Chiles gold riches Maricunga and its big three – El Morro Cerro

first_imgBy Marc Davis, As the gold market continues its lustrous trend, the corporate elbowing and shoving to get at the richest buried treasures is getting increasingly cutthroat. A prime example involves northern Chile’s clutch of mostly prolifically sized gold/copper deposits. Located in the Maricunga Gold Belt, five deposits are in various advanced stages of development while a trio of mines is already making money. All of them represent rich veins of opportunity for supply-hungry gold and copper producers.Not surprisingly, much of the +100 Moz of gold concentrated within this rugged mountain range is firmly in the grip of one of the world’s most important gold miners, Barrick Gold. But the high flyer’s latest effort to consolidate its hold on this golden corridor has suffered a surprising setback. Barrick was trumped by the world’s fifth largest gold mining powerhouse, Goldcorp, last month in a deal to buy the El Morro deposit. This is where 6.7 Moz of gold and 5,700 Mlb pounds of copper reserves have been outlined. The deposit is expected to be commercialised by 2015.Worth over half a billion dollars, the transaction entails Goldcorp purchasing a 70% interest in the deposit from its previous majority owner, Xstrata. Goldcorp will now team-up with the project’s other original partner, New Gold, which retains its 30% stake and will be exempt from any further development costs. New Gold also got a $50 million pat on the back from Goldcorp for supporting its bid.Still smarting from being outmaneouvred by a smaller rival, Barrick refuses to capitulate and has mounted a legal challenge to the deal. The gold industry’s top dog is in an indignant mood after its own offer – which was comparable in dollar terms to Goldcorp’s successful bid – had initially been accepted by Xtrata. Now the snubbed gold miner is contending that New Gold unlawfully transferred to Goldcorp its right of first refusal to commercialise the El Morro deposit.The fact that the price of copper has more than doubled to over $3/lb since the depths of its pronounced slump in early 2009 has also sweetened the appeal of El Morro – as well as several of the other deposits in the region that are also copper-rich.In spite of the strenuous tug of war over El Morro, it is by no means the jewel in the crown of the Maricunga Gold Belt. That distinction to date belongs to the huge Cerro Casale deposit, which is jointly owned by Barrick and Kinross Gold. Cerro Casale is a huge prospective mine in-the-making that boasts a 23-Moz gold resource, along with 6,000 Mlb of copper.Its only rival in terms of size in the region is the nearby Caspiche gold/copper porphyry deposit, which weighs-in at 19.6 Moz gold ounces, 4,840 Mlb of copper and 40 Moz silver. And the size of the known deposit is still growing, according to its owner, a small Vancouver-based mining junior named Exeter Resource Corp.Exeter’s management concedes that its resource estimate is still in the Inferred category, so more drilling is required. Yet, the well-financed and increasingly confident company is hoping to do even better. It is drilling well outside of the known deposit, hoping to significantly expand its gold and copper resources. If this transpires, it would obviously give Caspiche bragging rights over Cerro Casale – at least in terms of size.That said, Exeter is already looking ripe for a potentially lucrative deal with a big league gold miner (which helps to explain the company’s recent proposal to spin off its other gold assets into a new publicly traded company). Notably, the announcement last September of a more than doubling of Caspiche’s asset base over previous estimates didn’t go unnoticed by the world’s major mining companies. Exeter says a number of them are already assessing its mineral database for Caspiche.So the power plays in the richly mineralised Maricunga Gold Belt seem to be far from over, especially against a backdrop of declining global gold output. Indeed, the scarcity of worldclass gold discoveries in recent years is already taking a toll on the mining industry’s bottom line. Production has been dwindling by nearly 5% per annum since it peaked in 2001, even though bullion’s spot price has more than tripled since then.Hence, major gold mining companies are continually struggling to replace mined-out reserves. Especially their high-grade ore, much of which was severely depleted when gold was fetching much lower prices. This means that at least one new multi-million ounce deposit needs to come on-stream every year just to replace the major mining companies’ annual output. But this has not been happening.This problem has been compounded by the fact that only one headline-grabbing worldclass gold discovery – the 13.7-Moz Fruita del Norte deposit in Ecuador – has been made during gold’s secular bull market over the past seven years. This is in spite of the fact that billions of exploration dollars have been spent by mining juniors, alone, on a worldwide basis during this time frame.The Maricunga Gold Belt is also very attractive to major gold producers from a geopolitical perspective. Specifically, Chile is a politically stable democracy that has long been mining-friendly, especially since mining is essentially the backbone of its economy. Hence, Chile is very supportive of foreign investment and offers compelling business incentives to mining companies.In stark contrast, several other Latin American nations, including Ecuador, have taken increasingly protectionist positions towards their gold assets – to the detriment of foreign mining companies that are active there. Furthermore, the advent of strict environmental laws in most global mineral hunting grounds promises to put any number of world-class gold prospects off-limits.last_img read more

Metso Process Technology and Innovation wins CEEC gold medal

first_imgA technical report produced by Metso’s Process Technology and Innovation (PTI) organisation has won this year’s gold medal in Australia, granted by the Coalition for Eco-Efficient Comminution (CEEC). Metso’s winning paper was explaining the optimisation and continuous improvement of the Antamina comminution circuit in Chile. The CEEC board of directors made a thorough evaluation of the nominated papers, and the selection committee shortlisted three outstanding papers. Of these three, Metso’s report was chosen unanimously as the winner.The winning paper was co-authored by four Metso employees: Dr Walter Valery, Dr Alex Jankovic, Mr Roberto Valle and Mr Serkan Dikman. “The standard of the papers nominated for the 2012 CEEC medal was very good. Our review focused on aspects including the energy savings described in each paper, the ability to integrate the proposed solution into existing comminution circuits and the breadth of the evidence supporting the proposed strategy. We also sought papers which communicated ideas clearly and effectively” said Dr Zeljka Pokrajcic, Principal Process Engineer at WorleyParsons, and Chair of the CEEC medal evaluation committee.The judges complimented the paper saying that the study was thorough and achieved significant operational improvement: “The Metso paper illustrates a strong partnership between a mining company and a supplier working together to achieve a superior outcome. The paper is seen as a classical study, well supported by evidence using a clear and implementable methodology. The data is clearly presented, easily understood and involves some important innovation.” Walter Valery, SVP of Metso Process Technology and Innovation, judges the CEEC medal as recognition for the PTI organisation: “Our PTI team is conducting research and development in the area of eco-efficient mining and processing with the specific objective of investigating alternative technologies and practices in mining and minerals processing that reduce the usage of energy, water and carbon emissions. Significantly more eco-efficient mining and processing flowsheets could already be developed and implemented today through novel application of existing technologies. The CEEC Medal is a very good initiative to recognise and reward industry effort in this direction,” Walter says.The Coalition for Eco-Efficient Comminution was established in 2011 in Australia to support knowledge sharing and change in an area of high energy consumption for the mineral industry. CEEC is a not-for-profit company funded by grants from the mineral industry, whose mission is to accelerate knowledge and technology transfer in the field of energy-efficient comminution. CEEC aims to raise awareness of beneficial comminution strategies with the objective of improving earnings, achieving lower process costs and gaining energy efficiencies in the mining sector. Launched in May 2011, CEEC is sponsored by Teck Resources, Gold Fields Ltd, Ausenco, Newcrest Mining, Xstrata Technology, Outotec, Metso, AMIRA International, JKTech Ltd, Sustainable Mineral Institute, Gekko Systems, Russell Mineral Equipment, and IndoPhil Resources. www.ceecthefuture.orglast_img read more

Industry leaders join CEEC Board

first_imgCEEC’s Board of Directors welcomed two new members in late 2012. Joe Pease, Chief Executive of Xstrata Technology and Michael Battersby, Managing Director, Maelgwyn Mineral Services (MMS) bring their global commercial experience and insight to the CEEC Board. Current board members include Elizabeth Lewis-Gray, Chairman of Gekko Systems; Prof Tim Napier-Munn of JKTech; Michael Daniel of CMD Consulting and Ms Zeljka Pokrajcic, Principal Process Engineer at Worley Parsons. CEEC (Coalition for Eco-Efficient Comminution) was established in 2011 to support knowledge sharing and change in an area of high energy consumption for the mineral industry. Its mission is to accelerate knowledge and technology transfer in the field of energy-efficient comminution.Michael Battersby is a co-founder and Managing Director of MMS, based in Cardiff, Wales. He has over 35 years experience in the minerals industry in operations, general mine management, technical consulting and equipment sales management.Battersby has led MMS to be one of the leading new technology development companies in the minerals industry. To date the company has invented, patented, developed and commercialised five different technologies and processes in the areas of froth flotation and gold processing. In 2001 the company won a Smart Wales award for the development of G-Cell pneumatic flotation. In 2006 MMS won the Celebration of Innovation award for having the most innovative product to come out of Wales for the previous 25 years.Joe Pease has spent 21 years in operations in a variety of research, project and production management roles. Most of this was at Mount Isa in Australia, including Manager of the Mount Isa lead zinc and copper concentrator for eight years, and lead smelter manager for two years.For the last decade, Pease has been Chief Executive of Xstrata Technology, which develops and markets technologies to improve the efficiency of minerals processing, smelting, refining and leaching.From his time in operations, Pease saw the perspectives of all stages of the processing chain, from mining to final refining. This left him with a passion to improve and find efficiencies both within, but especially, between, the traditional ‘silos’ in processing and organisations.In addition to CEEC, Pease serves on several industry bodies, including the Board and Executive Committee of AMIRA, the Board of the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre, the Ian Wark Institute Advisory Board, and the Steering Committee of the Australian Minerals Education Partnership.CEEC Advocates have been established around the world to support CEEC’s mission to accelerate knowledge transfer in the area of alternative comminution strategies. Located in Peru, Chile, South Africa, Canada and Sweden, these comminution leaders play a critical role in sharing CEEC’s resources with their communities, making public presentations on behalf of CEEC and providing valuable views to the CEEC Board.CEEC aims to raise awareness of beneficial comminution strategies with the objective of improving earnings, achieving lower process costs and gaining energy efficiencies in the mining sector. Launched in May 2011, CEEC is sponsored by Gold Fields, Gekko Systems, Anglo Americand, Ausenco, Newcrest Mining, Xstrata Technology, Outotec, Orica, Metso, AMIRA International, JKTech, University of Queensland’s Sustainable Mineral Institute, MMG, Russell Mineral Equipment and Indophil Resources.last_img read more

Hunter Coal Festival 2015 a celebration of industry and community

first_imgThe Singleton Business Chamber, New South Wales, Australia, has announced details of a significant event designed to bring the community and the coal industry together in celebration of the mining sector’s contribution to the region’s success and prosperity. The Hunter Coal Festival 2015, a two-week festival from March 12-29, celebrates the role and contribution of the mining industry to the Hunter Valley community. To be held across Singleton, Muswellbrook and surrounding regions, the festival aims to highlight the value of the coal industry in Singleton, the wider Hunter region and the broader Australian community. It was launched before a large audience of community representatives, industry organisations, mining companies and suppliers, along with charity and community groups.Developed by the Singleton Business Chamber, with support from Singleton Council, Muswellbrook Shire Council and Muswellbrook Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the festival would incorporate a wide-ranging program of community and industry events, said Hunter Coal Festival chair Peter Eason.“These will include the inaugural Hunter Mining Show, a street parade, gala concerts, sporting events, school debates, information sessions and workshops, and an industry racing carnival at Muswellbrook Race Club.“It provides an opportunity for stakeholders, businesses and the community to gain insights, interact and get the chance to know and understand everyone’s diverse interests.“We all understand the impacts of mining, but the achievements are often kept in the shadow. The festival offers the opportunity for a loud shout out from the community – which is just the shot in the arm the industry needs right now,” said Eason.“Over the past few months, we have put together an active and hard-working committee which is well advanced on the program and themes for the festival.“We are now in the process of finalising our festival program, and we’ll be releasing details of these, and other developments in the coming months.”Eason said an important element of the festival would be a three-day mining industry exhibition – the Hunter Mining Show – to be held in and around Singleton Council’s Civic Centre from March 12-14.“The festival actually kicks off with the Hunter Mining Show – a trade show with a real difference through its focus on engaging with the broader community.“This show will culminate with the Festival Community Day, which gives the whole community access to the show on the final day  – including a street parade through the centre of Singleton,” Eason said.“This resonates with the organisers who are intent of making that industry-community connection throughout the entire festival.”Eason said the Hunter Coal Festival organisers had been delighted with the strong support for the concept from the local community, state and federal politicians, local businesses, as well as the wider mining industry.“We’ve had our local schools, TAFE colleges and tertiary institutions, businesses, community groups and other organisations coming to us with offers of assistance, monetary and in-kind goods and services.“And today, we are very pleased that the NSW Minerals Council has just announced it is supporting the Festival as one of our major sponsors – an indication of the importance the mining industry as a whole sees this event has for the region and the industry,” said Eason. courtesy of Rio Tinto Coal Australialast_img read more

Major Metso crusher launches at Steinexpo

first_imgAt Steinexpo, the biggest quarry exhibition in Europe, Metso will introduce the revolutionary Metso MX cone crusher featuring multi-action crushing technology to the European market, as well as the updated Lokotrack mobile jaw plants. Since the US launch in March, over 20 MX crushers have been sold globally.“The sales of MX crushers have really exceeded our expectations, and they are evidence of our customers’ desire to achieve longer uptime and reduced operating costs. Metso’s new MX cone, combining piston and rotating bowl adjusting technologies, fits well with the current needs of aggregates producers,” comments Jouni Mähönen, VP for Global Sales & Product Support at Metso.“We believe that interest in MX will be high in Europe, too, after Steinexpo. Metso has been known on this continent for decades as a main developer of cone crusher technologies. Introducing the multi-action MX shows that our commitment to finding new solutions for our customers continues to be strong,” Mähönen adds.The Metso MX4 being displayed during Steinexpo operates in the 315 kW power range. Benefiting from the maximum feed opening of 254 mm, the crusher can reach capacities of up to 600 t/h.During the Steinexpo exhibition, taking place in Homberg, Germany from August 30 to September 2, Metso will also display two examples of its proven, original range of Lokotrack mobile crushing plants.The Lokotrack LT120 presents a robust, 60-t quarry range meeting all customer requirements for capacity and total efficiency in primary crushing in quarries. The large, 1,200 ×870 mm jaw feed opening accepts even large feed sizes. Its sister model, the LT120E, enables economical full-electric use with an external power source.The more compact and recently updated LT96S is a very popular model in the German market in processing recycled materials. The optional active setting control ensures continuous process, while in case of a blockage, the jaw opens to prevent damage. ASC also returns the setting automatically to the previous setting used.“Both Lokotrack jaw plants on display represent the most popular crushing plants in their size classes globally. The key features of both are their good fuel economy, latest Tier 4 Final motor technology, safe use, and easy service,” says Jouni Hulttinen, Product Manager for Compact Lokotracks at Metso.last_img read more

GE Collision Awareness System running at Lihir

first_imgOn remote Aniolam Island in the New Ireland Province of Papua New Guinea, about 900 km or two hours flight from Port Moresby, Newcrest Mining extracts gold from one of the world’s largest known deposits of the precious metal. Its Lihir mine excavates within the geothermally active caldera of an extinct volcano, yet one of the biggest employee-safety challenges is managing mining-vehicle interactions in the open-pit operations.“Mining fleet interactions, whether that’s vehicle-to-vehicle or vehicle-to-personnel are definitely one of the highest safety risks for us,” says Tony Sprague, group manager of Mining Technology for Newcrest Mining Ltd. “We have many vehicles in operation and with heavy vehicles, ancillary vehicles and light vehicles operating together, it doesn’t take much to have a critical event or a significant potential incident” (SPI).“On all our sites we’ve continued to have these significant potential incident events, year on year, and we decided we want to be proactive and use technology to help us help ourselves,” says Sprague. “Every individual is important to us,” he emphasises, referring to Newcrest’s safety ethos which works towards “zero injury” and promotes the belief that “all injuries are preventable”.In the first rollout of advanced safety technology on a Papua New Guinean mine site, Australian-developed GE Collision Awareness System (CAS) equipment started arriving at Lihir in October.The GPS-based, camera-enabled and detection-proximity system selected by Newcrest will tag all personnel active in the mine’s production area and alert them and the operators of heavy mobile equipment with two-way alarms when they’re in dangerous proximity to one another. Around 1,500 employees and contractors across all shifts at Lihir will be protected.The GE CAS system has been developed over almost two decades by engineers in New South Wales, Australia. Among its features: it ensures high integrity by deploying multiple proximity-detection technologies including GPS, cameras and radio frequency according to site requirements; it is self testing, automatically reporting in real time any failure within the system; it is equipment agnostic — it can be applied to any make of mining equipment; and it provides sophisticated monitoring and back-to-base reporting which, in addition to facilitating safer mining operations, may be analysed for productivity gains and improved maintenance“At the moment it’s an operational-awareness system,” says Sprague, referring to the fact that the Lihir system will flag with both the operators of vehicles and with people on foot, that they are in potentially dangerous proximity to each other. On driver-operated heavy equipment, a proximity alarm will immediately activate a camera covering the area of proximity, and give that view on a touchscreen in the cab, so that the driver can clearly see and respond to the risk. Each heavy vehicle will have cameras positioned to give operators 360o vision of their surroundings as needed.One of the reasons Newcrest chose GE’s Digital Mine technology is that “it’s not far away that the system will provide real collision-avoidance capabilities where the vehicle itself will respond in certain situations,” says Sprague. Evasive action might then include system takeover of the vehicle, applying the brakes and potentially steering around an incident.Craig Hoffman, product manager of GE Collision Avoidance and Geospatial Systems, who has worked in R&D and marketing of the system since 2000, says GE has a clear roadmap to evolve to the abovementioned Level 9 Intervention Controls — an industry goal, and an international standard tabled by the Earth Moving Equipment Safety Round Table (EMESRT), of which Newcrest is a member. The system being installed at Lihir is currently rated Level 7 Situational Awareness, and already incorporates some Level 8 Advisory Controls capabilities.Says Sprague, “When we were doing our review process for different solutions, we didn’t just land on GE. We started with a group of nine credible solutions and we narrowed the field down. GE’s roadmap to take us to Level 9 is well defined.”And Newcrest already had runs on the board with GE CAS.Last year, the miner began installation of GE CAS at its Telfer mine site, which extracts copper and gold in the East Pilbara region of Western Australia. Newcrest intended, once it had verified the benefits of the system in this smaller deployment (140 vehicles), at a more accessible operation, to continue the technology rollout to Lihir (250 vehicles).But before the Telfer installation was fully bedded down, Newcrest decided, “We were comfortable to the point where we wanted to move on Lihir even earlier than we’d initially planned,” says Sprague. “We’re delving into the reporting data and observing definite safety improvements. Our senior management team has seen that and has sought to accelerate the deployment to our other sites.’”Ensuring effectiveness of safety equipment and procedures is always dependent on the compliance of the workforce. Newcrest’s strong safety culture and genuine care for its employees creates a conducive environment for adopting new approaches. Before the company began implementing CAS at Telfer, Sprague says, “We got on the front foot in terms of communications rollout and socialisation.” The company focused not only on the safety benefits of the system, but also the benefits of increased situational awareness to assist heavy-vehicle drivers.“Unlike most new cars today, haul trucks generally don’t have reversing cameras,” explains Sprague, “so drivers have to back up relying on their mirrors and their experience.” Having greater visibility provided by four robust, wide-view cameras — front, back, left and right — that they can toggle on and off as needed, has been appreciated by heavy-vehicle drivers at Telfer. “It lowers their stress levels and enables them to back up to tip heads and crusher pockets with greater situational awareness,” says Sprague.Wherever Newcrest operates, it strives to provide employment opportunities for local people. At Lihir, around 90% of employees are Papua New Guineans. “Whether we’re in Africa, Indonesia or PNG, we have employees from local villages and towns, and driving a car may be unfamiliar to them,” says Sprague. “We train them to be truck operators or heavy-vehicle operators, but this system provides them with additional tools to improve their situational awareness and visibility of their surroundings.”Newcrest’s technology and innovation team is working on other plans to improve safety and productivity in its worldwide operations. Sprague sees the GE CAS system as “one of the building blocks for where we need to get to”.GE is working in partnership with Newcrest, and with other technology suppliers to enable collaborative solutions. For example, says Sprague, “We’re already taking some of our shovels and dozers and putting in tele-remote capabilities, so the operators will be sitting in a cabin a couple of kilometres away. We can use GE proximity detection to help facilitate safe operation of those vehicles — even though there’s not a person in them we don’t want those pieces of equipment bumping into each other.”And while safety of each open-pit worker is Newcrest’s priority, Sprague says the company is also interested in the potential for data-analysis of historical data using GE CAS. “Another reason we selected this system is the reporting aspects that come with it, with data linked by GPS and by time.” For example, he envisages being able to identify and interrogate the reasons behind recurring maintenance events: “We can delve into the data and ask what’s going on. Do we have issues with our haul-road design, speed limits or site layout?”Newcrest is thinking ahead: safety legislation mandating the application of collision-awareness systems to mines has been enacted in South Africa, but not yet in Australia or in Papua New Guinea. Eventually, Sprague says, such legislation is likely to spread, but, “We just think, why would we wait to be told to do it?”last_img read more

UM gets mining contract for Equinox Aurizona

first_imgEquinox Gold Corp has announced that it has awarded the mining contract for its Aurizona gold mine in Brazil to U&M Mineração e Construção S/A (“U&M”). U&M is a Brazilian company with more than 40 years of mining contract experience offering earthworks, implementation and operation of mines and material-hauling services.The company has worked on a number of mining projects in Northern Brazil, including the Carajás iron ore mine for Vale and recently the Tucano gold mine for Beadell Resources. U&M is certified by ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 and has a reputation for efficiency, safety and quality. U&M is currently mobilizing to site to commence mining activities in March.Aurizona Construction Highlights– Overall project is 30% complete and EPCM (engineering, procurement and construction management) activities are 45% complete as at the end of February– U&M mobilization is underway to commence mining activities in March– Tailings facility raise is substantially complete– Plant refurbishment is substantially complete– Project construction is fully funded– Construction remains on track to pour gold by late 2018The existing tailings facility is being raised to support the restart of operations with the first raise to be completed prior to production and two additional lifts to be completed over the life of the mine. The first tailings facility raise is substantially complete and the tailings facility is ready to receive and store water during the current wet season in anticipation of process plant start-up in the fourth quarter.Fabrication and assembly of the SAG mill and ball mill by CITIC Heavy Industries Co. is well advanced. Equinox Gold’s third-party inspector has been conducting regular visits to the manufacturing facility to confirm the quality of the mill fabrication. The mills remain on schedule with delivery to Aurizona expected in June 2018.Refurbishment of the existing CIP circuit and detox tanks is substantially complete and expected to be finished in March. Concrete work is 50% complete. The mill foundations are in place and the pedestals are expected to be completed in early March. First delivery of structural steel for new plant facilities is expected in March. Construction of the incinerator building is complete and full mechanical and electrical installation is expected to be finished in April.The high-voltage power upgrade required for the new plant is underway with longest lead items being delivered to site during March. In addition, infrastructure works to accommodate new equipment in two sub stations have commenced with completion and commissioning on schedule for Q3-2018. Aurizona has formalized with the Maranhão state electrical utility CEMAR to migrate to the “free market” in Q4-2018. With this formally in place, Aurizona will be able to purchase power from a variety of power suppliers in Northern Brazil at a lower cost than the current fixed-price arrangement.Equinox Gold has awarded a contract to SGS Geosol Brazil to supply and operate an on-site assay lab facility. Design and equipment purchases are underway with the expectation that the lab will be operational in phases and fully functional by the end of Q3-2018.last_img read more

Newtrax continues to grow in APAC opens new regional HQ in Perth

first_imgNewtrax has moved its APAC Regional HQ to Parmelia House at 191 St Georges Terrace, in Perth, Western Australia. The need to move was “driven by the significant increase in staffing levels that has occurred since Newtrax opened its APAC offices in 2016.” The Perth HQ is home to both Business Development and Technology Delivery functions including regional service and support.“Newtrax’s APAC business has seen triple figure year on year growth since entering the Australian market and is positioning itself for further growth by taking on larger premises in Australia’s mining capital city.  We have acquired a significant number of important clients in the past 12 months and are seeing increasing pull from the entire APAC region.”  said Simon Waghorn, APAC Regional Vice President.Newtrax has established itself as a leader in the Underground Mining technology sector in the Asia-Pacific region, especially for Production Monitoring and Proximity Warning systems. Its Mobile Equipment Telemetry (MET) system which is network agnostic has been proven to deliver value to miners, especially when it comes to network connectivity at the face for accurate data collection.last_img read more

Automated underground bulk handling system commissioned at Randgold Kibali

first_imgThe successful commissioning of the automated materials handling system at Kibali gold mine’s underground operation is supporting the planned ramp-up in production, Randgold Resources’ Chief Executive Mark Bristow said today. Bristow told a briefing for local media that Kibali was on track to achieve its 2018 production guidance of 730,000 oz, a 22% increase on the previous year’s output.Aside from the continuing optimisation of the underground system and the construction of the mine’s third hydropower station, scheduled for commissioning towards the middle of this year, the giant Kibali project is now complete. Later this year, Kibali will move from underground mining by contractors to owner-mining, as has already happened at Randgold’s Loulo mines in Mali.Kibali ranks as one of the most automated underground gold mines in Africa and the third-largest open-stoping gold mine in the world. Bristow noted that it represented an investment of more than $2.7 billion over an eight year period, demonstrating the importance of providing investors in a long term industry such as mining with reliable tax and fiscal stability guarantees.“The investment in Kibali was motivated by the stability provision in the 2002 mining code, which in our view has been triggered by the recent promulgation of the 2018 code. We trust we shall be able to reach consensus on this issue with the government, which we believe is critical to future investment in the country,” he said.Despite challenges, Kibali remains committed to advancing the development of its remote region and continues to invest in the employment and upskilling of local people. More than 90% of its employees are Congolese nationals, and so far this year it has spent almost $50 million with local contractors. Over the total project period this totalled $1.6 billion.last_img read more

Fluor EPCM for new Teck Fording water treatment facility

first_imgFluor has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract by Teck for the Fording River South Active Water Treatment Facility in the Elk Valley, British Columbia, Canada. Fluor booked the undisclosed contract value in the third quarter of 2018.“Fluor has partnered with Teck on numerous projects over the past 10 years,” said Tony Morgan, President of Fluor’s Mining & Metals business. “We’ve assembled a strong team to deliver this fast-track project, which delivers environmental and economic benefits to the Elk Valley region.”Fluor’s scope of work includes the 20 million-litres-per-day water treatment facility, intake structures, an outfall, pipelines, and additional utilities and infrastructure.The contract continues Fluor’s work from the feasibility study and previous early works phase. Fluor has begun work at site to ensure critical activities are completed prior to winter. The company is also leveraging its supply chain expertise to meet the project’s cost and schedule certainty objectives.The water treatment facility will remove selenium and nitrate from mine-affected water as part of Teck’s Elk Valley Water Quality Plan. The plan’s goal is to stabilise and reverse the increasing trend of selenium and other substances to ensure the ongoing health of the watershed, while at the same time allowing for continued sustainable mining in the region. The Fording River South Active Water Treatment Facility will be the second water treatment facility to be constructed at Teck’s steelmaking coal operations in the Elk Valley region.last_img read more

Caterpillars R1700 underground LHD starts to prove its worth

first_imgCaterpillar’s recently launched Cat® R1700 Underground Mining Loader has proven its high productivity and efficiency in extended field trials and in-production studies, the company says.The completely new design R1700 carries a size-class-leading payload of 15 t, 20% more than its predecessor, yet maintains the dimensions of the R1700G.“A recent head-to-head study and multiple field trials show that the machine surpasses its payload advantage in faster truck loading and more productive load-and-carry operations while delivering 21% less fuel consumption per hour in a recent study,” Cat says.The R1700 comes with cycle time advantages over its predecessor through fast bucket loading. This has been enabled through high digging forces and a new traction control system that limits tyre slip when the bucket enters the pile.“The result is fast loading, good bucket fill factors and reduced tyre wear. Excellent machine balance and a new electrohydraulic braking system aid load-and-carry cycles,” Cat says.Fuel efficiency is improved through on-demand adjustment of the cooling fan and the hydraulic system, as well as the proven efficiency of the Cat C13, six-cylinder engine, according to the company. The engine is turbocharged and air-to-air aftercooled, and it produces 269 kW in standard configuration and 257 kW in EU Stage V compliant form.The engine is available in three different emissions configurations – Cat Ventilation Reduction, US EPA Tier/EU Stage IIIA, and EU Stage V – tailoring the R1700 to the mine’s ventilation needs. Aftertreatment for the Stage V engine configuration is chassis mounted for convenience and includes a Diesel Emission Fluid tank sized to match the 12-hour capacity of the fuel tank.The R1700’s productivity is boosted even further with multiple subsystems for fast technology implementation.“Optional Autodig helps new operators be productive the first day and reduces fatigue for experienced teams. Remote machine health monitoring, payload operating technologies are available via MineStar™ Command for underground,” the company says.During the load or dump cycle, the harder the operator pushes the controls, the faster the machine responds. The steering system is pilot-controlled to provide a more precise feel for the operator during manoeuvres in tight places.“Ride control is now fully integrated into the hydraulic system and engages automatically as the machine goes above 5 km/h. Electronically snubbing the cylinders protects them and provides greater operator comfort,” Cat says.The R1700 has auto retarding which is hydraulically actuated. The system comes on automatically when the operator’s foot is lifted from the throttle, with cycle times improving as operators gain confidence and become more comfortable on downhill grades at faster speeds.For easier maintenance, the R1700 features several components that have modular designs – they can easily be removed and replaced.In addition to modular components, all filter and key service points have been grouped into a centralised section on the cold side of the engine. The radiator guard swings open for ground-level access to the radiator, and oil coolers and the batteries are easily accessed just under the centralised service location.For the entire underground loader line, Caterpillar now offers Bolt On Half Arrow ground engaging tools (GET) for bucket edges. The system is designed for high abrasion applications where weld-on GET experience high wear rates.“With a proven and reliable retention system, the bolt-on GET offer more wear material than standard weld-on GET, and the bolt-on design enables fast and easy removal and replacement.“Despite additional wear material, the low-profile front edge eases pile penetration and promotes fast bucket loading,” Cat says.last_img read more

Draw for EHF EURO 2012 on 15 June in Belgrade

After Qualification Phase 2 will be finished, the final tournament draw will take place on 15 June 2011 in Belgrade.The sixteen qualified teams – 14 from the qualification plus Serbia as hosting nation and France as title defenders – will be drawn into four Preliminary Round groups of four teams each.The draw event will be broadcast live on television and also be available as a live web stream here on the official website.Inspections and workshopsOn 14-16 March 2011 a delegation of the European Handball Federation will visit Serbia. In collaboration with the Serbian organising committee further workshops according to the project plan will be carried out. The sessions also involve inspections of the sports centres.Source: EHF ← Previous Story EHF EURO 2012 Qual. (Round 3): Croatia win in “Don Quijote” Arena Next Story → Men’s EURO 2012 Qual. (Round 4): Hungary and Croatia already in Serbia! read more

Gyori Audi ETO KC becomes Hungarian champion

FTC Rail CargoGyori Audi ETO KCHungarian handball champioships Three days after shocking defeat in the Final of the EHF Champions League, Hungarian Gyori wins Championships title against the biggest rival FTC with second win in series – 28:27.FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria – Győri Audi ETO KC 27-28 (16-17)FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria: Abramovich, Kovacsicz 1, Tomori 6, Szucsánszki 5(2), Zácsik 4, Szádvári 1, Szamoránsky 6 Csere: Pastrovics, Such, Zsivkovics 3, Deáki, Szarka, Cifra 1Győri Audi ETO KC: Haraldsen, Orbán 3, Lekics, Görbicz 5(4), Amorim 6, Kovacsics 3, Löke 7, Pálinger, Radicsevics 3, Planéta, Gros 1Results: 4-4; 7-7; 9-10; 11-12; 14-14; 16-17; 21-19; 21-22; 22-24; 25-24; 26-25; 27-28[youtube][/youtube] ← Previous Story Four new players in EHF CL Winner – Buducnost Podgorica! Next Story → Balkan colony in Belarusian Brest! read more

Gorazd Skof and Nicolas Claire to HBC Nantes

Goražd ŠkofHBC NantesNicolas Claire ← Previous Story Amandine Leynaud joins ZRK Vardar! Next Story → Drammen HK gives up on Kjelling Slovenian goalkeeper Gorazd Skof (36) and French playmaker Nicolas Claire will be new reinforcement of HBC Nantes. EHF Cup team and the host of the historical – first EHF Cup F4 will sign contract with experienced Skof, who played in Celje PL, C.O Zagreb and last two years in Cimos Koper. He played with Slovenia at WCH 2013 in Spain.

EHF CUP Granollers and Chambery book quarterfinal places

EHF Cup HC Tatran Presov beat Bjerringbro Silkeborg 32:28 in the match of EHF Cup Group phase Round 5 and made some things clear before the quarter-finals which concludes only three pairs as SC Magdeburg are already qualified for the Final4 event as a host in GETEC Arena.The Danish team with four points has only theoretical chances to endanger RK Nexe Nasice (6 points) and escape from the “worst second placed team” title. However, RK Nexe will have a chance to win a point against FA Goppingen today in Nasice and secure quarter-final position.The Spanish BM Fraikin Granollers, French Saint Raphael and Chambery Savoie, German Fuchse Berlin and FA Goppingen already booked TOP 7 place. ← Previous Story Petar Djordjic wil be out between 3 and 4 weeks Next Story → Denmark, Norway and Montenegro qualify for Women’s EHF EURO 2018 read more

Popup community festival brings organic food to Dublin city today

first_imgIF YOU ARE a city dweller who thought that growing your own food was firmly off the agenda, then the Dublin Community Growers are here to change your mind.Today from 12pm to 5pm in the city centre of the capital they will be bringing lots of fresh, organic food for people to enjoy as part of the Harvest Festival.The free event is being held in Wolfe Tone Square on Jervis Street in Dublin 1, and is aimed at all members of the family. As well as the food, you can expect live music, face-painting, a pop-up garden, apple pressing and even bee-keeping workshops.Dublin Community Growers is a network of community gardens from across Dublin whose members meet up every month to discuss community garden projects and the issues faced by these projects. There are already 35 community garden projects involved in the initiative.Pic: Robert MossIt’s a day to raise awareness of the need for community gardening and how such gardens can bring people from around the community together.It’s also a way of recruiting potential community gardeners – you can give your details there if you are available to help out at your local community garden project. No experience is required.The DCG said it is a way of demonstrating the benefits of organic food, and showing that it need not be expensive, can be accessible to all, and will mean you can have fun in the garden.Garden growthWhere once there were two or three community gardens that “could be found struggling for permission to exist in Dublin back in 2004″, as Robert Moss from DCG put it, “we now see around 40 of these urban growing initiatives blossoming across Dublin on a variety of public and private sites”.The Heritage Festival, which is run by DCG, was launched back in March by the then-Mayor of Dublin, Naoise Ó Muirí, at Mansion House.Moss said of today’s festival:The Dublin Harvest Festival is the perfect antidote to a recession. Not only does it displace anti-social behaviour, but it also supports existing businesses by bringing additional attendance and engagement from across the city and beyond.Jacqui Kelleher, a member of DCG told that the festival was held for the first time last year, and was begun to introduce people who would not be used to growing their own food organically to community gardening.Pic: Rachel NultyKelleher is from the Heritage community garden, and said she got into the movement due to an interest in organic food.She said that community gardens break down isolation and help with integration.It opens the doors of people coming into different countries; it’s a focal point of community where people can come together.She herself lives in an apartment and had an interest in growing her own food – especially when she realised the organic food she was buying was being flown in from abroad.She brings her own young son to the garden and he has been known to bring his friends also.She said that while some think that organic food is only for people with money or with higher incomes, “community gardens give access to people with all kinds of income”.“It doesn’t discriminate,” said Jacqui of community gardening.The Harvest Festival will take place today, Saturday, from 12 – 5pm at Wolfe Tone Park.Read: A sneak peek at Dublin’s inner city pop-up park>Pics: Dublin’s ‘pop-up’ inner-city park opens its gates>last_img read more

Gilmore to meet UN Secretary General for Syria talks

first_imgFOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER Eamon Gilmore is to meet with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in New York later today.The two are expected to discuss a range of issues, including the ongoing conflict in Syria and the Middle East peace process.It comes after the UN Security Council’s unanimous passing last night of a landmark resolution ordering the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons and condemning the murderous poison gas attack in Damascus.The plan calls for Syria’s estimated 1,000 tonnes of chemical weapons to be put under international control by mid-2014Minister Gilmore will welcome the progress made when he addresses the General Assembly later today.According to an advance copy of his speech, he will say: “While it has taken much longer than we all would have wished, I welcome the decisive action the Security Council is now taking on Syria”.“This resolution marks a watershed in the international community’s engagement on the crisis. It offers renewed hope and confidence that the UN is capable of discharging its responsibilities and meeting the expectations of the peoples of the world.”The Tánaiste will also highlight Ireland’s contribution on Syria, noting the deployment this week of Irish troops to the UN mission in the Golan Heights, Ireland’s humanitarian support for victims of the conflict to the tune of €11 million, and funding for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (€200,000).Read: UN votes to order destruction of Syria’s chemical weaponslast_img read more

Heres how many people were treated for alcohol dependence in Irish hospitals

first_imgNEW RESEARCH SHOWS that 39 people a day were admitted to Irish hospitals to be treated for alcohol dependence in one year alone.The figures compiled by doctors found that 14,239 people had to be admitted with alcohol issues in 2011 – and doctors say that the actual treatment for people with serious alcohol problems remains problematic.Doctors surveyed for the research said there is an over-reliance on voluntary organisations such as Alcoholics Anonymous to provide support to patients with alcohol problems; just 5 per cent of doctors surveyed said they were able to refer patients directly to psychological services to deal with their addiction.The research also found there was a massive increase in the number of people treated for liver disease related to high alcohol intake during the boom years. However since 2011, there has been a significant drop.Researchers found a 335 per cent increase in hospital admissions for alcohol-related liver disease in the years beginning in 1995. This began dropping in 2008, with a 16 per cent decline in 2011.“The surprising thing is that this reduction has not happened sooner,” said Professor Aiden McCormick of St Vincent’s Hospital.Doctors at the liver units in St Vincent’s Hospital and the Mater Hospital in Dublin carried out the study, which will be presented at a meeting of the Irish Society of Gastroenterology in Kerry today.Read: 17 TDs admit they’ve had an alcoholic drink before going into the Dáil chamber > Read: How poitín went from illegal moonshine to being sold in Tesco >last_img read more

Independent Scotland would cut corporation tax keep sterling stay in EU and

first_imgScotland would also ‘eject’ the Trident nuclear programme from the region “as soon as is safely possible”, according to deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon.The white paper also contains a proposal to scrap the BBC and set up the Scottish Broadcasting Service, SBS, which would still retain BBC programming.Salmond said that Scotland would retain “a share of the assets” of the BBC, as would be the case with other bodies, meaning viewers would not miss out on popular programmes like Dr Who and Strictly Come Dancing.The 670-page document sets out the blueprint for Scotland breaking from the UK after 300 years of union and proposes that Scotland would become independent on 24 March 2016 if the referendum passes.Current polls show that only one third of the 5.3 million Scots are currently in favour of breaking away from the UK.The Scottish government hopes the white paper will sway the argument.Speaking at a packed press conference today, Salmond said that the choice was now down to Scottish voters and that the white paper was the programme his party is proposing to implement if voters opt for independence.“Unless we’re independent we won’t have the ability to make these choices,” he said.Poll: Should Scotland vote for independence?Read: Salmond announces ‘clear’ question for referendum on Scottish independence AN INDEPENDENT SCOTLAND would cut its corporation tax rate, take-on £1.3 billion in debt from the UK, keep the sterling and stay in the European Union, according to a white paper published today.The Scottish government has this morning published its blueprint for independence ahead of a referendum next year where voters will be asked: “Should Scotland be an independent country?”.“Scotland’s future is now in Scotland’s hands,” the regional government’s First Minister and Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond told a packed press conference in Edinburgh this morning.Among the most eye-catching proposal is for corporation tax to be cut by three per cent to 21 per cent, while Scotland would also retain the sterling and remain in the European Union.The First Minister repeatedly faced questions this morning as to whether the Bank of England, the EU, and other organisations and countries would agree to the changes being proposed in the document.The government estimates that the independent country would inherit £1.3 billion of debt from the UK, but it would look to offset this against its share of assets.Asked how much independence would cost the average Scot, Salmond claimed that Scottish people would have been £2,400 better off had the country controlled its own finances over the last five years.Other eye-catching measures that the SNP has pledged to implement include cutting air passenger duty in half, cutting energy bills, abolishing the controversial so-called ‘bedroom tax’ and extending free childcare to 30 hours per week.last_img read more