October 2015
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October 2015
Foreign direct investment
Navigating the minefield of non-technical risk It is conceivable that every professional employed in the mining industry will at some time be involved in foreign direct investment (FDI).  Mineral occurrences of interest may be in foreign jurisdictions, and therefore it is essential that decision-makers are fully aware of the legal and fiscal mechanisms of these jurisdictions and can objectively evaluate the risks that exist when investing their shareholder’s funds. The decision-maker Read More
October 2015
Mineral exploration in the Northland region of New Zealand
The varied and potentially rewarding geology of northern New Zealand The Northland region is geologically diverse and has a history of mining dating from the early years of European settlement. A range of metallic minerals have been produced from a variety of deposit types. Mercury, silver and manganese were produced in the late 19th century, and in the early 20th century, antimony and copper were produced on a small scale. Deposits of non-metals diatomite, kaolinite clay, kauri gum, Read More
October 2015
Frontiers in the race to superior productivity
The role of culture, leadership, character and deeper understanding Human energy, and its purposeful use, is the key to sustained superior productivity needed to survive and even thrive in current mining industry markets (Catchpole and Robins, 2015 and Mitchell, 2014a, 2014b). How do effective and committed leaders across mining disciplines become even more valuable? They design, build and lead a safe and productive culture, long-known as the most powerful determinant of productivity. Read More
October 2015
The critical importance of optimising performance
Making the most of new technologies to maximise productivity in the iron ore sector The theme of the recently held Iron Ore 2015 conference was ‘Optimising Performance’, which is particularly relevant at present as new projects and expansions have bedded down after an unprecedented period of major growth and iron ore market conditions have become more volatile.  Over the last 40 years, considerable changes have occurred in the iron ore resources available throughout the world, especially Read More
October 2015
Ensuring an effective Principal Hazard Management Plan
A systematic approach to reducing the risk of health and safety hazards and incidents There has been an unprecedented rise in the fatality rate in the Australian mining industry over the last few years. The factors behind this rise are not clear, but it is noted that the increase in fatalities has occurred during a fall in commodity prices. This article examines prevention methods and systems to deal with hazards that have the potential to result in either single or multiple fatalities. Read More
October 2015
Perspectives on the long-term outlook for iron ore
This paper was originally delivered as a keynote presentation as part of the Iron Ore 2015 conference, held in Perth from 13-15 July Abstract World demand for iron ore is far from peaking, and the substantial price decline that has captivated commentators since early 2014 is not the result of widespread misreading by producers of the prospects for global market growth. Recent price movements provide little useful insight into the industry’s longer-term fortunes, apart from reminding Read More