May 17, 2020

The sustainbly sourced September issue of Mining Global is now live

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Dale Benton
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The sustainbly sourced September issue of Mining Global is now live
Mining Global is pleased to announce the September issue of Mining Global Magazine is here and ready to read, and sustainability is the hot topic this i...

Mining Global is pleased to announce the September issue of Mining Global Magazine is here and ready to read, and sustainability is the hot topic this issue.

This month our front of book asks - what’s in a legacy? Natural Resources Canada, through its Green Mining Initiative strives to create a greener mining industry and leave behind a legacy of clean, cost effective and environmentally sound mining. We speak with Janice Zinck, Director of Green Mining and Innovation.

We also ask, what can the Centre for Mining and Industry at the University for Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, do for the future of the industry? Professor Caroline Digby talks to Mining Global about fixing the gap between environmental performance and long term liabilities and creating a future workforce of sustainably sound mining engineers.

We profile mining giant Anglo American and its seven steps to sustainability through the company’s seven pillars of value.

Some the world’s leading mining professionals and academics will be in Vegas this September to share their ideas for how to answer some of the biggest questions of the mining industry, we take a look at some of the confirmed speakers at MINExpo 2016.

Our leading profile this month is with Komatsu Mexico, established in April this year and a global purveyor of cutting-edge industrial products with aftermarket capability to the mining industry.

Our final profile is on Gran Colombia Gold, a Canadian gold exploration, development and extraction company in silver deposits in Colombia.

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Contact the editor Dale Benton at [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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