October 2016
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October 2016
Where is the most attractive for investment?
An analysis of barriers to exploration investment A well-developed mining sector can produce great economic and community benefits. This leads many countries and subnational jurisdictions around the world to eagerly seek out mining investment. But as with all private sector activities, mining is competitive and investment capital is mobile. To encourage a robust development of the mining sector, governments must put forth attractive and competitive policies. Where is the most attractive Read More
October 2016
Region Snapshot: Mining in West Africa
West Africa has significant potential to capitalise on its natural resources and further develop its mining industry The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) comprises 15 member countries. According to the ECOWAS website, the countries form a ‘regional group with a mandate of promoting integration in all fields of activity of the constituting countries’ (ECOWAS, 2016). In 2016, the ECOWAS countries had an estimated population of 345 million people and a combined GDP of Read More
October 2016
Optimism in uncertain times: restoring confidence through options and flexibility
In times of market volatility, the use of the real options technique has the potential to help reduce uncertainty and increase investor confidence The commodity and equity markets are characterised by high volatility and uncertainties, with the last decade witnessing an increase in these phenomena. As practitioners, events such as the global financial crisis, China’s economic slowdown and most recently the Brexit are only but a few instances that seem to question our conventional Read More
October 2016
Driving mine performance through communication
Integrating mine production through improved communication can lead to better operational performance Mining operations face increasingly uncertain operating environments due to economic concerns, regulatory demands and profitability pressures. In general, operations confront these circumstances by extracting as much of the known resource as fast as possible at the lowest cost. This drives most productivity initiatives to be based on one of two core strategies: reduce costs by Read More
October 2016
High-energy blasting delivers mining and milling improvements at Mt Rawdon
A case study that explores the potential for increased mill throughout using high-energy explosives The Vistis™ Bulk System is a range of high-energy bulk explosives for use in hard rock metal mines. Vistis produces over three-and-a-half times the detonation pressure and triple the relative bulk strength of ANFO. The energy levels generated, and the speed with which they are released, delivers optimal fragmentation that reduces overall operating costs either through pattern expansion, Read More
October 2016
Cover system performance monitoring for tailings – are we doing it correctly?
Proper planning and monitoring of tailings storage facilities will ensure the best closure outcomes for key project stakeholders Successful closure of tailings storage facilities (TSFs) is an environmental issue faced globally. During the initial feasibility and design phase, importance is rightly placed on the physical stability of above ground TSFs. However, it can be argued that aspects of closure planning are not often considered to the same extent by comparison. Hence, a key message Read More