Minnovare, Northern Star make it official

AFTER reaping the benefits of being an early adopter of a drilling technology, Northern Star has opted to become an official technology collaborator with the technology’s developer Minnovare.

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Rob Parsons with Minnovare's Production Optimiser.

The collaboration will lead to the development and implementation of Minnovare technology across Northern Star's operations in Western Australia.

It follows the implementation of Minnovare's drill and blast Production Optimiser technology at Northern Star's WA operations.

For the past two months the technology has been installed on selected long hole rigs at the miner's operations.

Those rigs fitted with the Production Optimiser enjoyed accuracy and set up benefits. Since implementation metres drilled have increased 17% and blast hole deviation at the collar is down 75%.

Flow-on benefits have included an increase in average recovery due to reduced bridging and reduction in average dilution - reducing the overall cost of production.

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