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MM Nov 2014

From mine to market

Business-management software is growing in importance as mining companies look to streamline their operations and gain a competitive advantage. MM reviews some important market developments

‘Salt’project takes different shape

Richard Roberts reports on progress at South Boulder Mines’ Colluli potash project in Eritrea

Rail overload, coal underload

Growing congestion on US railroads due to crude-oil shipments is side-lining coal and worrying power producers nationwide. Lee Buchsbaum reports on the current situation

Tunnelling to access Ghaghoo’s riches

Gareth Tredway attended the opening of Gem Diamonds Botswana’s Ghaghoo diamond mine and reflects on some of the challenges encountered during development

Staying the coarse

Ailbhe Goodbody looks at recent trends in flotation, including coarse flotation, and companies’ predictions for the future of the technology

Reports

The Rock Factory

In the second article of their six-part series, Jeff Loehr and George Hemingway of the Stratalis Group outline their vision for macroscale mines of the future
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Comment

World domination...

Undoubtedly the juiciest nugget of gossip this month is Glencore’s reported attempt to take over Rio Tinto
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Panorama

Orica and CSIRO sign fresh research deal at IMARC

Orica has signed a five-year alliance with CSIRO that will focus on commercialising new technologies to improve productivity and environmental performance in the mining sector

Ontario invests in mining research

The government of Ontario, Canada, is investing in mining industry research that will reduce operating costs and enhance miner safety

DriftShot simplifies underground blasting

Dyno Nobel and DetNet have launched a new electronic initiation system for underground development blasting

FLSmidth and ANTAM join forces

FLSmidth has signed an MoU with PT ANTAM to supply design, testing and services for developing mining projects

Cavity Profiler offers insight below ground

Renishaw’s new 3-D laser scanning software is designed to speed up underground mapping and modelling

Rio’s Mine of the Future goes 3-D

As part of its Mine of the Future programme, Rio Tinto has developed a three-dimensional mapping technology

Shell offers GTL fluids

Shell has launched a portfolio of natural gas-based fluids that could find applications in mining

Fluor oil-sands contract

Fluor has been awarded an engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction contract by Fort Hills Energy

Mastermyne expands with Diversified Mining Services

Mastermyne Group is to acquire Diversified Mining Services (DMS)

Cerrejon reflects on P-40 expansion

Improving productivity rather than headline production is the name of the game

ABB launches MIDAS Library

ABB has released the new System 800xA MIDAS Library

Tenova joins Buenavista club

Tenova will design and supply two 3km-long overland conveyors for the Quebalix IV project

Schneider offers mid-voltage VFDs

Schneider Electric has released Altivar 1260

Emerson makes scanning easier

The Rosemount 5708 Series of 3-D solids scanners continuously measure the level, volume and mass of bulk solids and powder

Maptek announces BlastLogic 2.0

BlastLogic 2.0 is the latest version of its drill-and-blast accuracy management system

Strata goes west

Strata Worldwide has opened a new facility in Huntington, Utah

ExxonMobil expands

ExxonMobil Chemical is increasing production of its high-performance hydrocarbon fluids by 10%

The bigger picture

Kumba Iron Ore has reconfigured its Sishen iron ore mine in South Africa to make it more efficient

Norilsk Nickel and Outotec seal Chita deal

Outotec will deliver mineral-processing technology and equipment to the Bystrinskoe copper concentrator
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Mine of the Month

Tunnelling to access Ghaghoo’s riches

Gareth Tredway attended the opening of Gem Diamonds Botswana’s Ghaghoo diamond mine and reflects on some of the challenges encountered during development
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Equipment

Over any ground

Terra Nova Technologies examines some of the key considerations it has encountered and resolved when designing high-capacity belt conveyors for mining clients

Staying the coarse

Ailbhe Goodbody looks at recent trends in flotation, including coarse flotation, and companies’ predictions for the future of the technology

Sifting through the facts

Sean Donaghy provides tips and tricks for selecting the right mobile screener
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Management in Action

From mine to market

Business-management software is growing in importance as mining companies look to streamline their operations and gain a competitive advantage. MM reviews some important market developments

‘Salt’project takes different shape

Richard Roberts reports on progress at South Boulder Mines’ Colluli potash project in Eritrea

Rail overload, coal underload

Growing congestion on US railroads due to crude-oil shipments is side-lining coal and worrying power producers nationwide. Lee Buchsbaum reports on the current situation

Messy business

Turlough Guerin discusses the cause and management of spills in mining operations
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The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) is seeking an Executive Director (ED) to oversee its operations from its headquarters in Toronto, Ontario

COMPANY PROFILES
Russian precious metals company Polymetal International plc’s commitment to establishing an extensive pipeline of growth projects has continued with the acquisition of the Kyzyl gold project.
Russian precious-metals company Polymetal International plc has made significant progress at the Semcha platinum-group metals (PGM) property in the past year as it moves the project towards a preliminary economic assessment
The Republic of Guinea intends to launch, pursuant to the mining Code, a competitive and transparent invitation to tender for three bauxite mining blocks located in the prefectures of Boffa, Boké and Télimélé.
Indochine Mining Limited is developing a high-grade gold project at Mt Kare in PNG by rapidly developing wide, high-grade gold zones
Sarama Resources is a West Africa-focused gold explorer with substantial landholdings in Burkina Faso, Liberia and Mali.
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