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Tailings Dams: New Technologies, Solutions and Projects

14 mining experts and consultants from 10 countries discussed innovative solutions in the field of hydraulic engineering, hydrogeology at the webinar on Tailings Facilities Operation, Sludge transportation and Waste Management. This virtual seminar, hosted by the Transeuropean Centre Ltd on 21-22 December 2020 gave an opportunity to hydrogeologists, hydrotehnical engineers and processing plant managers from the leading mining companies in the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan and Ukraine, listen to presentations on the pros and cons of the implemented technologies for wastewater treatment, their de-watering, sludge pumping, dry waste deposition using geo bags, etc.

Dr Kym Morton, speakers from MetsoOutotec, Coffey, TetraTech, Golder Associates, Bentley Systems, SRK Mining Canada, WEIR and Royal IHC answered numerous questions from the audience. Particular emphasis was placed on projects for the construction and operation of tailings dams in the harsh Arctic climate, implemented in Northern Canada and the United States. Water stewardship solutions at Neves Corvo mine, Portugal and Agas Tenidas mine, MATSA, Spain were also discussed in detail.

Automation and Digitalization of Mining Operations in Kazakhstan, Scandinavian Countries and Chile

The online conference on automation of underground mining, IT solutions implementation and digitalization of mining operations in Kazakhstan, Scandinavian countries and Chile was held via Zoom on 9th and 10th December. More than a hundred technical directors, heads of automation, chief engineers and directors of production at leading mining companies from Russia and Kazakhstan attended this webinar. Among them were ALROSA, Apatit, Norilsk Nickel, Polyus, Eurochem, Baikal Mining Company, Altynalmas, Evrazruda, ERG and many others.

Below are some testimonials by the companies attending this online meeting:

“The topics of the webinar were fully covered and well presented. It was very interesting to listen to the presenters. We took away some interesting ideas on automation and received additional knowledge in this field.” «Eurasian Group» ERG

“Thank you very much for giving us the opportunity to attend such an interesting and useful event for the mining industry!” «Coal production company Colmar»

Online meetings and virtual tours of mines and processing facilities are essential in the current conditions of travel restrictions due to the pandemic. Webinar attendees find these events very effective for exchanging technical knowledge, information and learning the best practices as implemented by the advanced mining companies. Russian and Kazakhstan mining engineers have received a lot of useful information about mining operations automation, the use of robots, autonomous equipment and trucks, the digitalisation of production and planning at mines in Kazakhstan, Chile and the Nordic countries.

All online sessions and presentations were based on case studies and success stories. There were a few virtual underground mine tours to see real-life operations.

A number of cases discussed triggered many questions including: digitalisation and automated planning at Beskempir and Akbakai mines operated by Altynalmas in Kazakhstan (discussed in a presentation by Altynalmas and Sight Power Inc); ventilation on demand at Kiruna mine by LKAB (presentation by EOL Vent and LKAB); autonomous trucks operation at Gabriella Mistral mine by Codelco (presentation by SRK Chile and Komatsu). These Q&A sessions are extremely valuable. They give the Russian and Kazakhstan miners based in the remote areas of Magadan, Siberia, Norilsk, Krasnoyarsk, Karaganda and other regions a unique opportunity to ask questions directly to their colleagues from SRK, Epiroc, Codelco, LKAB, Sandvik, Redco, BHP and other companies located all over the world.

The organisers would like to thank all participants and presenters for supporting the event and wish them be healthy and safe during these difficult times.

Webinar on Sustainability and Stakeholder Engagement

The virtual seminar on sustainability held in November this year was attended by the senior executives and sustainability officers at some of the leading mining and metallurgical companies in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. With great interest, competence and engagement the webinar participants had an overview of the International Council on Climate Disclosure Standards, worked together with Ms Tatiana Ridley (Instinctif Partners), Ms Yulia Cherepanova,

Robin Dean and Christine Blackmore (Wardell Armstrong) on ​​the study of sustainability reports of the world’s leading companies. They also had presentations on audit methodology under the Cyanide Code, on Industrial Safety and Environment. Talks on international standards for geochemistry and corporate water stewardship (SRK Consulting UK), the concept of a “green mine” and the possibility of generating energy from biooxidation (Сoffey, a Tetra Tech company) also featured at the webinar.

Webinar on Best Practices in HSE in Australian and Canadian Mining Companies.

A webinar on HSE best practices, risk management and audit in mines in North Ontario (Canada) and other countries was attended by HSE practitioners from Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. The event featured presentations by HSE professionals from Australia, UK, USA and Workplace Safety (Canada). The attendees took great interest in the methods of correcting behavioral patterns, incentives for accident-free operation, new understanding of safety barriers, KPIs for preventing accidents and injuries. Many webinar participants expressed 100% satisfaction with this training course in their feedback forms.

CALL FOR PRESENTERS

Transeuropean is holding series of webinars for mining engineers and other industry professional on geology, resources reporting, processing, water and tailings management, safety in surface and underground mining operations and automation. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase one’s capability, networking and business development. If you are interested to present in Zoom to groups of 20-25 senior technical executives and engineers please get in touch with Natalia Kirsanova, director on 07768 081863 or office@transconf.com

Terrafame Mine in Northern Finland – High Efficiency, Profitability and Ecology

A group of geologists, enrichment technologists and occupational safety and health specialists from Russia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine attended an intensive training seminar with technical visits to Helsinki and Talvivaara.

At the Terrafame open-cast polymetallic mine (formerly Talvivaara), the delegation studied the organization of mining operations and examined the heap bioleaching zone, where the gold extraction process takes place, even in severe frosts, at a temperature of 40-60C due to the exothermic reaction in the heap. The technological scheme and equipment of the crushing line was disclosed in detail in the reports of Sandvik and Outotec specialists. 

The delegates for the geological section from MMC Norilsk Nickel, Norilskgeology and AGD Diamonds examined issues of quality control of geological exploration and core samples (speaker Dr. Julia Cherepanova), studied the On-Line Mine technology of the Finnish company IMA Engineering – collection and analysis in real time data on the metal content during production activities from core, drilling waste and from ore on a conveyor belt and visited the Finland Geological Survey GTK, founded in 1885 by decree of Emperor Alexander III.

In the photo: Specialists of MMC Norilsk Nickel, Norilskgeology, NGK Resource, Kazkhmys Corporation, Ferrexpo – Poltava GOK, Zolotorudnaya Kompaniya and AGD Diamonds – at Terrafame mine together with the Director of Mining Operations Reijo Uusitalo and the Director for Sustainability Reijo Uusitalo development Veli-Matti Hilla
In the photo: Heap bioleaching zone at Terrafame mine
Delegation inspecting Sandvik drill rigs
In the photo: Ch. NGK Resource technologist Leonid Kazakov examines details of Sandvik jaw and cone crushers

“Rosmorport” visits Europe’s largest ports of Antwerp, Rotterdam and Hamburg.

On February 3-8, a delegation of 21 senior managers of the “Rosmorport” visited the ports of Antwerp, Rotterdam and Hamburg in order to familiarize themselves with the efficient operation and development projects at those largest port complexes in Europe. The program of the Rosmorport visit was extremely busy and included discussion of tariff policy and port charges, development and modernization of ports, ensuring maritime safety, environmental management, construction of new terminal complexes, modelling and calculation of cargo flows.

In the photo: the Rosmorport group on the captain’s yacht views the water area of ​​the port of Hamburg and unloading of the largest container ship in the world, with a deadweight of 192 tons. This ship can transport 21,410 TEU at a time.

During meetings with colleagues from European ports special attention was paid to digitalization, in particular the development of an integrated digital system for all participants in the transportation process, simplification of cargo declaration and customs procedures.

In the photo: During the visit at the Port Authority of Antwerp.

The delegation was introduced to the activities of pilotage services and the management of the safe movement of ships in the port, the design and undertaking of dredging operations and advanced methods of port locks and jetties. In particular, they discussed the Maasvlakte 2 project to expand the port area of ​​Rotterdam.

In the photo: During the visit to “Boskalis” company and its training facilities for dredging.

Workshop in Australia November 4-9, 2019: Learning from the experience of remote control, digitalization and automation of mines.

A seminar of the Trans-European Center in Australia in Perth on the topic: “The experience of Australian mining companies in the automation of production was successfully held from November 4-9.

The event was attended by representatives of Altynalmas, EuroChem, Nordgold, Norilsk Nickel, Apatit, VIST-Group, Lake Mining Company, Polyus-Project and Ferrexpo.

Technical visit to the Roy Hill mining complex, from which remote control of all production processes of the mining complex, located at a distance of 1300 km from Perth, is carried out.
Exploring the organization of the Roy Hill Integrated Corporate HQ and Remote Operations Center
Technical Report: Successes and Challenges Related to the World’s Largest Robotization project and the World’s First Project to Operate a Remote-Controlled Freight Railroad for the Delivery of Iron Ore, including Unmanned Locomotives, in Western Australia under the Rio Tinto Iron Ore Rail Capacity Enhancement Project (RCE)
Visit to the Rio Tinto Corporation Logistics Remote Operations Center.
Visit to the office of Immersive Technologies, presentation of the work of the excavator simulator.
Using VR technology to train high-altitude specialists.
Visit to the company RCT, the workplace of the operator of the remote PDM.
Inspection of the warehouse complex of the company RCT. In the photo: workstations of remote PDM operators before shipping to customers.

Visits to Canadian mining companies in Toronto and Sadbury

The Transeuropean Centre successfully held a seminar and a series of technical visits for mining companies in Canada on September 9-14, 2019. Mining engineers from more than 15 Russian and Kazakhstan companies including Alrosa, Nordgold, SPB Mining, Uralkali, Arctic Palladium, Severstal and many others visited the Porcupine gold mine operated by the Canadian company GOLDCORP in Timmins and several technology companies and centres in Sudbury, Ontario. A large mining cluster is situated in Sudbury where nickel, molybdenum and other polymetallic ores have been mined for over 100 years.

A series of meetings on innovations in the mining industry took place in Toronto and Sudbury.

In the photo – A visit to Norcat Centre in Sudbury.
In the photo – A visit to Vale mining company in Sudbury.
In the photo – A discussion on technologies and a demonstration of ventilation equipment.

At a warm welcome reception organized by Canadian colleagues and Sudbury City Hall Mayor Brian Bigger  met the group of Kazakh and Russian miners and shared his experience of restoring ecology in the region, spoke about sustainable development initiatives by mining companies operating in the Sudbury region and support for mining industry and close cooperation with regional authorities. The visitors were greatly impressed by how the environment was successfully restored in a region that saw acid rains 50 years ago due to nickel production and emissions. The outskirts of this mining town, formerly reminiscent of “Lunar landscape” were used by NASA to test equipment for the Moon landing. Now the ecology of Sudbury can be admired and the city and its surroundings are green.

In the photo: The delegation during a cruise on the lake in Sudbury meeting with the mayor and representatives of local mining companies.

Part of the group visited the Porcupine mine and familiarized themselves with underground gold mining.

In the photo – the visit of the Russian-Kazakh delegation to Porcupine.

Porcupine Mine is a unique enterprise where mining operations are carried out both in open pits and underground. GOLDCORP implements a 5-year strategy 20/20/20, which comprises a comprehensive programme of cost reduction: in the period from 2017 to 2021 the mine has plans was to annually reduce costs by $250 million and this target was successfully met in 2017 and 2018. The main success factors are improving energy efficiency, reducing costs, introducing autonomous drilling rigs (manufactured by Epiroc), reducing accident frequency, improving operational safety, and introducing the most advanced search and rescue equipment in an emergency.

In the photo: A visit to the Porcupine min by the delegation.

Mining in the world of innovation: new technologies to ensure high profitability of mines. Advanced tailings solutions. Technical visits to Neves Corvo and MATSA mines

Lisbon – Neves Corvo – Aguas Tenidas – Seville (Portugal-Spain) September 16-21, 2019

The practical implementation of the most advanced technical solutions for tailings thickening and a compacting compact tailing dump was demonstrated to a delegation of leading experts and managers of mining companies of Russia and Kazakhstan in Portugal at the Neves-Corvo ore processing plant of the Canadian company Lundin.

The project and equipment were delivered by Outotec, a Finnish company, the world leader in tailings and water management. Thanks to this technology, the need for tailings areas is reduced significantly. Outotec’s head of hydrotechnical solutions and tailings utilization Arturo Gutierrez del Olmo spoke in detail and demonstrated the technologies introduced at the mine to eliminate the extension of the dam and tail slopes due to dewatering of tailings, and Outotec equipment for tailings thickening and filtering.

During the second technical visit to Spain, the seminar participants visited the ore processing plant of the Swiss-Abu Dhabi company MATSA, where they got acquainted in detail with the norms and regime of industrial safety, technical equipment and the operation of an ultramodern enrichment plant with its fully automated control room, sample preparation laboratory and organization work of a chemical analytical laboratory.

Among the participants of the event were specialists of Daltsvetmet, Eurochem-Usolsky Potash Plant, IMC Montan, AGD Diamonds, Uralkali, Sary-Kazna and Eurochem-Project. In the evening, free from work at the seminar, the participants took a swim in the Atlantic Ocean and got acquainted with the history of Lisbon and Seville.

Photo 1 Tail dewatering, filtration and storage at the Neves Corvo plant (Lundin company) in Portugal
Photo 2 Neves Corvo tailing dump (tailings thickening up to 62% solids)
Photo 3 Seminar participants at the MATSA processing plant (Spain)