November 22, 2019 | National Mining & Related Industries Day

November the 22nd signifies National Mining and Related Industries Day 2019, an important annual day that will be celebrated this year at Kings Park in Perth, Western Australia.

A time to reflect, consider, appreciate & champion the mining community and the myriad of benefits to all Australians that result.

Co-sponsored by Roy Hill, Rio Tinto and BHP, this year, as prior years events, will be truly remarkable.

Aside from enjoying world-class entertainment throughout, this year’s 3,000 strong audiences will have the opportunity to listen to National Mining and Related Industries Day Patrons Tad Watroba, Hancock Prospecting’s Executive Director and the pinnacle of the mining industry, Gina Rinehart, Hancock Prospecting’s Executive Chairman.

Special guests at the event include the Federal Resources Minister, the Hon Senator Matthew Canavan as well as leaders from BHP, Rio Tinto and Roy Hill whom will each speak in contribution and in celebration of our industry. Each of which acknowledging just how significant mining and its related industries are to investment, job creation and ongoing significantly enhanced Australian living standards.

This annual celebration presents a brilliant opportunity for us all to show genuine appreciation for Australia’s mining and related industries – as they remain ultimately, one of our country’s most significant and necessary sectors, essential to the ongoing quality of life experienced by every Australian.

Leveraging Technology Partnerships to Drive Innovation

Interview with Roy Hill CEO Barry Fitzgerald, courtesy of Mining Technology.



Roy Hill announces financial results for year ended June 30 2019

  • Profit for the year after tax up 147% year on year to $1,376 million
  • Operating Sales Revenue up 34% year on year to $5,156 million
  • Production up 7% year on year to 55mtpa design capacity
  • Net borrowings down by $1.7B in financial year
  • Voluntary prepayments of $1.5B to reduce debt being made subsequent to year end
  • Paid $332 million of West Australian State Royalties

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Mining’s digital ‘sweet spot’

Article courtesy of Australian Mining

23 October 2019


As mining companies face increased pressure to optimise operations, industrial software company AVEVA is perfectly placed to provide the next wave of innovative solutions.

The next leap in productivity at mine sites is set to stem from advances in the dynamic technology market, as operators figure out new ways to optimise output from assets.

While mining companies are already beginning to introduce a broad range of innovative solutions to maximise productivity, reduce costs, and improve safety, including artificial intelligence (AI), mixed reality (XR) and the Internet of Things (IoT), there is a race of sorts in the tech industry to constantly provide the next advancement.

AVEVA, which has built a strong reputation in the mining industry with its software platforms, is leading the way in providing digital technology that spans companies’ global portfolio across operations and asset lifecycles.

Its solutions unify data from first engineering designs to operations, analysing and managing engineering information, processes and supply chain, so that companies can maximise productivity, reduce downtime using predictive analytics, and bring new projects online faster and more cheaply.

Against the backdrop of global uncertainty and a volatile commodity market, AVEVA is in a “sweet spot” as mining companies become increasingly demanding for innovation in digital technology, according to head of Pacific Zone, Damien McDade.

“At AVEVA, we encompass industrial Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, alternative realities and virtual reality all together within a unified operational lifecycle platform that can help companies maximise profitability, minimise risk and enhance automation and control,” McDade explains.

“You only have to look at a world-leading mining company like Roy Hill, based in Perth. They have embraced AVEVA’s solutions to create a remote operating centre that spans the entire mining value chain.

“Not only does this enable their team to optimise their efficiency from pit to port, but it also dovetails perfectly with their global supply chain, ensuring that they can pinpoint revenue opportunities before they arise, and scale their operations to fit. This innovative approach is adapted from a concept first developed in the oil and gas industry, but it’s a flexible model which all mining operators can benefit from.

“This is our sweet spot and opportunity. Typically, across the board, the mining industry is trying to squeeze more out of assets and empowering its workforce through digitisation. This is where we come into play.

“Our technology can help companies increase operational efficiency and give their teams better data on which to base their day-to-day and strategic decision making. Those two things together can transform return on investment and sharpen operational focus.”

McDade and the team will be at AVEVA’s World Conference in Brisbane (at Howard Smith Wharves) on November 19-20.

With leading practitioners from around the globe and subject matter experts as speakers, the AVEVA team will offer Australian users a snapshot of the technology future, showing customers and industry peers what the company is working on.

Some of the company’s top partners will also be able to showcase their capabilities, including Stratus Technologies and Callisto.

“We believe we have some of the best industrial software and we want people to see the very latest, relevant content,” McDade says.

Much of the discussion will revolve around digital engineering, operations centres, asset predictivity, and cloud operations, which is the next leap in information storage and analytics.

While cloud-based analytics are available today, mining companies are only using it for what McDade describes as “non-critical infrastructure”, to be put simply – information that, if lost, wouldn’t be catastrophic.

The big question AVEVA challenges the mining industry with is “are you truly ready for cloud?

Embracing the full potential of cloud-based operations will require a reorganisation of how many traditional mining companies operate, but AVEVA has numerous concrete examples of the benefits this can bring, including at Roy Hill’s base in Perth.

AVEVA will also showcase its hybrid model, which allows mining companies to take noncritical performance information to the cloud and leave critical infrastructure on its current systems.

This progression is just one of the company’s bold plans for how digital technology can benefit Australian mining companies. These are available today, capitalising on Australia’s track record of leading the way in innovative technology, according to McDade.

“It comes down to what it takes to make a business stand up in Australia in terms of cost of doing business – other countries would argue that the competitive cost base we have here is due to technology, which Australian companies are often the first to introduce,” McDade says.

While AVEVA works across a range of industries, mining accounts for a significant proportion of business, which justifies its recent announcement that Brisbane will be the new base for its Pacific region headquarters.

The city offers a central location and is described by McDade as an emerging “tech hub”, making the decision a logical one.

From its Brisbane base, AVEVA intends to ramp up a focus that spans across a broad range of mining and other industrial companies’ operations, such as value chain optimisation, which allows for visibility across the entire value chain, from planning to scheduling to inventory.

Optimisation also extends to mining companies’ production data, which AVEVA turns into insights with downtime analysis, delay accounting and process optimisation.

Critical to companies maximising productivity is also the management of asset performance, with AVEVA offering tools that predict potential equipment failures so they can be planned for and averted, alongside digitising operating procedures and maintenance activities as part of a holistic approach to engineering, operations and maintenance, all based on unified, accurate and up-to-the minute data.

This provides a glimpse into the potential offered by digital mining at a time where companies are under increasing pressure to maximise productivity amidst volatile market conditions.

AVEVA is in the perfect position to capitalise on Australia’s dynamic mining market, with the nation’s reputation as the epicentre of resources technology only continuing to grow.

Roy Hill mine continues cancer awareness campaign with pink delivery


NEWMAN, Western Australia. August 15, 2019. UK-based Trans Global Projects Group (TGP) has delivered a shipment of 62 modules weighing 68,000 tonnes to the Roy Hill iron ore mine near Newman in Western Australia.

Roy Hill, owned by privately-held Hancock Prospecting, encourages its suppliers to paint their equipment pink in support of breast cancer awareness. In 2018 Berge Bulk showed its support by painting the superstructure of its 210,000 DWT iron ore carrier Berge Toubkal pink.

According to Hancock executive chairman Gina Rinehart, with a net worth over US$15 billion, breast cancer is Australia’s most commonly diagnosed cancer and now affects nearly one in eight Australian women.

Rinehart established the practice of painting Roy Hill mining equipment pink in recognition of cancer sufferers and naming them after employees. In May this year it christened two more 296-tonne capacity Hitachi mega trucks with the names of two female cancer survivors.

Speaking at the ceremony (pictured) Rinehart said 42 percent of the mine’s truck drivers are women – a record in the Australian mining industry.

To deliver the latest pink mining equipment, TGP shipped the modules from Dalian to Port Hedland and after “intensive” biosecurity checks they travelled a further 400 kilometres on a single lane road to the Roy Hill site.

“Through expert planning, innovative engineering and careful coordination, our team was able to successfully deliver these modules, despite the particularly challenging conditions,” commented TGP CEO Colin Charnock, “We are very proud to have helped our client support such an important cause with the delivery of these pink modules. Thanks to the diligent and tireless efforts of our team, these modules will now help the mine further demonstrate its commitment to breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survival.”

In addition to project logistics management, TGP services include ship chartering, logistics consultancy and transport engineering.


Article courtesy of Freightweek.

Roy Hill employee Jodi Moffitt wins ‘Excellence in Mining’ Award at 2019 Women in Industry Awards

The Executive Chairman of Roy Hill, and all at Roy Hill congratulates Jodi Moffitt for winning the prestigious ‘Excellence in Mining’ award at the 2019 Women in Industry Awards, at an event held in Melbourne overnight.

The Women in Industry Awards acknowledge exceptional women who have achieved success through their invaluable leadership, innovation and commitment to their sector.


Read the media release here.

Roy Hill Launches its Seventh Pink Truck Fleet

As is tradition several times each year at Roy Hill, we have a special occasion to honour and support breast cancer survivors and women employees of Roy, and/or Hancock. Mrs Rinehart gave a speech today at the seventh pink truck ceremony in support of breast cancer sufferers. These events are very special occasions where Mrs Rinehart and members of the Hancock Prospecting and Roy Hill communities show their sympathy, support and love for those touched by breast cancer and related cancers.

Please see the speech by Mrs Gina Rinehart – Seventh Christening of Pink Trucks

TAFE to Up-Skill WA Miners

Roy Hill and North Metropolitan TAFE are working together to meet mining skill demands by providing apprenticeships and traineeships to Roy Hill employees.

More than 150 Roy Hill employees will be offered traineeships in Surface Extraction Operations and Resource Processing to prepare them for job roles including mobile plant operators, mineral processing operators and port operators. 

Please read the media release here.



32-year old employee Jana Buvari is learning to maintain the communication systems on Roy Hill’s railway as part of her Electronics and Communications apprenticeship with North Metropolitan TAFE (please view video here).

Pilbara’s first pink locomotives raising awareness

In his 10-year career as a train driver, Brad Main has never been involved in anything quite like Roy Hill’s pink trucks and locomotives initiative to support and raise awareness of breast cancer.

On Friday 15 February 2019, Brad, who has been contracted to drive Roy Hill trains for three years by Karijini Rail, had the honour of being at the helm of the first ever pink locomotive’s six-hour journey to the mine.

Please read the article here