May 17, 2020

Event update: 24th World Mining Congress postpones submission deadline

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Event update: 24th World Mining Congress postpones submission deadline
The abstract submission deadline for the 24th World Mining Congress (WMC) has been postponed untilNovember 30, 2015. The congress will be held in Brazil...

The abstract submission deadline for the 24th World Mining Congress (WMC) has been postponed until November 30, 2015.  The congress will be held in Brazil and it will be organized by the Brazilian Mining Association [Instituto Brasileiro de Mineração] – (IBRAM).  Focused on “Mining in a World of Innovation”, the event will take place in Rio de Janeiro from October 18 -21 2016.

For paper presentation at WMC, it is necessary to submit each abstract on  The topics covered will be Mineral Exploration, Open-pit Mining, Underground Mining, Mine Economics, Mining Sustainability, Mineral Processing, Automation and Robotics, Mining Innovation.

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The event will bring together an exhibition area, a space for technical paper presentation and a conference. The integration of senior executives, mining professionals, and scholars, as well as important Brazilian and international investors will enable an extensive exchange of information concerning the mining sector.

The World Mining Congress (WMC), which is held every three years, under a Secretariat leadership associated to the United Nations, has the objective to promote and support scientific and technical co-operation, for national and International progress in the fields of mining and the development of natural mineral resources; to implement a world-wide exchange of information with respect to mining science, technology, economics, occupational health and safety aspects of mining operations, and environmental protection.

In 2012, Brazil received the mission to promote the WMC during the 92nd meeting of the International Organizing Committee (IOC), responsible for the event.  IBRAM was held responsible in defending the Brazilian candidacy after articulations with the Brazilian government, sector entities and mining companies.

2013 WMC

The last edition was held in Montreal, Canada in 2013.  The McGill University with the participation of Canada’s major universities organized the event. The 2013 WMC was held together with the 2013 ISARC – International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in the Construction and Mining Industries.


Up to this moment, the 24th WMC has the institutional support from the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MCTI) of Brazil, the Federal University of Ouro Preto (UFOP), the College of Engineering of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFGRS), the Department of Engineering of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (DENIN;UFMG), the Federal University of Campina Grande (UFCG), the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo (Poli - USP), the Federal University of Goiás (UFG), the Lutheran University Center of Palmas (CEULP), Gecamin, the National Union of the iron and basic metals extraction industry (Sinferbase),  the Union of the Mineral Industry of the State of Pará (Simineral), the Union of the Mineral Industry of the State of Minas Gerais (Sindiextra), the Federation of Industries of the State of Minas Gerais (FIEMG), the Federation of Industries of the state of Santa Catarina (FIESC), the TCS BRASIL 2016 and the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE).

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WMC has editorial support from the magazines Equipo Minero, Mídia Truck Brasil, Revista Amazônia, Mineração e Sustentabilidade, EaeMáquinas, Engineering & Mining Journal, Brasil Mineral, Tracbel Magazine, In The Mine, Infomine, Panorama Minero, Rocas y Minerales, Areia e Brita, Nueva Minería y Energía, Horizonte Minero, Brasil Business Review, WDM Group, Mining Global, Argus Media, Brasil Mining Site, Minérios e Minerales e Site Notícias de Mineração Brasil,  Global Business Reports, Mining Enegineering, M&T and World Coal.

Event info

World Mining Congress (2016 WMC)
Dates: 18 – 21 October,  2016
Place: Convention Center SulAmérica - Rio de Janeiro (RJ)

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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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