This Month in Coal Mining

Russian coal mining company Mechel is testing a new coal terminal, Port Posiet, in Russia’s Primorye region. A $128 million port upgrade will enable the company to significantly enhance Asia-Pacific exports;...

Process Solutions

Mining Equipment Gallery

article thumbnailMcElroy’s new QuickCamp System provides a shelter and pipe-handling system that enables pipe fusion operations to continue even in extreme weather. QuickCamp allows operators to fuse pipe from 8-in. IPS...
article thumbnailCaterpillar says its new D10T2 dozer builds on the proven D10T with refinements to its power train, automated controls and structures. The result: high productivity, reliable operation with...
article thumbnailCase Construction Equipment’s new 1221F loader is the newest and largest model in the company’s F Series wheel loader line. Designed with an 11.9-liter, Tier 4 Interim-certified engine that delivers up to...
article thumbnailMinemax Planner, according to the vendor, takes advantage of the latest advances in computing hardware and modern pit optimization algorithms. The all-new software solution is described as a fast,...
article thumbnailDoran Manufacturing has unveiled a new tire pressure sensor specifically designed for off-the-road (OTR) tire applications. The sensor includes a patent-pending seal design with a built-in filter to...

CSR Watch

It was the eye of a slow-forming, powerful storm in one of West Africa’s most weathered places. In spring 2012, Bumbuna, a hamlet in a war-ravaged Sierra Leone notorious for its “blood diamonds,”...
India is no easy place to be a woman. Despite comprising a workforce majority in the teeming nation of 1.2 billion with equal rights under a 1949 constitution, India’s women are almost universally...
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Suppliers Report

Mine Master recently told E&MJ that it will introduce a new, innovative bolting equipment solution for roof support, designed especially for the Chilean market, at the upcoming EXPOMIN trade show in...
Heavy equipment manufacturer Hitachi and Wenco International Mining Systems, a Canadian subsidiary of Hitachi Construction Machinery, are involved in a joint Proof of Concept (PoC) project with the...
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Mining Markets

During March, copper prices dropped to $6,667 per metric ton (mt, $3.01/lb) from $7,149/mt ($3.18/lb). That amounted to a 6.7% decline for the month, and several times during March the price dropped below...
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Mining Operations & Strategies

With the prospect of rising costs, falling commodity prices and decreased productivity levels, mining companies are embracing cost-cutting measures to lay the foundation for long-term business...
Underground mining, depending on location, depth and many other factors, can pose problems for electronic equipment caused by excessive heat, cold, humidity, corrosion, vibration, or the general...

Brazil Mining


Brazil’s immense resource base, and enormous economic and political clout are creating a mining powerhouse that could dominate for generations.

A REPORT BY GBR FOR E&MJ

This report was researched and prepared by Global Business Reports (www.gbreports.com) for Engineering & Mining Journal. Editorial researched and written by Marina Borrell Falco, Matilde Mereguetti, Caroline Stern and Ozgur Erguney. On the cover, at Fortaleza de Minas, Votorantim Metals produces nickel for the company’s Niquelândia plant. (Photo courtesy of Votorantim)

From the Editor

Whether one supports Northern Dynasty’s proposed Pebble project in Alaska or not, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent decisions regarding this project can be best described as a travesty. Acting on perception and pre-conceived notions, the agency has taken actions that defy due process. Left unchecked, the precedent could...
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Exploration News

Yorbeau Resources reported in late January that Gold Fields Sudbury Exploration Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Gold Fields Ltd., has initiated the 2014 exploration program at Yorbeau’s Rouyn...

EMJ Price Index

Precious Metals ($/oz) Base Metals ($/mt) Minor Metals ($/mt) Exchange Rates (U.S.$ Equivalent)
Gold $1,290.00   Aluminum $1,709.50   Molybdenum $23,500.00   Euro (€) 1.3753
Silver $19.82   Copper $6,667.00   Cobalt $30,500.00   U.K. (£) 1.6642
Platinum $1,415.00   Lead $2,058.00         Canada ($) 0.9043
Palladium $787.00   Nickel $15,770.00   Iron Ore ($/dmt)     Australia ($) 0.9252
Rhodium $1,130.00   Tin $23,050.00   Fe CFR China $113.25   South Africa (Rand) 0.0946
Ruthenium $69.00   Zinc $1,981.00         China (¥) 0.1623
Gold and silver prices provided by KITCO Bullion dealers (http://www.kitco.com). Platinum group metals prices provided by Johnson Matthey (http://www.platinum.matthey.com).
Non-ferrous base and minor metal prices provided by London Metal Exchange (http://www.lme.co.uk). Iron ore prices provided by Platts Iron Ore Index. Currency exchange rates were provided by the GoCurrency.com.