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…

Aussie gold players ride high into PDAC

Aussie gold players ride high into PDAC

Australia and Canada share a lot of similarities as two of the world’s leading mining nations. Peter Diekmeyer tells Australian Mining of the links between the two countries at at the PDAC Convention in Toronto earlier this month. Australian gold miners currently rank among the world’s top performers. However, that success extends far beyond obvious data metrics. So said a variety of stakeholders at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) annual trade show which took place in March. “The Australians are good at turning rocks into cash,” says…

BGC Contracting brings Boggabri and Whyalla together

BGC Contracting brings Boggabri and Whyalla together

The mining contractor has made two major Australian mining operations that have little in common more alike than they seem. The Boggabri and Whyalla mining operations may not appear to have many similarities on the surface. Boggabri, in New South Wales, is a leading coal operation in the Gunnedah region, whereas Whyalla is a multi-site iron ore complex that supplies the South Australian town’s steelworks. There are also contrasts in the development of the operations in recent years as they have overcome different industry challenges. Idemitsu Australia Resources’ Boggabri mine,…

Stacked up: How Nepean is building a conveyor revolution

Nepean Conveyors is planning to change the game for materials handling in 2019 by introducing its agile relocatable conveyor system. NSW general manager Bill Munday tells Ewen Hosie about the system during a site visit. Overland conveyors are a vital piece of mining equipment, but they are not known for their mobility. Once in place, sites generally expect conveyors to remain put for several years. Privately owned original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Nepean Conveyors plans to disrupt this tradition with its latest project, a relocatable conveyor designed for ease of transportation,…

Fitzroy Australia avoids a culture clash at Ironbark No. 1

Overcoming skills shortages demands a unique approach in Australian mining at the moment. Not only are shortages increasing throughout the country, but they also threaten to derail the ambitions of mining companies focused on expansion in a growing marketplace. They even pose a risk to companies that want to create a certain culture that drives a consistent level of performance across multiple operations. Coal miner Fitzroy Australia Resources has set out to lower the impact of these concerns at its Bowen Basin operations in Queensland by introducing an innovative approach…

Special Treatment For Northern Star’s Bill Beament?

Special Treatment For Northern Star's Bill Beament?

Looking back to 2017 where Northern Star Resources appointed Bill Beament from Chief Executive to Executive Chairman, eyebrows were raised. Particularly from proxy advisers who believe Executive Chairpeople should be independent of management and have not held an executive role in the company. Well, this was not the case for Mr Beament who appeared to have slipped into the Executive Chairman’s shoes with relative ease. Unfair? Unjust? Or just plain brash from Bill Beament. As an industry “expert”, Bill Beament ought to know better. Going ahead nonetheless Mineral Resources drew…