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Anglo American sees no output impact from Los Bronces mine leak

By: Reuters Anglo American said on Tuesday that a milling plant at its Los Bronces copper mine, in Chile, remained closed after a leak was detected over the weekend, but that it did not foresee any impact on production from the stoppage. The leak was found on farmland close to the capital Santiago during a... 

Colombian court bans mining, oil projects in fragile moorlands

By: Reuters Colombia's constitutional court has banned mining and oil projects in the country's ecologically delicate moorlands, sources told Reuters on Tuesday. The decision, which came late on Monday, overturns a previous ruling that said mining companies with older titles to moorland areas could continue... 

Drought adds pressure to S African mines and host communities

By: Anine Kilian While the current drought plaguing many parts of Southern Africa is taking its toll on mining operations, it will also start to impact on host communities requiring a steady supply of potable water. Project management and engineering consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV mining director Berte Simons... 

Drought adds pressure to S African mines and host communities
Royal HaskoningDHV mining and heavy industry director Berte Simons

Academic calls for better research on mine water

By: Ilan Solomons Tshwane University of Technology mine water management research chair Dr Chris Wolkersdorfer has called on South African scientific researchers to conduct proper literature studies and improve the overall standard of their research in relation to mine water management matters. Speaking at the... 

Academic calls for better research on mine water
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TUT mine water managerment research chair Dr Chris Wolkersdorfer

New machine to recycle SA’s waste mining tyre stockpiles

By: Mia Breytenbach Vanderbijlpark-based machine building company Nicaud Trading has developed a tyre-recycling shredder to process and recycle waste off-the-road (OTR) tyres for the local mining industry. In joint venture (JV) with newly formed recycling company Kabusha OTR this will result in a solution to the... 

New machine to recycle SA’s waste mining tyre stockpiles
LOCALLY MANUFACTURED The Mobi-Shred OTR can shred tyres ranging from 35‘’ to 63’’ into 2’’ chips, as well as remove the steel from the tyre beads

Stricter emissions regulations boost PGM demand

The increasing demand for platinum-group metals (PGMs) is expected to increase in proportion to the greater demand for and increased adoption of catalytic converters for motor vehicles, which is spurred by the international appetite for new vehicles and stricter emissions regulations, says mining... 

Stricter emissions  regulations boost  PGM demand
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ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT Platinum-group metals are key elements used in catalytic converters, which convert exhaust emissions into less harmful compounds

Mongolia OKs Centerra’s Gatsuurt project, takes 34% stake

By: Henry Lazenby The Mongolian Parliament has passed a resolution giving the green light for TSX-listed Centerra Gold’s Gatsuurt project to be developed, ending a five-year impasse on the project’s permitting and authorising the government to complete negotiations with Centerra on the terms of project ownership.... 

TransCanada awards major contract for Energy East pipeline

By: Henry Lazenby Canadian pipeline infrastructure operator TransCanada on Wednesday awarded a multimillion-dollar contract to power and automation technologies firm ABB to manufacture at least 22 electrical houses that would distribute power for the pump stations along the Energy East pipeline project. While the... 

TransCanada awards major contract for Energy East pipeline

Workers evacuated at Brazil's Samarco mine after new mudslide

By: Reuters Brazilian miner Samarco Mineracao said on Wednesday it evacuated some workers after rain caused a mudslide at the site where an iron-ore tailings damn burst in November, killing at least 17 people and leaving about 800 homeless. Samarco, a joint venture between miners Vale and BHP Billiton, said... 

Feds to delay pipeline project decisions in wake of interim environmental assessment measures

By: Henry Lazenby The Liberal Canadian government on Wednesday said it would delay decisions on Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion Project and TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline project in order to implement five new temporary measures as the first step of a broader strategy to “review and restore... 

Feds to delay pipeline project decisions in wake of interim environmental assessment measures

Mining pressed to overcome barriers to secure greater renewable presence

By: Simon Rees The pace of renewables uptake by mining companies has been weighted down by the economic downturn, excessive capital costs and cultural barriers, an audience at a recent Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce renewables in mining conference heard. These issues had been compounded by... 

Champions needed to take up nation-building messages left by Dr RE (Robbie) Robinson RIP 

By: Martin Creamer Visionary research commentator, Dr RE (Robbie) Robinson, a chemical engineer with distinguished involvement in minerals beneficiation spanning more than 60 years and a passion for linking mining and agriculture, has died here at the age of 86. Warm-hearted and good-natured Robinson, who was a... 

Champions needed to take up nation-building messages left by Dr RE (Robbie) Robinson RIP
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The late Dr RE (Robbie) Robinson

‘We’re on the cusp of a resolution,’ says Hunter Dickinson president of Pebble spat 

By: Henry Lazenby Director and president of diversified mining group Hunter Dickinson Ron Thiessen believes that project developer Northern Dynasty Minerals’ 100%-owned subsidiary, the Pebble Limited Partnership (PLP) is close to resolving its dispute with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Speaking at... 

Eskom aiming to ‘freeze’ pollution from power station and mine wastewater streams 

By: Terence Creamer The research unit of State-owned power utility Eskom has invested R8.3-million in a pilot eutectic freeze crystallisation plant at its innovation centre in Gauteng in an effort to test whether the solution could be deployed as an alternative water treatment technology at its power stations – one... 

Eskom aiming to ‘freeze’ pollution from power station and mine wastewater streams
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Eskom sustainability division GM Barry MacColl

Samarco, Brazil govt move closer on $4.8bn dam-disaster accord

By: Reuters Brazil's government and Samarco Mineração moved closer to a deal to settle a 20-billion-real ($4.8-billion) lawsuit for damages related to a deadly November dam disaster, Brazil's attorney general said on Thursday. The two sides met in Brasilia on Thursday and talks have "advanced significantly"... 

Corporate strategy workshop to focus on value creation

By: Mia Breytenbach While mining companies are trying to cut costs in-house and drive efficiency to survive the depressed market, advisory firm Eunomix states that these companies continue to be affected by a “tidal wave” of stakeholder pressures and volatile commodity prices. “Without a strategy to navigate through... 

Corporate strategy workshop to focus  on value creation
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UNDER PRESSURE While mines have to cut unit costs and improve productivity, they are confronted with demands for increased transparency, accountability and social investment

Merger enables engineering firm to weather tough market conditions

By: Nadine James Metallurgical engineering company MDM Engineering has kept its head above water and has been able to secure new contracts despite the depressed market conditions in the mining industry, MDM executive director and founder George Bennett tells Mining Weekly. He attributes the company’s... 

Merger enables engineering firm to  weather tough market conditions
GEORGE BENNETT MDM Engineering is in the process of completing three projects in South Africa

NSW EPA battles tailing spills in Hunter Valley

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The New South Wales Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is investigating a number of wall dam collapses following heavy rains in the Hunter Valley region last week. Reports emerged this week that mining giant Rio Tinto’s Bengalla coal mine had reported an overflow, but no dam wall failure. 

Renewable energy opportunities rise as costs slide and solutions grow

By: Simon Rees TORONTO (miningweekly.com) – Despite the tie-up between the renewables market and the mining sector being dynamic and exciting, the high levels of upfront capital expenditure (capex) needed to install and operate renewable components and storage solutions remained a significant impediment to... 

Renewable energy opportunities rise as costs slide and solutions grow

Nkwe gets environmental nod at Garatau

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The South African Department of Environmental Affairs has granted ASX- and JSE-listed Nkwe Platinum environmental authorisation for certain activities at its proposed Garatau mine, in Limpopo. Nkwe is planning an underground platinum mine capable of producing some 330 000 oz/y of platinum over... 

CoAL’s Vele water-use licence renewed

By: Creamer Media Reporter Coal junior Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) has successfully renewed the integrated water-use licence for its Vele Colliery for 20 years. The colliery had initially secured a water-use licence, valid for five years, for the Limpopo-based mine in March 2011. 

Big mining shares keep tumbling as China data ups anxiety

By: Martin Creamer Global mining stocks have lost $1.4-trillion since 2011, more than the combined value of Apple, Exxon Mobil and Alphabet Inc, according to Bloomberg Business, which reports that its world mining index has dropped to an 11-year low. The market capitalisation of diversified major Anglo American,... 

Big mining shares keep tumbling as China data ups anxiety
Mining's mess exemplified by this slimes dam disaster in Brazil.

Diesel price plunge slowed but not stymied renewables uptake

By: Simon Rees The mining sector’s uptake of renewable energy could be slowed by cheaper diesel in the wake of crude oil’s price plunge, head of energy consulting firm THEnergy Thomas Hillig told an audience at a recent Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce conference on renewables in mining, in... 

Diesel price plunge slowed but not stymied renewables uptake

Samarco spill smaller than originally thought – BHP

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Mining giant BHP Billiton on Friday reported that the tailings spill at its Samarco joint venture, in Brazil, was significantly less than initial estimates. In its 60-day update since the November 5 incident, which claimed the lives of 17 people and left hundreds homeless, BHP and partner Vale... 

Samarco spill smaller than originally thought – BHP

BC government takes action on chief inspector of mines’ recommendations

By: Creamer Media Reporter In response to the findings and recommendations of the chief inspector of mines’ (CIM’s) investigation into the tailings storage facility (TSF) at Mount Polley mine, in August 2014, Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett announced last month that the British Columbia government will introduce new... 

Canadian miners recognised for sustainability policies

By: Henry Lazenby The Mining Association of Canada (MCA) has recognised eight mining facilities operated by Canadian miners Agnico Eagle Mines, First Quantum Minerals, Iamgold and Teck Resources, for their outstanding performance in the association’s Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative and their... 

Resources sector welcomes climate change agreements

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The Australian resources sector has welcomed the climate change agreement reached in Paris over the weekend. Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop said this week that the Paris agreement provided for five yearly reviews of national targets, underpinned by a rules-based system that will assess... 

CTL, UCG, mining defunct operations could become prized projects in SA

By: Mia Breytenbach Coal-to-liquid (CTL) and underground coal gasification (UCG) projects are set to become more important in the South African coal mining landscape and gain more prominence in the industry, forecasts professional services firm Venmyn Deloitte. Investors and mining companies need to think laterally... 

CTL, UCG, mining defunct operations could become prized projects in SA
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POSITIONED TO SHIFT Lateral thinking and the shift to new, alternative technologies are required to ensure the survival of South Africa’s coal market and its top projects in the current climate

Teck deploys LNG-fuelled haul trucks at BC met coal mine

By: Henry Lazenby Canadian diversified miner Teck Resources is piloting the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a fuel source in six haul trucks at its Fording River steelmaking coal operation, in southeast British Columbia, making it the first use of LNG as a haul truck fuel at a Canadian mine site. "LNG is a... 

Fresnillo ops unaffected by Saucito pipeline burst

By: Henry Lazenby Silver producer Fresnillo does not expect any material financial impact or loss of production after a pipe carrying nontoxic waste between the plant and tailings dam at the Saucito mine, in Mexico, burst on Sunday. Fresnillo on Wednesday said the Mexican Environmental Authority had concluded in... 

MAC to integrate recommendations to improve tailings management system

By: Creamer Media Reporter The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) board has directed its Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) governance team to identify how best to integrate 29 recommendations that are expected to enhance tailings management requirements under MAC’s TSM initiative. TSM – a mandatory programme for MAC members... 

Howard sand plains at risk - EPA

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The Northern Territory Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended that the state Parliament enforce a protected area for the Howard sand plains, claiming that mining activities and rural developments were posing a significant risk to biodiversity in the region. In a report tabled... 

BC grants Mount Polley short-term water discharge permit

By: Mariaan Webb The British Columbia government has approved an application by TSX-listed Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley mine to treat and discharge water outside of the mine site. The permit was of a short-term nature and was needed because the water levels in the Springer pit, where the tailings were currently... 

BC grants Mount Polley short-term water discharge permit

How mining can innovate and boost cash at same time

By: Martin Creamer French software company Dassault Systèmes Geovia is offering South Africa’s struggling mining industry the opportunity to innovate and accelerate its cash flow at the same time. The company outlined its mix of innovation and cash-boosting potential at a presentation attended by Creamer Media’s... 

How mining can innovate and boost cash at same time
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David Osborn during video interview

BHP says Brazil plans $5bn legal suit over Samarco disaster

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Mining giant BHP Billiton said on Monday that it had not yet received any formal notice of legal action from Brazil, after the country’s federal and certain state governments announced on Friday that a $5.2-billion legal claim would be instituted against the company, its joint venture (JV)... 

New Australia PM begs to differ with those calling for coal mine ban, citing economic and job implications

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Australias newest Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has taken a practical stance on Australias coal future, despite mounting turmoil in the sector as new mines face severe environmental resistance and producers are cutting output in an effort to fight rising costs and decreased prices.   

New Australia PM begs to differ with those calling for coal mine ban, citing economic and job implications

Enviro groups slam Qld for rehabilitation bond tax reprieve

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Environmental groups have lashed out at the Queensland government’s decision to reduce the fees that resource companies have to pay to guarantee that mines were rehabilitated. The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection has announced that miners would no longer have to pay a 10% goods... 

Continental secures EIA prioritisation for Buriticá

By: Natasha Odendaal The final legal process to facilitate the filing of an updated environmental application amendment for TSX-listed Continental Gold’s flagship Buriticá project, in Colombia, has been completed. The Colombia government last week published Decree 2220, which would allow the national environment... 

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