Illegal amber mining transforms land to a “moonscape”

MINEX FORUM | March 31, 2017
img0 Illegal amber mining is flourishing in Russia and the Ukraine, but as local gangs take advantage of the bountiful stone, the environment is quickly being decimated. Can the government quell this ‘Baltic gold’ rush, mining-technology.com asks. Amber, or ‘Baltic gold’, is a fossilised resin prized for its beauty and often used in jewellery and decoration. ...

Serbia launchs the Cadaster of Mining Waste

MINEX FORUM | March 31, 2017
img0 Image: ytimg.com Instruments for Pre-Accession Assistance helps economically weak countries in Europe to develop their infrastructure, rural infrastructure, industry and provide their citizens with better living conditions. In Serbia, the Ministry of Mining and Energy of the Republic of Serbia has commenced with the implementation of first such project. lexology.com noted. The goal of the Cadaster of Mining ...

Pioneering project to unlock small deposits investment potential receives €7 million funding

MINEX FORUM | March 30, 2017
img0 A UK academic group investigating “small deposit” mining – or keyhole mining – has received EUR7 million of funding under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program to advance work on “an ethical and sustainable international mining revolution” said mining-journal.com. Led by geologists from Cornwall’s Camborne School of Mines, the IMP@CT project team ...

Agris Preimanis was appointed new EBRD Director for Kazakhstan

MINEX FORUM | March 30, 2017
img0 The EBRD has appointed Agris Preimanis new Director for Kazakhstan, one of the Bank’s largest countries of operations where it has invested more than US$ 8 billion to date, said the bank. The announcement was made today in Almaty, the country’s largest city, during a high-level visit led by EBRD First Vice President Phil Bennett.Agris Preimanis, ...

Auroch Minerals buys 75% in the copper-zinc project Bolt in Portugal

MINEX FORUM | March 29, 2017
img0 Auroch Minerals Limited has announced a new joint venture to  earn  up  to  75%  of  the  Alcoutim  Project in  south-eastern Portugal located immediately along strike from  Neves Corvo Mine in the  Iberian Pyrite Belt (IPB), mining-technology.com reported.  The Alcoutim Project builds  the company’s  exploration  focus  on  metals  that  are  crucial  to  the  renewable  energy  markets  ...

Shavkat Mirziyoyev launched the plant construction on Auminzo-Amantoy gold deposits

MINEX FORUM | March 29, 2017
img0 President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev launched the Navoi Mining and Metallurgy Comine’s hydrometallurgy plant No 5. Auminzo-Amantoy gold deposits are the resources base of the plant, the president’s press service reported. At the initiative of the President, 27 projects are to be carried out at the combine in 2017-2026. The hydrometallurgy plant is ...

EU is about to obligate smelters and refiners to control supply chains of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold

Irina Dorokhova | March 28, 2017
img0 image: i.imgur.com Earlier this month, the European Parliament voted to adopt the final text of an EU Conflict Minerals Regulation (the “Regulation”), which will require smelters, refiners and importers into the EU of tin, tantalum, tungsten, gold and their derivatives to source them responsibly. The Regulation must first be formally adopted by the Council, and ...

IAEA to prepare indicative cost estimates for the uranium mine remediation in Tajikistan

MINEX FORUM | March 28, 2017
img0 An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) expert team is preparing independent cost estimates to help Tajikistan plan the remediation of uranium legacy sites in the north of the country, world-nuclear-news.org reported. The team from the IAEA’s Coordination Group for Uranium Legacy Sites (CGULS) spent just under two weeks visiting legacy sites, including exposed tailings bodies ...

The perspective solution for underground mines is to teach robotic systems to “feel” rather than “see”

MINEX FORUM | March 28, 2017
img0 One area that has eluded automation for years is the loading process of the underground LHD vehicles themselves. The challenge has always been how to create an automated system with the ability to effectively gauge the difference in size and configuration of rock piles as the loads are continually dispersed. Progress is also being stalled ...