May 17, 2020

Austmine launches Australian-First Innovation Mentoring Program for METS

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Austmine launches Australian-First Innovation Mentoring Program for METS
Austmine has announced in 2016 it will be running its very first Innovation Mentoring in METS Program. The program is unique, as it is the only mentorin...

Austmine has announced in 2016 it will be running its very first Innovation Mentoring in METS Program. The program is unique, as it is the only mentoring program for individuals that are purely dedicated to the METS sector.

“Innovation is critical to the mining equipment, technology and services (METS) industry, and that innovation is what will secure the sustainable future of mining. For this reason, Austmine has developed the Austmine Innovation Mentoring Program. The purpose of this program is to shape the numerous skills required for innovators to succeed in today’s fluid market environment, and to foster individuals who truly embrace and champion innovation,” the association said in a press release.

The mentoring sessions will provide vital guidance regarding participants’ general understanding of innovation, which includes ideation, strategy, commercialization and implementation. According to Austmine, the Program’s major goals are personal development, career enhancement and skills growth for both the participants and the mentors.

Christine Gibbs Stewart, CEO of Austmine, states “the Austmine Innovation Mentoring Program recognizes the importance of innovation to the mining and METS industry. It is the first program of its kind in Australia, dedicated purely to embracing and championing innovation.”

The confirmed mentors thus far include:

• John McGagh, Former Head of Innovation, Rio Tinto

• Dallas Wilkinson, Innovation + Development Explosives, Mining Chemicals and Ground Support Technology, Orica

• Alan Broome AM., Chairman Emeritus, Austmine

• Gavin Yeates, Gavin Yeates Consulting

• Steve Durkin, Director, Safescape

• Kirby Johnson, Consulting Partner, Wipro

• Ric Gros, Managing Director, Metsol

• Bill Withers, Founder, acQuire Technology Solutions

Austmine is looking for sponsors for the program, including organizations who are passionate and focused on supporting innovation in our industry, and helping guide the next group of innovators. For more information on sponsorship or on the program, please see the Austmine website or contact Megan Edwards via email on [email protected]

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Jun 29, 2021

Vale invests $150mn to extend life of Manitoba operations

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Vale’s $150mn investment in operations at Thompson, Manitoba will extend mine life by 10 years

Vale has announced a $150mn CAD investment to extend current mining activities in Thompson, Manitoba by 10 years while aggressive exploration drilling of known orebodies holds the promise of mining well past 2040.

Global energy transition is boosting the market for nickel

The Thompson Mine Expansion is a two-phase project. The announcement represents Phase 1 and includes critical infrastructure such as new ventilation raises and fans, increased backfill capacity and additional power distribution. The changes are forecast to improve current production by 30%.

“This is the largest single investment we have made in our Thompson operations in the past two decades,” said Mark Travers, Executive Vice-President for Base Metals with Vale. “It is significant news for our employees, for the Thompson community and for the Province of Manitoba.

“The global movement to electric vehicles, renewable energies and carbon reduction has shone a welcome spotlight on nickel – positioning the metal we mine as a key contributor to a greener future and boosting world demand. We are proud that Thompson can be part of that future and part of the low carbon solution.”

Vale continues drilling program at Manitoba

Coupled with today’s announcement, Vale is continuing an extensive drilling program to further define known orebodies and search for new mineralization.

“This $150mn investment is just one part of our ambitious Thompson turnaround story. It is an indicator of our confidence in a long future for the Thompson operations,” added Dino Otranto, Chief Operating Officer for Vale’s North Atlantic Base Metals operations.

“Active collaboration between our design team, technical services, USW Local 6166, and our entire Thompson workforce has delivered a safe, efficient and fit-for-purpose plan that will enable us to extract the Thompson nickel resources for many years to come.”

The Thompson orebody was first discovered in 1956 by Vale (then known as Inco) following the adoption of new exploration technology and the largest exploration program to-date in the company’s history.  Mining of the Thompson orebody began in 1961.

“We see the lighting of a path forward to a sustainable and prosperous future for Vale Base Metals in Manitoba,” said Gary Annett, General Manager of Vale’s Manitoba Operations.

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