Sandfire secures farm-in with Auris to explore Cashman

Auris Minerals has entered into an agreement with Sandfire Resources to advance exploration at the Cashman project in the Bryah Basin, Western Australia. Under the agreement, Sandfire must make a JORC 2012 compliant mineral resource discovery of a minimum of 50,000 tonnes of contained copper or metal equivalent, to earn a 70 per cent stake. Auris chief operation officer Mike Hendriks said the company was “delighted to be partnering with Sandfire as they bring to the table significant technical expertise and funding power.” “Cashman is located in one of the…

Sheffield gets green light for Thunderbird project

Sheffield Resources has hit an early milestone at its Thunderbird project in Western Australia with the state government’s approval to commence mining. The company has received the approvals to undertake processing, maintenance and haulage activities during the stage one of the mineral sands project. The Western Australian Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) has also approved Sheffield’s mine closure plan for Thunderbird. Sheffield managing director Bruce McFadzean said this achievement allowed work to commence on site and paves the way for future construction activities. “It is very pleasing…

International Mining Geology Conference to showcase future technology and practices

The pace and scale of change in the international resources sector comes as no surprise to most mining professionals across the globe. This change means that encouraging discussions around how best professionals can embrace developments in the technology space are becoming increasingly more important. Australia’s geological evolution can often be seen through the prism of human impact, and profound developments in technology and science are no exception. This phenomenon is at the core of AusIMM’s International Mining Geology 2019 conference theme: Mining Geology: 2020 and beyond. To be held in…

Sandvik launches jumbo underground drill rig

Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology has launched the Sandvik DT1132i jumbo, an underground drill rig for tunnelling excavation. When paired with the Sandvik RD535m a high-frequency rock drill, and rock tools designed for high-speed drilling, users have a heavy-duty solution for their underground drilling needs. The three-boom, electro-hydraulic jumbo has a modular design making it flexible and versatile. It is suited for fast face drilling or mechanised long-hole drilling and bolting. The computer-controlled rig uses both operator-controlled boom positioning and full-face automatic drilling functions. It is capable of using automated…

Selection of synthetic vs minerals oils in fixed plant applications

The question is by no means a one size fits all solution. Synthetic lubricants are designed for specific applications and are generally more resistant to oxidative processes. Therefore, synthetic lubricants will usually last longer than mineral hydrocarbons, providing savings through significant reduction in energy consumption. On the other hand, synthetic lubricants are also more costly than mineral lubricants. However, this is often negated by economic benefits with the extended oil drain intervals (ODI) achieved with synthetic lubricants and by the energy efficiency gains received, particularly with Polyalkylene Glycol (PAG) synthetic…

Epiroc racks up orders for battery-powered equipment

Epiroc has won orders for its new generation battery-electric mining equipment in Australia, underscoring the original equipment manufacturer’s (OEM) growth in the region. The Boltec rock bolting rig, Boomer face drilling rig, Scooptram loader and Minetruck hauler have all been received by companies in 2019, less than a year after Epiroc launched its latest battery electric equipment line. Internationally, multinational gold producer Agnico Eagle Mines has also ordered Epiroc’s Boltec E Battery rig for its Kittilä mine in Finland. Agnico executed the order after testing several Epiroc battery-powered machines at…

Westgold extends Sodexo contract to Big Bell mine

Westgold Resources has furthered its relationship with Sodexo to include a fourth mine site, increasing the contract value between the companies to $40 million. The most recent contract involves Westgold’s Big Bell site, located north-west of Cue in Western Australia, and involves Sodex delivering all village, transportation, catering, cleaning, building maintenance and landscaping services at the site. It strengthens the relationship Sodexo has with the gold miner, which already includes providing services to the Cue, Fortnum and Bluebird mine sites as part of a three-year contract that commenced in June…

Pumping up gold production rates at Greenfields Mill

FMR Investments was formed in 2007 when specialist hard rock underground mining services provider Barminco – founded in 1987, divested its contracting business. Today, the company operates three mining projects in Australia: the Eloise copper mine in north-west Queensland, as well as the Greenfields Mill and Gordon Sidar mine, both of which are located in Western Australia. The Greenfields mill is situated in the Western Australian Goldfields, three kilometres east of Coolgardie. For over 20 years, the site has provided first class toll milling to the local gold mining industry.…

Aboriginal-owned iron ore producer to create 240 jobs at Pilbara site

The Australian Aboriginal Mining Corporation (AAMC) has secured $27.1 million in debt funding for the development of the First Iron project in the Pilbara. First Iron will be Australia’s first Aboriginal-owned iron ore mine. The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) has provided a $12.5 million loan, while Westpac Banking has agreed to a $14.6 million loan. NAIF’s loan is the company’s sixth investment decision in Western Australia and its first to an iron ore mining project in Australia. AAMC, which plans to start construction at First Iron before Christmas, has…

Image of Andrew Forrest used for $670k scam

A fake investment scheme that used the image of Fortescue Metals Group chairman Andrew Forrest has scammed a Western Australian woman out of $670,000. The investment scheme was promoted on Facebook and LinkedIn. The Bunbury woman said she had made six payments to bank accounts in Australia and Germany, as well as to a credit card account. The online trading platform made the woman feel secure about investing by depositing a total of $58,500 in six payments into her bank account when she asked to withdraw some funds from her…