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Achieving World Class Maintenance Status
Measuring and assessing maintenance more
by Paul D Tomlingson

Mobility, Air and Light are Important Tools for Remote Mine Maintenance Programs
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from Jakarta

Set to Soar
Record performance in 2006, coupled more
By Russell A. Carter, Managing Editor

SAG Mill Success — Start with the Basics
New products and techniques proliferate more

Mill Installation
Getting to the Heart of the more
by Peter Nilsson, Outokumpu Technology Australia

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From the Editor - Welcome to the first edition of the World of Mining Professionals (WOMP), a new electronic newsletter from Engineering & Mining Journal (E&MJ). This new editorial tool was developed for E&MJ to better serve its readership. With more than 10,000 readers outside North America, no one understands the frustrations of distributing an international trade journal better than E&MJ, except maybe the readers in the most remote mining regions. Postal systems have improved dramatically over the years, but snail mail is what it is. Mergers and acquisitions are taking place at a frenetic pace as mining...... read more

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07 Vol 1 - CONTENTS

Governments looking for bigger.....

Rio Tinto continues expansions.....

Anglogold Ashanti deepening Mponeng

Suncor to expand its oil shale mining

Heraeus opens PGM refinery in South Africa

Metallicabegins loading.....

US & Canada

Latin America





'This month in coal'
Suppliers Reports & Equipment Gallery

Conferences and Exhibitions
Who's moving where!



Governments Looking for Bigger Piece of Mining Pie - Higher prices for metals are prompting governments in some minerals-rich countries to tap the mining industry for increased government revenue. Following are brief reports on such actions in Bolivia, Zambia, Tanzania, and South Africa. In Bolivia,on Feb. 9, President Evo Morales nationalized the Vinto tin smelter owned by Glencore International........ read more

Rio Tinto Continues Iron Ore Port Expansions - Rio Tinto announced a further expansion of its iron ore export capacity in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Nameplate annual capacity at the Cape Lambert port will be increased from 55 to 80 million mt for an investment of $860 million (Rio Tinto share $456 million). Upon completion of the expansion....... read more

AngloGold Ashanti Deepening Mponeng - AngloGold Ashanti will develop its Mponeng mine below the mine’s 120 level at a capital cost of $252 million. The project, from which production will start in 2013, is expected to produce 2.5 million oz of gold over a period of 10 years and will extend the life of the mine by about eight years to 2024. Mponeng is located ....... read more

Suncor to Expand Its Oil Shale Mining by Using New Technology - Suncor Energy Inc. initiated the regulatory approval and stakeholder consultation process on plans to develop an expanded oil sands mining operation when it filed a public disclosure document with government officials in February. The proposed project, to be called Voyageur South, would be located ....... read more
Heraeus Opens PGM Refinery in South Africa - W. C. Heraeus started up a new platinum group metals refinery in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, in early February 2007. Built in cooperation with Northam Platinum and the South African Department of Minerals and Energy, the refinery will process Northam metals production. It is the first PGM refinery in South Africa capable of integrated fabrication of added-value products required for the manufacture of catalytic converters for the automobile industry. South Africa’s automobile industry is centered on Port Elizabeth and will be a key customer ....... read more

Metallica Begins Loading Cerro San Pedro Leach Pad - Metallica Resources announced in January that the first truck load of ore was delivered to the leach pad over the recently constructed haul road at its Cerro San Pedro heap-leach gold and silver project. Additionally, Metallica's wholly-owned Mexican subsidiary, Minera San Xavier, S.A. de C.V., received its explosives permit from SEDENA (Secretaria de Defensa National) for the calendar year 2007. According to a company press ....... read more



Teck Cominco Investing $300 Million to Extend Highland Valley Mine Life - On Feb. 12, 2007, Teck Cominco announced plans for a further six-year mine life extension from 2013 to 2019 at the Highland Valley copper mine near Kamloops, British Columbia. The Highland Valley mine plan now contemplates mining an additional 247 million mt of ore from ...... read more

Favorable Feasibility for Yukon’s Wolverine Project - Yukon Zinc Corp. has received an optimized feasibility study of its Wolverine base and precious metals project from Wardrop Engineering that pronounces the project technically and economically viable. The Wolverine project is located in south-central Yukon, 195 km northwest of Watson Lake and 135 km southeast of Ross River. The feasibility study forecasts average annual production of 53,400 mt of zinc, 4,860 mt of copper, 6,010 mt of lead, 4.9 million oz of silver, and 20,200 oz of gold in the zinc, copper, and lead concentrates during the first three years of operation. Capital cost to develop the project is estimated at $183.2 million before a contingency of $24.3 million ...... read more


Cameco Reports Remediation Progress at Flooded Cigar Lake - Cameco reported in late January 2007 that it is making progress with a phased plan to restore the underground workings at its Cigar Lake uranium project in northern Saskatchewan after a water inflow on Oct. 23, 2006, flooded the development (E&MJ, Nov. 2006, p. 5, and Dec. 2006, p. 16). The first phase of the remediation plan involves drilling holes down to the source of the inflow and to a nearby tunnel where reinforcement may be needed, pumping concrete through the drill holes, sealing off the inflow with grout, and drilling dewatering holes. Subsequent phases will include dewatering the mine, ground freezing in the area of the inflow, restoring underground areas, and resumption of mine development ...... read more




CVRD Budgets $6.334 Billion for 2007 Capital Expenditures - CVRD has budgeted $6.334 billion for capital spending on organic growth and maintenance The budget consolidates planned capital expenditures for CVRD Inco, which the company acquired in late 2006, and is the largest capex budget in the company’s history ...... read more

Peñasquito Fully Permitted - Goldcorp reported on Jan. 22, 2007, that it has received all permits required for full mine and mill construction, and operation of its Peñasquito project in Zacatecas, Mexico. The Peñasquito mine is projected to be the largest mine in Mexico when in full production, with average annual production of 387,500 oz of gold, 22.8 million oz of silver, and 137,000 mt of zinc over a 17-year mine life. Goldcorp had planned completion ...... read more


Petaquilla Costs Updated - Teck Cominco, Inmet Mining, and Petaquilla Minerals and Petaquilla Copper have released the results of a cost update to the 1998 feasibility study of the Petaquilla copper project in Panama. Prepared by AMEC Americas, the updated estimates are based on the designs, specifications, databases, models, assumptions, and quantity estimates used in the 1998 study. The updated study estimates total capital cost to develop the project, including working capital, at $1.7 billion, up from $1.1 billion in the 1998 study. Cash operating costs during years 1 to 10 of operation are estimated at $0.76/lb of copper produced ...... read more


Oxiana Bids for Agincourt - Oxiana Ltd. announced an agreed A$415- million, all-share offer for Agincourt Resources on Jan. 29, 2007. The Agincourt board recommended that in the absence of a superior proposal the company’s shareholders accept the offer. Newmont Mining, which holds a 19.9% interest in Agincourt, signed an option and prebid acceptance deed supporting the offer. The transaction is expected to close by mid-April 2007. Agincourt’s prime asset is its Martabe gold and silver project on the west coast of northern Sumatra, Indonesia. The project has a JORC-compliant resource of 5.3 million oz of gold ...... read more


Uzbek Court Rules in Favor of Amantaytau - Oxus Gold reported in early January 2007 that the Amantaytau Goldfields (AGF) joint venture in Uzbekistan(50% Oxus/50% government of Uzbekistan) had successfully appealed against fines and penalties imposed by a regional court at the end of October 2006. As a result of the appeal, fines and penalties totaling about $208 million were dismissed. Of that total, $203.6 million related to alleged transgressions in the operation of AGF’s overseas foreign currency bank account. AGF maintained that it was authorized by decree of the Cabinet of Ministers to operate the account and that its operations were conducted legitimately ...... read more



Equinox Constructing Lumwana - Following signing of a $583.8 million debt facility in early December 2006, Equinox Minerals has swung into full construction mode at its Lumwana open-pit copper project in northwest Zambia. Project design calls for mining and processing of 20 million mt/y of ore to produce 188,000 mt/y of copper in concentrate during the first five years of operation. Life-of-mine production will average 150,000 mt/y. Proven and probable reserves at Lumwana total 321 million mt, grading 0.73% copper. Mine life, including mining of current inferred resources, is projected at more than 37 years. Commissioning is scheduled to begin during ...... read more

Eland Platinum Starts Open-PitMining - Eland Platinum Holdings initiated open pit mining at its Elandsfontein project near Brits, South Africa, in January 2007. The first production blast broke about 300,000 mt of rock in the mine’s western UG2 boxcut. Commissioning of the Elandsfontein concentrator is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2007, by which time some 600,000 mt of ore from the open-pit will have been stockpiled. At initial steady-state operation, the Elandsfontein project is expected to produce ......
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FinMetal Buys into Large Finnish Nickel-Prospect Land Package - FinMetal Mining Ltd. reported in February that it had reached an agreement to purchase up to 100% of the shares of Magnus Minerals Oy, a Finnish private company. According to FinMetal Mining, the deal positions FinMetal to become a leading developer of advanced nickel projects in Finland. A FinMetal press statement said that the Magnus property package enables FinMetal to acquire claim reservations and claims covering approximately 2,500 km2 in Finland. More than 40 individual prospects are contained in the package, almost all of which have encountered nickel mineralization...... read more


Crushing System Breaking Records in the Powder River Basin - The McLanahan DDF120-40 Dual Drag Feeder and 36 x 120 Model-HC Super Triple Roll Crusher recently commissioned at Arch Coal’s Black Thunder mine, combine to create the highest capacity single truck dump station in the U.S. Rated for 6,000 t/h, Black Thunder reported through-put capacity exceeding the system rating within the first month ...... read more

Colombia Coal Mine Explosion Kills 32 - An explosion tore through a makeshift coal mine in remote northeast Colombia on February 3, killing 32 miners, the Associated Press reported. Rescue crews located the bodies buried more than 1,300 ft underground but were unable to safely remove them. Officials had previously reported that three miners were dead and 28 were missing at the mine in the remote hamlet of San Roque, 255 miles northeast of Bogota. The morning explosion was caused by “some sparkand the gas that was inside” the mine, said Fernando Rosales, director of civil defense in Norte de Santander state. Earlier in the day, authorities pleaded ...... read more


Anglo Coal in BEE Transaction - Anglo American’s wholly owned coal subsidiary Anglo Coal SA has taken another step toward meeting the South African government’s economic empowerment requirements with the creation of a R7 billion black-empowered coal firm. According to Business Day, the group said it has formed a new company, Anglo Inyosi Coal, which would be 27% owned by a consortium of black women ...... read more

Report Says Germany Will Close Coal Mines by 2018 - Germany will shut down its coal mines, which helped fuel the country’s postwar economic miracle, by 2018, the Associated Press reported. Kurt Beck, head of the Social Democrat Party, and Economy Minister Michael Glos announced that a coalition of left and right political parties agreed to phase out heavily subsidized coal mining in Germany by 2018. But as a compromise, the parties also agreed on a clause that would see the decision reviewed in 2012 to ensure it was still valid in the context of the energy situation at that time. There are currently eight coal mines operating in Germany, employing around 33,000 people. The mines currently receive subsidies of up to €2.5 billion ($3.2 billion) a year. An end to the subsidies ...... read more



Achieving World Class Maintenance Status
Measuring and assessing maintenance performance. "Successful maintenance is not a stand-alone activity."
By Paul D. Tomlingson

“World class” performance is the ultimate objective of many maintenance organizations. It marks the organization as a leader in its industry and sets it apart as the ultimate achiever. But, what is world class, and how can it be achieved? World class maintenance could result when an organization consistently produces reliable equipment by conducting an effective program using accurate, timely, complete information. The challenge is to determine what constitutes a world class maintenance organization ...... read more
Mobility, Air and Light are Important Tools for Remote Mine Maintenance Programs

From Jakarta.

SSB TransPORTER reports growing demand for the self-contained maintenance work vehicles it builds for mining and other companies. The operation, which is the Transport Equipment Division of steel fabricator PT Sanggar Sarana Baja (SSB), is currently ordering portable air compressors and generators at the rate of 20 units per year for use onboard these vehicles and expects to need more in the near future. Manufacturing Manager John Schwarzenberg says this is because the popularity of the mobile maintenance concept ...... read more





Set to Soar
Record performance in 2006, coupled with the likely prospect of tripling gold production by 2009, has Agnico-Eagle flying high.

By Russell A. Carter, Managing Editor

During E&MJ’s visit to Agnico-Eagle Mines’ Quebec operations, one of the company’s managers half-jokingly compared AEM’s public image to a wellknown description of waterfowl propulsion. “On top,” he said, “a duck looks calm, serene and moves smoothly across the surface. Underwater, he’s paddling like crazy.” Substitute “underground” for “underwater,” and the description becomes surprisingly apt for this Canadian gold producer. For many years a one-mine company known for its conservative strategy and decades-long string of dividend payments, Toronto, Ontario-based AEM has recently applied its extensive underground mining knowledge, bolstered by a healthy balance sheet and strong metal prices, to quickly and significantly expand its sphere of activity in Quebec’s famous Cadillac-Bousquet mining district as well as internationally. AEM currently is developing three new mines ...... read more


SAG Mill Success—Start with the Basics
New products and techniques proliferate for maintaining and improving mill performance, but careful planning at installation may be the most effective tool of all.

With units available in ratings up to 35,000 hp, capable of supporting a grinding line that can output more than 100,000 mt/d, SAG mills have played a steadily growing role in mineral processing. To get an idea of the extent to which this technology has been accepted by the mining industry, it’s only necessary to look at a brief sampling of recent contract awards from major mill suppliers. • FFE Minerals Brazil was awarded a contract to supply a 26 x 16-ft, 6,500-hp SAG mill—as well as a 21 x 32.5-ft, 9,600–hp ball mill—for CVRD’s Paragominas bauxite mine in northern Brazil. ...... read more

Mill Installation
Getting to the Heart of the Matter 

By Peter Nilsson, Outokumpu Technology Australia.

Who recently compiled some useful recommendations for planning basic mill installation. His suggestions are based on the concept that the milling/grinding area is traditionally known as “the heart of the plant.” So, when it comes to preparing the installation of a plant’s “heart,” a great deal of planning is required. The following information outlines some commonsense steps and pointers which are crucial to this planning process.
Step 1–Preparing the method statement. Safety aspects, especially how to handle large components, must be the primary consideration when planning any large ...... read more 



Two New Diesels for Underground - John Deere Power Systems (JDPS) has introduced two diesel engines certified by the U.S. Mine and Health Safety Administration (MSHA) for the underground mining market. The PowerTech 2.4L and 3.0L diesel engines received MSHA certification in late 2006 and are designed for the tough environments of underground mining. The MSHA certification allows JDPS to introduce these engine ...... read more
Small Submersible Dewatering Pump - Tsurumi has launched a new pump in its popular LB series—small and robust submersible contractors’ pumps suitable for a wide range of dewatering applications. The LB-1500 has a 1.5-kW power rating, a 17.5-m maximum head and a 440-liter per minute maximum capacity. It is an extension of the existing range which already comprises four smaller models, two at 480 W and two at 750 W ...... read more
Peristaltic Pumps with Improved Performance - Larox Flowsys has expanded its product line to include the Larox LPP80 peristaltic pump. The LPP series pumps incorporate a unique patented rolling design that is claimed to eliminate friction, maximize hose life and lower energy consumption. The roller is mounted on a crankshaft creating eccentric rotation during the 360° operating cycle. Compared to conventional peristaltic pumps, Larox says the more
New Impact Crusher - Telsmith’s new PA6060 Andreas-style impact crusher features a 46 X 60 in. feed opening and can handle up to 40-in. feed. Its advanced features include: asolid-type sculptured rotor for higher inertia and greater blow bar backing support; a hydraulic tilting feed plate that safely eliminates bridging; interchangeable, reversible mono-block aprons for wear parts cost control; oversized 220- mm-wide bearings ...... read more




Fans for Tough Mine Applications - JetAir, which specializes in building and refurbishing axial vane fans from 18- to 84-in. diameter and up to 500 hp, says all of its fan blades are now forged instead of cast, thus making them much stronger to the point of virtual indestructibility, according to the company. The Farmington, New Mexico-based company also announced that it has developed a line of Super-Silenced fans that run quieter and take up less space ...... read more

Dyno Nobel Takes Stake in Chinese Explosives Manufacturer - Dyno Nobel has acquired 29.9% of the ordinary shares in Fabchem China Ltd., an explosives company listed on the Singapore stock exchange. The total consideration of up to S$0.70 per Fabchem share equates to US$31.8 million which includes an up-front payment of S$0.52 per share, an additional S$0.13 per share payable upon achieving profit hurdles in 2008, and S$0.05 per share payable upon ...... read more

Outokumpu Technology Oy — Joy so Far - Starting 2007 as an independent company, maybe looking for a new name, Outokumpu Technology’s business has seemingly got off to a vigorous start, announcing orders for long-established and new technologies. On January 11, the company announced that, in addition to the flash flotation circuit already ordered, it is to supply the thickening circuit for the expansion project at the Boddington gold mine in Australia. The contract covers the design and supply of four thickeners, of which the largest will be a 74-m Supaflo high rate model. Almost all the components will be sourced locally. On January 15, the firm announced ...... read more


Sandvik to Unite Products Under One Name - Sandvik Mining & Construction announcedrecently that it will consolidate its various brands of equipment—which include Tamrock, Toro, EJC, Voest-Alpine Bergtechnik, Driltech, Mission, BPI, Rammer and Roxon—under the sole name Sandvik. “I believe that doing business under one brand will clarify Sandvik’s total offering and make it even easier for our customers to do business with us. This also is a natural consequence following the reorganization of our company last year. Our customers will have to call only one number for sales, support and servicing on all Sandvik equipment, irrespective of what kind of equipment it is, just to mention some benefits,” said Lars Josefsson, president of Sandvik Mining & Construction. “We will continue to offer world-class products more

Big Mold Retreads Giant Tires - Ohio Machine & Manufacturing Co. says it has built the world’s largest giant off-road earthmover radial tire retread mold. The mold produces two radial tire sizes: 4000R57 and 46/90R57, in Goodyear RL4B design. It measures 175 in. in diameter, 53 in. wide, and weighs 55,000 lb. ...... read more


APRIL 16-18, 2007: EuroCoke Summit 2007, Nice, France. Contact: Brian Santos; Tel: 207-781-9618; Fax: 207-781-2150; E-mail:; Web:

APRIL 23-29, 2007: bauma 2007, Munich, Germany. Contact: Messe Munchen; Tel: 49 89 9 49-2 07 20; Fax: 49 89 9 49-2 14 19; Web:

APRIL 24-26, 2007: MiningWorld Russia 2007, Moscow, Russia. Contact: World Mining Events; Tel: 44 (0) 20 7870 2588; Fax: 44 (0) 20 7596 5096; Web:


APRIL 24-27, 2007: APCOM—33rd International Symposium on Application of Computers and Operations Research in the Mineral Industry, Santiago, Chile. Contact: Olga Cherepanova; Tel: 56 2 652-1519; Fax: 56-2 652-1570; E-mail:; Web:

APRIL 29, 2007: First International Symposium on Fuel Cell Applications to Mining, Montreal, Canada. Contact: Jean Vavrek, Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum; Tel: 514-939-2710; E-mail:

APRIL 29-MAY 2, 2007: 2007 CIM Conference and Exhibition, Montreal, Canada. Contact: Jean-Marc Demers; E-mail:

APRIL 29-MAY 2, 2007: Minefill 2007—9th International Symposium on Mining with Backfill, Montreal, Canada. Sponsored by CIM, McGill University, and Queen’s University. Contact: Ferri Hassani; Tel: 514-398-8060; E-mail:

APRIL 29-MAY 2, 2007: 2nd Montreal Iron Ore Symposium, Montreal, Canada. Contact: Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum; Tel: 514-939-2710; Fax: 514-939-2714; E-mail:; Web:


CVRD Inco, a subsidiary of Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD), announced that Murilo Ferreira has been appointed president and CEO. He will also retain his current position as executive director, CVRD. Leonardo Moretzsohn, former director Internal Controls Department CVRD, has been appointed executive VP and CFO of CVRD Inco. Scott Hand, former president and CEO of CVRD Inco, has elected to retire. He will assume a parttime role as senior advisor to CVRD. Bob Davies, former CFO, has elected to leave CVRD Inco.

BHP Billiton recently announced that CEO Chip Goodyear will retire from the company by the end of 2007.

J. Steven Whisler, chairman and CEO of Phelps Dodge Corp., received The Copper Club’s Ankh Award naming him the Copper Man of the Year 2007. The board of directors of the Copper Club voted to honor Whisler with the recognition for his leadership both within his company and in the copper industry. The award was presented at the club’s annual dinner during February.


Hecla Mining Co. recently announced the appointments of Dr. Dean Mc- Donald as VP–Exploration and Jay S. Layman as VP-Corporate Development.

First Quantum Minerals Ltd. Announced the appointments of David E. J. Moroney as CFO and Martin Rowley as executive director Business Development.

Northland Resources Inc. announced the appointment of Allen Gordon as VP, Business Development.

Bosch Rexroth Corp. announced that Berend Bracht, former CEO of Bosch Rexroth China and former head of the company’s U.S. industrial hydraulics operation has been named president and CEO. He replaces Wolfgang Dangel, who has led the U.S. subsidiary of the German-based company since April 2003.

Derrick Butterfield has joined Volvo CE as manager of global market communications and training for the company’s excavator business line.


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