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AEL eyes Australian market for growth

Mark Dytor AECI’s explosives arm AEL has branched out into Australia as it teams up with undisclosed customers for the supply of explosives into this new market. An AECI office had been established in Brisbane, while preparations were under way to ship a...
29th July 2014

Anglo’s coal productivity in South Africa 50% below Australia – Cutifani

Productivity in Anglo American’s coal business in South Africa is 50% below that of Anglo’s coal business in Australia. As a result, Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani is pulling out all the stops to improve the South African coal business’...
29th July 2014

Monadephous wins Sino contract

Project house Monadelphous has been awarded a A$160-million construction contract at the Sino iron-ore project, in Western Australia The contract included the structural, mechanical and piping installation and commissioning works within...
29th July 2014

S Australia govt gives approval for Rex's Hillside

The South Australian government has approved the mining lease for ASX-listed Rex Minerals' Hillside copper project, formally offering the company the mineral tenements covering the Hillside project. A recently updated mine plan showed that the...
29th July 2014

Push to flood iron-ore market crushes smaller suppliers

A faster-than-expected increase in iron-ore production by the world's biggest miners in Australia and Brazil this year is pushing less efficient smaller suppliers of the steel-making raw material to the edge. From Europe to Australia to the...
29th July 2014

Troy Resources to fast-track production at openpit-only Guyana project

ASX- and TSX-listed Gold producer Troy Resources on Monday reported positive results from an updated prefeasibility study considering only an openpit mining scenario for its Smarts and Hicks deposits at its 100%-owned Karouni project, in Guyana,...
28th July 2014

BHP plans 3-year Olympic Dam process trial from late 2016

BHP Billiton plans to run a three-year trial of a potentially cheaper way of processing copper and uranium from its massive Olympic Dam mine in Australia from late 2016, it said on Monday. The proposal is BHP's first indication of expansion...
28th July 2014

Browns Range heavy rare earths project, Australia Restricted

A prefeasibility study has demonstrated that the project can potentially be the first significant world producer of high-value dysprosium outside China.
25th July 2014
Ferrous Metals

Continuous product development necessary

As part of product development, Sandvik’s considerations include the design of rotary bits with more operational flexibility
Considering some of the key challenges currently facing the iron-ore industry, there is a definite need for original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to focus on product research and development for specific customised products, says tooling,...
25th July 2014
Ferrous Metals

Infrastructure capacity needed to maintain iron-ore advantage

EY South Africa believes the outlook for the South African iron-ore industry is positive, despite commodity-price decreases
While the drop in the iron-ore price to below $100/t in the last month has influenced global iron-ore mining majors to consider mothballing some of their mines, South Africa’s iron-ore mining industry has not been affected by the significantly...
25th July 2014

Springsure Creek underground thermal coal project, Australia Restricted

Bandanna Energy is facing one less impediment to the development of its Springsure Creek coal project, after a second objection to the project was withdrawn.
25th July 2014


A Japanese Komatsu truck built with steel made from Australian iron-ore? That could well be a side aspect of this month’s Abe and Abbott show in which Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (second left) and Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott...
25th July 2014
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