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SEPTEMBER 2018 • E&MJ 61 SUPPLIERS REPORT quickly scoped, piloted, proven and ad- opted into operations." Command for underground is a tech- nology within Cat MineStar. Newmont operates underground loaders using Com- mand for loading in its Carlin mines in northern Nevada. Separately, Cat announced the suc- cessful installation of an eighth liquid natural gas (LNG)-burning G3520C gen- erator at Stornoway Diamond Corp.'s Re- nard mine, bringing the operation's total installed power to 16 megawatts (MW). Stornoway initially tapped Toromont Cat to install seven G3520C generators, each producing 2 MW in March 2017. The sta- tion is fed with the natural gas produced on-site. The plant is the first gas power plant in Canada and the first to operate on LNG, Cat reported. Northern Star to Adopt More Minnovare Solutions Minnovare reported its technology will be further adopted at Northern Star Re- sources' Western Australian operations. Previously, those operations adopted Min- novare's drill and blast Product Optimiz- er. Since implementation, drilled meters increased by 17% and blasthole deviation at the collar was reduced by 75%, Minno- vare reported. Separately, Minnovare reported Interna- tional Directional Services will rent out its Azimuth Aligner drill rig alignment system. Headquartered in Perth, Minnovare supplies technology for drilling operations. Mobile Truck Scanning System Adopted Nickel Asia Corp. adopted two Loadscan portable load volume scanner (LVS) sys- tems for the Taganito nickel mine in the Philippines. It utilizes laser scanning and RFID technologies, with software that creates 3-D model images of trucks, to measure the volume of the materi- al loaded in a truck or trailer bin. The systems, each affixed to a precast con- crete mounting block for easy relocation by forklift, were designed for long-term truck measurement applications, Load- scan reported. Immersive Technology Simulators Expedite Training Lydian Armenia selected Immersive Tech- nologies for simulators for training locals at a greenfield project. Specifically, the simulator will expedite the training of hauler operators, who typically shadow experienced drivers for a protracted peri- od before deployment, and reduce the risk involved in that deployment, the miner reported. Lydian is the first mining com- pany to deploy simulation-based training from Immersive Technologies in Armenia, making it the 44th country where Immer- sive Technologies' systems are deployed. The new mine has a 4-km downhill load- ed haul with up to 10% grade. SRK Picked for Resource Statement Montego Resources appointed SRK to the team to review and prepare an updated resource statement on the Taylor silver project in Ely Nevada pursuant to National Instrument 43-101-Standards of Disclo- sure for Mineral Projects. The statement will form the basis for planned exploration on the project, the miner reported. Automated Solution Trialed at Poisoning Invasive Species Western Australian miners Roy Hill Hold- ings Pty Ltd. and Fortescue Metals Group will beta-test an automated system, called the Felixer, developed by Ecological Hori- zons, that poisons invasive feral cats and foxes. The miners and the supplier de- ployed three of the devices for a two-year research period. Initially, the microwave oven-sized Felixers, after being placed overlooking paths routinely used by cats and foxes, will be tested in photo-only mode. Next, the devices will operate in active mode and will spray targets with a dose of 1080 poison gel, a toxin naturally present in many of Australia's pea plants and to which native animals have devel- oped a tolerance. Once sprayed, the animal will ingest the poison when grooming and die. Threatened species of the Pilbara that are vulnerable to cats include the northern quoll, greater bilby, Pilbara olive python, Pilbara leaf-nosed bat and the night parrot. Rob Parsons, general manager, mining services, Northern Star Resources, stands next to the Production Optimizer on a long-hole rig. (Photo: Minnovare) Nickel Asia Corp. reports the LVS systems will enable it to check the daily volume hauled. (Photo: Loadscan) The Felixer will automatically identify and spray cats and foxes with a lethal dose of poison. (Photo: Ecological Horizons)

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