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MINE digital magazine: Issue 12

21 August 2013




In this issue: We speak to women who have forged a career in mining, learn about the challenges of doing business in Africa, profile the largest haul truck in the world and much more.


MINE digital magazine: Issue 12

Mining may have traditionally been a man's job, but today more and more women are joining the industry. We talk to some of the most influential women in the business about their careers and about what can be done to encourage more women to pursue a career in mining.

The Wiluna project is the first uranium mine approved in Western Australia since a ban on uranium mining was lifted in the state in 2008. As Toro Energy's $269m development goes ahead, and with similar projects set to follow, we ask what renewed uranium mining activity could do for the industry and Australia's economy.

After years of being criticised as an environmental polluter, the industry is making headway on its path towards sustainability. From portable rigs to hybrid underground vehicles designed to improve air quality, we review the most innovative equipment that will reduce operational costs and ecological destruction, and improve efficiency.

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In this issue

Leading Change
Mining has a reputation for being one of the most male-dominated industries in the world. We ask women who have created successful mining careers how they view the industry.
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Mining in Africa
Africa's mining industry is leaking billions from dodgy deals and tax evasion. Industry insiders tell MINE about the challenges of doing business in Africa and their thoughts on possible future changes.
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New Era of Uranium Mining
In April Toro Energy's Wiluna project became the first approved uranium mine in Western Australia since a ban was lifted in 2008. We met Toro's managing director Dr Vanessa Guthrie to learn more.
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Green Technologies
At in an attempt to shed its reputation as an environmental polluter, the mining industry is increasingly deploying greener technologies. MINE profiles a selection of the best green technologies on the market.
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Monster Haul
Monster haul trucks are essential for smooth material handling in the mining industry. We look at the largest haul truck in the world, Caterpillar's 797F model.
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Esperanza Copper-Gold Project
We take a look at Antofagasta Minerals and Marubeni Corporation's Esperanza copper-gold open-pit mine development in Chile, which began operation in 2011 and has a mine life of 16 years.
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Jacinth-Ambrosia Mineral Deposit
We profile Iluka's Jacinth-Ambrosia mineral sands mining operation in Eucla Basin, south Australia, which began operation in 2010 and has a mine life of 10 years.
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Achieving maximum efficiency is the new Holy Grail in mining. We find out how the industry, which has not traditionally been considered very energy conscious, is working to become more energy efficient and how new developments in underground mining technology will help.

We also investigate how water-intensive processes in mining are affecting the environment and which efforts are being made to improve water efficiency, and gain new insights into post-mining land restoration projects in the Amazon rainforest.

Moreover, we ask how the discovery of small-scale faults could lead to golden finds in the mines of Western Australia and which techniques are the best to find deposits, and take a look at new, 'smart' technologies that are helping operators improve predictive maintenance procedures for critical equipment.

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Women who have forged successful mining careers talk about gender and the industry.
Industry insiders share their thoughts on doing business in Africa now and in the future.
Toro Energy has become the first company to get approval for uranium mining since a Western Australian ban was lifted in 2008.
We look at the best environmentally friendly technologies available for the mining industry.
We profile the largest haul truck in the world.
The Esperanza Copper-Gold project is based in Chile.
The Jacinth-Ambrosia mineral deposit is based in South Australia.