The Monthly Mining News Roundup - July

31 July 2020

Daunia coal mine set to receive 34 autonomous trucks

BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) is set to introduce 34 autonomous trucks at the Daunia coal mine in central Queensland through a $100 million investment. The first Caterpillar autonomous trucks will start work from February next year, with the full rollout expected to complete by the en of 2021. BMA asset president James Palmer said the move would result in $35 million in contract awards for at least 10 regional and Indigenous businesses. 

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Mount Mackenzie complete pit optimisation and life of mine scheduling

Resources and Energy Goup has complete pit optimisation and life of mine scheduling for a 500,000-tonnes-per-annum operation at Mount Mackenzie in Central Queensland. It is a step up from the production rate envisaged when the company released a scoping study late last year showing a strong case for the development of an open-cut gold mine at the site. That work identified a 300,000-tonnes-per-annum open-cut development with onsite gold plant as the best case to progress. 

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Aeris commits $13mil at Crawcow gold mine for longer life

Aeris Resources has committed $13 million for exploration at the Cracow gold mine in Queensland over the next two years after completing a takeover of the mine. The acquisition from Evolution Mining includes a tenement package covering 903 square kilometres, which Aeris intends to aggressively explore. The company is also targeting a production range of 70,000 to 75,000 ounces of gold at a cash cost of $980 an ounce at Cracow for the 2021 financial year. 

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New Century achieves 22% increase in zinc metal production

Fortescue Metals Group has awarded Civmec a civil contract for the Iron Bridge magnetite project in Western Australia. The contract involves a dry plant detailed earthworks and concrete package, with Civmec responsible for the construction of the structural concrete components for the dry plant. These components include the primary, secondary and tertiary crushing areas, screening areas, air classification and primaryy grinding areas, course ore stockpile, dry rejects and conveyors. 

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Adani awards contract to Mackay-based G&S Engineering with 200 jobs to be supported

Mackay-based G&S Engineering will build the coal handling plant for Adani's Carmichael coal project in a contract expected to support 200 jobs. Adani Mining chief executive officer Lucas Dow said G&S Engineering, owned by DRA Global, was a leading provider of services to the Australian resources sector, having completed similar work for other coal mines across the country.

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Thiess awarded five-year contract extension

Thiess has won a $2.5 billion contract extension with Jellinbah Group for the Lake Vermont joint venture coal project in Queensland. The five-year extension will continue Thiess' full service mining operations including mine planning, coal mining, topsoil and overburden removal and drill and blast. It will also be responsible over water management and rehabilitation of final landforms at the Lake Vermont mine.

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Adani has kicked off work on the box-cut for its Carmichael coal mine

Adani Mining has kicked off work on the box-cut for its Carmichael coal mine, in what new chief executive officer David Boshoff hailed as a significant milestone in the construction schedule. "We are on track to export first coal in 2021," Mr Boshoff said. "It's great to see our big new gear, the Liebherr R 996B excavator and CAT 796 dump trucks, hard at work."

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BHP achieves record production at the Caval Ridge and Poitrel coal mines

BHP has overcome COVID-19 to achieve record production at its Western Australian iron ore operations, as well as the Caval Ridge and Poitrel coal mines in Queensland. The mining giant produced more than 248 million tonnes of iron ore during the 2020 financial year, thanks to record production at the Jimblebar and Yandi mines in Western Australia. A series of maintenance programs over the past four years enabled Western Australia Iron Oe (WAIO) to also produce at a record annualised run rate above 300 million tonnes during the June quarter.

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