AMIRA to host a Geometallurgy Project “Info Breakfast” in Perth on June 16th


AMIRA International is currently collaborating with the University of Cape Town and other leading research institutions and partners in the geometallurgy space to develop a collaborative research project titled “AMIRA P1188 - Operational Geometallurgy – a pathway to operational resilience.”


To assist with the development of a project proposal and to ensure that the project meets the current needs of the minerals industry, AMIRA will host a brief breakfast meeting (tea, coffee and muffins provided) to present the research team’s current thinking on this topic and to seek interest and input on the best way forward for this collaborative initiative. The meeting will be held in the Mt Newman Room at the Pan Pacific Hotel from 07:30 until 08:30 on Thursday 16th June, just prior to the commencement of the sessions on the second day of the Third AusIMM International Geometallurgy Conference at Pan Pacific Hotel in Perth.


AMIRA’s Jeremy Mann from the AMIRA South African Office and Dr Megan Becker from the University of Cape Town will give a brief presentation to the audience and then will seek views from the attendees as to how the project offering may be enhanced, prior to seeking formal feedback from AMIRA’s global membership using AMIRA’s project Expression of Interest protocols. This is a free event and AMIRA welcomes the participation by those interested in this topic.


For more information about the breakfast meeting on 16th June 2016 or “AMIRA P1188 Operational Geometallurgy – a pathway to operational resilience” please contact Chris Ward via phone 0438822103  or email or alternatively contact Jeremy Mann via email


AMIRA’s P1025 summary report on Interoperability for Surface Mining Equipment has officially been released.

The follow up Phase 2 project P1025A is currently open for sponsorship by mining companies, contract mine operators, government agencies and research organisations.


Mining companies are responding to the price adjustment in commodities markets by implementing cost savings and operational improvement in mineral processing plants.  As a result projects focussing on operational improvement must produce tangible bottom line results within a 18 to 24 month timeframe in order to attract investment funding and management attention.


AMIRA International has officially released its P1025 Summary report, “Achieving Interoperability across the Minerals Value Chain – Phase 1 - Surface Mining Equipment”.  The project was sponsored by BHP Billiton, MMG, Rio Tinto, Roy Hill and CORFO, with GMSG in a supporting role.  
The project was a study of interoperability across the minerals value chain, focused specifically on surface mining equipment. The project’s three main goals were to identify and position the many disparate past and present initiatives aimed at interoperability, develop a set of guiding principles for improved interoperability, and determine whether increased efforts are needed to support the evolving requirements of mining companies for major technology based transformations.

The Summary report (---Register here to download---) outlines the results of a series of interviews and surveys with key mining industry personnel about the current state of interoperability and how to move the industry toward a more open interoperable technology environment. Nearly 100 individuals participated from 66 different organisations (including mining companies, equipment manufacturers, technology vendors, services companies, research and standards organisations).

Following one of the recommendations from the report, AMIRA has developed a phase 2 project  P1025A  to set up an Interoperability Round Table, with Sponsors from mining companies, contract mine operators, government agencies and research organisations.


The value proposition for sponsors cascades from top to bottom of the Figure below:



The research will be led by Mr Colin Farrelly of Indago Partners with support from Ray Ballantyne of RAK Developments and Nick Fleming of Innergise.
If your company or agency is interested in obtaining more information about the project, please contact AMIRA International's Program Managers:

Adele Seymon at and Olga Verezub at



The AMIRA Roadmap for Exploration Under Cover is a bold and collaborative initiative. It is a call-to-arms to all Australian minerals industry and geoscience stakeholders to address the challenges associated with exploration in the under-cover search space to improve exploration performance. Roadmap recommendations provide a blueprint for implementing the pre-competitive geoscience and applied geoscience research objectives building on themes identified by UNCOVER and the National Mineral Exploration Strategy developed by the Geoscience working group of the Standing Council on Energy and Resources as part of COAG (Council of Australian Governments).


The launch of the Stage 1 report ( culminated a cooperative, year-long process coordinated by AMIRA International, involving the exploration, mining and supplier sectors, Universities, CSIRO and State, Territory and Federal Geological Agencies. The AMIRA Roadmap for Exploration Under Cover is an important first step towards unlocking Australia’s hidden minerals potential. The vision statement developed during the roadmap process encapsulates the sentiments of the multi-sector sponsors and expert contributors involved in its preparation: “Delivering Australia’s major new mines by locating and unlocking future mineral wealth, positioning Australia as the global leader in exploration beneath post-mineral cover rocks.”


P1162A continues the work of Stage 1, delivering time sequenced and costed programs focussed on the priority activities identified in Stage 1 and recommending suitable funding models and appropriate vehicles to implement the program, as outlined below:




Stage 2 has attracted sponsorship from a combination of 37 organisations from mining, exploration and supplier companies, the government sector and the research community. Roadmap activities commenced in late May, coordinated by Robbie Rowe and Adele Seymon. A successful kick-off meeting was held in Perth on Tuesday 24 May, and saw the sponsors endorse the planned forward program.


AMIRA will be seeking submissions to inform the Roadmap from minerals industry stakeholders… Further information will be available shortly, keep an eye on the AMIRA website for an opportunity to contribute: (


AMIRA looks forward to continuing to help position Australia's exploration industry to make new major mineral discoveries and position Australia as the global leader in exploration targeting beneath post mineral cover.


The Stage 2 of the Roadmap is still open to further sponsorship. To become involved please contact Adele Seymon at








Joe Cucuzza, Managing Director of AMIRA International, will be addressing the Australia - India Joint Workshop on Advancing Research Cooperation on AMIRA's model of collaboration - Bridging the gap between industry and academia”.


Organised by RMIT University, IIT-Madras, Tamilnadu Water Investment Company and Mahatma Gandhi University and Supported by the Australia India Council, the theme of the Workshop will be “Water Scarcity and Ways to Reduce the Impacts”..


The two day workshop will bring together academia, industry and research organisations to discuss issues around water scarcity and to find ways to reduce its impact. The workshop will include presentations on water management, water technology, and the challenges of water scarcity in Australia and India.


The workshop will be held on 9-10 June 2016 at the City Campus of RMIT University, Melbourne.


Registration fees

Day 1 - $ 150 + GST

Day 2 - $ 150 + GST

Day 1 and 2 - $ 225 + GST

Maximum allowable registration: 75 including speakers

The number of participants is limited; therefore it is recommended that you register as early as possible.

Weblink to register online (secured):

Weblink to RMIT City campus map

Further enquiries contact Dr Muthu Pannirselvam (0433 667 574)


CET "Future of Minerals Exploration" Scenarios Workshops


John Sykes has planned two public scenario workshops on 15th-17th June and again on 29th June-1st July 2016. These form part of John's PhD research, but are of wider strategic interest to the CET, minerals companies and the associated research community. The workshops will take an interdisciplinary approach to investigating the future of minerals exploration, including both the exploration targets of the future and the explorers of the future. 



John is seeking to source 'non-exploration' and non-mining expertise, for examples in the following fields:







Health & Safety

Mine closure



Social licence

Environmental science

Sustainable development


Human rights

Indigenous relations


Commerce / business






It is hoped that the benefits participants will gain from the workshops are: 

  • Improved understanding of the exploration and mining industries;
  • New exploration targeting insights for active mineral explorers;
  • A wider and stronger network within the mining and exploration community;
  • Stronger links to other disciplines and fields of work outside of the mining and exploration industry;
  • New research ideas and avenues, particularly interdisciplinary and applied research fields;
  • Involvement in academic and industry publications relating to the workshop;
  • Working knowledge of scenario planning, a widely used strategic planning tool in the public and private sectors.


The workshops will be run by John Sykes, Allan Trench and Cam McCuaig. They are free to attend. More information can be found on the CET website:



AMIRA’s P1150 “Moisture measurement and control/reduction for Iron Ore conveyor systems” Project team visited Roy Hill’s mine site.


After a successful 3rd Sponsor review meeting held in Perth on the 10th May 2016 the project team headed to the Pilbara – to visit the mine and processing plant of one of the largest iron ore producers in Australia – Roy Hill.


It was definitely a very special event for many of us as AMIRA first engaged with Roy Hill only a few years ago when the construction work at their plant had just begun. Right now the Roy Hill processing plant is fully operational and ramping up towards their planned 55Mtpa of high grade iron ore. Such fantastic progress in such a short space of time!


The P1150 project is more than half way along and the research team had a great opportunity to look at Roy Hill's state-of-the-art facilities and discuss potential ways to further implement the results from the project into the operational environment. It is very important to take into account the existing plant infrastructure at the later implementation phase of the project.


Hundreds of questions from the project team were answered by Roy Hill site employees, thousands of steps up and down stairs and around the plant taken to observe its operation – all of this lead to an absolutely wonderful and productive day which will definitely help the research team in progressing their solutions for the future benefit of project sponsors.


AMIRA and the P1150 project participants would like to sincerely thank Roy Hill’s management and site employees for the opportunity to visit their mine site and processing plant and look forward to further collaboration in the future!


For more details about the project please contact:

Olga Verezub, Program Manager at



P1150 project team:

Upper row from left to right: Wei Chen (TUNRA), Dauter Oliveira (Vale), Olga Verezub (AMIRA), Tom Honeyands (University of Newcastle), Ken Williams (TUNRA), Luke Balzan (Scantech)

Bottom row: Stephen Fox (Roy Hill), Zoran Bauk (Scantech)


3rd annual international mining and resources conference (imarc) – register now


The 3rd annual International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) returns to Melbourne, 7-10 November 2016. Bringing together over 2500 mining leaders, policy makers, financiers, technical experts, innovators and educators to hear from over 200 international speakers for four days of learning, deal-making and unparalleled networking.


This year’s programme will cover policy and framework within the International Mining Summit, health and safety, technology and Mines and Money Australia, the country’s largest mining investment forum. Click here for more information.


As a proud partner, you are eligible for exclusive member pricing to IMARC 2016, where you will save up to $900 if you register before July 1. Click here to register.



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