Mining giant Rio Tinto was forced to shut down an open pit operation at its Tom Price mining hub in the Pilbara after workers were exposed to “toxic gas”, it has been reported.

Fortescue Metals Group has lost out to the Societe Miniere de Boke-Winning consortium on a tender to develop part of Guinea’s Simandou iron ore project.

A runaway train rolled through the Whyalla Steelworks, passing eight level crossings and a track used to move molten iron - but the South Australian government has shut down an investigation into the incident after a funding agreement expired.

Fortescue Metals Group has inked two farm-in deals outside its iron ore mainstay, including a gold and copper project in the highly prospective Paterson province in the Pilbara.

Bardoc Gold has completed the acquisition of the Mayday and North Kanowna Star gold projects from Strategic Projects Mining.

The target date for first production at OZ Minerals’ Carrapateena copper mine in South Australia has been pushed back by the company to next month.

Formal qualifications in remote operations will be attainable for the first time in Australia following a partnership between Rio Tinto, the WA Government and South Metropolitan TAFE.

Perth-based lithium miner AVZ Minerals says it will negotiate a supply deal with a unit of China’s Suzhou TA&A Ultra Clean Technology Co for products from its Manono project in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Trading in shares of Pilbara Minerals has been halted pending an announcement from the lithium miner regarding an incident at a site that requires investigation.

The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder will lobby the State Government to start taxing fly-in, fly-out workforces in the hope it will bring more permanent residents to regional WA.

In the world of bulk commodities based on scale and repetition, boutique iron ore operations have had a chequered history.