Saracen Mineral Holdings has confirmed it will spend $US750 million ($1.1 billion) buying a 50 per cent stake in Kalgoorlie’s famous Super Pit.

Galaxy Resources says it will scale back operations next year at its Mt Cattlin lithium mine in WA in an effort to stay in business until the price of the electric vehicle battery component improves.

Premier of Western Australia Mark McGowan yesterday signed off on a Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility loan to assist in developing infrastructure for Kalium Lakes' Beyondie project.

Students with a keen interest in robotics were given the chance to witness the impact new technologies would have on the mining industry when the visited a couple of Rio Tinto sites last week.

US lithium giant Albemarle Corporation has suspended one of its joint ventures due to continuous trying conditions for the commodity.

BHP’s Minerals Australia Boss Mike Henry will replace Andrew Mackenzie as the mining giant’s new chief executive from the beginning of next year.

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.