The board of Rio Tinto, including chief executive Tom Albanese and chairman Jan du Plessis, have been given a tour of the Northparkes mine in central New South Wales.
Northparkes managing director Stefanie Loader said the tour was aimed at increasing the board’s understanding of underground block cave mining, the Parkes Champion Post reports.
During the visit workers were also able to show-off the 17-years of experience that had contributed to creating the world’s largest block cave mine.
“Another important component of the visit was that we were able to demonstrate our relationship with the local community through having the mayors and deputy mayors of Parkes and Forbes Shire Councils join the board for part of the site visit during the day,” Loader said.
Loader said feedback from the board had been positive, and executives had noticed the changes made on site since their last visit.
“The last time the Rio Tinto board visited Northparkes was in 2005 and many noticed the changes that have been made since then especially in regards to the important role that technology plays in making our operations safer and more productive,” she said.
“The board were also very interested in learning how the technology developed at Northparkes will be shared with other Rio Tinto operations including Oyu Tolgoi in Mongolia.”