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…

Newcrest Mining approves Cadia stage one expansion

Newcrest Mining is on track to increase the Cadia Valley mine’s processing capacity to 33 million tonnes a year. The company board approved its stage one expansion, which includes starting the next cave development and improving recovery rates. Its second phase, which is undergoing a feasibility study, focusses on increasing the processing capacity further to 35 million tonnes a year. Works during stage one will include upgrading the materials handling system, developing the mine and building associated infrastructure. First production at Cadia is aimed for the 2023 financial year. “This…

InEight launches risk intelligence module

InEight has combined artificial intelligence (AI) and human intelligence (HI) to create its next generation planning and scheduling module, InEight Basis. InEight Basis includes a risk management module, which helps to identify and measure project risk considerations that can impact on cost and schedules, offering greater certainty for users. It has also merged AI with HI for the first time, combining historical project data and human expertise to create true risk intelligence. InEight Basis offers users suggestions as to which risks and opportunities are likely to occur during a project,…

Kalium Lakes awards three Beyondie contracts

Kalium Lakes has taken a step at its Beyondie sulphate of potash project (BSOPP), contracting three companies to design, supply and construct its gas pipeline. The design, supply and construction has been divided into three major contracts, with Edgen Murray to manufacture and supply the coated line pipe, Pipecraft to install it and Primero to design, supply and construct the inlet and delivery stations. The inlet station will receive gas from the APA metre near Kumarina roadhouse, allowing temperature and pressure-controlled gas supply via a four-inch, 79.4-kilometre gas lateral, for…

Stavely looks to capitalise on major exploration discoveries

Stavely Minerals has launched a $19.6 million capital raising to fund fast-tracked gold and copper-gold exploration in western Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland. The funding will be made possible by a share placement of 19.6 million shares valued at $1 each to sophisticated and institutional clients of Morgans Corporate and Hartleys. Morgans will be the lead manager to the placement and Hartleys will co-manage, with settlement of the placement scheduled for Thursday, October 17 and allotment occurring the following day. Stavely executive chairperson Chris Cairns said the company was extremely pleased…