Aspiring gold developer, Middle Island Resources’ 100% subsidiary, Sandstone Operations Pty Ltd (SOPL), has executed a deed, whereby SOPL has the option to acquire a 100% interest in the Dandaraga gold project, comprising granted Exploration Licence E57/1028, from SLS Exploration.The Dandaraga gold project covers an area of 605 ha and lies 16 km southeast of the company’s existing Sandstone gold project. Importantly, the Dandaraga project lies only 4 km south of the historic (but well-preserved) haul road linking the Lord Henry and Lord Nelson deposits with Middle Island’s 600,000 t/y Sandstone gold processing plant.The Dandaraga geology comprises a succession of banded iron formations (BIFs), ultramafics, gabbros and, importantly, doleritesThe project incorporates a series of historic gold workings that remain untested or poorly tested by modern gold explorationThe more significant Agnes workings are developed on a zone of stockwork quartz veining within a dolerite unit, adjacent to which free gold has been identified in a highly brecciated, gossanous and quartz-veined BIFThe Dandaraga project is largely well-exposed, facilitating rapid, conventional and cost-effective exploration for additional targetsThe Dandaraga acquisition presents both an immediate and attractive open pit exploration target at the Agnes gold prospect, and consolidates considerable exploration acreage into Middle Island’s well-endowed Sandstone gold tenureThe transaction is entirely consistent with Middle Island’s strategy to extend and enhance the proposed production schedule for its 100%-owned Sandstone gold processing plantIt will be the second such expansion, following the company’s June signing of an option to acquire the Wirraminna gold project, situated immediately adjacent to the Sandstone project and within 1 km of the processing plant.
Aggreko has launched the Global Cooling Tower (GT) series, its first mobile and modular cooling tower for the global market.The provider of modular, mobile power solutions said the GT series aims to “support and increase efficiency for customers operating in an increasingly decentralised and digitalised energy market”.“Engineered by Aggreko, the GT Series’ unique modular design aims to reduce customer energy costs and save space on industrial sites. Uniquely, the new cooling towers are built into a standard shipping container frame that can be installed quickly and easily on new sites, or integrated as part of existing Aggreko projects typically within a few days following delivery,” the company said.To support the frame, Aggreko has developed new extendable legs, housed within the frame, which can adjust the height of the cooling tower, based on customer need and application.The towers are currently available in two sizes, the GT-40 and GT-20, and can be lifted with a forklift or crane, and transported by road, rail, ship or air. This can reduce customer shipping costs by up to 40%, and offer a 25% smaller footprint, when compared with current towers, according to Aggreko. This, coupled with the unique extendable legs, allow the position of ancillaries under the towers to make the most efficient use of space on-site, the company says.The units, which have already been installed at customer sites from Japan to North America, can cool up to 4,000 gallons per minute (15.14 m³/min). The modular design of the units, however, allows the GT Series units to be interconnected side by side, or end to end, to cool up to 1,500,000 g/min (5,678 m³/min).Aggreko said: “The introduction of the GT series is the latest in a long line of Aggreko cooling technology innovations. In recent years, the company has led some of the largest emergency cooling operations ever undertaken, in sectors such as petrochemical and refining, oil and gas, mining, and food and beverage.”The units maintain temperature control and reduce energy costs through variable-speed fan motors. Aggreko estimates monthly energy savings from a single GT-40 cooling tower range from $2,000 to $5,000 compared with other rental cooling towers, contributing towards decarbonisation targets.Bill Carrick, Aggreko Group Director of Temperature Control, said: “As energy markets continue to transition, Aggreko remains committed to the ongoing technology investment and innovation that best suits changing customer needs.“The expertise of our people combined with the global availability of our large fleet of cooling towers, piping, pumps and power generation equipment, gives our customers an unmatched solution to meet any cooling need, no matter how large, how far or how urgent.”The GT Series is fully connected to Aggreko Remote Monitoring, providing constant monitoring of flow rates, temperatures, power consumption and water levels to ensure continuous top-performance around the clock.