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Mount Isa Mines

Aug 28, 2021
Stacks of Isa history in lead smelter milestone

Stacks of Isa history in lead smelter milestone

Glencore has delved into the archives to celebrate Mount Isa Mines’ history as it marks the 90-year anniversary of the commissioning of the lead smelter. It is a mighty milestone for the mining city, with a skyline marked by the towering presence of the operation’s current lead stack, standing at 270m. When Mount Isa Mines… This content is for iQ Industry Queensland, iQ Coal, iQ...

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Jul 29, 2021
Silica step enhances copper smelter yield

Silica step enhances copper smelter yield

Glencore Mount Isa Mines has started using a technique known as silica banking within the copper smelter’s Pierce-Smith Converters to improve its overall copper yield and reduce the amount of valuable copper lost to waste. The idea to trial silica banking at the Mount Isa copper smelter came from one of Glencore’s overseas smelting operations…. This content is for iQ Industry Queensla...

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Mar 01, 2021
Apprentices help Glencore ‘future-proof’ its business

Apprentices help Glencore ‘future-proof’ its business

Glencore is taking on 39 new apprentices at Mount Isa Mines and Ernest Henry Mining this year. The Queensland Metals Apprenticeship Program offers a pathway for careers in trades including electrical, diesel fitting, boiler making, fitter/welder, auto-electrical, motor mechanic or radio technician disciplines. Glencore Queensland Metals manager risk audit and training Greg Palm said the… Th...

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Aug 31, 2020
Milestone for Mount Isa’s Black Rock Cave project

Milestone for Mount Isa’s Black Rock Cave project

The first production ore from the Black Rock Cave project at Mount Isa Mines has come online more than two years after the underground mine development began. The ore body is expected to yield about 1.8 million tonnes of copper ore from 2020 to 2024. General manager Mount Isa mining Simon Pope said ore from… This content is for iQ Industry Queensland, iQ Coal, iQ Civil, iQ Geo, iQ Mining No...

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Aug 28, 2020
New loaders in George Fisher automation drive

New loaders in George Fisher automation drive

Six Sandvik LH517i’s are being introduced at George Fisher Mine in Mount Isa as part of an automation project. The Glencore-owned mine welcomed the first three new underground loaders in June, according to the company’s Resourceful news bulletin. The company says the transformative automation project is designed to improve safety, and increase efficiency and productivity…. This ...

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Aug 20, 2020
Glencore on the ball with concentrator upgrade

Glencore on the ball with concentrator upgrade

Glencore has brought a new ball mill online at the Mount Isa Mines copper concentrator in a move to improve flotation performance. A third ball mill complete with a 3500 horse power-motor now sits between the SAG milling and flotation sections at the concentrator. It will deliver finer ground ore to increase metal recovery and… This content is for iQ Industry Queensland, iQ Coal, iQ Civil, ...

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Aug 12, 2020
MIM ponders copper smelter  future

MIM ponders copper smelter future

Glencore is playing its cards close to its chest on the future of the copper smelter in Mount Isa. A four-year extension was due for review this year. In the past, the owner has made a decision to continue smelting copper contingent on operating under legacy environmental standards. Mount Isa City Council and the Australian… This content is for iQ Industry Queensland, iQ Coal, iQ Geo, iQ Mi...

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May 14, 2020
Lofty undertaking to give   ore bin a new lease on life

Lofty undertaking to give ore bin a new lease on life

When one of Mount Isa Mines’ tallest structures needed a little TLC recently, it was a job for specialised rope technicians. The copper crude ore bin at the Glencore site boasts a newly resheeted roof, anticipated to see out the life of the asset, after the 54-day project. The 35m tall, 85m long structure acts… This content is for iQ Industry Queensland, iQ Coal, iQ Civil, iQ Geo, iQ ...

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Jun 18, 2019
Bumper cohort joins mentoring program

Bumper cohort joins mentoring program

Glencore’s Mount Isa Mines recently launched the 2019 Girls for Mining Mentoring Program with a record 33 students matched with employees. The mentoring program will help girls from the Good Shepherd Catholic College and Spinifex State College gain insights into professional working life from a mining and processing perspective. The program is its fourth year,… This content is for iQ Indust...

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