Rio Tinto funds Australia’s first automation course

Rio Tinto has introduced Australia’s first nationally recognised qualifications in automation to provide workers with skills in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) industry. The new certificate courses are the result of a collaboration between Western Australia’s resources sector including Rio Tinto, South Metropolitan TAFE and the Western Australian Government. It is the first course to provide education pathways to jobs in the area of autonomous operations in the country and has been developed over the last year with the approval by the Training Accreditation Council WA. A certificate…

MICROMINE launches subscription-based technology service for miners

Mining technology company MICROMINE has introduced two subscription-based bundles for users of its Micromine software. The subscription model is in keeping with popular offerings from other tech company services such as Netflix, Adobe, Amazon Prime and Windows, and is designed for improved convenience and flexibility. This payment method also allows companies to move software purchases from capital to operating expenses. The company, known for its suite of mining exploration products such as Geobank, Micromine and Pitram, said that this pricing model will also open up the software to smaller explorers…

Resolute continues Ravenswood expansion through lease approvals

Resolute Mining has been granted a further three mining lease applications by the Queensland Government over areas that support its Ravenswood gold project. The new approvals are additional to the nine new leases granted in May this year and further support the expansion of Ravenswood. The leases extend the surface area of Resolute’s existing tenure and include areas within the operational footprint of the proposed Buck Reef West open pit and noise bunding zone. It also extends the area of nearby land required for infrastructure including roads and water management…

AVZ strengthens Chinese backing for Manono lithium production

AVZ Minerals has struck a strategic partnership with the world’s largest manufacturers of cobalt chemicals to advance its Manono lithium and tin project in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The partnership with Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt, through group company Huayou Cobalt Group, will assist AVZ in respect to Manono’s definitive feasibility study (DFS), financing, engineering, procurement, construction management (EPCM) and transport of product to final recipients. The China-headquartered company, a 9.47 per cent shareholder in AVZ, has also provided funding to assist the company’s delivery of Manono’s DFS this year. Huayou…

Catering to future mines with the right sewage plans

Wastewater treatment expert Paul Cobbin explores three issues mining companies face — plant upgradability, expandability and water scarcity — and how to overcome them. Australian Mining writes. Hydroflux Epco’s Paul Cobbin recalls building a water treatment plant in the Gulf Province of Papua New Guinea as a young foreman during a coup d’état in nearby Bougainville. The plant was intended for a construction camp at a mine that had not yet been built, with only a runway already in the works. A piece of this runway, unfortunately, knocked over the…

Macmahon takes step in resolving contract dispute with Newcrest

Macmahon and Newcrest Mining have stepped into good faith negotiations over the Telfer project in Western Australia, which could lead to litigation if unsuccessful. The contractor is seeking an amendment to the contract rates following changes in Telfer’s mine plan and works program. Macmahon said these changes would negatively impact on its costs and returns from Telfer without a rate increase being agreed by Newcrest or some other form of contract amendment. The company has been experiencing several issues on the Telfer project since 2018, causing it to incur “significant…

Lincom Group announced 2018 global leader in spare parts support

Lincom Group was delighted to be recognised by Powerscreen with the prestigious Global Leader Award of Excellence. This award is a credit to all Lincom’s team – and proof of their hard work, dedication and professionalism, according to a Lincom spokesperson. The Powerscreen Dealer Awards evening is a prestigious event held annually, where strong performance across Lincom’s 120-strong dealer network worldwide is recognised and rewarded. Success is measured not only in terms of machine and parts sales, but also in commitment to customer support and dealer development using a complex…

RNC Minerals completes $50m Higginsville acquisition

Canadian miner RNC Minerals has finalised its acquisition of the Higginsville gold operation from Westgold Resources. Westgold announced in March it was selling the Western Australia-based Higginsville operation to RNC for $50 million, with payment to be split between $25 million on cash and $25 million in RNC shares (equivalent to around 56.9 million shares). RNC intends to use the Higginsville operation’s mill to provide low-cost milling for its existing Beta Hunt gold mine, which is operated by subsidiary Salt Lake Mining in the Kambalda district of WA. This strategy…

Woodside cuts production outlook on Pluto problems

Woodside Energy has extended the gas turnaround at its Pluto LNG facility in Western Australia, with restart of production now targeted for the end of June. The Pluto LNG turnaround was completed on schedule after a planned maintenance, but the mixed refrigerant compressor has experienced vibration on restart. Woodside has accordingly lowered its expectations on the 2019 production guidance to the lower end of the 88–94 million barrels of oil equivalent. The company has made arrangements to meet obligations to its customers, including the purchase of third party cargoes. Woodside…

Kalium Lakes gains environmental approval for Beyondie SOP project

Kalium Lakes has significantly advanced its Beyondie sulphate of potash (SOP) project by gaining environmental approval from Western Australia’s Minister for Environment Stephen Dawson. The news follows on from the project’s federal government approval, which was granted in January 2019, final mining lease approvals by the WA Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) in February and Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) in April. The project also received a $74 million loan from the government-backed Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund (NAIF) in February and a 10-year offtake deal with German fertiliser…