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Industry Foreword


Renewable Energy Solutions and Solar Power The Australian Government will commit a further $652.5 million over four years to establish a Renewable Energy Future Fund to support Australia’s response to climate change.


Minesite Rehabilitation and the Environment Reducing mining’s impact on climate change is vital, but what about reducing the impact of climate change on the mining industry and on mining communities? What are the implications for carrying out mining operations and rehabilitating mine sites in Australia’s future climate, or in a climate that has changed during the lifetime of the mine? Andrea Wild investigates.


Transport and Infrastructure Mineral Resources Limited has signed an agreement for the provision of rail haulage for its Carina Yilgarn iron ore project in Western Australia with QR Freight (QRF), the national bulk freight haulage business for QR Limited.


Directional Drilling Directional drilling in coal has been used in Australia since 1995; however its use only became widespread from 2002. Since then the growth has been rapid and this has brought with it the fact that lessons are often being learned by each and every new operator or contractor attempting the art, writes Doug Henderson.


Stimulation of CSM Reservoirs The stimulation of CSM reservoirs has one purpose: to enhance the ability of the reservoir to produce fluids, writes Mike Much.

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Foreword Minister for Resources and Energy Martin Ferguson AM MP Minister for Resources and Energy Minister for Tourism Martin was born in Sydney in 1953 and was educated at St Patrick’s, Strathfield. He has a Bachelor of Economics degree (Hons) from Sydney University. Martin was elected to Federal Parliament as the Member for Batman in 1996 and became Shadow Minister for Employment and Training. In 1997, he assumed the added responsibility of Population and Immigration and Assistant to the Opposition Leader on Multicultural Affairs. He was re-elected to the Shadow Ministry on 22 November 2001. Previously, Martin was President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) after working for the Federated Miscellaneous Workers’ Union of Australia since 1975. As president of the ACTU, Martin was a member of advisory councils and foundations including the Social Security Review, the Economic Planning Advisory Council, the National Labour consultative Council and the Advance Australia Foundation. Martin and his wife Patricia have two children. Martin was previously the Shadow Minister for Transport, Roads and Tourism.


abor came to power with a clear mandate for change. Reforming Australia’s taxation system is key to delivering on this commitment.

Taxation reform is not an easy task but it is fundamental to moving this country forward, to broadening and strengthening our economic base and delivering the incentives for continued growth. The policy the Gillard Government has reached on taxation reform for Australia’s resources sector strikes the right balance by ensuring a continued pipeline of investment and by also giving the Australian community a fairer share for the onceoff development of our non-renewable natural resources. We have focused on the core bulk commodities of iron ore, coal, oil and gas, exempting other commodities and the smaller miners by implementing a $50 million threshold under the Minerals Resource Rent Tax. We have outlined the principles for resource taxation reform in Australian and we have outlined the process for finalising the design and implementation of these changes. Central to this implementation process is the Policy Transition Group, whose membership brings together years of experience and expertise right across the resources sector and in the areas of taxation policy and reform. Together we will continue consultation with industry, with individual companies, government departments and other stakeholders as well as engaging industry experts to further inform our thinking. I have already flagged a number of key priorities for the Group to consider including the treatment of magnetite and an examination of incentives for resource exploration. The needs of Australia’s burgeoning coal seam gas industry will also be forefront in our minds. Through our reform package we have delivered competitive neutrality for this industry by extending the Petroleum Resource Rent Tax to all onshore and offshore oil and gas projects. This provides a level playing field for these projects and certainty for the companies looking to make final investment decisions later this year.

The Howard Government failed to capitalise on the first resources boom, a mistake that the Gillard Labor Government has no intention of repeating. Our resource taxation reforms will allow Australia to capitalise on the growing energy needs, not just of our traditional trading partners, but also the emerging Chinese and Indian markets. We will use our reforms to make the investments necessary to drive the continued growth of Australia’s resource industry. Investments in infrastructure to break down the bottlenecks that built up under the previous Government. Infrastructure to support Australia’s mining communities facing rapid growth as our resource sector also expands. Our reforms will fund a cut to the company tax rate, in stark contrast to the Opposition who have said they will increase company tax if they win government. A Gillard Government will also support Australia’s two million small businesses by providing a writeoff for all capital assets to the value of $5,000. These businesses have done it tough in recent times and we want to provide the relief they need to grow and prosper. With an ageing population we also need to look to the future. Increased retirement savings now will be critical to taking pressure off the budget in years to come. This is why we will use the revenue from our resource taxation reforms to fund $830 million in superannuation concessions for three and a half million low-income Australians. We will also be raising superannuation contributions over time from nine to 12 per cent. With record high employment and pay rates in the resources sector I encourage all companies, as well as the unions, to take the initiative with regard to superannuation when negotiating workplace agreements. It is in all our interests to get the ratios of wages to superannuation right and you can play an important role in making this happen. I look forward to working with many of you as we go about the process of bedding down the Government’s resource taxation reforms in the weeks and months ahead.

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he Fund will include partnerships between the Government and the private sector to make critical early stage investments to leverage private funds to support the commercialisation of renewable technologies. This Fund will form part of the Government’s expanded $5.1 billion Clean Energy Initiative, which includes the $2 billion Carbon Capture and Storage Flagships Program and the $1.5 billion Solar Flagships Program announced in last year’s budget. It will also complement the existing support provided through the Government’s expanded Renewable Energy Target of 20 per cent by 2020. This additional funding brings the Government’s total investments in renewable and clean energy and energy efficiency to over $10 billion.

The Australian Government will commit a further $652.5 million over four years to establish a Renewable Energy Future Fund to support Australia’s response to climate change. The Fund will provide additional support: • for the development and deployment of large and small scale renewable energy projects, for example further investments in geothermal, solar and wave energy; and • to enhance take-up of industrial, commercial and residential energy efficiency, helping Australian businesses and households reduce their energy consumption.

The Renewable Energy Future Fund will be delivered through a number of departments and agencies, with the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency coordinating Fund priorities and progress. All funding resulting from the deferral of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, as well as some existing departmental funding from within the Climate Change and Energy Efficiency portfolio, will be used to offset the cost of this Fund. The Government will also announce decisions to invest a further $110.5 million from existing renewable energy programs in the following projects:

Australian Centre for Renewable Energy funding for solar projects under the Renewable Energy Demonstration Program • $32 million for CS Energy to build a 23MW1 solar boost to coal-fired turbines at Kogan Creek, near Chinchilla in western Queensland; and • $60 million for N.P. Power Pty Ltd (Whyalla Solar Oasis consortium) to build a 40MW concentrated solar thermal demonstration plant at Whyalla, South Australia, using Australia’s own “Big Dish” technology.

Australian Solar Institute (research into advanced solar energy technologies) • $5.0 million for a project run by the University

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of New South Wales to overcome the performance limitations of commercial solar cells; • $2.25 million for a project run by BT Imaging Pty Ltd to improve the performance of photovoltaic manufacturing; • $4.95 million for an Australian National University led applied research project in collaboration with industry to help develop the next generation of solar cells; • $2.25 million for a project run by Sapphicon Semiconductor Pty Ltd to develop a highefficiency, integrated solar module on a transparent substrate; and • $4.0 million for a project run by CSIRO and the Australian National University to develop advanced solar thermal energy storage technologies.

Solar Flagships Program Eight projects have been shortlisted under round one of the $1.5 billion Solar Flagships Program. The shortlisted projects announced below will now share up to $15 million in feasibility funding. • Solar photovoltaic o AGL Energy proposes a multi-site project using thin film cadmium telluride solar photovoltaic technology generating up to150MW at multiple sites across Australia including ACT, NSW, Victoria, Queensland, and South Australia; o TRUenergy proposes a single site near Mildura, using thin film cadmium telluride solar photovoltaic technology to generate up to 180MW; o Infigen/Suntech’s crystalline silicon solar photovoltaic technology would be deployed at up to three sites in New South Wales or Victoria to generate up to 195MW; and o BPSolar proposes a single axis tracking photovoltaic system to generate 150MW from plants constructed at several locations in New South Wales. • Solar thermal o ACCIONA Energy Oceania proposes to generate 200MW using solar thermal parabolic trough technology at a single site in either Queensland or South Australia;


o Parsons Brinckerhoff proposes to construct a 150MW solar thermal parabolic trough power station at Kogan Creek in Queensland; o Wind Prospect CWP proposes to use linear fresnel technology at Kogan Creek in Queensland to construct a 250MW power plant; and o Transfield proposes to convert the Collinsville coal-fired power station in Queensland into a 150MW solar thermal linear fresnel power plant. The Government intends to announce the two final successful applicants - one solar thermal and one solar photovoltaic - for Round One of the Solar Flagships Program in the first half of 2011. In addition, the Government will announce the appointment of the Board of the Australian Centre for Renewable Energy (ACRE) as follows: • Chair - Professor Mary O’Kane. Professor O’Kane is the NSW Chief Scientist and Scientific Engineer; • Dr Bruce Godfrey, Chair of the Australian Solar Institute Research Advisory Committee and a member of the AusIndustry Climate Ready Committee; • Mr Steve MacDonald, CEO of Transfield Services Infrastructure Fund and a member of the Clean Energy Council Board; • Ms Amanda Heyworth, CEO of the Playford Capital technology seed fund; • Dr Brian Spalding, a Commissioner of the Australian Energy Market Commission; • Dr Beverley Ronalds, Group Executive, Energy, at the Commonwealth Scientific and Research Organisation (CSIRO) and a member of the Board of Innovation Australia; and • Mr Richard Bolt, Secretary of the Victorian Government Department of Primary Industries. ACRE was legislated in March 2010 to be the Australian Government’s central agency for renewable energy technology research, development and demonstration programs.

income tax system, from 1 July 2011. For a company in a tax loss position that spends $1 million on exploration, the RER will provide an immediate cash benefit of $300,000.

Australia’s World-Class Renewable Energy Resources Australia has one of the best renewable energy resource bases in the world - in geothermal, wind, solar, ocean and bioenergy. For the first time, ABARE and Geoscience Australia have mapped and compiled a comprehensive assessment of the nation’s rich energy resource endowment, including both renewables and nonrenewables. The recently published Australian Energy Resource Assessment is now available for download, free of charge, at and colour printed copies can be purchased from Geoscience Australia.

Support for International Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiatives Australia is also participating in international efforts to accelerate the development and deployment of both renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies to support the global response to climate change. Australia joined the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in June 2009 and has committed $5.6 million over 4 years to support this forum. Australia will also become a full member of the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC), an initiative of the G8 Energy Ministers’ meeting in May 2009. The Australian Government is contributing $150,000 per annum to this forum. Membership of IPEEC will offer a flexible international forum for Australia to engage exclusively on energy efficiency initiatives as part of the global climate change response.

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Weathering the Perfect Storm Safety; Environment; Production Mining operations are under ever increasing scrutiny, both in an environmental sense and from the viewpoint of providing safe and productive work environments for their employees. While this occurs against a backdrop for the need to maintain tight production schedules, there is the ever present risk that one of these aspects - safety, environment, production – will fail. Since the operational mine is variable in nature, with the need to constantly move or expand (requiring new infrastructure such as roadways and storage areas) the risk is heightened. Herein lies the challenge for mine operational personnel - ensuring that safety, environment and production objectives are met without any short cuts.


ne aspect to ensuring all these goals are met is the fast deployment of flexible, standalone general lighting where needed, which meets all necessary standards. It has been proven time and time again that productivity, and more importantly the safety of workers, is directly dependent on the adequacy of lighting levels. Adequate lighting is necessary for workers to perform various tasks safely, typically maintenance, and also ensures their greater visibility to moving plant and machinery. There have been documented cases of fatalities, and numerous near misses, as a direct result of poor lighting. Traditionally, diesel power portable lighting towers have been used, however the trend is now moving towards alternate lighting solutions. These solutions still provide flexibility of light on demand, but are less burdensome in terms of running costs and maintenance, and are softer on the environment – in essence, less hassle formine management. Brett Sutherland, Managing Director of Solar Power Australia, certainly acknowledged the challenges faced by today’s mining operations. His company provides a range of tailor made solar power solutions for its business customers, and he sees the provision of a well designed and reliable solar lighting package for mine operations as a key part to the company’s service and product offering. Sutherland told the Australasian Mining Review, “We want to take the pressure off the guys operating the mines. They are under a lot of pressure on a day to day basis, and our skid mounted portable solar lighting package is designed to make their life easier.” Solar Power Australia has obviously put a lot of effort and design know-how into the package. Sutherland added, “We wanted to be able to offer a simple, flexible, reliable solar lighting unit. It had to be as ‘tough as nails’ in order to handle the rough treatment that is part of normal day to day mining operations, and ensure safe operating lighting levels would be available whenever and wherever needed.” Whilst traditional diesel powered units have been used to supply mobile lighting, portable diesel lighting can be quite complex, involving hydraulics, electrics and the diesel engine itself. Running costs for these units mount up, given

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the cost of fuel and refuelling, plus additional maintenance required to ensure reliability. Breakdown, or hiring these units at inopportune times, can also prove to be disruptive and costly to mine operations. Additionally, there is ever increasing scrutiny of the mining sector in its efforts to offset greenhouse gas generation and reduce its environmental footprint. Solar lighting is certainly a step in the right direction in this respect. Unlike a diesel lighting plant, greenhouse gas emissions and running costs are zero, and the units are maintenance free. Sutherland said, “We have used the latest LED lighting technology, in conjunction with a galvanised steel construction, to create an automated, maintenance free, portable lighting system.” For these reasons, it is most likely we will see a greater demand for solar power lighting in the mine environment into the future.

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Solar Airport Lights Improve Aviation and Mining Safety in Remote Locations Across Australia Solar powered airport lights built by Australian company Avlite Systems were recently used to light more than 30 remote airstrips throughout the Northern Territory including Murray Downs, Tennant Creek, Kintore and Nyirripi.


he use of solar power has allowed these remote airfields, which do not have access to reticulated power, to be illuminated without the expense of laying costly cabling. Using clean, pollution-free energy from the sun to power the lights offers an eco-friendly, cost effective lighting solution.

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Australian owned company Avlite Systems is a world-class solar aviation lighting manufacturer with a proven reputation for rapid, innovative and agile technology solutions. For over five years Avlite Systems has been providing solar airport lighting for aerodromes around the country.

To improve the safety of light aircraft on typical dirt and remote airstrips such as in the Australian Outback, mining sites and cattle stations, solar LED lighting provides the most reliable and costeffective solution.

With the help of Avlite, remote airstrips and mining sites across Australia and the Asia Pacific region are now able to access dependable and costeffective solutions for safe night-time aviation and mining lighting. This is due to unreliable power supplies, costly setup and on-going maintenance expenses of current market offerings. With the introduction of ultra-high intensity LEDs (light emitting diodes) Avlite Systems recognised the advantages of replacing incandescent globes with this new lighting technology. Adopting LED technology has allowed Avlite to develop a range of products that consume extremely low levels of power, making them ideal for solar energy sources as well as being virtually maintenance-free. Avlite has developed a high intensity version of their popular AV70 model specifically for use in the Northern Territory extending the visible range of the light which is advantageous to the pilot enabling them to locate the runway from a greater distance. Aviation, mining and aeromedical safety across the country has been substantially improved with the use of such lights.

How does it work? Each light is completely self-contained, featuring an internally integrated solar module, LED technology, driving-circuitry and battery with no external wiring required the lights are easily installed for immediate operation. During the day the solar modules collect solar radiation to re-charge the battery. LEDs have an average service life in excess of 100,000 hours (>12 years) and due to this longevity there is no need to ever change any light globes. The only maintenance required is battery Solar Lighting

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One of the reasons for using solar aviation lighting to light remote airstrips and helipads is to improve safety by ensuring runways are clearly marked and defined day or night. Avlite also offers the integration of a pilot activated lighting control (PALC) which allows the pilot to control the lights from the aircraft. Of major benefit in particular for mining companies, is the fact that solar aviation lights may be relocated to a new location at the end of a mining project therefore being incredibly cost effective. Mining companies also use solar LED lights to mark their haul routes. Here the solar-powered LED lights are mounted to posts located along the sides of the road with each light operating throughout the night to clearly mark the edges of these often extremely hazardous truck routes that are operational 24/7/365. In addition to this, Avlite Systems’ aviation lighting is used extensively by mining companies to light their airstrips which are not only essential for flying staff to and from the site but are also invaluable in Medivac situations. Aeromedical emergency services such as the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Angel Flight, Pel-Air, mail planes and other community based operators are also reaping the benefits of a safe airfield setup; keeping remote communities in communication with cities. In support of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), Avlite Systems donates AU$20 from the sale of each AV60 or AV70 aviation light sold within Australia to the RFDS. For further information, Avlite may be contacted at or telephone 03 5977 6128.

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Solar Inverters Pty Ltd The market for renewable energy is displaying tremendous growth, this is particularly so with the cost of diesel and conventional energy rising exponentially. Recognising the financial and environmental positives, forward thinking companies are ramping up their renewable energy activities and enquiries. Anticipating strong future growth, many conventional companies are actively investigating expansion into the renewable energy business especially across previously untapped regional markets.


hose in the market for solar power installation can benefit from a broad range of technologies, manufacturers and installers. With many new Solar and Wind power businesses, as well as some long established ones, the renewable energy industry, clearly has significant capacity. But who do you choose and how do you know they have the experience to deliver? Renewable energy has proven itself in the past 25 years, but there are still many negative stories coming to the fore from large and small installations alike both locally and overseas. Poorly executed renewable energy installations can be a financial and public relations minefield. When such installations have been scrutinised it always comes down to the incompatibility of products being installed, poor design and installation. Renewable energy systems require considerable experience and knowledge to design, install, and maintain. Peter Bulanyi , Managing Director of Solar Inverters Pty Ltd says, “Renewable energy is strictly a science and engineering business. Companies that are serious about renewable energy primarily employ electronics engineers, technicians and electricians.”

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Bulanyi says that, “To us, system performance and reliability is paramount. This was the key factor in our company Solar Inverters recently being awarded one of Australia’s largest solar projects, the design supply, installation and long term maintenance of a 137kW rooftop solar system for Coffs Harbour City Council.” Solar Inverters manufactures complete containerised renewable energy solutions. Its Solar and Wind Power Stations are built and tested at its state of the art workshop in Urunga NSW before shipping to site and commissioning. Solar Inverters also has a complete range of small and medium sized pre-fabricated stand alone solar and wind power systems that can be easily installed by local electricians. By using landline or satellite communications, monitoring services are also available so that a careful eye can be kept on the deployed system no matter where they are. A monthly report is available that can be used to determine whether pre-emptive maintenance is required thus circumventing expensive system failure and down time.

Every system, whether large or small requires that the installers understand the limitations and component compatibility so as to maximise the life and output for systems. This is the only way that mistakes can be avoided and a long term success can be assured.

These pre-fabricated solutions take the worry out of standalone power system installations. With 25 years experience to call on, a solar Inverters Power Station is designed and manufactured to Australian standards and can be relied on for decades. A comprehensive instruction manual complete with a maintenance schedule, operation details and circuit diagram is supplied. In addition quality technical support is always available to assist with any issues that may arise.

Solar Inverters has been actively working in the industry since 1989. It is a company with science and engineering at its core. It employs qualified electronics engineers, technicians and electricians. It trains apprentices in both the electronics and electrical trades. It operates a component level service department that is known in the industry Australia wide for its high tech inverter repair capabilities.

Solar Inverters Pty Ltd is an industry leader with a long term strategy that includes training the next generation of solar technician. Our aim is to raise awareness and promote a greater understanding of solar power and the why quality will always outshine the shady alternatives. If you need reliable remote power for monitoring stations, field test sites, accommodation huts, general or UPS power, then our team is here to assist.

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Managing and rehabilitating mine sites in our future climate Reducing mining’s impact on climate change is vital, but what about reducing the impact of climate change on the mining industry and on mining communities? What are the implications for carrying out mining operations and rehabilitating mine sites in Australia’s future climate, or in a climate that has changed during the lifetime of the mine? Andrea Wild investigates.


lobally, very little work has been done to find out what actions mining companies should be taking to ensure that mining operations remain cost-effective and sustainable under changing climate conditions. Through the Climate Adaptation Flagship and the Minerals Down Under Flagship, CSIRO is exploring the technical risks likely to impact operations in Australia’s key mineral provinces and how mines, their stakeholders and surrounding communities can work together to adapt to climate change for their mutual benefit. Broadly speaking, CSIRO anticipates that most of Australia’s mining areas will experience hotter, drier conditions and more extreme weather events as our climate changes. However, in some areas of northern Australia, it is expected to get wetter, potentially impacting on bauxite and uranium mining in these regions. Hotter, drier and more extreme weather events could pose risks to workers, resources and revenue. At the end of mining operations, there are many mine site rehabilitation issues that could be affected by future climate change. Even best practice might not work in a hotter, drier, more extreme climate. For example, some of the plant species used to rehabilitate a site might not adequately thrive under future conditions changing surface hydrology to significantly alter erosion risks. Mining operations impact many stakeholders, from local landholders and communities through to investors and utilities providers. CSIRO is conducting workshops in mining regions, providing regional projections of future climate scenarios and working with the mining industry to understand

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the implications of climate change on mining operations. The social scientists involved in the work are focussed on helping mining companies and their associated communities to understand and adapt to future conditions together. Kieren Moffat, a social scientist with CSIRO, explains. “We are helping mining companies to understand and manage the effects of climate change and the flow-on effects on nearby communities and the local environment. For example, if an open pit mine floods as a result of an extreme weather event, the mining company will need to manage the water. Drawing on large amounts of power to pump the water out of the pit could cause problems for other electricity users, such as people living in the surrounding area. Releasing the water too quickly could cause environmental problems, including washaways in local creek beds. By planning for events linked to climate change, mining companies can reduce the negative impacts of their operations on local communities and the local environment over the lifetime of the mine. “At the other extreme, in dry conditions mining companies may be at risk of competition with other land users for access to water. “Mines in our future climate may even require different processing methods that use less water. If so, it may be in the mining industry’s best interests to look at adopting or developing those new methods now.” The implications of mining under hotter and drier conditions could be diverse, reaching beyond access to water. Access to labour if people leave hotter, drier areas for more amenable weather is a less obvious outcome. CSIRO is working individually with some mining companies


to get to grips with the issues that climate change and more extreme weather may cause. “Companies will need to look at technical issues like the stability of waste dumps and the integrity of tailings dams under future conditions,” Dr Moffat said. “For example, revegetating waste dumps will be more difficult and tailings dams may be at risk of releasing tailings during extreme flood events. These kinds of risks can be managed by understanding future climate projections and responding by decreasing the height or slope of waste dumps, changing rehabilitation methods and increasing safety tolerances on dams.” Infrastructure presents other issues that the researchers recognise. Mines built today will need to withstand climate conditions several decades into the future. That might be as simple as building stronger bridges to withstand more frequent or severe flooding events or it might change the type of accommodation provided for workers. Climate change could also have implications for occupational health and safety of minesite workers, with more frequent periods of hotter weather increasing the risks of heat related illness for workers. This may mean shorter work shifts are required or that some roles need to be automated. Mine automation is already an on-going development program at CSIRO and may be a useful climate adaptation strategy in the future. Although most stages of mining, from pre-planning through to site rehabilitation, are already influenced by climate, preliminary assessments by the researchers indicate that the production stage is most at risk from future climate change. “Something that has come up again and again in our discussions is how climate change will impact on both the use and production of energy,” Dr Moffat said.

“Transmission of electricity along power lines is less efficient during hotter weather. Roads used to truck in diesel fuel may close during flooding rains. Extreme events may cause mining districts to lose power altogether. The implications of climate change on energy play out in different ways at different points in mining. But like any risk or opportunity from climate change, we can help analyse and understand it and work out ways for the mining industry to respond effectively.” Dr Moffat notes that not all impacts of climate change will be negative for mining operations and their communities. “We foresee opportunities for mining companies and communities to export technology and knowledge to other industries and other parts of the world, providing new and creative ways to adapt to challenging environmental conditions.”

CSIRO is conducting a survey of mining professionals and local government agencies in mining regions to assess baseline vulnerability to future climate variability and change, and current levels of adaptation planning. For more information visit: adapting-mining-climate-change Mining companies, utility and infrastructure providers, local and state government representatives interested in attending CSIRO workshops on adapting to climate change are welcome to contact Dr Kieren Moffat at or on 07 3327 4724.

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Environmental Responsibilities Increase Need for Training As Environmental Management Systems (EMS) are now an essential part of our standard operating procedures and thought processes, it has become necessary for field and operational staff in the mining industry to take on the responsibilities for supervision of on-site environmental compliance.


hil Abernethy, Managing Director of Absorb Environmental Solutions points out, “Health Safety and Environmental Officers are required to have the minimum of a Certificate IV in Health and Safety to perform their professional tasks. Many of these officers require qualified training to fulfil their environmental responsibilities. Many find they lack knowledge of how to manage environmental impacts, including how to objectively complete an environmental site survey and identify environmental aspects.” These practices are impacting upon personnel to the extent that this role is becoming a full-time occupational necessity. This role is a valid new and emerging occupational requirement that previously had no vocational qualification to support it. Seeing this demand in the market, Phil responded by creating Australia’s first Certificate IV in On-Site Environmental Management in 2007, which recognised the requirement for Health Safety and Environmental Officers to strive for industry standard and provide qualifications equivalent to OH&S.

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After extensive industry consultation, he decided the best approach was to design a comprehensive nationally recognised course that developed environmental management skills on a practical level, covering the legislation, theory and practice of delivering positive on-site environmental outcomes. Phil adds, “My philosophy has always been to provide practical environmental knowledge that allows participants to understand and immediately deliver new environmental awareness to their day to day work. Significantly, this course has provided attendees with a practical foundation in the policies and principles to create and implement their own Site Environmental Management Plan. “The objective is not only to measure your site’s environmental compliance and manage risk but to continually improve your site’s environmental performance, so I created a training environment where trainers could inspire people and foster a motivation to commit to good environmental governance,” Phil continued.

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The result is a five day course based heavily on class interaction, where trainers and participants share their own knowledge for the benefit of all. Phil, who leads most courses, says, “One of the most beneficial ways of learning is hearing other peoples environmental problems, and discussing the best approach to issues such as Erosion and Sediment Control and Spill Management, where definitive solutions are hard to find.” Another aspect of the course attendees have found valuable is participating in an Environmental Survey on a working site. Phil explains, “The usual comment I receive is how hard it is for participants to take off their ‘OH&S hat’ and purely concentrate on the environmental aspects of a site. This really drives home how hard it can be when you are out in the field to detect possible environmental hazards without the proper training and awareness.” The course has now been running for over three years with more than 850 participants from a wide range of industries and occupations, with the success of the course leading Phil to establish Absorb Training as a National Registered Training Organisation in early 2009. Absorb Training has now launched an Advanced Diploma of Environmental Management. This course builds on the Certificate IV course covering a range of subjects, and concentrates on the practical application of environmental management and developing a deeper understanding of the issues which Environmental or OHS&E Managers are required to handle. The course is offered as a blended course requiring an initial two days class time followed by 20 weeks of online instruction. The online segment uses a social networking based Learning Management System to allow flexibility of participation with respect to timing within each week. The participants each select practical exercises in which they have a particular interest in such as Stormwater Management, Erosion & Sediment Control, or Energy Audits and present their findings during a final two day classroom session.

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Mineral Resources signs rail haulage agreement with QR Freight Mineral Resources Limited has signed an agreement for the provision of rail haulage for its Carina Yilgarn iron ore project in Western Australia with QR Freight (QRF), the national bulk freight haulage business for QR Limited.


he Heads of Agreement is a key step in finalising a three-year, four million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) Rail Haulage Agreement for Stage 1 of the Carina project, with provision for expansion to 10Mtpa within three years for Yilgarn Stage 2. The Carina project was acquired by MRL as a result of its takeover of Polaris Metals in January 2010. The Heads of Agreement covers the full rail distance of 576 kilometres from the Mt Walton siding to the Kwinana Bulk Terminal for export, conditional on the allocation of four million tonnes export capacity at the Kwinana Berth 2 Terminal by Fremantle Port Authority. Mineral Resources (MRL) managing director Peter Wade said development of the Carina project was well advanced, with production planned to commence in January 2011 and first ore on rail by 15 March 2011. He said QRF was selected on the basis of the expertise of its business Australian Railroad Group (ARG), one of the most experienced bulk rail freight operators in Australia. “The formalisation of this agreement is a significant milestone for MRL and reflects our commitment to enter into long term relationships with experienced partners to achieve our strategy to establish a sustainable and profitable iron ore production operation in the Yilgarn region of Western Australia,” Wade said. “Rail transport is an integral component in our logistic supply chain from mine to port and MRL and ARG have a common focus to achieve world class performance in developing and expanding iron ore production and haulage from the Carina project.” QRF acting executive general manager David Welch said the company had an established position as a resources haulier, and its strategic focus on iron ore had developed strong partnering relationships with existing and emerging producers. He said the agreement with MRL followed the signing in April of a HOA with Karara Mining Ltd for the provision of rail haulage services for the Karara iron ore project in the Mid West region.

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“This demonstrates our commitment to building QRF’s iron ore business in Western Australia, partnering with all major bulk users of the supply chain,” Welch said. “ARG is the largest haulier of iron ore in Australia outside the Pilbara.” QRF will form part of the proposed initial public offer (IPO) of the QR National coal, freight and infrastructure servicing business. In July, the Queensland Government separated its QR passenger business together with QR rail network, other than the central Queensland coal system (Queensland Rail) from the current QR Limited entity. The remaining “QR National” business includes both the current coal and freight haulage businesses together with the central Queensland coal network business and related services business. The Government has proposed to publicly list the QR National business and will retain ownership of the separated Queensland Rail business.


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Beattie Transport resources in transit The Beattie Transport group incorporates parent company MB Logistics - a well established warehousing, local distribution, hot shot specialist, Beattie Transport a national interstate provider and All Trans Heavy haulage - a rapidly growing over dimensional provider. The synergies that exist between MB Logistics, Beattie Transport and All Trans Heavy Haulage allow us to provide a seamless transport and logistics service that is tailored to meet the specific needs of our clients. MB Logistics, proudly a family owned South Australian business offers a diverse range of fully integrated transport logistic solutions to clients nationally across all states of Australia. Beattie Transport has grown from a fledgling operator contracting a single vehicle in Adelaide back in 1969, where Malcolm Beattie commenced as an interstate linehauler with his first client in L&V Ceiling Supplies, Wingfield carting Acoustic Plaster Ceiling Tiles into Sydney.


n the 1970’s he worked with Mayne Nickless, tanker division carrying bulk wine, LPG and dangerous goods between all capital cities. Expanding to become a well established national interstate transport provider throughout remote Australia during the 1980’s. Investing in regional and metropolitan infrastructure to support the expanding network of logistic services offered to remote areas with depots and partnering relationships located in :- Adelaide x3, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Darwin, Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Launceston, Mackay, Melbourne, Mount Gambier, Mount Isa, Murray Bridge, Perth x3, Pimba, Port Hedland, Roma x2 and Sydney x2. A number of national companies that have traditionally benefited from our transport and logistic services have fuelled the growth of our “BOOT” (build, own, operate and transfer) capital investment project solutions. MB Logistics is renowned for outside the square thinking, having purpose constructed a number of strategically located facilities to satisfy the flexibility of our clients with our newest being situated in Pimba (SA) and Roma (QLD). These operations while in the development stages are well positioned to satisfy the growing regional requirements of the resources sector. In combining physical assets, market awareness and distribution expertise, MB Logistics offer transport solutions that are service orientated and executed at the best total cost. Many transport providers focus on particular legs, or particular transport tasks, shippers will spread the distribution function across multiple providers. But at MB Logistics, we can provide an equally if not more competitive distribution solution that combines the seamless service benefits of dealing with a single provider. Whether you require a linehaul service to or from capital city, regional area, remote site, or local distribution support at any of our operational destinations, we have the skills and resources to reliably undertake the task. MB Logistics prides itself on operating and maintaining a large core fleet of modern prime movers and trailing equipment, supported with a diverse contractor base of trailer haulers, sub contractors and pilot / escorts. MB Logistics manages all its own vehicle mass / specification accreditations, vehicle registrations, permits and driver licensing in house along with our fleet management services.

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Directional drilling in coal has been used in Australia since 1995; however its use only became widespread from 2002. Since then the growth has been rapid and this has brought with it the fact that lessons are often being learned by each and every new operator or contractor attempting the art. Given that the definition of directional drilling is intentionally deviating a wellbore from the path it would naturally take then all types of directional drilling shall be considered, from deviated vertical wells to horizontal sections. In this article, Doug Henderson compiles the evolution and lessons learnt from directional drilling in coal in Australia and provides the reader with a basic understanding of the advantages and limitations of directional drilling in coal.

History of directional drilling in Australia Surface directional drilling rigs were introduced into Australia in the late 1980s by Andy Lukas (of AJ Lucas) for a job at Appin Colliery in a JV between Occidental and AGL to test the effectiveness of the then-new technology. The business continued with directional drilling and the first HDD job performed by AJ Lucas was duplicating the oil pipeline under the taxiway at Sydney Airport for Caltex. Market interest in HDD began to grow and continued into river crossings as Telstra, known at the time as Telecom, rapidly expanded its fibre optic network. Competitors joined the market in the early 1990s. Pontil, later Major, embarked on lateral CBM drilling at Moura in 1995 for BHP Seamgas. Initially the work was performed to pre-drain methane ahead of mining, but was later changed to CSG production and led to the first gas piped to market in Gladstone. Directional drilling continued to grow via the HDD market but the CBM/CSG market was seen as a curiosity by many until 2002.

Advantages of directional drilling in coal Directional drilling in coal carries a number of advantages: • Reduced environmental impact (more drainage area per well) • Less surface infrastructure due to more concentrated operations • Simplified land access • Better exposure to overall gas reservoir • Geological reasons (faults, structures etc) • Access to optimal coal cleating orientation • Ability to tap into lower permeability areas • Rigs can be smaller and easier to move, not traditional larger oilfield-type spread

Selecting a drilling and completion strategy Directional drilling is only one of a number of drilling and completion strategies.

Making directional drilling work There are three golden rules to be remembered when considering directional drilling in coal: • Coal/CSG exploration, drilling, production and workover are systems and must be treated as such • The overall gas production result is a function of how successfully all parts are executed Directional Drilling

• Any damage as a result of any part of the work will affect the final result To make directional drilling work you need to obtain fundamental inputs, create outputs, design wells and source equipment and personnel. The fundamental inputs are a geological model, a permeability model, a gas-in-place model and a standing water level model. The necessary outputs are: • Complete geological model including: – Coal seam thickness contour map

normal and deviated, are generally used until the primary geological model is proven. However, 3D seismic may improve confidence to use lateral techniques earlier.

Limitations of directional drilling Given that CSG/CBM drilling is mostly a logistics exercise because the wells are drilled so fast, the rig spread and personnel must be efficient in all aspects to achieve commercial viability of a project. Bigger is not always better and rigs should be sized appropriately to avoid high cost.

– Structures (faults) both known and suspected There are physical “break points” that exist at around 1700m TD and 2800m TD due to drill • Gas-in-place contour map pipe limitations, principally the onset of pipe • Hydrogeology/water reservoir map including buckling, which often means that a larger rig is potential recharge direction required. Well planning is an iterative approach where one change affects other parts of the drilling program. A principal design should be created and you should perform as many iterations as necessary to finalise all answers and understand all risks and limitations. Well planning is dependent on strong fundamentals for good results and each field must be designed individually because of the variability of coal reservoirs. In addition, vertical wells, both

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Directional drilling in coal is not an exact science yet, with interpretation “on the fly” still required for best results. Primary limitations are: • Gamma sensors used for geo-steering require a strong transition to “see” more than 500mm from the sensor towards the floor or roof interface.


• High ash coal will reduce gamma sensitivity, sometimes making them unusable for geosteering. • Survey stations carry accumulated error. This error cone gets bigger the further you progress downhole until you “range” at or near a vertical well. This affects position confidence. • Geo-models are a series of assumptions between known points. Directional drilling tests every one of those assumptions.

Management of downhole risk While the very best management is management itself it is strongly suggested that a trigger action response plan (TARP) or a decision tree be jointly developed before the job starts with input from the drilling/service company/companies to: Decide how long you will spend: • exploring • fishing for stuck/bogged equipment • branching and cutting off • attempting to intersect a vertical well Decide how you will treat tooling failures: • Broken or damaged BHA components • Steering tool signal issues/failures

Key lessons learnt • Drilling forms only part of a project’s success rate, but it is often blamed for many “failures”. • Accept that any geological model will contain errors and have contingencies to deal with variances when they appear. • Do everything possible to minimise formation damage. • Understand your mud programme. • Use control balance drilling where appropriate. • Keep the drilling time to a minimum. • If drilling overbalance, trade off well length for reduced “time in hole”. • Don’t try to use oil and gas thinking in CBM. CBM is different and requires different thinking. • Understand and exploit rig capacity versus cost for your project. • Find and use people experienced in CBM drilling in the areas of: – Geological and reservoir evaluation

• Be prepared to experiment. • Try different drilling and completion techniques. • Continually update your plans based on real data not assumptions. • Always have a backup plan. Things always go wrong when you need it least!

Observations and next generation development For CBM/CSG production, drilling plays a crucial part in the success of the gas production and how the well is drilled, and has a far greater affect on final production than traditional oil and gas reservoirs. Even though current CSG gas development is concentrated via vertical wells in high gas areas such as the Fairview Fairway an increasing requirement exists for directional drilling expertise as the easily developed high gas areas will be drilled and producing in the next five years. There are plenty of commercially viable lower gas areas or deeper reservoirs existing in Australia and these benefit the most from directional drilling to enable cost-effective production. Directional drilling in coal has reliably reached 2500 metres TD and managed pressure drilling (MPD) of coal, pioneered by Lucas, is rapidly developing as an accepted improved method of directional drilling. Lucas has recently completed engineering work for a 4000 metre directionally drilled well and is negotiating for a trial site. Batch production style directional drilling will be developed and will rise in importance as the full impact of LNG plant gas requirements become clear thus dictating the large numbers of wells needed to supply CSG feed stock. Environmental concerns surrounding water production and treatment are becoming more important and further favour directional drilling so that treatment plants can be concentrated in one area. Over the coming years partial equipment automation will improve repeatability and cater for reduced skilled personnel. Written by Doug Henderson, SPE Member Manager – Directional Drilling, Lucas Drilling Services

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of coal seam methane (CSM) reservoirs

A brief overview of the stimulation

The stimulation of CSM reservoirs has one purpose: to enhance the ability of the reservoir to produce fluids. Under the umbrella of producing fluids, it might be noted that CSM reservoirs are stimulated for a variety of reasons with enhancement of production from low permeability and repair of formation damage being two of the more common reasons.

Overview of CSM reservoirs Coals are buried plant matter that over time in an oxygen-free environment underwent metamorphosis termed ‘coalification’. The bacteria-rich plant material died and fell upon itself, typically submerged in water. The submerged plant material was eventually covered with a sealant, i.e. sand or mud and submerged deeper into the earth due to compaction with additional fill above it. Over time, the condensed plant material formed peat, then lignite, then various ranks of coals depending on the heat, time and pressure among other things. The coal structure is modified as it progresses through its ranks or stages of development. Initially, the peat forms soft lignites then progress to subbitumous and bitumous coals and finally forms hard anthracite. It is during this process that cleats or natural fracturing forms in the coals. The cleat system provides bulk permeability to the reservoir; the matrix material of the coal itself typically has very low permeability.

typical rock. This depth/permeability relationship will have exceptions as the effects of overburden and local tectonics, as found in mountain foothills, are relaxed - as opposed to, for example, a compression environment which will have a marked effect.

As mentioned earlier, a first assumption in CSM reservoirs is that the coal cleat (fracture) system is water saturated. As the water in the cleat system is pumped out, the pressure is reduced and gas evolves from the coal matrix and begins to coalesce in the cleat system, resulting in two-phase flow through the depressurised volume of the CSM reservoir. Due to the typically very small aperture width of the cleat system, the effects of relative permeability versus gas saturation in the cleat system can be very pronounced. Early time production from a CSM reservoir that is water saturated can often be described in terms of Darcy flow. In CSM reservoirs, the single phase flow of water (before significant gas production) may last for hours During the coalification process, the bacteria and in other reservoirs for months. In the case interaction with the plant material commonly of CSM reservoirs that are under saturated with generates methane, the prize of CSM. The gas - that is the gas stored in the coal is less than coal has a unique ability to hold the generated what could be held in equilibrium at the current methane in a process termed adsorption, where reservoir conditions – the reservoir may produce the methane molecules adhere to the micro-surface water for months or years without significant of the coal on a molecular level arrangement. gas production. As a general observation most This unique adsorption process allows for the commercially productive CSM reservoirs are storage of very significant amounts of methane found around 1200 m or less in depth. per unit mass of coal, even though the porosity As noted earlier, coal permeability generally of most productive coals is low (quite often<1%). exhibits a decreasing relationship with depth. Remember that in traditional sandstone-type Permeability is also dependent on the coal reservoirs the hydrocarbons are trapped in the composition, cleat spacing, fluid saturation, matrix porosity, typically on the order of 8-14%. cleat aperture width, etc. There is a minimal As almost all coals are deposited and formed in permeability below which economic production a liquid-filled environment, a first order assumption from a CSM reservoir is not realistic. This lower is often that the coal has a 100% water-filled end permeability is often in the range of 1-5 md cleat system with gas saturation of the coal matrix (should be actually be considered in the context at maximum content equilibrium with reservoir of kh) but as can be imagined, depends on net pressure. This may or may not be true. coal thickness, drilling costs, completion costs, water disposal costs, corporate overhead, gas Under most conditions there is a developed sales price, compression, desired margins, etc. relationship between the permeability of coals at reservoir conditions owing to the cleat system discussed earlier and the depth at which the cleats Stimulation of CSM reservoirs The stimulation of producing CSM reservoirs is exist. In general, the deeper the coal is buried, undertaken to increase the production rate from the more overburden will be placed on the coal. Considering that most coals have a high Poisson’s the reservoir. Most often the stimulation treatment is designed to either: increase the production ratio and a low Young’s modulus, coals can be from a reservoir with lower permeability and/ considered soft or semi-plastic compared with

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or increase production from a damaged reservoir. The stimulation of CSM reservoirs can be considered in several different lights; 1) consideration of a skin referred to as “s” or a damaged or stimulated layer immediately surrounding the well bore, 2) an infinitely conductive fracture with a length related to the degree of stimulation or damage and 3) as a form of increasing the effective well bore radius. A brief discussion of the relationship of the various forms relating well bore stimulation and conversely damage, follows: s = (k/ks – 1) * ln(rs/r w) Here, skin s is a dimensionless number that defines the effect of a damaged zone around a well bore where 0 implies no damage area, a positive s number indicates damage and a negative s number indicates stimulation. In this case, s is somewhat abstract and difficult to relate to production enhancement or impairment. A more concrete use of the dimensionless skin factor is to relate s to the apparent well bore radius, that is, the radius of the well bore that the reservoir appears to be producing from. r wa = r w e-s If we consider a reservoir with a permeability of 5 md with a well bore radius of 4 inches that has been expanded to 10 inches, we would expect a skin factor of –0.92. If we continue and assume the permeability of the well bore region that was under-reamed approaches infinity then the apparent well bore radius r wa indeed is 10 inches. Intuitively we realise that if the bulk of the formation permeability is high enough to flow fluids thru it at economical rates, the ability to remove a damaged area and replace it with a conductive area will provide an even more productive well. If, on the other hand, the bulk of the formation permeability is not high enough to flow at an economical rate then increasing the well bore diameter from 4 inches to 10 inches will not increase the flow capacity of the reservoir into the well bore by a significant amount and make the production economical. Another way to define the effect of the skin factor is consideration of an effective fracture half length of infinite conductivity. The determination of the effective fracture half length is given by: Lf1/2 = (2)r wa

Typical treatments Stimulation treatments for reservoirs made of coal are many and varied. Examples of various commonly used stimulation treatments can be summarised in three main categories: Actually increase the well bore radius Provided the coal interval available for production is open at the well bore, the flow area is a squared function with the created radius. If the radius is doubled the flow area available for production is increased fourfold. The process of under-reaming is a good example of increasing the well bore radius. Under-reaming involves placing a set of knives on pipe across from the coal to be enlarged. The knives are extended while the pipe is rotated and the radius of the coal in communication with the well bore is increased. Another approach is cavitation where a compressible fluid is injected into a coal thus increasing the pressure in the coal followed by the pressure being rapidly vented to atmosphere. By repeating the process the pressure surges often breakdown the in situ coal into rubble allowing it to be flowed or bailed from the well bore. This process also has the advantage of causing the coal reservoir to fracture and crack for many meters away from the well bore into the formation. Increase the permeability of the reservoir in the well bore vicinity Attempts are sometimes made to stimulate the area immediately around the well bore by flushing away, dissolving or mobilising and producing out material in the area surrounding the well bore. This technique can be applied to CSM reservoirs that have been cased and cemented as well as reservoirs that are open hole completed. As many coals have porosities that are low <2% a small amount of treatment fluid can reach rather far into the reservoir. Conversely, damaging fluids such as cement filtrate can travel very deep into the coals causing the damage. Examples of these types of treatments are: acid jobs where an acid typically hydrochloric is injected into the formation. Minor amounts of materials associated with coal termed ash may solubilise in acids and often times cement filtrate responds to hydrochloric acid. Water flushing is a commonly used technique for high permeability e.g.>30md times the produced water and especially two phase gas/water production from CSM formations mobilises fines that can Australasian Mining Review 2010: 2nd edition

coalesce and plug near well bore. An inexpensive water flush can disperse fines and open plugged cleat systems. Another example treatment is a surfactant type injection where a surfactant / water cocktail is injected into the formation in an attempt to disperse or ďŹ&#x201A;occulate fines out of the cleat systems. Create a large crack or hydraulic fracture into the coal thus increasing the surface area in contact with the well bore This technique is commonly referred to as hydraulic fracturing and involves the injection of fluids into the coals at a rate and pressure that is high enough to cause the coals to rupture or frac (as in fracture). The fluids used range from foams made from nitrogen, propane or CO2 (uncommon in coals) to waters viscosified with gelling agents to simply injecting water. Usually, a material termed proppant or prop is included in the injected fluid used to frac the formation. The prop keeps the newly created crack from closing on itself when the pressure is reduced during the flow back of fluid after the hydraulic fracturing treatment. In most cases the prop is a high quality, spherical sand that is sieved to a specific mesh i.e. 20-40 mesh. During generation of the hydraulic fracture a commonly held assumption is that two diametrically opposed frac wings originate and propagate away from the well bore Lf. A more realistic model in many cases might be closer to a cracked windshield glass. A significant advantage that hydraulic fracturing provides that other stimulation techniques may not is often times to provide enough of an increase in production that CSM reservoirs with lower permeabilities, on the order of <8 md that might not flow at economical rates, the ability to produce at rates considered economical. In the case of hydraulic fracturing, a resultant skin factor of -4.5 is not uncommon. Considering the equations above relating skin and effective well bore or fracture length this would imply an effective well bore radius of 30 feet or an infinitely conductive fracture of 60 feet length for one wing (120 feet tip to tip). Increases of production rates by an order of magnitude are not uncommon using hydraulic fracturing as the stimulation technique. The stimulation of CSM reservoirs can be accomplished by various methods ranging from

Simulation of CSM Reservoirs

mechanically grinding away reservoir rock and increasing the flow area to water flushing of the coal cleat (natural fracture) system removing fines and plugging material to chemical systems such as acids and surfactants and finally to hydraulic fracturing. All of the stimulation systems have a place but in the case of lower permeability CSM reservoirs or those well bores with severe damage the option of hydraulic fracturing often times makes the difference between sub and economical wells.

s = dimensionless skin factor used to define damage or stimulation k = formation (bulk) permeability ks = permeability of the formation contained in the assumed damage radius around the well bore rs = radius of formation around the well bore affected by ks r w = well bore radius r wa = apparent well bore radius or the equivalent diameter of the well bore owing to the effect of the skin factor. An apparent radius larger than what was drilled indicates stimulation and conversely an apparent radius smaller that the well bore radius drilled indicates damage. Lf1/2 is the effective fracture half length. This is the mathematical length that a fracture with unrestricted ability to flow would be in order to provide the flow defined by the dimensionless skin factor. Author Mike Much is the General Manager of Oil and Gas for AJ Lucas where he is headquartered in Sydney.


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Eastern Star Gas has developed a clear commercialisation strategy, with significant Memorandums of Understanding in place for domestic gas supply across three parties, totalling 1700 PJ. Additionally, ESG has an agreement with the highly respected consortium of Hitachi and Toyo Engineering to investigate the feasibility of exporting LNG from the port of Newcastle.

This pioneering well design maximises connectivity with the coal, resulting in many times greater flow rates than can be achieved from vertical, fracturestimulated wells.

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Contract Charter, Investor Tours and Cargo Flights take off across Australia With an enormous amount of growth in mining and resources projects and contract labour across Australia, there have been more frequent requirements for mining companies to procure contracted charter aircraft to get into remote locations. The use of Corporate Jets and Executive Turbo-Prop aircraft is also on the rise across the country. Aircraft such as Lear Jets, Cessna Citations and even the VVIP Global Express aircraft have been flying crosscountry on a weekly basis performing investor tours and site visits.


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wo prototype aircraft, a 70-seat ATR 72-600 and a 50-seat ATR 42-600, are on target to complete certification flights in Europe later this year, ahead of entry into commercial service in 2011.

The Asia Pacific region is textbook territory for the new ATR family, with enormous diversity of requirements between markets and airlines, from short hops between tropical islands or tourist flights into alpine resorts to new operations into remote communities and even regional international services in the Pacific. A major opportunity exists for ATR in Australia, with a requirement for large turboprop airliners to operate both scheduled flights on secondary routes or in busy short-haul markets, or contract services to remote destinations such as mining or resources sites, whose workforces are continually ferried in and out of major centres. Already well in advance of its entry into service next year, ATR has sold 59 of the -600 series aircraft – 54 ATR 72-600s and five ATR 42-600s. Five of these aircraft will be operated by French Polynesian carrier Air Tahiti. Building on the proven success of the current ATR models, the key selling points for the ATR ‘-600 series’ include the lowest fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of similar-sized turboprop or regional jet aircraft, and improved payload and range and improvements in the passenger cabin which ATR promises will be the most modern and comfortable aboard a regional airliner. “With 59 sales already, the -600 series aircraft is already a success,” said Guillaume Huertas, ATR Sales Executive Australia and Pacific. “We believe this region offers great opportunities for the ATR -600 series, and that the -600 series also offers great opportunities for airlines operating here,” said Huertas. “Not only does our new family of aircraft promise less fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions than any existing regional airliner,” he said. “For passengers, it will also offer enlarged overhead bins and new design seats to enhance the already-popular 2 x 2 seat ATR layout, which is more spacious and quieter than many narrowbodied jet aircraft.” The key to the extra efficiency of the ATR -600 series aircraft will be the new Pratt and Whitney

PW 127M engines, which enable operators to increase payload by up to 500 kilograms or to extend operating range in particularly difficult hot and high conditions. In addition, the ATR aircraft is very robust and well-known for high reliability in challenging environmental conditions with extreme temperatures, short or unpaved runways or other difficult operations. These conditions are very common in outback Australia, in particular in remote mining sites operated by resources companies. “ATR aircraft, because of their ability to operate in such conditions, are perfectly adapted and suitable for the Fly-In Fly-Out operations of the Australian mining industry,” said Huertas. “Our family of regional airliners already offers significant cost savings over smaller or older turboprop competitors and regional jets, and the new -600 series will deliver even greater efficiencies in the future.” For those carriers or customers not yet in the market for a new aircraft, but still requiring a large turboprop, Huertas said current model ATR series 500 aircraft also had excellent credentials for Australia, having already been proved by a range of carriers serving varied markets and climates elsewhere in the Asia Pacific region. “It is upon these aircraft that we are basing the new series 600 family,” said Huertas. “With spacious 2 x 2 seating layouts, every passenger has a window or an aisle seat, while the aircraft also offers restrooms, air conditioning and a large cargo compartment for passengers’ luggage and freight – perfect for the challenging conditions of Australia’s remote resources sites.” ATR is the only manufacturer offering a 50-74 seat family of regional airliners, thus being optimally positioned to replace ageing current fleets as well as delivering better environmental credentials than competitors.

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Bird Pest Control around Mines Just like every other industry the mining industry has problems with birds and fauna. Not only do birds and animals cause considerable OH&S issues and environmental concerns, they have been known to halt production.


ird Gard Pty Ltd is an Australian company that specialises in repelling birds and other species without harming them. By utilising the latest technological advances in acoustics, ultrasonics and lasers Bird Gard repels birds in an environmentally friendly manner. Many mine sites have airstrips which are vital for ongoing operations. It only takes one bird or kangaroo to damage an engine and leaving it grounded. Vital supplies, transportation of workers will be delayed. Bird strikes and the flow on effect can cost mining companies millions of dollars. Acquiring the latest bird control technology to defend your vital aviation asset makes good economic sense. Buildings at mine sites have problems with pigeons, swallows and sparrows etc. The main problem is guano or more commonly known as bird poo. These problems normally start with just few birds but inevitably increase exponentially. As one workshop manager from a coal mine explained, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The mess the birds create needs to be cleaned everyday!â&#x20AC;? This can affect workers morale, cause serious OH&S issues and damage valuable plant and infrastructure. The build up of nesting material and guano can cause fires, block gutters and drains leading to water damage to buildings. Recent research indicates that the Spanish Influenza that killed millions people in the 1920s was in fact a bird flu virus. Birds are known to carry more than 60 diseases and mites etc.; it is also understood that dried pigeon guano is carcinogenic. Failure to respond quickly and appropriately to any bird problem increases the risk and potential harm to workers and assets. While we all admire the beauty and the abilities of birds it is best to keep them out of the workplace. Corellas and cockatoos move into mine site townships and whilst a fairly common problem most environmental departments are at a loss as to how to resolve this problem. Bird Gard has a range of products that can quickly solve this problem in an environmentally friendly manner. Mining companies have marine assets such as exploration vessels, floating fuel tankers, offshore

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platforms and port facilities; which can all have bird problems. One mining company had an unmanned platform that had been taken over by hundreds of sea birds. These birds were reluctant to leave the heli-deck even when the helicopter was trying to land. Such a hazardous destination puts the helicopter at risk and can prevent the intended mission from being completed. This company was looking for was a statically mounted device installed near the heli-deck that


could be remotely activated by the approaching helicopter. Recently we developed a device that does just that, it can be activated by a hand held transmitter at ranges of up to four kilometres.

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While not a big problem, birds and animals can wander into tailings dams. One mining company explained that even though they didn’t have a bird problem, they wanted to do something for the environment and as it was in the budget they purchased some electronic bird control devices to protect their dams. Environmental programs designed to rehabilitate land can be thwarted by wildlife. Ironically new plant growth often needs protection from birds and animals. Bird Gard has a range of non-harmful products to suit most circumstances.

ARE BIRDS YOUR PROBLEM ? Bird Gard specialises in successfully repelling birds and other unwanted animals without harming them. We utilise the latest advances in ultrasonics, acoustics and laser technologies to repel them from: • Air strips • Town sites • Tailings dams • Off shore platforms • Birds from buildings • Plant and Equipment

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Prescription Safety Glasses The eye is a complex organ that needs proper care and protection, and in some cases, assistance to enable it to perform to its full potential. As we age it may become necessary to use prescription glasses or contact lenses to overcome some physiological or age related visual problems.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 54.2% of workers require prescription safety glasses, with the rate significantly higher in mining. In industrial situations it is advantageous, that eye protection and Visual Performance enhancement, be incorporated into Prescription Safety Glasses. Talk to a local Optometrist about establishing a Visual Performance and Eye Safety program at your site.

Standards Almost four years on, the AS/NZS1337.6:2007 standard is still causing confusion amongst some OH&S professionals regarding compliance. The following sections will help eliminate the confusion by providing information to use as a basis for assessment. The standard states “Manufacturers making a statement of compliance with this Australian/New Zealand Standard…are advised to ensure that such compliance is capable of being verified.” (Section 5.2 Notes: 2) The standard requires that every pair of spectacles,

Eyewear and Safety Eyewear – Protect Your Sight

which is claimed to meet the standard, should be supplied with that manufacturer’s official documentation. (AS/NZS1337.6, 2007 Section 6) This documentation will normally assure the product is compliant. Without documentation the spectacle may not meet the requirements. Please check with the products manufacturer if in doubt, ask for documentation.

What to look for: 1. The manufacturers name and license number on the frame 2. The lens markings as required in section 5.2 of the standard 3. The documents provided are from a recognised certified manufacturer The level of OH&S compliance in Australia is amongst the highest in the world; this should be carried through to adopting AS/NZS 1337.6:2007. All OH&S professionals are encouraged to check the products they are being supplied accordingly.


ALS Coal Technology Due to coal’s heterogeneous nature its production and utilisation performance needs to be well understood and managed to deliver reliable quality and return on investment. ALS provides the resources to the global coal industry to identify and assess coal quality for exploration projects, coal mining and preparation operations, blending, superintendence and product end use for Coking, PCI and Thermal coal. ALS provides consulting services in all areas of coal quality, utilisation, research and marketing and is focused on assisting the coal industry by optimising the benefits of exploration programs, solving coal quality issues, improving coals utilisation performance, and actively participating in coal science research. Unique, state of the art facilities and expertise allow ALS to assess and rank coal handling, blending, and utilisation performance to give a vital overview of its marketability and value-in-use.

Coal Preparation Services ALS Coal Technology Coal Preparation Services can assist mining and preparation operations to achieve and maintain consistent quality and productivity, through advice on processing, equipment selection, process design verification, metallurgical investigations, and routine preparation metallurgical services. Coal preparation circuits are simulated using the LIMN model, to optimise yield at target specifications. ALS Coal Technology Coal Preparation Services are enhanced by the Pilot Coal Preparation Plant, the Coking Coal Technology Centre, and the Thermal Coal Combustion Technology Centre.

Pilot Coal Preparation Plant ALS has the only commercially available Pilot Coal Preparation Plant in Australasia. This plant can process a wide range of coal types through a versatile set of processing modules to simulate typical coal preparation scenarios. This unique plant can process samples from one to 50 tonnes through Crushing, Sizing, Dense Medium Drum and Cyclone, Classifying Cyclone, Spiral and Flotation circuits. This plant provides the valuable opportunity to assess the processing performance of coal resources before committing to a full scale plant, to generate potential coal products for utilisation performance assessment or provision to potential customers. Coal products from the plant are routinely assessed at the ALS Coking and Combustion Technology Centres.

Coking Research Centre ALS through its ACIRL Coking Research Centre has provided small and pilot scale coking and coke testing facilities to Australian and International coal producers for over 30 years.

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coals, and allow informed suppliers to position their product in the market. Using this expertise and testing facilities ALS has assisted mining companies to: • optimise the market potential of their resource through provision of detailed technical evaluation of a coal’s coking utilisation potential, • monitor export coal quality through regular testing and feedback, • perform research covering topics such as blend optimisation, stamp charging and blend additives. ALS has developed industry leading coke quality prediction models based on the large range of pilot-scale testing it has carried out.

Thermal Coal Combustion Technology Centre This Centre was established in 1985 to conduct technical investigations related to the assessment and use of thermal coals and provides recognised international expertise and facilities for the evaluation of thermal coal combustion behaviour and the optimisation of coal combustion processes. The Centre includes pilot scale milling equipment and the Pilot Boiler Simulation Furnace which is used to evaluate thermal coals focusing on optimising process efficiency and assessing the effect of coal properties on the combustion performance of coals in industrial applications, principally pulverised coal-fired power plant boilers. The Centre provides technical evaluation of coal supply tenders for power utility companies and other coal users, advice to power utility companies and other coal users on coal specifications covering the purchase of thermal coal, and coal quality assessments to assist mining companies optimise their coal’s market potential. The Combustion Technology Centre offers a range of services, including:

The centre has an internationally recognised reputation for expertise and unique facilities for the evaluation of coking coals.

• Blending Investigations

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SICK – Collision Avoidance System Proximity Detection Technology SICK is the world leading producer of sensor systems for industrial use and is a technology and market leader in factory, logistics and process automation.


ICK’s measuring scanners provide solutions for demanding applications worldwide, e.g. preventing collisions, automatic positioning of heavy equipment, vehicle classification in moving traffic, the control of vehicles, profiling of bulk material and rolling stock, as well as for guarding in building security and access control. In terms of robustness and outdoor performance, especially under harsh environmental conditions, laser technology with its advantages in precision and the high degree of detail has made the breakthrough. The multi echo technology is one of the key features for outstanding performance in rain, dust, fog and snow. SICK is a world leader in time-of-flight technology. This principle forms the basis for many successful products and systems from SICK. Pulse time-of flight and phase time-of-flight scanners measure areas with a rotating laser beam – and thus determine the profile of a plane. The laser pulses emitted from a laser scanner are reflected by the objects in the surrounding environment. The measuring scanner collects the laser pulse reflections, processes the information and issues the data via the Ethernet interface. The distance is calculated from the time-of-flight of the laser pulse and the speed of light. The rotating mirror deflects the laser pulses. The angular position of the mirror during deflection yields the direction of the detected object. The combination of these values builds the basis for a complete profile of the surroundings in the radial scanning range of the laser scanner. SICK high performance Collision Avoidance System (CAS) - the turn key retrofit solution that offers a solid value proposition for your surface mining operation utilises this same field proven technology. Reliable prevention of incidents and accidents is the key to reducing your repair costs, downtime and maintenance effort. Operator performance improves, because the human focus lies on tasks at hand. For monitoring and analysis purposes SICK collision avoidance systems provide a network based interface to mine operation systems and can be configured to fit existing mine operation processes for safe operation. SICK’s systems enhance and speed up operator training and education. Up to four laser scanners constantly observe the

vehicle’s surrounding environment. The system knows the scanners position and the physical dimensions of your equipment. Three warning zones - green, yellow and red – can be defined to suit the individual mine operation safety process for your shovel, excavator, haul truck or dozer. Upon the detection of a warning zone violating obstacle, an alarm is raised with optical and sound feedback for the operator. All events are also provided on the network interface for external logging. SICK uses compact sized, advanced multibeam and multi-echo technology laser scanners, scanning with high resolution for long range and a large field of view. The system then offers a comprehensive description of its environment in the form of: objects with relevant dynamic characteristics like, position, velocity and object type (trucks, utilities, people). The vehicle’s pitching motion poses a challenge to sensors installed in a vehicle. An incorrect reading can easily occur, for example, if a measurement is taken as a tyre hits a pothole, the system could lose sight of relevant objects as a result. However no object remains undiscovered using the unique four layer technology of the SICK laser scanner. The scanner measures simultaneously with four layers – important to compensate for the pitching movement of your equipment or to detect slopes, cliffs, holes potholes, table drains, rocks and ditches. The scanner splits the laser beam into four vertical layers. Distance measurements are taken independently for each of these layers with an aperture angle of 3.2°. This allows any pitching of the vehicle, caused by an uneven surface or driving manoeuvres such as braking and accelerating, to be fully compensated. This builds the basis for the complex driver warning strategy SICK CAS performs. This technology gives rise to absolutely reliable proximity detection, which entails not only the exact evaluation of relevant object data, but also, the exact classification of data points received from ground or road surface, which is used for an accurate slope detection and pitch compensation. Elimination of irrelevant data, typically arising from dirt, dust, heavy rain, fog or snow are removed by filtering and/or reported to the driver, so that flawless operation is ensured.

Stretching Wireless I/O throughout your infrastructure Tough economic times are upon us, and as automation budgets remain ďŹ&#x201A;at or decline, doing more as efficiently as possible with existing assets and infrastructure has never been more important. Wireless I/O offers one such avenue to accomplish this objective. Without question, the use of wireless I/O offers substantial and measureable cost savings in terms of engineering, installation and logistics as well as dramatic improvements in the frequency and reliability of field data collection.


any wireless I/O applications offer simple, cost-effective measurement of monitoring points to eliminate manual collection of field data, thereby improving labour productivity. Alternatively, in more sophisticated applications with a central processing device, wireless I/O enables users to extract full diagnostic data allowing for predictive intelligence from these devices which then will automatically notify the appropriate personnel of the precise problem before a costly asset, unit or plant shutdown occurs. With the prospect of being able to solve virtually any remote monitoring or control application, many people throughout the industry are viewing Wireless I/O as an exciting innovation for addressing issues previously deemed cost prohibitive, not technically feasible, or lacking in sufficient reliability. This excitement is well-justified with the expectation that having additional knowledge about the operation will lead to a safer and more profitable enterprise. In general, wireless has traditionally been thought of as a way to send signals over distances greater than a kilometre. However, it also provides advantages in short-distance applications, especially in applications in which I/O data must be transmitted several hundred metres and running cable and conduit is both challenging and very expensive in overcoming hazards and obstructions. The basis for Wireless I/O is Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) technology. FHSS helps transceivers successfully deliver I/O signals despite competing signals from other devices. FHSS varies the carrier frequency throughout the spectrum in a pattern recognised solely by the transceivers assigned to communicate with one another in the network. This technology is particularly well-suited for sending small packets of information, such as I/O in a noisy, high interference environment. Devices also can be equipped with external antennas, allowing radios to be mounted within a few feet of an obstruction but sending and receiving signals via antennas above the obstructions or interference. The image illustrates the ability to stack FreeWaveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s I/O Expansion Modules onto an existing wireless Base I/O Slave, thus increasing

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the number of Inputs and Outputs (I/O). Whereas the base I/O slave has a small number of Analog and Digital I/O, additional expansion modules will dramatically increase the I/O and offer the user the ability to customise the I/O Expansion Stack for a given installation; up to 15 expansion modules (192 I/O Points) can be accommodated per Expansion Stack. Each stack is Modbus addressable and offers 256 stacks with 8 bit Modbus addressing and over 65,000 with 16 bit addressing. The FreeWave I/O Expansion Module can also be deployed without a radio. This is very useful in applications where a RTU or PLC has limited I/O capacity; directly connecting the Expansion I/O Modules via a serial communications port on the RTU/PLC will expand the I/O Capacity with minimal cost. The adoption of FreeWaveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wireless I/O and the flexibility it offers represents one of the simplest and most straightforward ways to stretch your wireless Infrastructure investment. Wireless I/O technologies are affordable, secure, and can be implemented non-intrusively, without disrupting existing operational processes. In this highly competitive and dynamic business climate, this is not just technology for its own sake; companies are recognising the power and potential of what it truly provides. By Brent E. McAdams Director, Major Accounts & Product Management FreeWave Technologies, Inc.

Take the time to do a Project Health Check The easy way to optimise your minesite! When was the last time you looked at your mining or milling schedules? What about your mining cost model? How long ago was the last optimisation or mining review carried out? Has the resource model had any recent drilling that may have altered the model you are currently mining to?


n many cases a mining project will remain robust to minor fluctuations once it reaches a mature stage of production, but given our current erratic economic climate it may prove prudent to have a second look at these very important variables. It’s often the case that by the time a problem arises, or an opportunity to exploit an advantage is identified, it’s too late to make the appropriate adjustments on the ground or at the coal face. So what are some of the easiest steps you can take to make sure that your mining project is still in good shape, or more importantly that you’re not missing out on an opportunity? Here are some simple actions that you can take to perform a relatively quick health check: 1. Drag out the old mining study and have a look at all of the costs applied to the optimisation or mining review. They may have been relevant at the time of the study, but do they still look realistic today? What about continuing into the future? 2. Look up the sensitivity tables relating to such variables as cost and sell price fluctuations. These tables will tell you at a glance what areas are prone to trouble. For example, depending on the particular characteristics of project, small percentage fluctuations to particular variables can have a larger than expected effect. It helps to identify these variables and hone in on them for further review. 3. Make the necessary updates to your variables and complete a quick first pass optimisation or mining review. Compare the new outputs to the mining study and insert them into your schedule. Do the results come close to those shown in the original study? How do the new physicals affect your financial model? Auralia recommends that once established, this review process take place at regular intervals or pre-determined trigger points. If you have the appropriate professionals on site at your disposal this process should be fairly quick and relatively painless. However, if this is not the case then Auralia Mining Consulting can help you through this process and provide training and continual support for now and into the future. Auralia Mining Consulting has a policy of close client liaison; there’s no red tape, and no middle men. Every consultant works one-on-one with


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An Ear to the Ground By Emielia Holroyd Let’s face it: in terms of the keeping up with growing global demands, mining has to do everything in its power to increase output while minimising ongoing production costs.


he continued expansion of coal mining across the Australian continent, the modernising of the Chinese coal industry, the ever increasing demand for coal production in the United States – all have one thing in common: the call for equipment that can achieve more with less sweat. In other words, equipment that’s good for the bottom line. And this is precisely where the once small Mackaybased company CQMS Razer comes in. From the very start, when Tom Meyers launched Central Queensland Mining Supplies to distribute its first ground-engaging tools (GET) with three staff in 1979, planners have had their pencils to the drawing board and an ear to the ground for what is needed in the field. “Let’s build a dragline bucket that outshines all other dragline buckets, not from preconceived ideas but from first principles,” Meyers told his colleagues after recognising a gap in the market for efficient buckets. “Innovation is what we need and, after that, more innovation,” is the motto he pushed, always researching the customer’s needs and going back to the drawing board, to come up with something even better than what was available at the time. The firm’s other core principal is “customer support second to none”. This means that highly experienced sales and product reps not only sell the goods but go out to the mine and virtually become part of the mine site team to make sure everything runs efficiently. Today CQMS Razer employs more than 400 people in Australia and holds at least 60 per cent of the market share of dragline buckets currently in use and estimates its share of the Australian rigging and chain market at more than 70 per cent. The company recently landed a significant bucket contract with China, sinking its teeth into the country’s first large-scale walking dragline operation. Bucket coordinator Peter Nielsen went to Inner Mongolia to personally oversee the piecing together of CQ 145, a 90 cubic metre bucket sent to Zhungeer New Energy Mine in four segments. It was well-received. Peter Nielsen: “The purchase of the CQMS Razer Earth Eater bucket is a step towards China

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increasing its productivity with state of the art equipment.” In addition, CQMS Razer’s reach into the United States and Canada is expanding rapidly. So far 18 dragline buckets have been sold to mining companies as far apart as Texas, North Dakota in the USA, and Alberta and Saskatchewan in Canada. CQMS Razer has developed a wide range of different dragline bucket designs to suit different dig characteristics and different ground conditions. The largest bucket currently made is 120 cubic metres, which is capable of carrying 240 tonnes of overburden. General Manager Phil Sellers, responsible for dragline and mobile mining sales: “The founder of CQMS Razer, Tom Meyers, changed the way the mining industry looks at drag line buckets. He realised designs could be improved and set about trialling and selling his concepts. “As far as innovation goes our research never really stops. We aim to make each bucket better than the next. “ To take efficiency to a premium, the company bought and modernised its own foundry in Maryborough in 2002 and now makes all bucket and rigging castings itself. Sellers: “We are capable of offering different GET options and can further tailor the bucket to optimise performance under varying conditions.” Sellers: “With the use of a 1:7 scale dragline test rig, CQMS Razer has continued to experiment with new designs. As a result we were able to develop what soon became our most popular dragline bucket – the Earth Eater. The aim was to improve productivity over the then conventional bucket designs by 11 – 15 per cent.” Still not content with this achievement, the company went back to the drawing board to see what it could come up with. The result is its latest generation bucket – the revolutionary Hurricane, which further increases productivity, often by as much as 12 per cent. Sellers: “It slides through and cuts into the dirt more efficiently, filling the bucket in less time and distance, allowing the dragline to disengage the bucket from the earth sooner than other buckets. It is a lower profile bucket so it can be transported to


(Above) The CQ150 Bucket painted pink to celebrate the 150th bucket completion Milestone and raise money for breast cancer – pictured with CQMS Razer personel that attended the charity fundraising event.

the mine in the dig position requiring less cranage and other handling once the bucket gets to the mine site.”

has a large Fixed Plant division that supplies a variety of products to mining processing plants, including wear plate and polyurethane products.

CQMS Razer is capable of a fully integrated and complete service. Sellers: “We have significant resources allocated to product development and engineering, we have large casting and manufacturing facilities and we ensure our products perform in the field. Our reps physically inspect the buckets, GET, chain and rigging on a weekly basis and make maintenance recommendations to the mine personnel. We believe we add real value to the customer’s dragline productivity and therefore real dollars to their bottom line.”

Currently the company is working on its 160th bucket while its very first bucket the CQ01 is still in use at Curragh Mine in Blackwater.

CQMS Razer’s expertise is not confined to the dragline market. It also has a wide range of lips and GET to suit the mobile excavator market, with installations in Australia, South Africa, the US, Canada and Indonesia. In addition CQMS Razer

What started as a small service in the Bowen Basin, has expanded to supply all major mine sites in Queensland and the Hunter Valley in New South Wales. The company is wellpositioned in North America. Sellers: “We are confident that the next few years will see additional growth both in Australia and overseas. This growth will be underpinned by CQMS Razer’s two core philosophies of continual product innovation and customer support second to none.”

The 150th Bucket: Recently CQMS Razer completed its 150th dragline bucket. To celebrate this milestone, the global mining supply company, in a joint venture with BMA, painted the eight metre wide bucket pink, gave it eyes and a face and put out a message: “Dig Deep for Charity”. The aim was to put back into the community. A huge “fight breast cancer” celebration with a celebrity cricket match and generous donations from sponsors raised $75 000 for the McGrath Foundation. The money was used to employ more McGrath Breast Care Nurses in rural and regional communities, a vital recovery aid for women who have been stricken. Pinnacle of Bucket Performance: Launched in July 2007, the Hurricane Bucket represents the latest technology in bucket design. The fast filling production bucket ranges from 19 to 110 cubic metres. It was first used on draglines such as the popular Marion 8050 and Bucyrus 1370 draglines. Bucket Product Manager Murray Buhse: “The success of this dragline class has led us to develop and sell Hurricanes for all the larger and smaller class machines. Demand for this style of bucket is currently exceeding expectations. Every site that has bought it has come back for more. “

(Above) The Hurricane Bucket in its delivery paintwork is about to be fitted to a dragline for its first bite at the overburden.

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Innovative Hydraulics

Manufacturing Engineers are an Australian company who design and build Geotechnical, Water Boring, and Exploration Drilling Rigs. Innovative Hydraulics build Drilling Rigs that are feature rich and user friendly in a compact package, to go where you need it to go. Our rigs are all custom built to customer specifications, and they are all built in Australia with quality and pride and Australian Standards in mind.


nnovative Hydraulics began building drilling rigs almost eight years ago when a customer approached the Director of the business John Hirst and asked him to build a drilling rig that was similar to the rig that he was using on a Hilux Ute. This unit was used for the soil testing of residential and commercial buildings. John Hirst was excited at the opportunity to build and design something that was out of the normal product range for Innovative Hydraulics at that time, and saw ways in which he could only improve on the product that the customer already had, therefore building a product that was compact, sturdy and capable of more than the customer ever expected. This has been both a great opportunity and success for our business ever since. Innovative Hydraulics custom builds all of its products which has opened up a wide market for versatility and design in our business. John Hirst and the team have worked very close with our customers to be able to deliver a product that meets the customers specific need for moving there business forward. Over the past eight years Innovative Hydraulics has worked on developing a range of products that are compact, full of great features, strength and versatility. We have the Sampla Series drilling rigs, which are our smaller range of drilling rigs and are suited for trailers or on the back of utes and we have even designed a unit lite enough for small ATV’s. We have the Explora Series drilling rig which was designed for drillers wanting the performance of a medium sized exploration drilling rig, with the convenience of a compact drilling rig that fits on a small 4X4 trucks and custom built track bases, these are able to get into limited access sites. The Explora series drilling rigs have been built to be light but strong, and have a lattés style mast with cylinders and cables for the head feed and pull-back. Our Explora range has an impressive 7,000 kg of pull back force with both high speed traverse and fine feed control. The Explora series also comes standard with a two speed drill head that has been designed and built in house, the speeds are changed with a switch by the operator at the console which improves the safety and performance of the drilling rig. All drills in the range are fitted with Caterpillar diesel engines

in a fully enclosed compartment with a lockable door for daily servicing and easily removed panels for major servicing. Innovative Hydraulics have also built many unique machines that have all been designed to help our customers to achieve goals and complete projects that were not previously viable. Some of these include our mast on the back of a John Deere Tractor, Rock Drill for an excavator, Electric Indoor Piling Units and more. These designs have all been designed and built around the customer’s specific need. Over the years Innovative Hydraulics Drilling Rigs have been shipped all over Australia and even overseas. Innovative Hydraulics take great pride in building a quality product within our own workshop with a team of dedicated staff who are committed to achieving a high standard of excellence in all of the work that they do. Our staff carries many years of experience in every area of our hydraulic – manufacturing business. At Innovative Hydraulics we are passionate about specialising in designing systems and machines that meet the needs of our customers, and we are continually adding to and improving our range of products. So for all your machining, manufacturing, hydraulic, designing needs give us a call on 03 54971888.

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Pathtech Drugwipe: Detecting Drugs in Saliva The Drugwipe saliva drug detection devices from Securetec are an efficient, reliable and rapid test that is becoming a leading choice of many mining companies and industry. Having the benefit of portability on-site, a visible result within 10 minutes without the additional cost of an electronic reader, and the confidence knowing that it is used by all state police jurisdictions for roadside screening, this device is fast becoming the first choice in drug detection.


ith its ease of use, and its ability to detect drugs present in the system now, it is suitable for random, suspicion or point of incident testing.

As an alternative to urine based testing, saliva testing has many benefits. In terms of comparison with actual drugs present in blood, saliva has the highest correlation, compared to that of urine. Testing saliva provides a narrower window of detection, indicating whether a person is fit for work or impairment, rather than impacting on lifestyle choices made by the donor. Privacy is therefore protected, both at time of specimen collection and lifestyle choices. Specimen sample required is only 10Âľl of saliva (less than 1 drop), and collection procedure is less invasive and easy on the donor compared to other devices on the market. Specimen collection can be observed, without embarrassment, and therefore less possibility of adulteration of samples. The comparison between testing urine versus the benefits of saliva will be ongoing for years to come. With the improvements and developments in the technology behind the saliva tests, the results obtained are now extremely reliable and accurate. The new and improved Drugwipe 5+ continues to offer the same reliability from the previous model, with the added benefit of an improved THC assay. This new assay has been designed to run a lot more quickly and pick up more THC positive results. The Drugwipe comes in single, twin or 5 drug devices including the following illicit drug groups, Cannabis, Amphetamines, Methamphetamines, Cocaine and Opiates. We would like to introduce the new Drugwipe 6+ device. With all the benefits of the Drugwipe 5+,


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the Drugwipe 6+ now also has the ability to screen for Benzodiazepines. Over recent times, the abuse of prescription drugs has become a problem within industry. To combat this, we now have the opportunity to offer a device that incorporates a comparable test to uncover any potential problems with these prescription medications. Pathtech offers training in the Drugwipe devices and ongoing account management. We strictly follow the Australian Standard Procedures for Specimen Collection and the Detection and Quantitation of Drugs in Oral Fluid (AS4760-2006). We distribute throughout NZ and nationally and look forward to working with you in assisting with your OH&S requirements. Contact us today to find out more. Pathtech Pty Ltd Drug Detection Systems Phone: 03 8480 3500 or Toll Free 1800 069 161 Email:

Drug and Alcohol Testing Compliance to service the Mining Industry Every year, through media and government campaigns, we become increasingly aware of the effects of drugs and alcohol in the community. Correspondingly, the number of workplace drug and alcohol tests performed across all industries is also significantly increasing. The hard rock mining industry, among other heavy industries, has been legislated to perform drug and alcohol testing for many years. There are a number of issues to consider and questions to ask when deciding on a drug and alcohol testing provider, so how do you know which company will work for you?

NATA Standards The National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) strongly suggests using a quality provider accredited to the latest Australian Standards (AS): • AS/NZS 4308:2008 Procedures for specimen collection and the detection and quantitation of drugs of abuse in urine • AS 4670:2006 Procedures for specimen collection and the detection and quantitation of drugs in oral fluid • AS 3547:1997 Breath alcohol testing devices for personal use When drug testing companies meet the Australian Standard(s), they are issued with a certificate for “Scope of Accreditation” from NATA which you should request a copy of. Accreditation can be achieved for on-site urine drug testing kits, collections and for laboratories. More information about the latest drug testing standards can be found at

Urine or Oral Fluid Testing? Both urine and oral fluid tests detect the most commonly found drugs: opiates, amphetamines, cannabis and cocaine. However urine tests can also reliably detect benzodiazepines. Urine can detect drugs that have been ingested more than 24 hours prior to testing whilst oral fluid generally detects drugs less than 24 hours prior to testing and cannabis less than four hours prior to testing.

Alcohol Testing View the drug and alcohol testing provider’s NATA Scope of Accreditation when checking compliance with Australian Standards.

Companies can purchase a breathalyser to use for self-testing purposes, however most companies who perform on-site drug testing choose to add an alcohol breath test at the same time. If purchasing a breathalyser, it is important to choose a breathalyser compliant with the Australian Standard and to calibrate the breathalyser in line with manufacturer’s recommendations.

Medvet Laboratories was the first company to achieve full AS/ NZS 4308:2008 accreditation for urine on-site drug test devices, collection and laboratory analysis.

Education and Training Employers are required to provide education to all employees so the Company’s Drug and Alcohol Policy is understood by all staff and if applicable, contractors and visitors. This allows staff to ask questions and learn more about the effects of drugs and alcohol on work performance and potential impact on co-workers.

Drug and Alcohol Testing Compliance to service the Mining Industry

What to look for in a Drug and Alcohol Testing Provider The first and most important criterion to consider is whether the company meets all facets of accreditation for AS/NZS 4308:2008. This includes on-site urine kits, collectors, chain of custody procedures, and laboratory analysis. If oral fluid testing is preferred, choose a supplier that meets AS 4760:2006 Section 2. Using an accredited drug and alcohol testing provider is the only way you can have confidence in the validity of the results. In addition to accreditation, other factors to consider include: • Drug Policy and Procedure review and/or development to ensure the latest information is included. • National collection network to meet your post incident / for cause testing requirements in the fastest possible time and your random testing needs at all locations. • Employee education so all employees understand the responsibilities and expectations of the company’s Drug and Alcohol Policy and Procedure.

What Medvet Laboratories can offer you In October 2009, Medvet Laboratories became the first company to achieve full AS/NZS 4308:2008 accreditation for urine on-site drug test devices, collection and laboratory analysis. Since this time Medvet Laboratories has also gained AS4760:2006 Section 2 accreditation for oral fluid testing, including chain of custody, collection, storage, handling and dispatch. With a large national collection network, Medvet Laboratories can meet your drug and alcohol testing requirements, regardless of location. In addition, drug and alcohol policy and procedure development, review and education and training needs can also be met.

Contact details For more information about how Medvet Laboratories can help you with your workplace drug and alcohol testing program, please visit or phone 1800 633 838.

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Clonal Technologies Roadside Drug Testing on the Rise Alcohol and other drugs could be costing your business dearly and putting everyone’s safety at risk. In Australia, alcohol and/or other drugs are a daily part of most people’s lives. Since a large period of time each day is spent in the workplace, potential exists for alcohol and other drug use to have a significant impact on the workplace in terms of safety and productivity. This is an issue that cannot be ignored.


ationally throughout Australia, Police have ramped up roadside drug testing by 300% from the previous financial year.

A fifth of drivers who tested positive for illicit drugs at roadside tests in Queensland were heavy vehicle drivers who were impaired by amphetamine use, latest figures show. Furthermore men aged between 26 and 40 were the most likely candidates to use illicit drugs while driving on the state’s roads. The Queensland Police Roadside Drug Testing Unit stated that 251 drivers, including 52 heavy vehicle drivers, tested positive out of 13,000 roadside drug tests since the program was introduced in December 2007. The latest alarming statistics suggest that drug driving in Australia is on a rapid rise with the NSW Police reporting a 24 per cent rise at the end of 2009 over the previous year. This extrapolates to an average of one in every 52 drivers pulled over by the NSW Police tested positive. According to Australian police statistics one in every 45 drivers tested in 2010 was on drugs, compared with one in 142 who were found to be drink driving. The latest figures reveal 888 people tested positive for drugs this past financial year, up from 280 the previous year. Every heavy vehicle operator that has tested positive by a road side police saliva testing device, at minimum has tested positive to methamphetamines. This is a growing concern within the industry. Clonal Technologies now has a new state of the art Oral Fluid drug testing device, OralView™ which is a one step easy to use, no swabbing, no mess device you place in the mouth and let the test do the rest. This test is the only or one of the only tests on the market today that can boast it meets all of the Australian Standard 4760-2006 cut off levels. We have also had the test modified to take Benzodiazepine off to meet the strict guidelines of the 4760-2006 Standard, as it states in the Standard that only the following drug classes should be tested for in saliva testing. Amphetamine (50 ng/ml), Cocaine (50 ng/ml), Opiates (50 ng/ml),THC (25ng/ ml), Methamphetamine (50 ng/ml). “Can you say yours does?”

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If you are using a urine testing device, your supplier may have tests that comply with the Australian Standard cut off levels, but are they independently validated? The Australian Standard, AS4308:2008 Procedures for Specimen Collection and the Detection and Quantitation of Drugs of Abuse in Urine requires that onsite testing devices be validated in accordance with Appendix B of the Standard. This validation is performed at parameters over and above international quality control levels, lifting the bar for manufacturers wishing to supply drugs of abuse screening tests to Australia and New Zealand. Now, more than ever, it is essential to ensure the onsite drug testing devices of choice are validated to the current Australian Standard. Clonal Technologies was successful in July 2008 to receive validation on its testing devices which makes the Clonal Technologies Drug Tests one of the first (if not THE first) AS4308 compliant devices in Australia and New Zealand. What this means for the partner company is independent confirmation of what we’ve known from the beginning, that Clonal Technologies Drug Tests are of the highest quality with unrivalled accuracy. It also means that compliance to the Australian Standard is made that much easier when using Clonal Technologies Drug Tests. The validation applies to all of Clonal Technologies multi-panel cassettes, cups and single cassette devices with any/all of the following drug classes as per AS4308:2008: Amphetamine (300ug/L), Methamphetamine (300ug/L), Benzodiazepines (200ug/L) Cocaine (300ug/L), THC (50ug/L) Opiates (300ug/L). It’s no wonder that Clonal Technologies Drug Tests are preferred by Australia’s sensitive government services, frontline companies, OH&S companies and many other organisations’ across many industries, all around Asia Pacific. For more information, call Clonal Technologies, on 1300 795 335. Or visit the Clonal Technologies website at

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detect DoAs in saliva to the following standards: Amphetamine (50 ng/ml), Cocaine (50 ng/ml), Opiates (50 ng/ml),

OralView Oral Fluid Drug Tests are a one-action test. No swabbing or dripping is required, just place the test in the mouth and let the test do the rest. The benzodiazepine test has been removed from the OralView Oral Fluid Drug Test in compliance with the latest Australian Standards 4760-2006.

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THC (25 ng/ml) and Methamphetamine (50 ng/ml). OralView Drug Tests are the most advanced saliva tests available in Australia.

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Single Drug Cassette Tests  Buprenorphine Cassette Test  MDMA (Ecstasy) Cassette Test  Cocaine Cassette Test  Marijuana Cassette Test  Morphine Cassette Test  Benzodiazepine Cassette Test  Methadone Cassette Test Multi-drug Tests  Multi-Panel 6 Test Drug Screen Cassette  E-Z Split Key Test Cup  E-Z Split Key Test Cup with Adulterant Test  Oral Fluid Drug Testing Device

Clonal Technologies Urine Drug Tests Our urine drug tests are independently validated in compliance with the latest AS4308:2008 standard.

Drip or dip the urine drug tests: Drip using the pipette or dip the test into the sample.

Why not use the test preferred by Australia’s sensitive government services and frontline companies?

Multi-drug tests are sealed, reducing exposure to urine and allowing photocopying of results.

Multi-drug tests have a colourcoded strip with a control and test line for each drug class.

For any enquiries, please feel free to contact our technical support team on 07 3859 2950 or 1300 795 335.

Fire Training the Innovative and Safe Way You might think it is strange that we have put so much energy into making your training scenarios as uncomfortable as possible, but when the situation becomes real, we know youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll understand.

Defining the training industry Smokeshield Australia is the distributor for the Australian and New Zealand region of MSS Professional computer controlled smoke machines for providing realistic yet safe smoke effects for controlled fire training scenarios. Built on 20 years of smoke machine experience, MSS Professional is one of the most experienced suppliers of smoke training solutions. MSS Professional has worked tirelessly to ensure that their smoke machines create the most realistic yet safe dense smoke effects. They are designed for special training environments with both the Trainer 201 and 401 being water resistant. Through intelligent digital control, you can easily direct the quantity of smoke needed for each individual training scenario and also specify the length of hang-time the smoke is needed to stay in the air. All our machines use water-based smoke fluid which ensures the smoke is totally safe. The Trainer 201 and Trainer 401 are two midsized machines that cover most training needs, from small to medium and even large training areas with the 401. Both machines offer continuous dense smoke output so you do not need to plan for breaks and the machines to reheat. The output can be controlled from a smooth low output to dense whiteout of dry smoke.

If you are serious about fire training we urge you to consider our range of â&#x20AC;&#x153;real fire trainersâ&#x20AC;?. We look forward to demonstrating our units, as our system far exceeds the industry expectations and opposition units. For more information, contact:Smokeshield Australia Pty Ltd Tel: 03 9501 7300 Fax: 03 9543 4533

The Trainer 201 operates with a standard 2.5litre fluids container. A large fluid container of 9.5litre in the 401 ensures long operational periods without refilling during long training hours and/or large areas. The rugged on-board remote control is built with large push buttons, and designed to fit into the machine but still allows for easy removal. For special applications the range also includes the Trainer 101 and Trainer X-Stream. The Trainer 101 is a hand-held smoke generator with an integrated battery giving total freedom of movement to the operator. Also this allows the operator an element of surprise when planning a trainer exercise; the unit can be easily hidden. When the battery is charged the machine does not require any heat-up time and fires instantly upon activation. The Trainer X-Stream is the most versatile professional smoke generator available today. By incorporating the X-Stream Airflow System, the

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Trainer X-Stream blends smoke and air to produce a variety of effects. It has been designed to deal with the excessive rigors of training, with a rigid chassis, protected on all eight corners by 20mm aluminium plates, and 40mm lifting bars. The Trainer X-Stream is fed by a massive 19-litre capacity. The Trainer X-Stream can also be used vertically. The secret behind the dense dry smoke with long hang times is the MSS Professional range of Trainer Smoke Fluids. The fluids are effective, safe and economical and when used correctly do not leave any residue. All fluids are environmentally friendly and water based. They are made from the highest quality polyfunctional alcohols which are diluted with water and purified by double reverse osmosis and an electrostatic filtration process. Water is also purified during an ultraviolet treatment. This guarantees a virtually mineral and bacteria free product. Warranty on Trainer smoke machines is subject to Trainer Fluid being used.

Automated systems ideal for training centres The trainer units can be automated to create pre programmed training simulations which gives a totally new dimension. Our system can be integrated into building management systems or can operate from a small laptop computer to a fully managed console pending your training needs. Together with our extensive range of accessories this system produces truly realistic and safe training scenarios.

PC Automation Light Jockey 2.7 is a flexible, easy to use Windows-based controller that is available with a single Universal USB-DMX Interface.

Strobe Effect System and Controller IPL 3000 Strobe can give incredible effects and can be set up with single or multiple units and is compatible with PC automation software. Using the IP L3RE remote-control system, this controller allows you the flexibility to create basic scenes all in the palm of your hand. Simulations can be from explosions, electrical short circuits, etc. The realism this will give during training will be remembered by trainees when it comes to the real thing.

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You might think it strange that we have put so much energy into making your fire training scenarios as uncomfortable as possible, but when the situation becomes real, we know you’ll understand. Our machines are the only units available today that are designed and manufactured specifically to satisfy the Fire Training Industry. Incorporating precision intelligent digital control with a robust and rugged construction including water resistant features these machines will exceed your expectations.

Applications include • Fire Drill Stimulation • Smoke Detecting Training • Mining • Aviation • Fire Training • Public Spaces • Shipping • Training Centres • Hospitals • Government Organisations etc.

Our units provide a fully adjustable smoke dispersion capability to suit all training scenarios with an unprecedented smoke hang time.

Customers include QFRS & QCESA QLD, RFS & Com Safe NSW, MFB & CFA Victoria, Royal Australian NAVY, ARMY, Mines rescue, Air Services, Aviation Australia, Mining organisations etc.

All Trainers are totally safe and use a patented water based smoke fluid which is extremely easy to handle. It will not affect personnel or property and satisfies all OH&S requirements.

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Gnomic Celebrating a quarter of a century of business in 2010, Gnomic Exploration Services continues to place our people as our number one priority. Digging around for this length of time in the industry speaks volumes about our professionalism; and we’ve enjoyed ‘riding the waves of boom’ and bust!


ased in Queensland, Gnomic’s excellent customer service, integrity and professionalism have led to both national and international acclaim, servicing clients worldwide. Our personnel can be deployed promptly and are available for both long and short term contracts, with each contract assessed on its individual requirements. Our specialty lies in matching skills and personalities in a unique style of personal service. Gnomic operates on integrity and professional harmony, with our workforce comprised of handpicked individuals, who are assigned to match client requirements. Our precious ‘Gnomes’ add distinct value to the organisations they work for, and by striving for excellence they go on to fulfil their own potential. Gnomic’s outstanding professional conduct and scrupulous standards have resulted in an expanding pool of talented staff and satisfied clients who remain loyal to our organisation. We regularly guide young geologists and field technicians on the path to a comprehensive career, many of whom are now leaders in their chosen field, returning to us as

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clients with their new companies. Built on accruing knowledge and experience over 25 years, our success is based on a deep understanding of the conditions faced by those who work in the minerals industry. Both client and employee needs, including technical and personal issues, are well considered before staff are assigned. All relationships are personally monitored by Gnomic’s expert staff to ensure continued professionalism on site. As always, we continue to be committed to safe and environmentally responsible work practices. Our high standard of personal care with all involved differentiates us from the normal treatment of contract staff across the board. Gnomic is always available, 365 days a year, and we offer good old-fashioned service with a healthy dose of fun and amusement. No surprise, our clients and employees keep coming back for more! We are proud that Gnomic Exploration Services is the longest standing Geoscience contracting group in North Queensland, providing the minerals industry with talented and experienced professionals since 1985. Give us a call and celebrate with us!

The new state of the art Smart Head Gas Monitoring System Monitors, records, remembers, warns and advises if it needs replacement...

Smarter than your average monitor, yet, because it’s digital there is • Less complexity • At a lower cost • With greater reliability, and • The ability to provide accurate fault finding • Through greater knowledge communication via the Modbus protocol, • To allow condition monitoring preventative maintenance...

Smarter than analogue monitors Smart Heads are the absolute state of the art. Superior to the opposition monitors which use an analogue signal, i.e. 4-20mA, to transmit the gas value to their controller. The Smart Head digitises the gas signal directly at the sensor, the gas value is read from the sensor cell, linearised, temperature compensate and scaled into the units that the particular Smart Head is calibrated for, i.e. ppm or %V/V. CO or CH4 etc. The sensor transmits that value to the Controller, along with the temperature, operating voltage etc. if requested. It has functions for, calibration, alarm configuration, outputs to drive strobes, or sirens and data memory.

Smarter design reduces material cost The Smart Head Monitoring System is designed to reduce cost, equipment redundancy and configuration time, when several gases are being monitored at the same location by using a “smart” sensor, and separating the Sensor from the Controller. The device consists of a microprocessor, a gas sensor, temperature sensor and memory to store configuration parameters and current readings for access and communication by the Main Host using the Modbus protocol.

Smarter because it communicates using the most widely used protocol Modbus Each Smart Head Controller can interface with up to eight Smart head Sensors, each reading a different gas. The Smart Heads are powered from and communicate over a single four conductor backbone cable that is connected to the Controller. All serial communication uses the Modbus RTU open protocol, a widely used, rugged secure industrial protocol.

Smarter because it enables planned maintenance rather than response to critical failure Important operating parameters stored in each Smart Head, such as a guaranteed unique serial number for unit life time tracking, all of which are available from the controlling host computer, to enable management to plan maintenance rather than respond to a perhaps critical sensor failure as with monitors that use analogue signal.

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Smarter initial range of 4 growing to 9 monitors to cover all eventualities For stage one certification there are the four main coalmine gas sensors, Oxygen, Carbon Monoxide, Carbon Dioxide and Methane. Stage two will include an Analogue Input Smart Head, Airflow Monitor Smart Head and a Smoke Detector Smart Head. Stage two will also include the certification of a high speed local controller; all of these will be certified as I.S. Equipment. Smarter from the experience of supplying the Australian market. Smarter and lower cost. Greenfields installations are expected to cost 10%+ (as at Jan 2010) less than the analogue competition.

How the Smart Head Gas Monitoring System can help mines in the Journey to Operational Excellence Sandy Dunn of Assertivity Pty Ltd, has argued that the size of the benefits on offer to an organisation by utilising Condition Monitoring techniques varies, depending on where that particular organisation is on the Journey to Operational Excellence as illustrated below:

Ist and 2nd stage -”Don’t Fix it”.....”Reactive” In these days of responsible management, organisations have moved beyond “Don’t fix it” and “Reactive” fix it after a fault has developed. This is no longer acceptable because of the costs of down time due to loss of production and safety can be compromised. The problem can be the technology to move beyond this old paradigm. Hence the need for digital.

3rd stage “Planned” This is the realm of the Conspec Smart Head, Its whole design is based on the premise that planned preventative maintenance is the required maintenance scheme for gas monitoring of equipment. Each Smart Head stores operational parameters; a copy of past calibration results, operating temperatures, real time records to enable suitable analysis of operating voltage etc. This enables the supervising system to log the operating parameters


of the Smart Heads and for instance plot the internal periodic calibration records as a means of predicting the operating life of the sensing cell, allowing orderly replacement instead of an emergency response.

4th Stage” Proactive” - Improving the Smart Head Because the Smart Head has all its operational information stored internally, Conspec Controls, or the equipment owner can periodically download that data, either in real time across the web or periodically at service or calibration check time. That data can then be stored, Conspec keeps lifetime performance and calibration records for all its gas monitors, and for the Smart Heads, that data will be available to our customers via secure Internet.

Handshake cements the deal. Pictured are Simon Burns HMA General Manager, Clive Brooks MD of Conspec, Tony Rogers HMA Director and Paul Van Der Zwaag HMA Product Manager-Analysers.

Conspec will analyse this data to improve the performance of the Smart Heads over time as we have used the data from our previous range of gas monitors as a baseline for measuring and designing the Smart Heads.

The HMA Group is to distribute the new Conspec Gas Monitoring System Conspec Controls Australia is proud to announce the appointment of the HMA Group as their new national distributors for Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia effective immediately. Announcing the appointment Clive Brooks Managing Director of Conspec said, “At all stages of our negotiations with HMA we have been impressed with the professionalism of its people. We feel confident that this will be a long term relationship and will give us the sales and service backup to ensure our new product range will be a great success.” Tony Rogers a director of HMA commented that, “The engineering of the new Conspec digital Gas Monitoring System greatly impressed us and made us keen to take on the distribution of the product range. Simon Burns one of the HMA Group General Managers will be primarily responsible for the sales and marketing of the Conspec product, it will be sold by a number of divisions within the HMA Group.”

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Industrial Scientific’s iNet™ Control

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in every 2,500 untested instruments will fail to respond to a dangerous concentration of gas and three gas detectors out of every 1,000 will fail to respond correctly to gas during a bump test. On average, gas detectors in the iNet fleet will go into high alarm once every 10 days. Do you know how many high alarms your facility has had? iNet Control gives you information and tools to address these problems before they occur. Recently announced “New Product of the Year” 2009 by the Occupational Health & Safety magazine, iNet Control is the first hosted software platform for managing gas detector fleets. Included with every iNet subscription, iNet Control automatically collects and presents fleet data for complete program visibility. Users can quickly check the overall health of their programs with trend data graphs, a list of items that require attention or comparisons to industry averages. If more information is needed, the user can click into details down to the sensor-level for each gas detector.

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iNet is also able to email real-time alerts and status reports with many iNet customers using these for internal compliance to their standard operating procedures and as poof of compliance to external auditors. iNet Control organises gas detector data into three categories – alarms, equipment maintenance and usage. Alarm event data shows users if employees are at risk from exposure to harmful gases. Maintenance data provides assurance that events like calibration and bump testing are performed as scheduled. Usage data gives team leaders knowledge of what’s happening in the field. For example, iNet Control recognises when gas detectors are used without a bump test or calibration. iNet Control can even tell if a team member has turned off a gas detector in alarm conditions. iNet Control identifies the source of these and many other potential problems. It keeps gas detectors working without costly and time-consuming maintenance. As a result, users are better equipped to make informed decisions that save lives. iNet Control is proudly distributed in Australia via Air-Met Scientific. For more information about the iNet Control solution, visit or call 1800 000 744. Article References: 1. Industrial Scientific 2009, Why Bump Testing Saves Lives 2. 3. Industrial Scientific 2009, Industrial Scientific’s iNet™Control Named “Product of the Year”

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Better Built Bodies Better Built Bodies is an Australian owned Company, that Designs and Builds Ute bodies, Trailers and Customised Heavy Duty Truck bodies.

Service Bodies for Mines and Earth moving Contractors: At Better Built Bodies we can custom build service bodies to suit your individual requirements. Units have multiple compartments for oils and coolants and a large waist oil capacity. The pumps can be driven by either hydraulic or pneumatic systems. All of our units are designed to maximise the carrying capacity of the vehicle, with a strong emphasis on the layout. Our operators control panel is easy to operate which improves the training time for new staff. Our service bodies can also be containerised and skid mounted allowing the versatility of being used when required with out permanently tying up a truck that may be used for other purposes in your operation.

Grouting bodies: Better Built Bodies have recently designed and built our first generation of Grouting Trucks. We build a fully self contained grouting body complete with a 6000 liter in deck water storage, separate mixing and holding tanks, hydraulic driven hose reel with storage capacity for 600 meters of 32mm Polly pipe, hydraulic tag line winch, high pressure wash down pump with hose and wand to reach all of the truck, storage for bulk cement bags and a high capacity front mounted crane. All grouting bodies are made for ease of operation and have access steps and walkway platform safety rails built to Australian standards. Our two tank system greatly increases the productivity of the whole system by allowing you to be mixing up the next batch of grout whilst still pumping out the first batch. By using this system there is no need to stop pumping down the hole between batches of grout. With each of the grout tanks having the capacity of up to 2000ltr of product per batch you can handle large diameter and deep holes with ease.

simple control panel mounted in the operatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cabin. The water pump can easily be switched over to transfer water from any source into the large capacity tank. Each unit can also be fitted with an optional fire fighting pump and hose reel so that the truck can also be used for any fire emergencies that may be faced.

Custom Truck and Ute Bodies: The team from Better Built Bodies can custom design and build truck bodies to suit your requirements. We use the latest Australian Standards and heavy vehicle design rules to ensure that our bodies meet the requirements for registration in all states of Australia.

Heavy Duty Trailers: Better Built Bodies build trailers to go the distance; they are built to suit your needs, but with a chassis and body designed to last, without compromising on materials or components. We are able to build trailers to meet any requirement that you have and each one is built to meet Australian Design Rule standards with various drawbar and breaking options.

Tipping Bodies and Trailers: Better Built Bodies can build tipping trailers and both side and rear tipping bodies. Let us design and build a tipping system to meet your requirements. All of our tipping systems are designed using the highest quality hydraulic components. They are all designed to conform to the Australian Design Rules and will give you the maximum payload capacity available for the size of the vehicle used. So for all your truck, Ute or trailer requirements give us a call on 0412 606 997, so that we can offer you service, quality, and a Better Built Body.

Water Spray Bodies: Water bodies that are built by Better Built Bodies are designed to maximise the water carrying capacity without overloading the vehicles front and rear axel load capacities. They can have various options for driving the high capacity water pumps, including PTO, hydraulic or stationary engines. All systems have variable nozzle spray jets and a rear mounted dribble bar. The pumps, jets and dribble bar are all controlled from a Grouting and Shotcreting


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Logo Printing and Reflective Tape Scott Health and Safety’s corporate branding and reflective tape options are available across the range of Australian made Protector® safety helmets, to create and maintain company image and visibility on site.

Logo Printing on Safety Helmets: Your safety helmet does more than protect your head. It represents you, your company and even your achievements. Our superior quality logo safety helmet service is dedicated to putting your logo or slogan on your choice of safety helmet accurately and quickly. Protector branded safety helmets have been designed to allow customisation with company logos and images. This process allows for Protector safety helmets to be branded with a logo on orders as few as 20 units. There are a number of logo printing positions and colours available.

and night time visibility of the user. Most patterns have been designed to also fit around safety helmet accessories such as lamp brackets and company logos. Scott Health and Safety uses reflective tape that is an approved accessory under AS/ NZS1801:1997

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Scott Health and Safety’s Australian made Protector safety helmets are manufactured, under an independently audited quality scheme, to ISO9001. The Protector safety helmets are licenced and manufactured to AS/ NZS1801:1997

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Scott Health and Safety’s logo printing, transfer and application of reflective tape to Protector safety helmets does not affect the integrity of the safety helmets.

The tapes used by Scott Health and Safety have been extensively tested to ensure that the adhesive is fully compatible with the the ABS and Polycarbonate safety helmets.

Protector branded Safety Helmets are available exclusively through distributor Protector Alsafe in Australia.

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Innovation anchors company’s success SafetyLink’s design team has been working overtime for the last decade with a multitude of new anchors to suit any situation. We have height safety equipment for all buildings and industrial sites from a series of anchor points to a complete network of systems for maintenance, cleaning access and inspections.


hese new anchor point designs incorporate the same stand out feature of all our anchors maximising energy absorption. This dynamic design reduces the load back onto the structure and the person attached to the anchor. SafetyLink anchors are multidirectional. A fall is never an anticipated event therefore the direction of your fall cannot be accurately predicted. All SafetyLink anchors are designed and tested as multidirectional. This unique design has been applied to the NEW patented TileLink (episode winner of ABC1 The New Inventors). The TileLink is a two person anchor rated at 22kN is quick to install, no need to cut the sarking eliminating a multitude of waterproofing issues. The FrogLink is used on metal roofs and has the same energy absorbing design features, is simple to install fixes to the roof sheeting with seven industrial rivets, also rated as a two person anchor. SafetyLink also manufacture static line systems, permanent ladders and ladder stabilisers, and are all top quality products made from 316 Stainless steel or marine grade aluminium.

Things you should consider when purchasing your height safety system: • Does your height safety system comply with AS/NZS 1891.4? • Is your installer qualified to install your system? • Is your roof anchor rated to withstand 21kN? • Does your roof anchor come with correct documentation e.g. installation guide, testing results AND product sheets. • Are all areas of your roof protected with anchor points allowing complete access? • Are you getting yearly inspections on your anchors in line with Australian standards by a qualified inspector? All SafetyLink products undergo extensive testing in a multitude of scenarios by accredited testing facilities and comply to AS/NZS 1891.4. SafetyLinks experienced technical team is complemented with comprehensive installation manuals and testing certificates. We have national qualified installers keeping your assets safe. Contact: ph: 1300 789 545, fax 1300 738 071 email: Height Safety Means Fall Protection

How Branach earned its survivor reputation When it comes to the ability to perform under the most demanding conditions, one type of platform stands head and shoulders above all others. Branach is a unique Australian design that combines the benefit of strength with the advantages of lightweight fibreglass construction.


hink of the most extreme conditions in Australia’s mineral extraction industries. It may be working underground in a coal mine in Queensland; maintaining equipment next to the furnace in a smelter; coping with weather and salt on an offshore drilling rig or surviving the vibrations and chemicals of a mineral processing plant. Many products have a greatly shortened life span in these kinds of environments. Branach’s reputation as a survivor began as an innovative concept developed by two engineers in Australia who noted the lack of true high performance climbing products that could withstand the harsh conditions encountered in mining, processing and exploration. Its research and development, mixed with good old fashioned determination, led to the development of Branach’s patented box-rail ladder construction. This innovative concept used modern structural adhesives, metals and composites to build the world’s lightest and strongest fibreglass ladders. The unique, box-rail design maximises rigidity and minimises twist and sway, leading to the safest way to work at heights. In 2003, the team developed the fibre glass Step Platform range to meet the new working at heights regulations. In addition to maximum stability, the platform standing area itself is larger than the industry average, allowing workers to place one foot in front of the other to put their weight into drilling or rivetting. Easily adjustable levellers and the large foot-pads provide a stable base on rocky or uneven ground. Now workers can safely operate at a height of 3.6 metres with the extra stability of a step platform. Alongside benefits of strength, stability and ease of use, fibreglas s construction means Branach ladders and platforms are electrically non-conductive and therefore able to provide an extra margin of safety that aluminium and steel products cannot offer. Some working environments are particularly hazardous due to the corrosive chemicals found on the ground and in the air. Branach developed a super-tough range of corrosion resistant ladders and platforms called CorrosionMaster. By specifying high grade stainless steel for fittings, platforms and safety rails, the Branach engineers successfully created climbing products with no

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timber to rot, no aluminium to corrode and no mild steel to rust. The new Platform range expanded Branach’s customer and distribution base into mining, construction, oil and gas, and minerals processing. In a short time, Branach’s reputation become established as the world’s leading manufacturer of climbing products which have proved themselves capable of surviving the harshest working environments.


Innovative Hydraulics Manufacturing Engineers

Manufacturing Engineers has been owner operated for the past 10 years. The team at Innovative Hydraulics is a company that is committed, dedicated and passionate about hydraulics, as well as the specialised designs and manufacturing of hydraulic products. We are a company that is extremely versatile in our products and capabilities, offering a very broad range to our customers.


nnovative Hydraulics began with a passion for hydraulics that was had by our Director John Hirst. John has worked in the Hydraulic Industry for the past 20 years and carries a lot of expertise and experience in this area. One of the skills that John brings to the company is his ability to trouble shoot and come up with better ways and applications to help our customers to achieve their specific goals. One of the products that Innovative Hydraulics sell as a company, is Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to trouble shoot and solve the problems that companies have with there hydraulic machines, that other companies sometimes struggle to solve. Innovative Hydraulics is capable of servicing, troubleshooting, designing, drafting, machining and manufacturing a lot of different products and components. We also offer Hydraulic Expertise to the hydraulic industry in areas such as completing system audits of existing machines and supplying full hydraulic schematic drawings and specifications and required reports of the machine to the customers. We are a company that tries to build most of our products in-house so that our customers are only dealing with the one supplier. What we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do in-house we outsource to local companies around about us, playing an important roll in keeping the local business alive and supporting other companies in Australia. John Hirst is the ideas man at Innovative Hydraulics and has designed many a prototype for our company and others that are still being used today. Innovative Hydraulics ship products world wide and have a reputation for quality and uniqueness in our designs. With hydraulic system design being one of our core products John Hirst and the team at Innovative Hydraulics are committed to meeting your company needs, and are very competent in coming up with options and answers to your specific job requirements.

hydraulic power units to suit your machines, in both industrial and mobile applications. They can be driven by diesel engines, electric or air motors. Custom Built Reduction Gearboxes for applications where power and size constraints mean that a standard off the shelf type unit can not be used. Two speed gearbox, we have designed a unique two speed drive head with a hollow shaft for use on drilling rigs, but it can be adapted to suit most applications requiring a two speed drive. It is a constant mesh gear box with a differential ratio of 5:1 and can change speeds during operation. Service, Innovative Hydraulics have a well equipped workshop in Donald Victoria with staff that have a broad and diverse range of experience, and are able to travel to you at your convenience for your hydraulic requirements. We can service, modify and upgrade your existing machines and components as well as designing and building replacements. We are able to source all hydraulic components, if not design them ourselves. If you have an idea of something that will make your job easer, talk to our friendly design team and we will help bring it to reality. The team at Innovative Hydraulics is ready and willing to assist you with all of your hydraulic and engineering requirements, to help and ensure that your business and hydraulic products continues to run effectively and efficiently so that you can maximise your bottom line. Give us a call for all your hydraulic, machining and manufacturing needs on 03 5497 1888 and let us help you achieve you potential outcome with your task at hand.

Some custom built products that we have designed, manufactured, machined and supplied are hydraulic winches for all applications. We design and build custom winches to suit almost any application including high torque recovery, capstans, wire lines and controlled free fall winches. Hydraulic Power Units, We design and build

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“Supplying Hydraulics to the leading equipment manufacturers Australia wide” A.T. Hydraulics is the preferred hydraulics supplier to leading equipment manufacturers throughout Australia. Being an Australian owned company, established in 1990 to service the Australian fluid power market, the company is well situated to offer servicing and support for the entire Australian market on its range of exclusive products, with branches located in Sydney, Perth and south of Brisbane.

As the sole distributors for Poclain Hydraulics in Australia, and appointed distributors by the worlds foremost hydraulics suppliers like Parker, Enerpac, Gresen, Voac and Commercial Hydraulics, we can offer a complete range for all your hydraulic component and system requirements. All are backed by our experienced sales, engineering and service staff.

by our experienced staff. We guarantee all our workmanship and will get the job done, on time and to your specifications AUSTRAL Hydraulics, are based within the Sydney premises of AT Hydraulics as a dedicated hydraulic cylinder repair facility able to provide complete cylinder refurbishment or manufacture of all new cylinder types. Numerically controlled work centres ensure a very high quality manufacturing process of new cylinders, repeat orders, as well as minimising lead times.

We offer: • Complete in house repairs and testing of all forms of hydraulic equipment • Offer in-house test bench facilities, capable of testing all types of hydraulic components • Complete design, manufacture, installation and commissioning of special purpose machinery, hydraulic systems and power units • Custom designed, special purpose cylinders, manufactured to your specifications on our CNC machines • Maximum honing capacity to 16 inches and 12 meters in length • Hard chrome plating and linishing to 12 meters • Long machining capabilities to 8 meters and 840mm in diameter • All experienced and qualified staff • All worked guaranteed.

All of our factories are well equipped with full machining and service facilities backed by our highly qualifed sales, workshop and engineering staff. Whether you need components, repairs, service or an entire hydraulic system, we can deliver. We are dedicated in providing complete customer satisfaction. With our exclusive product ranges and distribution of some of the world’s leading brands we can offer our customers a single source of hydraulics.

Design and manufacture We can design, manufacture and install any type of hydraulic power units and systems, fully designed by our engineers, and manufactured Hydraulics in Mining


AT Hydraulic Pty Ltd (QLD) Ph: 07 3807 8188 Fax: 07 3807 8607

Australasian Mining Review 2010: 2nd edition

Complete Hydraulic Lubrication Solutions from an Experienced Provider Custom Fluidpower, one of the largest hydraulics, pneumatics and electronics solutions providers in Australia, can cater to your complete hydraulic lubrication requirements. They can supply general lubrication products, automated lubrication, grease fittings and accessories, and stock all leading lubrication product brands.


ustom Fluidpower are experienced in the design, installation and maintenance of lubrication and oil systems as evidenced by some examples of projects they have been involved in below. Project 1: Custom Fluidpower was tasked to undertake a manual lube grease of a customerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drive station. As one of the key factors was improving safety, Custom Fluidpower grouped the manual points to simplify greasing to a safe location. They reduced 700 metres of 3/8â&#x20AC;? stainless tubing in the current system to the much tidier and safer labelled anchor manifolds, completed over a one week period. Project 2: A stacker machine had a centralised Grease System installed by Custom Fluidpower. The project took four tradesmen over three months to fit out a complete centralised dualine grease system from the pumping station to service all bogies, bearings and pivots via metering valves.

Left to right: image 1 - drive station, image 2 - grease system.

Project 3: Custom Fluidpower designed and implemented a complete oil lubrication system package for a customer. The system, fitted on a shiploader, provides improved cooling, filtration and serviceability. The units are also being manufactured on other gearboxes. Project 4: An oil circulation system was developed and installed for a reclaimer bucketwheel gearbox system. Custom Fluidpower replaced OEM equipment with local stock pumps and re-piped the equipment. This project was repeated on all the reclaimer gearboxes. For more information about the design, supply or installation of a hydraulic lubrication or oil system from Custom Fluidpower, please phone 1300 781 178, email, or visit www.

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Complete Hydraulic Solutions • Hydraulic & Pneumatic Product Sales • In-House Testing Facilities • Lubrication Technology • Filtration Products & System Maintenance • Industrial Braking • Complete System Design • Hydraulic Manifold Design & Manufacture • Field Service • Workshop Repairs • Installation & Commissioning • Certified Fluid Power Training


Industrial lubrication management Free One Day Lubrication Workshop Tuesday 12th October 2010. The Lakes Resort Hotel 141 Brebner Drive West Lakes, South Australia. This One-Day Workshop is designed for reliability and maintenance professionals who are involved with lubrication management and would like a basic overview of modern lubrication practices. It offers attendees an in depth learning forum lead by industry experts and an opportunity to network with other professionals. Best of all, its FREE to qualified attendees. Email for further information.


or 20 years LUBE MATE has been providing lubrication management solutions to varied industries from mining to manufacturing. We pride ourselves on providing sound advice when it comes to the reliability of your lubricated plant and equipment.

Oil Analysis With the recent acquisition of the latest in next generation oil analysis equipment, LUB E MATE has positioned itself as a leader in used oil analysis. Monitoring machinery and lubricant health form the basis for any successful asset reliability program. With all analysis being performed to ASTM and ISO standards, reliable and repeatable results are of the highest priority. We pride ourselves on being a small company providing individual personalised service, this is evident with most of our customers having long term relationships spanning many years. Utilising used oil analysis only forms part of a successful lubricant condition monitoring program, the results you receive are only as good as the oil samples being collected. LUBE MATE can advise on oil sampling techniques and practices to assist with improving your current oil sampling program. An oil sampling survey is recommended to identify current lubricants in use, correct oil sampling locations, collection methods and procedures to maximise the quality of data collected from each sample.

Filtration LUBE MATE is the South Australian dealership for Filter Technology Australia. Filter Technology Australia provide world class leading edge filtration systems that complement existing OEM filtration systems. Patented technology removes particulate contamination down to 2 microns. The results are dramatically increased equipment life, oil life and, in the case of diesel powered units, reduced fuel consumption, and lower carbon dioxide and particulate emissions. We can also assess your current filtration requirements and assist in implementing further improvements to the often inadequate OEM installed filtration and contamination control measures. By improving your contamination control measures, filter change intervals can often be extended along with equipment and lubricant life expectancy.

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Trico A worldwide leader in lubrication management provides a complete resource for the products you need to keep your equipment running productively. Lubrication management plays an important role in reducing costs and increasing productivity, success depends on finding the right source for lubrication products and services to meet the needs of industrial equipment.

Products • Constant Level Lubrication • Desiccant Breathers • Oil Sampling • Moisture Removal Systems • Fluid Handling Systems • Gravity Feed Oilers • Grease Lubrication • Central Lubrication • Filtration Systems and Carts • Spray Cooling and Minimum Quantity Lubrication LUBRICATION AUSTRALIA PTY LTD Trading as LUBE M.A.T.E. Oil Analysis & Lubrication Specialists. Email: Web: Phone: +61 (0) 418 836 156 Fax: +61 8 8255 0099



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Australasian Mining Review 2010: 2nd edition

Protect machinery from undue wear and downtime Today, machinery operates at higher speeds and power loads, the growth and reputation of LubeAlloy and the selection of LA Specialised lubricants are associated with the development of top tier performance oils and greases to protect machinery from undue wear and downtime.

“The experience and knowledge of the staff at LubeAlloy provides us with peace of mind for us to concentrate on our core activities of moving freight with the knowledge that we are being supported by a professional company such as LubeAlloy.” David Carkeet, CEO, Carkeet Transport

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Established in 1997, LubeAlloy Manufacturing Australia Pty Ltd is a specialised industrial lubricant manufacturer dedicated to research, formulation and supply of superior quality lubricants to meet all areas of industrial, manufacturing, mining, transport and agricultural requirements. LubeAlloy blends all lubricants utilising exclusive base oils and additives which are subjected to rigorous refining to ensure all impurities are removed to ensure products deliver unrivalled quality and performance. The company’s research and expertise of additive packages safe guards machinery from metallic wear, moisture ingression and soot accumulation. Each LA branded lubricant is manufactured to meet and exceed OEM standards providing businesses with cost savings through extended oil drainage periods and greasing intervals, minimisation of wear on all parts of machinery and reduction in downtime, therefore increasing productivity and profit. Supporting the LA lubricants is a fully equipped oil testing and analysis laboratory, providing safe knowledge of lubricant condition, identification of cross contamination or incorrect lubricant in machinery or equipment. This information supports maintenance staff when engaging a pro-active maintenance program to avoid expensive part replacement and the cost associated with machinery downtime. LubeAlloy possesses wide range of grease for numerous applications: Chassis points, slides, plain bearing and pins, ball joints, automatic grease systems, seals, couplings, high and low speed bearings, chains and cables, open gear, valves, threaded connections, seals, food grade, high temperature and extreme load applications. These new generation greases meet a wide range of demanding performance requirements. Such as long trouble free service life even at elevated thermal temperatures and increased pumpability for cold climate application, rust and corrosion prevention, dependable load temperature start up, resistant to: fling off, water emulsification wash out and conformance to increasingly stringent industry and government standards. These greases will not thin under high pressure

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loads nor wipe away upon initial contact with opposing metal surfaces providing a reduction in operating temperatures. This is achieved by ensuring that a complete carbon chain is the foundation of the LA brand products which can be identified by the grease retaining its composition and not bleeding in either storage or use. A select range of industrial and gear oils are manufactured for older or modern equipment in stationary and mobile applications. This range of oils provide a reduction in operative noise, lower operating temperature, compression, capacitance and shearing and viscosity loss. LA lubricants are suitable for use in pumps, compressors, hydraulic systems, conveyors, gears, limited slip differentials, 4WD vehicles, light commercial, high torque and high load applications, prime movers, dump trucks, industrial heavy haul trucks and other similar operations with superior results and surpass all OEM standards contributing to extended lifespan and maximum return on your investment. LubeAlloy top tier performance gear and industrial oils provide quality and durability in protection against shock loading, rust and oxidation inhibitors, non-foaming non-shearing stability, reduced operating temperatures, long service life for extended draining intervals, water resistant for total water separation. The transport industry is constantly evolving placing larger demands on performance and protection, LubeAlloy has been formulating high grade engine oils to meet the demands from both current and older equipment placing emphasis on extended oil draining periods, increased performance and reliability. The company’s philosophy is minimising service costs and the associated related downtime, maximising equipment life through reduced wear and increased protection. When reduced wear, increased reliability, reduced temperatures and cost saving are vital to your operation then LubeAlloy will exceed all these arduous conditions. For advice on any of your lubrication needs do not hesitate to contact our office for one of our technical staff to discuss how we can assist your business to improve profitability and productivity.


Finding talent is our speciality At John Davidson and Associates Pty Ltd we are known for our ability to find talented people for hard to fill roles. We achieve excellent results thanks to our team of account managers and recruiters who come from the mining and resource sectors; and trades and industrial backgrounds so they are fully aware of their clients’ needs and challenges from a human resources perspective.





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JDA John Davidson and Associates Pty Ltd is an internationally recognised leader in recruitment and HR consulting in the mining, oil and gas, engineering, construction and manufacturing sectors.


e are known for our ability to locate difficult-to-find people. We achieve excellent results thanks to our team of account managers and recruiters who come from the mining and resource sectors; and trades and industrial backgrounds so they are fully aware of their clients’ needs from a human resources perspective. So what makes us different? •

Our database has access to more than 200,000 potential candidates worldwide, unrivalled in the recruitment industry.

We go the extra mile and treat our clients as business partners, working alongside them to achieve results.

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The team at JDA recognises that both candidates and clients are integral to the success of the business and this is reflected in the company’s catchphrase of being ‘first by choice for recruitment and human resources management services’. Our services include: •

Professional recruitment

Executive search

Contract recruitment

Trades and industrial on-hire

We are known for our proactive search techniques.

Psychometric assessment

HR consulting

We actively foster strategic alliances with other organisations, enabling us to compete in a global environment.

Travel, work visas and logistics

Payroll bureau outsourcing

Our account managers and consultants are highly-qualified, with first-hand industry experience.

We employ over 100 staff, have secured numerous long-term contracts and developed quality relationships with many of the world’s resource companies, large and small.


Founded in 1990, and supported by offices in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and New Caledonia, the JDA group has established a strong marketplace presence by successfully implementing recruitment campaigns for major mining and construction projects in Africa, Indonesia, Australia and Papua New Guinea.

To speak to one of our account managers about your recruitment needs, please call 1300 768 577 or visit our website at

Australasian Mining Review 2010: 2nd edition

Strata Safety Products Your Support for Life Worker safety is at the core of the mining industry – and no one knows that better than Strata Products Worldwide, who has been offering a comprehensive and ever-growing line of products across the globe since 1992.


trata Products Worldwide play an arterial role in the safety of miners throughout the world’s mines.

Perhaps the most popular safety items are its emergency refuge chambers, airtight structures built to customer specifications and designed to sustain life in the event of an underground emergency. Rugged and durable, they are constructed to comply with safety regulations across the world’s minefields and withstand the harsh mining environment, Every Strata unit is equipped with 36-96 hours of resources including breathable air, power and emergency supplies. Even with the continued high level of demand, Strata are proud of the rapid turnaround it provides to mines globally via its network of manufacturing facilities. Through a presence in Perth, Newcastle, Melbourne as well as South America, the United Kingdom, Poland, China and its home base in the United States, Strata Safety Products provides service after the sale, including maintenance and repairs, and conducts training for mines taking delivery of these lifesustaining alternatives. “Strata became a pioneer in the emergency response and safety segment when state and federal legislation launched new requirements for mine refuge chambers. With each new development or introduction, the company strives to bring a higher level of performance, safety, services and value to its customers.” Strata Safety Products Australia offer a range of mine support systems as well as Emergency Refuge Chambers, Change-over Bases and Breathing Air Systems designed to sustain life in emergencies. Strata Safety Products supply a large range of Chambers covering many different situations to both Coal and Non coal mining operations from its 36 person 96 hour Inflatable unit to its winning single entry portable 4 Person Mine Airdoc® Chamber.

The Airdoc ® provides high level safety for Emergency situations to workers at the face of operations, it is very simple to use, compact and provides safe breathable Air for more than 36 Hours, Internal heat is managed by using new generation refrigerated Cooling.

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Safety depends on a Healthy environment, Healthy people and Healthy Equipment and Strata not only provide world class safety equipment, its offers on site audits, training, service and preventative maintenance programs. Many owners of new equipment often wish that the equipment will operate for years maintenance free unfortunately this is not the case especially with underground mining, the aggressive conditions underground test the best of all equipment to its limits and often equipment failure is directly related to service and maintenance. Strata Safety Products strongly support preventative maintenance programs, whilst this may seem as an unnecessary expense to the mine operators, in the long term total operational cost will be reduced, along with the peace of mind that your equipment is in its best shape to use in an emergency. Items such as backup battery power is often left until a problem arises, this is very poor practice and just as refueling a vehicle, battery replacement must be a regular maintenance function and if overlooked can pose a serious failure to the emergency equipment . A mine manager or maintenance manager should not be worried about the health of the refuge chamber when experienced assistance is readily available from the strata group to support this need. Strata Product’s growth philosophy is to employ the very best people in industry to drive the company forward and develop products ahead of its competitors. Its forward thinking has been rewarded by the successful expansion of the company to be one of the world’s largest suppliers of Mine Safety Products. Tony Farrugia | General Manager Strata Safety Products Mobile: +61 439 855 805 Office: +61 397 398 853 E-mail: Web:

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SINGLE ENTRY HEADINGS MADE SAFER The 4 Person – PowerLess Portable (HRM 4-PLP) from MineARC Systems is now the fastest selling mine refuge chamber model in Australia. Developed in consultation with industry, the PLP’s ultra-portable, powerless design ensures work face personnel have constant access to safe refuge, without disrupting productivity: REVOLUTIONARY ‘POWERLESS’ SCRUBBING/COOLING SYSTEM - THE MARCisTM • Intrinsically safe (no electrical power required) • CO/CO2 scrubbing and refuge cooling for 36hrs minimum safety COMPACT, ULTRA-PORTABLE DESIGN • Small and light enough to fit on the back of a standard flatbed • Transportable to virtually any location ASSISTS PRODUCTIVITY AT THE WORK FACE • No stopping work • No escape shafts or second egresses • No access to ‘mains’ electrical cabling required The MARCis™

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The 4HRM-PLP Over the last few years mining globally has taken a very noticeable turn in regards to safety. Large companies with global public profiles have lead the way in changing perception in responsible mining techniques and terms such as “Zero Harm” and “Sustainability” have become common vocabulary within the industry and are seen as attainable goals.


afe Havens and refuges unarguably play a vital role in mining today and MineARC Systems has remained at the fore-front of this sector of the industry.

In response to numerous customer requests for a small, lightweight and highly portable refuge chamber for use in single entry headings, MineARC Systems developed the 4HRM-PLP (4-Person Hard Rock Mine, Powerless Portable refuge chamber). The 4HRM-PLP is designed to provide miners working in single entry headings with access to a safe and effective means of refuge in the event of an emergency. Jumbo drillers and other operators working ahead of boggers and trucks within single entry headings, have raised the contentious issue: how to ensure these workers are not cut off from saferefuge should an emergency situation such as fire, explosion and subsequent smoke and gas occur? Practices such as halting work on trucks and boggers until jumbo operators are clear, as well as escape shafts, have been tried - neither achieving any great practical success, whilst at the same time

Mine Refuge Chambers are Essential Underground

effecting productivity. The 4HRM –PLP measures just 1.5m high x 1.8m long x 1.8m wide – easily loaded onto the back of a flat-bed truck and then transported to virtually any location. The unit can then be loaded off the truck using an IT and placed directly within proximity of the working face. The 4HRM-PLP utilises MineARC’s revolutionary technology, the world’s first intrinsically safe scrubbing/cooling system: The MARCis®. The powerless scrubber removes carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide from inside the refuge chamber, whilst also cooling the interior of the chamber via the air-con unit. The scrubber/air-con requires no electrical power supply, eliminating the need for external electrical services to be supplied to the refuge chamber. The MineARC 4HRM-PLP was developed with the help of major WA mine operators. The MineARC 4HRM-PLP is currently being used by 15 operators in Western Australia alone. Please visit for more information on the 4HRM-PLP, or the MARCis®.



Macssgroup Pty Ltd trading as Mining and Construction Safety Specialists is a niche service provider to the mining, oil / gas and construction industries both in Australia and Overseas. It is through our experience and diversified skill base that we are able to offer our clients a unique service that identifies gaps in their current systems and provides them with practical, cost effective OH&S solutions. MACSS consultants can assist you in:

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MACSS Safety Why choose MACSS safety specialists? MACSS consultants are dedicated safety professionals who have experience and knowledge in all aspects of mining, construction and petroleum safety system development as well as specialist advice in metalliferous and coal industries in open cut and underground environments. The only appropriate commitment toward safety performance is : No Incidents, No Excuses.


e deliver advanced services that meet the higher level of safety demanded by the world’s most progressive companies.

Many of us believe that things are ok until we discover that an employee has been injured in the course of their work. With an investigation report we identify improvements that are made to prevent a reoccurrence, but there is improvement for a short while then we find ourselves in a cycle of highs and lows with our Safety Performance and this ultimately impacts on our profit. We have the experience, skill and knowledge necessary to better protect you from the consequences of a non-compliant worksite. We can offer a focused approach to managing your Workplace Health and Safety in a continuous cycle of improvement through implementation of effective systems of work, coaching/mentoring, risk management, critical incident investigation and we also assist you by meeting your legal obligation with auditing.

MACSS consultants are handpicked specialists from various industry sectors and have expertise in all areas of safety and environment management systems including but not limited to: • Underground Mining • Open Pit Mining • Processing • Construction (Major Projects) • Electrical • Environmental • Critical Incident Investigation • Project Mobilisation • Risk Management • Legislative Systems Mapping • Web Based Safety Management System Development Our company is a current member of SACOME, APPEA and CCF.

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Motive New South Wales based mining and construction equipment supplier, Motive Traction Pty Ltd has partnered with a leading company specialising in designing, manufacturing and construction of prefabricated housing. Motive Traction supplies a range “containerised” modules from single “container” self contained accommodation right through to multi “container” offices and accommodation blocks.


ommonly known in the industry as “Dongas”, modular or transportable buildings used in remote housing accommodation villages, is now an important part of the mining and construction industry. From a single self contained unit through to modules (often called complexes) of grouped units, the traditional “Donga” is nowdays more comfortable, some more recent designs could even be termed as luxurious.

flat packed on site, ready for assembly. Six skilled workers can finish three modular units in a day.

By using traditional container based designs and container lifting points, units can easily be moved with standard container handling equipment. Units can be locked together to form larger structures both single story and double story such as houses, offices or even two story accommodation blocks.

For a brochure, quotation or further information contact Motive Traction Pty Ltd:

Units are of steel construction, fully insulated and come with electrical and plumbing. Units arrive

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Off the shelf units include self contained accommodation, mess huts, ablution blocks, site offices and secure storage areas. If required, custom designed containers can be made to any specifications to suit any purpose. Units are flat packed ready for export anywhere in the world.

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DORIC excels in the resource sector DORIC recently won the $70 million contract to deliver the construction of the main camp and accommodation village for the Karara iron ore project in the mid-west. Located 380km north-east of Perth, Karara is a major new integrated iron ore project between Gindalbie and leading Chinese steel and iron ore company, Ansteel.


ORIC are tasked with design and build of the camp and associated facilities which will house the main construction workforce for Karara and once fully completed, the main construction camp will accommodate up to 1,350 people. Having recently completed the delivery of the first two zones of the project, DORIC are very pleased with the work completed to date. Once zone one is occupied, it is understood DORIC will set an industry record in the number of beds delivered in the time frame. Practical completion occurred on May 31, seeing some 236 beds and four laundries completed. DORIC is also extremely pleased to have been awarded the Karara iron ore project site contracting partner of the month for June. DORIC prides itself on the highest of safety standards and

strives towards a ‘Zero Harm’ working environment. This award is a true reflection of the DORIC values and is the result of having a great team of people working together on site and in Perth. The contracting partner of the month safety award flag and plaque are proudly displayed on site, with the team striving toward achieving the honour for many months to come. DORIC believes it has the team and the mechanisms in place to make this a reality. DORIC CEO Peter Iancov said the company had a strong track record delivering major projects in regional WA. “We’re proud to be a part of this project and look forward to a long working relationship with Gindalbie,” he said. Karara is the mid-west region’s largest resources project.

Karara Mine Site Village

Celebrating 21 years of construction excellence The DORIC Group has been delivering the promise for over two decades. With an enviable skill set in the construction and engineering sectors, DORIC has established a solid reputation for delivering quality projects on or ahead of schedule, safely and on agreed budget.

To see how DORIC can deliver for you, Contact: Business Development Manager Keith Somers on +61 8 9388 2655.

World-class business systems, core values, a commitment to Zero Harm and a highly-skilled team guarantee DORIC’s ability to continue to exceed client’s expectations and deliver superior service.

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Nomad Nomad has shown that even in an economic downturn the company has the diversity and talent to strive ahead and increase its growth. The innovative builder that specalises in all things modular have been able to adapt to new market ventures with products as diverse as drive through coffee shops with the new “Muzz Buzz” franchise, the most recent of these being placed in Cairns.


he CEO of the Eastern States, Brett McDonald believes that diversity of product and experience has enhanced Nomad’s skill set to a point where it now specialises in rapid prototype development. “Our mining customers want to be leaders and love the fact that Nomad has such an experienced team that can bring the comfort of home into the camps we create and help make a community. Our Halley Homes, McGrath Homes and Rapley Wilkinson business units complement our mining and commercial building expertise in Nomad Modular Building. With strong growth in the mining sector and a high demand for experienced and skilled workers in the mining industry, customers really want cutting edge in making their mining camps a home away from home. Nomad has this edge on our competitors because we provide homes to mums and dads through all our business units and can take that experience and help create a great product that will help retain employees,” McDonald said. This is further enhanced with our experience in education, health, resort and commercial product experience. This gives Nomad a complete building experience. According to McDonald a rack and stack approach of old will just not cut it today. “The new workforce of today has different needs and innovative mining companies understand this. They value their people and this is reflected in the products they demand and we provide. At Nomad we have a strong design team and the sooner we are engaged the better the outcome. Many companies with little experience in this industry tout mine camp design as a skill they possess and we are often asked to redesign many of these at a cost and time to our customers often when it is too late. If you get it wrong the ongoing cost in loss of end user satisfaction, maintenance and productivity is enormous. “Nomad specialises in remote works and exports buildings to the Solomon Islands, PNG and beyond and is looking at expanding further into these regions. Our customers are expanding and we need to keep up with them. They trust our experience and the knowledge we have accumulated and can rest assured we will do our best to meet their needs in any region. Our

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network is second to none and the companies that have had the Nomad experience often look no further. This is the best testimony any business can have and is a credit to the team that we have built over the years.” As McDonald proudly walks through the factory in Wacol which was completed in 2009 and purpose built for modular product, “This is the Henry Ford of the building industry and was designed by the team who work here specifically for the modular industry. That is our commitment.” “Customers love to see the clean, quality controlled and environmentally friendly way we build leaving little question that their needs are met. Our buildings go out and travel by truck, boat and barge over 3000 kilometres and need minor site works to connect to services and that’s it. You move straight in. Modular construction and minor insitu needs are undertaken quickly and professionally with very little variation or down time. This is the way of today in all facets of the building industry. This saves the customer time and money and has dramatic increases in productivity that traditional builders can never match.” Nomad and its subsidiary companies are located on both the East and West Coast of Australia and can be contacted on 1800 111 336 for all your mining, construction camp and housing needs.




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Contamination control is a major reason for a holistic approach to refuelling By Bill Clifton, Managing Director, Banlaw (below)

Avoiding filtration is also problematic because contamination can lead to higher maintenance costs and poor vehicle performance.

growing fuel bill. Fuel accountability on site is at 99.89% and transaction accountability is at 99.3% across 30 million litres consumed each month.

Contamination control is set to be another major reason for mining companies to have a holistic approach to refuelling and management systems for mining vehicles and other plant and equipment.

The solution requires more than ensuring that the right filter is in place for the job. Banlaw is currently working with a number of clients to integrate engineered solutions to ensure that the filter does not reduce fuel flow.

Measuring fuel use is only one piece in the puzzle. Time is money, particularly in mining. Making sure the different components and systems used to refuel mining vehicles are working as efficiently as possible can save precious time. Getting a mining vehicle back out on the job faster means more loads moved in each shift.

New emission control standards mean that modern mining vehicle engines, with more stringent fuel cleanliness requirements, are not able to perform as they are designed to using current grade fuel. The problem here is that inserting filters into a fuel line to meet OEM specifications can lead to issues such as reduced fuel-flow rates due to lower fuel pressure, which I have seen drop by as much as 50%.

Using nozzles with the highest possible flow rate is one way to help reduce refuelling times and Fuel is one of the largest operating expenses for reduce vehicle downtime. There are nozzles and a mine, a cost that continues to rise. To ensure refuelling systems that can deliver flow rates of at profitability and returns to shareholders, mines must least 1000 litres (265 gallons) per minute. With continually look for opportunities for increased many mines achieving rates of just 500 litres per efficiency. An often overlooked area for increased minute, they could be halving their refuelling time. efficiency is fuel. There are also simple systems that can be installed Many mining companies are quite rightly devoting on tanks to ensure zero overfill, zero tank pressure considerable attention to systems for purchasing and zero spillage during the refuelling process. fuel at the cheapest possible price but do not Mines no longer need to have the unsafe and focus enough on minimising fuel losses and costly practice of manually checking tank levels. ensuring maximum benefit from fuel use. Speed is not the only benefit here. Creating zero In addition to reducing oil and coolant tank pressure also extends the working life of the contamination, miners need to focus on reducing asset and reduces maintenance costs. Importantly, fuel loss and fuel wastage, as well as faster, safer reducing spillages makes for a cleaner and safer refuelling of mining vehicles and equipment. workplace. Fuel security requires better management but you Having efficient refuelling systems and can’t manage what you can’t measure. contamination control systems will save money in the short term and extend the life of capital in the Many mining companies are wasting significant longer term. These will be increasingly relevant money because they cannot measure how much factors that set mining operations apart in terms of fuel they are using, what proportion is being performance and profitability. wasted or stolen and where this is taking place. There are cost effective systems available that A holistic approach to refuelling will help to enable the precise monitoring, reconciliation and ensure mining vehicles are working efficiently and centralised reporting of any machine or vehicles’ effectively. fuel use. These systems are readily adaptable to track the use of all hydrocarbons dispensed Banlaw is an Australian refuelling company by vehicle, tank and distribution point. Banlaw’s headquartered in the NSW city of Newcastle. FuelTrackTM system also has the advantage of Visit being able to be mounted on mobile service trucks as well as fuel farms.

Of course addressing contamination control is not the only reason for a holistic approach to refuelling in the mining business.

The benefits of such systems extend far beyond fuel security. They assist with environmental compliance, stock reconciliation, maintenance scheduling, cost analysis, the calculation of burn rates, fuel ordering and the claiming of tax credits. Indonesia miner Kaltim Prima Coal (KPC) is now more accurately recording fuel use and has cut its Mining Vehicles - Refueling and Management Systems


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Ensure zero overfill and zero tank pressure during refuelling any tank. Talk to us about high speed refuelling. Banlaw fuelling components are made tough for the worlds harshest mining conditions.

Using Banlaw unique sized, colour coded couplings minimises cross contamination during fluid transfers.

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ntegrated Transfer Solutions has established itself as arguably Australia’s leading supplier of dry-break fittings for the safe and environmentally friendly transfer and handling of fuels, lubricants, AdBlue and general industrial chemicals. Anchored by our appointment as Australian distributor stockists of the internationally accepted TODO and Emco Wheaton Dry Break ranges, we are able to offer a size range from 25mm to 150mm in diameter in a wide range of materials and end connections, either from our Melbourne warehouse or via agents across Australia. As companies increasingly seek to eliminate spills and improve worker safety, “Dry Breaks” are becoming the essential safe transfer coupling system. When it comes to specialised “Off-Highway” Dry Break Refueling, the Emco Wheaton G2266 Automatic Refueling system may well be your solution for eliminating fuel spills and related issues for a diverse range of mine service vehicles. A long established and well proven product (a development of the old Emco “Buckeye” range), the EW system provides closed loop, high speed fueling, combining dust and dirt protection along with automatic shutoff. Each refueling system includes: • The G2266 nozzle, which is capable of handling flowrates of 185 to 565 l/min • The G40 Omnivent, a dual purpose valve which provides level control – a consistent 95% fill of the fuel tank, and pressure relief function which protects the tank against over-pressurisation in fire and other situations, including rollover protection • An adapter with male or female threaded inlet incorporating Emco Wheaton DRY-BREAK technology to prevent spillage

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If it’s dispensing of AdBlue, industrial chemicals or lubricants from IBC’s or drums where a closed system is the best solution, the Micromatic Drum Valve system may well be your answer. Again a closed, drydisconnect system, a valve is fitted to the top of the bulk container, which can only be accessed with the mating dry-break coupler: maintaining a closed, dirt and contamination free loop. Environmental and safety benefits include the security of a closed loop, spill-free connection/disconnection and contamination protection for both product and personnel. Call us now for details on our Refueling and Dry Break package on: Phone: (03) 9837 5333 Email: Web:

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AEM For over 30 years, AEM has been supplying and repairing electric motors, pumps and generators for companies across Australia.


orking with some of Australia’s largest mining companies, AEM has experienced significant growth in recent years. In early 2010, the family-owned company moved into a new larger premises to accommodate for continually larger motors and equipment. Along with the move, AEM took the opportunity to upgrade its testing facilities, which now includes a pump performance test rig and core-loss tester for armatures and stators. The South Australian-based company continues to diversify by entering the field of trailing cable repairs, and can now offer in-workshop or on-site repairs and splicing of reeling and trailing cables following the AS1747 Standard.

significance, electrical and mechanical test results, and a scope of work for the proposed repair. Upon approval and subsequent completion of the repair, a final job report is provided with comparison test results and photos, and a summary of work completed. When asked the secret to AEM’s ongoing success, Manager Jorge Nogueira said “There’s no secret to it – it’s all about providing good customer service and exceeding expectations. The feedback we’ve received from our valued customers is that our quality workmanship and detailed reports keep them coming back.”

Part of AEM’s ongoing success with its clients in the resource sector is its commitment to quality and continued improvement. The company is ISO 9001 certified, and was also one of the first in Australia to obtain licensing to repair rotating equipment for use in hazardous areas. As part of every major repair job, a comprehensive opening report in digital format is provided along with the quotation for repair. Included in these reports are photos of major components, photos of damage or areas of

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The Evolution of Seating in the Mining Sector Safety has always been and continues to be an ongoing focus in the mining sector. Although mining is considerably safer today than in past times, few understand the role that seating plays in the day to day safety of mining vehicle operators.


uring the day to day operation of many mining vehicles, both the mining vehicles and their drivers are subjected to extreme conditions which generate vibration. Many mining vehicles do not have any vehicle suspension. Therefore, during the daily operation of the mining vehicles, the amount of vibration that the operator is subjected to (known as whole body vibration) can only be effectively minimised by the seat. Without a suitable suspension seat, the operator could be subjected to harmful levels of whole body vibration. Therefore, all of these types of mining vehicles require specialist seating.

generally give a better ride performance across a range of different operators. This is because they change their spring rate according to the occupantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weight. Air seats also generally offer increased comfort due to the design of the airbag system and more adjustability.

KAB Seating has played an important role in the evolution of safer, more comfortable, and more applicable seating for the mining industry. The three areas in which this is most evident are: seating suspension, seating accessory, and purpose designed seat shapes.

Mining seats can be customised to allow increased functionally for a specific job task or increased ergonomics. For instance:

Seat Shapes Underground mining requires the mandatory use of cap lamps and self rescuers. Equipment operators must carry these on their mining belts at all times. This means the operators cannot sit in a normal seat, but rather need a contoured backrest that allows for the safety belt. In answer to this requirement, KAB Seating developed T1 and F1 cut seats. Both styles are suitable for the safety belt, but in the early days did not incorporate air lumbar support or recline mechanisms. Demand then grew for greater comfort and ergonomic support. As a result, KAB Seating recently introduced the KAB T5 cutaway seat which features inflatable air lumbar support and recline functionality.

Suspension Types Suspension units come in various widths and stroke lengths to suit various vehicles and applications. Cabin size and design must be considered when fitting a suspension seat. KAB Seating Australia has an in house engineering division to support its customers in fitment. There are two types of seat suspensions, mechanical or air. Air seats are often weight rated to higher weights than mechanical seats and

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KAB Seating has recently introduced its most durable range of mining seats (KAB 600 Series). This range is weight rated up to 200kg and incorporates a robust design for extended life in the most severe environments. It is also the first seat to offer harness, three point lab sash, and lap belt compatibility.


A turn table or swivel can be added to allow the seat to rotate 180 or 360 degrees to improve job function or assist entry. Variable rate shock absorbers can be added to allow the operator to adjust the shock absorber according to requirements. Seat isolators can be added to reduce fore-aft or side-to-side vibration which is not reduced by the vertical suspension on a standard seat. Joysticks, pod controls and armrests can be added to increase job performance and again increase ergonomics. Seat covers made from canvas or special spray on coating (Rhino coat) can be added to increase the waterproofing and durability of a seat upper. With all of the options available today KAB Seating can generally provide a tailored solution to suit a vast array of applications.

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The KAB 65K4 pictured (right), features a robust design for extended use in the most severe environments. The wide platform offers improved stability and reduced free play in heavy duty applications. If also features anatomically designed cushions and ergonomic location of seat operating controls. It’s greatest attributes are it’s extended operator weight rating of up to 200kg and it’s compatibility with harness, 3 point lap-sash, and lap belts.

KAB 11-F1 The KAB 11-F1 pictured (above left), is the ultimate in underground mining seats. The F-shaped upper is an upgrade from the commonly used T-shaped upper. The F-shape allows the operator to move more freely without their underground safety belt catching on the backrest. This problem is compeltely alleviated with the F-shaped upper.

KAB 525P The KAB 525P pictured (left), features joystick/pod controls which allow for increased functionality in the operation of some mining vehicles. The 525P also features 5 position lumbar support, backrest angle adjustment, 200mm fore & aft adjustment, 60mm height and tilt adjustment, and manual driver weight adjustment ranging between 50kg to 120kg.

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‘Seats R Us’ ‘Seats R Us’ has been in the commercial vehicle industry for the past 27 years. With an intimate understanding of the needs and pressures of the mining and transport sector, it offers a professional level in sales, repairs and spare parts.


family business, ‘Seats R Us’ started in the mid 1980’s as a humble one man show, and has steadily grown to be the largest independent operator in commercial seating in Australia, selling, servicing and providing spare parts for most well known brands of seating including Grammer, Kab, Bostrom, Sears and Bremshey just to name a few. For specialised commercial seating, Grammer seats are the premium seats and the choice for most earthmoving vehicle manufacturers. The new four point harness MSG97AL is now available in Australia. The fully self contained 24 volt air suspension has all the features needed for any heavy duty application. Grammer headquarters in Germany manufacture all its products to the highest quality. Seats ‘R’ Us as its

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Australian agents, service and carry an extensive range of genuine spare parts for most Grammer Seats. Located in Brisbane, and with a number of Australian Mining Companies using our services, prompt delivery is provided to anywhere in Australia, as well as our current mining clients in Papua New Guinea. With major clients including Government, City and Regional Councils, Maritime and Defence Services, Rail and Emergency Services and Major Transport Companies, you can be assured we have the knowledge and ability to find a seat to suit your application. Phone Mike or Mark on 07 3274 4139 for great service, or visit the website at au, or email for a prompt reply.

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Trelleborg TRELLEBORG has returned to the mining industry in Australia with a complete range of Wear Lining solutions for material handling equipment. The product range focuses on “high end” liners to assist processing plants to efficiently transport materials at the lowest cost per ton. TRELLEBORG’s range includes systems for transporting highly abrasive ores, sticky ores and slurry applications. The Trelleborg material handling range includes, Composite Ceramics, Flexible Lining System [FLS], and Rubber Impact Panels, Sheet Rubbers, Specialty Mining Hoses, Dust Sealing Systems, Pulley Lagging, Mill Linings and Mill Auxiliary equipment such as trommels, trommel panels, trunnion liners and seals.

Composite Ceramics The TRELLEBORG Composite Ceramic Lining range has been developed from our ability to hot vulcanise ceramic tiles into a parent rubber panel. This ceramic-rubber development allows ceramic liners to be used in high impact areas traditionally reserved for steel liners, allowing end users to take advantage of longer service life and plant availability achieved by using ceramics. Composite ceramic liners typically provide the cheapest cost per ton of material handling liners when used correctly. • BattleTough ceramic liners, 50mm thick ceramic tiles imbedded in rubber, total thickness 64mm. BattleTough liners are supplied with a studded steel backing plate which can be cut to size if required to avoid modifications to existing steel work. Ideal applications are hard to access high wear areas such as deflectors, impact zones in chutes and high volume chutes with lump product. • TesaCer ceramic liners, 20mm thick ceramic cylinders imbedded in rubber, total thickness 32mm. TesaCer liners are supplied with a studded steel backing plate which can be cut to size if required to avoid modifications to existing steel work. Ideal applications transfer chutes and deflectors in applications with limited lump product. • Rubber mats with imbedded hexagon ceramic tiles complete with CN bonding layer for easy installation onto existing rubber liners or steel work. Mat thicknesses vary from 6mm [4mm ceramic tiles on 2mm rubber] to 20mm thick [13mm ceramic on 7mm rubber] to suit flat or curved surfaces, ideal applications include cyclone launders, mill feed spouts, pipes, launders and hoppers.

Flexible Lining System TRELLEBORG can also assist with design of trommel frames, panels and specialised trunnion seals. For additional information on any of the any of these products please visit TRELLEBORG’s web page –

The TRELLEBORG Flexible Chute Lining System has been developed to combat build up in chutes prone to choking or build up as a result of transporting damp and or sticky material. The individual fingers of the TRELLEBORG Flexible Chute Lining System are highly flexible and in a constant state of vibration and motion energised by the falling product. This constant state of motion cracks and dislodges any material build up. The TRELLEBORG Flexible Chute Lining System is

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Sheet Rubber TRELLEBORG stock a complete range of sheet rubber including, natural rubber, butyl and nitrile. Sheet thicknesses vary from 3mm to 30mm. TRELLEBORG Indicator sheet rubber has a coloured sub layer allowing operators to visually inspect chutes or hopper remotely, operators simply have to look for a change of colour therefore avoiding having to accessing confined spaces for thickness measuring.

Mining Hose TRELLEBORG hand build specialty mining hose to the highest standards and quality to ensure they suit even the most arduous applications. The hoses may be supplied with wear indicators so operators are pre-warned of potential failures allowing change outs to be planned before catastrophic failures to avoid unplanned shut downs. TRELLEBORG also stock a complete range of MUFF hose ranging in size from 75mm to 300mm.

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Minerals rich, water poor Australia is the driest inhabited continent on Earth. It is also one of the most mineral-rich. At this crossroads of Australia’s mineral wealth lies the need for water. Ultimately, to secure a mine’s future you must find and subsequently look after a reliable water supply.


dvances in mining and metallurgical technology over the past decades have allowed us to increase dramatically the scale of mining projects and develop increasingly remote mining locations. It still requires roughly a tonne of processing water for a tonne of ore, and the challenges to mine water supply are increasing. Mines are frequently in dry, desert areas where water requires significant exploration effort or must be transported in. With capital costs for pipelines being as high as one million dollars per kilometre, some projects never surmount the water supply hurdle. Other major projects have had to meet their water needs through desalination, typically a billion dollar proposal. Additionally, projects face increased operating costs because of poor or inadequate water supply, as this affects everything from production to dust suppression. It is a poorly appreciated fact that mines require a lot of water, and they cannot function without it. Pipelines and desalination are simply too expensive to be an option for anything but the largest of projects. Inevitably, it is to local groundwater that mines must turn to find a costeffective, long-term, reliable water supply. Securing a groundwater supply in a capitalintensive environment demands that companies work smarter. It is crucial to know and understand the mine’s situation and needs before appraising the supply options. Groundwater is often a central component to supply, hence groundwater exploration is a critical factor in a mine plan. The first stage of groundwater exploration involves ferreting out the relevant data that already exists. This may be in-house, or may reside in government departments. Many companies would be surprised how far along they might already be towards understanding their water situation. A highly experienced hydrogeologist can make the difference at this stage. Firstly, a rigorous groundwater exploration picture is formed to recognise what additional information must be collected. This picture changes from project to project and there is no universal approach to groundwater exploration. Every project demands a unique approach. Carefully and expertly selecting advanced exploration techniques, such as remotely sensed satellite data or airborne geophysics will streamline the field operations. These techniques can make the targeting of boreholes more efficient

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and deliver a better success rate, all at a fraction of the cost of drilling additional holes. The use of the experience and expertise of senior specialists in geophysics, geology and hydrogeology at this stage ensures that there is no wastage of time and resources. Cost efficiencies can be realised before a drill rig even breaks ground. A well designed groundwater exploration program aims at maximising the success rate in the field so as to deliver 100% of the client’s needs in the first pass. Having decided to construct a bore field, the high risk stage of the groundwater process begins. Drilling and constructing a water bore is substantially more expensive than a typical minerals exploration drill hole. The selection of drilling contractors with good water bore experience can make or break a project. It is critical that experienced, expert staff supervise. Every step from the accurate logging of drill cuttings by a trained and experienced hydrogeologist, to the design of the production casing and pump-testing of the aquifer, must be handled with the greatest of skill. These are not tasks that can be left to a recent graduate. Done properly, the likelihood of reliable supply is increased dramatically. Why source great data if you do not have excellent analysis? The numerical modelling of bore field performance delivers insight into the best pumping rates and the longevity of supply. It also helps understand the impact mining might have on the surrounding environment. It allows the planning of extraction regimes and rates, and can identify opportunities for expansion if required. Numerical modelling is not a one-size-fits-all task. Each project requires an experienced modeller to construct and run the model for that project, scaling it up and down to interrogate the likely behaviour of the bore field. Without understanding the likely performance of your new water supply, you cannot plan for the future. Consideration of all aspects of mine water supply early in a project’s life can secure a mine’s future. The effective use of groundwater resources can make all the difference to a mine’s success. In an increasingly water-hungry mining environment, few companies can afford to ignore the need for costeffective water supply solutions. Michael Robinson Pennington Scott

Securing your water future

Based in Perth Western Australia, Pennington Scott is a multi disciplinary geosciences consulting firm specializing in the exploration and development of water resources. We deliver innovative and cost effective hydrogeological solutions across a variety of industries in Australia. Our reputation is based on the quality of our work. We are proud of our technical expertise and believe this is our greatest strength and point of difference.

Specialist Services: Water exploration and development Pit and underground dewatering Mine water management Numerical modeling Environmental assessments Feasibility investigations

More Information: Further information on each service is detailed on our website, please visit: Alternatively, contact a team member on the following: T: 61(0) 8 9441 0999 E:









Spray Nozzles Spray Nozzle Engineering specialise in industrial spray nozzles anywhere in industry where liquid and/or air is to be used for coating, cleaning, cooling, scrubbing, dust control or environmental control.


he companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main focus is in fluid mechanics and, as a result, Spray Nozzle Engineering work in many fields including mining, oil and gas and fire protection. As a specialist supplier and manufacturer/exporter of industrial spray nozzle technology, Spray Nozzle Engineering has gained expertise in the design and supply of spray related products that are exported globally. These include fire protection nozzles for off-road and mining vehicles, steel cooling nozzles using atomised air technology, gas cooling and quenching systems and more. An extensive range of products are available, such as BETE nozzles for fire protection and dust control, Silvent low noise nozzles and guns, Strahman washdown equipment, Lafferty foamers and sanitisers, Unispray modulars nozzle systems, JE Adams pressure equipment and Super Swivel hose swivel systems. Spray Nozzle Engineeringâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Melbourne office is also equipped for spray testing, with a special purpose spray laboratory that contains electronic flow andpressure gauges for spray data acquisition during testing. Reel Tech - Hannay combine with Spray Nozzle Engineering to provide hose and cable reels for use in the mining and processing industries.

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Reel Tech supply, manufacture and provide servicing of hose and cable reels systesm to suit every application such as mining, off-shore, oil and gas, process vehicle applications, source equipment, fuel delivery and lubrication. All reels are available in various rewind options and are available in both stainless and painted finishes. For over a decade, Spray Nozzle Engineering in partnership with BETE Fog Nozzle has supplied product to the petrochemical industry; mainly to contractors to the end-user but also direct to many well known companies in this field. Spray Nozzle Engineering is therefore able to: â&#x20AC;˘ design and/or construct to client specifications â&#x20AC;˘ project engineer to a given criteria â&#x20AC;˘ manufacture by Spray Nozzle Engineering QA Welders â&#x20AC;˘ provide full NDT and QA documentation for all manufactured products Spray Nozzle Engineering has your total spraying solution.


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DYWIDAG-Systems International DSI is a major Exporter to the Asia Pacific Region. DYWIDAG-Systems International (DSI) is Australia’s largest manufacturer and supplier of specialist strata reinforcement and support products to the underground coal and metalliferous mining sectors. DSI specialises in the design, development, manufacture and distribution of these products.


SI’s Head Office and main manufacturing facility is located in Bennetts Green, Newcastle, NSW and another manufacturing facility is located in Perth to service the Western Australian market. To ensure efficient logistic and technical support DSI also has branch offices and warehouses in Queensland and Western Australia close to the major mining regions in those States. DSI has the most extensive product range available on the market and this allows customers to source most of their strata product requirements through one supplier. DSI also assists with customer stock management to ensure product availability and minimise inventory costs.

Innovation is driving the growth of strata reinforcement solutions The CEO of DSI Derek Hird said, “Innovation is the key for organisations to remain competitive now and in the future. Innovation is about working smarter to meet the diverse needs of our customers. Innovative practices have provided a new focus for the organisation and enabled DSI to respond proactively to new trends and market conditions resulted in new dimensions in performance,” he said. To enable constant worldwide access andcoordination of DSI technology, all product development for the DSI global mining business unit is managed by the central R&D division in Bennetts Green, Newcastle.

DSI Mining Division Export Logistics Facility Construction of DSI’s new 1,200m² container export loading building by ATB Morton has now been completed. Headquartered in Newcastle, NSW, DSI Mining Australia has strategically developed and strengthened its export business of high quality mining products and systems to the world. A close cooperation with global mining companies and DSI’s excellent reputation on the home market in Australia are important success factors that have helped expand the DSI mining business. DSI Australia’s multi-award winning export business exceeded 30 Million AUD in 2008 and

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won the 2008 NSW Premier’s export award for best Asian Exporter. In order to adjust its logistic facilities for the increased export volumes, DSI Australia are expanding the existing capabilities with a brand new import and export facility. As part of its export facility expansion the building has a live loading container dock which will increase product containerisation efficiency and eliminate container contamination, a common problem with ground loaded containers. Dedicated semi-trailer turning areas, trailer leveling platforms and guarding will also provide safer working conditions for staff and contractors at the new facility. The increasing complexity of large complete ground support packages has seen the introduction of container software coupled to the DSI export documentation capability. Customers can order a complete strata control system and be assured all elements of their strategy will arrive together. Container mapping provides the location of each product, reducing delays onsite and also can highlight any deficiencies in the customer’s planning prior to shipping. These attributes linked to the DSI materials planning program and demand solutions software are putting DSI’s mining partners well ahead of competitors in ground support logistics. For more information DYWIDAG-Systems International Pty Limited 25 Pacific Highway, Bennetts Green NSW 2290 Ph: 02 4948 9090 | Fax: 02 4947 5578

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Royal Wolf The Container Solution Specialists The shipping container can be seen in many a transport yard, mining site or general industry location as a low cost method of portable storage. This is an example of an asset being designed for one purpose and recycled or redesigned into a second application.


oyal Wolf is dedicated to product diversification, product development and innovation and this has resulted in an extensive container product range for sale across Australasia. One area that has experienced significant diversification and growth is the mining sector.

The sheer diversity of a general shipping container such as the length or height as well as the ability insulate or refrigerate the interior allows Royal Wolf to constantly innovate its product offering, and meet the demands of the mining industry to meet any project requirements across Australia.

From its beginnings in 1995 Royal Wolf Containers has been a supplier of general shipping containers for hire or sale. Royal Wolf Royal Wolf has delivered a considerable number carries the largest stock, by volume, size and of projects within its mining portfolio ranging from drilling camps to single man accommodation units, variety of domestic hire or sale containers through kitchens, training simulators, batching plants, switch its 24 branches. rooms and blast resistant buildings. “Royal Wolf welcomes the challenge that comes with supplying or designing and building “At Royal Wolf Containers we deliver unique containerised solutions for the mining industry – solutions to the unique challenges of the mining the variety is always exciting,” says Allan. industry. We listen to the specific needs of our customer, use the experience of our engineering Mining AND Defence and modification teams and apply that creativity to 1300 558 243 the strength and portability of shipping container. “Even we can be amazed by the variety of Container Hire, Sales and Modifications solutions that the structure of a shipping container 13 96 53 can provide,” says the CEO of Royal Wolf, Robert Allan.

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91 rigs. Ready when you are. Lucas Drilling Services has Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest fleet of rigs: 91 in all, across the coal areas of NSW and QLD. Manned by experienced crews and backed by comprehensive maintenance and engineering support. For exploration, mine services, coal seam gas development or coal mine gas drainage (surface or underground), we have the rigs, the crews, the support and the experience. Lucas Drilling Services QLD (07) 3363 7333 NSW (02) 9490 4000 Head office and support base in Brisbane, others in Roma, Rockhampton and in Moranbah; Sydney, Wyong, Minto, Quirindi and Muswellbrook in NSW.


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Australasian Mining Review Issue 2 2010  

The Australasian Mining Review is a high quality publication that is destined to become an indispensable tool for all stakeholders and parti...

Australasian Mining Review Issue 2 2010  

The Australasian Mining Review is a high quality publication that is destined to become an indispensable tool for all stakeholders and parti...