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The Monthly Waste Management News Roundup - January

31 January 2020

Here's our mining news roundup for January 2020

National Group expands fleet to six Cat D11 dozers

National Group has secured five of the Cat D11 next generation dozers off the production line. The machines will arrive in the coming months, adding to the Cat D11 dozer which is already working at BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA)’s Blackwater coal operations in Queensland. According to National Group managing director Mark Ackroyd, the D11 is the industry’s best large dozer so it was a logical choice for the company to bring in six new dozers to add to its expansive fleet.

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Rio Tinto boosts Amrun bauxite output as iron ore dips

Rio Tinto has executed its ramp up of the Amrun project in Far North Queensland as planned, with the operations driving strong performance in the company’s bauxite division. The company’s overall bauxite output shot up 9 per cent in 2019 compared with the previous year to 55.1 million tonnes. Rio Tinto credited the increase to the successful ramp up of Amrun, which reached its design capacity during the December quarter.

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New Century on track for zinc mine expansion

New Century Resources has achieved a mining rate of 8.9 million tonnes a year at the Century zinc operation in Queensland. This represents a leap from the December quarter’s average mining rate of 8.3 million tonnes a year, putting New Century on track for expansion to 12 million tonnes a year over the next two quarters. New Century also achieved a 7 per cent increase in zinc production during the December period, achieving its quarterly guidance with 28,123 tonnes.

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Downer EDI scures mining contract for Stanwell Coal Mine

An integrated services company has renewed its successful tender for a coal operation in southeast Queensland. Downer EDI recently secured an extended mining contract for Stanwell Corporation’s Meandu Coal Mine in Tarong, 167km west of the Sunshine Coast. The new agreement means the contractor will continue to operate the mine for another five years, starting from July 2020. QMEB can reveal the deal is worth about $600 million and no new jobs have been advertised as a result of the extension.

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New Century achieves record zinc production

New Century Resources has set a new standard at the Century zinc mine in Queensland, achieving record quarterly production at the end of last year. The company produced 7 per cent more zinc in the December quarter to hit a record 28,123 tonnes of zinc metal, with cash costs of $US0.96 ($1.87) per pound. New Century has experienced a 135 per cent increase in quarterly metal production since the December quarter of 2018.

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