Fire breaks out at OMNIS coal waste refinery

A fire raged through the OMNIS Bailey coal waste refinery in West Finley Township, Pa., on May 20, reported local media. No injuries were sustained, but the fire did cause a partial collapse of the plant. As of now, the origins of the fire are unknown. The refinery is located on Consol Energy’s Pennsylvania Mine Complex near its Bailey coal…

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Epiroc opens surface mining center in Arizona

Epiroc has opened the doors to its new Surface Mining Competency Center in Tucson, Ariz., which the OEM is calling a significant strategic advancement. The new Epiroc USA facility features a 28,000-square-foot rebuild center and is set to support regional surface customers via aftermarket support, training and specialized technical assistance as well. Services offered include a range stemming from machinery…

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ABB unveils Ability Smart Hoisting

ABB is targeting digital monitoring and optimization for improved performance and reliability of mine hoists with the introduction of a new digital suite of applications for hoist monitoring and optimization, now rebranded to ABB Ability Smart Hoisting. The company said the rerelease opens it up for further integration to other cloud solutions and extended offerings that significantly increase the operational…

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PROK opens cutting-edge facility in Utah

Conveyor equipment expert PROK held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its specialist manufacturing facility in Salt Lake City, Utah on January 24. The site will manufacture PROK HDPE, a high-tech composite roller featuring groundbreaking visual wear-indicator technology – a world-first in the industry. “PROK HDPE has redefined conveyor roller maintenance practices, offering enhanced efficiency and cost-effectiveness for mining operations globally,” noted…

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Investment group buys majority stake in Coronado

Czech-based investment group Sev.en Global Investments said it will acquire a 51% stake in Coronado Global Resources from the Energy & Minerals Group as it continues to expand its portfolio, reported Reuters. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. “We believe that Coronado has established a successful business strategy and we will support the company in continuation of…

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Sustainable mining in North America:  Confronting 3 major environmental challenges

This trio of hurdles may surprise you, according to Vaisala’s Frank DeFina in this NAM exclusive. Mining faces an era of reinvention, with decision-makers no longer depending on traditional portfolios and practices to create value. Almost 40% of mining CEOs believe their companies will not be economically viable in the next decade if they continue their current trajectories.  Given the…

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A straight route to success at Detour Lake

Northeastern Ontario, Canada open-pit Agnico Eagle gold operation Detour Lake had several lofty goals: achieving and surpassing environmental, social and governance (ESG) outlines while setting itself up for long-term efficiency through monitoring its most crucial metrics. Artificial intelligence technology from Symboticware was its answer. By Donna Schmidt Mining operations in the age of digitization have the ability to bring in…

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Leaders in mine safety and technology honored by NMA, federal agencies

In a ceremony in Washington, D.C., the National Mining Association (NMA), the U.S. National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) honored outstanding achievements in mine safety, technology and reclamation. The NMA’s Sentinels of Safety Award recognizes coal and mineral mining operations in 10 categories for recording the most…

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Epiroc launches ‘Deep Automation’ for underground material handling

Deep Automation is Epiroc’s cutting-edge set of automation systems and applications used to orchestrate loaders and trucks in underground mining operations. Developed with interoperability in mind, customers can take control of safety zones, production assignments and autonomous traffic in real time – boosting safety, consistency and productivity. Epiroc has a long history of developing and implementing automation solutions in mines…

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SELECTING KNIFE GATE VALVES FOR SEVERE TAILINGS SERVICE

Water reduction efforts in mining operations create high pressure, highly abrasive slurries that require a new class of severe service knife gate valve designs. By Nick Farran One of the major financial drivers of any mining enterprise is the efficiency of tailings disposal. Tailings are the remaining unwanted components of the mine ore once extractable minerals have been recovered.  Composed…

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