Rio Tinto wins environmental award for turtle monitoring

Rio Tinto, which shares its Pilbara ports with some of Australia’s most important turtle breeding grounds, is making efforts to ensure its flippered friends have the best chance at making it to adulthood. Cape Lambert Port runs adjacent to Bells Beach, which is recognised throughout the Pilbara region as a significant mainland rookery for the threatened flatback turtle. Since 2002, Rio Tinto has developed and implemented a marine turtle monitoring and management plan (MTMMP) to ensure design, construction and operation of its ports do not disturb the threatened species. The…

THE PI SYSTEM MAKES DATA SHINE FOR ANGLO AMERICAN PLATINUM

To keep Anglo American Platinum’s equipment running and to maintain ingot quality assurance, the company used to collect operations data manually. It required many man-hours to extract relevant data from spreadsheets. As part of their digital transformation, the company created a platform to access up-to-date ingot and equipment life-cycle information to eliminate the manual process. The PI System gave Anglo American Platinum visibility into their manual process, allowing them to track each step of production. By capturing critical process events, the company saved around 400 hours of additional development time.…

Hegarty receives reward for a lifetime of achievement

Despite having won the Liebherr Lifetime Achievement Award, EMR Capital chairman Owen Hegarty is not done multiplying the benefits of Australia’s mining industry. EMR Capital chairman Owen Hegarty may have been honoured with the Liebherr Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 Australian Mining Prospect Awards, but it is clear he still has a lot left to do in his career. While Hegarty is “pleased, delighted, happy, humbled, chuffed and honoured” to be recognised with the award, he believes “the usual story with these things is, it’s never over.” “I love…

Paul Cuthbert and BHP lead charge towards diversity

The 2019 Prospect Awards Mine Manager of the Year has overseen a range of BHP’s projects in his 13 years with the company, including developments at the Olympic Dam and Roxby Downs sites. Salomae Haselgrove writes. Paul Cuthbert is today the general manager mine at Olympic Dam, one of the world’s most significant deposits of copper, gold, silver and uranium, located 560 kilometres north of Adelaide in South Australia. Olympic Dam is made up of underground and surface operations, including a fully integrated facility for processing from ore to metal.…

The spotlight shines on landmark MMD invention

MMD pushes the envelope with the fully mobile surge loader. Managing director Lee Hillyer discusses the product’s development, accomplishments and future opportunities. Mining Machinery Developments (MMD) has developed a mobile feeder solution that transforms traditional truck and shovel operations to deliver productivity and safety benefits. The project took two years to develop, but this time has paid off for MMD, as the fully mobile surge loader has earned its maker the CDE Global Minerals Processing of the Year Award at the 2019 Australian Mining Prospect Awards. MMD’s innovative piece of…

Community goals shaped by real needs

New Century Resources has turned the Century zinc operation in Queensland into an award-winning mine since acquiring it in 2016 while also benefitting local communities. When it comes to fulfilling social responsibilities, New Century Resources doesn’t set its own agenda at the Century zinc operation in Queensland. Instead, the company goes out and seeks the real needs and vision of the local communities in which it operates. New Century’s approach won it the Bulk 2020 Community Interaction award at the 2019 Australian Mining Prospect Awards – the company’s first of…

Liebherr takes training focus to another level

The original equipment manufacturer has launched a training program in Australia that is improving the expertise of its technicians and the efficiency of its aftersales service. As mining equipment evolves and becomes more advanced, so do the training programs designed to support the maintenance of the machines. Liebherr-Australia is keeping its aftersales service staff and mining customers on top of the advances in the manufacturer’s machinery through a new training program based in Adelaide. Launched in April, the program has initially focussed on providing up-to-date training for Liebherr-Australia’s service technicians…

Rinehart urges WA to follow plans to cut green tape

Gina Rinehart has praised Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s plan to cut green tape for mining projects. The Hancock Prospecting chairperson, speaking at the National Mining and Related Industries Day (NMRID), urged the industry to pressure the Western Australian Government to follow the Australian Government’s lead. Rinehart said she had been “actively waiting a long time” to hear an Australian Prime Minister make an announcement of this sort. “If high-cost Australia wants to remain internationally competitive and encourage investment to grow its exports, we need our government to cut its onerous,…

Westgold diversifies into Bryah Basin copper

Westgold Resources is set to acquire an interest in the Peak Hill joint venture (JV) from Fe subsidiary Jackson Minerals. The proposed acquisition targets a 20 per cent interest held by Jackson in tenements E52/1671 and E52/1659 in the western Bryah Basin, Western Australia. Westgold already holds gold rights on 80 per cent of the Peak Hill JV tenements following its takeover of the Fortnum gold operations from Auris Exploration in 2015. Fortnum consists of four mining centres that include Peak Hill. The operations also comprise a one million tonne…

Gates Predator v-belts

Gates’ high-quality Predator v-belts by have unrivalled high-load carrying capabilities, making them extremely effective for uses in mining operations. Gates v-belts are covered for extreme abrasion and wear resistance, so they are protected from oil, dirt, heat, fatigue and shock loads. Not only are the belts themselves of superior quality, CBC Resources also assists with maintaining the belts as coal mines are notoriously high-stress environments for equipment, making regular maintenance essential to the life of the product. CBC is one of a few companies that provide regular maintenance services to…