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…

Hastings Deering finds digital inspiration

What are the standards that Hastings Deering has set for the company as it evolves into a digital organisation? Ben Creagh finds out. Technology leaders like Google, Uber and Amazon are standout examples of what can be achieved in the digital age. Mining may not have reached the technological heights of these global behemoths, but the disrupters are serving as inspiration to push the industry to another level. Hastings Deering is feeding off their lead by introducing similar technologies across its business. The Cat equipment dealer has identified opportunities where…

Reel Tech offers Australasia’s largest range of quality hose reels, technical support

Known for its long-term, local industry experience, in-house design and custom manufacture, Reel Tech has been a leader in the fluid mechanics conveying and hose storage industry for more than three decades with innovative and engineered products, developed for the mining and resource industries. Continuing to introducing new technology every year, their range of both off-the-shelf and custom hose and cable reel designs provide the mining industry with a comprehensive range of their own locally developed reels and solutions from the worlds’ largest hose reel manufacturers, all from one source.…

ALX Uranium wants a piece of the Close Lake project in Saskatchewan

Canada's ALX Uranium (TSXV: AL) signed a non-binding letter of intent this week with Orano Canada, a subsidiary of France's Orano Group. The letter refers to the possible acquisition by ALX of a 51% participating interest in the Close Lake uranium project located in the eastern Athabasca Basin area of northern Saskatchewan. This is the same province that hosts the Hook-Carter project, where the Vancouver-based miner is carrying out a winter drilling campaign. Close Lake consists of 21 mineral claims totaling 38,679 hectares. The eastern boundary of the project adjoins…

Mining the moon ready to lift off by 2025

European scientists have announced plans to start mining the moon as early as 2025, though what they’ll be extracting is neither gold nor diamonds, but waste-free nuclear energy thought to be worth trillions of dollars. The goal is to place a lander on the lunar surface to mine and process regolith for water, oxygen, metals and an isotope called helium-3, which may prove useful for fueling future fusion reactors. Regolith, Universe Today reported, is a dust-like material that covers the lunar surface and is the result of billions of years…

Portofino executes agreement to acquire Yergo lithium project in Argentina

Canada’s Portofino Resources (TSXV: POR) (FSE: POT) executed an amended agreement this week with a private Argentine concession to acquire a 100% interest in the Yergo lithium project in the northwestern Catamarca province. The red dots indicate Portofino's lithium projects in Argentina. In a press release, Portofino said the 2,932-hectare project encompasses a full salar and is located approximately 30 kilometres south of the company’s 85%-owned Project II, where surface water and auger brine samples averaged 274 mg/l of lithium. The property is also 20 kilometres south-east of Neo Lithium’s…

Sherritt International reaches $3B pound nickel production milestone

Sherritt International's (TSX: S) stock was up Friday, after announcing the company had reached three billion pounds of finished nickel production since operations began at its refinery in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. The Fort Saskatchewan refinery was constructed in 1954 and initially processed feed from Sherritt’s Lynn Lake mine in Manitoba. Today, the Fort Saskatchewan refinery processes mixed sulphides produced through the Moa Joint Venture, which was created in 1994 and in which Sherritt maintains a 50% partnership interest, to produce Class 1 nickel in briquette and powder forms. In 2018,…