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Mining Operations & Strategies

The bucketwheel excavators (BWEs) often used in surface mining of soft coal deposits are gigantic machines. With great size comes great punishment. BWEs must absorb a tremendous amount of impact...

Suppliers Report

For an industry that mostly measures its success in terms of the volume of rock blasted, hauled, processed into product and shipped, a growing dependency on an often-arcane tool such as software is...
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Deep-mining Dredges Offer Performance Options


DSC Dredge’s Marlin class dredges are designed for deep-deposit mining, made possible by the use of an underwater pump system with a high-torque cutter drive assembly.

Digging depths range from 35 ft (10 m) to more than 200 ft (61 m). Discharge sizes range from 8 in. (203 mm) to more than 24 in. (610 mm). Marlin Class dredges are available in either a diesel- or electric-powered model to meet the customer’s specific needs. Drive systems include a Cat ACERT diesel engine with inline direct marine-style transmission for dredge pump reduction; or TEFC electric motor, variable-frequency AC dredge pump motor drive and double helical gear reducer for dredge pump reduction. All models feature a PLC operating system, magnetic flow meter, electro-proportional hydraulic circuits, high-capacity service water system, maximizer suction dilution valves and a three-wire mooring system. These performance features offer deep water dredging capabilities combined with a wide array of suction and discharge sizes to maximize operating efficiencies for any application.
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From the Editor

This month, E&MJ offers an in-depth report on Newmont Mining Corp. When gold prices started to decline, the company began to optimize operations and sell assets. Lowering operating costs allowed it to invest in operations during the downturn and now they are reaping the rewards.
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Exploration Roundup

Aston Bay Holdings has initiated at $C4 million field program at the Storm copper project on Somerset Island, Nunavut, Canada, where BHP Billiton can earn a 75% interest in the project by spending a...

This Month in Coal Mining

Contura Energy completed the previously announced acquisition of several core assets from Alpha Natural Resources (ANR), which was a key step for Alpha to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Contura...