Rio Tinto has approved a $US2.6 billion ($3.5 billion) investment in its new iron ore production hub Koodaideri in the Pilbara in Western Australia.
Rio Tinto and Queensland Aumina have committed almost $500,000 in funding to the University of Queensland (UQ) to help promote safer management of mine waste.
Rio Tinto’s Pilbara iron ore shipments of 81.9 million tonnes (Mt) this September quarter experienced a five percent decline from the same period last year, as the company took maintenance and safety pauses across all its operations.
Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines (KCGM), Rio Tinto and BHP Iron Ore are among the finalists for this year’s partnership award that is brought by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS).
Rio Tinto’s Amrun Chith export facility has been recognised for its excellence in civil construction with the Queensland Civil Contractors Federation (CFC) Earth Award.
Rio Tinto’s first intelligent mine in the Pilbara in Western Australia will deliver safety improvements to the mine site, incorporating the latest in high-tech advances in the industry.
Rio Tinto said it will commit hundreds of million dollars over decades to rehabilitate its Argyle diamond mine in the Kimberley region in Western Australia, following its scheduled closure in early 2020.
Alcoa continues to pioneer new ways of working with digital tools and is now utilising drones technology to perform its operations across Western Australia.
The Responsible Mining Index (RMI) 2018 assessment has found that many large-scale miners have introduced innovative practices and engaged with partners on responsible mining.
Rio Tinto’s fully autonomous train, coined by the mining giant as “the world’s largest and longest robot”, completed its first iron ore delivery last week.
The perception of mining outside of the industry itself has not always been positive.
Mining is considered a sector that is driving the emergence of the fourth industrial revolution where new technologies are reshaping the industry.
YUMARR is a technology front-runner in the development of automation systems for the mining industry.