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Grant to cut mineral processing costs

27 July 2018

Joint media release with the Minister for Jobs and Innovation, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, and the Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation Zed Seselja

The Turnbull Government is investing in a Perth based project designed to reduce the erosion and corrosion problems in the processing of minerals, saving the minerals industry millions of dollars.

The Minister for Jobs and Innovation, Senator Michaelia Cash, today announced the Turnbull Government was investing $1.25m in a collaborative project led by Callidus Welding Solutions to extend the life of critical component parts used in mineral processing.

The collaboration includes mining companies Newcrest Mining, Murrin Murrin Operations and researchers at the CSIRO and Deakin University. The partners have matched the investment by more than $2.7 million.’

The grant is part of the fifth round of the Cooperative Research Centre Projects (CRC-P) Program, which is open to all industry and research areas.

“A single shutdown of a plant can cost well over $10 million in lost production time, component parts and of course, impact Australian jobs,” Minister Cash said.

“The Australian Government is investing in these new technologies to improve our globally competitive industries, add value to our natural resources sector and create more jobs for Australians.”

The Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation, Zed Seselja, said the project demonstrated the sort of problem-solving initiative that the grant is designed to foster.

“The CRC-P program enables industry and researchers to collaborate in finding solutions to specific problems faced by Australian industries,” Minister Seselja said.

“Callidus Welding Solutions was one of 13 successful grant recipients out of 70 applications assessed by the CRC Advisory Committee in the fifth round of CRC-P grants.”

Media contacts

Minister Cash's office: 02 6277 7320

Assistant Minister Seselja's office: 02 6277 3187