Engineering & Mining Journal

MAR 2017

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MARCH 2017 • E&MJ 1 www.e-mj.com MARCH 2017 • VOL 218 • NUMBER 3 FEATURES New Blasthole Drill Rigs Feature More Autonomy Evolution of control systems arrives at cabless, remote-controlled rigs designed for safety, accuracy and effi ciency .................................................. 28 Security Enters a New Realm Cyber criminals have yet to target mining in a big way, but it will happen. E&MJ looks at some of the threats and what operators can do to mitigate them. ........................................................................................... 41 Floating Points E&MJ examines some notable new fl otation technologies that offer the prospect of improved recovery with lower energy costs .................................. 46 Miners Seeing Signs of Improvement in Africa Cape Town investment conference fi nally hears optimism after several gloomy years ...................................................................................... 50 LEADING DEVELOPMENTS Pretium's Brucejack Mine Nearing Startup in Northwest British Columbia........4 Barrick Offers Update on Gold Projects .............................................................4 Exploration Budgets Fall for a Fourth Consecutive Year ....................................5 AngloGold Ashanti Production Only Down Slightly in 2016 ................................6 Sibanye Receives Bank Approval for Acquisition of Stillwater Mining ...............6 Paris Court of Appeal Decides in Favor of Gold Reserve ....................................6 AROUND THE WORLD U.S. & Canada: Trevali Buying New Mining Fleet for its Caribou Mine ...............8 Latin America: Guyana Goldfi elds Expanding its Aurora Gold Mine in Guyana ....................................................................................................... 14 Australia/Oceania: Blackham Looking to Expand Matilda/Wiluna Gold Production .............................................................................................. 16 Africa: B2Gold Targeting October Production Start at Fekola ......................... 18 Asia: Freeport-McMoRan Updates Status of Indonesia Operations ................. 20 Exploration Roundup: New Drilling Extends Strike Length at Ivanhoe's Kakula Copper Discovery ................................................................................ 22 This month, E&MJ covers rotary blasthole drilling. All of the drill makers now offer either semi- or full-autono- my, and machine data integration to mine planning and management systems. The cover photo this month is the DR461i rotary blasthole drill. (Photo: Sandvik Mining) DEPARTMENTS Calendar ...................................................... 26 Classifi ed Advertisements ............................ 63 Equipment Gallery ........................................ 60 From the Editor................................................2 Markets ........................................................ 64 Operating Strategies .................................... 54 People .......................................................... 12 Processing Solutions .................................... 58 Suppliers Report........................................... 56 This Month in Coal ....................................... 24 Cybersecurity....41 Energy Effi ciency....46 Mining Indaba 2017....50

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