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Annually, E&MJ publishes the Project Survey in the January edition. It details capital spending plans worldwide. Some of the key takeaways from this year’s survey are that, while growth in investment spending will slow, it will still reach the highest levels in 10 years. Approximately $263 billion worth of projects are currently under construction. Moreover, the largest global mining firms, Anglo American, Barrick Gold, Freeport-McMoRan, Glencore, Newmont, Rio Tinto and Vale collectively are planning to spend 8% more in 2024 than they did in 2023. As far as investment by commodity, copper, gold, and iron ore garner the greatest share of investment after coal. The green energy transition, however, is one of the main drivers for project investment. Not all new mining projects are moving forward, especially in America .... read more

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Second Concentrator Approved for Centinela
After an extensive review, Antofagasta plc has approved the construction of the $4.4 billion Centinela Second Concen trator Project. The company said critical path works will begin immediately with full constructions .... read more

Ma’aden Reports Significant Gold Discovery in Saudi Arabia
Calibre Saudi Arabian Mining Co. (Ma’aden) has discovered a significant gold resource potential extending along a 100-km strike from the existing Mansourah Massarah gold mine. This is the first find from the company’s extensive exploration program, launched in 2022, aimed at building Ma’aden’s production pipeline. “Last year, Ma’aden embarked on one of the largest exploration programs in the world,” said Robert Wilt, CEO .... read more


Livent, Allkem Merge to Create Arcadium Lithium
Livent Corp. and Allkem Ltd. have obtained all requisite shareholder approvals necessary to complete the merger of equals transaction previously announced in May. The two companies planned to close the merger on January 4, 2024, and begin operating under the name..... read more

IAMGOLD to Acquire Vanstar Resources
IAMGOLD Corp. has signed an agreement to acquire all shares of Vanstar Mining Resources Inc. Vanstar’s share holders will receive 0.2008 of an IAM GOLD common share for each Vanstar share, which implies a total transaction value of approximately $31.1 million. Vanstar is a gold exploration company with properties located in Northern Quebec at different stages of .... read more

Turner Mining Group Awarded 5-Year Mining Contract with Bayer
Bayer awarded Turner Mining Group a 5-year mining contract for its facility in Soda Springs, Idaho. This strategic partnership represents a significant mile stone for both companies, as it combines Turner Mining Group’s industry-leading safety .... read more

MSHA Issues Final Rule for Written Safety Programs
The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) published a final rule that requires mine operators to have written safety programs for surface mobile equipment, excluding belt conveyors, at surface mines and the surface areas of underground mines. The agency requires that mine operators develop programs, implement them, and update them when necessary. The written safety more


Foran Project Reaches Environmental Milestone 2
Foran Mining Corp. has achieved a major milestone for its McIlvenna Bay Project in Saskatchewan. Foran is planning to develop a copper, zinc, gold, and silver mine at McIlvenna Bay, and the project recently secured Ministerial Approval under the province’s Environmental Assessment Act. The Ministerial Approval concludes the Environmental Impact Assessment process for the project .... read more

AROUND THE WORLD - Latin America
Torex Gold Reports Successful Breakthrough of Guajes Tunnel
Just before the Christmas break, Torex Gold Resources Inc. completed the break through of the Guajes Tunnel. The tunnel unifies the Morelos Complex in Mexico by connecting the existing operations on the north side .... read more


Atlas Lithium Finds Funding
Atlas Lithium Corp. has secured $50 million from Chinese customers Yahua and Chengxin, which will cover its total capital expenditures for its Phase 1 development. Under an accelerated development timeline, the company could be producing spodumene concentrate at its Neves lithium project in Brazil’s Lithium Valley by Q4 2024. Extensive metallurgical test work ... read more


AROUND THE WORLD - Australasia
Evolution Proposes Northparkes Acquisition
Evolution Mining has entered a binding agreement to acquire an 80% interest in the Northparkes copper-gold mine from CMOC Group Ltd. for a total cash consideration of up to $475 million. The proposed transaction consists of an upfront cash consideration of up to …. read more


Rio Tinto Progresses Rhodes Ridge to PFS
Rio Tinto has approved a $77 million pre-feasibility study (PFS) to progress development of the Rhodes Ridge iron ore project in the East Pilbara in Western Australia. The commencement of a PFS follows completion of an order of magnitude study that considered development of an operation with initial capacity of up to 40 million metric tons per year (mt/y). The PFS is expected to be completed by  …. read more


Kamoa-Kakula Exports Copper Concentrate Using the Lobito Corridor
The first shipment of copper concentrate from the Ivanhoe Mines’ Kamoa-Kakula copper complex arrived by rail at the Atlantic Ocean port of Lobito, in Angola. The first shipment is a part of the trial tonnage under the memorandum of understanding …. read more


Rio Tinto Offer Update on Simandou
Rio Tinto recently provided an update on the Simandou iron ore project in Guinea, which is being progressed in partnership with CIOH, a Chinalco-led consortium, Winning Consortium Simandou (WCS), Baowu, and the Republic of Guinea. Simandou is the world’s largest untapped high-grade iron ore deposit, according to Rio Tinto. The Simfer joint venture’s mine concession held an estimated .... read more

AROUND THE WORLD - This Month in Coal
ACNR Idles Lila Canyon Indefinitely
The Lila Canyon underground coal mine, located near Pirce, Utah, has been idled indefinitely, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. A WARN notice filed with the Utah Department of Workforce Development said that as many as .... read more


Australia’s North Goonyella Renamed Centurion
Peabody announced that its North Goonyella mine in Queensland, Australia, will now be known as the Centurion mine. In October, the company reached an agreement to acquire a large portion of the Wards Well coal deposit adjacent to the existing North Goonyella mine. The new name reflects the pending addition of the acquired resources, creating a premier, tier-one premium hard coking coal mine .... read more

FEATURE - Project Survey 2024 Mining
Constraints Mount to Slow Mining Project Growth in 2024
Even though capital spending growth will moderate this year, it should reach the highest level in nearly 10 years

By Joe Govreau

Global mine project construction activity growth slowed in 2023 and looks to have plateaued as the first quarter of 2024 begins. This appears to be a near-term phenomenon, as the energy transition locomotive, which spawned a dizzying amount of battery metal project activity, has encountered constraining market drivers such as subpar China GDP growth post COVID, slowing adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in some parts of the world, and project cost inflation, which have combined to delay activity in an otherwise robust project arena. Mining project construction activity declined 2.2% over the past year based on the value of projects, dropping from about $269 billion in 2022 to .... read more



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FEATURE - Process Control
Control, Optimize, Integrate
We investigate the potential that advanced process control holds in improving the efficiency, productivity and sustainability of mining operations

By Carly Leonida, European Editor

Mining operations are under constant pressure to maximize their resource extraction while lowering energy usage, emissions, waste generation and water consumption. Advanced process control (APC) is one proven technology that offers a way to optimize recovery yields, lower energy consumption and improve product quality by automatically adjusting process variables based on real-time process data. Marc Poualion, Industry Solutions Director, Metals & Mining at Aspen Technology, explained: “Mines are increasingly deploying sensors and collecting vast amounts of operation- al data. APC not only leverages this data to identify patterns, predict process behavior and optimize control strategies, but can also .... read more



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FEATURE - Underground Mine Trucks
Reloaded: Introducing the Next Generation of Underground Mining Trucks
We look at future-focused technologies and upcoming product releases.

By Carly Leonida, European Editor.

According to new research from Global Data, the global population of under ground mining trucks and loaders, including active units and those in care and maintenance, at the end of 2023, totalled 22,927. Of these, 9,461 were un derground mining trucks, including 8,108 at active mines. Sandvik, Epiroc and Caterpillar are thought to account for around 75% of these, although there’s a growing range of options and innovations from smaller players too. Put simply, more mines means more trucks, and the firm predicts steady growth in output, as new operations ramp up over the coming years and others look to replace aging fleets. The highest deliveries .... read more


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FEATURE - Drill Rigs
Rigs Offer Automation, Remote Control, Integration
Drill rig OEMs race to perfect autonomous and remote control solutions and technologies, and eye horizontal integration

By Jesse Morton, Technical Writer

The big innovations in surface drilling include key advances in autonomous and remote control technologies and solutions. Both are said to improve rig performance and uptime while offering safety and sustainability benefits. Separately, one OEM announced a partnership for horizontal integration. As digital solutions proliferate in mining, the demand is growing for those solutions to be capable of integrating. Certainly, suppliers will take action to meet that demand. Meanwhile, an OEM reported that demand remains solid for basic, relatively low-tech rigs, revealing another, less discussed trend in demand that suppliers are also willing to meet. Separately, .... read more



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Epiroc Field Trials Battery-Electric SmartROC D65 BE
Epiroc has partnered up with leading mining services company Capital Limited to field test the SmartROC D65 BE, a battery-electric surface drill rig for the mining and construction industry. The battery-electric SmartROC D65 field test will take place .... read more
TMS® launches New Tire Pressure Monitoring System
TMS® has launched a new Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) specifically aimed at industrial and Off-the-Road (OTR) vehicles, particularly in mining, earth-moving, mobile cranes, container ports, and mass-transit systems. The new system will work on any vehicle of any size up to more
CDE Plant Optimises Concrete Mix
CDE has been commissioned to supply a new sand wash plant by the Al-Jazera Concrete Company. JCC produces and supplies readymix concrete of varying strengths to largescale public works and infrastructure projects .... read more

GHH Going for Gold in Bulgaria
German-based machine manufacturer GHH has expanded its market share in Bulgaria, selling a double-digit number of machines to Breznik Minerals Ltd. The Bulgarian company is part of the group of companies of Assarel-Medet JSC, which is the first, largest and leading more


Septentrio Launches AntaRx GNSS Smart Antenna
Septentrio has announced the launch of a new smart antenna, for machine automation and control in construction, precision agriculture and logistics. The AntaRx smart antenna is enclosed in a robust housing which can handle high levels .... read more
Komatsu Offers New GD955-7
Komatsu has introduced the new GD955-7 motor grader to the North American market. The GD955-7 offers operators the control and precision needed to build and maintain haul roads for truck fleets of 100 tons and up and is an important addition to Komatsu’s motor grader .... read more

ABD Solutions Establishes Australian Operation
ABD Solutions, a subsidiary of UK based AB Dynamics plc, unveils its latest milestone in strategic expansion with the establishment of its Australian operation in Perth, Western Australia. Leveraging the decades-long vehicle automation experience of its parent .…. read more

Xerotech Partners with LifeSafe Technologies
Xerotech, a battery technology company have announced they are collaborating with LifeSafe Technologies, a fire safety technology business, to advance safety in their battery packs. LifeSafe manufactures several fire safety products dielectric fluid can help reduce heat more



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Alcoa Corp. appointed Matt Reed as its executive vice president and COO. Reed, who will be based in Western Australia, will lead Alcoa’s global operations, including bauxite mines, alumina refineries, and aluminum smelters. Previously, he served as vice president of operations for Australia.
Eldorado Gold Corp. named Paul Ferneyhough as its executive vice president and CFO. He succeeds the retiring Philip Yee. Ferneyhough joined Eldorado Gold in May 2021 to oversee the development and execution of the company’s strategic growth strategy. Most recently, he was executive vice president, chief strategy and commercial officer for Eldorado..
Integra Resources announced its COO, Tim Arnold , has retired. He helped guide the Delamar project from preliminary economic assessment to pre-feasibility study. The submission of the MPO (see U.S. & Canada, p. 8) represents the culmination of more than 3 years of permitting and baseline work overseen by Arnold and his team. Integra also appointed Scott Olsen to vice president, engineering and processing. Olsen has held senior roles with both Barrick Gold Corp. and Kinross Gold Corp. Most recently, he served as a senior metallurgical engineer for Hanlon Engineering & Associates.
Canagold Resources Ltd., the gold exploration company focused on advancing the New Polaris project, appointed Chris Pharness as senior vice president sustainability and permitting. For the past decade he represented Barkerville Goldmines Ltd. as vice president environment and sustainability, and more recently with Osisko Development Corp. as vice president sustainable development, after Osisko acquired Barkerville in 2019.
Morné Engelbrecht has been named CFO of Metals Acquisition Ltd. He is a senior executive with more than 23 years of diversified experience in Australia and internationally in the professional services and resources industries. Engelbrecht replaces Dan Vujcic who served as interim CFO and will now continue as chief development officer.
Electra Battery Materials Corp. announced that George Puvvada , Ph.D., P.Eng., PMP, was appointed vice president of metallurgy and technology effective today. He brings 30 years of experience developing effective flowsheets for recovering metals from complex formations and completing large-scale projects with some of the mining industry’s largest companies, including Cameco, Xstrata, Vale, and Inco. Located north of Toronto, Electra is executing a multipronged strategy focused on onshoring the electric vehicle supply chain. It is currently constructing North America’s only cobalt sulfate refinery.
Caterpillar announced that Jason Kaiser , senior vice president of the electric power division, has been appointed to group president of the energy and transportation segment. In this role, he will have responsibility for the rail division, solar turbines, large power systems division, industrial power systems division, electric power division, the oil and gas and marine division, Cat Reman and the electrification and energy solutions division.
Superior Industries has added Kyle Donaldson to its conveyor components outside sales team. He will represent Superior in his home province of Ontario plus all of Canada’s Maritime region.



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