Rio Tinto to invest millions in start-ups

Rio Tinto is partnering with global venture studio and start-up investor Founders Factory to back the development and commercialisation of breakthrough technologies in the mining industry. The miner said it will invest A$14.4 million in global pre-seed and seed stage start-ups over the next three years. The focus will be on technologies in the fields of safe mine operations, decarbonisation,…

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Eriez appoints Behre

Eriez has announced the appointment of Matthew Behre to serve as its Flotation Sales Director for Eriez-Australia. In this pivotal role, Behre will spearhead Eriez’ capital sales, commissioning, laboratory operations, and pilot test work for the Australia region.  Behre brings nearly two decades of invaluable expertise in flowsheet design, metallurgical laboratory management, and process engineering to his new position. Before…

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Metso opens Western Australia service center

Metso has opened its largest service center globally in Karratha, Western Australia, and marked it with an inauguration ceremony on March 21. The Karratha Service Center features a dedicated training facility, offering tailored programs to enhance the technical expertise of mining professionals. The center will provide long-term stable employment to skilled personnel from the local communities, including trades, service engineers,…

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MRIWA releases new rock bolt development report

The Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia (MRIWA) has released new technology for the advancement of bolt safety in underground mines. In the new report overview of In-situ Rock Bolt Behaviour Underground, the group outlined its extensive lab testing to understand rock bolt behaviour under complex load conditions. “Physical models were prepared to simulate the shearing in underground opening with…

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BHP board greenlights WRC project

BHP said its board of directors recently approved the Western Ridge Crusher (WRC) project, located on the traditional lands of the Nyiyaparli people, approximately 21 kilometres southwest of Newman, Western Australia. The project is a sustaining tonnes proposal for the miner’s Newman Operations, which consists of two mining sites. BHP WA Iron Ore Asset President Tim Day said this was…

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Stanmore snatches up South32’s share of Eagle Downs

Western Australia-based South32 said its subsidiary South32 Eagle Downs has agreed to divest its 50% interest in the Eagle Downs metallurgical coal project in Queensland to a Stanmore Resources subsidiary. The miner, which owns the project along with China Baowu subsidiary Aquila Resources, is divesting its interest for US$15 million. The transaction is expected to be completed by year’s end.…

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International Graphite commissions micronizing plant

International Graphite, in a first for Australia’s minerals industry, has commissioned a new micronizing plant in Collie, near Perth. The qualification-scale microniser, with a capacity of 200 tonnes per annum, is the largest in Australia and a milestone in the development of a domestic graphite industry. It will be the first to produce graphite products in Australia for customer acceptance…

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Red 5, Silver Lake form mid-tier gold company

Western Australia-based miners Red 5 and Silver Lake Resources have entered into a merger of equals, creating a diversified gold producer with a significant ore reserve and mineral resource inventory of 4 million ounces and 12.4 million oz., respectively. Under the terms of the transaction, Red 5 will acquire 100% of the shares in Silver Lake and each Silver Lake…

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ABD adds its autonomy presence to Australia

UK-based AB Dynamics subsidiary ABD Solutions has announced the newest step in its strategic expansion: expansion of its international footprint with the formation of an operation in Perth, Western Australia. ABD Solutions, which specialises in aftermarket autonomy tailored for fleets in mining, construction, materials handling, defence and agriculture, said it launched the new operation in response to growing demand for…

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Care and maintenance for portion of BHP’s Kambalda

BHP has reportedly opted to place part of its Kambalda nickel concentrator in Western Australia on care and maintenance. Asset president Jessica Farrell told Reuters that it made the decision after its ore supplier Wyloo Metals announced it would pause mining operations on low nickel pricing. About 20 jobs will be impacted by the transition. BHP has not indicated how…

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