Australian mine rescue techniques will be traded with China next year as Norton Gold Fields prepares to send its emergency response captain Wayne Astill to Fujian Province.
Mr Astill led Norton’s team to victory in this month’s annual underground mine rescue competition at the Mt Charlotte gold mine.
Zijin Mining Group, China’s biggest gold producer, acquired Norton in August and new chairman Jinghe Chen invited Mr Astill to speak with rescue teams in China, most likely in February, during a recent visit to the Paddington operations.
“I am sure I will learn just as much from them as they will from us,” Mr Astill said.“They have a long history of mining in China. I am sure there are things they do differently and things we can both improve on.” Norton has already flagged doubling the ssize of its emergency response team from its current strength of about 15 members.
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