Minnovare’s ongoing collaboration with industry leading gold miner Northern Star Resources, has led to the announcement of an official ‘Technology Collaboration’ that sees the development and implementation of Minnovare technology across Northern Star’s operations in Western Australia.
|Northern Star Resources’ Jeff Brown, Principal-Innovation and Technology (L) and Callum McCracken, Minnovare Managing Director (R)|
The Collaboration follows the implementation of Minnovare’s drill and blast ‘Production Optimiser’ technology at Northern Star’s operations in Western Australia.
The technology has been installed on selected long hole rigs at the company’s underground operations – improving rig accuracy and setup with an immediate benefit to operations. Since implementation, drilled meters have increased by 17 per cent and blast-hole deviation at the collar reduced by 75 per cent. Flow-on benefits have included an increase in average recovery due to reduced bridging and a reduction in average dilution – reducing overall cost of production.
“In a very short period of time we have seen tangible benefits from the Production Optimiser system. The system has been well received by all operators, and Minnovare have worked with us to ensure a successful implementation.” Rob Parsons, General Manager of Northern Star Mining Services.
Minnovare Managing Director Callum McCracken stated that the company was delighted to be entering into this Technology Collaboration.
“Northern Star were an early adopter of our production drilling technology and we’re pleased to see the immediate effect it’s having, with efficiency gains right across their operations”, said Mr McCracken.
The Collaboration lays a platform not just for further implementations. Northern Star will be actively involved in the development of a series of new Minnovare products that will deliver additional efficiencies to Northern Star’s underground mining operations.
“Collaborating with solution providers like Minnovare and the technology they specialise in represents the future of the industry so we’re very pleased to be working with them’, sain Mr McCracken.