29 May 2020
The Monthly Mining News Roundup - May
BHP welcomes 250 apprentices & trainees
BHP has welcomed 250 apprentices and trainees to its academy, with the aim of developing Australia's worker skills and new career pathways in the mining sector. The BHP FutureFit Academy combines trade apprenticeship studies with maintenance traineeships. It also offers trade apprenticeships for heavy diesel fitters and mechanical fitters, along with a one-year Certificate II maintenance traineeship.
Chalice continues streak of positive discoveries in Julimar
Chalice Gold Mines has completed drilling at the Gonneville nickel-copper platinum group elements (PGE) discovery within Western Australia's Julimar project. The explorer's most recent drilling intersected several zones of disseminated sulphide, as well as 17 metres of matrix and stringer massive sulphides containing 20 to 30 percent sulphide at 191 to 208 metre depths. Chalice's reverse cycle (RC) drilling also intercepted new broad zones of PGE mineralisations, confirming further widespread mineralisation within the 10.6 kilimetre by 700 metre chonolith body.
Lefroy Exploration trials WA made hessian bags
A small exploration company drilling for gold in Western Australia's Goldfields wants to change the perception that the resources sector is a "dirty industry". ASX-listed Lefroy Exploration has become one of the first mineral explorers in Australia to trial alternatives to plastic bags when collecting drilling samples. The most promising samples are sent to laboratories for analysis - but those that don't make the cut are often left strewn across the landscape.
Australian Potash receives EPA approval for Lake Wells works
The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has backed Australian Potash to start minor and preliminary works at its Lake Wells sulphate of potash project. The company is focusing on a number of works to the Eastern Goldfields site, including upgrading the camp access track for better durability. Construction of an extra three tracks will be undertaken to prepare for future civil and construction works related to future developmet of the site's bore field and pre-concentration pond, while a construction village will also be built with a range of essential facilities such as accommodation camp, fuel storage and a wastewater treatment plant.
Australia well on the way to becoming world's largest gold producer
The gold industry is faring well during the coronavirus pandemic that is affecting so many other industries around the world, according to Resources Monitor's latest report. Gold prices have been on the rise for the past 18 months and - unlike other commodities - gold is continuing to rise this year within the precious metal is set to ride out the coronavirus storm. Between January 1 and May 8 of this year, gold prices have risen by a whopping 12 per cent, according to data from Markets Insider and Trading Economics.
Boorara gold mine commences mining operations
Horizon Minerals has mobilised its mining operations at the Boorara gold mine near Kalgoorlie-Boulder in Western Australia's Goldfields region. First ore is expected this month, followed by first gold production scheduled for July 2020, where Horizon's ore will be processed at Golden Mile Milling's nearby Lakewood Mill. The ore is planned to be processed on a monthly schedule, where mill grade reconcilliation data will be used by Horizon to compare processing against the reserve and resource models.
Rio Tinto has created more than 300 jobs
Rio Tinto has created more than 300 jobs to support its iron ore business in Western Australia. They include skilled operational and maintenance roles, apprentices, graduates and Aboriginal trainees. Its open skilled roles range from front line supervisors, experienced operators of excavators, haul trucks and graders to maintenance staff such as diesel fitters. Theres are a mix of fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) roles from Perthh and Rio Tinto's regional hubs in Western Australia and residential positions in Perth and the Pilbara.
Sandfire operates at full capacity, achieving strong production and milling rates
Sandfire Resources has continued to operate the DeGrussa mine in Western Australia at full capacity, achieving strong production and milling rates during the June quarter. The company has maintained employment and preserved its supply chains, sales routes and customer contracts. Sandfire produced 9932 tonnes of contained copper and 6500 ounces of contained gold at DeGrussa during the first half of the June quarter.