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29.09.2021 (353 Clicks)

Wanted: resourceful Students to revolutionise Rehabilitation

Two scholarships worth up to $35,000 a year are up for grabs for students working on innovative ways to improve land rehabilitation at Queensland coal mines.

The Coal Minesite Rehabilitation Trust Fund, hosted by the Queensland Resources Council (QRC), is calling for student applications for its 2022 postgraduate scholarship program.

The Fund supports up to two students a year to pursue postgraduate studies in environmental management at any university in Queensland.

QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said today the industry needs more world-class mine rehabilitation experts to help innovate and lead the resources sector’s practices on an ongoing basis.

“Responsible land rehabilitation is central to the business of sustainable mining in Queensland,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“While mine rehabilitation is highly regulated, better implemented and more accountable than ever before, we need ongoing research to fill knowledge gaps and identify future issues to give stakeholders the confidence that our industry can effectively manage and reduce our impacts on the environment.”

Mr Macfarlane said resources companies understand the critical importance of maintaining leading practice environmental standards.

“These industry-funded, mine rehabilitation scholarships benefit individual students but also benefit our industry because we need innovation and fresh thinking to help us continually improve our practices,” he said.

“The resources sector is in fact one of the biggest supporters of research in this area in the country.”

Central Queensland University (CQU) student, and 2014 scholarship recipient Leigh Stitz, now Executive Officer of the Fitzroy Partnership for River Health, dedicated her postgraduate project to investigating the importance of Macroinvertebrates in freshwater tropical systems, with a particular focus on the Fitzroy catchment.

“My studies concluded that the existing biological indicators used to measure waterway health require the development of locally derived water quality guidelines and trigger values,” Ms Stitz said.

“The QRC scholarship allowed me to take my research to another level with a particular view to improving regional waterway monitoring, enabling me to support Central Queensland industry and the community.

“Using the knowledge I gained during my studies continues to benefit the industry in my current position managing the Fitzroy Partnership for River Health.”

Mr Macfarlane said the resources industry works hard to minimise the impacts of its activities on the environment, from the planning stages of a project right through to well beyond its actual mine life.

"Managed well, land can be used after the completion of mining for a range of uses such as agriculture, native ecosystems and community development,” he said.

“We hope the research conducted by postgraduate students involved in this program will make a significant contribution to the further understanding, and achievement, of sustainable land management outcomes.”

Applications close Friday, 10 December 2021. Further information on the 2022 Coal Minesite Rehabilitation Scholarships is available here.

About QRC

The QRC is Queensland’s peak body for coal, metal and gas explorers, producers and suppliers across the resources sector. It contributes one in every five dollars to the state economy, supports one in six Queensland jobs, supports more than 15,000 businesses and contributes to more than 1,200 community organisations – all from 0.1 percent of Queensland’s land mass.


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29.09.2021 (362 Clicks)

Hanna Hoikkala appointed Press Officer at SSAB

Hanna Hoikkala has a decade of journalism experience, and joins SSAB from news agency Bloomberg News, where she was a reporter covering parts of Nordic finance. Hoikkala´s background also extends to studies in biology and economics, among other topics.


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29.09.2021 (334 Clicks)

GlobalData: Mining Companies need to become Leaders in ESG

Metals and minerals will play an important role in the global transition to a greener future. Mining executives now have a choice: let environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues run them out of business or use it as an opportunity to become tomorrow's leader, says GlobalData.


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28.09.2021 (339 Clicks)

Cimic’S UGL secures Atom Services Contract Extension

Cimic Group’s UGL has been awarded a contract extension to provide asset management and project-related services at BP fuel terminals across Australia.


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28.09.2021 (307 Clicks)

Fugro completes Geohazard Site Investigation Activity on Block 58 in Suriname

Fugro has finalised fieldwork on a site investigation programme for TotalEnergies off the north-west coast of Paramaribo in Block 58 of the Guyana-Suriname Basin. The project sits approximately 150 km offshore in water depths ranging from 60 to 2100 m and involves acquisition and analysis of geophysical data and geotechnical soil samples.


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27.09.2021 (353 Clicks)

Enter Engineering signs Agreement with German Industrial Group Thyssenkrupp, for significant Construction Role at new, High-Tech Uzbek Mining Complex

Strategically important project for Uzbekistan will create jobs, develop domestic iron ore deposits and use energy efficient technology.


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27.09.2021 (413 Clicks)

Gold Fields orders ABB integrated Power and Automation System for Chilean Project

ABB is to provide six electrical rooms plus an integrated digital system solution based on ABB Ability™ 800xA distributed control system (DCS) to Gold Fields’ Salares Norte mining project in a remote region of northern Chile.


  • ABB digital solution helps to overcome remote location and climatic instability challenges at the USD 834m Salares Norte mining project in the Atacama Desert
  • Suite of process and power controls, all under ABB Ability™ System 800xA, will modernize mining and showcase the benefits of digital transformation
  • Dynamic process simulator to enable realistic operator training

The open-pit gold-silver mine project by the South African mining company is located in the Atacama Desert amongst the highest peaks of the Andes mountain range. It is 1,300km from the Chilean capital Santiago and has elevations between 4,200m and 4,900m.

ABB will deliver a common platform for process and power control using ABB Ability™ System 800xA, Power and Process Control Library, and Camera Connect (the ABB video system embedded in the control platform for optimized process monitoring). ABB Ability™ Knowledge Manager will be used to manage information production through Plant Information Management System (PIMS), alongside ABB Ability™ Asset Vista Condition Monitoring (integrated with SAP), an Extended Operator Workplace (EOW) as an integrated control room at the site, a collaboration table and 800xA Smart Client stations to enable read-only access to displays via a web browser.

As a common platform for the monitoring of productive, operation and support areas, ABB’s system will reduce technical risks and the number of interfaces to enable Gold Fields to unify processes at the highest level. The electrical system is fully integrated via the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standard 61850, which ensures total control and visibility for the plant operations. ABB is also providing engineering and project management.

“The digital aspect is critical to this project due to its remote location – the nearest town being Diego de Almagro, 180km away, the altitude of the project and adverse weather conditions which make site access and fieldwork difficult especially during the winter,” said Max Combes, Project Director of Gold Fields. “Gold Fields has developed digital infrastructure through initiatives at operations around the world. ABB’s complete solution, integrated engineering and remote operations technology will enable us to build on this digital capability and overcome the particular challenges at Salares Norte.”

The scope also includes a dynamic process simulator to allow checks on all control logics and for operator training purposes.

“The simulator will allow for shorter and more efficient start-ups on site,” said Iván Villegas, Solutions Manager at ABB in Chile. “It will also support the training requirements, meaning Gold Fields will have several accredited operators with the right skills for high-quality operations.”

“Together with Gold Fields we can demonstrate over the long-term that ABB's control systems connect and perform their functions in totally isolated areas, within satellite range, and with minimal latency,” said Cristian Gallegos, Mining Account Manager for ABB in Chile. “It is an opportunity to modernize mining and showcase the benefits that digital transformation brings by controlling and supporting the mining plant and equipment at Salares Norte from 1,300km away.”

Satellite Telematics Test

In parallel to this project ABB proposed and was part of an initiative together with Gold Fields to successfully connect different ABB technologies between Santiago and the Salares Norte project. Using satellite telematics they carried out remote control and monitoring of smart electric motors and a simulation of telemedicine care between the two locations. The tests were carried out in isolated areas, but within reach of the satellite and through a connection controlled by ABB Ability™ System 800xA and conventional mobile equipment with minimal latency. Through mixed reality lenses, both virtual reality and augmented reality, two authorities of the Ministry of Mining in Chile (the Minister and the Regional Secretary) each at one end, were witnesses and protagonists of the successful test, where the two held a conversation that flowed in real time, each "seeing" the avatar of the other, as if they were together in a physical environment. 

Salares Norte is expected to produce 3.7 million ounces of gold over an initial mine life of 11 years and is estimated to be a USD 834 million expenditure project. The operation involves drilling, blasting, loading, and hauling methods for ore extraction. It has a production capacity of two million tons per annum and the life-of-mine average recovery of gold and silver will be 92.7 percent and 67.5 percent, respectively.

About ABB

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 105,000 talented employees in over 100 countries.

ABB’s Process Automation business is a leader in automation, electrification and digitalization for the process and hybrid industries. We serve our customers with a broad portfolio of products, systems, and end-to-end solutions, including our #1 distributed control system, software, and lifecycle services, industry-specific products as well as measurement and analytics, marine and turbocharging offerings. As the global #2 in the market, we build on our deep domain expertise, diverse team and global footprint, and are dedicated to helping our customers increase competitiveness, improve their return on investment and run safe, smart, and sustainable operations.

Source: ABB

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26.09.2021 (480 Clicks)

Normet’s first virtual Customer Event: Normet Mining Innovation Days 2021

Normet Mining Innovation Days 2021 were held virtually on September 13th – 14th. The event was targeted for mining customers and journalists. During the event Normet introduced new technologies and equipment, and updates to existing offering in services and ground control for mining customers.


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24.09.2021 (423 Clicks)

Do not miss TAC 2020-One Toronto Conference Program Planning in October 2021

TAC 2020-One Toronto opens in four weeks on Tuesday, October 19! With almost 50 keynote and technical papers to be presented, and the generous support of more than 45 sponsors and exhibitors, this year’s event continues on track to be a success. The detailed technical program planning is nearly complete – the Conference Program page has been updated with the venue changes, and a technical program calendar providing the assigned presentation details and abstracts will be available soon.


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23.09.2021 (351 Clicks)

New Trimble DA2 Receiver boosts Performance of Trimble Catalyst GNSS Positioning Service

- Subscription-Based Positioning Solution with Trimble ProPoint GNSS Technology Delivers "Simply Precise" Mapping Workflows


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