MINE digital magazine: Issue 23 | July 2014

Chile’s copper mines may have weathered the recent earthquake unscathed, but the country’s mining industry is feeling economic tremors caused by fluctuations in commodity prices, the limited lifetime of current projects and the impact of severe energy shortages. We take a look at Chile’s mining sector to find out whether the country can maintain its position as copper king.

We also explore the investment strategy ex-Xstrata CEO Mick Davis is taking with his new company X2 Resources, take a look at the world’s top iron ore producers and find out how the Canadian mining sector is trying to improve working conditions in underground mines to attract a new generation of miners.

Moreover, we review the legal proceedings on the future of suction dredge mining in California and find out whether the controversial method, which is deemed highly efficient, is causing too much environmental damage, and take a look at Ivanhoe Mines’ Platreef mine project in South Africa.

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In this issue

Chile Unshaken
The massive earthquake which struck Chile in April miraculously left the country’s copper operations unscathed. Adam Leach asks how the industry is holding on to its top position in the face of earthquakes, fraught industrial relations and enduring energy instability.
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Rising Above
After resigning from Xstrata in the wake of bitter merger negotiations with Glencore, Mick Davis is making a comeback with a new and well-backed force in the natural resources sector. Chris Lo learns more about X2 Resources.
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Ferro Giants
The world’s top ten iron ore producers account for more than 90% of the total global iron ore output. We take a look at the countries and their leading players.
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Recruiting Underground
Underground mining often means difficult working conditions, long hours and a fly-in fly-out lifestyle. Heidi Vella finds out how Canada plans to attract a new generation of miners to jobs in this sector.
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Efficiency vs Damage
Suction dredge mining: highly efficient method or environment destroyer? In the midst of Californian legal proceedings on the future of this controversial mining practice, Dr Gareth Evans explores the argument.
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Industry Project: Platreef Mine
Ivanhoe Mines is developing the Platreef project in the Limpopo province of South Africa, which will begin production of platinum, nickel, copper and gold in 2020.
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