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METS Ignited Collaboration Award

Congratulations to our 2018 Collaboration Award winners!

METS Ignited selected two champions from an exceptional field: Unearthed & Newcrest Mining and Core Resources & Mineral Technologies as joint winners for the 2018 Collaboration Award.

Announced at the IMARC Gala Dinner in Melbourne on Wednesday, 31 October, judges were so impressed with the calibre of entries, they selected two winners.

The collaboration between Unearthed and Newcrest Mining was chosen as a worthy winner for the launch of an automated online platform, The Newcrest Crowd. Joint winners were partners, Core Resources and Mineral Technologies, which co-developed The Toowong Process, a method of processing arsenic in order to clean feedstock in an environmentally safe and stable way.

About the projects

Unearthed and Newcrest Mining

Following hackathon and online competition initiatives that have unlocked significant value through crowdsourcing, Newcrest Mining launched The Newcrest Crowd automated online platform, which was developed in partnership with Unearthed. Newcrest sought a long-term solution to access a digital community on demand and to work with some of the best innovators in the world to identify, develop and implement new solutions for multi-million-dollar operational challenges. After a pilot process involving two successful challenges (Hydrosaver and Get 2 the Core) that delivered commercially applicable solutions, Newcrest officially launched The Newcrest Crowd as an industry-leading initiative in August 2018.

Core Resources and Mineral Technologies

Globally, there are ever-tightening constraints on the transport, importation and treatment of high arsenic concentrates. As orebodies become increasingly complex and more contaminated, smelters around the world, often located in industrialised urban areas, are finding it incredibly difficult to source clean feedstock. The Toowong Process is a novel leaching technology that removes the arsenic at the mine-site, and then "fixes" it in an environmentally safe and stable form that enables final disposal at the mine-site.

The collaboration for the Toowong Process was formed when Core, as the inventor of the technology, formed a partnership for the development and commercialisation phase with Downer. This involved a two-year, $2 million design and engineering work program to develop the technology to the stage where it is now ready for deployment.

About the METS Ignited Collaboration Award

METS Ignited is committed to fostering ways to assist METS companies and miners to work together more collaboratively towards common goals and to create step-change within the mining innovation ecosystem.

With this in mind, METS Ignited launched an annual Collaboration Award to recognise collaboration between METS companies, miners and researchers.

The Award, in its third year, recognises organisations that contribute to a culture of collaboration within the mining innovation ecosystem and achieve mutual business gains through successful collaboration.