February’s top news stories

5 March 2018 (Last Updated March 7th, 2018 11:22)

British Columbia (BC) established a 12-member mining jobs taskforce in an attempt to strengthen the industry in the province by helping ensure job security and viable mines. New Century Resources selected National Pump & Energy (NPE) and Paragon Tailings as the preferred contractors for hydraulic mining service works at the Century zinc mine tailings deposit in Queensland, Australia. Mining-technology.com wraps up the key headlines from February 2018.

British Columbia forms taskforce to strengthen mining sector

British Columbia (BC) set-up a 12-member mining jobs taskforce in an attempt to strengthen the industry in the province by helping ensure job security and viable mines.

The development comes in response to the 2014 failure of the Mount Polley mine tailings pond in the Cariboo region of the province and growing skirmishes with Alaska over the effects of pollution on cross-border rivers due to mining.

BC Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister Michelle Mungall said: “Over the coming months, the BC mining jobs taskforce will work with first nations, the mining industry and communities to develop recommendations on possible actions government could take to bring more certainty to the mining sector and create good jobs for people today, tomorrow and beyond.”

New Century selects contractors for hydraulic mining works at Queensland mine

New Century Resources selected National Pump & Energy (NPE) and Paragon Tailings as the preferred contractors for hydraulic mining service works at the Century zinc mine tailings deposit in Queensland, Australia.

The company has identified hydraulic mining as the ideal method to undertake extraction of the tailings deposit as it believes the method will enable efficient recovery of the ore and transport.

Recovered ore will be transported through the existing site slurry piping infrastructure to the Century processing plant.

Australia’s RCT teams with RUC Mining to develop technologies

Smart Technology company RCT forged an alliance with contractor RUC Cementation Mining Contractors to develop technologies for underground mine operations.

Under the collaboration, RCT’s new and emerging technologies will be tested and trialled at RUC Mining’s operating contract sites in Australia and overseas.

The control and automation solutions offered by the company can be installed on any machine type.

Rio Tinto weighing power generation options for Oyu Tolgoi, Mongolia

Rio Tinto was considering options to develop domestic energy generation for the Oyu Tolgoi operation after the Government of Mongolia terminated the power sector cooperation agreement (PSCA) for the country’s southern region.

Under the PSCA signed in August 2014, Rio Tinto reached a framework for cooperation with the Government of Mongolia to deliver an energy plan for the South Gobi region.

According to an investment agreement reached by Oyu Tolgoi, the company agreed to set-up power supply within the country four years from the start of commercial production.

Walkabout Resources signs JV to gain majority stake in Slieve Gallion

Walkabout Resources (WKT) concluded a joint venture (JV) deal with Koza (UK) to acquire a 75% interest in the Slieve Gallion licence in Northern Ireland.

The licence is located around 20km from the 4.4Moz Curraghinalt gold resource owned by Dalradian Resources.

The acquisition of the licence’s interest will be achieved through earning-in to 50% of the holding company by spending a minimum of $500,000 towards exploration costs.

Caterpillar signs technology development deal with Minetec

Caterpillar signed a global licensing and technology development agreement with mining technology company Minetec in order to transform safety and productivity solutions for underground mining applications.

The partnership will see the integration of Minetec’s technology comprising SMARTS task management, TRAX high-precision tracking and wireless communications and SafeDetect proximity detection into the Caterpillar technology solution, MineStar.

Under the agreement, the companies will team up to expand and develop the Caterpillar Minestar technology solution for underground and surface mining operations.

Triton Minerals to acquire 100% interest in Mozambique’s graphite projects

Triton Minerals reached an agreement to acquire Gregory James Sheffield’s 20% interest in Grafex, which will allow the company to wholly own graphite projects in Mozambique.

Triton currently owns an 80% interest in Grafex, which will increase to 100% following the completion of the deal.

Under the deal, Triton will make a $1.5m payment to Sheffield.

Caledonia Mining halts operations at Zimbabwean mine after worker dies

Caledonia Mining suspended production in a section of the Blanket gold mine in Zimbabwe after the death of a worker in a mining-related incident.

The incident took place in the Blanket Quartz Reef area of the mine.

Operations in the section will remain closed until an investigation is completed by the Zimbabwean Ministry of Mines inspectorate department.

Excellon Resources signs toll milling deal with Hecla

Excellon Resources signed a five-year toll milling agreement to process sulphide ore from US-based silver producer Hecla Mining Company’s San Sebastian mine at its Miguel Auza flotation mill facility in Zacatecas, Mexico.

Ore from the mine will be transported 26 miles to the processing facility.

Under the deal, Hecla is expected to have access to 440t a day of milling capacity. The mill is said to be eventually upgraded to include a copper flotation circuit.

Bauba awards chrome spiral circuit wash plant contract in South Africa

Bauba Platinum awarded a contract for a chrome spiral circuit wash plant and the primary crushing circuit at its Moeijelijk mine in Limpopo province, South Africa.

The R18.4m ($1.57m) contract was awarded to an undisclosed company and covers the plant’s design, construction, and commission.

Scheduled to be commissioned by July, the plant will enable the company to upgrade Moeijelijk’s current chrome ore run of mine (RoM) saleable product into a lumpy and then foundry, chemical and metallurgical grade concentrates.