Northern Star enters pact with small tech firm

A “technology collaboration” alliance of the sort expected to become more common in mining over the next few years will see leading gold producer Northern Star Resources buy more current products from Minnovare and have direct input into new ones developed by the drilling technology firm.

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Northern Star Resources principal, innovation and technology Jeff Brown (left) and Minnovare managing director Callum McCracken

Northern Star has some of Australia's heaviest exploration and mine development drilling programmes running at its core underground gold operations in Western Australia.

Jolimont Global Mining Systems and Viburnum Funds-backed Minnovare has developed the Azimuth Aligner and other technologies to optimise the performance of expensive drilling equipment, including the drill and blast ‘Production Optimiser' deployed across Northern Star's mines.

"The collaboration lays a platform not just for further implementations," said Northern Star innovation and technology principal, Jeff Brown.

"Northern Star will be actively involved in the development of a series of new Minnovare products that will deliver additional efficiencies to our underground mining operation...