Xstrata, owners of one of the world’s largest zinc, lead and silver mines announced that expansion of theproject will deliver more benefits and additional mining jobs for the Northern Territory than first anticipated.
On 31st January 2012, Xstrata said its project will increase MRM`s operational workforce by 67%, creating 295 new mine jobs when in operation. The additional mining workforce brings the total mining job figure to 735, which should be realised by 2020 when the project hits its peak. The initial estimate saw 550 mine jobs being created.
Xstrata Zinc Australia Chief Operating Officer Mr Brian Hearne said: “Our earlier estimates have now gone through the robust process of an EIS and we`re looking at being able to offer more mining jobs, a longer mine life and greater financial investment into the community in which we operate and the Northern Territory and Australian economies.”ť
In addition to mining job creation, the intention to extend operation to 2036 has added nine years to the life of the mine. Swiss owned Xstrata said plans include building a temporary construction camp and expanding existing accommodation facilities to accommodate the growing workforce .
Standard 11 and managing risk
Peter Evans, Managing Director of a Gold Coast based mining information provider, says the announcement is one more indication of where the economy finds its strength at the moment. He added the Standard 11 Induction (S11) that`s required by most, if not all, mining companies, provides people with risk management skills that miners, such as Xsrata, like to see. “The S11 takes three days to complete and is readily available for most people. It`s a good starting point that teaches risk management practices all mining companies demand before new workers can commence their mining job.”ť he said.
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.