Drilling deep for support

Article courtesy of Joondalup Times

Drilling Deep for Support

A MINING contractor has given one of its machines a pink makeover to raise funds for Breast Cancer Care WA.

Ranger Drilling painted Drill Rig 5, which operates at Roy Hill, bright pink in its efforts to raise $50,000 for the charity by the end of January.

The Wangara-based operator was inspired by the iron ore mine’s practice of painting mining equipment pink in recognition and support of cancer sufferers.

They held a family fun day at their head office on December 22 to unveil the pink rig, which has been overhauled this summer.

The company also planned to approach clients, suppliers and staff to help fundraise through raffles and barbecues at their worksites.

General manager Stuart Baird Breast Cancer Care WA was chosen because keeping their support local was important to them.

“Breast cancer affects a lot of us personally through family, friends and colleagues,” he said.

“Breast Cancer Care WA provide important support services to local people affected by this illness.

“The idea of a pink drill rig is to create a focal point for our fundraising a pink drill rig is not a ‘normal’ thing to see.

“We hope that this raises awareness, and discussion which turn into donations.” Breast Cancer Care WA lost about $1 million in fundraising in 2020 due to the impact of COVID-19 but continued to deliver services to all clients, despite an eightweek shutdown.



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Roy Hill built the wet high intensity magnet separator (WHIMS) plant in 2018 to deliver another four to five million tonnes of highgrade iron ore from the mine, increasing its export capacity to around 60 million tonnes.

By filtering tailings through a series of electromagnets that extract the iron particles, Roy Hill is able to recover iron from the waste and place it onto the stockpiles for production.

Roy Hill achieved first ore from the plant in December last year and commenced production during January, hitting a production milestone of one million tonnes by May.

The Australian Mining Prospect Awards judges were most impressed by Roy Hill’s clear demonstration of using smart innovation to process minerals in a more efficient and sustainable way.

“Of particular emphasis in the nomination was Roy Hill’s commitment to ‘challenge, adapt and modify our approach to create new ways of working’,” judge and Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy chief executive officer Stephen Durkin says.

“(This) positive attitude reflects excellence not only in Roy Hill’s operation but should provide inspiration for all companies and professionals in the sector.” In addition to boosting production at the Pilbara mine, the Roy Hill WHIMS also has significant environmental benefits, decreasing the amount of waste sent to the tailings pile by up to five million tonnes per annum.

Durkin also describes Roy Hill as a leader in the space of decreasing wastage with a WHIMS plant.

“Roy Hill’s thought leadership in recovering ultrafine iron ore through its WHIMS plant has also positively influenced the broader sector, with other companies now investigating how to adopt the process in their own operations,” he says.

“This provides a clear example of one company’s commitment to efficiency and sustainability driving better outcomes for the rest of the industry and community.” Roy Hill turned this piece of innovative equipment into something deeply personal to the company, painting the WHIMS plant pink to honour Roy Hill executive chairman Gina Rinehart’s long-term commitment to breast cancer research.

Through the Rinehart Medical Foundation, Roy Hill has supported a two-year program worth $500,000 to support cancer patients.

Although about 200 people in the Pilbara are required to travel the 1600-kilometre trip to Perth for treatment, this was the first outreach program specifically set up for Pilbara patients.

CDE Mining, sponsor of the Australian Mining Prospect Awards Minerals Processing of the Year award, values excellence in innovation and sustainability in the mining industry such as the Roy Hill WHIMS plant.

The company states that it is proud of the talent showcased in the Minerals Processing of the Year category in 2020, with each finalist bringing innovative talent to the global minerals processing community.

“The Prospect Awards highlight the value of mining and minerals projects that contribute to the local economy every day without compromising on safety and environmental protection,” CDE Mining states.

“We’re delighted to sponsor the prestigious awards’ Minerals Processing of the Year category in 2020.” Roy Hill edged out fellow finalists Weir Minerals, presenting Tronox with a total asset management (TAM) agreement and the OceanaGold Haile gold mine in South Carolina, the United States.

Weir Minerals presented Tronox with the TAM agreement to increase production, which helped it to reduce downtime by 75 per cent and shut intervals by 33 per cent, while saving 10 per cent on maintenance costs.

OceanaGold launched three projects across its minerals processing operations at Haile: the CIL Advanced Control Expert (ACE) and Destruct ACE for continuous reagent monitoring, Carbon Scout management readings and Derrick’s G-Vault screens to reduce operational risks.

Roy Hill a huge export earner

Article by Matt McKenzie courtesy of Business News

Roy Hill sales hit $6.4 billion in the year to June, with the company reporting payment of more than $900 million in taxes.

Revenue was up 24 per cent, the company said, and profit increased 60 per cent to $2.2 billion.

About $475 million of dividends was paid to parent company Hancock Prospecting , and $400 million of new capital investment committed during the year.

It comes a week after Hancock reported a 56 per cent rise in profit to $4 billion.

Roy Hill executive chairman Gina Rinehart said Roy Hill had repaid all its debt.

“As we look forward, subject to securing government approvals, our growth plans will see us increase from 60 million tonnes per annum to 70mtpa,” Ms Rinehart said.

“This along with continued capital investment and innovation projects, such as our wet high intensity plants and automation project are driving efficiencies across our mining operations, and will see us grow the 2,800 jobs we already provide and continue to generate revenue in tax and royalties for the national and state governments”.

“Mining is an industry we can all be very proud of.

“It’s an industry we shine in internationally, creating many opportunities, and helping to raise living standards.

“Mining contributes more to our nation than any other industry and will be crucial to the country’s economic recovery.

“However, if Australia wants to remain internationally competitive and grow its exports and revenue, we need our government to significantly cut its onerous, investment deterring burdens of government tape and taxes.

“Investment is needed to expand our mines and grow our new mines of the future, so that mining can continue its immense contribution to our country.

Roy Hill wins Industry Leadership Award at Platts Global Metals Awards 2020


Roy Hill is excited to announce that it has just won the Industry Leadership Award for Raw Materials and Mining at the prestigious S&P Platts Global Metals Awards for 2020.

This win recognises the decades of hard work that has gone into the mega Roy Hill project to make it the successful one that it is today. This win follows numerous other award wins by Roy Hill, its team and its Executive Chairman, Gina Rinehart.

Roy Hill has marked a number of firsts including the fastest ramp up in WA to its nameplate capacity, the biggest debt financing deal for a largely Greenfield’s mainland project, some of the biggest equipment in the world, and launched Australia’s first fleet of pink mining trucks and trains.

We are very proud of this win and thank the S&P Platts team for their very welcome recognition.






Resources Challenges: Automation pilot takes off

Article courtesy of CME


Pannawonica Primary School were just one of 26 primary schools in the Pilbara who this past term have been taught robotics, coding and automation skills as part of the rollout of the Resources Challenges: Automation Pilot.

Year 5 and 6 students across the region learnt how to code their robots which represented either autonomous haul trucks, drills and underwater vehicles or drones across maps that represent scenarios that are faced by the State’s resources sector.

Industry representatives assisted teaching the concepts and shared their career journeys through short online videos set in the challenges.

CME CEO, Paul Everingham said, “the resources sector is at the forefront of innovation and technology and with both moving so quickly it’s important to ensure that today’s students are equipped with the skills for the jobs of tomorrow”.

The Resources Challenges: Automation Pilot was funded and developed through the Pilbara Collaboration Charter, signed by the Premier, CME and members BHP, Chevron Australia, CITIC Pacific Mining, Fortescue Metals Group, Rio Tinto Ore, Roy Hill, Woodside and Yara Pilbara.

If the Pilot is successful, it could then be rolled-out to students from pre-primary to year 10 across WA, as well as other Digital Technology courses in automation and data analysis.


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The Roy Hill iron ore project in the Pilbara might seem like a strange place to see Hiroshi Harashima, vice president of Bridgestone’s diversified products development and production technology.

However, a visit to the Roy Hill Pilbara iron ore site has given Harashima-san an in-depth understanding of whether conveyors are operating at optimum efficiency in Pilbara conditions and how Bridgestone’s research and development (R&D) department can contribute to continual improvement.

“Part of Bridgestone’s foundation is to practice ‘Genbutsu-Genba’ decision-making based on verified onsite observations,” Bridgestone conveyor belt senior specialist Brian Farwell says.

“We then use these observations to make informed decisions. It’s about not being satisfied with the current situation and making informed decisions that will lead us ever closer to ideal products and solutions.

“We also practice ‘Kaizen’. This refers to activities that continuously improve all functions of our business and involves everyone.” Harashima-san’s trip down under exemplifies the personal commitment to product development, creative pioneering, improving processes, integrity and teamwork.

It forms part of the company’s strategy to work literally alongside customers to ramp up innovation and boost the productivity of conveyors by providing strong service and support.

The development of a closed-loop communication cycle is allowing information onsite to be fed directly back to the global R&D and product development teams, allowing Bridgestone to tailor continual improvement.

“We have major contracts with our customers, so our focus is to actively engage with them to understand their pain points and work together to produce positive outcomes in all operational aspects of conveying,” Farwell says.

Bridgestone’s ultimate aim at Roy Hill is to increase the life and reliability of the conveyor belts, which are imperative in delivering a site that produces 55 million tonnes per annum, and beyond to 60 million tonnes.

“The success of our business is directly proportional to how consistently we are able to improve our products. There are some conveyor belts that require frequent changes, so if we can extend the life of our belts there are huge operational benefits to our customers,” Farwell says.

While Bridgestone products have been used on the Roy Hill sites since inception in 2014, a recent contract has solidified the relationship, with Bridgestone to supply products and services to the ports and mines.

Bridgestone’s manager of its Pilbara Mining Solution Centre in Port Hedland (PMSC), Michael Guilfoyle, says the close relationship with Roy Hill has benefited both parties.

The PMSC that opened in 2017 is in convenient proximity to the Roy Hill site, again emphasising the company’s increased focus on working with its customers.

“We are able to help Roy Hill’s strategic supply and growth over the next few years so that they can not only secure a supply of equipment, but also have the knowledge and safety of a factory facility like we have in Port Hedland,” Guilfoyle says.

Guilfoyle emphasises that this sentiment is captured by a visit that the company’s Japanese executives made to the Roy Hill site.

“The objective was to figure out how we can align factory services to suit the site,” he says. “The secondary goal was to take recommendations back to the factory to enhance our tailor-made solutions on offer specifically for Roy Hill.”

The ultimate goal is what Guilfoyle describes as a “direct line” to Japan, ridding Bridgestone of any miscommunication that can occur in the process.

This provides Bridgestone’s engineers with a direct line of communication with its customers,
therefore feeding the company’s factories with principal information.

“Our engineers have a total understanding of any issue and can review their model to suit where possible, so the customer receives an outcome that meets expectations this process eliminates any possibility of issues lost in translation and misconceptions,” Guilfoyle says.

Bridgestone is proactively being challenged within the company to drive innovation through its R&D to achieve peak efficiency for Roy Hill’s conveyors.

As Guilfoyle points out, conveyors specifically require improvements to be tailored towards a customer’s individual preference.
“Our R&D team is constantly working to improve our products.

Our aim is to increase the operational productivity at Roy Hill,” he says.

“Unlike other products that are made to suit a vast number of machines, conveyor belts are made specifically for customers, therefore, customer’s input is vital.” The logic is emblematic of Bridgestone’s approach to forming close relationships with its customers and partnering with them to innovate and optimise products onsite.

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Roy Hill Provides Clarification

Roy Hill knows that the driving force behind our success are our people, and we’re committed to attracting and retaining those who have the right mix of skills, knowledge, leadership and motivation.  Roy Hill isn’t just focussed on hiring people with mining experience – we’re on the lookout for people whose values and attributes align with ours, and the goals of the organisation.

As an equal opportunity employer and in a bid to seek out and attract people with these qualities, Roy Hill has sought unique ways in which to reach out and highlight the job opportunities that are available to members of the community who perhaps have never considered a career in mining.  We respect and value the diversity of our people and believe our differences strengthen our business. Roy Hill is committed to providing an inclusive work environment, where everyone is treated fairly and with respect.