May 17, 2020

[INFOGRAPHIC] Careers in Mining: How to become a Geologist

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[INFOGRAPHIC] Careers in Mining: How to become a Geologist
Thinking about becoming a Geologist in the mining industry? Lets divulge deeper into what that entails.There are generally two types of Geologists--Mine...

Thinking about becoming a Geologist in the mining industry? Let’s divulge deeper into what that entails.

There are generally two types of Geologists--Mine and Production. Each one plays a fundamental role in the planning and executing of a mining project, as well as ensuring that minerals are extracted in the most efficient and profitable manner.

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According to MyMajors, typical job duties include:

  • Analyzing and interpreting geological data, using computer software.
  • Analyzing and interpreting geological, geochemical, or geophysical information from sources such as survey data, well logs, bore holes, or aerial photos.
  • Locating and reviewing research articles or environmental, historical, or technical reports.
  • Planning or conducting geological, geochemical, or geophysical field studies or surveys, sample collection, or drilling and testing programs used to collect data for research or application.
  • Communicating geological findings by writing research papers, participating in conferences, or teaching geological science at universities.

The following infographic breaks down everything you need to know about becoming a Geologist in the mining industry.  Find out what they do, where they work and how to become one.

(Source: Mine Staffing Internation)

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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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