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Future-proofing Potash Mining: The Need for Intelligent Operations Ten billion tons of potash reserves. Put another way, reserves that exceed global annual production by more than 300 times. And...

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Mining Markets

Palladium Overtakes PlatinumWith the exception of lead and zinc, which posted month-on-month gains of $146 per metric ton (mt) and $77.50/mt, respectively, most metals gave up some of the August...
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Mining Operations & Strategies

Calculating Mine-site Volumes From Space Satellite imaging provides a safe, fast and cost-effective alternative to ground-based open-pit mining surveys In today’s competitive commodities...

Suppliers Report

Belzona Repairs Barrick Slurry Tank Belzona repaired a slurry tank damaged by corrosion at Barrick Gold Corp.’s Dominican Republic mine, Pueblo Viejo. The tank was used to neutralize acidic sludge to a...
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Mining Equipment Gallery

New Rotary Blasthole Drill Caterpillar announced its new MD6310 rotary blasthole drill enables efficiency and productivity improvements. Cat electronics deliver advanced troubleshooting for...

Electric LHD Offers an Alternative to Diesel


The latest addition to Atlas Copco’s range of Scooptram underground loaders—the Scooptram EST1030—is designed to offer an attractive alternative to diesel-powered equipment in underground mining.

According to the company, the all-electric LHD consumes less energy, requires less ventilation, produces less heat and has a lower noise level than an equivalent diesel machine—in fact, using about 40% less energy and producing 40% less heat during routine operations than its diesel version. Although cable-powered electric loaders are not new in concept, cable safety, handling and control have always been troublesome areas. However, the EST1030 introduces a new, patented cable control system that minimizes cable tension and wear problems. And, said Atlas Copco, the loader can be operated by anyone familiar with its well-known ST1030 diesel model; controls are similar to the diesel version and the electric machine requires only a minimum amount of training to allow the operator to work effectively. Safety features include spring-applied, hydraulically released (SAHR) brakes, and the loader’s ISO and ROPS/FOPS approved cabin features a foot box that provides increased leg room and ergonomic control placements. The cabin is cushioned on rubber mounts, reducing vibration for the operator. The electric Scooptram shares 90% of its components with the diesel Scooptram ST1030.
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From the Editor

A Trustworthy Voice As this edition of Engineering & Mining Journal (E&MJ) was going to press, the top lawyers from Google, Facebook and Twitter had testified before a U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee. They were trying to explain how internet trolls had used their social media platforms to spread misinformation in the months leading up to the...
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Exploration Roundup

Osisko Drilling 400,000 m at Windfall Lake Osisko Mining has reported numerous favorable results from an ongoing, 400,000-meter (m) drill program at its Windfall Lake gold project in Urban Township,...

This Month in Coal Mining

Whitehaven Posts Impressive Results Whitehaven Coal, Australia’s leading independent coal company with five operating mines in northwest New South Wales, has reported a net profit after tax of...