Minerals Council Australia appoints new CEO
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Australia’s leading exploration, mining and minerals association, has announced a change of leadership as it welcomes a new CEO.
Minerals Council Australia (MCA), a body comprised of companies that make up more than 85% of Australia’s annual mineral production and 90% of its export earnings, has announced that Ms Tania Constable will take the role as the new Chief Executive.
An experienced player in the Australian resources sector, Constable has worked as a senior executive in the Australian Public Service as well as most recently operating as the Chief Executive of the Co-operative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies.
“The MCA is pleased to have attracted such a high calibre leader to the role of Chief Executive,” said the MCA in a statement.
“The MCA represents Australia’s world-class mining sector which, including mining equipment, technology and services, accounts for 15% of Australia’s GDP and one in every 10 Australian jobs.”
No official start date has been announced as yet, but Constable will leas the MCA’s “continued strong and effective advocacy on behalf of the industry and the regional communities and jobs it supports.”
Unmanned train to allow Vale to reopen iron ore plant
Brazilian miner Vale SA will be able to resume operations at its Timbopeba iron ore dry processing plant in up to two months thanks to the use of an unmanned train, the company said in a statement this week.
Vale - Timbopeba iro ore plant
With the train, Timbopeba will be able to operate at least at 80% of its capacity of 33,000 tonnes of iron ore “fines” per day, reports Reuters.
Vale was forced to shut down the plant in the Alegria mine complex recently after labor authorities in Minas Gerais state banned activities close to the Xingu dam due to concerns of a risk of collapse.
Vale said access by workers and vehicles continues to be suspended in the flood zone of the dam due to the ban even though it remains at emergency level 2, which means there no imminent risk of rupture.
But some workers are allowed entry under strict security precautions and they will get the unmanned train going once it has been tested, which would take between one and two months, the company said.
The unmanned train will travel automatically along 16 kilometers (10 miles) of track operated by a system that can control the speed and activate the brakes, Vale said.
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Vale has reached the milestone of first ore production at the Reid Brook deposit at the Voisey’s Bay mine expansion project in Northern Labrador, Canada - recognised as the safest mine in Canada.