May 17, 2020

Caterpillar to make its presence known at Mining Indaba

Mining Indaba
cat mining
Dale Benton
2 min
Caterpillar to make its presence known at Mining Indaba
Caterpillar will roll into Mining Indaba next month as the company plans to present its range of innovative technologies and services. Music to the ears...

Caterpillar will roll into Mining Indaba next month as the company plans to present its range of innovative technologies and services. Music to the ears of the current mining industry, there will be a focus on optimising operations, whether surface or underground, newly developed or long lived.

The Caterpillar exhibit, stand number 726, will feature digital displays of surface and underground equipment as well as Cat MineStar™ System capabilities—ranging from machine health monitoring and data management to fully autonomous machine operation.

Barloworld Equipment, the Cat dealer in the region, will staff the exhibit with experienced personnel able to provide both technical information and practical insights. Additionally, Cat Financial personnel will be on hand to discuss customised finance—for both projects and equipment—and extended protection solutions designed to keep business moving forward.

The age of smart iron

Caterpillar recently announced a number of new machines designed to make best use of technology to drive costs down. The new MD6420C Rotary Drill is autonomy ready and optionally equipped to leverage the safety and productivity benefits of Cat MineStar Terrain. This high-precision drill management system optimises utilisation and improves drilling and blasting operations by accurately guiding the operator and improving precision of hole placement and drilling depth.

Caterpillar offers a full range of productive mechanical drive trucks as well as two models of AC electric mining trucks. The newest is the 794 AC Large Mining Truck, which delivers 291-tonne payload capacity, class-leading speed on grade, superior four-corner braking and easy access for maintenance.

The underground hard rock mining product line features the new AD22 Underground Truck. The 22.0-tonne-payload articulated dump truck is designed to deliver the productive performance and durability of its proven, larger counterparts. Its small operating envelope and agile characteristics enhance productivity in any mining application suited for this size class.

Caterpillar is also featuring the newly announced R1700K underground loader (LHD). The new K Series model features multiple systems enhancements for lower costs while boosting productivity. A new cab with superior ergonomics helps operators perform efficiently. As a safe and productive alternative to in-cab operation, Cat Command technology enables teleremote and autonomous operation of the new LHD and others in the Cat line.

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Jun 29, 2021

Vale invests $150mn to extend life of Manitoba operations

battery metals
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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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