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Platinum mine truck being converted to run on hydrogen 

By: Martin Creamer     13th June 2019 Early research and development work has begun to pave the way for the introduction of hydrogen fuel cell electric trucking at a local platinum mine, Mining Weekly Online can today report. A truck is currently being converted to run on hydrogen, which will initially be brought to the mine in tankers. 

Asante ‘excited’ about new mining technique at Ghana mine

By: Mariaan Webb     11th June 2019 Ghana-focused Asante Gold is considering using a new “disrupter” mining method at its Kubi gold project, which CEO Douglas MacQuarrie says has the potential to do for narrow, hard rock mining what hydraulic fracturing did for previously uneconomic gas and oil deposits. SMD, or sustainable mining... 

Vale sets aside $1.9bn to decommission nine dams

By: Bloomberg     10th June 2019 Vale, the world’s largest iron-ore miner, set aside $1.9-billion to accelerate the decommissioning of nine mine-waste dams in Brazil’s Minas Gerais state as part of its response to the deadliest tailings disaster in the country’s history. Between $150-million and $200-million will be spent this... 

Swiss expert to start work on new standards for mining dam safety

By: Reuters     10th June 2019 A Swiss environmental expert will make a fact-finding trip this week to the site of the Vale dam disaster in Brazil to start work on setting new dam safety standards for miners. The safety of dams used to store mining waste, known as tailings, gained prominence after the collapse of Vale's dam... 

Global miners respond to call to publish tailings dam details

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th June 2019 Global mining companies have responded to a call by ethical investors working on a global standard for tailings dams to provide information about the facilities that they control, with several companies having published information about their tailings storage facilities (TSFs). These include... 

Anglo’s South African units confirm integrity of tailings dams 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th June 2019 The JSE-listed subsidiaries of global miner Anglo American have confirmed the structural integrity of their tailings dams, in line with a global call for better disclosure about tailings storage facilities (TSFs). Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) operates nine mineral residue facilities, of... 

Australia mulls fungi as potential exploration tool

By: Nadine James     7th June 2019 Australia’s national research organisation, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), is looking into fungal biogeochemical cycling as a potential method for finding new gold deposits, the organisation noted in a press release last week. CSIRO explains that... 

Midas commits to address historical water contamination in Stibnite district

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th June 2019 As a local tribe prepares to sue Vancouver-based Midas Gold over poor water quality in the Stibnite mining district of central Idaho, in the US, the company on Thursday committed to do its bit to improve water quality in the area where mining had been taking place for more than a century.... 

Gold miner may fly Mexican bullion to Canada to skirt Trump tariffs 

By: Bloomberg     6th June 2019 If push comes to shove, one of the world’s largest gold miners is prepared to do an end run around the US should President Donald Trump’s threatened tariffs on Mexican goods bite. Agnico Eagle Mines currently produces about 300 000 ounces of gold in Mexico that it refines in the US, all of... 

Toro’s Mako mine exceeds expectations

By: Simone Liedtke     5th June 2019 Gold miner Toro Gold’s Mako mine, in Senegal, continues to outperform production and cost forecasts, while maintaining a strong safety record, CEO Martin Horgan says. The mine had maintained its performance momentum from 2018 over the first quarter of this year, with operations, gold production,... 

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