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A shout out to Todd Geddes, MMC’s resident Rubber Liner. Todd has been with MMC for 6 years now and is specifically requested by numerous sites to complete their works due to his experience & high level of workmanship. Recently MMC has invested in 2 more trainee rubber liners as we continue to grow & service our clients. Here’s a project recently completed by Todd and trainee Dwayne, they did a great job in getting this done and dispatched in time!
 
Thanks to all the team who worked hard to roll, weld and put together this CCD Centrewell.
 
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Congratulations to Aaron Pike, who’s sponsored by MMC Australia, Aaron won the 40th edition of the Pro-Am at Dysart Golf Club in QLD this weekend.
He is now on his way Ohio, America, by invitation from a Major Sponsor to play in a tour event, before heading to Townsville for the Pro-Am on 20th June.

Click here to read the full article of the events this past weekend at Dysart.

MMC was recently engaged by a local mining company as the head contractor for a large refurbishment scope. The shutdown has now finished and MMC happy to announce that it ran very smoothly, completing the works early and coming in under budget.
MMC put together a team of over 50 personnel, consisting of a range of trades and skilled personnel, all Territorians. A number of our Apprentices also got the opportunity to head to site and experience quite different works from their usual workshop projects.
The shutdown was overseen by our Mining Manger, Shaun, who did a fantastic job with the help of the lads on the ground, Supervisors Matt and Doug. A big thank you also to our whole team involved!

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Alongside the tanks fabrication that is now well underway, MMC is filling a range of various requests for businesses throughout the Northern Territory. 
With site works and shut downs, keeping majority of Workshop personnel busy over the past week or so, there is plenty happening back here in the workshops. 
A few of our other projects on the go include;
Thickener discharge cones
MIBC Lines 
Spray Bars 
Wear pads 
Waste Bins 
Ute Trays

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MMC General Manager, Owen Pike, attended the APPEA Conference in Adelaide last week with the NT Government delegation, that included the NT Minister for Resources Ken Vowles.
Although the conference is focused at the entire Oil & Gas industry, there was significant interest in the Onshore Gas industry that has been given the green light in the NT.
Both Origin and Santos gave presentations to the NT delegation. One key take away is that both Santos and Origin’s known reserves are 5 times bigger than the Ichthys field. The NT people have to work with all operators to make sure we all benefit from our asset.
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This week, MMC hosted a group of engineering students from Charles Darwin University for a tour of our fabrication workshops.
Guided by MMC’s Oil & Gas and Construction Manager, Michael Pike, the students had access to a working facility and experienced tradespersons, structural drawings and other requirements and expectations of the industry. 
MMC is always willing to help future generations of Northern Territorians, especially when educating and preparing the them for our workforce. 
We hope the students enjoyed their time at MMC and went away with some new knowledge and understanding.

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As well as the 5 tanks MMC is currently manufacturing we have been awarded a new contract for 4 more carbon steel tanks for another client. These tanks are 4mtr diameter, 5.3mtrs high and come fully fabricated with stands, conical bases, walkway bridges and handrailing. 20Tn of steel will be used in this package! Stay tuned for photos once fabrication starts.

TANKS everyone for the positive feedback and continued support!!

MMC is proud to advise that we have been chosen by a local mining company as the head contractor for a large refurbishment scope in an upcoming shutdown. The scope is the critical path for the shutdown so it’s great to see the confidence in MMC to deliver. 
MMC has put together a team of over 50 personnel, all are Territorians, consisting of a range of trades. 
As well as training & upskilling of local employees, all of the equipment, tooling, materials and safety gear will come through our local supplier network.

MMC would like to thank the NT Mining Industry for their trust & continued support, it is an investment in the local industry that flows through to our local suppliers and our local people.

MMC have recently donated $800 to Paul, a great guy doing a fantastic thing, we are proud to have contributed to this fundraiser to fight Cancer!
Paul Campbell aimed to walk 750km and to raise $7000 in the month of march, he smashed his goals, walking over 750km and raising over $10,000.

“Sadly cancer still takes too many of us. Research sees more people than ever survive but we’ve still a way to go. And I need your help to beat cancer. It’s going to be a challenge, but it’s nothing compared to those who experience cancer.
Please sponsor me today to support my challenge if you are able to and join me in telling cancer where to go! Your donation will help our local Cancer Council support those affected right now and fund world changing research to help more people survive.”
Paul Campbell

There are plenty more like him doing great things, check out the site if you’re interested in donating!

Yesterday afternoon managers and directors from MMC headed to the ‘NT Business for Onshore Gas Forum’ at the Sky City Beachside Pavilion, for a discussion around the development of the onshore gas industry. The event started with a presentation on the Economic Benefits of Onshore Gas Development by Tim Radburn, Managing Director of Pangaea and was followed by a panel session hosted by Nigel Adlam from TerritoryQ and featuring and Owen Pike – MMC’s General Manager, along with Kim Hill – Yingwati, Terry Mills - Independent MLA, Matthew Doman – APPEA and Damian Hale – AWU

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You can watch the full forum on Frack Facts Facebook page.

Industry News

Find out what's happening, in the NT and around Australia in the mining, construction and oil & gas industries:

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Aluminium
A native metal is any type of metal that is found in its pure metallic form in nature. While aluminium is the most abundant metal in the Earth's crust, it only occurs on its own in nature in low oxygen environments inside some volcanoes . The main source of aluminium is bauxite ore, which in turn is composed of minerals such as gibbsite (Al2O3.3H2O), boehmite (Al2O3.H2O) and diaspore. Australia is the biggest producer of bauxite in the world.

Gold is the best-known native metal, found by itself or alloyed with copper or other noble metals like silver, platinum and palladium.

Copper is also found in its pure form, but the majority of copper in Australia is found as copper iron sulfide(CuFeS2) or chalcopyrite. Copper is also found in azurite Cu3(CO3)3 and malachite Cu3(CO3)2.

Native silver oxidises very quickly. Most silver in Australia is found in trace amounts in freibergite, tetrahedrite and pyragyrite in the lead mineral galena (PbS).

Uranium.
Australia has approximately 38 per cent of the world's recoverable deposits of uranium and we are world's third largest producer of uranium after Canada and Kazakhstan.

We also have the world's largest deposits of brown coal, lead, rutile, zircon, nickel, tantalum, and zinc.

Australia has the world's second largest reserves of bauxite behind the Republic of Guinea, and the world's second largest deposit of gold, equal with Russia.

We rank fourth in the world for iron ore deposits behind the Ukraine, Russia and China. We rank third in production behind Brazil and China and are the world's largest exporter of iron ore.

Follow this Facebook page for the truth about fracking in the NT. Read the facts for yourself to make up your mind

These are just some of the reasons we need it;

1. To improve the current state of the economy so we can help reduce the number of businesses closing their doors

2. To stop the falling prices of our homes

3. To have private industry invest into the NT rather than constantly relying on Government.

4. To give our kids future prosperity and the choice to stay in Darwin to study and work and to give locals pathways for work right now.

5. To increase our population so we continue to receive some level of GST, the formula is set in stone. 

6. To ensure the revenue comes back into the NT and not into Canberra or overseas like other major projects have done in the past.

7. Onshore Gas will provide power to nearby communities and stations. (Currently, QLD power grid stops at the NT/QLD border and the NT power grid stops at Mataranka.

8. Fracking will open the door to 1,500 jobs  for locals here in the NT. 

All the reports and history proves fracking of natural shale gas (not coal seam or oil) has not had any water contamination incidents. NSW Chief Scientist reviewed the evidence from 2.5 million fracking wells around the world and failed to identify a single case of contaminating ground water. 

This is a fasinating mine, not only for its size but how they had to deal with freezing temperatures when it was operational. 

Mirny Mine is the world’s biggest Diamond mine, at 525 meters in depth and 1,200 meters in diameter, it is the 2nd largest excavated hole in the world and the 4th deepest. Diamonds were first discovered in 1955 and while it’s no longer operational, when it was it took 2 hours for trucks to drive from the bottom to the top.
The temperatures in winter were so cold that the entire mine had to be covered completely overnight to stop machinery from freezing. They encountered numerous problems throughout winter like, oil freezing, steel and car tyres shattering.

 Check out this video to see how the mining industry has been running in Mirny, Eastern Siberia, Russia.

 

Beach Energy has entered into an equity deal over two prospects at the Ironbark offshore gas project in the Carnarvon Basin, Western Australia. Click here article for the full story.