Ancient copper tools were discovered in Serbia

MINEX FORUM | March 7, 2017
img0 A “sensational” discovery of 75-century-old copper tools in Serbia is compelling scientists to reconsider existing theories about where and when man began using metal, investigatemagazine.co.nz reported. Copper tools – axes, hammers, hooks and needles – were found interspersed with other artefacts from a settlement that burned down some 7,000 years ago at Plocnik, near Prokuplje ...

Polish old mines were transformed into museums

MINEX FORUM | February 1, 2017
img0 In Poland former mines were transformed into tourist attractions. Livemint.com published impressions inspired by some underground mines. Wieliczka Salt Mine Sitting 327m underground, the Wieliczka Salt Mine in the town of Wieliczka has been a tourist attraction since the 15th century, when tours were the preserve of the elite: You needed the consent of the king, ...

Uranium mining legacy fund, Precondition for EBRD project implementation in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

MINEX FORUM | January 26, 2017
img0 Image: ekathimerini.com The EBRD’s latest nuclear safety fund is making progress. Framework agreements have been signed with the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan which will provide the legal basis for implementation of projects in these countries. The purpose of the “Environmental Remediation Account for Central Asia” is to support measures to deal with the legacy of Soviet-era uranium ...

US ITRC offers waste treatment technologies for miners

MINEX FORUM | November 25, 2016
img0 Image: http://elements.geoscienceworld.org/ The U.S. Interstate Technology Regulatory Council’s (ITRC’s) Mining Waste Team developed theITRC Web-based Mining Waste Treatment Technology Selection site to assist project managers in selecting an applicable technology, or suite of technologies, which can be used to remediate mine waste contaminated sites, dataconomy.com reported.  New mining operations continue to have severe waste issues that ...

Finland is about to ban coal generation

Irina Dorokhova | November 25, 2016
img0 Image: newscientist.com Finland has taken a page from Canada’s books by announcing Thursday it plans to phase out coal by 2030 as the country steps up efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, mining.com reported. The move, part of the Finland government’s energy and climate strategy, aims to make the nation’s energy production carbon-neutral and based on renewable biofuels ...

Irishmen fear cyanide on Curraghinalt gold project

MINEX FORUM | November 22, 2016
img0 Image: mining.com Canada’s Dalradian Resources (TSX:DNA) (LON:DALR), which has been working on its proposed gold project in Tyrone, North Ireland, since early 2010, is having a rough time with locals involved in consultations these days, with dozens walking out of a meeting Monday, said mining.com. Residents oppose to the firm’s plans to build a processing ...

The Minerals Council of Australia protects coal and coal generation

MINEX FORUM | November 15, 2016
img0 The Minerals Council of Australia is urging parliament to avoid making a false choice between coal production and a low-emissions future, arguing new coal-generation technologies can reduce carbon pollution by 40-50 per cent, theaustralian.com.au reported. In its submission to the Senate inquiry into the retirement of coal-fired power stations, the MCA seizes on the closure ...

Petropavlovsk agreed with its creditors

MINEX Forum | November 1, 2016
img0 Image: forum MINEX Petropavlovsk PLC reported its Russian lenders Sberbank and VTB are undergoing the necessary processes to extend the maturity of its debt. These two banks are owed USD530.0 million from the company, but last month the gold miner said both Sberbank and VTB indicated they were willing to extend the maturity of the debt until ...