underground Mining News

Rio Tinto’s Mine of the Future program tests advanced technologies for surface and underground mining, exploration and mineral recovery

Rio Tinto is testing new techniques for underground drifting, mineral exploration and improved recovery of ore in its latest push to develop competitive advantage through its Mine of the FutureTM program. Read more

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.

Filter cleaning machine could dust thousands off maintenance bill

The movement of ore, either through surface or underground operations, generates a tremendous amount of dust. The tiny dust particles must be run through filters to avoid damaging, or impeding the performance, of moving parts located in key pieces of mining equipment, including trucks, loaders, shovels, and crushing and grinding machinery. Canadian company Diversi-Tech saw the opportunity in the problem, and the result was the “Green Machine.” The machine releases compressed air through a rotating air jet that moves up and down in a spiral motion inside an enclosed chamber. As the filter is cleaned, pollutants are captured and stored in a 55-gallon drum.

Joy Global announces acquisition of LeTourneau Technologies

Joy Global Inc. (NASDAQ:JOYG), a worldwide leader in high-productivity mining solutions, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a 100 percent ownership interest in LeTourneau Technologies Inc. ("LeTourneau") from Rowan Companies, Inc. ("Rowan") (NYSE: RDC) for $1.1 billion in cash.

Barminco awarded one of the largest underground mining contracts in Australia

Barminco Limited has signed the company’s largest contract in its 21 year history with the renewal of its contract with AngloGold Ashanti Australia Ltd to deliver underground mining services at Sunrise Dam, located 56kms south […]

Spotted Quoll mining contract bagged by Barminco

Mining contractor Barminco continues to drive growth in its domestic market with the award of a three year, A$60 million underground mining services contract for Western Areas’ Spotted Quoll nickel mine located 5 km from the Flying Fox underground complex and 80 km east of Hyden in Western Australia. Read more

Rio Tinto creates new $10 million Centre for Underground Mine Construction

img_sd_d5047_w0c2079.jpg On November 25, Rio Tinto announced the establishment of the Rio Tinto Centre for Underground Mine Construction (RTC-UMC) at the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) located in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. Rio Tinto will be investing $10 million dollars over five years to undertake research at the centre.

Rio Tinto announces trial of a new tunnelling system partnering with Aker Wirth

The first of three new underground excavation systems is now ready for full scale performance verification trials at Northparkes’ copper and gold mine in the Central West of New South Wales in 2012. Read more

Peabody Coal Moves Ahead of the Safety Curve

Peabody has become the first underground coal miner in Australia to install a long-term entrapment refuge, after purchasing a 14 person CoalSAFE refuge from MineARC Systems in August. Read more

Rajant tests its ideas for tele-operated vehicles to assist in mine search and rescue missions

Rajant, a leading provider of wireless mining solutions, will showcase an Autonomous Mine Rescue project it recently supported and participated in, in conjunction with the Colorado School of Mines, during the AUVSI Unmanned Systems North America 2010 show from August 24 to 27, 2010 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. The test project was [...]

South African Miner Turns from Trial Mining to Acquiring Equipment

Central Rand Gold has completed trial mining and has now talking with equipment dealers about developing its underground mine, reports Mining Weekly. "With the completion of trial mining, the focus now shifts to developing the […]

MSHA Issues Guidelines for Industry Compliance with Ventilation Regulations

The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration today announced the release of four new program information bulletins pertaining to ventilation issues in underground coal mines. Mine Safety and Health Administration made the […]

Xstrata Board Approves US$1.1bn Ulan West Coal Project

The Xstrata Plc Board has approved the investment of US$1.1 billion to develop the Ulan West underground thermal coal mine in the central west of New South Wales, Australia. Read more

New Sandvik underground loader

Sandvik Mining and Construction has released the LS151, a 6t payload capacity underground coal mining loader. It is the first in a new generation of low-emission Sandvik LS series underground coal loaders, designed and manufactured […]

Dux Machinery offers articulated four-wheel drive personnel carriers

DUX articulated four-wheel drive personnel carriers offer safe and reliable personnel transport for underground hard-rock mines and tunnelling projects worldwide. Their heavy-duty oscillation roller bearing guarantees minimum maintenance, a smooth ride and 4-wheel ground contact […]

Swedish drilling specialist launches new heavy duty rock drills for tough face drilling

Swedish drilling equipment manufacturer, Atlas Copco has launched three new heavy duty versions of its well proven COP 1800 series hydraulic rock drills. The newcomers – COP 1638HD, COP 1838HD and COP 2238HD – are […]

Sandvik and Gemcom Announce Collaboration Agreement on Technology for Underground Mining

VANCOUVER, Canada – June 14, 2010 – Gemcom Software International Inc., the largest global supplier of specialised mining productivity solutions, today announced that they have signed a Collaboration Agreement with Sandvik Mining and Construction to […]

Newcrest Developing Australia’s Largest Underground Mine

Newcrest Mining is investing A$1.91 billion to develop an underground panel cave mine to extract the Cadia East orebody as the next major ore source for its Cadia Valley operations in central western New South […]

Newcrest Developing Australia’s Largest Underground Mine

Newcrest Mining is investing A$1.91 billion to develop an underground panel cave mine to extract the Cadia East orebody as the next major ore source for its Cadia Valley operations in central western New South […]

Eickhoff wins innovation prize at Bauma for underground mining machine

Even machines in the underground hardcoal mining industry can nowadays have 'human' traits. After years of development it is possible to equip a modern mining machine, a shearer loader, with intelligence. Read more at http://quarryworld.co.uk/article.php?id=7158

Eickhoff wins innovation prize at Bauma for underground mining machine

Even machines in the underground hardcoal mining industry can nowadays have 'human' traits. After years of development it is possible to equip a modern mining machine, a shearer loader, with intelligence. Read more at http://quarryworld.co.uk/article.php?id=7158

Rio Tinto expands Mine of the Future programme

Rio Tinto is expanding its Mine of the Future™ programme to develop new equipment and systems for deep underground mines and has selected three partners to work on the project. Aker Wirth and Atlas Copco […]

Treating acid mine drainage from past coal mining activities

Skelly and Loy has designed and permitted the first acid mine drainage (AMD) treatment system in the Blacklegs Creek Watershed in southern Indiana County. It is designed to reduce iron and acidity loading of the Kolb discharges and consists of a wet seal to capture the underground mine discharge, piping network, innovative aeration system and [...]

Largest mining motor in the world on Joy AFC for Xstrata Coal in Australia

ATB Morley says the 11 kV motor it recently supplied to Xstrata Coal “is the very first of its kind; historically most large electrical motors supplied for underground coal mining have been manufactured suitable for a maximum voltage of 3,300 V. [This] motor weighing in at 10 t currently stands as the largest underground mining [...]

Metso's innovative research and development has taken their line of cone crushers to the next level with the Nordberg MP1250

Metso's innovative research and development has taken their line of cone crushers to the next level. With the Nordberg MP®1250, Metso is providing up to 30% increase in capacity as a result of advanced crushing […]