Open Pit Mining News

Rio diamond mines may be on the block

London-based diversified miner Rio Tinto (LON:RIO) is taking a page out of BHP Billiton's playbook and is looking at selling some or all of its diamond mines.

SouthGobi selects Modular for mine management solution

Modular Mining Systems, Inc. (Modular), the world leader in information management solutions for mining operations, announces that SouthGobi Resources, Ltd. has chosen to implement the Modular® IntelliMine® Integrated Asset Management Suite at its Ovoot Tolgoi operation in southern Mongolia.

Keeping open-pit mine vehicles safe from blasting areas

inthinc Technology Solutions, developer of technologies to improve mine driving safety, has announced its new blastZoneTM technology.

New Conveyor Idler Aligner Delivers Improved Safety, Precise Adjustment

A new conveyor idler aligner featuring a safe and effective method to manually fine tune OEM-style self-adjusting idlers has been introduced by Martin Engineering. Read more

First use of Sinamics SL150 cycloconverters for grinding mills: Siemens to modernise ore mill drive

Canada’s Quadra FNX Mining has commissioned Siemens to modernise the drive in a SAG mill in its Robinson open-pit copper mine in Nevada, USA. Read more

Barrick selects Maptek™ technology for Pascua-Lama project

Barrick has selected the Maptek Vulcan™ mine planning and scheduling tools for implementation at the new Pascua-Lama project in South America. The open pit gold–silver project, straddling the border between Chile and Argentina, is the […]

ABB wins comprehensive service contract for Boliden's Aitik mine

ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won a maintenance service contract from Boliden AB to maintain the high productivity, increased energy efficiency and lower operating costs afforded by ABB power and automation […]

Oz Minerals Ltd: Prominent Hill underground project approved

OZ Minerals Board of Directors has approved the development of an underground mine to complement the open pit mining operations at Prominent Hill. Read more

New Komatsu equipment at Toledo mine

Atlas Consolidated Mining & Development Corp. has reported the arrival at the Toledo mine site- operated by its subsidiary Carmen Copper Corp- of six newly purchased Komatsu 100t mining trucks and an additional 15m3 PC3000 […]

Dual pinion drive systems for Detour Gold’s new mine

ABB is to deliver four low speed dual pinion drive systems to Detour Gold’s new gold mine in Canada. Construction of the 55,000 t/d open-pit operation is expected to start later this year, following receipt of permits for gold production commencing in early 2013. The scope of supply includes the drive systems for two SAG [...]

Major Caterpillar and Haulmax upgrades for New Zealand’s Stockton coal mine

Solid Energy has placed further orders, totalling NZ$65 million, for additional mobile plant and equipment for its Stockton open-pit mine. Delivery is expected to be completed by the end of 2010. Barry Bragg, Solid Energy's COO and Stockton Alliance Chairman, says the fleet upgrades are already delivering safer and more productive tonnages.

LKAB gets the go-ahead for new iron ore mine in Sweden

LKAB has been granted an environmental permit for the new open-pit mine at Gruvberget, near the village of Svappavaara in Kiruna, Sweden. “We are very pleased, now we can open LKAB’s first iron ore mine in 50 years,” says President, Lars-Eric Aaro.  The plan is to gradually increase production at the new mine up to [...]

FLSmidth crushing and grinding equipment for Detour Gold mine

FLSmidth has won a contract worth $49 million from Detour Gold for the supply of equipment for its Detour Lake gold plant in northeast Ontario. The order includes two SAG mills, two ball mills and one gyratory crusher to be delivered over the course of this year and 2011. The open-pit plant will have a [...]

AngloGold Ashanti invests in fleet management systems

AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) has selected Modular Mining Systems as its global supplier of fleet management systems. The Master Agreement with Modular is for all of its open-pit operations, as the company looks to standardise systems across […]

AngloGold Ashanti Selects Modular Fleet Management

Modular Mining Systems, Inc., the world leader in information management solutions for mining operations, announces that AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) has selected Modular as the global supplier of fleet management systems. In November 2009, AGA signed […]

New Mine Development on SupplyMine – Andash

The Andash gold-copper property is located in the Talas Valley in the North West of the Kyrgyz Republic on the border with Kazakhstan and covers an area of 53 sq km. The mine design for […]

Equinox, positive on Zambia mine, considering uranium plant on site

The miner is currently ramping up output at the Lumwana mine in Zambia, one of the largest open pit copper mines in Africa

Pointers to the low emission mine trucks of the future

As International Mining’s article on the latest in open-pit haulers is prepared for the June issue, we hear the technology underpinning the Tesla Roadster, a high-performance electric sports car is showing up in a truck. The Silicon Valley automaker is providing the batteries Freightliner Custom Chassis is putting in the electric trucks it will have [...]

New Bibiani open pit gold ore reserve from Noble Mineral

Noble Mineral has reported a 605,000 ounce open pit gold reserve at its Bibiani project and an estimated underground resource of 760,000 ounces

Kazakhstan Retreading Facility is now in Full Operation

Mining & Quarry World reports that in 2008 Rösler finalised with one of the worlds largest copper mining companies, Kazakhmys, the contract to install a turn key retreading facility for Kazakhmys’ underground and open pit […]

A New 130 Tonne Dump Truck Put Into Service At Vostochno-Beyskiy Open-Pit Mine

Mining & Quarry World reports that in February, 2010, Vostochno-Beyskiy Open-Pit Mine (The Republic of Khakassia) put into service a new BeLAZ 75131 dump truck. It's the 3rd dump truck boasting the haul capacity of […]

Kasachstan retreading facility is now in full operation

In 2008 Rösler finalized with one of the worlds largest copper mining companies, Kazakhmys, the contract to install a turn key retreading facility for Kazakhmys' underground and open pit opera-tions in Kazakhstan. In only 18 […]

NICKEL-COPPER MINING: Shakespeare production begins

ONTARIO – URSA Major Minerals of Toronto has begun mining ore at its Shakespeare nickel-copper open pit mine 70 km west of Sudbury…..more at Canadian Mining Journal

Blasthole drilling in open pit mining

Drilling equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco has produced a new 204 page free guide to blasthole drilling incorporating eleven technical articles and nine case studies

CPE Mengdong Energy orders the well-tried Tenova TAKRAF SRs 2000 bucketwheel excavator

Tenova TAKRAF has won a turnkey contract for the supply of one SRs2000 bucketwheel excavator  for the coal mine extension operated by the Zhahanaoer branch of the CPE Mengdong Energy Group. The Zhahanaoer coalfield lies at the northwest end of Togliao city in China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous District. The open pit mine is situated on a [...]