PLANNING AN UNDERGROUND TRANSITION

Moving from open pit to underground operations is fraught with complications. North American Mining spoke to three experts about the considerations and risks involved.  By Jonathan Rowland A majority of mining operations begin life as open pits; however, as mining progresses, ore reserves may be proved to extend to greater depths than originally anticipated. To continue exploiting these reserves, the…

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Modularization in mineral processing

The benefits offered by modularization are provoking increased interest from the mining industry. Despite it being around for several decades now, the concept is still misunderstood. So, what exactly is modularization – and what are the practical considerations when applying it to mineral processing?  By Jonathan Rowland We are of the opinion that it is time for a paradigm shift…

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The Power of One  goes deeper undergroundThe Power of One  

Ahead of directing their Power of One platform and philosophy underground, North American Mining spoke to Hexagon’s Mateus Quintela for this exclusive interview about the company’s solutions and vision for underground mining.  By Jonathan Rowland Hexagon launched the Power of One for surface mining at MINExpo in September 2021. Designed as a holistic, life-of-mine solution, it provides a single digital…

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Net-zero mining

Net zero is one of today’s buzziest of buzz words. But it is more than clickbait. Achieving net zero is the challenge of a generation. What progress is being made and where to do we go from here? By Jonathan Rowland There are “few more pressing challenges facing all industrial and economic sectors than the need to rapidly decarbonize in…

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REQUIRED: CLEAN MINE POWER SOLUTIONS

Mines have traditionally relied on national energy grids, often fossil fuel-based, to provide their electrical energy needs. Where mines are remote or a grid connection is otherwise not feasible, diesel generators fill the gap. But as mining companies grapple with net-zero commitments, low-carbon onsite power solutions offer a key pathway to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. By Jonathan Rowland Several compelling…

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Innovation in mineral processing

Coarse particle flotation and bulk ore sorting are starting to make waves in the mineral processing industry. North American Mining takes a look at both technologies with the help of experts from three leading mineral processing OEMs. By Jonathan Rowland The mining industry is known for the relatively slow pace with which it adopts new technologies. And there are good…

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PUMPING SUCCESS

Surface mine dewatering pumps may not be particularly glamorous, but they are essential. North American Mining magazine talked to three experts about the most important factors impacting pump selection and performance. By Jonathan Rowland Dewatering pumps “play a critical role in all mining operations and are therefore among the most important equipment in a mine,” said Mikael Hjelm, business development…

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Mining companies are increasingly looking to electrification to reduce carbon emissions. In underground mining, this switch offers several other additional benefits. But making the change at existing operations is not without its challenges.  By Jonathan Rowland  Electrification is nothing new in underground mining. Benefits include an improved work environment, with lower air emissions, heat, and noise, and thus reduced costs…

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Thinking Water

North American Mining talks to two experts about the principles, challenges and opportunities of water management in underground mines.  By Jonathan Rowland Environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategies are now playing a much more significant role in the life of businesses. Traditionally, these have tended to place heavy emphasis on climate change and the need to reduce carbon emissions. While…

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Taking control: collision avoidance in surface mining

Collision avoidance systems are touted as a critical pathway to safer mines. But they are now also a significant enabling technology of the wider digital, automated mine ecosystem. By Jonathan Rowland Collision avoidance: a market snapshotMore mines will invest in collision avoidance systems (CAS; also known as proximity detection systems) over the next two years than any other technology bar…

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