Australia Mining News

Much iron ore news but burgeoning metal prices allow projects to blossom generally

Latest issue of International Mining Project News available (September 11): There has been an influx of iron ore news in the last fortnight with this issue covering reports from 15 prospective projects. Gindalbie Metals has received final state environmental approval for its Karara project in Western Australia; FerrAus has executed two binding agreements with China [...]

Prime Power supported by Olympian Generator Sets

Australia recently won orders worth $60 million for power projects to help the international mining group, Rio Tinto,  at their iron-ore mines in the Pilbara region of north-west Western Australia.According to Saju Pothen, ABB Australia’s

Inventive miners help improve mine safety

Mine workers have been recognised for their innovations to help improve safety on Queensland (Australia) mine sites. BMA Coal’s Gregory Crinum mine took the 2009 Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Innovations Award for a safety guard to prevent falls onto exposed longwall miner conveyor belts. And, in a clean sweep, BMA’s Saraji mine won [...]

AWU says OZ should embrace nuclear power because clean coal is too uncertain

AUSTRALIAN Workers Union (AWU) national secretary Paul Howes says that Australia should back nuclear energy because there is too much uncertainty surrounding clean coal. The Rudd Government supports uranium mining but not nuclear power for […]

Xstrata Mine Sets Records with Bucyrus Shearer

Newlands Northern underground mine – in the Bowen basin, Queensland, Australia – is the new record-holder for weekly and monthly production from longwall operations.

Newlands Northern underground mine breaks weekly and monthly longwall production records

Newlands Northern underground mine - located in the Bowen basin of Queensland, Australia - is the new record holder for weekly and monthly production from longwall operations. In May 2009, it extracted 961,891 t from the longwall, beating Beltana’s previous record of 955,049 t set in November 2005, and also broke the weekly record, with [...]

Ausdrill and Brandrill to form combined mining services group

Ausdrill and Brandrill have announced a proposed merger of the two companies. The combined mining services group will have a strong and complementary range of Australian and international business operations. It is intended that Brandrill’s drilling businesses will use drilling consumables manufactured by Ausdrill’s Drilling Tools Australia business and benefit from the increased buying power of the [...]

The Noah Family of fail-safe electric actuators for Quarter-turn application.

operation for over a decade in Australia serving Core sector industries such as Power, Water & Effluent treatment, Mining, Ship building and other Process Industries.It’s compact rugged design, proven reliable performance, economically price

SRK poised to grow with the Argentinian mining industry

The Argentinian mining industry may still be small compared with Australia, Canada and Chile, but SRK Consulting believes it has huge potential. VS Consultores (VSC), a Buenos Aires-based consultancy that has been working with SRK’s […]

Bucyrus signs on to LASC

BUCYRUS Australia has signed a non-exclusive worldwide licensing agreement with CSIRO Exploration and Mining today, giving the original equipment manufacturer access to CSIRO’s LASC longwall automation technology……more at International Longwall News

Blair Athol chooses Maptek™ 3D Scanning technology

Blair Athol Mine has chosen Maptek™ I-Site™ 4400LR laser scanning technology for survey applications. The coal mine in Queensland’s Bowen Basin is the 5th Rio Tinto site on the East Coast of Australia to adopt […]

Minerals Council of Australia proposes changes to Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme

The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) is calling on the Australian Senate to set the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) legislation aside so that “fundamental flaws in its design can be addressed - aligning the CPRS with a US scheme, principally, and the outcome of December’s Copenhagen climate change talks on a global emissions protocol.”

Fenner Dunlop: latest plant in July

REPRESENTING the largest single investment in the company’s 100-year manufacturing history, conveyor belt producer Fenner Dunlop will officially open its manufacturing facility in Kwinana, Western Australia, on July 2….more at International Longwall News

World’s Biggest Open Pit Operation Could be a Reality

BHP has issued the long awaited Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for its Olympic Dam project in South Australia. Industry experts have guessed the proposed expansion could cost between AU$10 and 15 billion.

China expected to raise investment in Australia

Mining Journal (June 10, 2009) - China is set to accelerate investment in iron-ore projects in Australia, the world’s biggest exporter, after the collapse of its deal to buy stakes in mines owned by Rio Tinto.

Metso and KCGM benefit from life-cycle partnership

Metso has been involved with KCGM (Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines) since 2001 as the preferred contractor for servicing and maintenance of the crushing and materials handling facility at Fimiston plant in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. Metso […]

Bonfiglioli Transmission to showcase advanced heavy industrial drives at Bulkex 09

already which is widely used in Australia, is being evolved to meet the demands presented by heavy industries such as mining.A Hi Torque drive, which is a combination Trasmital 319 planetary and HDO120 bevel helical, engineered for a wide

Report shows “significant gaps in Australia’s export infrastructure”

A national audit carried out by research firm ACIL Tasman shows that there are significant gaps in Australia’s export infrastructure and some of the nation’s existing capital is in a state of disrepair, according to the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA). To ensure Australia is equipped to come through the current economic malaise, new physical [...]

WA moves closer to first uranium mines

Western Australia is moving closer to its first uranium mines, with junior explorer Toro Energy Ltd and BHP Billiton Ltd making progress on their respective projects in the state.

Talk of economic recovery 'premature'

THE chairman of Australia's largest company, BHP Billiton, has contradicted assurances by the Rudd Government, Treasury and Reserve Bank that an economic recovery is imminent, warning instead it will be "protracted and complex". Speaking at his old high school in Brisbane yesterday, Don Argus said he was "pessimistic" about prospects for recovery ...

Safety vision

HONOURED with an Australia Day award this year for his work in mine safety, New South Wales Department of Primary Industries director of mine and forest safety performance Rod Morrison says the mining industry is […]

FEED package for Karara Iron Ore

An AUD12 million contract has been awarded by Karara Mining Ltd to Bateman Engineering to carry out the front end engineering design (FEED) for the Karara iron-ore project in Western Australia. The project, awarded in […]

The Minerals Council of Australia “encouraged” by Government Budget

Brendan Pearson, acting Chief Executive Officer of the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) says that Australia’s national Budget “takes an important step towards reversing the imbalance between expenditure on short-term measures to boost consumption over long term capacity-building investment.” The Budget itself outlines investment of A$2 billion in carbon capture and storage over nine years; [...]

Engine and machinery department at Hyundai Heavy Industries faces economic slowdown

provider in Australia, renowned for providing quality earthmoving equipment for various industries such as construction, mining, quarrying and forestry. On the back end of Hyundai Construction Equipment Australia is Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI)

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