|Vale announces $2.5 million partnership with University of Queensland|
|Monday, 06 December 2010 09:37|
Vale, the world’s second-largest mining company, has announced a five- year, $2.5 million partnership with The University of Queensland (UQ) to design and deliver world-class geosciences research, education and training programs.
The Vale–UQ Coal Geosciences Partnership was announced by Stephen Robertson MP, Queensland minister for natural resources, Décio Amaral, Vale Global Coal managing director and Professor Paul Greenfield AO, UQ president and vice-chancellor.
Mr Amaral said the five-year partnership reinforced Vale’s commitment to expanding its operations in Australia through the organic growth of its three existing mines, and the opening of new mines.
“In order to meet our projected growth, Vale will be significantly increasing its workforce operations over the next four years,” said Mr Amaral.
“The training program will help us meet our skills and capability requirements in Australia, and internationally.”
Mr Amaral said the partnership will deliver direct benefits to employees at its coal operations at Carborough Downs, in Central Queensland and Integra in the Hunter Valley in New South Wales.
Another important component of the partnership is the extensive research program.
“This research capability enables us to benefit from the vast experience and expertise of the academics at UQ, who are world leaders in Coal Geosciences,” said Mr Amaral.
“As part of the partnership, five new research projects will be initiated to focus on an existing, specific area of improvement identified within Vale’s mines.”
It is hoped that the outcomes of the research are expected to result in significant advancements in Vale’s coal mining techniques in Australia and around the world, according to Mr Amaral.
“This knowledge-based approach is part of Vale’s global commitment to continuous improvement and excellence in mineral resources extraction,” he said.
UQ vice-chancellor Professor Paul Greenfield said the university looked forward to a long-term partnership with Vale, to deliver sustainable outcomes for the Australian and overseas communities where Vale has coal operations.
“UQ’s contributions will include enhancing the expertise of Vale staff, and conducting research that will address community, environmental and industry challenges,” Professor Greenfield said.
“UQ students are already benefiting from our links with Vale, and a number of talented geophysics students who will graduate this month have been recruited by the company.”
Pic: Professor Paul Greenfield.
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