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telson mining because it was there

Founded in 1987 as an exploration company, Telson Mining spent twenty years developing the Tahuehueto project in Mexico to the verge of production, then went out and bought a second mine. President and Director, Ralph Shearing, tells a story of some amazing tenacity and deal making

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telson mining because it was there Founded in 1987 as an exploration company, Telson Mining spent twenty years developing the Tahuehueto project in Mexico to the verge of production, then went out and bought a second mine. President and Director, Ralph Shearing, tells Martin Ashcroft a story of some amazing tenacity and deal making World Mining Magazine www.ogsmag.com


“Campo Morado is an underground multimetal mine with infrastructure, installations and equipment capable of processing 2,500 tonnes of ore per day”

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hy did you do it? I asked Ralph Shearing. Borrowing the famous phrase from mountaineer George Mallory about climbing Mount Everest, he said, enigmatically, “Because it was there.” In 1923, you see, Everest was still waiting to be conquered. In 2017, no-one had yet conquered either the Tahuehueto mine in Durango State nor the Campo Morado mine in Guerrero State, Mexico.

Campo Morado

Campo Morado is an underground multimetal mine with infrastructure, installations and equipment capable of processing 2,500 tonnes of ore per day. Opened in 2009, it was acquired a year later by Nyrstar Mining, a Belgian zinc smelting company with a vision of becoming a vertically integrated operation. Nyrstar operated the mine until the end of 2014, but production was suspended in January 2015 and the mine was placed on care and maintenance because of deteriorating industry conditions. On 27 April 2017 Telson signed an agreement with Nyrstar to acquire 100% of the Campo Morado mine. In September 2017, Telson announced that it had secured the necessary funding to restart operations at Campo Morado through a loan facility and offtake agreement with Trafigura Mexico. In October, operations were resumed on a pre-production basis at an initial mill throughput of 1,400 tonnes per day. A positive preliminary economic assessment followed in April 2018, and commercial production was announced, three months ahead of schedule, on 15 May 2018, at an initial throughput of approximately 2,000 tpd, with the goal of increasing this to 2,500 tpd in 2019. “When Nyrstar shut the mine down, they were building a dedicated copper recovery circuit,” says Shearing. “They put about $18 million into it and they were about 80 per cent complete when they closed the mine. We now have all of that equipment. It was quite an acquisition for us. Nyrstar had put about $500 million, including acquisition costs, into the project and sold it to us for $20 million.” Nyrstar acquired several mines throughout North and South America, explained Shearing, but they all failed. “They were basically a big company going into an area where you have to mine like a small company. They were overstaffed and they were poor miners. It just didn’t work out.” Where Nyrstar lost money, Telson Mining is convinced it can do better. “While Nyrstar used a room and pillar mining method, World Mining Magazine www.ogsmag.com


“Nyrstar had put about $500 million, including acquisition costs, into the project and sold it to us for $20 million” which leaves a lot of ore behind, we are using sublevel caving,” says Shearing, “which allows us to take all of the ore. We are also doing some upgrades to the crushing circuits. We’re going to be feeding a smaller crush size into the ball mill, and that will allow us to increase production. We’re hoping to bring production up towards 2500, even trying to get it towards 3000 tonnes a day this year, with some modifications that we’re working on.” Telson is currently producing zinc and lead concentrates with gold, silver and copper as by-products. “Campo Morado is not an easy project. You have to be really careful on your costs and your personnel, simply because the precious metal recoveries are not that good. So, for example, with precious metals, we

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only recover at the moment about 15-20 per cent of the gold and 30-40 per cent of the silver if we’re lucky. We do recover about 70 per cent of the zinc, but lead recoveries are also poor. If zinc prices get stressed, Campo Morado is not an easy place to make money in its present form.” One of the problems with recovery, Shearing explains, is that Campo Morado has refractory gold, meaning the gold is contained in the latticework of the minerals. Refractory literally means resistant, or stubborn. Tied up in the bonds of the minerals that contain it, refractory gold is hard to recover using traditional methods like cyanidation and carbon adsorption. In November last year Telson decided to conduct preliminary testing of

Glencore Technology’s Albion Process, which grinds the material down to about 12 or 15 microns then injects oxygen into a liquid slurry to oxidize the minerals, which then allows industry standard leaching technology to recover precious metals. Unfortunately, that produced only marginal gains on the material currently being mined, so testing has been suspended until higher grade precious metals are mined from other resource zones already defined on the project. In the meantime, Telson management has also been looking at historical results of testing carried out for Nyrstar at Campo Morado by a firm of UK consultant engineers in 2013. Maelgwyn Mineral Services conducted preliminary Leachox Process testing of

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optimization work. “We’re going to carry on with Leachox testing,” said Shearing, “to see if it’s viable to incorporate this technology at Campo Morado to increase our gold and silver recoveries.”


samples from process tailings, as well as fresh mineralization from the Reforma deposit, a future production zone. The results indicated that substantial increases in precious metal recoveries could be available at Campo Morado using the Maelgwyn Leachox Process. Testing resulted in a maximum recovery of 65% gold and 75% silver at a grind size of 20 microns from the process tailings sample and a maximum recovery of 45% gold and 81% silver at a grind of 40 microns from the Reforma deposit sample. These recoveries are a marked improvement from recoveries currently being achieved at the project. Maelgwyn’s report concluded that as the test work was performed at a scouting level only, higher recoveries would probably be achieved with

Meanwhile, as work continues to improve recoveries at Campo Morado, the Tahuehueto project is finally coming to fruition after a series of stops and starts. Shearing knew it was a good project as soon as he saw it. “In 1997 I was taken out to the Tahuehueto project and realised very quickly it was an excellent project,” he said. “I could see it had mine building capabilities.” The company did a small amount of work on the project, spending about $300,000, and then the bottom fell out of the market. “Gold fell to $260 an ounce and there was no way to raise money,” remembers Shearing. It’s in the nature of mining projects to be affected by market fluctuations, so Telson Mining diversified into oil and gas until favourable circumstances returned, which they did around 2004. “From 2005 through to the end of 2007 we raised quite a bit of money and we did a lot of exploration on the project. We brought it to a point where we were able to calculate a nice resource, a high grade gold resource.” The bottom dropped out of the market again at the end of 2008 because of the worldwide recession. “Those were tough years,” recalls Shearing. “We attracted

a Chinese group that funded us from about 2009 to 2013 until they ran out of money, so 2013, 2014 and into 2015 were really tough years. There were times when we thought we were going to lose the company.” Instead the company restructured after finding a Mexican partner. “I put the word out that we were looking for someone to help us. My former exploration manager, who was Mexican, contacted Antonio Berlanga and we completed a deal with his group in 2015. Antonio had known about the Tahuehueto project long before I became involved with it. So, his Mexican group came in, put about three and half million dollars into the company and we’ve been working very closely ever since.” By then, Tahuehueto was an advanced exploration project, with a preliminary economic assessment calculated by Snowden Mining Consultants. Their plan envisioned a combined open pit / underground mining operation, but the capital costs for that kind of mine were over $100 million, so it was impossible to fund in the prevailing market conditions. “Antonio quickly recognised that it was more suited to an underground mine than an open pit mine,” says Shearing, “and with an underground mine the capital costs could be cut down by at least two thirds. So, we focused efforts towards that. We commissioned an engineer out of Denver to prepare a World Mining Magazine www.ogsmag.com


“My opinion is that this Tahuehueto mine will produce for many, many years. I would say 25 easy, and more as we continue to find more ore bodies”

prefeasibility study and with that we actually started building the mine. At the same time, we made the decision to put the project into preproduction with toll milling conducted off site. We were able to secure a loan facility with one of the world’s largest commodity off-takers, Trafigura, for up to $15 million to help us build the mine at Tahuehueto.” It’s a little surprising, perhaps, for an exploration company to build the mine itself. Don’t they tend to develop a project to a certain stage and then sell it? “That’s the standard model for junior public companies up in Canada,” agrees Shearing. “We were trying to get it to a point to do something with it and if that meant a bigger company coming in to take it, that would have been fine. But I always knew the project could be a mine

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and I was quite happy to be involved with it as it went into mining. I’m not a miner, of course, I’m an exploration guy, so the mining stuff is all new to me. I’m learning as I go but I’ve got a good team behind me to make it happen.” To make it happen on a budget, it helps to have an eye for a deal. With impeccable timing, the Telson team managed to purchase a used mill, not far from the Tahuehueto site. “We found a thousand tonne a day ball mill with flotation cells, the whole kit and caboodle,” says Shearing. “It was sitting in Durango, really close to our project. We purchased it for about a million and a half Canadian dollars, so it was a very good acquisition for us. It saved us probably four million dollars in capital costs. That’s all on site now and

everything’s ready to be put together.” Shearing is convinced that Tahuehueto will be a very profitable mine, with fifty per cent of its value in the gold and the rest in base metals and silver. “It’s pretty high grade,” he says. “It’ll actually be within the top three or four highest grade gold producers in Mexico. Not the most gold but the highest grade. We’ve got fairly rich ore in the reserves – 3.4 grams per tonne gold. By world standards that may not be high but by Mexican standards it’s pretty high grade.” The Tahuehueto project, located in north-western Durango State, lies within the prolific Sierra Madre mineral belt, which hosts a series of historic and producing mines and most of Mexico’s active exploration and development projects. The Topia mine, owned by Great Panther, is 30 kilometres away. It has been in production for sixty or seventy years. Shearing believes the prospects are extremely good. “In my opinion as an exploration geologist we’ve only scratched the surface of Tahuehueto. It’s really a district scale project and our mining concessions that are 100% owned by Telson cover probably 80% of the prospective terrain within the district. The district itself is 12 kilometres long by eight kilometres wide. There’s another district a couple of hundred kilometres south of us called the San Dimas mining district which is owned by First Majestic now. They just purchased it from Primero Mining. It’s bigger than the Tahuehueto district and it’s been in production for over 150 years. It just carries on. They keep finding new veins. I feel that Tahuehueto, although not quite as big a district, will, over a period of time, continue to find more mineralised veins, and even in the veins we’re working on, we haven’t found the limits of mineralisation yet.” Pre-production commenced at Tahuehueto in August 2017 and is currently mining at a rate of around 150 tonnes per day, shipping ore to a thirdparty toll mill for processing. When its own processing plant is commissioned, the target is to produce at least 1,000 tonnes per day with construction completion and initial production targeted near the end of 2019.

“Tahuehueto is going to be a very slick underground mining operation and the metallurgy at Tahuehueto is excellent,” says Shearing. “We achieve 80 per cent plus recoveries of all metals. That really helps the profit margins at Tahuehueto.” What kind of mine life is it likely to have? “Right now, at a 1000 tonnes a day, our reserves give us about a 12 year mine life,” he says. “And we have a similar amount of tonnage in resources that we can upgrade to bring in. My opinion is that this Tahuehueto mine will produce for many, many years. I would say 25 easy, and more as we continue to find more ore bodies.”


Shearing has not ruled out further expansion in the future. “We do have acquisitions in mind and we’re conducting due diligence on them,” he said. “Right now the only way to do an acquisition would be to use our equity. We’ve put all our cash into building Tahuehueto and buying Campo Morado, so it will be a year before we’ll be in a strong enough position to consider cash acquisitions. But if we can find projects that we are able to do a deal on and pay over time, or pay with equity, then we may go after those targets.” The restructuring of the company in 2015 brought about a change of focus at Telson, inspired by Antonio Berlanga. “Antonio is not keen on doing a lot of up-front exploration on new projects,” says Shearing. “He likes a project that you can put into production quickly and start making money right away. Then you can explore that project and expand it. It’s always nicer to grab a project and make it start earning money right away rather than going to the market and diluting your shareholders. “There is a great exploration potential at Campo Morado,” he continues. “Nyrstar spent a lot of money exploring the district. It looks really promising. We think we can double the size of Campo Morado in five years, if we can get the exploration success. And we intend to at least triple the size of our mine at Tahuehueto over five years. As an exploration geologist I have no doubt that we’ll get there.”

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KEY DEVELOPMENTS: Western Australia Iron Ore

A jewel in BHP’s crown, Western Australia Iron Ore (WAIO) is an integrated system of four processing hubs and five mines, connected by more than 1,000 kilometres of rail infrastructure and two separate port facilities in the Pilbara region of northern Western Australia. At each mining hub – Newman, Yandi, Mining Area C and Jimblebar – ore from mines is crushed, beneficiated where necessary, and blended to create high-grade hematite lump and fines products. Twelve months ago, BHP announced investment of $2.9bn US for the South Flank project in Central Pilbara. BHP President Operations, Minerals Australia, Mike Henry, said the South Flank project will fully replace production from the 80 Mtpa (100 per cent basis) Yandi mine which is reaching the end of its economic life. “South Flank is a capital efficient project which offers attractive returns, and which was approved following a thorough evaluation under BHP’s Capital Allocation Framework,” Mr Henry said. “The project will create around 2,500 construction jobs, more than 600 ongoing operational roles and generate many opportunities for Western Australian suppliers. It will enhance the average quality of BHP’s Western Australia Iron Ore (WAIO) production and will allow us to benefit from price premiums for higher-quality lump and fines products.” The South Flank project expands the existing infrastructure at Mining Area C and involves construction of an 80 Mtpa crushing and screening plant, an overland conveyor system, stockyard and train loading facilities, procurement of new mining fleet and substantial mine development and pre-strip work. First ore from South Flank is targeted in the 2021 calendar year, with the project expected to produce ore for more than 25 years. South Flank will be one of the world’s largest iron ore operations integrating the latest advances in autonomous-ready fleets, digital connectivity and modular design. BHP is one of the world’s leading iron ore producers, World Mining Magazine www.ogsmag.com


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BHP is realising plans to develop the western dome of the Barracouta (West Barracouta) gas field in Bass Strait, Victoria Australia. The investment of approximately AUD$200 million (BHP share) is in line with the company’s commitment to meeting Eastern Australian gas demand and maximising resource value. The project will see the development of one of the largest remaining sweet gas reservoirs in Bass Strait, through a two well brownfield tieback into existing Gippsland Basin Joint Venture

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Bass Strait as a substantial contributor in meeting future domestic gas demand.

Spence Growth Operations (SGO)

BHP is investing US$2.46 billion for the Spence Growth Option (SGO) at the Spence open-cut copper mine in northern Chile, which will extend the mine life by more than 50 years. BHP Chief Executive Officer Andrew Mackenzie said the SGO project supports BHP’s strategy to deliver nearterm, valuable copper production. In the first 10 years of operation, incremental production from SGO will be approximately 185 ktpa of payable copper in concentrate and 4 ktpa of payable molybdenum, with first production expected in the 2021 financial year. The current copper cathode stream will continue until the 2025 financial year. The project will convert 1.3 Bt of measured

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and indicated mineral resources to hypogene sulphide ore reserves. SGO was rigorously evaluated using BHP’s capital allocation framework and, at mid-case consensus prices, has an expected internal rate of return of 16 per cent and an expected payback period of 4.5 years from first production.

Olympic Dam

Olympic Dam has one of the world’s largest ore bodies. Located 560 kilometres north of Adelaide, Australia, it is one of the world’s largest deposits of copper, gold and uranium and also has a significant deposit of silver. Olympic Dam operates a fully integrated processing facility from ore to metal. Recently BHP celebrated two significant milestones at Olympic Dam with first ore from the highgrade underground expansion into the Southern Mining Area (SMA) and the

Low-grade disseminated sulphide ore is mined from Mt Keith, a large open-pit operation. The ore is crushed and processed on-site to produce nickel concentrate. High-grade nickel sulphide ore is mined at Cliffs and Leinster underground mines and Rocky’s Reward open-pit mine. The ore is processed through a concentrator and dryer at Leinster. Nickel West’s concentrator plant in Kambalda processes ore and concentrate purchased from third parties. The three streams of nickel concentrate come together at the Nickel West Kalgoorlie smelter, a vital part of our integrated business. The smelter uses a flash furnace to smelt concentrate to produce nickel matte. Nickel West Kwinana then refines granulated nickel matte from the Kalgoorlie smelter into premium-grade nickel powder and briquettes containing 99.8 per cent nickel. Nickel matte and metal are exported to overseas markets via the Port of Fremantle. In FY2018, Nickel West began its transition to become a global supplier to the battery materials market, approving funding and beginning preparatory works for the first phase of a nickel sulphate plant which will be located at the Kwinana Nickel Refinery.

Stage 1 is expected to produce 100 ktpa of nickel sulphate. A mini-plant has been constructed to deliver samples of nickel sulphate product to customers. BHP is one of the world’s largest nickel miners, the fifth largest refined nickel producer and a global supplier of nickel to the stainless steel industry. Austenitic stainless steel, or nickel-containing stainless steel, promotes a more stable and ductile structure that contributes to corrosion resistance.


Pampa Norte consists of two wholly owned operations in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile: Compañía Minera Cerro Colorado Limitada and Minera Spence S.A. Both sites produce high quality cathodes by processing copper oxides and sulphides through leaching, solvent extraction, and electrowinning.


In Chile, BHP operates the Escondida mine, a leading producer of copper. Located in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Escondida is a copper porphyry deposit that also produces gold and silver. Its two open-cut pits currently feed two concentrator plants which use grinding and flotation technologies to produce copper concentrate, as well as two leaching operations (oxide and sulphide). Expansion projects are set to deliver increased production to an extra 150,000 tonnes of annual copper production for a development spend of just under US$200 million.


BHP owns 33.75 per cent of Antamina, a large, low-cost copper and zinc mine in north central Peru. Antamina byproducts include molybdenum and lead/bismuth concentrate and small amounts of silver.

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operations located in South Africa, the United States and South America.

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New South Wales Energy Coal consists of the Mt Arthur Coal open-cut energy coal mine in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales, Australia. The site produces coal for domestic and international customers in the energy sector. In addition to its Australian operations, there are thermal coal

in Europe, Asia, and North and South America. With long life reserves, a strong portfolio of undeveloped resources and key infrastructure, the coal business has the flexibility to continually expand BHP’s production capacity in line with customer needs.


BHP and Vale each has a 50 per cent shareholding in Samarco Mineracao SA, which operates the Samarco iron ore operation in Brazil. Samarco comprises a mine and three concentrators located in the state of Minas Gerais, and four pellet plants and a port located in Anchieta in the state of Espirito Santo. Three 400-kilometre pipelines connect the mine site to the pelletising facilities. As a result of the tragic dam failure at Samarco in November 2015, operations at Samarco are currently suspended.

BHP has a one-third interest in Cerrejón, which owns, operates and markets one of the world’s largest open-cut export energy coal mines, located in the La Guajira province of Colombia. Cerrejón also owns and operates integrated rail and port facilities, through which the majority of production is exported to customers

Jansen Potash Project

BHP holds exploration permits and mining leases covering approximately 9,600 square kilometres in the province of Saskatchewan, Canada. The Jansen Potash Project is located approximately 140 kilometres east of Saskatoon. Although BHP’s plans for development of this project has altered in the past twelve months, Jansen still remains an attractive proposition for the company.

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phoenix lighting partnership... in a good light A shared pursuit

In the 1940s, Phoenix teamed up with fellow-Milwaukee manufacturer, P&H. By working together, the two hoped to tackle a long-standing challenge for the mining industry: How can a fragile glass lamp withstand the rigors of these earth moving machines? Shortly after, Phoenix designed and patented the technology to do just that. Now, 75 years later, Phoenix Lighting has continued to put innovations into the market, making mine operators safer and more productive. In that time, Phoenix has formed countless valuable partnerships with industry leaders around the world. Among Phoenix’s most valued partnerships is the one

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they’ve formed with BHP. These two organizations have joined together in all corners of the world to bring revolutionary developments to mining.

A shared quest for greatness

Both of these companies date back to the 19th century, but their similarities certainly don’t end there. BHP and Phoenix Lighting share comparable approaches to business with respect to their ethical practices, sustainability and dedication to continuous improvement. As lighting continues to move to LED technology, these companies have joined together to support their collective values. An industry that has been relatively stagnant for decades is

now in a new era of increased efficiency, safety and innovation. BHP mine sites around the globe have been quick to explore the benefits that LED lighting has to offer.

Significant BHP Lighting Projects: Mount Arthur (Australia) – Coal

One of the first mines Phoenix worked with to incorporate LED technology was Mount Arthur in Australia’s Hunter Valley. The operators at Mount Arthur were eager to take their lighting efficiency to a new high and their carbon footprint to a new

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“Phoenix Lighting has continued to put innovations into the market, making mine operators safer and more productive”

low. They incorporated Phoenix’s original ModCom® LED floodlights to illuminate two electric rope shovels, as well as their workshop and fuel storage facilities. Eight years later, the LED fixtures are still working like the day they were installed – and have required no maintenance.

Cerrejón, Colombia - Coal

Cerrejón was one of the first mines in South America to invest in LED lighting for mobile equipment. Operators have been working with Phoenix over the last three years to gradually retrofit their fleets of haul trucks, bulldozers and hydraulic excavators with its Sturdilite LED fixture. The majority of Cerrejón’s mobile equipment now utilizes LED lighting, and their operators couldn’t be happier with the results. In addition to mobile equipment, Cerrejón has transformed the way it lights its electric rope shovels. Operators are using Phoenix’s newest World Mining Magazine www.ogsmag.com


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LED floodlight – the ModCom® 2 – around the exterior of the shovel and the HDL linear LED fixture in the machine houses. The conveyors at Cerrejón have also been upgraded with 50 of Phoenix’s Conveyo LED fixture. The operators at Cerrejón have recently gone even a step further with regard to safety and innovation by standardizing their fleet of shovels with Phoenix’s Danger Light™ fixtures. These lights project a distinct red beam around the shovel’s perimeter to indicate the area haul trucks should not enter to avoid collisions.

Blackwater Mine (Australia) – Coal Blackwater Coal Mine in the Central Highlands Region of Queensland has been working to set the tone for dragline lighting in Australia. In early

2019, Blackwater proudly completed a full retrofit of the first dragline in Australia with all LED lighting. It’s anticipated that this will be the first of many throughout the region. After testing several fixtures on their equipment over the past two years, the operators at Blackwater ultimately chose Phoenix because its promise of durability and longevity held true. The ModCom 2 provided the maintenancefree lighting they were looking for.

Escondida Mine (Chile) – Copper

The operators at Spence Mine in Chile had a unique lighting requirement for their fleet of shovels. The location’s dry air and fine ground composition make for increased dust in the air and, subsequently, lower visibility. In some scenarios, especially for coal mining,

the cooler white of LEDs don’t mitigate this challenge. In order to optimize visibility in their high-dust, foggy conditions, they took advantage of Phoenix’s ModCom 2 amber option. The warm, amber light better penetrates the fog and provides Spence Mine with maximized visibility and minimized operator fatigue.

A shared outlook for the future

From the first light fixture to its latest LED innovations, Phoenix has seen a lot in the world of lighting. Throughout the past 75 years, above all else, Phoenix has revered forward-thinking partners like BHP to evolve the conversation about lighting and the mining industry as a whole.

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newmont goldcorp creating the world’s largest gold miner Newmont Mining Corporation has agreed to buy Goldcorp in a $10 billion deal that would see the combined entity become the world’s largest gold producer. Newmont will acquire each Goldcorp share for 0.3280 of a Newmont share, plus 2 cents a share in cash, a premium of around 17 per cent on the companies’ 20-day volume weighted average share prices. The new company will be called Newmont Goldcorp. On completion, Newmont and Goldcorp shareholders will own approximately 65 per cent and 35 per cent of the combined entity, respectively. To begin with, Newmont Goldcorp will be led by Newmont CEO Gary Goldberg, with Tom Palmer as president and chief operating officer. Goldberg is expected to retire later this year, however, with Palmer becoming president and CEO.

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ary Goldberg, CEO of Newmont, commented, “This combination will create the world’s leading gold business with the best assets, people, prospects and value-creation opportunities. We have a proven strategy and disciplined implementation plan to realize the full value of the combination, including an exceptional pool of talented mining professionals, stable and profitable gold production of six to seven million ounces over a decades-long time horizon, the sector’s largest gold reserve and resource base, and a leading project and exploration pipeline. Our cultures are well aligned, with strong commitments to zero harm, inclusion and diversity, and industry-leading environmental, social and governance performance.” “We expect to generate up to $100 million in annual pre-tax synergies, with additional cost and efficiency opportunities that will be pursued through our proven Full Potential continuous improvement program. The combination is expected to be immediately accretive to Newmont’s net asset value and cash flow per share. We constantly review opportunities to raise our performance, and this combination represents the most promising path to deliver superior and sustainable value for our shareholders, employees, host countries and communities.” David Garofalo, President and CEO of Goldcorp added, “This combination creates the world’s premier gold company. In addition to the depth and quality of Newmont Goldcorp’s operations, projects, exploration properties and reserves, the combined company’s assets will be centred in the world’s most favourable and prospective mining jurisdictions and gold districts. The strategic rationale for combining Goldcorp with Newmont is powerfully compelling on many levels, and both teams are fully committed to delivering on the transaction’s value proposition for all of our stakeholders. Newmont Goldcorp will be one of Canada’s largest gold producers and will have its North America regional office in Vancouver and expects to oversee more than three million ounces of the combined company’s total annual gold production.” By looking at the range and size of each business’s portfolio, it soon becomes clear the impact this merger will have on their operations and potential.


Goldcorp currently operates four mines in Canada, one in Argentina and one in Mexico, and has two joint venture mines.


Goldcorp’s newest Canadian gold mine, Éléonore, is in Eeyou Istchee/James Bay, in a remote corner of the Northern Quebec region, 800 kilometres north of Montreal. Its first gold pour was on October 1, 2014, and it achieved commercial production on April 1, 2015. Gold comes from the Roberto Deposit, which is marked by complex folding and faulting and is World Mining Magazine www.ogsmag.com


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still open down plunge. The ore is mined from four horizons using sill and stope techniques, then processed onsite using a conventional circuit that includes crushing, grinding, gravity, flotation and cyanidation. Overall gold recoveries are 92%. The operation has begun to develop a fifth mining horizon and build a production shaft, both of which will bring Éléonore closer to its full production capacity. A fly-in, fly-out operation located approximately 500 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, Canada, Musselwhite’s ore is mined from two main zones below Lake Opapimiskan. Ore is processed onsite using a circuit that includes crushing, grinding, leaching by cyanidation, carbon in pulp recovery and electrowinning. Gold recoveries are 96%. In 2016, work began on a $90-million materials handling project to improve the movement of ore to the mill. An underground shaft in the heart of the orebody will hoist ore up from the underground crushers, which will cut down on haulage distances, reduce ventilation costs and increase production by 20%. Located in and around the city of Timmins, the Porcupine district has

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produced more than 67 million ounces since 1910. Currently, approximately 60% of the gold comes from the Hoyle Pond underground mine, where mechanized cut and fill and longhole mining methods are used to extract the ore, and the remaining ore comes from the Hollinger Open Pit mine. The Dome Underground mine ceased operations in 2017. Ore is processed at the Dome processing facility using a circuit that includes crushing, grinding, gravity concentration, cyanide leaching, carbon in pulp recovery, stripping, electrowinning and refining. Goldcorp is reinvigorating the Porcupine district through investment and rehabilitation. Located approximately 160 kilometres west of the Porcupine mine in Chapleau, Ontario, Borden has the potential to enhance the long-term economics of Porcupine, where its ore will be processed. Borden is set to be Canada’s first all-electric underground gold mine, which will be safer for employees and have a smaller environmental footprint. The Red Lake district is located 180 kilometres north of Dryden about 100 kilometres from the Manitoba border in

northwestern Ontario. It spans 42,000 hectares and has produced over 29 million ounces of gold since 1949. Red Lake Gold Mines includes the Red Lake and Campbell underground mining and processing complexes, and Cochenour, a potential new source of ore. Ore from Red Lake Gold Mines is hoisted up either the Balmer or Campbell shafts, then processed at the Campbell mill using a conventional crushing and grinding circuit combined with a gravity concentration for free-milling gold or carbon-in-pulp for refractory gold. Gold recoveries average 94%. Part of the Red Lake district, Cochenour is a potential new source of ore located five kilometres away. The mine sits on the old Cochenour-Willans mine site, which was acquired in 1997, and includes the Bruce Channel gold discovery immediately south of the mine. The site is connected to Red Lake by a five-kilometre haulage drift, and ore will be processed at the Red Lake Campbell Complex. Building on the positive pre-feasibility study, the development focus shifted from drill platforms to lateral development in 2018. The new mine plan is expected to contribute 5,000 to 10,000 ounces

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“This combination will create the world’s leading gold business with the best assets, people, prospects and value-creation opportunities.”

in 2018 and approximately 30,000 to 50,000 ounces annually to the overall production to the Red Lake district once in production, expected during 2019.


Goldcorp’s most remote mine site, Cerro Negro sits 600 metres above sea level on the low Patagonian plains in southern Argentina. It’s a six hour drive southwest from Comodoro Rivadavia, itself more than two hours flight south of Buenos Aires. Cerro Negro’s first gold pour was on July 25, 2014, and it achieved commercial production on January 1, 2015. The extensive complex includes five high grade underground mines (Eureka, Mariana Central, Mariana Norte, San Marcos, Bajo Negro), one open pit mine (Vein Zone) and one cyanide leach processing

facility that yields gold recoveries of 96%. Ore is mined from Eureka and Mariana Central. Development is ramping up at Mariana Norte and Emilia. Cerro Negro consists of lowsulphidation, epithermal gold-silver deposits on a large, underexplored 250-square-kilometre land package. It’s located near the north-western margin of the 60,000-square-kilometre Deseado Massif, a rigid crustal block bounded by Rio Deseado, Rio Chico, the Atlantic coast and the Andes Mountains. Cerro Negro’s exploration program is ramping up with the aim of increasing reserves to outpace depletion. The current strategy is to outline the economic potential of at least three new veins for infill drilling. At the Silica Cap target, gold and silver mineralization has been confirmed in several veins over strike lengths varying between 800m World Mining Magazine www.ogsmag.com


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Pueblo Viejo, located 100 kilometres northwest of Santa Domingo, produces gold, silver and copper. One of the largest gold assets in the world, it began commercial production in 2013. Pueblo Viejo is operated by Barrick Gold Corporation, which owns 60%, and it includes two open pits, a processing plant and a tailings storage facility. Ore is removed from the open pit using a conventional truck and shovel method, then crushed, ground, and processed in the carbon-in-leach circuit in the mill.


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Currently, Newmont’s operating assets include the Boddington and Tanami mines in Australia; Ahafo and Akyem operations in Ghana; and in the United States, the Cripple Creek & Victor mine in Colorado and four operating complexes (Carlin, Long Canyon, Phoenix and Twin Creeks) in Nevada. Operations where Newmont owns World Mining Magazine www.ogsmag.com


“Newmont Goldcorp will be one of Canada’s largest gold producers and will have its North America regional office in Vancouver and expects to oversee more than three million ounces of the combined company’s total annual gold production”

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50 percent or more and/or is the manager or operator include KCGM in Australia (50 per cent); Yanacocha in Peru (51.35 per cent) and Merian in Suriname (75 per cent). Newmont’s optimized project pipeline consists of promising growth opportunities in each of its four operating regions.


Newmont’s presence in Ghana includes the Ahafo mine in the Brong Ahafo region and the Akyem operation in the Eastern region near New Abirem. Newmont’s Ahafo mine is located along the Sefwi Volcanic Belt, a northeastsouthwest trending volcanic belt in western Ghana. Ahafo is approximately 307 kilometres northwest from the national capital city of Accra. Commercial production at Ahafo began in 2006. Ahafo has two primary ore zones: Ahafo South and Ahafo North. Mining is currently underway at Ahafo South. Newmont’s Akyem operation is located

in Ghana in the Birim North District of the Eastern Region, approximately 111 miles northwest of the capital city of Accra. Newmont obtained the mining lease for Akyem in 2010 and began commercial production in 2013.


Newmont began operating in Australia in 2002 with the acquisition of Normandy Mining. Its presence in the region is comprised of three operations in Australia – Boddington, Tanami and Kalgoorlie. Currently, Newmont is progressing expansion of its Tanami mine in the Northern Territory of Australia and in March it announced that the Tanami Power Project was completed safely and on schedule. The project included the installation of two power stations, a 66kV interconnected power line, and a 275 mile (450km) natural gas pipeline. The pipeline was built and will be maintained by Australian Gas Infrastructure Group, while the power World Mining Magazine www.ogsmag.com


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stations were constructed and will be operated by Zenith Energy. Capital costs are estimated at approximately $245 million with annual cash lease payments over a 10-year term beginning in 2019. The successfully completed project is expected to provide the Tanami gold mine a safe and reliable energy source while lowering power costs and carbon emission by 20 per cent. The project is expected to generate net cash savings of $34 per ounce from 2019 to 2023, delivering an internal rate of return of greater than 50 per cent. Newmont’s Boddington mine is located within the Saddleback greenstone belt in Western Australia. A large gold and copper mine, Boddington is located 16 km from the rural farming town of Boddington and 120 km from Western Australia’s capital city, Perth. Boddington was a three-way joint venture between Newmont, AngloGold Ashanti and Newcrest. In 2009, Newmont purchased AngloGold Ashanti’s shares to become the sole owner of Boddington. Commercial

production began in 2009, and in March 2011 the operation produced its first one million ounces of gold. The Kalgoorlie mine, commonly referred to as “the Super Pit,” has produced more than 50 million ounces of gold in 30 years. The mine is managed by Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines (KCGM) on behalf of Newmont and its joint venture partner Barrick Gold Australia. KCGM brings together 100 years of mining history in the middle of The Golden Mile, once reputed to be the richest square mile on earth. When fully developed, the Super Pit will be 3.6 kilometres long, 1.6 kilometres wide and up to 650 metres deep. In 2012, KCGM was Australia’s second largest gold producer.

N America

Newmont’s North America region has operations in Nevada and Colorado. It owns or controls approximately 2.6 million acres in Nevada and 41,000 acres in Colorado. Of these totals, about 125,000 acres of private and public land in Nevada and 6,000 acres in Colorado

are reserved for mining use. Portions of that acreage have already been reclaimed, are undergoing reclamation or remain undisturbed. Newmont’s North America operations account for around 40 per cent of the company’s worldwide gold production. In Nevada, Newmont has been pouring gold for over 50 years along a 100-mile corridor in the northern part of the state. Its Nevada properties operate as an integrated unit and, together, they boast the widest variety of processing methods of any gold mining complex in the world. This allows Newmont to maximize economic recovery of gold from a wide range of ore types and grades. In addition to gold, its operations produce silver and copper. Operations include 11 surface mines, eight underground mines and 13 processing facilities. Newmont’s Cripple Creek & Victor Mine (CC&V) is located in Teller County, Colorado, southwest of Pikes Peak. CC&V was formed as an operating company for mining operations in 1976, with mining in its Cresson Project starting in 1995. World Mining Magazine www.ogsmag.com


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newmont goldcorp creating the world’s largest gold miner CC&V’s modern, high-tech operations allow for responsible surface mining of various ore types. The majority of the ore is processed in a zero-discharge, valley-type, leach pad to recover gold and silver. In 2015 CC&V commissioned a rod, ball, and flotation mill which processes CC&V’s higher grade, nonoxidized ore. While mining is its core business, Newmont’s presence in Nevada extends beyond exploring for and producing gold, silver and copper. Elko Land and Livestock Company (ELLCo), a subsidiary of Newmont USA Limited, owns and operates several ranches. The TS, Horseshoe, Big Springs and IL Ranches are integral parts of its Nevada operations. The ranches are managed for conservation of biological diversity and are ecologically, economically and sociologically sustainable rangeland livestock enterprises.

S America

Newmont’s South America operations are centred in the Yanacocha mining complex in Peru. Options to extend mine life at Yanacocha include promising sulphide and oxide deposits. Yanacocha is South America’s largest gold mine, located in the province and department of Cajamarca, approximately 800 kilometres northeast of Lima, Peru. Yanacocha’s operations are situated between 3,500 and 4,100 meters above sea level with development activities in four primary basins. The operation is a joint venture between Newmont (51.35%), Minas Buenaventura (43.65%) and the International Finance Corporation (5%). The Merian gold mine is located approximately 60 km south of Moengo, Suriname. Newmont Suriname (previously known as Suriname Gold Company) is a fully-owned subsidiary of Newmont that is operated on behalf of Suriname Gold Project CV, a Suriname limited partnership. Construction of Merian commenced in August 2014, and commercial production was achieved on October 1, 2016, on schedule and US$150 million under budget. What happens when one of the biggest joins forces with one of the oldest? Certainly, the combining of two such major businesses will make for a colossus of the mining world.

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BHP targets pit-to-port automation through tech transformation


iane Jurgens, BHP chief technology officer, noted the company’s strategy was for the value chain to be “highly automated, not fully.” “This is because we automate equipment and processes where it provides the highest value,” Jurgens, speaking at the Bank of America Merryll Lynch SmartMine conference in London, said. BHP is currently transforming the technology that connects 13 assets, seven seaports and a 1350-kilometre rail network, about the distance from London to Warsaw. The company is striving to unlock “value worth tens of billions of dollars” with innovation and technology development, according to Jurgens. BHP has established integrated remote operating centres across the majority of its bulk and base metal operations, with a copper integrated operations centre to be officially opened in Santiago, Chile next month. Each of BHP’s remote centres monitors

and directs operations across its entire supply chain to improve throughput. “With processes, equipment and people working in concert across a production value chain – an entire industry has been transformed,” Jurgens said.

operations in South Australia. “Imagine searching for a needle in a haystack but with the help of a strong magnet,” Jurgens says. BHP is running a second round of drilling to further define the

“BHP is currently transforming the technology that connects 13 assets, seven seaports and a 1350-kilometre rail network, about the distance from London to Warsaw” “Applied well, (technology) will further strengthen our safety performance, make our operations more stable, predictable and efficient, and unlock resources.” BHP has used advanced imaging and machine learning to study the historical drill data of Oak Dam, an early stage copper discovery near the Olympic Dam

mineralisation of the Oak Dam area. The company has so far encountered copper grade intersections as high as about six per cent, along with gold, uranium and silver. “With improved data acquisition technology, we were able to obtain a set of much more granular data across a more targeted area,” Jurgens says. World Mining Magazine www.ogsmag.com


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Perseus signs off on $214 million package for gold development


erseus Mining has secured a $US150 million ($214.5 million) cash advance facility to develop the Yaouré gold project in Cote d’Iviore, West Africa. The funding will be used for the refinancing of 31.5 million USD of existing project loans and further driving the ramp up of the Yaouré operation. Development work at Yaouré has already begun with Purseus purchasing long-lead items of plant and equipment, the progressive assembly of the company’s development team and early site works. Perseus chief executive Jeff Quartermaine said the funding would allow the company to fast track work at the site. “Full scale activities can now be accelerated safely in the knowledge that all funds required to develop our third gold mine will be available when the conditions precedent to drawdown are satisfied,” he said. Quartermaine added the capital would allow Yaouré to be developed on time

“The funding will be used for the refinancing of 31.5 million USD of existing project loans and further driving the ramp up of the Yaouré operation”

and on budget, while also producing more than 500,000 ounces of gold at an all-in site cost of less than $US850 an ounce. The money will also be used to continue exploration in the Yaouré region, according to Quartermaine. “We recognise the enormous untapped exploration potential within the Yaouré tenements and with access to funding required to fund exploration from our two operating mines at Edikan

and Sissingué, we expect to be able to materially add to the expected life of the Yaouré operation,” he said. “Planning of this exploration is under way and we hope to be able to progressively announce the results of an exciting financial year 2020 exploration program.” The loan will be provided to Perseus by three international banks comprising of Macquarie Bank in Australia, Nedbank from South Africa and Societe Generale of France. Perseus will also continue to hedge the sale price of its gold production in line with its policy of no more than 30 per cent of projected gold production in any given year. The company’s hedge book includes deferred fixed forward sales contracts for 54,000 ounces of gold and spot deferred contracts for 221,000 ounces of gold, with the weighted average sale price being $US1297. Its hedgebook will result in future gold production being hedged to 30 per cent in financial year 2020, 25 per cent in 2021 and 20 per cent in 2022. World Mining Magazine www.ogsmag.com


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Continuing to raise industry standards, EPC-UK grows team of vocational qualification assessors


PC-UK, the innovative, safetydriven force in commercial explosives and blasting services, has announced the expansion of its assessing team; a division that ensures all personnel have suitable competency to successfully fulfil their roles. Qualified to assess the competence of individuals working towards vocational qualifications, EPC-UK assessors use evidence from video, written and photographic sources to compile portfolios of work for the MPQC’s (Mineral Products Qualification Council) approval process. In addition, the assessors also audit employees who already have their vocational qualification but require a five-year assessment to achieve their continued competency. With two accomplished assessors working for the company - Michael Allan and Mark Bowen - and two more at the training stage - Daniel Pearson and Max Hembroke - EPC-UK plans to have four fully qualified team members operating by the end of the year. “The role of the EPC-UK VQ assessor is an extremely important one,” explains Keith Ward, Learning & Development Co-ordinator “Not only do they ensure that employees are compliant in their roles, they also provide structure within the working environment. Furthermore, their position demonstrates to customers, suppliers and other


“The difference the team makes to EPCUK, is that it supports the continued development of its employees. This then helps people within our company to feel supported, both professionally and personally.”

organisations that EPC-UK is not only competent in its services and abilities but is enthusiastic and encouraging regarding the training and promotion opportunities available to its employees. “The difference the team makes to EPC-UK, is that it supports the continued development of its employees. This then helps people within our company to feel supported, both professionally and personally.” Keith goes on to explain that all EPCUK assessors are fully qualified and competent within their professional environment. Each has completed or will be working towards their Highfield Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment (RQF). Furthermore, the assessors themselves are audited every five years to ensure their competence and knowledge.

Iron ore price rise builds excitement for Australian exports

he Australian Government’s outlook for commodities export earnings has attracted excited analysis as iron ore prices continue to ascend. The iron ore price jumped as high as $US123.65 ($177.60) a tonne this morning, at a time when Australia has cemented its status as the world’s largest supplier of the commodity during a time of global supply issues. The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science’s latest Resources and Energy quarterly for the three-month period ending June 30 has shown that commodity earnings were estimated to reach $275 billion in 2018–19 and $285 billion in 2019–20. Iron ore led the way as Australia’s top resources sector export at $64 billion for 2018–19, while liquefied natural gas (LNG), metallurgical coal and gold also performed well. Thermal coal, which ranked as the fourth-largest export earner for 2018–19 overall, is expected to slip to fifth place behind gold by 2019–20 and 2020–21. Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan said exports of iron ore and liquefied natural gas (LNG) helped to provide energy and infrastructure for “hundreds of millions of people” in emerging economies around the world.

“Australia produces more than half of the world’s iron ore and every year exports enough to build 10,000 Sydney Harbour Bridges,” he said. “Steel produced from Australian ore is building the new wave of global infrastructure, with around half being used for construction, and much of the rest for machinery and motor vehicles.” The Australian Resources & Energy Group (AMMA) said the forecast highlighted an opportunity for the Morrison Government to implement policies from its National Resources Statement (NRS), a five-point policy plan announced in February this year. The NRS— which builds on the findings of the Resources 2030 Taskforce chaired by former Queensland Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Andrew Cripps— is set to become Australia’s first long-term reform plan for the resources sector in over 20 years. “To underpin further industry growth and even greater national contribution, it is critical that industry and government work together on implementing the National Resources Statement during this term of parliament,” AMMA head of policy and public affairs Tom Reid said. Reid added that employers would be buoyed by the

estimate that resources and energy earnings reached $275 billion in 2018–19. “This record surge of more than 20 per cent shows Australia is now reaping the benefits of the huge levels of investment in major resources and energy projects over the past 15 years,” he said. “It’s also another reminder of how significantly the resources and energy industry contributes to Australia’s economic wellbeing and living standards.” Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) chief executive Andrew McConville said the LNG upswing increased its earnings year-on-year by 61 per cent to $18.8 billion in 2018–19, the largest growth spike among all the commodities listed in the report. “Australia’s LNG projects will deliver decades of economic growth, jobs and exports,” McConville said. “The billions of dollars invested in these projects has also benefited the domestic market, which is now much larger. The LNG industry is a very large supplier of domestic gas to the east coast gas market.” McConville also added that LNG was “doing its bit” to address the global challenge of reducing emissions while also growing the Australian economy.

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Nordic Gold Announces Changes in Board and Management

NORDIC GOLD INC. today announced that it has entered into agreements to restructure the management and board of the Company, subject to the final approval of the TSX Venture Exchange and the Company’s shareholders. The Company has entered into a services agreement with both Lionsbridge Capital Pty Ltd. and Westech International Pty Ltd., under which Lionsbridge will provide the Company with corporate management services. Westech will, subject to independent approvals, provide the Company with technical services to return the Company’s Laiva Gold Mineproject back to production. As previously disclosed, the Laiva Minehas ceased production and is currently on ‘care and maintenance’. Effective immediately, the management and Board of Directors of Nordic will be restructured. Brian Wesson, Clyde Wesson and Yvette Harrison will be appointed to the Board. Brian Wesson will also be appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer;

“The funding will be used for the refinancing of 31.5 million USD of existing project loans and further driving the ramp up of the Yaouré operation” Clyde Wesson will be appointed Vice President; Daryl Midgley will be appointed as Chief Financial Officer; and Jeffrey Lightfoot will be appointed as Corporate Secretary. Concurrent with such appointments, all the current Board members of Nordic (namely Michael Hepworth, Basil Botha, Paul Sargeant and Peter Pollard will resign as well as the incumbent management team consisting of Michael Hepworth

(President & CEO); Basil Botha (Executive Chairman); Greg Duras (Chief Financial Officer). Nordic’s President and CEO, Michael Hepworth states, “Over the last 4 months, our primary focus has been on finding suitable funding to both upgrade the resource and to restart production at the mine in Finland. Lionsbridge presents us with an opportunity to both inject the necessary funding and to bring fresh perspectives on managing the project. The group has access to capital and the experience to successfully manage the Laiva project going forward.” Lionsbridge’s Brian Wesson stated, “Lionsbridge thanks the previous management and Board of Directors for their contribution to the Company. We look forward to working with the Company to unlock shareholder value by returning the Company to sustainable production. Your new directors will update shareholders on the path forward immediately after the completion of the transition period.” World Mining Magazine www.ogsmag.com


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Volvo’s largest hauler proves its mettle on South African soil

With increasing demand for machines that offer improved levels of uptime, performance and productivity, Volvo Construction Equipment unveiled the brand-new 95t (100-ton) R100E rigid hauler in 2018, set to be a heavy hitter in the mining and quarrying sectors. David Vaughan, Managing Director of Babcock’s Equipment business – the exclusive southern African dealer for Volvo Construction Equipment – says that the 100-ton rigid hauler market is substantial as trucks in this class are the workhorses of large open-pit mines, not only in Africa, but all over the world.

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uilt from nearly a century of engineering excellence at Volvo CE’s Motherwell facility, no other machine can compare to the R100E. Easily the largest hauler in the company’s line up, the new R100E rigid hauler from Volvo Construction Equipment promises to drive down operating costs for customers by optimising productivity, uptime and operator comfort, and is already proving its performance on local soil. A demo model has been put through its paces at various mining sites in Middelburg for over 200 hours since January this year, 90 hours of which were at one of Glencore’s major open pit coal mining operations. The machine has demonstrated that it has the capacity for more loads, confirming that the newest star in the Volvo fleet will allow owners to meet production targets faster. “Customers can expect to spend less per haul with the R100E as it has the ideal balance of power, gearing and weight distribution to move more tonnes per hour, quickly, and cost effectively,” says Vaughan. Built to perform, the R100E is powered by the premium Cummins 783 kW (1075 hp) engine. The combined drivetrain delivers high torque capabilities, unparalleled pulling performance and class-leading rim pull for optimum traction. Drivetrain control and machine movement are supplied by the new Volvo Dynamic Shift Control, which automatically tailors the transmission shift-points depending on the worksite and operational inputs. The R100E features a 60.4m3 capacity V-shaped body for optimum load retention and minimal material carryback. The industry-recognised load profile policy enables the operator to meet a consistent average target payload of 95 tonnes, while the speedy bodytipping system ensures fast cycle times for an all-round efficient performance. A stand-out feature highlighted during the demo at the Glencore site was the On-Board Weighing (OBW) option – an integrated system that ensures the machine moves the maximum safe payload to further optimise production and minimise operational costs. It does this by using exterior-mounted pressure sensors to monitor and relay machine

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statistics to the operator’s on-board display. Not only can machine information be viewed in real-time via the on-board display, it can be remotely accessed via Volvo’s CareTrack® telematics system to help owners and fleet managers improve planning. The On-Board Weighing system also communicates with the transmission and allows the machine to pull away in second gear whenever possible, resulting in less fuel burn. The R100E is designed to achieve optimum performance and productivity through high levels of operator comfort, starting with the ROPS/FOPS-certified operator cab. Offering reduced vibrations and exterior noise – confirmed during the demo – the cab is fitted onto viscous-type isolation mounts for greater ride quality. In addition to the large glass area and a low rake windscreen, good visibility is complemented by a 360° surround view system provided by Volvo Smart View. The system uses multiple ultra-wide angle exterior-mounted cameras to produce a bird’seye-view of the vehicle and surrounding work area via the on-board display. As with all Volvo machines, the rigid hauler is built with safety in mind and safety features into every aspect of the high-performance machine. For the protection of both the operator and site staff, all machine systems, such as the emergency shutdown switches, are easily accessible. The transmission retarder and neutral coast inhibitor secure safe machine control in downhill conditions, while the engine overspeed protection automatically slows the machine down to safe operating limits. Vaughan is confident that the R100E will provide a cost-effective and productive solution to fulfil the needs of today’s mining and quarrying customers. “There is huge interest in the R100E from the South African mining industry and we have already confirmed our first sales of the machines,” says Vaughan. Glencore, one of the world’s major producers and marketers of coal, is no stranger to Volvo CE’s range of industry-leading haulers, with a number of Volvo articulated haulers currently operating at various of its South African coal sites. In March this year, the company will be taking delivery of five new A40Gs. The A40G articulated hauler, which offers a payload of 39 tonnes, is the best articulated hauler in its class, and remains the best-selling Volvo CE machine in the southern African region. Designed for heavy hauling in severe off-road operation, the A40G is ideal for local mining conditions. Babcock offers full aftermarket support services and facilities for Volvo Construction Equipment and is one of the most established and experienced equipment suppliers in southern Africa, with an extensive footprint in the region and a proven track record of delivering to the highest standards.

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recent joint venture announcement illustrates two of the above productivity criteria, as Rio Tinto has joined forces with Canada’s Alcoa to develop a revolutionary aluminium process that produces oxygen and eliminates all greenhouse gas emissions from the traditional smelting process. The technology, which represents the culmination of years of research and development, has been hailed as the most significant innovation in the aluminium industry in more than a century. To advance the development and commercialization of the new process, Alcoa and Rio Tinto have formed a joint venture, Elysis, to pursue a C$558 million two-phased project. The name derives from the process at the centre of aluminium smelting, the electrolysis of alumina. “This new technology can play an important role in helping to address the climate change challenge by delivering carbon free aluminium smelting,” says Alf Barrios, chief executive of Rio Tinto’s Aluminium business. “We are proud to be part of this pioneering project that could create significant value and allow customers to meet the growing consumer demand for responsible products.” The technology – which can be used in both new and existing aluminium smelters – will also reduce operating costs at aluminium smelters, while increasing production capacity. The Government of Canada, Government of Quebec and Apple are investing to support the innovation. Apple is providing an investment of $13 million (CAD). It helped facilitate the collaboration between Rio Tinto and Alcoa on the carbon-free smelting process, and Apple has agreed to provide technical support to the JV partners. Rio Tinto started its Mine of the Future programme in 2008. Automated trucks entered the vocabulary long before driverless cars. But automation requires data, and Rio Tinto, along with every other major miner, faces a monumental task in managing this data to optimise its benefits. “Each of our haul trucks is fitted with 45 sensors and generates about five terabytes of data every day,” said Bold Baatar, chief executive of Rio Tinto’s Energy & Minerals Division at the Natural Resources Forum in London. “That is 4,500 terabytes across the Rio Tinto fleet of 900. Each processing plant has another 20,000 to 30,000 sensors. Our World Mining Magazine www.ogsmag.com



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trains, loaders and ships many more.” Properly exploiting and integrating this volume of Big Data has a huge impact on productivity and can provide a significant competitive advantage. “Productivity is about sweating our assets,” he continued, “bringing them to peak performance. We can only do this if we understand where our performance is best in class so we can replicate it. We have put together a team of experts who have begun to work across the Group to focus on data intelligence and analytics, integrating it into our operational processes. There is a lot of work ahead, but the early returns are promising.” Bataar was referring to the Analytics Excellence Centre in Pune, India, launched in 2015, where data scientists use predictive mathematics, machine learning and advanced modelling to identify problems before they occur, thus reducing maintenance costs and production losses from unplanned breakdowns.

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In the Pilbara region of Western Australia, Rio Tinto operates the world’s largest integrated portfolio of iron

ore assets. Already the world’s largest autonomous truck operator and a leader in automated mining technologies, the Pilbara iron ore business is expanding to epic proportions. Rio Tinto has approved an investment of $30.9 million to complete the project feasibility study for the development of its Koodaideri iron ore deposit in Western Australia. The study, which is included in the group’s disclosed capital guidance, will examine the Koodaideri option as Rio Tinto’s next potential major mining development in the Pilbara, and is intended to replace existing production. Rio Tinto Iron Ore chief executive Chris Salisbury said, “We are pleased to be investing a further $30.9 million in Western Australia, which will be spent with local businesses and suppliers as well as firms outside the state. “The Koodaideri development will require an expected 1600 construction jobs and a further 600 operational staff if approved. “We remain firmly focused on our value over volume strategy and maximising returns through enhanced productivity. We are examining the Koodaideri project as an option to help

us maintain our low cost competitive position and assist in maintaining the Pilbara Blend product quality.” The feasibility study will focus on obtaining necessary consent and permits, increasing our understanding of the orebody and technical elements, and providing the data necessary to validate the project. The final decision on the progression of the Koodaideri iron ore development will be made following the completion of the feasibility study and subsequent review by the Rio Tinto investment committee and board. Also in the Pilbara, Rio Tinto is now operating its Silvergrass iron ore mine, the 16th mine in Rio Tinto’s iron ore operations in the region. Silvergrass will produce low-phosphorous ore crucial to maintaining its premium Pilbara Blend product. “Silvergrass is a great example of our value-over-volume approach in action, as the mine will deliver the high-quality, low-cost ore used to maintain the worldclass premium Pilbara Blend product our customers love so much,” said Rio Tinto chief executive J-S Jacques, at the opening ceremony. “Silvergrass is a further demonstration of our longWorld Mining Magazine www.ogsmag.com


Rio Tinto chief executive J-S Jacques said “Amrun was completed early and under budget, demonstrating Rio Tinto’s productivity and innovation capabilities. By applying fresh thinking we also delivered safety, environmental, cost and timing benefits. “Amrun will provide jobs, support businesses and contribute to growth in the region for the next 50 years, building on $A2.2 billion of contracts with local, State and national businesses [during construction].” In an industry first, Amrun’s 1kmlong export facility was built in modules off-site and then brought to Amrun and connected. This reduced over-water construction and painting in the culturally significant and environmentally sensitive region and reduced construction time by a year. It also increased safety by removing the need for 300,000 work hours that would have been spent at height and over water. Rio Tinto Growth & Innovation group executive Steve McIntosh said “Gamechanging innovations and collaborations such as these are vital for advancing the future of the mining and metals industry globally in a safe, cost-effective and replicable manner.”

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standing commitment to the Pilbara region in Western Australia where we’ve invested more than US$20 billion over the past decade.” Automated drilling has increased productivity by increasing the number of hours the machine operates as well as the numbers of metres the drill achieves per hour. The drills are monitored remotely in Rio Tinto’s operations centre in Perth, more than 1,500 kilometres away, and to date have operated injury free. Rio Tinto has seven autonomous drills at the West Angelas mine in the Pilbara, and four additional drills, retrofitted with autonomous drilling system (ADS) technology, were recently deployed at its Yandicoogina mine. Rio plans to deploy a further nine drills by the end of this year, bringing the total fleet to twenty.


Rio Tinto is also a global leader in the aluminium industry. Its business includes high-quality bauxite mines, large-scale alumina refineries, and as we have already seen, some of the world’s lowest-cost, most technologicallyadvanced aluminium smelters. Rio Tinto’s world class Yarwun alumina

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refinery is situated just northwest of Gladstone in central Queensland. Bauxite is transported from the company’s mining operations in Weipa on Western Cape York to be processed into alumina at the Yarwun refinery, where recent expansions have more than doubled production to 3.4 million tonnes per year, making Rio Tinto Aluminium one of the world’s leading alumina producers. Yarwun’s alumina is shipped to customers in Australia and overseas, including the Middle East. Rio Tinto (originally as Comalco) has mined and shipped bauxite from Weipa since 1963, but the original reserves are gradually being depleted and with continued demand for bauxite, the business has identified significant reserves south of the Embley River. Rio Tinto has completed commissioning of the $1.9 billion Amrun bauxite mine on the Cape York Peninsula in Queensland, Australia. The mine and associated processing and port facilities will replace production from Rio Tinto’s depleting East Weipa mine and increase annual bauxite export capacity by around 10 million tonnes, at a time when higher-grade bauxite is becoming scarcer globally.


Before we leave Australia, it’s worth mentioning that Rio Tinto owns and operates the Argyle diamond mine in the remote East Kimberley region of Western Australia. It is the world’s largest supplier of natural coloured diamonds and the world’s only supplier of rare pink diamonds. When Argyle was first established, it became apparent that purposedesigned processing machinery would be needed to recover and sort the high volume of characteristically small stones produced by the mine. This included the development of sophisticated X-ray sorting technology to assist in the efficient identification and collection of the small diamonds. Today, the Argyle processing plant is one of the most efficient in the world. It is capable of processing up to 11 million tonnes of ore per annum operating 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year, although the mine is scheduled to close in 2020. Rio Tinto also owns a 60 per cent interest in, and operates, the Diavik Diamond Mine in Canada’s remote Northwest Territories, 220km south of the Arctic Circle. The design,

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construction and operation of the Diavik mine is an epic saga of success on a grand scale in the most forbidding of places. Diavik commenced production in 2003 and has an annual production of some 6-7 million carats of predominantly large, white gem-quality diamonds. It is expected to continue to produce high quality gems to 2023 and potentially beyond. In the same country Rio Tinto Exploration Canada has an option to earn up to a 60% interest in Star Diamond Corporation’s Star-Orion South Diamond Project in the Fort à la Corne diamond district of central Saskatchewan. In May last year it was announced that RTEC had arranged for the manufacture and supply of a 30 tonne per hour bulk sample plant to

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process the kimberlite recovered by the next phase of bulk sample drilling on the project. The technical report for the preliminary economic assessment has also been filed. The PEA estimates that 66 million carats of diamonds could be recovered in a surface mine over a 38year project life.


Although Rio Tinto may list most of its assets in Australia and Canada, its copper interests are focused elsewhere, particularly in Mongolia. One of the most exciting mining developments for years, Oyu Tolgoi contains reserves and resources that make it one of the world’s largest known copper and gold deposits. The project is

expected to be a significant contributor to Mongolia’s economic development. Situated in the southern Gobi desert, approximately 550 kilometres south of the capital Ulaanbaatar, and 80 kilometres north of the Mongolia-China border, Oyu Tolgoi is jointly owned by the Government of Mongolia (34 per cent) and Turquoise Hill Resources (66 per cent, of which Rio Tinto owns 51 per cent). Since 2010, Rio Tinto has also been the manager of the Oyu Tolgoi project. Until now, all of Oyu Tolgoi’s concentrate has been produced using open pit mining. However, the majority of its value, up to 80 per cent, lies deep underground. In May 2015, Oyu Tolgoi’s shareholders agreed upon a plan to progress the next stage of underground

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development, using block-caving mining techniques to extract the ore and transport it to the surface to the concentrator. Block-caving, while technically challenging, is one of the safest and most cost-effective methods of mining ore from deep below the ground. Fourteen kilometres of lateral tunnels have already been constructed at Oyu Tolgoi, and over time, up to 200 kilometres of tunnels, at depths of up to 1,300 metres, will be built to allow safe mining of the deepest parts of Oyu Tolgoi’s ore body. The 2017 Annual Report revealed that construction of the underground development was proceeding at pace and first copper production is due in 2020, although discussions are currently ongoing with the government of

Mongolia to resolve a number of issues, including taxes and the construction of a new power plant to supply the mine. In the United States, Rio Tinto Kennecott is a fully integrated mining operation located just outside Salt Lake City, Utah. Kennecott is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rio Tinto. For more than 110 years, Kennecott has been mining and processing minerals from the rich orebody of the Bingham Canyon Mine. In 1989, Rio Tinto acquired the Bingham Canyon Mine and other facilities in the Salt Lake Valley. Kennecott produces copper, molybdenum, gold, silver and sulphuric acid to be shipped around the world. In Arizona, the Resolution Copper Project is a proposed world-class copper mine that is said to have the potential to supply 25 per cent of the current US annual demand for copper for 40 years. Resolution Copper is located near the town of Superior, 65 miles east of Phoenix, Arizona, in an area known as the ‘Copper Triangle’ with abundant historic mining activity. Some of the region’s mines have now closed, as their orebodies had become uneconomic, but the Resolution Copper project offers an opportunity to reinvigorate the area’s economy with an industry the state and its people know well. Resolution Copper Mining (RCM) is a limited liability company owned 55 per cent by Resolution Copper Company, a Rio Tinto PLC subsidiary, and 45 per cent by BHP Copper. In South America, Rio Tinto has a 30 per cent interest in Escondida, in Chile, which is managed by BHP Billiton. The Minera Escondida copper mine in Chile’s Atacama Desert is the world’s largest copper-producing mine. In 2012 it accounted for five per cent of global copper production and around 15 per cent of Chilean copper production. Escondida produces copper concentrate, through a flotation process of sulphide ore, and copper cathodes, using a leaching process of oxide and sulphide ore. Rio Tinto also has an interest in Grasberg, in the province of Papua in Indonesia, one of the world’s largest copper and gold mines in terms of ore reserves and production. The Indonesian government has taken a tough line on foreign owned mining

assets, however, and Rio Tinto is poised (at the time of writing) to sell its stake to Indonesian state-owned company Inalum.


The lightest metal on Earth, lithium is in great demand as it is used in a vast array of products, most notably batteries for hybrid and electric cars. Rio Tinto Borates’ Jadar project in Serbia is a significant, world-class lithium-borate resource. Rio Tinto discovered Jadar in 2004. It is a unique deposit near the town of Loznica, in Western Serbia, some 160 kilometres from its capital Belgrade. The deposit contains Jadarite, a new mineral unique to Serbia, which has not been found anywhere else in the world. Jadar has been ranked as one of the largest lithium deposits in the world. If developed, it is said to have the potential to supply more than 10% of global demand for lithium. Since the start of the project in 2004 Rio Tinto has drilled more than 180 km of core samples. During the drilling campaign, which started in November 2017, it has drilled 30.9 km of jadarite ore up to now. Rio Tinto has recently elevated Jadar to become its most likely growth project, revealing that if it gets approvals and the economics support it, it will start construction in 2020 and reach first production in 2023. Rio Tinto has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Government of Serbia relating to the implementation of the Jadar Project. The MOU will enable the formation of joint working groups between the government and the company to progress the Jadar Project through the study and permitting phases. Under current plans, Jadar will be an underground mine, with the opportunity for future expansion if demand warrants it. The Silvergrass iron ore mine continues to ramp up, Amrun is on schedule for first bauxite shipment in the first half of 2019 and construction of the first drawbell at Oyu Tolgoi Underground is expected in mid-2020. Since 2012, the company has reduced its costs by US$8.3 billion and last year it committed to a five-year, $5 billion productivity agenda. Intelligent mining World Mining is the way to go! Magazine

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Custom Cylinder Design Cylinder Exchange Program OEM Authorized Service and Repair Center Mining Equipment Rebuilds Single-Source Supplier and Distributor Industrial Chrome Plating Multiple Surface Restoration Technologies Friction and Arc Welding

2608 Smithtown Road Morgantown, WV 26508 // Tel: +1 800 327 6203 4 - 26 Verulam Road Lambton NSW 2299, Australia // Tel: +61 2 4941 1000 Lapizlazuli 425 Sector La Chimba, Antofagasta // Tel: +56 5 5255 7644

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mining equipment rentals

GEA Group Peter-Müller-Str. 12 40468 Düsseldorf Germany Tel +49 211 9136-0 chemical@gea.com GEA is one of the largest supplier for process technology and components for sophisticated production processes for many industries worldwide. Across a broad range of mining and mineral operations, GEA offers technologies, equipment & services in evaporation and crystallization, drying, cooling, calcining and conditioning, classification, thickening and dewatering, crud treatment and solvent extraction and wastewater management.

United Mining Rentals (UMR) was born out of a specific niche in the market for both short and longer term rentals for both new and used, Sandvik & Getman equipment for both underground & surface mining and also tunnelling applications. Coupled with +35 years of experience in the mining business, UMR provides both sales and rental of new & used mobile equipment for various mining & tunnelling operations across the world. In addition, our sister company, QME Mining Services Division (which operates as an International mining and tunnelling contractor), also operates a large fleet of predominately Sandvik equipment.

Tel. +353 (0)87 149 1945 www.unitedminingrentals.com

mineral processing

Salter Cyclones Salter Cyclones specialises in fine solids removal with its own Hydrocyclones and Multi-Gravity Separators. These achieve powerful and precise separations in practical, compact, reliable, operator friendly and economic systems. Salter Cyclones Limited Tel: + 44 1242 697771 Fax: + 44 1242 690895 Email: sales@saltercyclones.com Web: www.saltercyclones.com


MINPRO International have subsidiary offices in 4 countries all of which have the same business, supplying mineral processing equipment and engineering for the mineral processing industry worldwide. Our main products are AKER Flotation Machines; Hydraulic Roller Mills, Semi Mobile Modular Concentrators, Hydro Cyclone Batteries as well as Polyurethane wear parts for the mineral processing industry. We deliver complete new mineral processing installations, renovation and upgrade existing mineral processing plants, retrofitting the AKER flotation mechanisms in existing flotation machines as well as engineering services and consultancy

Tel: +48 515 368 833 Minpro International Sp. z o.o. www.minpro.com

mining technology

Adrok is a cutting edge service technology company headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland, with exclusive global patents to Atomic Dielectric Resonance (ADR) imaging technology. This innovative technology has been developed for use in Oil and Gas, Mining and Civil Engineering sectors. Adrok’s technology has been used in several projects around the world to explore the sub-surface geology and locate accurately and identify precisely the fluids present at great depths providing high resolution without drilling the underground. This subsurface imaging scanner generates ‘virtual borehole’ logs of subsurface geology from the surface. It is lightweight, field rugged and portable, to enable cost-effective mobilisation.

49-1 West Bowling Green Street Edinburgh, EH6 5NX (Scotland, UK) Tel: +44(0) 131 555 6662 Email: info@adrokgroup.com Website: http://adrokgroup.com/

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GEA Group Peter-Müller-Str. 12 40468 Düsseldorf Germany Tel +49 211 9136-0 chemical@gea.com GEA is one of the largest supplier for process technology and components for sophisticated production processes for many industries worldwide. Across a broad range of mining and mineral operations, GEA offers technologies, equipment & services in evaporation and crystallization, drying, cooling, calcining and conditioning, classification, thickening and dewatering, crud treatment and solvent extraction and wastewater management.

Formed in 1997, Canary Systems provides integrated geo-monitoring solutions for a broad range of mining applications, including open pit, tailings, SW-EX, and underground. We help clients better manage risk, monitor performance, and increase the safety of their operations by tying together the loose ends: the hardware required for automatic or semi-automatic data acquisition – and the software to collect, store, and analyze data in a simple and efficient way on a single combined powerful platform. We provide turnkey solutions – including system architecture, hardware and software development, telemetry, and instrumentation – as well as individual components customized to and augmenting existing project needs.

Canary Systems, Inc. Mining Group 4732 Oracle Road, Suite 112 Tucson, AZ 85705 USA Tel: 520.887.9800 info@canarysystems.com www.canarysystems.com

Salter Cyclones specialises in fine solids removal with its own Hydrocyclones and Multi-Gravity Separators. These achieve powerful and precise separations in practical, compact, reliable, operator friendly and economic systems.


Salter Cyclones Limited Tel: + 44 1242 697771 Fax: + 44 1242 690895 Email: sales@saltercyclones.com Web: www.saltercyclones.com

scales & weighing equipment

IVAC Industrial Vacuum Systems Ltd., manufactures a powerful pneumatic powered vacuum/ delivery system that allows you to pick-up and deliver your most difficult materials. The materials can be wet or dry including gravel, sand, slimes, sludge’s and water. The powerful, virtually maintenance free vacuum system is able to deliver the materials short or long distances, even up too kilometres through a pipeline or hose. Its is ideal for sump & ditch clean-up, tanks, under conveyors, around crushers and mills anywhere shovels, vacuum trucks or water hoses are being used for your clean-ups today!

Contact: Brad Fryburger Brad.Fryburger@rinstrum.com +1 248 680 0320 Website: www.rinstrum.com

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IVAC Industrial Vacuum Systems Ltd. 35-111 Chartrand Avenue, Logan Lake, BC V0K 1W0 Canada Phone 604-628-3367 Email zereko@zereko.com http://industrialvacuumunit.com

It makes complete sense! Autonomous Vehicles, Autonomous Refueling!

PRECISE / PROFICIENT / PROVEN ENGINEERING AND MANUFACTURING OF: ROBOTIC REFUELING SYSTEM (RFS) - The RFS Pitstop is a containerized system for robotic refueling of heavy duty vehicles in extreme conditions. RFS is safe, efficient, easy, environmental friendly and theft-proof. Operating speeds are between 150 – 300 GPM / (567 – 1135 LPM). Connection to begin refueling is only 25 seconds and disconnecting takes just 25 seconds. The RFS Pitstop system is a turn-key working robot, installed in a 20 foot sea-container which facilitates installation and secures the systems operation.

Robotic Refueling System

Fluid Reservoir Systems


any fluid storage vessel accurately and prevent spillage or overpressurizing the storage tank.The Fast Fuel Systems mate with industry standard nozzles and 2” NPT receivers. The Fast Fuel Systems Shut off valve acts as a check valve when servicing receivers.The Fast Fuel Systems Shut off valve can be connected to multiple receivers for remote or dual fill locations.The Fast Fuel Systems Zero or low pressure systems can be used with steel, stainless steel and plastic reservoirs.


• Non Pressurized Fill System • Flow Rates up to 5-211 GPM (18 LPM - 800 LPM) • Provides Dry-break Connection • Exterior Tank Mounting • Retrofit-able • Ideal application for Construction, Mining, AG, Locomotive and Marine Vehicles and closed loop refilling dispensing systems.

High Flow Filling Systems

Hydraulic Breathers with manual overrides

Quick Disconnects

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Are equipment trips slowing down your ore? Operate to constraints to maximize flow. Pavilion8ÂŽ drives your operation to maximum potential The Pavilion8 Material Flow Management application provides real-time visibility of complex multiple conveyor systems in a mining facility. By taking advantage of existing data, the application improves performance by initiating preventive or corrective measures prior to a system trip.

Discover how a Pavilion solution can help you operate your facility at maximum efficiency.

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