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Canadian Renard diamond project nears construction; Dalradian Resources doubles resource estimates and much, much more

The latest issue of International Mining Project News, out today, has reports on 22 prefeasibility studies, four feasibility studies, and eleven projects in development, four existing operations that are expanding, and one project that have gone into production as well as many new appointments to new positions. The report covers 20 gold projects, 12 copper projects, seven silver, two coal, nickel and iron ore projects, and one bauxite, uranium, platinum, diamonds, sulphide, rare earths, cobalt, vanadium, molybdenum and VMS projects. This fortnightly project watch is a great way of keeping up to date with your peers – other mining companies, other consultants or other engineering companies. These issues build into a global mine project overview. If you are a supplier – it is full of potential sales leads.

SME and Colorado Mining Association support International Mining Technology Hall of Fame

The SME Board of Director’s has agreed to support the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame awards dinner on Monday, February 16, 2015 at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver. The event will be an official part of SME week in Denver, with registration for the SME Annual Meeting opening on February 14. In fact both SME and CMA (Colorado Mining Association) are supporting this event. To be held in the Colorado Convention Complex, SME week starts Sunday February 15 and ends Wednesday February 18, 2015.

Wenco acquires Automated Positioning Systems

Wenco International Mining Systems has announced the acquisition of Automated Positioning Systems (APS), a supplier of GNSS solutions for mining, earthmoving and land rehabilitation sectors. Since its founding in 2003, APS has provided innovative solutions aimed at increasing machine utilization, efficiency and safety at mines and quarries. The acquisition brings together APS’s proficiency in independent machine guidance and contractor-type fleet management, with Wenco’s established Fleet Management System and expertise in production optimisation, asset health, safety and systems connectivity for medium to large-scale mining operations.

Strategic partnership between Rajant and Becker Wholesale Mine Supply

Rajant, the pioneer of Kinetic Mesh Networks, and Becker Wholesale Mine Supply (WMS), which claims to be “the leading supplier of mining electrical products and services in the Western Hemisphere” and a subsidiary of Becker Mining America, have established a strategic partnership. Becker WMS now offers Rajant’s Kinetic Mesh technology to help solve its mining customers broadband communication network challenges worldwide.  Sabine surface coal mine has selected the partners to install a high bandwidth kinetic mesh network to improve operational logistics and enhance safety.

iRing releases cutting edge underground blast analysis software

iRing has released its new underground blast analysis package: Aegis Analyzer. Aegis Analyzer builds upon the paradigm-breaking Aegis Designer, combining what the company describes as “never before seen advanced analysis and forecasting tools with an intuitive and powerful interface.” Aegis Analyzer adds to the already robust forecasting features of Aegis Designer by providing blast recovery revenue forecasts, with an emphasis on dilution and constantly changing marketplace parameters.

Metso opens new mining service centres in Peru and Mexico close to customers operations

Metso continues to expand its industry-leading global service centre network by opening mining service centres in Peru and Mexico. The investments, worth in total €6 million,  are in line with Metso’s long-term strategy to strengthen its local services presence close to its customers. Metso already serves its mining and construction customers from over 50 service centres around the world. New centres are also in the process of being built in Mesa, Arizona, USA  and in Labrador City in Canada. The company says “above €20 billion investments in mining projects within next five years will boost demand for Metso’s mining services in Peru [see Leader, May issue of International Mining magazine]. The new service centre, which will open in Arequipa in April, strengthens Metso’s already solid position in South America and provides access and direct contact with the biggest mining companies in the area.”

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