May 17, 2020

Akara Gold ordered to close all Thai gold mine operations over health and environmental concerns

Akara Resources
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Chatree Mining Compl
Dale Benton
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Chatree processing plant,  280 kilometres north of Bangkok.(Photo:Kingsgate)
The Thai Ministry of Industry has ordered the Akara Golds Chatree Mining Complex to shut down all operations by the end of the year, following a &lsquo...

The Thai Ministry of Industry has ordered the Akara Gold’s Chatree Mining Complex to shut down all operations by the end of the year, following a ‘public outcry’ over levels of arsenic and manganese affecting the local environment.

Owned byKingsgate Consolidated subsidary Akara Resources, the Chatree Mining Complex is the largest gold mine operation in Thailand, producing up to 130,000 ounces of gold annually.

Allegations of substantial damage to the environment, detrimental impacts on workers’ health and contamination of the local village have dogged the Chatree Mining Comlex for some time, something the Government believes “outweighs its economic benefit”.

"Akara has to shut down the mine and rehabilitate the area," a statement from the Ministry of Industry said.

"Even though there is no clear conclusion that the environmental and health impacts came from the Akara gold mine, [we made this decision] for the benefit of society and to solve conflict between people.”

The Chatree mine has generated around 52million baht ($1.5billion) in revenue over its 15 years of operation.

Chatree Mining Complex employs more than 1,000 workers who will be assisted by the Government in rehabilitation following the closure of the mine.

In a statement issued by Akara Resources, the company said it will be seeking legal advice as to its position as well as protecting its employees.

Operations have been confirmed to continue until the end of 2016 so that all minerals and resources currently in process can be used.

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Jun 18, 2021

Unmanned train to allow Vale to reopen iron ore plant

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Vale’s Timbopeba iron ore plant will be able to resume operations near the Xingu dam through the use of autonomous trains

Brazilian miner Vale SA will be able to resume operations at its Timbopeba iron ore dry processing plant in up to two months thanks to the use of an unmanned train, the company said in a statement this week.

Vale - Timbopeba iro ore plant

With the train, Timbopeba will be able to operate at least at 80% of its capacity of 33,000 tonnes of iron ore “fines” per day, reports Reuters.

Vale was forced to shut down the plant in the Alegria mine complex recently after labor authorities in Minas Gerais state banned activities close to the Xingu dam due to concerns of a risk of collapse.

Autonomous trains

Vale said access by workers and vehicles continues to be suspended in the flood zone of the dam due to the ban even though it remains at emergency level 2, which means there no imminent risk of rupture.

But some workers are allowed entry under strict security precautions and they will get the unmanned train going once it has been tested, which would take between one and two months, the company said.

The unmanned train will travel automatically along 16 kilometers (10 miles) of track operated by a system that can control the speed and activate the brakes, Vale said.

Vale announces first ore at Voisey’s Bay mine extension

Vale has reached the milestone of first ore production at the Reid Brook deposit at the Voisey’s Bay mine expansion project in Northern Labrador, Canada - recognised as the safest mine in Canada.

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