Solar Plant Could Cut 600K L/Y of Diesel Consumption at Remote Mine

First Solar, Rio Tinto and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) announced in late September that Australia’s first commercial diesel displacement solar plant successfully started commercial operation at a remote mine. The Weipa solar plant will generate electricity for Rio Tinto’s Weipa bauxite mine, processing facilities and township on the Western Cape York Peninsula in Queensland, Australia.

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Arizona University Opens Global Mining Law Center

The James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona (UA) has established the Global Mining Law Center, an interdisciplinary unit that will educate lawyers and others involved with the global mining industry.

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New Packaging Solution Meets Mine Meal Delivery Challenges

Some of the 1,700 workers at the Ambatovy project who are now receiving thrice-daily meals in new eco- and foodfriendly packaging.The challenge of delivering up to 5,000 meals every day for miners at a world-class nickel project has been simplified with a switch to a sustainable new meal delivery tray, according to British company Bullseye Distributors. The changeover occurred at the $5 billion Ambatovy mine in Madagascar, which is ramping up to become the largest finished nickel and cobalt operation from lateritic ore in the world. The Ambatovy project is a vertically integrated nickel and cobalt mining, processing, refining and marketing joint venture between subsidiaries of Sherritt (40% ownership), Sumitomo (27.5%), Korea Resources (27.5%), and SNC-Lavalin (5%). Sherritt is the operator of the facilities.


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