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The Tide Continues to Rise - Antonio Ruffini’s report on central African mining (See: Zambian Renaissance) written from repeated trips to Kitwe and Zambia’s famed Copperbelt accurately describes the differences between the region at copper prices of less than a $1/lb and more than $3/lb. The latter scenario is a good story and the current one. But, how and when will it end?
That was the subject of this year’s Keynote Address at the Society of Mining Engineers (SME) Annual Meeting & Exhibit, which was held in Salt Lake City, Utah, during February. International Royalty Corp.’s Chairman and CEO Doug Silver delivered the Keynote presentation, The Mineral Supercycle: Past, Present, and Future......... read more

                                          Steve Fiscor, Editor in Chief


2008 Vol 2 - CONTENTS

Selloff: Rio Tinto Sheds Mining Properties ...

Amanta Acquires Third Tungsten ...

Agnico-Eagle Gold Reserves Grow ...

NovaGold Files 43-101 Report ...

San Bartolomé Silver Mine Near Startup ...

Production Restarted at Idaho’s Sunshine ...

US & Canada

Latin America





'This month in coal'
Suppliers Reports & Equipment Gallery

Conferences and Exhibitions
Who's moving where!




Selloff: Rio Tinto Sheds Mining Properties as it Fights Billiton’s Takeover Bid - Within the space of three weeks in February, two well-known precious metals producers announced that they were buying out their long-term partner in gold- and silver-mining operations in deals that ranged from $750 million to almost $1.7 billion in value. The selling partner in both cases was Rio Tinto, which has been shedding its noncore business assets to focus more strongly on its iron ore and aluminum operations as it fights off a hostile takeover bid by BHP Billiton......... read more

Amanta Acquires Third Tungsten Property in Thailand - Amanta Resources Ltd. reported that Thailand’s Department of Primary Industry and Mining (DPIM) has granted the company a Special Prospecting License (SPL) covering an area of approx. 14 km2 at Mae Chedi, a former high-grade tungsten mine in the province of Chiang Rai. The SPL, valid for five years, gives Amanta the exclusive right to apply for a Mining License. The Canadian company has now acquired 100% interests in three former tungsten mines: Mae Chedi, Mae Lama and Doi Ngom. These properties hosted some of Thailand's high grade tungsten mines prior to the collapse of ....... read more

Agnico-Eagle Gold Reserves Grow by 33% to Record 16.7M Oz - Agnico-Eagle Mines reported that as of December 31, 2007, its proven and probable gold reserves hit a record of 16.7 million oz, an increase of 33% over the year end 2006 level. The company said the strong growth in gold reserves of 4.5 million oz—prior to considering 2007 gold production—resulted from successful definition drilling at its development projects, which converted 1.6 million oz to reserves, along with the acquisition of the Meadowbank project in northern Canada as part of its takeover of Cumberland Resources .... read more
NovaGold Files 43-101 Report, Reclassifies Reserves - NovaGold Resources said it has filed with Canadian securities regulators a National Instrument 43-101 technical report for the Galore Creek copper-gold-silver project and updated the resource estimate to reflect changes at the project. NovaGold Resources and Teck Cominco announced on November 26, 2007, that they were suspending construction activities at the Galore Creek copper-gold-silver project in northwestern British Columbia after a review indicated vastly higher....read more
San Bartolomé Silver Mine Near Startup - Coeur d’Alene Mines Corp. announced in early February that it had begun precommissioning activities at its San Bartolomé mine in Bolivia, and expects to produce over 10 million oz of silver during its first 12 months of full-scale operations. According to the company, all major plant equipment at San Bartolomé is now in place. Coeur expected the processing facilities to be connected to the national electrical grid during the second half of February, at which point full commissioning of the crushers and mills would commence. Processing of ore was anticipated to begin...... read more

Production Restarted at Idaho’s Sunshine Mine - Sterling Mining Co. reported that it has resumed production at the Sunshine mine in Idaho, and that the first shipment of concentrate from newly mined ore had left the mine site, bound for Teck Cominco’s Trail British Columbia smelter. Mining activity in the lower levels resumed after a four-year process to rehabilitate, improve and re-commission the fine following its closure by previous operators in 2001. Sterling said that with renovation of the Silver Summit.... read more




Newmont Addresses Divestiture Demands - Newmont Mining Corp. recently issued an update of its position on mandatory divestiture of a 31% stake in PT Newmont Nusa Tenggara (PTNNT) to Indonesian parties, as stipulated under the terms of a 1986 Contract of Work with the Indonesian government. Newmont and Nusa Tenggara Mining Corp. (NTMC), an affiliate of Sumitomo Corp. currently have a combined 80% ownership interest in PTNNT, with Newmont’s individual interest at 45% and NTMC's at 35%, the remaining 20% of PTNNT is owned by an unrelated Indonesian company. PTNNT owns and operates the Batu Hijau mine..... read more
Thompson Creek Metals Revises Moly Forecast - Thompson Creek Metals has advised that its 75% share of molybdenum production from the Endako mine in British Columbia during 2008 will be between 6.5 and 7.5 million lb, compared with an earlier estimate of between 7.5 and 8.5 million lb, based on a new mine plan necessitated by a pit-wall slide that occurred last November at the mine's Endako pit. The company noted that at the time of the slide, some ore for milling was being extracted from the Denak West pit. That production has been increased, and since.... read more


Cameco Reports Progresson Cigar Lake Mine Repairs - Cameco Corp. announced further progress in remediation efforts at the Cigar Lake uranium project, which have been under way since October 2006 when a rockfall resulted in a flood of the underground development. Construction was about 60% complete when the rockfall occurred.
The company said crews had completed pouring a concrete barrier in the area of the inflow and reinforcing a tunnel adjacent to the rockfall. This included injection of cement into the rock around .... read more


Mill Expansion Okayed for Iamgold’s Rosebel Gold Mine - Iamgold Corp. reported that its board of directors’ has approved an $18.4-million budget for mill expansion at the Rosebel gold mine in Suriname. Iamgold acquired the Rosebel operation in 2006 through its merger with Cambior.
According to the company, the expansion allows for an increase in the annual life of mine production from approximately 275,000 oz/y to 300,000–305,000 oz/y of gold and a reduction in direct cash costs of approximately $35/oz. Mill throughput will increase from 8 million mt/y of ore to…… read more
Jumbo Electromagnet Goes to Work at Codelco Mine - Eriez, the company that earned the Guinness Book of World Records title for the world’s largest electromagnet in 1997 by building a 60-ton magnet known at the company as "Big Moe," recently built and shipped a replica, appropriately known as "Big Moe II."
"It’s truly a sight to see," said Tim Shuttleworth, Eriez president and CEO. "A grown man standing next to it appears to be the size of a child…. read more


Updated Reserve and Finance Numbers for Dolores Project - Minefinders Corp. recently released an updated economic forecast and reserve estimate for its Dolores gold and silver mine in Chihuahua, Mexico.
The report shows that proven and probable reserves at the mine increased 37% from a February 2006 feasibility study to 99.3 million mt containing 2.44 million oz of gold and 126.64 million oz of silver—increases of 24.8% and 22.1%, respectively. Life of mine production increased to 1.8 million oz of gold and 64.3 million oz of silver or 3 million oz of gold…. read more


Rio Tinto to Spend $2.42B on New Pilbara Mines, Okays Study of Hope Downs Expansion - In a burst of activity during the final weeks of 2007 and the early days of 2008, Rio Tinto announced plans to make significant additional investments in its iron ore export capacity in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, with the approval of the new Mesa A/Warramboo mine in the Robe Valley and Brockman 4 mine near Tom Price; as well as approval of a feasibility study to expand the Hope Downs 4 project. In addition, the company…. read more



Moly Mines Updates SpinifexRidge Project Progress - Moly Mines Ltd. Recently awarded a A$1.1 billion, seven-year mining and earthmoving contract for the Spinifex Ridge molybdenum project to Perthbased contracting group Macmahon Holdings. Spinifex Ridge is located approximately 140 km southeast of the town of Port Hedland in the East Pilbara region of Western Australia and has an expected mine life of over 20 years with a measured and indicated resource…. read more



Frontier Assembles Benkala Copper Project Study Team - Frontier Mining has appointed a technical consultancy team led by Aker Kvaerner Chile S.A. to complete the conceptual study for its Benkala copper porphyry deposit in northwestern Kazakhstan. Frontier acquired a 50% stake in the project from Coville Intercorp Ltd. in November 2007 for $21 million.
The study, according to London, U.K.- based Frontier, will provide a preliminary evaluation of the various trade-off options for development of the project, and will form the basis for a pre-feasibility study that will begin in the second quarter of 2008…. read more

Court Renders Latest Decision on Kisladag Case - Eldorado Gold Corp. announced on February 11 that a decision relating to the Kisladag project’s Environmental Impact Assessment had been rendered by the 6th Department of the High Administrative Court in Ankara, Turkey.
The Court concluded that the existing expert reports prepared for the Lower Administrative Court were insufficient to make either a positive or negative decision on the merits of the case. The case will now be returned to the Lower Administrative Court where it is most likely that a new expert committee will be assigned to review the case.…. read more


Harmony Looks at Additional Gold Recovery from Tailings Dams - Harmony Gold Mining is investigating the feasibility of re-mining old tailings dams at its operations in the Welkom area in South Africa, with the intent of reprocessing the tailings to extract gold and consolidate the residue tailings from the processing plant onto three tailings facilities.
Nine old tailings dams in the Welkom area are being considered as part of this project. The proposed operations would process about 240 million mt of tailings from the dams. In addition to re-mining of the dams, other principal elements of the project would include installing pipelines to supply water to the re-mining…. read more

Diamond Mine Begins Production in Lesotho - Global Diamond Resources plc (formerly Lesotho Diamond Corp.) announced that its Kao diamond mine in Lesotho was commissioned late in 2007. "This is a great tribute to all of the staff involved, bearing in mind the difficult terrain in which the mine is located and the extreme weather conditions that have impeded completion of the mine processingunit," said Chairman Morven Hay. In a letter to the shareholders…… read more


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Evergreen Advances Proposed Coal Refinery Project in Indonesia - Following successful test results for product performance and stability, Evergreen Energy and Sumitomo Corp. have agreed with a major Indonesian mining group to proceed with development of engineering specifications, economic evaluation, marketability analysis and further coal tests for a 1.5 million short ton per year K-Fuel coal refinery on Kalimantan, with the intent to expand the plant capacity in future years …. read more

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Coal Age



Central Africa’s Copper Renaissance
Having doubled output, Zambia’s Copperbelt looks to do it again soon
By Antonio Ruffini, E&MJ African Editor

At the turn of the millennium, the road between the Zambian Copperbelt towns of Kitwe and Chingola allowed one to stop en route to admire the scenery without being interrupted by much, if any, traffic. Back then, however, the copper price was well below $1/lb. Today, trucks and an upsurge of motor vehicles, of varying ages and conditions and moving at various speeds, have made that carriageway, comprising a single lane in each direction, busy and dangerous. It tells how a copper price of $3/lb has affected the Copperbelt, one of the world’s greatest concentrations of copper-cobalt deposits……. read more


Crocodile River Mine’s Long Haul to Sustainable Production
High platinum prices do not necessarily make South Africa’s deposits easy to mine profitably and safely. A well-planned ore transportation system can help.
By Kyran Casteel, European Editor

In the South African diamond industry De Beers has achieved highly mechanized underground mining, including world class automation of the haulage system at Finsch, as discussed in the January- February E&MJ cover story, and commenced remote controlled LHD operation at Cullinan. But platinum group metals (PGMs), mining companies exploiting the limited height reef deposits of South Africa’s Bushveld Complex find that just basic mechanization still presents some difficulties and high metal prices do not guarantee profitability. The Crocodile River mine (CRM) is one operation that has had to confront this challenge...... read more




Energy Demand Spurs Uranium Mining
Uranium miners overcome obstacles while trying to increase production
By Steve Fiscor, Editor-in-Chief

As the world comes to grips with meeting power demand while reducing carbon emissions, nuclear energy has become a greener option than fossil fuels these days. Uranium supplies are secure and, until the last couple of years, prices had been relatively stable. Demand-side speculation and development setbacks for some projects created a rally in spot prices for uranium last year. Today, uranium miners are ramping up production and striking deals with customers in a seller’s market…... read more


GET Smart
Ground engaging tools (GET) are designed to make the ultimate sacrifice—offering their service lives to promote better penetration and protect vulnerable bucket areas
By Russell A. Carter, Managing Editor

Ground engaging tools, or GET, belong to a class of mine equipment consumables designed to grudgingly sacrifice themselves to maintain production and protect more valuable parts of earthmover buckets. GET components are specifically designed to wear out as they encounter the relentless abrasion incurred by buckets in a mining environment—while protecting vulnerable areas such as the bucket base edge, corners and bottom from damage and wear that can be extremely expensive to repair..... read more



Getting There is Half the Battle - FLSmidth Minerals was recently faced with the challenge of fabricating and delivering a 12-m-diameter leach feed thickener tank to Energy Resources of Australia’s Ranger uranium mine in Australia’s Northern Territory. Normally a thickener is built, lined and commissioned on site. However, FLSmidth Minerals had another idea. Why not build the tank in Darwin, NT, and deliver it in one piece? The thickener was subsequently constructed by EC & E Pty. Ltd. at Berrimah, near Port Darwin …. read more
Sandvik Launches New Blasthole Drill - During January, Sandvik unveiled the DR460 rotary blasthole drill at its manufacturing facility in Alachua, Florida. It is a diesel-powered, crawler-mounted unit that drills 251- to 311-mm (9-7/8- to 12-1/4- in.) diameter blastholes. Sandvik said they have designed the drill for mines prioritizing high penetration rate, easy maintenance, good availability and an ergonomic work environment.
All mechanical and hydraulic systems are enhanced compared with existing models. For example, with 194 kW (260 hp) input on the multi-pass machine, the DR460 has 38% more rotary horsepower than typically seen in this size class .…… read more
Hitachi’s EH3500 Haul Truck is AC-Powered - Hitachi Mining, a division of Hitachi Construction Machinery, claims it has set the standard in AC drive haul truck technology with the introduction of its EH3500AC rigid dump truck. The EH3500AC is powered by a Cummins 16-cylinder, QSK50 EPA Tier II compliant turbo diesel, developing 1,491 kW (3,500 hp) at 1,900 rpm and driving through axle-mounted Hitachi AC traction drives. Fully loaded…. read more

New Haul Road Solution for Mines - Caterpillar Inc. and Claycrete Ltd. Have entered a marketing agreement to provide a roadway and pad construction solution to mine operators. Caterpillar dealers will have exclusive rights to market Claycrete products worldwide, and Caterpillar Global Mining will support and oversee the business. Claycrete Ltd., based in Perth, Western Australia, provides a unique process that combines project management and proprietary chemicals to transform native soils containing .…… read more



Gear Reducer for Tough Applications - Baldor Electric has introduced the new Dodge MagnaGear XTR, a gear reducer engineered to offer maximum reliability and superior performance in tough, high torque applications. Designed as a global product, the MagnaGear XTR is available with parallel shaft or right-angle configurations and will initially offer torque capacities up to 920,000 lb-in. The modular design of the product allows for multiple mounting configurations and can be used with…. read more
Gel Packs Keep Workers Comfortable in Hot or Cold - GelCool Systems offers professional-grade warming and cooling gel packs for use in hard hats from MSA, North, Omega II, Bullard and others. A key design feature of the gel packs is that they maintain helmet fit and alignment, thus retaining the safety design of the helmet while providing thermal protection. According to GelCool Systems, their large size gel pack provides warming…. read more

Screening Unit for Accurate Mineral Separation - The Minerals Separator from Rotex is claimed to provide unparalleled screening performance when sharp separations and high efficiencies are required. Specifically designed to meet the demanding screening requirements of minerals applications, the machine provides higher capacity per square foot of screen, continuous operations up to 400°F (205°C), and maximum screening efficiency.…. read more

High-Performance Transformer Oil Coolers - Unifin, a supplier of cooling equipment and transformer oil pumps and valves, has introduced the ForZair line of transformer oil coolers for superior performance in demanding applications. ForZair coolers are designed for new transformers and for existing installations that require additional heat removal capacity. The coolers feature Unifin’s Mono-Aluminum extruded fin-tubes and plate fin technology, both of which are claimed to provide optimal heat transfer efficiency and exceptional durability.….read more

Water Clarification System Offers Quick Setup- Designed for applications that require portability, Clearwater Industries’ new Model 2000 water clarifier allows operators to produce clean water from a dirty water stream immediately, while concentrating fines and solids to a thick state. Producers can eliminate the need for clean water ponds or setting ponds, avoid trucking in large volumes of water…. read more


APRIL 16–18, 2008: MiningWorld Russia—12th International Exhibition for the Mining and Processing of Metals and Minerals, Moscow, Russia. Contact: ITE Group; Tel: 44(0)20 7596 5004; E-mail: enquiry@miningworld-events.com;
Web: www.miningworld-russia.com

MAY 6–7, 2008: The Greenland Sustainable Mineral & Petroleum Development Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark. Contact: Anne Berit Andersson; Tel: 44 (0)20 7017 5525; Fax: 44 (0)20 7017 4745; Web: www.sustainablegreenlandresources.com

MAY 14-15, 2008: The Canadian Mining & Industrial Expo 2008, Sudbury, Ontario. Contact: Darren Ceccarelli; Tel: 705-929-7469; Fax: 705-525-0626; E-mail: dac@vianet.ca; Web: www.dacshows.com

JUNE 9–11, 2008: MASSMIN 2008–5th International Conference & Exhibition on Mass Mining, Luleå Technical University, Luleå, Sweden. Contact: Prof. E Nordlund; E-mail: info@massmin2008.com; Web: www.massmin2008.com


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JULY 22-24, 2008: Queensland Mining & Engineering Exhibition 2008, Mackay, Queensland. Contact: Reed Exhibitions; Tel: 02 9422 2955; Fax: 02 9993 8342; Web: www.qme.reedexhibitions.com.au

SEPTEMBER 22-24, 2008: MINExpo 2008, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Contact: Hall Erickson; Tel: 800-752-6312; Fax: 630-434-1216; E-mail: minexpo@heiexpo.com; Web: minexpo.com

OCTOBER 1-3, 2008: PROCEMIN 2008, Santiago, Chile Contact: Fabiola Bustamante; Tel: 56-2 652 1555; Fax: 56-2 652 1570; E-mail: info@procemin.cl; Web: www.procemin.cl

OCTOBER 21-23, 2008: Euro Mine Expo, Skellefteå, Sweden. Contact: Lena Modig; Tel: +46 (0)90 163404; Fax: +46 (0)90 138389; E-mail: lena.modig@eurominexpo.com; Web: www.euromineexpo.com

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Anglo American plc announced that Bobby Godsell, a non-executive director, will retire from the board.

Augusta Resource Corp. announced the appointment of Rod Pace as vice president, Operations of the company and its wholly-owned subsidiary Rosemont Copper Co.


FNX Mining Co. Inc. announced that Anthony P. Makuch, senior vice president and COO, has resigned. The company also announced that Vernon Baker has been appointed vice president Sudbury Mining Operations and Julie Galloway has been appointed vice president general counsel.

Coeur d’Alene Mines Corp. announced the promotion of Stuart Mathews to vice president and general manager of the Palmarejo silver/gold project in northern Mexico; and Tom Henderson as vice president and general manager for Coeur Alaska. The company also announced the promotions of Carolyn S. Turner as treasurer and Larry A. Nelson as vice president Human Resources.

Godwin Pumps recently appointed Tomás Fernández as Latin America regional manager.

Ruth Bailey has been named the director general of the Association of British Mining Equipment Companies. She succeeds Philip Deakin, who is retiring.

Becker Mining Systems recently promoted Max Brinckman chief sales officer.
Farr Air Pollution Control appointed David E. Stock mining market manager.

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