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  1. Autonomous mining: the challenges of independently minded vehicles
  2. Giant mining vessels: how high-quality gems are exploited from the sea
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November’s top news stories

Albemarle signed an exclusivity agreement with Mineral Resources (MRL) to acquire a 50% interest in the latter’s Wodgina lithium project and form a 50/50 integrated lithium joint venture, Chaarat Gold pulled out of the proposed acquisition of both Centerra Gold for $1.52bn and its Kumtor mine in Kyrgyzstan. wraps up the key headlines from November 2018.

Monorail Suspended Transport

Monorail locomotives or manipulators driven by diesel, electric, or pneumatic motors are used on the monorail track as autonomous traction devices for manipulation and transport.

Autonomous mining: the challenges of independently minded vehicles

Transport and haulage remain some of the most dangerous jobs in mining, with most fatalities and accidents occurring when humans work with vehicles. With opportunities for driverless vehicles on the rise, truck manufacturer ETF is optimistic about the future of automation, but questions remain as to how ready the mining industry is to implement autonomous technology on a large scale.

Giant mining vessels: how high-quality gems are exploited from the sea

While most mining is done on dry land, off the coast of Namibia, a De Beer’s co-owned venture is searching for high-grade diamonds by dredging the seabed with giant mining vessels. To scale up its operation, the company recently signed a refitting deal with Wärtsilä and last year invested in the largest diamond mining vessel ever built. Heidi Vella discovers more about marine mining technology.

MINE Magazine Issue 75

In this issue: Mining for diamonds on the sea floor, opportunities for driverless vehicles, a closer look at the commodity antimony, creating real-time 3D visualisation for mines, the new Mandela mining precinct in South Africa, and more.

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