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An ESG Revolt Begins

During early August, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich sent a letter to BlackRock CEO Larry Fink, taking him to task on the company’s responsibilities as a fiduciary, especially when it comes to the investment dollars of state pension funds. The letter, which accuses BlackRock of forcing ESG policies on American companies and their employees whose retirement savings are also under their control, was signed by 18 additional state AGs.
The letter questions BlackRock’s duty of loyalty. “Many of our laws state that a fiduciary must discharge their duties solely in the interest of the participants and beneficiaries,” the letter stated. “The stated reasons for your actions around promoting net zero, the Paris Agreement, or taking action on climate change, indicate a rampant violation of this duty .... read more

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Historic Flooding Reduces Stillwater’s 2022 Output
Sibanye Stillwater reduced its production guidance for its U.S platinum group metals (PGM) operations by 120,000 oz after floods forced a month’s long suspension at its Stillwater mine in Montana. Mining operations resumed in late July. The floods that occurred during late June had .... read more


Quellaveco Produce First Copper Concentrate
Anglo American plc announced first production of copper concentrate from its Quellaveco project in Peru, which is a major milestone as Quellaveco nears completion ahead of receiving final regulatory clearance for commercial operations to begin, the company said. When Quellaveco reaches commercial production, it is expected to produce 300,000 metric tons of copper per year. “The fact that we are today producing copper less .... read more


Ford Signs Multiple Agreements With Miners for Raw Material
Several miners signed agreements with the Ford Motor Co. for battery- grade minerals and low-carbon metals. Ford signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Rio Tinto to develop more sustainable and secure supply chains. The company also signed a binding offtake..... read more


Barrick to Restart Reko Diq
Pakistan’s Finance Minister Miftah Ismail and Barrick President and CEO Mark Bristow announced plans to restart the Reko Diq project, one of the world’s largest undeveloped copper-gold deposits. An agreement in principle reached between the government of Pakistan, the provincial government of Balochistan and Barrick earlier this year paved the way for the project restart, which has been on hold since 2011. It will be operated by ..... read more

Cementation Completes Large Raise Bore for Solvay in Wyoming Production
Cementation Americas recently completed a full-faced, raise-bored raise at Solvay Chemicals No. 5 Shaft in Green River, Wyoming. The project required a 22-ftdia. shaft, complete with concrete liner, from the surface to a depth of 1,506 ft. The concrete liner thickness increased as the depth of the shaft increased, so the initial concept was to complete a pilot slash raise with a .... read more

Monarch Pours First Gold at Beaufor
i-80 Monarch Mining Corp. poured its first gold bar from its Beaufor mine and Beacon mill, located east of Val-d’Or, Quebec. During the production for the month of July, the Beacon Mill achieved a record day of 765 metric tons (mt) of ore, and ore recovery ranged from 96.3% to 98.7%. After this first pour, the ore stockpile currently stands at 23,914 mt at an average grade of 4.76 g/mt gold more


Court Order Allows Black Butte Construction to Continue
A U.S. District Court has issued an order on remedies that will allow Phase I construction of Sandfire Resources America Inc.’s Black Butte Copper Project in Montana to be completed under the existing permit. The order on remedies is in regard to the April 8 ruling in a lawsuit against the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (Montana DEQ) and Tintina Montana Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the company .... read more

AROUND THE WORLD - Latin America
Sinkhole Forms Near Ojos del Salado Operations in Chile
Lundin Mining confirmed that a sinkhole formed near its Minera Ojos del Salado operations in Chile on July 30, 2022. Upon detection, the area was immediately isolated and the relevant regulatory authorities were... read more


GSilver to Acquire Great Panther’s Mexican Assets
Guanajuato Silver Co. Ltd. (GSilver) has signed a binding agreement with Great Panther Mining Ltd. to acquire all of Great Panther’s Mexican assets through the purchase of Great Panther’s Mexican subsidiary, Minera Mexicana Rosario S.A. de C.V. (MMR), including the producing Topia mine and production facility, the San Ignacio mine, the Guanajuato Mine Complex (now referred to as the Valenciana mine) and the Cata processing ... read more


AROUND THE WORLD - Australasia
OZ Minerals Rejects BHP Proposal
On August 5, 2022, OZ Minerals Ltd. received an unsolicited non-binding proposal from BHP Group Ltd. to acquire all shares in OZ Minerals for A$25/share in cash. The proposal was subject to a number of conditions, including the completion of extensive financial, legal, technical …. read more


Lynas Announces $500M Expansion at Mt Weld
Lynas Rare Earths Ltd. announced a $500 million project to expand capacity at the Mt Weld mine and concentrator in Western Australia. To meet Lynas’ ambition to enact growth plans for increased neodymium and praseodymium (NdPr) production, the company said a capacity expansion will be required at every production stage, including significant development of the Mt Weld ore body and beneficiation circuit  …. read more

South Africa’s Just Transition
By Gavin du Venage, South African Editor
South Africa will push further into renewable energy sources, but it is becoming increasingly clear that coal, the main source of the country’s electricity, is not going away anytime soon. In late July, a gathering of .... read more


Blue Sky Remediates and Repurposes Coal Waste
Philanthropist, venture capitalist and serial entrepreneur, Alan E. Hall, has launched a new company Blue Sky Energy (BSE) Corp. to remediate coal waste, repurpose it as a clean energy source, and capture greenhouse gases in the process. The Utah-based company will partner with coal producers to convert coal and coal waste into useable, energy-efficient by-products, which include crude oil, carbon neutral coal CHAR and  …. read more
FEATURE - In-Pit Crushing
Taking a Closer Look at IPCC
In-pit crushing and conveying systems offer improved flexibility to meet site requirements

By Russell A. Carter, Contributing Editor

The financial figures emerging from the Q2 2022 results released by major mining companies paint a mixed picture of the industry: Depending on what metal or mineral a company mines, profits are up – in some cases, from three to five times higher than the corresponding period last year (Teck, for example) – or down more than a quarter (Rio Tinto) or even a third (Fortescue Metals); annual operating cost increases are in the range of 10%-15%; and companies are strongly signaling their intent to reduce maintenance costs, increase productivity and implement digital technologies. Numbers like those, and the aura of market uncertainty suffusing the industry, can lead to a conclusion that miners ..... read more



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FEATURE - Narrow Vein Mining
Narrow Vein Mining Machines Improve Life for Operators
The top offerings have performance specs that more than meet the needs of modern mines, and feature the operability and cabs that meet the needs of operators.

By Jesse Morton, Technical Writer

The newest and best narrow vein mining machines on the market are beyond state of the art. Nimble yet robust, they are electric powered or low-emission, have automation or remote control capability, offer machine health monitoring, and deliver more production in a smaller footprint than do predecessor units. Still, the primary benefi ciary is, in most cases, the operator. Compared to those of earlier models, the cabs are often spacious, quiet and air conditioned. The controls are ergonomic. Visibility is optimal. The screens are relatively small and nonintrusive, but the information they give is critical. These machines were developed to meet the strict criteria ..... read more



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FEATURE - Gold Processing
Going for Gold
Innovations that are boosting gold recovery and green credentials

By Carly Leonida, European Editor

Gold processing plants are operating in an increasingly challenging environment with regards to energy, labor and environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations. The average grades of new deposits are also declining, and so optimizing operations over a range of sometimes competing objectives can be tricky. There is no simple answer to these challenges, many of which are site specific. But harnessing the most advanced technologies and employing trained personnel to operate and maintain plants are important components in getting the most from a deposit while meeting stringent economic and ESG measures. Kenneth de Graaf, Global Product Line Manager for downstream gold recovery products at FLSmidth, and a keynote presenter at AusIMM’s recent Gold Plant of the Future Symposium, shared some insights ..... read more


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FEATURE - Water Management
Water Management Gets Smart
A holistic and digitally enabled approach to water management across the mine lifecycle is key to sustainability.

By Carly Leonida, European Editor

The efficient and sustainable use of natural resources, including water, is a growing concern for mining companies across the globe. As operational costs and environmental, social and governance (ESG) pressures increase, revisiting water strategies and systems and questioning whether their designs are fit, not just for today but for whatever the future might bring, is not just ‘the right thing to do’ by people and the planet, it’s also a smart business decision. “When I started in the industry in the early 2000s, water was usually treated as a resource with little inherent value,” Jim McKinley, Senior Hydrogeologist at Stantec, explained. “But now, mines are increasingly .... read more



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Liebherr expands Perth facility
Liebherr-Australia has more than doubled the size of their mining facility in Perth with the acquisition of adjacent land and buildings. The expanded facility will accommodate the infrastructure, resources, and capability required for the development and delivery of Liebherr’s mining decarbonisation .... read more
Metso Outotec announces conveyor package order
Metso Outotec has announced that it has received an order for a large belt conveyor package for delivery to a mining customer in the Americas. The value of the order is approximately EUR 60 million, of which a third was booked in Minerals’ second-quarter orders received and the rest in the third more
PPI – Basket Roll Guard
The new Basket Roll Guard from PPI is designed to eliminate pinch points and prevent damage or injury from falling idler rolls as a result of failed return brackets or rolls that may have become dislodged from their support brackets. The versatile design accepts many different foot pad bolt spacing patterns as well as .... read more

Val-Matic Ener•G® Ball Valves
Equal percentage flow, rugged AWWA construction and negligible headloss – three of the characteristics of Val-Matic’s Ener•G® Ball Valve which the company states make it the preferred choice and ideal pump control valve for pumping systems. When fully open the Ener•G® Ball Valve provides more


Magna Tyres - On-site tyre performance check
We value a close relationship with our partners and customers. That is why regular checks on tyre performance and education on how to properly use the tyre are important to us. On a recent visit to a customer in Germany, the sales manager conducted an on-site .... read more
Sandvik partners with Foran for record BEV fleet in Canada
Foran Mining has selected Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions to supply a fleet of 20 battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), including trucks, loaders and drills, for its McIlvenna Bay project in Saskatchewan, Canada. Set to be the world’s first carbon-neutral copper development project, McIlvenna Bay .... read more

TOMRA’s laser sorter opens new markets for Mikroman quartz mining operation
Turkish Quartz mining company Mikroman Maden A.Ş, first adopted sensor-based sorting technology at three of its processing plants in 2018. It installed three high-capacity TOMRA PRO Secondary LASER sorters and reached its target of improving product quality and .…. read more

Micromine – Three Year Pitram Agreement with AngloGold Ashanti
Micromine announced that it has entered into a three-year software agreement with AngloGold Ashanti to deliver the comanies mine control and fleet management solution, Micromine Pitram. It will be implemented at AngloGold Ashanti's Australian operations, Sunrise Dam and Tropicana, both located in more



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Teck Resources has appointed Jonathan Price as CEO succeeding Don Lindsay who plans to retire as of September 30, 2022, following an outstanding 17 years. Price currently serves as executive vice president and CFO for Teck. Before joining Teck in October 2020, he worked at BHP for 14 years in a variety of senior roles.
Peter Richardson has been named incoming executive managing director of Nevada Gold Mines (NGM). He will work with incumbent Greg Walker, Christine Keener, COO North America, and NGM Chairman Mark Bristow, as the plan for Walker’s retirement at the end of the year. Richardson was formerly senior vice president and COO for Lundin Mining Corp.
Kinross Gold Corp. named Claude Schimper as executive vice president and COO. He replaces Paul Tomory, executive vice president and chief technical officer, who left the company to pursue new opportunities. Schimper joined Kinross in 2010 and has held progressively more senior operational roles. Ned Jalil will take on an expanded role as senior vice president, technical services.
OceanaGold Corp, Scott Sullivan, the current COO, will transition to the new chief technical and projects officer role in the fourth quarter of 2022, leading group-wide technical functions and providing strategic direction on studies and execution of major projects.
Equinox Gold appointed Greg Smith as CEO, succeeding Christian Milau, who has left the company to pursue an opportunity in the global carbon finance industry. Smith has served as president since the company was founded in 2017.
Alamos Gold named Luc Guimond as COO. He succeeds Peter MacPhail who retired at the end of August. He is currently vice president of operations for Alamos Gold. Prior to that, Luc was the general manager of Young-Davidson where he oversaw its evolution from the development and construction stages through to the successful completion of the lower mine expansion, resulting in record operating and financial performance in 2021.
Appian Capital Advisory appointed Peter Nicholson as senior advisor, head of Australia and Asia. Prior to joining Appian, he served as managing director, Australia for Resource Capital Funds.
Lundin Mining founder and former chairman, Lukas H. Lundin (64), passed away recently, following a two-year battle with brain cancer. He was a driving force behind the tremendous successes of companies within the Lundin Group. Lukas started his career in the international energy and mining sectors in the early 1980s, working side-by-side with his father, the late Adolf H. Lundin. Under the leadership of Lukas and his brother Ian, and in close cooperation with the rest of the Lundin family, the Lundin Group has grown into an internationally recognized portfolio of energy and mining companies with operations spanning the globe. The 11 companies that comprise the Lundin Group today have a combined market capitalization in excess of $11 billion, directly employ more than 15,000 people, and create opportunities for tens of thousands more. Lukas Lundin´s sons Harry, Adam, Jack and William, in a joint statement, said, “Our father is our biggest inspiration. His passion for the industries to which he devoted his life was unparalleled. Lukas saw people as the key to success and spent decades building some of the strongest management teams in our industries.” Lukas founded Lundin Mining with his father in the mid-1990s and was a member of the board of directors and chairman of the company for more than 25 years until he stepped down in May 2022. In his role as chairman, Lukas oversaw Lundin Mining’s development from an exploration-stage company into a global mid-tier producer with a strong copper focus and a portfolio of world-class assets.



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