The maiden blast for the box-cut excavation to establish the portal entrance to access the orebodies at the DeGrussa Copper-Gold Project in WA took place on Thursday, 21st April. The first load-out of blasted material was completed on Saturday, 23rd April.
The decline portal will be established within a few weeks and decline development will commence, continuing for the next 18 months. Based on current schedules, ore drive development (and ore production) will commence in the first quarter of 2012 with the first stope expected to come on stream in the fourth quarter of that year and the underground operation ramping up to its full 1.5Mtpa production rate by the 2nd quarter of 2013.
Mining camp accommodation for 250
Camp construction is advancing well with capacity to accommodate 150 people already in place. The camp is expected to be able to accommodate 250 people by the end of the 2nd quarter of 2011.
Sandfire`s Managing Director, Mr Karl Simich, said: “We are now embarking on the development of a world-class mining operation with full on-site construction on track to start by mid-year. That should put us on track to produce our first copper at DeGrussa within three years of the discovery ““ an outstanding achievement.”ť
Learn more about the Bowen Basin mining location.
The Bowen Basin contains the largest coal reserves in Australia. This major coal producing region contains one of the worldâ€™s largest deposits of bituminous coal.
The Basin contains much of the known Permian coal resources in Queensland including virtually all of the known mineable prime coking coal. It was named for the Bowen River, itself named after Queenslandâ€™s first Governor, Sir George Bowen.
The Bowen Basin covers an area of over 60,000 square kilometres in Central Queensland running from Collinsville to Theodore and is dotted with many coal mines operated by multiple mining companies.
Caterpillar Haul truck 793
The 793F has a load cpacityof 226.8 ton (US) and a top speed of 60 kilometres an hour. It's a turbocharged air-to-air aftercooled diesel engine that has enhanced power management capability for maximum hauling performance. The C175-16 is a 16-cylinder, four-stroke design that uses long, effective power strokes for optimum efficiency.
The 793F, is an autonomous-driven truck. Over 100 793F trucks are now operating via Command for hauling, the Cat autonomous truck operations system, which is a part of Cat MineStarâ„˘
Read more about the CAT 793 automomous mining dump truck on our website.
Resources and Infrastructure Industry (RII)
Commonly refered to as Black Coal Competency (BCC), the RII competency is one that can be attained by an operator who has previously worked in the industry and has completed a number of operating hours on various types of machinery.
RII competency is granted to prove correct and safe operation of mine site machinery. It is a very useful qualification to have, as it confirms the operator has the required experience and expertise.
You can transfer your nationally recognised civil Excavator, Front End Loader or Dozer tickets only to RII Black Coal Competencies.