Rio Tinto iron ore production bounces back

Rio Tinto has recovered from operational and weather challenges faced in the Pilbara earlier this year, with its September quarter iron ore production jumping 10 per cent on the previous period to 87.3 million tonnes. Shipments to third parties from the Western Australian region were 5 per cent higher than this time last year, at 86.1 million tonnes. Its aluminium production shrunk, however, by two per cent in the third quarter to 789,000 tonnes. Rio Tinto attributes the commodity’s struggle to a preventive safety shutdown at one of the three…

BHP blasts towards wireless mining with Orica tech

BHP Mitsui Coal has taken the title of completing the world’s largest wireless blast at the Poitrel coal mine using Orica WebGen technology. The company’s third trial blast with the technology at the Queensland mine saw 1.3 million cubic metres of overburden shifted in a strata blast, fired with 1920 WebGen 100 units across 534 holes. Orica’s WebGen technology is the world’s first wireless initiating system and eliminates the need for down wires and surface connecting wires, making it the safest commercial explosive product in the world. WebGen technology uses…

88 Energy on track to drill Alaskan North Slope appraisal well

88 Energy has provided an update on the upcoming drilling of the Charlie-1 appraisal well at Project Icewine on the proven Alaska North Slope basin. The company has executed a rig contract with Nordic-Callista Services via its subsidiary Accumulate Energy Alaska to utilise Rig-3 for the upcoming drilling of the Charlie-1 appraisal well. 88 Energy utilised Rig-3 for the drilling of the Winx-1 well in March 2019 and was extremely pleased with its safe and efficient performance throughout the course of operations. The company has also made significant progress on…

Good as gold: Evolution moves into record territory

Evolution Mining has finished the September quarter with record financial results on the back of the surging Australian dollar gold price. The mine operating cash flow of $278.7 million is a 30 per cent increase on the previous quarter and the net mine cash flow of $207.4 million is a 36 per cent improvement. Evolution’s financial returns were generated from total gold production of 191,967 ounces across its Australian operations. Cowal, New South Wales, was one of Evolution’s standouts for the quarter, producing a record 75,807 ounces at an all-in…

CAPS Rental offer new ‘rent to own’ option with mine spec air compressors

Mining operations rely heavily on air compressors to drive many critical operations. CAPS Australia has a strong history of supplying the industry with custom-engineered mine spec air compressors. Now their rental division, CAPS Rental, extends this option to mining operators with the additional choice of ‘renting to purchase’. A key advantage CAPS Rental provides is the ability to customise air compressors to their customer needs. CAPS Australia’s national rental coordinator Rhys McIntyre explained that being able to rent air compressors could have a huge impact on a company’s budget. “Renting…

Real-time dust monitoring arrives in Australia

TSI Instruments has worked with the Queensland Government and Kenelec Instruments, an Australian distribution partner, to get an intrinsically-safe dust monitoring instrument off the ground. Australian Mining reports. Respirable dust has been an issue that concerns not just the current workforce in the mining industry, but others who have dedicated their years to work at a mine site. While some may perceive that change has been slow, TSI Instruments has released a real-time monitoring instrument that helps mining companies take better control of unseen respirable dust floating in the breathing…

Rix’s Creek receives valid approval to operate until 2040

The New South Wales Independent Planning Commission (IPC) has approved Bloomfield Collieries’ proposed expansion of Rix’s Creek south mine in the Hunter Valley. Rix’s Creek will continue operating until 2040 and produce an estimated 25 million tonnes of product coal, with royalties of more than $104 million under the new proposal. This decision comes after IPC released an invalid approval ahead of its public hearing deadline for the Rix’s Creek expansion 10 days ago. The invalid approval was attributed to an embarrassing administrative error and was reversed just hours after…

AR/VR light the future in mine safety

Honeywell combines the brimming potential of augmented reality and virtual reality into an outcome-driven safety solution for the mining industry. Vanessa Zhou reports. Technology giants Google, Apple and Facebook are leaping on virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) to elevate their browsers, apps and content. They offer so much potential that Facebook has constructed five Facebook Reality Labs to drive AR/VR technology into the future. VR and AR are touted for their ability to elevate people’s perception of reality. They are hailed for their potential ability to transform the…

Fortescue makes move at Iron Bridge with MACA contract

Fortescue Metals Group subsidiary FMG Magnetite and joint venture partner Formosa Steel IB have awarded a contract to MACA for the Iron Bridge magnetite project in Western Australia. This contract entails bulk earthworks for access roads and infrastructure, which is expected to generate $26 million of revenue for MACA. The work extends to general earthworks for camp expansion, 23 kilometres of road upgrade works and construction of an explosive facility and access road, as well as a 26km mine access road. MACA has commenced its work under the terms of…

BMA awards Blackwater contract to Golding

BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) has furthered its relationship with NRW Holdings subsidiary Golding Contractors with yet another contract award, this time at the Blackwater mine in Queensland. The contract, which is valued around $35 million, entails civil works such as establishing alternate access for heavy vehicles outside of the mining footprint. Golding will also provide civil infrastructure to enable the relocation of a communication mast, relocate critical mine infrastructure, construct the drainage structure and provide flood protection for the new and existing mining pits. The scope of works includes around…