MINE digital magazine: Issue 20

17 April 2014 (Last Updated April 17th, 2014 01:30)

In this issue: Indonesia's export gamble, Canada's push into the rare earth metals market, LNG-fuelled engines for mining trucks, holistic conveyor belt monitoring, increasing yields from complex ores and more.

MINE digital magazine: Issue 20

MINE digital magazine: Issue 20 | April 2014

Indonesia recently enacted its long-planned ban on the export of raw mineral ores as well as an unexpected tax on the export of concentrates. We investigate whether this move could encourage the building of much-needed smelting infrastructure or will see big players exit the country. We also take a look at Canada's push to take a share of the rare earth elements market currently dominated by China.

Shell and Caterpillar are testing a new fuel mixture containing liquefied natural gas, aiming to design a truck capable of running on dual fuel. We find out how this project could help reduce emissions and operating costs of future fleets. We also take a look at Honeywell's 'holistic' conveyor belt monitoring system and examine the potential of the radio frequency plasma torch, a new technology promising to improve precious metal yields from complex ores.

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In this issue

Indonesia's Export Gamble
Indonesia has finally enacted its ban on the export of raw mineral ores, as well as introducing an unexpected tax. Heidi Vella investigates the potential fall-out from the new legislation.
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Move Aside, China
Canada is joining the race for rare earth elements currently dominated by China with a host of new exploration projects. Dr Gareth Evans asks how this ambitious effort will affect the global market.
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Fuelling the Future
A new engine and fuel mix using liquefied natural gas (LNG) could reduce operating costs and emissions from oil sands mining. Julian Turner assesses the potential of LNG and dual fuels.
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Plasma Power
Plasma technology promising to increase precious metal yields from complex ores by more than 1,000% could change the face of the mining industry. Elly Earls reports.
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Eagle Eye
As video surveillance and analytic software continue to open the doors to automated monitoring of conveyor systems, Chris Lo finds our more about Honeywell's 'holistic' inspection technology.
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Top 10 in Silver
Mexico, the world's biggest silver producing country, and Poland host three each of the world's ten biggest silver mines. Bolivia, Turkey, Peru and Australia are home to the remaining four.
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We also find out how IBM and Thiess are working to create predictive analytics for mining fleet management and speak to the leaders of Canada's Ultra-Deep Mining Network about their research to improve productivity and safety in mining operations at record depths.

Moreover, we look at an autonomous drone which can navigate its way around underground mine tunnels and talk sustainability with Teck Resources, the only mining company to make it onto the Global 100 index of the most sustainable corporations in 2014

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