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For all the latest at MMC; in the workshop, onsite projects and upcoming ventures:

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MMC have a long history of supporting our employees in growing and expanding their skill sets. 
Just in 2019 alone we have held 2 Working Safely at Heights Courses, 2 Confined Space Courses, a Dogging course as well as an EWP Course. Over the next week we will have 11 MMC Employees completing their CN course. 
We have previously put several people through their Work Health Safety Courses, Breath Testing and Drug Screening Courses alongside our continued apprenticeship program. We have seen employees who have started out as apprentices and moved up to Leading Hand positions and acting Supervisors not only in our workshop but on Various mine sites as well.

 

Congratulations to Eduardo Pena, who has taken home the MMC employee of the month prize for March.
Ed always shows outstanding work ethic, but has stood out this past month for his packing and strapping diligence, ensuring painted jobs are delivered to our valued clients unscathed.
Well done Ed, keep up to great work!
After a lot of preliminary works of site survey, measuring and workshop fabrication we have now installed a large number of process pumps at Global Resources Recovery's Processing Plant in Darwin. This has allowed us to achieve a small milestone of installing our first 50 lineal meters of stainless piping and has so far gotten us off to a great start.
MMC are very proud of our apprentices and younger tradesman, responsible for the quality fabrication and installation.
Our friends at Cross Solutions have been busy carrying out a 3D scan of the piping module and building a model for us which will assist us in a prompt turn-around as well as getting shop drawings completed and ready for fabrication.
With 50 or more new lines to fabricate we are now well on our way to pushing on with the piping phase of this project.
Great work from MMC's Project Manager Matt and our on-site Supervisor Lloyd who have been overseeing this process for Global Resource Recovery.
 
To see the photos head to our Facebook or LinkedIn pages.  

MMC would like to give a shoutout to Shorelands & All Global Training!
MMC just completed High Risk Dogging training that has run over the last few days. 
Thanks to Shorelands who were able to assist us with a Slew crane at very favourable stand by rates. 
And then to All Global Training who, were very flexible and completed the training after hours, which allowed MMC’s normal hours of operations to go unaffected. 
Given the state of the economy we really do value these suppliers who make the extra effort, so we can justify continuing to train our people. 
MMC do not hesitate in recommending both Shorelands and All Global Training, big Thanks!

Ian Cole – 0429 266 568 - All Global Training
Jack Hamilton – 0419 640 066 – Shorelands

Congratulations to Will Thurlbeck for making February employee of the month for MMC! Will has been putting in a great effort of late with his trip out to McArthur River Mine, going above and beyond his required working hours. Catching up with Site Supervisors and our MMC employees out on site. Discussing upcoming work, getting feedback on their roles and discussing general concerns. All this was done outside of his work hours whilst working night-shift on a shutdown. He also been doing a fantastic job overseeing the employees currently on Light Duties in the workshop. On top of all this he has put in a great deal of work for a recent audit that came up. Keep up the great work! It’s been a busy start to the year for MMC’s workshop, one job we’d like to put the spotlight on is a piping fabrication package we’ve just completed. A total of 20qty concentric reducing spools, all fabricated from Grade 904L stainless steel. Being such an exotic grade of stainless, the material had to be airfreighted in from Belgium!! Once it arrived in Australia, MMC had to develop a new weld procedure, then qualify our coded welders! A class A QA/QC package with 100% pass rate, well done to the MMC Team! Rolex use grade 904L grade steel in its watches, maybe MMC can get into the watch repair business?
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The 2018 Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta, was definitely a day not to be missed, the beach was packed and Mindil Markets supplied fantastic food! There were loads of activities for the kids and plenty of beer for the adults!
The beer can regatta was established in 1974 and is successfully continuing till this day, there was clearly a lot of beer enjoyed in the lead up to today, but it’s also such a great way to recycle cans that would otherwise be disposed of. This event supports community organisations and this year all proceeds have gone to The Asthma Foundation – a great community organisation offering support and education to Territorians.
MMC Australia sponsored a great group of kids this year! Jason and his grandfather, Connell Brannelly, President of Palmerston Lions Club started building this raft in March. They’ve used 230 Milk bottles, 3x2meter pieces of Ply that’s all recycled, and then a few tubes of silicone and rolls of duct tape to keep it all together. 
The MMC Logo looked great and you could see those orange flags a mile off!
As you can see there was a lot of time, preparation, effort and test days put into this little boat and they made us proud!
Well done to Jason 9, Jamie 9, Thomas 8 and Lucas 11, who did a great job out on the water yesterday and took home the encouragement award!

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Professional Golfer Aaron Pike hits so well blind folded he is considering playing the up and coming MMC Northern Territory PGA Championships blind folded.
The MMC Northern Territory PGA Championship is on the 16th-19th of August at Palmerston Golf Course.
Come along and see more than 100 of Australia’s best professionals play the biggest State PGA event in Australia! MMC have taken the naming sponsorship for the NT PGA Championships for 2018.
One of the fantastic things about this is that through Cazalys this sponsorship is far reaching into the community. Cazalys are a not for profit organisation, providing sponsorship and funding for over 50 sporting clubs throughout to NT, including NTFL and NTFL clubs, NTRL, Motorsports, Pistol Clubs, Cricket Clubs, Hockey Clubs, Rugby Union Clubs, Soccer and even 8 Ball. On top of this Cazalys also support the Palmerston Junior Golf Clinic and the Palmerston and Humpty Doo Veterans Golf, who MMC have been sponsoring consecutively for more than 20 years.
MMC is a 100% NT owned business, who is passionately Territorian and proud to see this sponsorship flow throughout the Northern Territory community. 

The construction of the $30million Palmerston Police Station is now underway and supporting close to 200 local jobs for Territorians. This includes MMC who has the contract for all the steel.
Click here to read more and about the plans and expectations.
 

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.