

By: Bloomberg     27th November 2017 The world’s biggest miner and Wall Street’s top-ranked merger firm are among the high-profile backers of a remote solar project nestled among banana crops in Australia’s far tropical northeast. For BHP Billiton, it’s a chance to unlock renewable technology for the global mining sector. As... 

SolGold rises on sanguine Cascabel exploration results

By: Henry Lazenby     25th November 2017 Brisbane, Australia-based, dual LSE- and TSX‐listed explorer SolGold has announced positive exploration results at its flagship Cascabel copper/gold project, in Ecuador. Following the arrival of two track-mounted rigs, with a further two having arrived in country, the drill fleet has increased to... 

Great Barrier Reef pitched against coal jobs in Queensland vote

By: Bloomberg     21st November 2017 The fate of Adani Group’s A$16.5-billion Australian coal mine hinges on weekend elections in Queensland state, as voters weigh the promise of new jobs against a potential environmental threat to the Great Barrier Reef. The Labor government has vowed to reject A$900-million in federal funding for... 

Mining contributes A$55bn to Qld economy in 2016/17

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st November 2017 The resources sector continues to drive employment and investment in Queensland, having contributed A$55.1-billion to the state’s economy in 2016/17 and supported the equivalent of 282 633 full-time jobs. This is according to the Queensland Resources Council’s (QRC’s) eighth yearly economic... 

QRC urges Queenslanders to think of investment at Nov 25 polls

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st November 2017 The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has called on the next state government to support the sector, allowing for more investment in the region. Queenslanders are voting on a new government on November 25. 

China's fossil-fuel phase-out fails to alarm big oil investors

By: Bloomberg     11th September 2017 In the first day of trading after China said it’s working on a deadline to end sales of fossil-fuel-powered vehicles, shares are holding ground in the oil companies that stand to lose out. The listed units of China’s big three oil companies – PetroChina, Cnooc and China Petroleum & Chemical –... 

Lithium Australia makes play for battery company

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st August 2017 ASX-listed Lithium Australia has announced plans to acquire Brisbane-based battery cathode developer Very Small Particle Company (VSPC). Lithium Australia told shareholders on Thursday that its acquisition of VSPC would augment the company’s own advanced processing technologies around lithium... 

Supplying lithium gets trickier as electric revolution looms 

By: Bloomberg     22nd August 2017 Hidden within the salt flats high in the Andes mountains of South America are vast deposits of the lithium that Elon Musk may need for his electric-car revolution. But extracting the mineral from brine ponds created by Orocobre has proved more difficult than expected. Bad weather and pump... 

Queensland’s ‘game changer’ exploration grant welcomed

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th August 2017 The Queensland government has opened its coffers for explorers looking for mineral discoveries in the North West region of the state. Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said on Monday that explorers wanting to work in the North West minerals province had until September 29 to... 

Elon Musk exposes deep coal divide in energy-hit Australia

By: Bloomberg     14th July 2017 Elon Musk’s intervention in Australia’s energy crisis is widening a divide over the future of coal. The billionaire Tesla Inc. founder, who has promised to help solve an Australian state’s clean energy obstacles, sees no place for the fossil fuel. That conflicts with the national government’s... 

Platina delivers positive PFS for Owendale project

By: Mariaan Webb     10th July 2017 Project developer Platina on Monday announced the results of the prefeasibility study (PFS) for its Owendale project, in New South Wales, which identified “robust” scandium/cobalt/nickel project economics. Completed by Brisbane-based Prudentia Process Consulting, the PFS estimates a capital cost... 

Improving safety at Savage River with RCT’s Smart Technology

4th July 2017 Grange Resources’ Savage River mine in Tasmania, Australia saw the opportunity to further safeguard its operators on site by equipping its mobile equipment with remote controls. Implementing remote control technology has allowed Savage River’s operators to control machines from a safe location,... 

Transformational deal as Newcrest puts a further $40m into SolGold at significant premium

By: Henry Lazenby     16th June 2017 Ecuador-focused explorer SolGold has announced the placement of $41-million worth of new shares at 41p apiece – a significant premium to the company’s Aim-listed price on Friday morning – with Australian major Newcrest Mining investing another $40-million into the junior, and a further... 

Dartbrook sale completed – Anglo American

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th May 2017 Diversified miner Anglo American has completed the sale of its 83.33% interest in the Dartbrook coal mine, in New South Wales to ASX-listed Australian Pacific Coal (APC). The two companies at the end of 2015 agreed to the A$50-million transaction, which included an upfront cash payment of... 

Orocobre balance sheet bolstered

By: Henry Lazenby     19th May 2017 ASX- and TSX-listed Orocobre has received a welcome financial boost in the form of a value added tax (VAT) refund and by the release of further cash security deposits in Australia, which back subsidiary Sales de Jujuy’s (SDJ's) Argentine working capital facility. The Brisbane, Australia-based... 

Miners regain mojo to spark $18bn in exploration hunt

By: Bloomberg     24th March 2017 A rebound in exploration by global miners could see spending hit $18-billion by 2025 with China the front runner in the search for a new generation of giant discoveries. Exploration budgets are rising after they plunged to an 11-year low of about $10-billion last year as mining companies slashed... 

Aus company grows share in DRC project

2nd December 2016 ASX-listed minerals company Regal Resources has entered into an unconditional agreement with joint venture partner, Democratic Republic of Congo- (DRC-) registered La Generale Industrielle et Commerciale au Congo (GICC), to acquire from it additional shares in Kalongwe copper project’s holding... 

Toolbox to guide mine closure, rehabilitation

By: Victor Moolman     11th November 2016 The rehabilitation toolbox for the closure and rehabilitation of mining operations being developed by engineering and infrastructure advisory services company Aurecon aims to enable a mine’s management to plan effectively for and mitigate the environmental and community impact of a shuttered... 

Ecuador says BHP, billionaire Rinehart seek to join metals chase

By: Bloomberg     8th November 2016 BHP Billiton, the world’s largest miner, and billionaire Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting, are among commodity producers to have held talks over a potential entry into mining and exploration projects in Ecuador, according to the nation’s government. Both producers had discussions with... 

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