May 17, 2020

How NSW miners are changing the face of mining in Australia

Coal
Australia
NSW Minerals Council
New South Wales
Admin
2 min
The NSW Minerals Council works closely with government, industry groups and business and community leaders to foster a sustainable mining industry in NSW.
Is mining entering the world of mass media?

On Sunday, July 19, television advertisements began airing in Sydney highlighting the importance of mining...

Is mining entering the world of mass media?

On Sunday, July 19, television advertisements began airing in Sydney highlighting the importance of mining to the state.

Who was behind the campaign? The New South Wales (NSW) Minerals Council.

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“From the amount of attention sometimes given to mining you could be forgiven for thinking that mines are engulfing NSW, but the reality is mining operations account for around 0.1 per cent of the state’s land,” NSW Minerals Council chief executive Stephen Galilee said in a statement.

“If NSW is to thrive, it needs mining, so let’s ensure mining has a long-term future here in NSW,” he continued.

The mining industry recently underwent a series of attacks after the controversial approval of the Shenhua Watermark open-cut coal mine near Gunnedah that took place on July 8.

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Farmers worried about water impacts have promised a campaign to stop the giant mine, slated for ridge country adjacent to the Liverpool Plains.

The campaign, led by the NSW Famers Association, asks members of the public to write to the state government opposing the mine.

The TV campaign compares the mining industry’s water and land use to agriculture and housing. According to the group, the industry accounts for 1.2 per cent of the state’s water use while households account for 6.5 percent.

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The Minerals Council has also created a website, landusefacts.com.au, to challenge what it calls "myths" about the impact of mining on land. Coal is NSW’s most valuable export commodity, according to Galilee, and the mining industry employs over 34,000 people around the state.

“If NSW is to thrive, it needs mining, so let’s ensure mining has a long-term future here in NSW,” Galilee said.

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[SOURCE: The Australian]

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Jun 29, 2021

Vale invests $150mn to extend life of Manitoba operations

Vale
Nickel
Manitoba
battery metals
2 min
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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