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Base Metals Mining and Exploration

Broken HillPerilya – Australia’s Best in Base Metals Mining and Exploration

Among the many mining companies found in Australia, Perilya Mining Company has been distinguished as the leading company in base metal exploration and mining. The company has received several awards in the field of mining such as Lead Production Top 10 and one of the Top 20 Zinc Producers of The Globe. The company is located in Perth, which is found in the Western part of Australia.

The Perilya Company is one of the businesses which have improved a lot in the past few years. They have extensive cash reserves, 2 mining centers and investments. They have project developments in several areas and are exploring other locations such as Malaysia. The company is led by highly-professional individuals who have sustained the company’s goals and has brought it stands it is today. Read more

Australian mining woes due to China slowdow

China is a powerhouse in many industries. Check out his video and find out how China’s slowdown is giving Australia’s mining industry woes.

Today Tonight : Australia’s mining jobs myth

Watch this Today Tonight video and find out some of Australia’s mining jobs myths.

Mining trends 2013

miningMining companies are trying to survive in the volatile environment and harsh economic times. Increase of operational cost and fluctuating commodity prices are among the factors that make operations in the mining industry harder. Moreover, uncertainty in product demand also is a major setback since companies cannot predict how the demand for their product will fair in years to come. Year 2013 will see a variety of trends arise in this sector. They include:

The top mining trends 2013

Uncertainty of commodity demand

Predictions on future demand for products are on the rise. Companies are trying to find ways in which they can remain relevant in the market when their current customers cease to purchase from them. In order to plan the future, companies looking at the past so as to avoid losing in the competition. An example is drawn on the growth of China which has started to slow down is worrying miners who supply to them. This means that the companies will have to find other partners to fill the demand gap. Read more

Mining Techniques Through History

An abundance of journals highlighting many French sailors of the seventeenth and eighteenth century have indicated that coal had been stripped from cliffs among the shores, simply by digging at the bottom with crowbars. And these methods progressed very little until the late eighteenth century.

Mining Techniques Since early civilization, people utilized ceramics, stone, and metals found on the earth’s surface. Most of these findings were utilized for the purposes of creating weaponry, e.g., flint found in France and England designed for making tools and weapons. In addition, flint mines have also been discovered in many chalk areas, in the location where many seams had been seen in galleries and shafts. At the Grimes Graves, the mines are quite well known, and have a Neolithic origin, while additional hard rocks are picked for axes, namely for the Langdale axe industry. It may be interesting to note that the oldest known mine is the “Lion Cave,” whereby radiocarbon dating shows the mine to be almost 43,000 years of age.

Typically, mining falls into two different methods for excavation: sub-surface and surface mining, while the ladder is far more common in the US, the sub-surface method is perfect for removing vegetation on the surface in search of ore deposits. Under the sub-surface method, open-pit mining, quarrying, and strip mining are common methods. Again, surface mining is used much more frequently, and its targets are divided into two basic categories, namely placer deposits and lode deposits. Whether it’s lode or placer, both of which are mined by underground and surface methods.

Much of the machinery utilized in mining consists of drills, bulldozers, as well as explosives, and for placer mining, gravel and alluvium is given to machinery that consists of a hopper or a trommel, which removes minerals from gravel. At which point, the minerals become synthesized for jigs or sluices. In addition, big drills are used for shafts to help collect samples for potential analysis. Many trams can be used to move minors, waste, and materials from one location to the next. For surface mining, large trucks, shovels, and cranes are utilized for those purposes.

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Coal Mining Technology

Germany’s coal mining industry is all but finished as viable coal seams are worked out. Following an earthquake, mines in the Saarland will close in 2012 and mining in North Rhine-Westphalia’s will end in 10 years at most.

But German mining equipment is still in demand; more than a hundred mostly medium-sized businesses have found customers in countries where mining is booming. One such company is Eickhoff, in Bochum, which produces milling and cutting equipment for coal mining. Now Eickhoff exports 95% of its mining equipment, mainly to China and Russia. Robert Donauer went to a mine in the Ruhr Valley and paid a visit to Eickhoff.

Mining Jobs Australia

Mining Jobs AustraliaWorking in Australia can be a very rewarding experience especially in the Outback. With excellent climate, low population, and diverse exciting opportunities, this is the place for the ambitious, skilled adventurous individual looking for a lucrative lifelong career.

One of the most sought after highest paying careers in Australia is mining. A person with little or no experience can earn a very comfortable living in mining. Most miners earn $70,000 AUD or more working in the industry.

The Australian mining industry is one of the safest in the world due to the stringent safety rules and laws strictly enforced. Australia is one of the leading producers of many different types of minerals including: buaxite, zircon, coal, gold, iron ore, uranium, diamonds, zinc, silver and nickel. Miners employed in the mining industry number over 130,000 (not including the oil and gas industry) making mining one of the largest employers in Australia.

Some of the different mining jobs (careers) include:

Geoscience- This career encompasses a number of unique job duties such as: Geogolist (discovers where minerals can be found and mined), Geophysicist (studies the makeup of the Earth to locate minerals), Mine Geologist (maps, locates, and defines different grades of ore), Resource Geologist analyzes ore bodies)(, and GIS Technician which is a support positionin finding samples of minerals and ore bodies)
Operator- Underground Operator (excavates, loads, and transports minerals, Open Cut operator (miner excavates loads and transports minerals)), Bogger (transports waste rock and ore to other areas of the mining operation), Driller (operates the drilling rig in the mine), and Jumbo Operator (interprets and reads mine survey plans)
Engineer- Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Surveyor, and Mining Engineer
Mechanical/Metal Trades- Specialists in mechanical disciplines including: Auto Mechanic, Diesel Mechanic, Heavy Vehicle Mechanic, Boilermaker, Maintenance Technician (maintains specialized equipment used in the mining operation, and Welder.

The above are just some of the diverse challenging exciting career positions available in the mining industry of Australia. Total number of different positions available are over 150 career possibilities. As mining becomes more high tech who knows how many new positions will be created in the future.

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Oil, Gas & Mining

Victoria is home to mines that collect both oil and natural gas. Gippsland in the eastern portion of Victoria is where the petroleum and gas mines are concentrated. Gas production in the area provides 18% of the total natural gas production nationwide, with demand growing by an average of 2% each year. The petroleum from Victoria represents over 19% of the total oil production in Australia. Petroleum production has declined slightly in the past few years, but Victoria remains a key part of Australia’s oil production efforts.


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Mining Accidents in Recent History

Mining has been an important industry in Australia and has impacted not only the national economy but immigration patterns as well. Silver and copper began to be mined as early as the 1840s, followed by the discovery of gold in 1851 in New South Wales and Victoria, transforming Victoria into the richest colony in Australia. Australia is also a leading supplier of iron, nickel, uranium, zinc, and coal. In addition to its ores, Australian mines also produce diamonds and opals.

The bounty hidden below ground was not extracted without a price, however. During the nineteenth century and into the early twentieth century, Australia, like most countries, had few safety regulations for miners. This resulted in numerous mining disasters across the nation.

The worst occurred in 1902 in New South Wales, near Mount Kembla. An explosion claimed the lives of 96 men who were either working in the mine or who died attempting to rescue the others. No family in town was spared the loss of a relative.

In March, 1900, five men were killed while being lowered down Birthday shaft at the Balmain Colliery. The bucket in which they were contained tipped, spilling them into the shaft. This accident led to new regulations requiring mine owners to install guide rails to prevent the buckets from tipping or swinging in the shaft.

The Birthday shaft claimed three more lives when it was being sealed in 1945. A test caused natural gas to explode beneath the seal. In addition to the fatalities, two more men were injured in the blast.

A fire claimed the lives of 42 men at the North Mount Lyell site in October, 1912. The cause of the fire was never positively determined.

In Far North Queensland, 75 men were killed in 1921 at Mount Mulligan. The official report stated that the explosions were caused by the use of open flames for lighting.

In March of 1887, an explosion killed 81 men at Bulli. The investigating commission ruled that it was caused by an accumulation of carbonic hydrate or marsh gas at the face, and that the ignition was probably provided by an overcharged shot that a miner fired.

As grim as these disasters may be, they are far from the worst mining accidents in history. In the United States, at least 361 miners died in 1907 at a Consolidated Coal mine in West Virginia, and another 239 died four days later at a different mine in Pennsylvania. An explosion at a mine in France killed 1,100 men in 1906, and 447 miners lost their lives in a 1963 explosion at a mine in Japan. A 1942 accident in Manchuria claimed an astonishing 1,549 lives and is likely the world’s worst mining disaster ever.


Victoria has a rich mining history that began with gold mining in the early 1800s. Recent mining efforts have concentrated more on the rich fossil fuel resources in the Victoria area. The mining of energy products in Victoria provides 90% of the energy consumed in the area.

Oil and Gas

Victoria is home to mines that collect both oil and natural gas. Gippsland in the eastern portion of Victoria is where the petroleum and gas mines are concentrated. Gas production in the area provides 18% of the total natural gas production nationwide, with demand growing by an average of 2% each year. The petroleum from Victoria represents over 19% of the total oil production in Australia. Petroleum production has declined slightly in the past few years, but Victoria remains a key part of Australia’s oil production efforts.

Brown Coal

The most abundant fuel for energy that is mined in Victoria is brown coal. Coal mining efforts are centered in the Latrobe Valley, where the coal is mined and there are several energy production plants. Over 66 million tonnes of brown coal are mined from the Latrobe Valley on an annual basis, making brown coal the most plentiful mineral in Australia. The Latrobe Valley mine is home to the largest concentration of brown coal in the entire world.

Gold Mining History

Gold mining has a rich history in the Victoria area, though it has dwindled to a mere 1% of Australia’s overall gold production. During the height of the Victoria gold rush it is said that 25,000 to 30,000 people converged on a few small claims to try their luck at finding gold. The rush halted an epidemic of Victorian men leaving the area and helped keep Victoria a strong and vibrant city throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. In the early 1900s many of the mines closed when the gold began to become scarce. In the late 1980s the Stawell gold mine was reopened and it continues to operate to the present day. The mine does not produce gold in the quantities that were found during the initial gold rush, but it still provides enough of the mineral to remain in operation.

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