MINE digital magazine: issue 49

In this issue: The future of the underground mining equipment sector, Wealth Minerals talks about its strategy, a look inside Peru’s Fairtrade-certified gold mine, reviving Egypt’s ancient gold mines, the next step in UK seafloor mining, managing wastewater and more.


Ancient Egypt: a land of the grandest designs and pharaohs dripping with gold, left unexplored since Roman times. With only one operating gold mine in the country, experts believe billions of dollars’ of minerals are still awaiting discovery. Hoping to prove this true, Canadian mining company Alexander Nubia is using Egypt’s antiquated gold mines as a guide to unearthing vast deposits. We hear of the miner’s plans and ask why these resources have been untapped for centuries. 

Still with gold, we visit SOTRAMI - one of only six Fairtrade mines in the world - which sits deep in the Peruvian desert. We find out how Fairmined certification is supporting responsible economic growth, and how to emulate this success.

Also, we speak to explorers in the Atlantic Ocean about the potential of seafloor mining, hear how Chilean Wealth Minerals is staking a claim on the lithium market, ask if it’s time to re-assess the extent of CO2 emissions from wastewater, and consider the impact on the sector of Caterpillar’s exit from underground mining equipment.

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In this issue

Betting on Chile’s Lithium Reserves
Chilean mining executive, Marcelo A Awad tells us about his move to junior company Wealth Minerals, and their plan to acquire high-quality lithium assets at a time of market growth.
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Fairmined Gold: A Helping Hand for Artisanal Miners
SOTRAMI is one of only six Fairtrade-certified mines in the world. Our reporter visited the mine to learn its model of responsible mining, and the commitment to social and economic development for its members and the region.
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Into the Deep: The Search for Seafloor Deposits
A scientific expedition has set out from Southampton, UK to explore the possibility of mining rich metal deposits on the deep ocean floor. We caught up with the RRS James Cook at the Atlantic oceanic ridge to hear its progress.
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Re-Opening Egypt’s Ancient Gold Mines
Egypt may be sitting on hundreds of billions of dollars’ of minerals yet it only has one mine. Canadian mining company Alexander Nubia hopes to use old, shallow mines as a guide to much deeper, vast deposits. We explore what Egypt has to offer and why it’s been untapped for so long.
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Wastewater: A New Culprit in Carbon Emissions
Researchers at West Virginia University have found that carbon dioxide released by mine wastewater could be much higher than previously thought. We look at the evidence and the need for further experiments.
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Unearthing the Underground Mining Market
Caterpillar has left the mining market, Komatsu is moving in and automation is on the horizon. We look at the situation and what to expect moving forward.
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In the next issue

The line between artisanal and illegal mining is often blurred, with legitimate small-scale miners an easy target for authorities setting an example and also criminal gangs. New initiative, Fairmined, aims to help artisanal miners access international markets and tackle some early-stage risks. We speak to Fairmined about the new ‘Entry Standard’.

Elsewhere, we find out about developments in chemical extraction techniques and how they’re being used to reclaim the precious metals in disgarded electronics.

Plus we look into the likelihood of a global copper shortage, learn how Maptek’s new software tools could take mine scheduling to the next level, profile mining giant Alrosa following its commitment to support mining technology growth in Russia and Eastern Europe, and hear from Deloitte on the necessity for innovation to secure the health of the Australian market.

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