May 17, 2020

Why we are looking forward to the International Mining and Resources Conference

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Dale Benton
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Why we are looking forward to the International Mining and Resources Conference
The future of mining will be the centre of attention at the International Mining and Resources Conference this November.

Over 2,500 mining leaders, pol...

The future of mining will be the centre of attention at the International Mining and Resources Conference this November.

Over 2,500 mining leaders, policy makers, financiers and experts from across 50 countries will take seat in Melbourne for Australia’s largest international mining and resources event.

The International Mining and Resources Conference will run from Monday 7 November to Thursday 10 November at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

So, what is the International Mining and Resources Conference?

The four-day event is designed to gather experts from all over the world to talk about mining. Be it mining, exploration, investment and production to technology, health and safety, policy and governance.

Over the event there will also be the leading mining investment forum – Mines and Money Australia, which brings miners with money to investors with opportunity.

What makes it so special?

IMARC is Australia’s largest mining event. In case it wasn’t obvious, 2,500 delegates from all aspects of the mining industry is a lot of influential people gathered in one room.

Or conference centre.

To break down just who’s who and what’s what, there will be:

  • 300+ investors
  • 150+ mining companies
  • 80+ exhibitions
  • 160+ speakers
  • 40+ hours of networking
  • Three workshops
  • Five free seminars

We’ve added it all up and, it makes it a conference not to be missed.

High ho, high ho, there’s three unmissable workshops you know

Mining for non-miners: This workshop provides those from a non-mining background with a greater understanding of the operational practices pivotal to the mining industry. Time to show off what makes mining so good. It’s an ideal opportunity for those who are looking to achieve effective working relationships with core mining staff.

Mining law & transactions: How about an overview of key structuring concerns for resources joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions? A very big talking point in the current mining climate.

Disruptive technologies: Technology will one day make the world go around. But what is the difference between being disruptive and a disrupter? This workshop will look at answering exactly that, while looking at the wider mining industry and seeing just how much technology is transforming the business landscape from automation to IoT.

Technically speaking…
Sticking with technology, why not take a trip down “Innovation Alley” for an opportunity to access and profile the best new products and technology the industry has to offer?

Haven’t we met before?
Amongst the representatives from the 150+ mining companies you may spot a familiar face.

Mark Bennett, MD & CEO of S2 Resources, who we spoke with for the October issue of Mining Global!

Workforce of the future

The workforce of the future is something we all must consider when considering just how the mining industry is going to look in the not too distant future.

IMARC has its very own Student Program with the student poster display. This exhibit wil;; see university students display a series of research posters for their work and research projects. This is an excellent opportunity not only for the students to meet some of the most influential figures in the industry, but also for those figures to see and hopefully be inspired by some of the brilliant work the mining professionals of the future are doing today.

But these are just a few highlights that have caught our eye, find out more information on IMARC by clicking here.


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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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