The revival of Victoria’s gold sector, coupled with emerging opportunities in other base metals, mineral sands, geothermal energy, and some of Australia’s most likely locations for underground carbon storage, will all be on the agenda at the 2009 Paydirt Resources Victoria Conference. Since 2008, Victoria’s minerals industry has been bolstered by a variety of legislative and incentive-driven advances – most notably the passage in February of the 2009 Resource Industries Legislation Amendment Act, which from next year will begin to reduce regulatory burdens on mining and exploration ventures across the State. Victoria’s Department of Primary Industries has gone on the front foot in attracting greater mineral exploration through its ‘Rediscover Victoria’ initiative, which has committed an initial A$5 million to support drilling programs and other exploration work in new or previously unexplored parts of the State.At Melbourne’s Hilton on the Park from August 17 – 19, the Paydirt Conference – which follows on from a highly successful inaugural event at the same location last year – will be officially opened by Victoria’s Minister for Energy and Resources, the Honourable Peter Batchelor, shortly after 9 AM on Monday August 17.More than 300 delegates are expected to attend over the three-day conference, including a broad variety of mining and exploration executives, bankers and brokers, industry analysts, engineers, geologists, mining services and equipment suppliers, and heritage and community relations specialists.Despite the recent scaling back of Lihir Gold’s Ballarat mine, gold production continues to flourish at Victoria’s two largest operating gold mines in Stawell and Fosterville near Bendigo – and the State Government is confidently predicting that production this year will easily outstrip the 6 t of gold produced in Victoria in 2008.High on the agenda at next week’s Conference will be the key role that Victoria has to play in the growing demand for geosequestration, or deep underground storage, of greenhouse gases, which has developed into an important plank of the Australian Government’s long-term carbon reduction strategy.Among the key speakers will be Peter Cook, CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC), one of the world’s leading carbon capture and storage (CCS) research organisations, which only last week was boosted by a A$20 million grant from the Federal Government’s Cooperative Research Centres Program.CO2CRC now has three CCS demonstration projects in operation, including the widely watched Otway project in southwest Victoria, where carbon dioxide has been successfully injected and stored 2 km underground. Also presenting at the Paydirt Conference will be Charlie Speirs, Director of the newly formed State Government body, Clean Coal Victoria, which has been handed the complex challenge of engineering lower-emissions uses for Latrobe Valley’s huge brown coal reserves – source of 90% of Victoria’s power generation.Major industry bodies that will provide presentations during the first two days of the Conference include GeoScience Victoria, the Australian Geothermal Energy Association, and the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association.On the third day of the Conference – August 19 – a technical forum offers delegates the opportunity to access the latest world class geoscientific data and information from GeoScience Victoria, including new seismic data from its ‘Gold Undercover’ project and new regional 3D models from the Rediscover Victoria initiative.
At AIMEX 2011 in Sydney, September 6-9, Cattron, a unit of Laird Technologies, can be found at booth #3107. With a focus on underground mining, Cattron will display products aimed at increasing safety and productivity, including its underground communication system (SIAMnet), mining remote systems, and industrial remote systems. These systems allow operators of all types of mining equipment to choose the most advantageous, most convenient, safest position with the best vantage point from which to operate. A presentation displaying the different mining systems that the company has available on the market will be shown at the booth, along with product demonstrations that attendees can interact with. “AIMEX 2011 is one of the most important events for mining in Australia and the surrounding region, and allows Cattron to demonstrate how it leverages its extensive industry knowledge and diversity into the mining products it produces,” said Eric Brouillette, Cattron, Vice President of Marketing & Sales – Mining. “Cattron’s products incorporate reliable, high quality equipment backed by outstanding service and support. These products also provide increased safety and productivity in mines throughout the world.”AIMEX is where more than 600 Australian and international suppliers of mining technology, equipment, and services come together with mining industry buyers and specifiers from throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Attendees are able to explore mutually beneficial business opportunities, exchange technical information, and network in an interactive business environment.Cattron says it “has assembled the most comprehensive collection of radio remote control brands for material handling equipment, mobile equipment, and virtually any equipment where the operator can be moved to a safer, more efficient location. With 65 years of radio frequency (RF) and industrial wireless remote control experience, the company has approximately 7,000 customers with a total installed base of over 150,000 wireless remote control systems throughout the world.
Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) chose a German wheel loader customer to demonstrate the new L250G wheel loader – which is transforming the way the company does business. The L250G has revolutionised efficiency for LBT. It provides a perfectly sized machine for loading semitrailer trucks in rehandling applications and rigid haulers at the rock face. The L250G effortlessly tackles a variety of tasks. And rather than making four cycle loads, the L250G can finish the job in only three because of its larger bucket. This is saving time and money – as well as fuel.Löderburger Baustoff + Transport (LBT) operates a quarry in the small town of Stassfurt in Germany. Part of the larger Ferdinand Wesling Group, LBT owns a number of rock and sand quarries scattered across northern Germany, as well as other holdings like logistics companies, concrete plants – and even a museum called Dino Park, a showcase for a dinosaur footprint discovered in a quarry in Münchehagen. The Wesling Group is a major Volvo CE customer, running a fleet of 35 wheel loaders across Germany – 10 of which are at work in the Stassfurt quarry – and purchasing two or three new machines each year.The business has been in Ferdinand Wesling’s family since his grandfather, also named Ferdinand, founded it in 1925. After the present Ferdinand took over the company, he saw an opportunity for expansion into then-newly opened East Germany, and in 1991, he acquired the Stassfurt quarry, which now yields more than 2 Mt/y of limestone. The stone is used for shaft furnace bricks for the local sodium carbonate producer, chippings for concrete and asphalt mixtures for road construction, building blocks and other road construction materials. The 50-ha mine, now 55 m deep, is so busy feeding the sodium carbonate factory that LBT employees work seven days a week, 365 days a year, with Volvo loaders putting in 10- to 16-hour days. Which is one major reason why Ferdinand uses Volvo machines: he counts on receiving specialised service as soon as he needs it. At the dealership in nearby Magdeburg, two service technicians have specific knowledge of each machine in LBT’s fleet. The dealer’s flexibility and Saturday service are important for a company that can’t afford any downtime.In 2008, LBT switched its entire fleet of excavators over to Volvo wheel loaders. “They’re just flexible for our needs,” says Ferdinand. “They’re easier for us to work with and more versatile, and we’ve found that – for our purposes in this quarry, at least – we can achieve better fuel efficiency with wheel loaders doing the work.”With the newest acquisition, LBT found that it can achieve even better fuel efficiency. Because of its history with Volvo CE, LBT was chosen to test out the new Volvo L250G wheel loader. It’s not unusual for the Wesling Group to be on the cutting edge of new machinery and technology: it was also one of the first customers in Germany to acquire the new L350F wheel loader after it came out in 2008.The demo machine will soon leave the Wesling Group’s hands and move on to job sites in southern Germany and Austria; other L250G demonstration units will also go to work in Sweden and the Netherlands. But as its first user, Ferdinand is impressed. “Once we can specify an L250G to meet our exact needs, it will be the perfect machine for us.”
Shenhua Shendong Coal Group Corp produced 202 Mt of saleable coal in 2011, becoming the first 200-Mt commercial coal production base in China. The company says it set several new records in coal output and sales in 2011. Raw coal output reached 219 Mt in 2011, up nearly 11.2 Mt from the previous year. Meanwhile, its commercial coal output at 202 Mt was up nearly 9.3 Mt from the previous year. The company’s Shendong coalfield covers a total area of 31,200 km2 km, and is partly located in northern Yulin in Shaanxi province and partly in southern Ordos in Inner Mongolia. International Mining reported on the company in 2010.The coalfield has 223,600 Mt of Proven coal reserves, the largest in China. At present, there are seven 10-Mt coal mines and three 20-Mt coal mines in the coalfield.Also last year, in October, the Zhunneng Heidaigou opencast coal mine, which is the largest opencast coal mine in China with a design annual output of 20 Mt/y, achieved safe production of 2,000 days with “zero death and type-B & non-casualty incidents,” the company reported. During this period, the mine produced a raw coal output of 139 Mt and a total exploitation volume of 601 million m3, “setting two new records in the annual exploitation volume and raw coal output efficiency in opencast coal mines of China.
Tenova TAKRAF Africa has been awarded two contracts by South Africa’s leading cement producer, Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC), to supply reverse pulse bagfilters to replace existing electrostatic precipitators (ESPs) at PPC’s slurry facility near Mahikeng, North West Province, and its De Hoek cement plant in the Western Cape. Tenova TAKRAF Africa is part of the global Tenova Mining & Minerals Group.Replacement of the ESPs with reverse pulse bagfilter technology is part of a PPC company-wide initiative to upgrade its dust control systems. This initiative is in line with the company’s ongoing commitment to ensuring a safe and clean work environment, meeting increasingly more stringent requirements of South Africa’s National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act.Tenova TAKRAF‘s scope of work on both contracts covers design, supply, delivery, installation, commissioning and performance testing of the bagfilters, as well as stripping of existing ESPs. The contract for PPC Slurry was awarded in July 2013, and for PPC De Hoek in September 2013. Both are due for completion at the end of May 2014.The reverse pulse bagfilter for PPC Slurry is being installed on two finishing mills, handling an inlet dust load of 400 g/Am3, at a flow rate of 30,000 Am3/h. The guaranteed emission rate is less than 20 mg/Nm3. The two reverse pulse bagfilters at PPC De Hoek are being installed on the kiln and raw mill, handling an inlet dust load of 75 g/Am3, at a flow rate of 300,000 Am3/h. The guaranteed emission rate is also less than 20 mg/Nm3. Tenova TAKRAF Africa had previously supplied a bagfilter for installation on the plant’s mill some three years ago.Tenova TAKRAF Africa has an extensive business relationship with PPC, with a reference list covering the supply of cement plants through to belt conveyor and dust control systems. Its reverse pulse bagfilter technology has found wide acceptance, with some 2,000 installations in place in southern Africa in a vast variety of applications and in many different industries. The bagfilters handle flow rates from 0.5 to 100 m3/s and enable economical collection of dust at high filter rates with collection efficiencies >99.99 %. These high efficiencies are maintained under variable operating conditions by reverse pulse action, with the bagfilter being able to operate 24 h/day under arduous conditions. Filterbag inspection is easy and replacement of the bags is done from the clean-air side, minimising any risk to the maintenance staff.
A “safety first” approach has made it two safe years and counting for Boart Longyear’s team at Northparkes Mines in New South Wales, Australia. The crew has not had a lost-time injury (LTI) since its arrival onsite at Northparkes as a drilling contractor, recently passing the milestone of two years LTI-free. Boart Longyear says its safety first approach to drilling focuses on keeping people safe with zero injuries, zero illnesses and protecting the environment with zero environmental incidents.“Safety is the most important aspect of a job site for Boart Longyear,” said Harry Mostert, Territory Manager – Eastern Australia, New Zealand, Asia Pacific. “Our safety culture is about accepting a personal and shared responsibility for ourselves, our fellow employees, our contractors, our customers and our shareholders to proactively work on improving safety on site. We are extremely proud of what our team at Northparkes has accomplished.” Northparkes is a copper and gold mine located approximately 360 km west of Sydney. It is now a joint venture between China Molybdenum Co Ltd (CMOC) (80%) and the Sumitomo Groups (20%). In addition to its safety performance, the Boart Longyear crew won the site’s Zero Harm award for workplace improvements, including elevated platforms on diamond drill rigs, water control systems and above-ground sumps for both reverse circulation and diamond drilling.Celebrating its 125th year anniversary in 2015, Boart Longyear is the world’s leading provider of drilling services, drilling equipment, and performance tooling for mining and drilling companies globally. It also has a substantial presence in aftermarket parts and service, energy, mine de-watering, oil sands exploration, and production drilling. The Global Drilling Services division operates in over 30 countries for a diverse mining customer base spanning a wide range of commodities, including copper, gold, nickel, zinc, uranium, and other metals and minerals. The Global Products division designs, manufactures and sells drilling equipment, performance tooling, and aftermarket parts and services to customers in over 100 countries.
Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside oil and gas, has signed a three-year alumina supply agreement with Vinacomin, a Vietnamese state-owned firm. Under the agreement, Vinacomin will supply EGA with up to 300,000 t/y of alumina.The deal is the first long-term agreement to supply Vietnamese alumina to the UAE and significantly boosts the bilateral trading relationship between the two countries.The agreement was signed in Hanoi by EGA’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Abdulla Kalban and Vinacom’s President and Chief Executive Officer Dang Thanh Hai, and was witnessed by the UAE Ambassador to Vietnam His Excellency Khalid Alqahtani.Abdulla Kalban said: “This agreement with Vinacomin is in line with our strategy to diversify our sources of supply for alumina, to secure the resources that the UAE’s aluminium industry needs to grow at competitive prices. We are pleased to have Vinacomin as an alumina supplier for EGA, and also to see the economic relationship between our two countries grow. We hope to develop our relationship with Vinacomin further in the future.”Dang Thanh Hai said: “Although Vinacomin’s alumina just entered the world alumina market four years ago, it has been accepted by worldclass customers, such as EGA, one of the leading premium aluminium producers, as expressed by the signing between Vinacomin and EGA.“For Vinacomin, this agreement is in line with the direction of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam, to contribute to promoting cooperation between Vietnam and the UAE. We look forward to further cooperation for mutual benefit in the future.”EGA currently imports all the alumina it needs. It is building the UAE’s first alumina refinery at Al Taweelah in Abu Dhabi. Once construction is completed and full production is achieved, the Al Taweelah alumina refinery will produce 2 Mt/y of alumina, enough to meet 40% of EGA’s requirements.EGA is also building a bauxite mine and associated export facilities in the Republic of Guinea in West Africa.
We will be closing the nominations for the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame in August. Do you wish to nominate someone who has contributed in an outstanding way to technology development in surface mining or efficiency, safety, productivity, etc.in that discipline? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org about nominations.The chosen nominees will be inducted at the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame gala dinner at the Hyatt Regency at Colorado Convention Center, Denver on February 25, 2019. The dinner is a key event in the SME Annual Conference week.The current nominations shortlist in the Surface Mining has MineWare founder and CEO Andrew Jessett, who has been actively involved in the advancement of Australia’s dragline and shovel monitoring systems over the last decade including the pioneering Universal Dig and Dump (UDD) dragline technology. Andrew founded MineWare after creating and commercialising the world’s most advanced dragline monitoring system, Pegasys.Pekka Heikkonen (pictured on the right) is the man behind the development of the Rammer Hammer and that great hydraulic breaker line that is now part of the Sandvik Mining offering.Aleksandr Egorov, General Design Engineer, Belaz headed the engineering team that made the first attempt to create an ultrahigh payload capacity dump truck (more than 400 tonnes) back in 1997-1998. This eventually led to the development of the BELAZ-75710 haul truck. The truck has two entries in the Guinness World Records book.The last on the shortlist is Dr Shahram Tafazoli (current CEO of Motion Metrics International Corp) who led a team of just three engineers with the goal of solving some of the mining industry’s most challenging problems. In 2003, a big break came when an oil sands mine in Alberta asked for a solution to a serious problem they were having: the bucket teeth on their shovels were unknowingly breaking off and ending up in the crusher, which would end up blocking the crusher for hours, costing them hundreds of thousands of dollars for each occurrence, and creating a very dangerous situation for the mine. Tafazoli solved this problem.The last inductee was Kenneth F. Lane who led the way for value based optimisation of the full scope of mining activities; in particular, showing how cutoff grade policies bridge the disciplines and he developed the framework for maximising the whole project value by optimising this policy every year as the resource was depleted. This work led to more valuable mining in many of the largest surface mines in the world and for the underground projects that have used these principles. http://www.im-halloffame.com/surface-mining/There is a total of 12 categories and nominations are welcomed for all of them: Bulk Handling, Concentration, Comminution, Exploration, Environmental Management and Stewardship, Metallurgy, Mining Software, Safety, Surface Mining, Underground Development, Underground Production and Outstanding Innovator.www.im-halloffame.com