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Mine Operators Face New Laws During the 2010 Society of Mining Engineers conference in Phoenix, a small group gathered for a rather unusual session, Hot Topics: Potential Pattern of Violation—Fight or Flight or….?. Joe Driscoll, Leeville mine manager, Newmont, chaired the session, and the speakers among others included managers from the Leeville mine; Dave Lauriski, president, Safety Solutions International (a mine safety consultancy); Mark Savit, a compliance attorney for Patton Boggs; and Greg Vaught, a Nevada miner and "aspiring folk singer," who puts safety messages to music. In March 2009, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) had warned Leeville, an underground gold mine in Nevada, of a potential Pattern of Violations (POV). It was the only hardrock mine on the list and Driscoll and other Leeville miners explained why they thought......... read more

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2010 Vol 06 - CONTENTS

Australia: Mining Taxes Remain...

Recovery for Zimbabwe?...

Coeur starts up Kensington...

Proposed Quadra FNX/State...


'This month in coal'

Suppliers Reports & Equipment Gallery

US & Canada

Latin America




Conferences & Exhibitions

Product Videos




Australia: Mining Taxes Remain on the Agenda
Julia Gillard replaced Kevin Rudd as Prime Minister of Australia on June 24, 2010. Gone with Rudd was his contentious, proposed Resources Super Profits Tax (RSPT). Gillard immediately initiated talks with Australia’s big three international miners— BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Xstrata—and a week later announced a new proposed Mineral Resource Rent Tax (MRRT), which won support from the big mining companies but drew criticism from smaller companies. Australia’s parliament......... read more

Recovery for Zimbabwe?
Zimbabwe, once regarded as a shining example of African economic potential, has suffered through almost a decade of steadily worsening economic woes under the administration of President Robert Mugabe. The country’s mining industry, formerly a backbone of its economic growth, has suffered as well, with investment in minerals exploration and mine development falling to insignificant levels. However, some positive signs of potential recovery in the country’s minerals sector have taken form recently....... read more



Coeur Starts Up Kensington, Some Concentrates go to China
Coeur d’Alene Mines Corp. started production at its new Kensington gold mine 45 miles north-northwest of Juneau, Alaska, in late June 2010. In parallel with the startup, the company announced it had entered into a contract for sale of approximately half of the gold concentrates produced at Kensington to China National Gold Group Corp., China’s largest gold producer. The contract is the first of its kind between a state-owned corporation of the People’s Republic of China and a U.S. precious metals mine..... read more

Proposed Quadra FNX/State Grid JV Lapses
Quadra FNX Mining announced in mid-June its memorandum of understanding with State Grid International Development Ltd. of China regarding formation of a 50:50 strategic joint venture to develop and operate Quadra FNX’s Sierra Gorda project and Franke mine in Chile (E&MJ, April 2010, p. 12) had expired without the parties reaching a definitive joint-venture agreement..... read more
Rio Tinto Investing $469 Million in Kennecott Eagle Mine and Mill
Kennecott Eagle Minerals Co. reported in mid-June its parent company, Rio Tinto, will invest $469 million to construct the Eagle nickel and copper project on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula about 40 km west of the city of Marquette. The project includes development of a new underground mine, associated surface facilities for servicing the mine, rehabilitation of the existing Humboldt mill..... read more
Thompson Creek Agrees to Acquire Terrane Metals
Thompson Creek Metals and Terrane Metals entered into a definitive agreement in mid-July 2010 pursuant to which Thompson Creek will acquire all of the issued and outstanding equity of Terrane in exchange for cash and Thompson Creek shares valued at about $605 million. Goldcorp, which holds 58% of the voting equity of Terrane, agreed to vote in favor of the transaction, completion of which remained subject to a favorable vote of two thirds of Terrane.... read more



AROUND THE WORLD - Latin America
Xstrata Approves Construction of Antapaccay Copper Project
The board of Xstrata plc has approved investment of $1.47 billion to develop Xstrata Copper’s Antapaccay open-pit copper project in the Yauri district of Espinar province, southern Peru. Antapaccay is located about 10 km from Xstrata Copper’s existing Tintaya open-pit copper operations and is scheduled to come into production in 2012, coinciding with the end of mine life at Tintaya…… read more
Goldcorp Completes Peñasquito’s Line 2
Goldcorp reported in late June Line 2 at its Peñasquito mine in Zacatecas, Mexico, had achieved mechanical completion and was ramping up to design capacity of 50,000 mt/d. Peñasquito’s Line 1, which produced its first concentrates in October 2009, has been operating regularly at designed throughput of 50,000 mt/d. Mining rates have continued in excess of 500,000 mt/d, and concentrate grades and quality remain…. read more
AROUND THE WORLD - Australasia
Nautilus Releases Details for Proposed Offshore Mining System
Nautilus Minerals has released the results of an independent definition and cost study by SRK (Australia) of the proposed offshore production system to be deployed at Nautilus’ Solwara 1 project in the territorial waters of Papua New Guinea. The system is based on various technologies utilized in the oil and gas, mining and dredging industries but modified for the offshore production system. The principal operations of the system include seafloor cutting…. read more

Chalco Steps Away from Aurukun Bauxite Project
Aluminum Corp. of China (Chalco) announced on July 1, 2010, it had agreed with the Queensland state government to terminate a development agreement dating from March 2007 for development of the Aurukun bauxite deposits on the Cape York peninsula and an alumina refinery near Bowen, Queensland. The agreement was allowed to terminate automatically after its June 30, 2010, expiration date. Chalco cited adverse changes in the aluminum industry since the signing …. read more




Cameco Signs Uranium Supply Agreements with China
Cameco, which accounts for about 16% of world uranium production from mines in Canada and the United States, has signed long-term supply agreements with stateowned Chinese energy utilities, including China Nuclear Energy Industry Corp. (CNEIC), which is a subsidiary of China National Nuclear Corp. (CNNC), and China Guangdong Nuclear Power Holding Co. The agreement with CNCC calls for Cameco to supply approximately 23 million lb of uranium concentrate under a long-term agreement through 2020…. read more

Kingsgate Building New Plant at Its Thai Operations
Kingsgate Consolidated has received approval from Thailand’s Board of Investment for a Zone 3 investment promotion package for Kingsgate’s planned Chatree North processing plant at its openpit gold operations in central Thailand. Based on this approval, engineering and construction contracts are being finalized, and construction has begun. The Zone 3 fiscal incentive includes an eight-year tax-free period from first production, followed by a further five years at half the 30% .…. read more

Aquarius Platinum Resumes Production at Everest
Aquarius Platinum began shipping concentrate from its Everest mine on the eastern limb of the Bushveld Complex in South Africa following restart of operations in mid-May 2010. Everest was shut down in December 2008 after a subsidence incidence blocked decline access to underground mining operations. Everest production is expected to total 120,000 PGM oz (platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold) during …. read more

Mineral Deposits Completes Grande Côte Study
Mineral Deposits Ltd. has released the results of a definitive feasibility study (DFS) of the Grande Côte mineral sands project on the Atlantic coast of Senegal. Compiled by AMC Consultants, the DFS has established a mine dredge path for the first 14 years of operation to mine proven and probable reserves totaling 751 million mt of 1.8% heavy mineral sands. The orebody characteristics— free flowing sands, a consistent grain size, no overburden, minor vegetation, minimal slimes…… read more


Cliffs to Acquire INR Energy
Cliffs Natural Resources has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire all of the coal operations of privately owned INR Energy for $757 million. INR produces high-volatile metallurgical and thermal coal. The transaction is expected to close by the beginning of September. "When combined with our current coal production in West Virginia, Alabama and Queensland, Australia, Cliffs estimates 2011 global equity production capacity of approximately 9 million tons at a split …. read more


Centennial Considers Banpu Takeover
Banpu, Southeast Asia’s largest coal producer, is preparing to take over Australia’s Centennial Coal in a deal worth A$2 billion, one of the largest coal deals for a Thai company. With 11 coal mines in New South Wales, Centennial is the largest independent coal company in Australia, producing 15 million metric tons (mt) per year. It has a nearly 420 million mt in reserves …. read more

Inspector General Criticizes MSHA's POV Decision
The Office of Inspector General (IG) found serious problems with how the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) identifies the nation’s most dangerous mines for tighter scrutiny. In an initial Alert Memo to Joe Main, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health, Elliot Lewis, assistant inspector general for audit, informed MSHA past implementation of its Pattern of Violations (POV) authority requires immediate corrective action …. read more

FEATURE - Salary Survey

A Mining Career Pays Well
Although compensation levels differ among regions, mining and mineral processing professionals remain loyal

By Steve Fiscor, Editor-in-Chief

Reports of signing bonuses and six figure salaries for recent mining engineering grads make some of the seasoned professionals wonder where they stand. After all, few mining professionals had the good fortune of timing their graduation dates with industry peaks. Even if they did, the inevitable downside of the cycle or the little things that happen in life, usually catch up with them……. read more

FEATURE - Communications

Communications: Vital for Safety and Management
Reliable communications is an increasingly important factor in mine safety and productivity. Comms systems are improving rapidly, but are not yet fail-safe.

By Simon Walker, European Editor

Many years ago, when working as a student engineer at a mine in northern Canada, I overheard the following exchange between the duty shiftboss and the cage tender. The means of communication was the shaft phone system, which was broadcast in the shifters’ office and at each shaft station. Shiftboss: "I’m on the 1,600 level and want to go down to 2,000." Cage tender: "That’s fine by me ....." We draw a discreet veil over the conversation that ensued when the frustrated...... read more


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FEATURE - Loading Equipment

New Wheel Loaders Roll Ahead to Higher Reliability, Improved Productivity
A steady rise in new-model bucket capacities has leveled off in recent years, but the latest loaders offer unprecedented refinement and power to handle a wide range of work

By Russell A. Carter, Managing Editor

Beginning in the early 1960s when 6-yd3-capacity articulated loaders were introduced to the mining and construction markets—and customers started clamoring for ever-larger machines— wheel loaders have steadily carved a significant niche for themselves in mine operations as improvements in their versatility, reliability and capacity continued to keep pace with industry demands. Although mid-sized and smaller loaders are often seen on-site today when there’s utility or infrastructure work to be done, mining is the prime domain …... read more

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FEATURE - Filtration

Filtration Becomes a Viable Option for Environmental Compliance

Looking beyond sedimentation, more filter presses are being used for tailings applications and a way to recycle valuable process water

By Steve Fiscor, Editor-in-Chief

Developments in the field of filtration can be described best as evolutionary. Even though basic filtration principles have not changed in 100 years, the size and sophistication of modern filter presses are advancing quickly to keep pace with mining industry needs. Mines are now looking at filtration for uses beyond traditional mineral processing applications. Pressure filtration is more commonly associated with concentrate recovery in processing base metals. Today, that role is as important as ever. As miners pursue lower grade deposits, they typically need to employ..... read more


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FEATURE - Australian Technology

Australia Counts on Mining's Quest for Value, Innovation to Sell its Technology

By John Miller, Australian Editor

The developing mining regions of Asia, Africa and South America have been fertile grounds for Australian mining technology and service during recent years but increasingly this technology is being planted in the more mature markets, such as Canada and the United States. Among the obvious reasons are being closer to the mining opportunities offered in Mexico and South America as well as proximity to the financial advantages offered by American and Canadian investment banks and financial institutions..... read more



Cat to Develop New Mining Shovel Line and Expand Truck Production Capacity
After a seven-year hiatus, Caterpillar Inc. has decided to re-enter the mining shovel market and will produce a line of hydraulic shovels spanning the 125- to 800-ton operating weight classes. Cat said it will use its factory in Aurora, Illinois, USA, for initial shovel production and is studying additional production sources in other parts of the world. It will begin pilot production …. read more
Sandvik, Gemcom to Develop Monitoring System
Gemcom Software International, a supplier of specialized mining productivity software, has signed a collaborative agreement with Sandvik Mining and Construction to develop a system and interface for monitoring underground mobile mining equipment The two companies are joining forces for development of what they describe as "an innovative equipment performance and production tracking solution that will further improve consolidation…… read more
Rock Drills Designed for Tough Conditions
Atlas Copco has launched three new heavyduty versions of its proven COP 1800 series hydraulic rock drills. The new models include the COP 1638HD, COP 1838HD and COP 2238HD and are intended for face drilling in underground mining and tunneling projects involving tough conditions. A primary feature of the new drills is a new side-bolt design consisting…. read more

Shield Hauler Carries 60-Ton Loads
Bucyrus International says its new FBL- 55(H) diesel-powered shield hauler offers the highest lift capacity in its class, able to lift and carry longwall shields and equipment weighing up to 60 mt (66.2 tons). A six-cylinder diesel engine and a wet-exhaust system package reduce operating costs and increase .…… read more


Air-Powered Pump Handles High-Pressure Tasks
Wilden’s H800 high-pressure pump is engineered with the latest technological advancements in Air Distribution Systems to deliver reliable and flexible performance in filtration, chemical sludge transfer and general industrial applications. The H800 is designed to transfer viscous, solid-laden slurries at high discharge pressures by utilizing a 3:1 pressure ratio of inlet air supply to discharge fluid. Available in stainless steel…. read more
Picks and Bits for Higher Productivity
New developments in its ProBore roof bits and ProPoint high-efficiency picks are delivering measurable benefits in productivity and safety for underground mining operations, according to Kennametal. ProBore roof bits feature a new twistedbody design specifically engineered for improved operation. Unlike traditional straight-body designs where dust and other materials clog or otherwise slow down equipment, the new ProBore…. read more

Gas-Powered Hammer Drill
Vessel Co. has introduced the GT-5000HD gasoline-powered hammer drill equipped with a two-stroke, forced air-cooled engine providing high torque output and accommodating up to a 1.97-in. (50 mm) diameter SDS-max shank hammer drill. The unit is ergonomically balanced, weighs 39.5 lb (17.9 kg), and can be comfortably used in the horizontal or vertical position. The manufacturer .…. read more

Transformers Handle Harsh Environments
Pacific Crest Transformers says its station and substation transformers are ideal for mining applications, constructed to withstand rough ground and corrosive environments and featuring greater overload capability and high thermal resistivity. Designed to withstand the harsh conditions found at mines, PCT transformers can be used in applications that range from auxiliary lighting loads to power for cranes, drag lines, conveyor belts and other miscellaneous dedicated variable speed drive.….read more

Tablet PC Built for Hard Use
Designed and built in Sweden, JLT Mobile Computers’ JLT8404 rugged tablet PC has been upgraded to include a number of technological innovations, including a new low-voltage Intel Atom processor. This energy-efficient chip runs at 1.6 GHz, providing higher performance and enhanced 3-D graphic capabilities for users. The upgrade also offers 2 gigabytes of RAM, and the PC is available with a choice of Microsoft Windows 7 or Windows XP. The JLT8404 also features a high-performance Sierra Wireless wide area …. read more



SEPTEMBER 13–15, 2010: 2010 Australian Mining Technology Conference, Perth, Western AustraliaContact: Andrew Long; Tel: 61 7 3365 5637; E-mail: a.long@crcmining.com.au; Web: www.crcmining.com.au

SEPTEMBER 19–22, 2010: Denver Gold Forum, Denver, Colorado, USA Contact: Denver Gold Group; Tel: 303-825-3368; E-mail: nlarned@denvergold.org; Web: www.denvergold.org

OCTOBER 18–21, 2010: Minor Metals & Rare Earths 2010, Xiamen, ChinaContact: Metal-Page; Tel: 44 (0) 208 255 8325; E-mail: conferences@metal-pages.com; Web: www.conferences.metal-pages.com

OCTOBER 19–22, 2010: 8th Peruvian National Mining Congress, Trujill, Peru Contact: Capitulo Ingenieros de Minas; Tel: (511) 4218508; Fax: (511) 4417285; E-mail: info@congresominas.com; Web www.congresominas.com


NOVEMBER 1–3, 2010: International Conference and Exhibition on the Rehabilitation, Restoration and Transformation of Mining Land, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Contact: E-mail: mcom@mcom.com.my; Web: www.malaysianminerals.com

NOVEMBER 12–19, 2010: 13th World Stainless Steel Conference, Paris, France. Contact:CRU Events; Tel: 44 20 7903 2410; Fax: 44 20 7903 2432; Web: www.stainlesssteelconference.com;

FEBRUARY 27–MARCH 2, 2011: SME Annual Meeting & Exhibit, Denver, Colorado, USA Contact: Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration; Tel: 800-763-3132; E-mail: jones@smenet.org; Web: www.smenet.org

MAY 15–18, 2011: Haulage & Loading, Litchfield Park, Arizona, USA Contact: Tanna Holzer; Tel: 303-283-0640; E-mail: tholzer@mining-media.com; Web: www.mining-media.com

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Superior Productivity in Underground Haulage. This high-speed 42 tonne articulated truck has been designed to maximize productivity as well as provide increased safety and excellent operator comfort in underground haulage applications. The Minetruck MT42 is now available in Scandinavia and Canada and will be launched globally in 2011. The Minetruck MT42 is powered by a Cummins QSX15 520 hp EPA Tier 3/Stage IIIA engine, coupled with proven drivetrain components, delivering reliable performance and high speed on ramps... watch the video
Larox Flowsys - The Solution You've Been Looking For
Larox Flowsys is the preferred supplier of flow control solutions for the most demanding media. We focus on abrasive, corrosive and other demanding shut-off, control and pumping applications serving a wide range of process industries worldwide. Our solutions offer reduced total cost of ownership through improved performance, longer service lifetime and lower maintenance costs. With decades of experience in flow control and elastomer technology, we are at the forefront in addressing customer needs and making our customers' processes more competitive... watch the video
Famur - Complete Mining Solutions
FAMUR Group is a significant and world renowned manufacturer of mining machinery and equipment. We focus on complete automation of longwall systems as well as on developing IT-based master systems for managing the coal extraction process from the face to the mine surface... watch the video
Verderflex Dura - advanced peristaltic pump design
The new Verderflex Dura, a innovative compact, long coupled peristaltic pump with close coupled advantages. The range provides flow rates up to 1700 litres per hour at pressure of up to 12 Bar. Ideal for the pumping of highly viscous, corrosive and shear sensitive product. Used in mining, water and waste, petrochemical, food and beverage industries to name a few -across the world!... watch the video

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