Is Mining Evil?

Is Mining Evil? Every time I turn on the TV these days there is an evil, greedy mining corporation killing, maiming and polluting in the ruthless pursuit of money.  So allegedly, according to TV, mining companies are plundering away unchecked at everyone’s expense.  The themes vary from the heartless interplanetary miners in Avatar, Alien and…

Lazy Grazing

Lazy Grazing When a mine starts up, the approvals process demands that a plan is developed to rehabilitate the mine progressively and at closure. At approvals stage, there is little appetite to slow down the already lengthy and cumbersome process with complicated rehabilitation planning. This tends to see mine developers prefer to adopt a safe…

Spend up big now

Spend up big now Right now, nobody wants to spend any capital on anything, it’s that stage of the cycle. Diesel is cheap and skills are readily available, so why spend money?  Well, now is the right time to spend up big. When you invest capital, there is usually a trade off with operating margins,…

Minerals Transport Infrastructure

Minerals Transport Infrastructure With the exception of gold projects, large mineral deposits require bulk product transport infrastructure to get the product to market. On average they say it takes 30 years from discovery to development for a large mineral deposit.  Most of this time is taken up building certainty and gaining the approvals required in…

MEC Underground Coal Delivers Mine Planning Solutions

MEC Underground Coal Delivers Mine Planning Solutions Faced with tight customer deadlines, MEC Mining recently delivered multiple mine planning and production scenarios for a major underground coal producer. The scope included a “first principles” mine design and bottom-up productivity review for Continuous Miners and Longwall operation. Coal reserving and production scheduling of multiple scenarios were…