MINE digital magazine: Issue 25 | September 2014

After years of negotiations Bolivia has passed new mining legislation, including a ban on cooperatives partnering with private companies and a ban on private firms registering minerals as assets. We find out how the changes were received by Bolivians and potential investors.

We also take a look at the growing palladium market, investigate the City of London’s position as a global hub for mining investment and find out about the environmental and social impact of artisanal gold mining in Peru.

Moreover, we find out how ABB is setting its sights on a new era of automation for underground mining and explore the best mobile apps for miners.

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In this issue

Bolivia’s Rocky Road to Reform
Natural resources are the exclusive dominion of the Bolivian people, according to the country’s 2009 constitution, but President Evo Morales’ recent mining reforms have not found universal favour. Dr Gareth Evans finds out why.
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Metal’s Rising Star
Palladium may lack the glamour of gold or the per-ounce price of platinum but, as Paul French discovers, its market is growing faster than any other precious metal.
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Know Your Place
A mobile, location-based system created by ABB and Mobilaris aims to improve personnel safety and boost productivity in underground mines. ABB’s Patrik Westerlund tells Elly Earls why this technology is the beginning of a new, automated era for underground mining
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London Calling
London remains the undisputed centre of global mining finance. Deloitte’s UK head of mining tells Julian Turner about the city’s unique corporate demographic and how canny junior operators can raise investment capital.
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21st Century Mining
Mobile apps are playing their part in the industry by improving safety, productivity and even work/life balance. Chris Lo reviews five apps that demonstrate the extent of innovation in the market.
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The Cost of Gold
Journalist Stephen Sapienza has seen first-hand the damage gold mining can do to the environment and human health. Heidi Vella learns more about his experiences with artisan miners in Peru.
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Next issue preview

A controversial ironsand mining project off New Zealand’s coast has been turned down for environmental reasons. With developer TTR set to appeal the decision, we find out more about the project’s risks. We also examine Glencore’s conduct in the DRC and the UK Government’s role in ensuring human rights due diligence of UK companies operating abroad.

With emerging mining regions now contributing 60%-80% of new reserves added globally, we ask how soon the ’emerging market’ will become simply ‘the market’. Moreover, we find out how a ‘freedome’ structure over a mine in Chile reduces the impact of mining operations on nearby vineyards, explore the potential and challenges of mining in Saudi Arabia and take a look at the growing interest in diamonds led by emerging markets around the world.

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