CDE processing plants earns recognition in Australia and Dublin

A CDE designed and delivered wet processing solution in South Australia has won awards in Australia and Ireland for its exceptional productivity. CDE commissioned two wet processing plants for SIMEC Mining in 2017, which converted an estimated 17 million tonnes of historic low-grade iron ore waste into high-value product. The plants recover high-quality iron from mining waste feed material, which is over 100 years old at a combined processing power of 950 tonnes per hour. This solution won the Innovation Productivity Improvement award at the 2019 Premier’s Awards in Energy…

Rio Tinto ‘strongly refutes’ Oyu Tolgoi legal accusations

Rio Tinto is facing another blow at the Oyu Tolgoi project in Mongolia with a non-governmental organisation (NGO) initiating a lawsuit relating to the project’s development and finalisation. The NGO, Darkhan Mongol Nogoon Negdel has filed a lawsuit with the Administrative Court in Mongolia about the government’s process in finalising Oyu Tolgoi’s underground mine development and financing plan (UDP). Early reports suggest the administrative court has upheld Darkhan Mongol Nogoon Negdel’s claims that the Mongolian government did not follow due process when finalising the UDP. However, the court’s formal written…

Condition monitoring in mining maintenance: Scalable, customisable solutions

The first signs of impending breakdown in machinery typically include tiny changes in vibration that warn of excessive wear in the bearings upon which efficient functioning depends. Left unheeded – because they are notoriously hard to detect – these subtle rumbles lead to energy wastage, under-performance and costly inefficiency as slow-motion failure sets in. Ultimately, if still undetected, the deterioration progresses to full-scale breakdown, with downtime, lost production and often hazardous removal and replacement of the offending parts deep in the heart of vital process machinery. The best cure is…

Panasonic improves mining operations with rugged tablets

Mining equipment, technology and services (METS) provider IMDEX has selected Panasonic’s Android and Windows Toughbook devices as the company’s preferred tablet hardware. The Western Australian based IMDEX continues to develop and deliver best-in-class technologies for its global clients. The company improves their operational efficiencies and productivity by providing integrated solutions via its leading REFLEX and AMC brands. “We’re proud to have a longstanding relationship with IMDEX providing tailored and fit-for-purpose technologies for the global mining industry,” said Panasonic Australia general manager, mobile solutions Marc Amelung. IMDEX identified the need for…

ERA shareholder demands scrapping of Rio-backed raising

The Takeovers Panel has received an application from Zentree Investments following Energy Resources of Australia’s (ERA’s) launch of a share entitlement offer last week. ERA announced plans to raise $476 million to cover the rehabilitation of the Ranger uranium mine in Northern Territory last Friday. Zentree has submitted the application because it believes minority shareholders are not being given equal or reasonable opportunity to participate in the benefits flowing to Rio Tinto. It also stated, “there has been inadequate disclosure as to the need, size and urgency of the entitlement…

Coronado Coal global operations hit by US-China trade wars

Coronado Coal expects the impact of the US-China trade wars will push its revenue lower and its earnings below the bottom end of its guidance range. With the trade negotiations remaining unresolved, China has not yet granted relief on tariffs. Coronado had to cease its shipments to China from its Buchanan operation in Virginia, the United States in September. This further increased company inventories rather than selling at depressed prices. Europe and Brazil were also showing subdued demand for metallurgical coal, according to Coronado managing director Gerry Spindler. The benchmark…

Diversity debate aligns on need for multi-dimensional approach

The Gold Industry Group’s (GIG) annual Women in Gold Great Debate this year tackled the topic ‘a diversity debate that begins and ends with gender is doomed to fail.’ Australian Mining watched in Melbourne as four speakers faced off with vastly different examples of how this topic was a part of their careers and personal lives. Gold Road Resources general manager for capability and culture Stuart Jenner teamed up with Kirkland Lake Gold environment and community manager Felicia Binks to take the proposition, while Newcrest Mining principal for diversity and…