New world standard for sustainable mining

MINEX Forum | June 28, 2018
img0 The mine of the future is carbon-dioxide-free, digitalized and autonomous. To set a new world standard for sustainable mining at great depth, LKAB, Epiroc, ABB, Combitech and AB Volvo have joined forces in a partnership and are starting a unique testbed in the orefields of northern Sweden. The testbed, SUM, Sustainable Underground Mining, will be ...

First new all-electric mine dumps diesel; cuts costs, pollution

MINEX Forum | June 22, 2018
img0 First new all-electric mine dumps diesel; cuts costs, pollution Hundreds of feet below thick boreal forest blanketing the Canadian Shield, a squad of near-silent, battery-powered machines are tunneling toward gold in a multimillion-dollar mining experiment to ditch diesel. Goldcorp Inc is building the world’s first new all-electric mine, a high-stakes gambit to replace noisy, fume-belching ...

Scientists develop technique to reduce cost, environmental impact of mining precious metal

MINEX Forum | June 11, 2018
img0 Researchers at the University of Notre Dame invented a new class of molecules whose shape and size enable them to capture and contain precious metal ions. In a study published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, the scientists explain that the method they have developed converts gold-containing ore into chloroauric acid and extracts ...

Russia’s Severalmaz testing drones for surveying

MINEX Forum | May 31, 2018
img0 Russian diamond mining company Severalmaz, a subsidiary of State-owned Alrosa, is testing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for mine surveying of land objects at Europe’s largest primary diamond deposit at Lomonosov. Preliminary results from the UAV testing, which involved a quadcopter and an aeroplane, indicate that mine surveying could be done faster, safer and at a ...

Russian mining companies in Arctic may use alternative energy

MINEX Forum | April 26, 2018
img0 Russian mining companies, working in the polar region, will adopt the Western counterparts’ experience in production’s automation, director for technical development at the Apatit Company (a part of PhosAgro), Alexander Kalugin, told a mining conference, organized during the Days of Finland in Murmansk. “Finland is far ahead of Russia in terms of production automation,” he ...

Russia’s Nornickel company working on drones for mines monitoring

MINEX Forum | April 12, 2018
img0 The Norilsk Nickel Company plans to make an unmanned aerial vehicle, which could move independently inside mines, the company’s representative Levon Kirakosyan told reporters at during an IT show. “We have tried using a drone under the ground without GPS communication,  we have recorded test videos, and now we understand certain aspects of controlling a ...

The move to EVs will take time

MINEX Forum | April 6, 2018
img0 The move to EVs will take time, but the shift in commodity demand will be ‘dramatic’ – Gareth Penny In a comprehensive interview with Andrea Hotter in the April 2018 issue of Metal Market Magazine, Norilsk Nickel chairman Gareth Penny gave his predictions for electric and hybrid vehicle growth and how the company will move ...

Alrosa launches synthetics diamonds detector

MINEX FORUM | March 21, 2018
img0 The portable machine, named ALROSA Diamond Inspector, screens loose polished diamonds and jewellery, identifying synthetics as well as treated stones or simulants. (Image: ALROSA.) Russian miner Alrosa (MCX:ALRS), the world’s top diamond producer by output, has unveiled its synthetics detector, aimed at cracking down on  dishonest suppliers that mix lab-made stones with mined diamonds. The portable ...

Rise in electric vehicles to boost demand for nickel in 2020s

MINEX FORUM | March 21, 2018
img0 Electric vehicle industry is booming: the European demand for battery-powered cars is meant to reach 600,000 by 2020. The rise affects other industries, especially those producing battery components including nickel, cobalt and palladium. Russian Nornickel expects the world’s demand for nickel to grow dramatically in coming years. Rising use of batteries in electric vehicles will ...

InfiNet deploys high peformance wireless network for Shubarkol Komir in Kazakhstan

MINEX FORUM | March 21, 2018
img0 InfiNet Wireless, the global manufacturer of carrier-grade broadband wireless solutions, has successfully deployed a high-performance wireless infrastructure for Shubarkol Komir JSC, the largest coal producer in Kazakhstan and part of Eurasian Group (ERG). This new network effectively represents a major upgrade to the IT infrastructure and the mission-critical video-surveillance platform previously used by this energy ...

Electric vehicles, higher prices to boost global copper output — report

MINEX FORUM | March 20, 2018
img0 The expansion of El Teniente mine, part of an ambitious, $22 billion multi-year investment drive at Codelco to open new projects and revamp older ones, has been repeatedly delayed by geo-technical issues. (Image: Codelco | Flickr.) Global copper production will spike over the next decade as rising prices and increasing demand from the electric vehicles sector ...