Engineering & Mining Journal

JAN 2019

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JANUARY 2019 • E&MJ 1 www.e-mj.com JANUARY 2019 • VOL 220 • NUMBER 1 FEATURES Miners Plan More Projects for 2019 Mining related construction projects increase 8%, reversing a declining trend since 2012 ............................................................................................ 18 Newmont's Strategic Approach to Plant Optimization and Design is Paying Dividends CEEC Medal winners inspire miners to add value and navigate to success ....24 Powder Factor: The Ineffective Design Tool More modern approaches to spacing and blast design dramatically improve performance of blasts ...................................................................... 28 New Age Partners Dig Open Relationships The framework of many corporate partnerships hatched today smash boundaries of traditional roles in the race to automate underground mining ....36 An Overview of Metal Mining in India One step forward, two steps back .................................................................. 42 LEADING DEVELOPMENTS Gold Miners Kick Off New Year at NYSE .............................................................4 Anglo Restarts Minas Rio ..................................................................................4 Diavik Yields Largest Diamond Ever Found in North America ............................4 US May Lift Sanctions Against Rusal ................................................................5 Newmont Provides Longer-term Outlook ............................................................5 Strike at Sibanye-Stillwater Disrupts Operations ..............................................5 AROUND THE WORLD U.S. & Canada: Alberta Initiates Oil Production Cuts ........................................6 Latin America: QB2 Construction to Proceed ................................................. 10 Africa: Katanga Mining Expanding Production at Kamoto Copper.................. 11 Australia/Oceania: Amrun Mine Ships First Bauxite ...................................... 12 Asia: Petropavlovsk Processing Refractory Gold Concentrate at New POX Hub.................................................................................................. 13 Exploration Roundup: Exploration Spending Gained Ground in 2018 ............ 14 In this month's cover story, Plant Engineering, recent CEEC award winners from Newmont Mining discuss their strategies to optimize plant performance. One of the programs reduced power consumption on the SAG mills at the Ahafo plant (cover photo) in Ghana. (Photo: Newmont Mining) DEPARTMENTS Calendar ...................................................... 16 Classifi ed Advertisements ............................ 54 Equipment Gallery ........................................ 52 From the Editor................................................2 Markets ........................................................ 56 Operating Strategies .................................... 46 People .............................................................8 Processing Solutions .................................... 50 Suppliers Report........................................... 48 This Month in Coal ....................................... 15 Plant Engineering....24 Autonomous Haulage....36 India Mining Report....42

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