Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedContract awarded for $3B water treatment facilities in three communitiesJuly 5, 2017In “latest news”New Diamond well successfully producing water- GWISeptember 28, 2017In “Business”GWI to get US$17M loan to improve water supply countrywideSeptember 2, 2019In “Environment” -says 77,000 persons to benefit from constructionManaging Director of GWI Dr Richard Van West-Charles and Project Manager of Siohydro, Hong Zhou shake hands on the contract for the water treatment plantsThe Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) on Thursday signed contracts for the construction of three water treatment plants in Regions Three, Four and Six.Chinese company Sinohydro will construct the three plants, which total more than US$30M, in Uitvlugt, West Bank Demerara, Diamond, East bank Demerara, and Sheet Anchor, Canje Berbice.The contract also makes provision for the replacement and installation of transmission mains in the project areas.GWI in a release said that the drafting of the plans for these facilities was three years in the making and is expected to increase GWI’s water coverage by more than 60 per cent.Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan noted the “realisation of the water plants is part of this administration’s drive to bring the good life to all through the provision of safe potable water.”Bulkan stressed the need for “value for money” while telling the contractor that this will be “lawfully enforced”.Performing her final duties as Minister within the Ministry of Communities, Minister Dawn Hastings-Williams said that the plants will prove to be energy efficient and cost effective for GWI.“Guyana trusts your experience in doing a work well done,” Minister Hastings-Williams charged the contracting company.The Minister pointed out 6,764 households will benefit from the water plants in Region Three, on the East Bank of Demerara 9,292 households stand to gain while 4,629 households will benefit from the water treatment plant in Canje, Berbice Region Six. The per capita investment is approximately $30, 000 per household.The objective, of the water plants, is to improve the quality and sustainability of water supply to these communities.Managing Director of GWI, Dr Richard Van West-Charles, noted that the three plants will complement GWI’s existing 24 water plants across Guyana. In addition to the water plants, he noted that, GWI will soon begin the construction of wells in the project regions.West-Charles added that these plans “come within GWI’s strategic plan” which is pending the board’s approval.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBerbice businessman charged with murder of fisherman in recent piracy attacksMay 31, 2018In “Court”Top Cop takes offence to remarks made by Magistrate in piracy attack caseJune 14, 2018In “Court”Alleged ring leader of pirate gang nabbedJune 8, 2018In “Crime” Accused: Alexander DenhartJust days after a Corentyne, Berbice businessman Nakool Manohar was charged with murdering a fisherman during the course of a robbery which occurred at sea, a teenager on Wednesday stood before Acting Chief Magistrate, Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus and was also charged with the said murder.Nineteen-year-old, Alexander Denhart of 79 Village, Berbice had the indictable charge read to him which alleged that he murdered Tilacknauth Mohabir, called “Caiman” sometime between April 27, 2018 and May 3, 2018 at Corentyne, Berbice.The teen was remanded to prison to return on June 13, 2018 at the Springlands Magistrate’s Court.Denhart’s alleged accomplice and mastermind of the attack, Manohar was on last Wednesday refused bail when he was charged with the said offence at the Springlands Magistrate’s Court.Accused: Nakool ManoharHe was also further remanded on the two previous charges of robbery on the high seas committed in 2015 and 2016 respectively.The accused is expected to be back in court shortly to have another murder charge, for that of Mahesh Sarjoo, called “Cooba” read to him.Mohabir and Sarjoo’s bodies were the only two that were positively identified by relatives in Suriname after the attacks by pirates on four fishing boats at a place called Wia Wia Bank in the Atlantic Ocean.Reports coming out of Suriname indicated that 20 fishermen were the victims of that attack and 11 are still missing and feared dead.
Sino Gold Mining Limited (Sino Gold) (ASX: SGX, SEHK:1862 ) and Golden China Resources Corporation (Golden China) (TSX/ ASX: GCX) today announced that they have entered into an agreement (the Agreement) regarding a proposed offer (the Offer) by Sino Gold for all of the outstanding common shares of Golden China.The Agreement, which values Golden China at A$80.7 (C$73.0) million, has the unanimous support of the Golden China board of directors. Under the proposed Offer, Golden China shareholders would receive one Sino Gold share for every 4.5 Golden China common shares they hold. Following successful completion of the Offer, should Sino Gold acquire all of the currently outstanding Golden China shares, Golden China shareholders would collectively hold an interest of approximately 6.5% in Sino Gold.The Offer values Golden China at a 51% premium over the TSX closing price on 10th August 2007, and a 48% premium over the 10 day TSX volume weighted average trading price of the Golden China common shares.Sino Gold believes that the proposed acquisition of Golden China provides an attractive addition to its asset base and enhances its growth profile as Golden Chinas Beyinhar project is advanced to development status. Commenting on the proposed Offer, Sino Golds Chief Executive Officer, Jake Klein, said: We have previously indicated that we intend to acquire advanced exploration assets that have the potential to be developed once our second mine, White Mountain, starts commercial production in early 2009.Golden Chinas assets fit perfectly with this strategy and enables Sino Gold to focus on a potential third mine development. Importantly, Golden Chinas key assets are all within the three areas in which Sino Gold already has significant activity and capacity.This acquisition will further consolidate Sino Golds position as the leading foreign gold company in China. Our financial strength and operating expertise will ensure that the full potential of the Golden China assets is realised.Importantly, the Sino Gold offer provides Golden China shareholders with significant value for their shares, and the opportunity to participate in the future growth of the combined company. Golden Chinas President & Chief Executive Officer, Greg Starr, added:We are excited by the current and potential value created for our shareholders from the acquisition by Sino Gold. The combined assets and strengths of the two companies diversifies the opportunities for our combined shareholders and brings increased financial and management strength to the exploitation of Golden Chinas asset base. Rationale for the Offer Golden China is a gold exploration and production company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) whose principal asset is the advanced Beyinhar exploration project located in Inner Mongolia, Peoples Republic of China. Sino Gold believes that the Golden China assets are complementary to its own project portfolio and its operational expertise. Sino Gold has the ability to:Rapidly advance the Beyinhar project to production. Golden China has previously publicly stated that its intention is to develop a 100,000 ounce production base at BeyinharExtract full value from the BioGold processing facility in Shandong province; andUnlock regional exploration synergies at the Nibao project, which is located near to Sino Golds Jinfeng mine in Guizhou Province, Peoples Republic of China. The Offer would provide significant benefits to Golden China shareholders. By accepting the Offer, Golden China shareholders would become shareholders in a company with a successful track record of developing gold mines in China and enhancing shareholder value. Benefits are expected to include:The opportunity to realize an attractive premium for their Golden China shares;Enhanced share trading liquidity;Greater access to development finance, a robust balance sheet and strong cash position; andAccess to a company with a team of over 600 experienced mining and exploration employees This announcement continues and is available at www.sinogold.com.auFor further information, please contact: Media Enquiries: Kate Kerrision +61 2 6746 3221, firstname.lastname@example.org Investor Enquiries: Jake Klein, CEO or Roger Howe, Investor Relations +61 2 8259 7000, email@example.com
Innovations in iron ore (different approaches to mine development and new technologies) is one of the key articles in IM’s September issue (currently at the printer). Hot news, too late to include, is the potential of the new integrated Oakajee port and rail infrastructure project to be maximised through a new governance framework, proposed by OPR Chief Executive Officer Chris Eves at the Mid-West Resources Forum in Geraldton today. Eves said bottlenecks and scheduling issues at other Australian export terminals, such as Dalrymple Bay in Queensland, highlighted the need for co-ordinated management of all parts of the mid-west transport supply chain. “The performance of the supply chain – the interaction of mining, rail and port operations – will be a major factor in maximising the value of extraction and sale of export iron ore from the region, of creating efficiencies as well as creating new value – and we believe our integrated solution provides the best opportunity to bring all elements together to deliver that,” Eves said. “Coordination and cooperation are driving principles of our port and rail project.“We plan to put together a Mid-West Logistics Association, comprising all iron ore producers and infrastructure service providers, to plan and manage the co-ordination of delivery of product from mine to customers.” Eves said the Mid-West Logistics Association could also provide a forum for long-term planning for any expansion of infrastructure and monitoring of the efficiency and value of the supply chain. “Oakajee has been more than a decade in the making. Now that we’ve moving forward with this important project, we want to make sure we deliver the best outcome for the industry and the region as a whole.” Eves said once the State Government declared the rail route, OPR would move ahead with the development of its rail network to deliver a timely transport route for local miners. “Our commitment to certainty and timeliness are aligned with the commercial imperatives of our customers and we look forward to delivering an integrated, coordinated transport solution to unlock the value of the mid-west.”Eves said the Association would also be a forum for consultation and coordination. “Our focus now is to finalise the project parameters and the rail route with the State Government later this year, as well as engaging local stakeholders and potential clients for the earliest possible start-up of the new integrated transport solution.”
BHR Group’s 18th International Hydrotransport Conference calls for papers. Warnings of climate change and the need for environmentally responsible, cost-effective and efficient methods of product transportation have raised more challenges. One answer is the use of more hydrotransport handling of solid/liquid mixtures in pipelines, open channels, long distance pipelines and in-plant transference.This most basic of techniques combines a number of handling advantages with minimum maintenance and low environmental impact. But there is still potential for cost savings, innovative application and transfer of technology and knowledge between different sectors. Industry professionals need to know how to optimise handling techniques, develop and deploy new engineering solutions and see how different sectors have solved complex problems so that new installations can provide an effective return on investment.Hydrotransport is an internationally recognised conference that was established in 1970 by BHR Group. For the past 40 years this series of conferences has continued to lead the way in innovative thinking, imaginative solutions and ever-increasing improvements to the skills and development of the technology. The organisers have issued a call for papers for the 18th conference in the series, which is being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 22-24, 2010.The latest event builds on the success of its predecessors and presents an ideal opportunity for engineers to discuss and find out more about new research and developments, discuss innovation and explore technology transfer between industries. The venue was chosen because Brazil has become one of the world leaders in the design and construction of major slurry pipelines.Papers are invited on all aspects of slurry transportation including slurry handling, in-pipeline and free-surface flows. Technical papers and those covering practical case studies involving relevant technologies, economic assessments and operational experiences are particularly welcome.Possible subjects for papers include: Long distance pipeline design, construction and operation; start-up, shutdown and commissioning; economics of long distance slurry transport; slurry preparation, dewatering and liquor clarification; slurry treatment, transport and disposal; paste and high density tailings pumping; mine backfilling and hydrohoisting; bottom and fly ash slurry handling; flue gas desulphurisation operations; nuclear waste management; pipes, valves and pump maintenance; comminution; oil & gas: rock cuttings, drilling muds, sand separation, hydrate and asphaltene deposition, GTL catalyst handling; environmental issues; in-plant slurry handling; general chemical catalyst handling; sewage sludge handling; concrete and cement handling; equipment wear; on-line sampling and instrumentation; cleaning, jetting, pigging and blockage removal; coarse particle transport; non-Newtonian, non-settling slurries; safety considerations; pipeline integrity assessment.Hydrotransport is designed for engineers from a wide range of industries, research establishments and public authorities whose responsibilities include slurry handling and transportation or are seeking novel solutions to materials transportation problems.Further information about the conference can be obtained from:Ally Davies, Conference Organiser, BHR Group, The Fluid Engineering Centre, Cranfield, Bedfordshire MK43 0AJ. Tel: +44 (0) 1234 756522/Fax: +44 (0) 1234 750074 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org – Web:http://www.bhrconferences.com/hydrotransport_18.aspxBHR Group (www.bhrgroup.com) is a leading independent research centre in engineering with fluids, which has performed impartial product and process development for international clients since 1947. BHR Group transfers know-how and technology to a wide range of industries through technical consultancy, contract research and research consortia, training, conferences, seminars and technical information services.
International Mining reported on the Upper Big Branch disaster, and the resulting investigation, in its June Leader. Then fingers were being pointed at the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) with claims that MSHA changes to the ventilation system may have caused the worst mining disaster in the US for decades. Now Massey Energy has released a strong statement after MSHA abruptly dismissed staffer, Stephen Gigliotti, from the Upper Big Branch (UBB) probe because he was involved in a prior MSHA investigation at the mine.Massey pointed out that the revelation of an MSHA employee, with obvious conflict of interest issues, being permitted to serve as a member of MSHA’s UBB inspection team further reinforces the need for an independent inquiry into the April 5 accident. The company questioned whether MSHA has the intent to collaboratively work with other team inspectors in uncovering the true causes of the UBB accident in a manner that is unbiased and objective.Over the last several weeks, Massey Energy along with the United Mine Workers of America, UBB families and those in the editorial community have been insisting on an open investigative process into what happened at UBB. An investigation that is independent, open to the public and fully transparent would, they argue, prevent such egregious conflicts from arising.“Full disclosure and impartial examination of the facts should be the underlying purpose of the UBB investigation. However, based on Gigliotti’s past participation in the inquiry, it is quite apparent that MSHA has ulterior motives to protect itself from scrutiny.” the firm commented.Massey Energy has also disclosed a July 15, 2004 report by the MSHA regarding two previous methane outbursts at the Upper Big Branch (UBB) mine. Importantly, the report contained recommendations inconsistent with MSHA’s recent handling of ventilation at UBB.Handwritten notations on the front of the report indicate that the report was anonymously placed under the door of MSHA District Manager Bob Hardman on May 21, 2010. Subsequently Gigliotti was dismissed from the team because he was involved in the 2004 investigation by MSHA. Massey Energy continues to maintain that a wholly independent investigation of the explosion is in order because of MSHA’s role in the ventilation system at UBB.MSHA personnel internally discussed prior methane outbursts at UBB in July 2003 and February 2004 that occurred when cracks in the mine floor allowed methane to escape into the mine. MSHA personnel recommended that a number of steps be considered to address the potential for future outbursts. The primary recommendation was for increased airflow to dilute the methane at the longwall face and in the gob behind the longwall.Contrary to the recommendation, MSHA in 2009 and 2010 mandated changes resulting in less air on the UBB longwall. Last week, Massey Energy Chairman and CEO Don Blankenship wrote a letter to governors in West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia and Illinois pointing out that MSHA had – over the company’s objection – required decreased airflow at UBB prior to the April 5, 2010 explosion.Recently, Massey has received a number of questions about the discovery of a crack in the mine floor at UBB. Massey can confirm that the underground teams exploring the longwall at UBB last week did observe a crack in the floor near the tail of the longwall. The teams were not able to explore the crack to determine if it was the source of a methane explosion. The crack and other potential sources in the mine need to be fully examined before any conclusions can be reached.“The July 15, 2004 report is very important,” said Blankenship. “MSHA recognised in 2004 that more airflow was necessary to address methane outbursts, should they occur. However, in 2009 and 2010, MSHA required UBB to adopt a ventilation system that resulted in less air. It is too early to determine what role these changes played or to determine the importance of the crack in the mine floor. However, this will be a focal point of our investigation and, we hope, the state and federal investigations.”
This seminar will tackle the full range of issues that constitute risks in the management of mining wastes, particularly tailings and waste rock. It will provide a forum where practitioners, researchers and regulators can debate key shortcomings in the current understanding of the performance of mine waste storage facilities and associated risks faced by owners and operators of these facilities.The driving goal of this seminar is that delegates will come away with a number of new ideas and potential solutions for dealing with their mining waste issues in a way that minimises the impacts of these facilities on communities and the environment.Early bird registration expires 16 August 2010, the seminar is scheduled for September 29 – October 1 2010 at Sheraton Perth hotel, West Australia.Over 50 papers have been accepted. For sponsorship opportunities visit http://www.minewaste2010.comProgramme and registration brochure: http://www.minewaste2010.com/__data/page/5006/mine_waste_latest21.pdfSeminar themes include;• Co-disposal• Design and analysis• Geochemistry• Geosynthetics in mining• Landforms and decommissioning• Management and operations• Material characterisation• Planning, legal and environment• Thickened tailings• Visualisation tools and technologiesOther international events on the horizon include….ACG 14th International Seminar on Paste and Thickened Tailings 4 – 8 April 2011, Esplanade Hotel Fremantle, Perth, WA A detailed sponsorship and trade exhibition information package is available from www.paste2011.com5th International Seminar on Deep and High Stress Mining, 6-8 October 2010 Santiago, Chile http://web.ing.puc.cl/~deepmining2010/5th International Conference on Mine Closure, 23- 26 November 2010 Santiago, Chile http://www.mineclosure2010.com/evento2010/10th International Conference on Mining with Backfill, 21- 25 March 2011 Cape Town, South Africa http://www.saimm.co.za/minefill2011
GIW Industries, a leader in the design, manufacture and application of heavy-duty, centrifugal slurry pumps, has launched its new High Volume Froth (HVF) pump. Unlike any other pump on the market, GIW says the “HVF pump can pump froth without airlocking. The HVF provides continuous operation without shutdown or operator intervention. The new hydraulic design actually removes air from the impeller eye while the pump is running, so you can keep your process moving and improve efficiency.”The GIW HVF can be retrofit into many existing froth applications. The pump’s de-aeration system includes a GIW patent-pending vented impeller and airlock venting. This helps to eliminate sump overflow due to pump airlock; reduce downtime; and allow water use to be restricted to the bare minimum. Fewer pumps are required for less capital expense, requiring less water and power usage.GIW’s HVF pump has been fully tested on froth and viscous liquids. The pump exceeded expectations at a large phosphate company in Finland. The company’s existing pumps were not able to provide the required flow and were airlocking at only one third of process design capacity. After installing GIW’s HVF pump, the company achieved a flow of 415 m3/hr. The result was a very satisfied customer.Designed for air-entrained slurries, the pump can be used in phosphate mining, hard rock mining and oil sands. The pump offers improved efficiency and is environmentally friendly and cost-effective. GIW will be offering a live presentation detailing the operation of the HVF pump at the upcoming CIM Conference & Exhibition, Mines without Borders, May 22-25 in Montreal, QC. GIW invites attendees to visit booth #0726 to view the presentation and learn more.
The ASI mining team has entered the testing phase for a robotic dozer project. The team executed a slot dozing and area clearance demonstration at ASI’s headquarters near Mendon, Utah, USA. Despite some early Spring weather setbacks, the mining team has been pleased with the results. The technology used to convert this dozer from manual to robotic control is similar to what ASI used to automate more than 70 different vehicle types including mining vehicles, farming equipment, consumer vehicles, and even ATVs.The “kit” consists of NAV™ (the onboard computer and communications system), Vantage® (obstacle detection and avoidance features), and Mobius™ (command and control software). Together, these components form a universal automation solution for vehicles of all shapes, sizes, and applications.Due to its dedication to miner safety and the productivity implications of automation, the mining industry is one of the most progressive markets in deploying robotic technology. ASI has implemented robotics on a variety of mining platforms including dozers, excavators, rigid haul trucks, articulated dump trucks, and drills.
MinQuest Ltd (Brisbane based) has submitted a conditional, non-binding offer for the Wolverine zinc mine in the Yukon Territory, Canada. Wolverine is located 28 km northeast of MinQuest’s Fyre Lake project in the Finlayson Lake District of the southeast Yukon Territory. MinQuest is currently examining the possibility of using the existing processing and tailings management facilities at the Wolverine zinc mine to fast-track the development of the Kona Mineral Resource on the Fyre Lake copper project.MinQuest’s Managing Director Jeremy Read said, “If MinQuest is successful in concluding the purchase of the Wolverine zinc mine it will be a transformative event for the Fyre Lake copper project, as it will open up the possibility of putting the Kona Mineral Resource into production using the existing infrastructure at Wolverine.“Using the existing infrastructure at Wolverine could decrease the pre-production capital expenditure for putting Fyre Lake into production by as much as C$150-200 million, which would substantially improve the economics of the Fyre Lake project.“We are in regular discussions with PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Monitor of Yukon Zinc Corporation and we anticipate being able to finalise an Asset Purchase Agreement with Yukon Zinc and the Monitor in the very near future”, said Read.Yukon Zinc acquired the Wolverine zinc project in 2008 and following acquisition of the project, invested in excess of C$500 million to acquire, develop, put into production and fund the ongoing operation of the mine. Construction of the mine and processing facilities occurred throughout 2009 and 2010 with the mill commissioning commencing in late 2010. Commercial production commenced in March 2012 and full design capacity of the mine and processing mill (750,000 t/y) was achieved in the first quarter of 2013. The Wolverine mine was placed on Care and Maintenance in January 2015. In March, 2015 the Supreme Court of British Columbia granted Yukon Zinc protection from its creditors pursuant to the Companies Creditors Arrangements Act (CCAA). PwC was appointed as Monitor of Yukon Zinc in the CCAA Proceedings.In April, the Supreme Court of British Columbia, authorised the Monitor to proceed with a process for the solicitation of offers to invest in Yukon Zinc or to purchase all or any part of Yukon Zinc’s assets. As a result of the solicitation process MinQuest made a conditional offer to purchase the Wolverine zinc mine including the remaining Mineral Resources, processing mill, tailings management facility, workshops, mine office buildings, generator power plant, mine and operating leases and surrounding exploration claims (tenements).MinQuest’s offer for the Wolverine mine and associated infrastructure is conditional upon MinQuest securing the finances to complete the asset purchase, by August 10, 2015. MinQuest is in discussions with a number of potential financiers who have expressed interest in presenting a term sheet for financing the acquisition of the Wolverine zinc mine.MinQuest is currently assessing the possibility of fast tracking the development of the Kona Mineral Resource on the Fyre Lake project by utilising the existing mine infrastructure at Wolverine. That resource is currently defined as a total Mineral Resource of 12.6 Mt @ 1.56% Cu, 0.09% Co, 0.30% Zn and 0.63g/t Au and classified in accordance with the JORC 2012 guidelines.Fyre Lake is approximately 28 km to the southwest of the Wolverine mine. In order to truck ore from there to the existing processingfacilities at Wolverine a 40k m road will need to be constructed. If MinQuest proceeds with the development of the Kona Mineral Resource, it says it will “follow all permitting processes as required by the Yukon Territory Government and also work closely with the Kaska First Nation.Preliminary studies completed by MinQuest have concluded that the Wolverine processing plant is capable of being converted to a single float circuit plant, producing a copper-cobalt-gold metal concentrate and increasing the processing capacity to 1.5 Mt/y. Yukon Zinc was producing separate copper, lead and zinc metal concentrates from the Wolverine orebody at a nameplate capacity of 750,000 t/y.In comparison to constructing a standalone metal processing plant and mine at Fyre Lake, using the existing facilities at Wolverine could save between C$150-200 million from the cost of developing the Kona Mineral Resource on the Fyre Lake project.The Wolverine zinc mine is currently being allowed to flood and Yukon Zinc has advised MinQuest that it could take up to two years for the mine to flood. If MinQuest is successful with its bid to purchase Wolverine, MinQuest will become responsible for the environmental liabilities associated with the Wolverine mine site. MinQuest has assessed these environmental liabilities and has concluded that they are no more onerous than the liabilities incurred if a standalone project was developed at Fyre Lake.
A new ship unloader has been installed in a coke bunker plant on the site of Salzgitter Flachstahl in Salzgitter, Germany. The bunker is being loaded either from ship stowages on the canal site or from train wagons on the land side. It is divided into several bunker bins, whose volume can now be determined by 3D laser technology.In order to determine the exact bunker volume contact-less measuring systems by LASE have been applied. They are highly suitable because of their high accuracy, high reproducibility and the robust design. Two 2D laser scanners of the LASE 2000D-11x Series are mounted on the main girder of the ship unloader, such that their scan planes are projected vertically downwards and parallel to the main girder. Both laser scanners deliver 2D profiles where the cross section of the bunker below them is shown.The laser measurement system starts measuring automatically at crane travel and being actuated by a SPS. During crane travel the created 2D profiles are collected and converted into a 3D volume model by the discharging position. Thus the volume of totally eight bunkers is updated permanently and the calculated result is displayed on screen. For the determination of the exact volume even the separating walls or other objects can be excluded from the calculation through suppression areas.The system can be operated intuitively due to user-oriented dialogue control and configuration wizards for simple commissioning. The application has great versatility and can be used for volume and profile measurements in several bunker plant types. This specific software derives from the product line CEWS Bulk Volume Module and distinguishes oneself in the use within rough industrial environments.
Phased commissioning of the massive $5.48 billion Cobre Panama copper mine in Panama will commence next year, buoyed by the expectation of key construction milestones being met within just weeks, project owner, First Quantum says.Addressing the second day today of the sixth Paydirt Latin America Downunder conference in Perth last week, First Quantum’s Global Exploration Director, Mike Christie, said construction of Cobre – one of the few new copper mines being built globally – was now about 50% complete.“We are spending around $1 billion on the project this year to keep to our 2018 commissioning schedule for the entire operations,” Christie said. “All seven mills – the largest in the world – and their drives will be installed by mid this year and that’s a key outcome for us.“Everything about this mine is super scale. Once fully operational the plant will process around 72 Mt/y and each of the five pits hosts around one billion tonnes in copper inventory.“Cobre Panama in any view is a very large project with 3.7 billion tonnes of Measured and Indicated copper resources – more than enough to keep us going on site for 40 years.“While the deposit is enormous, it is low grade but this project is all about scale and making this project work is helped by economic factors like an extremely low strip ratio and attractive tax regimes in Panama.”The project is proving an economic boom for Panama, creating 7,000 jobs during construction with 2,500 employees for ongoing mining operations.Christie said First Quantum expected Cobre Panama to produce around US$2 billion worth of exports per annum for life of mine.“That’s equivalent to around 4.0% of Panama’s current GDP,” he said.The new mine will further enhance First Quantum’s rapid rise up the global copper ladder, emerging currently as around the fifth or sixth largest producer in the world.
Underground utility vehicle specialist MacLean Engineering has purchased the former MTI test facility in Sudbury, Ontario, and intends to use it as the company’s new innovation hub.The facility on Magill Street, less than a 10-minute drive from the MacLean sales, service and support centre on Kelly Lake Road, includes an approximately 300 m underground ramp down to a depth of some 40 m, at an average grade of 15%.The underground facility also includes an excavated cavern where shaft jumbo mucking training had previously been conducted, along with a 4,500 km² building on a three-hectare site footprint.MacLean President Kevin MacLean said: “We intend to utilise this facility as an innovation hub for our company, just as Bob Lipic Sr did with MTI when the test facility was originally developed in 2012.“I want our activities at site to honour the tradition of mining entrepreneurship that Bob embodied in the Sudbury mining industry.”Stella Holloway, General Manager for MacLean’s Sudbury operations, said the access to an underground facility provides the company with a “research and development test bed for new products and new technologies, a mine-equivalent setting for conducting quality assurance/quality control checks on MacLean equipment prior to shipping, a place where employees and customers alike can be given hands-on exposure to our equipment in the working environment, as well as a great location for conducting photo and video shoots”.The new facility will allow the company to “ramp up” its product development and testing efforts, according to MacLean Chairman and Founder Don MacLean.“I started my mining career in the 1950s working underground at INCO (now part of Vale), this city is where the first MacLean branch was established back in 1995 and we now have 100 employees locally, so the Sudbury basin remains at the core of the MacLean business just as it remains at the heart of mining activity in Canada.”MacLean is currently embarking on a full electrification of its fleet, a programme that is expected to be completed by the end of the year.Certain assets of MTI, meanwhile, were sold to Joy Global (now Komatsu Mining) in 2014.
BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) has been on the lookout for a safer way of changing tyres at its Saraji coal mine in Queensland, Australia, and it thinks it has found a solution in the form of Hedweld’s Trilift® TH15000 Workshop Tyre Handler.Across the mining industry, there have been many incidents, injuries and even fatalities when people handle heavy vehicle earth moving tyres, BMA says.With tyre assemblies weighing up to 15 t, the team at BMA’s Saraji mine looked at ways to reduce the potential exposure and risk to tyre fitters when working in and around tyres.Jarrod Layton, Superintendent Mods & Ops Projects in the Saraji Engineering team, said prior to a recent tyre replacement, a commitment was made to the site leadership team to challenge the existing mind set around tyre handlers for heavy earth moving equipment.“A key part of this project was changing our way of thinking around tyre handling. We spent a lot of time engaging our teams and looking for opportunities to increase not only the safety and productivity of our processes, but also the culture that surrounds these types of activities,” Layton said.“The team investigated a range of options and consulted the market, where they found Hedweld’s TH 15000 Tyre Handler – a device which removes tyre fitters from the direct line of fire and safely secures the tyre in place during changes,” BMA said. “The device also features a jib arm to support the weight of the rattle gun that is required to remove the wheel nuts.”Using Bluetooth technology, the device is remote controlled to give the operator improved visibility when aligning the device with the tyre and removes the need for any manual handling of the product, according to BMA.“As the size of mining equipment grows, traditional methods for handling tyres become more hazardous and time consuming,” Layton said.“Traditionally, tyres are moved by equipment such as loaders and forklifts and requires at least two fitters to operate. These items however, have limitations due to their size, manoeuvrability and safety. A number of incidents occur within the mining industry every year involving tyre handling.”The device also allows all bays in the workshop to be better used, as well as reducing the number of people required for tyre handling. In turn, this allows for a higher availability of the wheeled tyre fleets, BMA says.Layton said: “While the safety and productivity benefits are clear, the cultural change has also been fantastic to see. The workforce can see that we’re investing in making their jobs safer and easier to do every day – they see that we’re willing to invest and try new equipment and train them in order to deliver safer results.”Hedweld said the Trilift TH15000 Workshop Tyre Handler has been designed to provide a maintenance tool for the safe removal and installation of tyres from a range of earthmoving and plant equipment. It has been developed to be used in a workshop environment and its compact design poses minimal impact on the normal operations of a mining workshop, according to the company.“This fully self-contained diesel/hydraulic powered, remote controlled unit will handle tyres and rims up to 15,000 kg. In addition the TH15000 can handle tyres ranging in size from 27.00 R49 to 59/80 R63,” Hedweld says.
← Previous Story Bartosz Jurecki to Azoty Pulawy Next Story → Three candidates for Serbian Handball Federation president! Rhein Neckar LowenSC Magdeburg Rhein Neckar Lowen won the PIXUM Super Cup 2016 for the first time in club’s history! Team of Nikolaj Jakobsen was clearly better in clash against SC Magdeburg 27:24 (17:12) in the match for the first trophy of the season! The top scorer was Petersson with seven goals, while Grafenhort netted six for the green team from the East.These two teams will play again next weekend in the first round of DKB Bundesliga 2016/17.Rhein-Neckar Löwen – SC Magdeburg 27:24 (17:12)Rhein-Neckar Löwen: Appelgren, Palicka; Schmid (5/1), Sigurdsson (6/5), Manaskov, Baena (2), Mensah, Pekeler (3), Groetzki (1), Reinkind, Guardiola (1), Petersson (7), Ekdahl du Rietz (2)SC Magdeburg: Green, Quenstedt; Musa (4), van Olphen, Pettersson (1), Bagersted, Grafenhorst (6), Christiansen (1), Bezjak (2), Weber (2/2), Damgaard, Zelenovic (4), Lemke (4)
Dean Bombac is back to Pick Szeged! After two only average seasons in the system of Talant Dujshebaev, one of the best playmaker of the VELUX EHF Champions League decided to come back to Szeged, where he played his best handball until 2016, when he moved to Polish PGE Vive Kielce.Bombac signed three years contract with the Hungarian champions. The 29-years old Slovenian will play alongside compatriot Stas Skube.Bombac also played at RK Cimos Koper, HC Dinamo Minsk, French Aix. ← Previous Story EHF Congress: EHF EURO 2024 to Germany, EURO 2022 in Hungary/Slovakia and Balkans Next Story → “Tunisian hammer” Amine Bannour to Dinamo Bucuresti! Dean BombacPGE Vive KielcePick Szeged
THE LATEST HOME insurance comparison survey from the National Consumer Agency has shown there are differences in quotes of up to €362 being offered by providers.The research examined quotes based on seven property types throughout the country. In the instances where all eight companies asked provided a quote, the average potential saving was €318.The figure of €362 related to a two-bed terraced house in Waterford City: the most expensive quote was €546, whilst the cheapest was for €184.The biggest percentage difference – at 341 per cent -was for contents cover only for a two-bed apartment in Co Dublin: the highest quote was for €389, and the cheapest quote was €88.Additionally, six out of the eight companies surveyed indicated that they would be willing to negotiate with existing customers if that customer had secured a cheaper quote elsewhere.“This research demonstrates that consumers can make significant savings on their home insurance if they are prepared to get a couple of quotes before taking out insurance,” Fergal O’Leary, Director of Research and Policy for the NCA said.“It’s very positive to note that most of the companies surveyed are willing to renegotiate premiums.”“It’s clear that consumers are in a much stronger position if they get quotes from competitors.”The agency found that 14 per cent of consumers had switched their home insurance provider in the last year. Of those, 80 per cent saved money.The providers included in the comparison were Aviva, RSA, AIG, Allianz, Axa, Liberty, FBD and Zurich.Read: We should be using more seaweed to power things, MEPs say
Sinn Féin town councillor in Carrickmacross Matt Carthy, who was given a copy of the letter by the student, made representations to SUSI.I cannot believe that I had to write to SUSI to explain to them that €46,661 is in fact lower than €54,240.Carthy was quick to say that while the letter may appear to be a funny occurrence, it is no laughing matter.“On the face of it, the letter this student received is a funny mistake. However, that hides the fact that the students in this family; and the many others that are put through hoops due to administrative errors, are in great financial difficulty while they await payment of their grant. “Quite simply it is not good enough for any government agency to make mistakes of this nature,“While occurrences like this are rarer than they had been twelve months ago the truth is that they shouldn’t be happening at all.”SUSI had not responded to a request for comment.Read: Students were “put through the mill” by SUSIRead: 59,000 new grant applications received by SUSI ahead of deadline THE BODY WHICH awards grants to students rejected a claim from a student, despite the application being well below the income threshold.SUSI sent the unnamed student a letter this week saying that their application had been denied because the family income was over the €54,240 threshold. That is despite saying that the income is €46,661, some €7,629 below the threshold.The letter, which is signed by a manager at the awarding body, which has already endured a torrid time with awarding grants since being established last year.
EU FINANCE MINISTERS have been edging towards a difficult compromise this evening on a Banking Union they hope will prevent a repeat of crippling crises and inject new impetus into the European economy.Ministers voiced optimism they would reach a “political accord” during what are expected to be marathon talks in Brussels, but several predicted a further emergency meeting would be needed to thrash out the details.Arriving in the city yesterday, Finance Minister Michael Noonan said there were still “several points” of difference, and warned that another meeting may have to take place “before Christmas”.The ministers broke off talks in the late afternoon and then resumed at 7:30pm, with one EU official warning “it is becoming increasingly clear it could be very late.”The aim is to create a pan-European body that can wind up failing lenders and stop damage in the banking sector bleeding through into the real economy.This body — dubbed the Single Resolution Mechanism (SRM) — would also have a pot of cash at its disposal to deal with the costs of collapsed banks so the taxpayer does not have to pick up the bill, a situation which forced Ireland into its international bailout.The SRM would go hand-in-hand with an already agreed Single Supervisory Mechanism under which the European Central Bank will scrutinise the top 130 or so eurozone banks directly, and thousands more indirectly via national authorities.© – AFP 2013 with additional reporting by Daragh BrophyRead: ‘We’re only barely getting off the ground’: Noonan dismisses boom suggestionsMore: Troika will conduct six-monthly monitoring visits to Ireland >
JAMIE CARRAGHER AND Gary Neville may have squabbled over Liverpool’s title credentials last night but both were in agreement that Seamus Coleman has is the Premier League’s form right-back.The Sky Sports pundits were asked to select their Premier League team of the season so far after coverage of the 0-0 draw between Chelsea and Arsenal.The former Manchester United and Liverpool defenders settled on seven players with both Neville and Carragher plumping for a front three of Luis Suarez, Wayne Rooney and Sergio Aguero. The defence proved a sticking point as the duo could only agree on Coleman and Southampton centre-back Dejan Lovren.Here are the two teams: Neville went for four of Everton’s back five, including goalkeeper Tim Howard.Carragher opted for talented Toffees midfielder Ross Barkley in midfield.Coleman has scored four goals in 17 matches for Everton, during which team Roberto Martinez’ team have kept eight clean sheets.Here are the pundits discussing their respective teams:YouTube credit: MrBeanyman– What players would make it into your Team of the Season so far?5 footballers who had a great year in 20135 sporting Christmas cards that probably weren’t sent this year