Mount Carbine operator Speciality Metals has been named as a finalist in the environmental category of this year’s Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) awards.
The company is exploiting a 12-million-tonne waste rock dump from historical mining operations at the Far North Queensland tungsten site and also has a retreatment operation underway, extracting tungsten from old tailings.
In July, their work attracted a grant of $220,000 under the Queensland METS Collaborative Projects Fund.
The funded project is titled: Optimised X-ray Ore Sorting Technologies and Material Handling Concepts for Historic Tungsten Mine Waste Transformation.
The project consortium consists of Speciality Metals, CRONIMET Australia, The University of Queensland, TOMRA Sorting and DAS Mining Solutions.
AMEC chief executive officer Warren Pearce said the group had received a significant number of high-calibre nominations in all award categories this year.
Four exploration projects have been selected as finalists for the AMEC Prospector Award 2020 – Lake Rebecca in Kalgoorlie, WA; Cassini in Kambalda, WA; Federation in Nymagee, NSW and Winu in Marble Bar WA.
“These finalists are outstanding discoveries that show greenfields mineral exploration is still alive and doing very well in Australia,” Mr Pearce said.
The AMEC Environment Award finalists are Consolidated Minerals for the Quoll !Quoll automated animals image categorisation program; Specialty Metals International Mount Carbine Waste Transformation project and IGO for their Waste Management project.
The finalists for the AMEC Community Contribution Award are IGO, AngloGold Ashanti, Sandfire Resources and Barminco for the Dandjoo Darbalung Program; Salt Lake Potash for the Lake Way Sulphate of Potash Project and Galaxy Resources for the Mt Cattlin Pitch for Project.
The winners will be announced at the upcoming AMEC Awards Dinner on December 10 at the State Reception Centre in Kings Park, Perth.