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Australia remains competitive in drillhole technology use

By: Donald Makhafola     10th August 2018 Australia is often regarded as the battleground for new technologies, and is well recognised as an early adopter, says Australia-based supplier of drill-hole navigation and measurement equipment Axis Mining Technology director Paul Wilkie. “Following the post-boom gloom, we are now seeing... 

Australian gold exploration progressing

By: Donald Makhafola     10th August 2018 Exploration and development company West Wits Mining’s (WWI’s) Australian projects, which show similarity to South Africa’s Witwatersrand (Wits) gold deposits, plans to leverage its geology team’s experience of South Africa’s Wits basin to rapidly understand the geology of its two Pilbara assets... 

Australian gold exploration progressing
SMALL-SCALE MINING West Wits Mining is expecting to start its mining operations at the Tambina project before the end of this year

Australian rare earths producer starts production

10th August 2018 The commissioning process of Australian heavy rare earths producer Northern Minerals’ Browns Range rare earths project is progressing well, with various parts of the pilot process plant, in both the beneficiation plant and the hydrometallurgical plant, having been commissioned as part of the... 

Australian rare  earths producer  starts production
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RARE EARTH Northern Minerals reports that about 1 000 t of ore has been crushed and first ore has been processed through the beneficiation plant

Explorer pursues manganese opportunities

10th August 2018 Perth-based explorer Bryah Resources is looking towards mining manganese in Western Australia, as it assesses development opportunities at the Horseshoe South manganese mine. The company has locked in an exclusive one-year option to purchase the mining lease covering the historical Horseshoe... 

Explorer pursues manganese opportunities
EXPLORATION INTEREST Bryah Resources MD Neil Marston at Horseshoe South mine near Meekatharra in Western Australia

Feasibility study supports nickel project restart

10th August 2018 Nickel sulphide development company Poseidon Nickel has completed the feasibility study for its Black Swan nickel operations located about 600 km east of Perth and 50 km northeast of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia which confirms that the operations can be brought back into operation. The... 

Feasibility study supports  nickel project restart
OPTIMISTIC Poseidon believes that the positive market outlook for nickel will improve and Black Swan mine will offer attractive returns

Hydraulic trash pumps suitable for mining conditions

By: Donald Makhafola     10th August 2018 Australian pump specialist Aussie Pump Industries has noted a significant increase in the use of hydraulic drive trash pumps, which eliminates the use of internal combustion engines, says Australian pump specialist Aussie Pumps Industries chief engineer John Hales. “Our trash pumps can be adapted... 

Hydraulic trash pumps suitable for mining conditions
JOHN HALES Our trash pumps can be adapted for hydraulic drive, making them suitable for handling solids

Increased exploration spend boosts services demand

By: Donald Makhafola     10th August 2018 Mining activities and the number of exploration projects in Australia have been steadily increasing since 2017, and this has, subsequently, resulted in an increased demand for South African airborne geophysics technology provider Spectrem Air’s services, says Spectrem Air GM Louis Polomé.... 

Increased exploration spend boosts  services demand
INTERNATIONAL ATTENTION Spectrem Air is focused on international projects, especially in Australia, where exploration spend is steadily increasing

Miner pours first gold, progresses exploration

10th August 2018 Australian junior Mincor Resources’ wholly-owned Widgiemooltha gold project, in Western Australia, has poured first gold. Mincor holds nickel and gold assets with estimated mineral resources and ore reserves for each commodity, in the Kambalda district of Western Australia, which is a major... 

Miner pours first gold, progresses exploration
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GO FOR GOLD Mincor Resources pours first gold at its Widgiemooltha gold project in Western Australia

Greenfield exploration essential to Australia

By: Donald Makhafola     10th August 2018 Greenfield exploration expenditure in Australia has declined in absolute terms and as a share of total exploration expenditure over the past decade; this must be reversed to attract greater mining investment and continue receiving the economic benefits derived from mining, says association for... 

Greenfield exploration essential to Australia
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MINING LIMITATION Australia's mining sector is constrained by over-regulation, red tape and duplicated environmental laws across most jurisdictions

Mining should bolster environmental, social sustainability

By: Donald Makhafola     10th August 2018 The Australian mining industry’s challenges pertain to environmentally sustainable practices, rather than community sustainability, which is the case in the African mining industry, says global engineering consulting firm Aurecon Brisbane technical director Andrew Keith. “However, in places such... 

Mining should bolster environmental,  social sustainability
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COOPERATION CONSCIOUSNESS Many mining companies now recognise the benefits of proactive early engagement with their affected communities

Exploration under way at Orion Minerals’ Northern Cape prospecting licences

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th May 2018 Exploration and development company Orion Minerals has started fieldwork in the Areachap Belt, in the Northern Cape.  

Resource exports boost mining equipment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th August 2017 The mining industry is Australia’s prime driver of export growth, says pumps and pressure cleaners manufacturer Australian Pump Industries, commonly known as Aussie Pumps.  

Resource exports boost mining equipment
FOCUSED SOLUTIONS Aussie Pumps caters to Australia’s tough occupational health and safety rules, and site culture that is aimed at preventing injury to mineworkers

Lithium demand can be promising for Australia

11th August 2017 Rising demand for renewable energy and electric vehicles is driving significant research and development, and strong growth in battery production around the world. Commodities used to make batteries — notably lithium, cobalt and graphite — will consequently be increasingly sought after in the... 

Lithium demand can be promising for Australia
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CATERING FOR DEMAND Pilbara Minerals will start construction this quarter at its Pilgangoora lithium project, in the Pilbara region, with first production expected by mid-2018

Cable management company fortifying ties with Australia

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th August 2017 South African cable management solutions company Strutfast aims to expand its operations and open an office in Perth, early next year, owing to the Western Australia capital being the recognised centre for mining operations in Australia and also hosting the head offices of many companies that own... 

Cable management company fortifying  ties with Australia
AFRICAN AID Strutfast aids Australian mining companies that are not familiar with African logistics and the myriad of business and local cultures encountered on the continent

Continued reciprocal trade between S Africa, Australia predicted

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th August 2017 Despite the current economic climate in South Africa and the global downturn in mining owing to low commodity prices, South Africa and Australia will continue to build their reciprocal trade relationship, says law firm ENSafrica.  

Continued reciprocal trade between S Africa, Australia predicted
LLOYD CHRISTIE There has been a 10% yearly average increase in trade between South Africa and Australia in the past five years

Company catches wave of renewed Aussie exploration

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th August 2017 Johannesburg-based airborne geophysics technology provider Spectrem Air will later this month explore 6 000 km2 for an Australian mining company in Western Australia using its airborne geophysics SPECTREMPlus system.  

Company catches wave of renewed Aussie exploration
HIGH FLYER Spectrem Air does continuous research and development to stay at the cutting edge of airborne geophysics technology

Tech trade between Australia, S Africa can be mutually beneficial

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th August 2017 Owing to the global mining downturn, lower commodity prices are forcing manufacturers and suppliers to expand into international markets to take advantage of more supply opportunities, a wider demand base and favourable exchange rates. 

Tech trade between Australia,  S Africa can be mutually beneficial
INTERNATIONAL PROSPECTS SSG Consulting says South African mining goods and services suppliers need to enter new markets through distribution deals or establishing international offices to remain competitive

Interest returning to Africa in response to commodities resurgence

11th August 2017 Interest in Africa’s mineral potential is returning and there is a growing confidence in the future of the resources sector in Africa and in Africa–Australia relations, says organiser of the Africa Down Under (ADU) conference, Australian magazine publisher, Paydirt Media.  

Interest returning to Africa in response to commodities resurgence
INTEGRAL EVENT The importance of Africa Down Under continues to be reflected in the number of high-profile attendees it welcomes to Australia’s mining capital each year

Tyre supplier to build brand awareness

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th August 2017 Canada-headquartered mining tyre supplier and service provider Kal Tire will use the Asia-Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition (AIMEX) to strengthen Kal Tire brand awareness, says Kal Tire Australia sales and marketing head Jason Zafiriadis.  

Tyre supplier to build brand awareness
ON SHOW Kal Tire’s exhibit at the Asia-Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition will feature some of the innovative tools and repair processes it has developed to deliver better tyre management services

Australian mining industry cautioned to protect assets

By: Sebastian Whyle     5th August 2016 According to legal experts, the Australian mining industry is exposing itself to the unnecessary risk of losing multimillion-dollar assets, says technology, information and property settlement services provider GlobalX Legal Solutions CEO Peter Maloney.  

Australian mining industry cautioned to protect assets
AT RISK The Australian mining industry is directly impacted on by the Personal Property Securities Register, as mining companies commonly enter into leasing arrangements for the provision of large-scale plant equipment

Detonation system’s Australian footprint expanding

By: Sebastian Whyle     5th August 2016 The AXXIS Digital Initiation System from explosives company BME has been well received in Australia and is regarded highly in its mining sector, BME technical director Tony Rorke tells Mining Weekly.  

Detonation  system’s Australian footprint expanding
Photo by Ilan Solomons
ADVANCING IN AUSTRALIA BME is actively working towards growing its customer base in Australia

Tech could see potash project compete in bulk fertiliser space

5th August 2016 Australian iron-ore mining and exploration company Centrex Metals is advancing its diversification strategy through a collaborative research funding partnership with University of South Australia (UniSA) as part of efforts to use molten salt technology to significantly reduce energy and water... 

Tech could see potash project compete in bulk fertiliser space
TAILORING TECHNOLOGY The partnership between Centrex Metals and the Univeristy of South Australia will expand current research capacity with regard to molten salt for solar energy applications into minerals processing

Sector slump drives surface engineering demand

By: Sebastian Whyle     5th August 2016 The mining industry downturn continues to spark calls for higher productivity on mine sites, says Sydney-headquartered advanced surface-engineering technique developer LaserBond, which has helped fuel demand for its products.  

Sector slump drives surface engineering demand
COST OF DOWNTIME Companies are looking at costs and the cost of downtime overwhelms any incremental cost of a higher-performing component

Trainees secure employment at Pilbara mine sites

By: Sebastian Whyle     5th August 2016 Twenty graduates of Australian metals group Fortscue’s Vocational Training and Employment Centres (VTEC) programme have secured employment as operators across Fortescue’s Pilbara mine sites situated 400 km south-east of Port Hedland.  

Sustainability reporting gets top rating for 9th year

5th August 2016 Multinational metals and mining corporation Rio Tinto has again been rated as ‘leading’ in its disclosure of sustainability risks among ratings agency Standard & Poor’s ASX200 index of the largest listed eligible companies by market capitalisation. This rating is in reference to environmental,... 

Sustainability reporting gets top rating for 9th year
CLIMATE CONCERNS The Australian Council of Superannuation Investors sees climate change risk as an area of increasing focus

Perth mining event reflects flat investment environment

By: Sebastian Whyle     5th August 2016 The decrease in size and scope of mining investment events, such as Australia’s annual Africa Down Under, is a reflection of the state of the global mining economy and the lack of funding available for the development of projects, South African State-owned minerals processing and metallurgical... 

Perth mining event reflects flat investment environment
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FUNDING DROUGHT Investment options for Australian-run mining projects in Africa have largely dried up

Aus company involved with work at top South African projects

By: Victor Moolman     5th August 2016 Australian consulting company QCC Resources and process solutions company Mineral Technologies have discussed with Waterberg Coal Company (WCC), the lead partner of the Waterberg coal project, supplying the proposed mine’s coal handling and processing plant (CHPP). 

Aus company involved  with work at top South African projects
LC3 SPIRAL The new spiral from Mineral Technologies can provide two high-quality coal products

Aus union condemns Fifo inquiry rejection

7th August 2015 The Australian federal government has “washed its hands of regional Australia” by rejecting most of the recommendations of a parliamentary inquiry led by former independent MP Tony Windsor into fly-in, fly-out (Fifo) mining employment, Australia’s Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union... 

Aircore drilling starts at Fisher East

7th August 2015 ASX-listed exploration company Rox Resources has started an aircore drilling programme on the Fisher East nickel sulphide project located 500 km north of Kalgoorlie, in Western Australia. The drilling programme, announced by the company last month, will test several strong electromagnetic (EM)... 

Assay results find significant zinc concentration

7th August 2015 ASX-listed metal producer Mungana Goldmines last month announced high-grade zinc results from previously unassayed diamond drill holes, within its Red Cap project area, 4 km from Mungana’s partially completed base metals concentrator at Chillagoe, in north Queensland. The drilling was done by... 

Automation does not mean loss of jobs – manufacturer

7th August 2015 While technology is shifting the way businesses operate, a move towards automation does not have to come at the cost of jobs, says Australian mining and resources sector-focused manufacturer Keech CEO Dr Herbert Hermens. “Some businesses are failing to see the opportunity that automation brings –... 

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