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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

Hancock-owned explorer backs Catalyst plans in Victoria

Gold Exploration Victoria, owned by Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting, is set to become Catalyst Metals’ largest shareholder after investing $7.875 million in the company. The placement involves 3.5 million shares at $2.25 per share and does not require shareholder approval. Once completed, the placement will give Gold Exploration a 14.8 per cent stake in Catalyst. Gold Exploration’s investment will strengthen Catalyst’s working capital position, with proceeds from the share placement enabling advancements at Four Eagles gold project, Tandarra and Whitelaw Gold Belt. The placement will be completed within five business…

Carborough Downs operations suspended after incident

Fitzroy Australia Resources has confirmed a tragic incident involving a mineworker at its Carborough Downs mine in central Queensland. The mineworker, a long-term employee of Fitzroy Australia, was fatally injured when working underground. Queensland’s Mines Inspectorate and police are looking into the cause of the incident. The company has suspended all operations on the Carborough Downs site. “We are deeply saddened by this news and Fitzroy extends our deepest sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of the worker,” Fitzroy Australia chief executive Grant Polwarth said. “Fitzroy’s current focus is…

Rio Tinto commits to $1bn Tom Price iron ore expansion

Rio Tinto will sustain the production capacity of its Pilbara iron ore business in Western Australian after approving a $US749 million ($1 billion) investment in the Greater Tom Price operations. The investment in the Western Turner Syncline Phase 2 (WTS2) mine will facilitate mining of existing and new deposits, including the construction of a new crusher and a 13-kilometre conveyor. The conveyer system will help lower greenhouse gas emissions from the mine by 3.5 per cent compared with road haulage and the business is set to access additional options to…

Mangoola leaves mark on mining with awards triple treat

Glencore has created a culture of excellence across the safety and operational performance at the Mangoola coal CHPP, (coal handling and preparation plant) this year’s National Group Mine of the Year. Mangoola CHPP manager Chris March fondly regards the facility at the Glencore thermal coal mine in New South Wales as the second-best plant of its kind in the world. It is the second in line, he cheekily adds, because the best CHPP hasn’t been built yet. Mangoola CHPP, which is about 20 kilometres west of Muswellbrook in the Hunter…

Dacian highlights high-grade potential for Phoenix Ridge

Dacian Gold has revealed results from the recently discovered high-grade Phoenix Ridge deposit, located less than 500 metres north of the Westralia gold mine near Laverton in Western Australia. The company reported an inferred resource of 481,000 tonnes at 8.1 grams per tonne for 125,000 ounces of gold early in October. A recently commenced infill drilling program has confirmed the continuity of high-grade gold mineralisation, with latest results including 23.1 metres at 30.2 grams per tonne from 266.9 metres. With a high-grade shoot lying less than 50 metres into the…