Metso awarded major Albemarle contract at Kemerton lithium plant

Metso has won a contract to supply pyro-processing and comminution equipment to Albemarle Corp’s Kemerton lithium plant near Bunbury, Western Australia. Metso will supply calciner and acid roast systems, off-gas handling systems and ball mills as part of its supply to the site, which is scheduled to commence operations in 2021. Metso did not divulge details regarding the revenue of the contract. Kemerton will be supplied with lithium concentrate from Albemarle’s Greenbushes mine located around 100 kilometres to the southeast of the plant site. The plant is scheduled to start…

Fortescue offers jobs through training program

Fortescue Metals Group has offered employment to a new crop of graduates of its vocational training and employment centre (VTEC) program. Fortescue’s VTEC program has employed 836 Aboriginal people since starting in 2006. It is now welcoming 12 VTEC graduates from South Hedland and Roebourne in Western Australia who will begin work at Solomon, Christmas Creek and Fortescue’s rail lines. The graduates’ roles span drill and blast, ore processing facilities (OPF), production and shunting. Recent graduate Tristan Mongoo struggled to break into the mining industry prior to commencing the VTEC…

Galena advances $90m Abra project JV with Toho Zinc

Galena Mining has received $20 million of a proposed $90 million payment from Japanese company Toho Zinc to earn up to 40 per cent of the Abra base metals project in Western Australia. The $20 million represents the first tranche payment by Toho subsidiary CBH Western Australia. A second payment of $10 million will occur once the Abra project’s definitive feasibility study (DFS) is completed, followed by a final payment of $60 million once the project’s financing is completed and all draw down conditions have been satisfied. “I’m very pleased…

TNG persists with ‘arduous’ approval processes at Mount Peake

TNG is advancing its Mount Peake vanadium-titanium-iron project in the Northern Territory towards a final investment decision after securing $US600 million ($850 million) of debt financing last year. The company is now close to finalising its two remaining milestone permits for the Mount Peake project. These include the final environmental and permitting processes for both its mine site and proposed Tivan downstream processing plant facility in Darwin, which are scheduled for submission in the June quarter of 2019. Mount Peake’s front-end engineering and design (FEED) study meanwhile is still underway,…

Delivering on mining’s future potential

The launch of a new statement on how to harness Australia’s potential in the resources industry could mark an important shift for mining. Ewen Hosie writes. The Australian Government delivered a Valentine’s gift to mining this year with the publication of legislation that promises to shake up the sector. The National Resources Statement (NRS), introduced by Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan at the Minerals Week seminar in Canberra on February 14, is the first statement of its type to be launched in more than 20 years. The…