May 17, 2020

Anglo American Joins IRMA For Responsible Mining

Anglo American
Initiatives for Responsible Mining Assurance
Anglo American
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Anglo American Joins IRMA For Responsible Mining
UK mining company Anglo American (LSE:AAL)has joined forces with Initiatives for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) to create the first multi-commodity...

UK mining company Anglo American (LSE:AAL) has joined forces with Initiatives for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) to create the first multi-commodity, multi-stakeholder, third-party certification system for mine sites.

The ambitious program aims to create a credible certification system that represents a wide range of civil society, community, industry, and retail perspectives. The program strives to benefit companies who produce responsibly while making a positive contribution to local communities.

“As one of the world's largest mining companies, Anglo American supports the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance because we believe that our industry supports, and can make further contributions to, sustainable socio-economic development,” said Jon Samuel, Group Head of Government and Social Affairs at Anglo American.

“This objective will best be achieved within a framework of high, trusted standards that can apply to all mining operations and that all key stakeholders subscribe to.”

Anglo American is part of IRMA’s leadership committee comprised of highly-influential organizations across five stakeholder sectors: downstream users (Tiffany & Co.), trade unions (The United Steelworkers), mining companies (Anglo American), affected communities (Western Shoshone Defense Project), and non-governmental organizations (Earthworks).

Although challenging, the committee has created the framework for the first draft through the collaboration of all five stakeholders. The Standard of Responsible Mining, which would serve as a trusted certification system, is a guide for responsible mining covering human rights, transparency, community, labor, safety and environmental matters.

The program could potentially sway local communities to accept more mining contracts along with motivating big brands to purchase from those certified mines. The program would also provide incentives and benefits to responsible mining companies.

While the draft Standard is still in its infantry, IRMA is currently launching the first of two rounds of public consultation with interested stakeholders encouraged to provide feedback. 

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Jun 18, 2021

Unmanned train to allow Vale to reopen iron ore plant

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Autonomous trains
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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.

Vale Timbopeba


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