Russia’s Nornickel company working on drones for mines monitoring

MINEX Forum | April 12, 2018
img0 The Norilsk Nickel Company plans to make an unmanned aerial vehicle, which could move independently inside mines, the company’s representative Levon Kirakosyan told reporters at during an IT show. “We have tried using a drone under the ground without GPS communication,  we have recorded test videos, and now we understand certain aspects of controlling a ...

The move to EVs will take time

MINEX Forum | April 6, 2018
img0 The move to EVs will take time, but the shift in commodity demand will be ‘dramatic’ – Gareth Penny In a comprehensive interview with Andrea Hotter in the April 2018 issue of Metal Market Magazine, Norilsk Nickel chairman Gareth Penny gave his predictions for electric and hybrid vehicle growth and how the company will move ...

Alrosa launches synthetics diamonds detector

David McHutchon | March 21, 2018
img0 The portable machine, named ALROSA Diamond Inspector, screens loose polished diamonds and jewellery, identifying synthetics as well as treated stones or simulants. (Image: ALROSA.) Russian miner Alrosa (MCX:ALRS), the world’s top diamond producer by output, has unveiled its synthetics detector, aimed at cracking down on  dishonest suppliers that mix lab-made stones with mined diamonds. The portable ...

Rise in electric vehicles to boost demand for nickel in 2020s

David McHutchon | March 21, 2018
img0 Electric vehicle industry is booming: the European demand for battery-powered cars is meant to reach 600,000 by 2020. The rise affects other industries, especially those producing battery components including nickel, cobalt and palladium. Russian Nornickel expects the world’s demand for nickel to grow dramatically in coming years. Rising use of batteries in electric vehicles will ...

InfiNet deploys high peformance wireless network for Shubarkol Komir in Kazakhstan

David McHutchon | March 21, 2018
img0 InfiNet Wireless, the global manufacturer of carrier-grade broadband wireless solutions, has successfully deployed a high-performance wireless infrastructure for Shubarkol Komir JSC, the largest coal producer in Kazakhstan and part of Eurasian Group (ERG). This new network effectively represents a major upgrade to the IT infrastructure and the mission-critical video-surveillance platform previously used by this energy ...

Electric vehicles, higher prices to boost global copper output — report

David McHutchon | March 20, 2018
img0 The expansion of El Teniente mine, part of an ambitious, $22 billion multi-year investment drive at Codelco to open new projects and revamp older ones, has been repeatedly delayed by geo-technical issues. (Image: Codelco | Flickr.) Global copper production will spike over the next decade as rising prices and increasing demand from the electric vehicles sector ...

Geological Survey of Slovenia hosted Mining Robotics and Automation conference

MINEX Forum | February 6, 2018
img0 Geological Survey of Slovenia hosted UNEXMIN, iVAMOS! and RTM – joint conference. The conference brought together experts in the field of robotics, minerals exploration and mining (including underwater mining) to discuss about latest advances in the field and rise synergies on innovation in mineral prospecting and extraction.  Review conference proceedings here Mining plays an important role ...

China’s Huawei to implement Smart City project in Kyrgyzstan

MINEX Forum | January 12, 2018
img0 On January 11 in Bishkek, the government of Kyrgyzstan and China’s Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd signed an investment agreement for implementation of the Smart City project aimed at strengthening security in the country, including a decrease in the number of road traffic accidents and response to terrorist and criminal threats, the government’s press service said. ...

Northvolt is about to compete with Asian producers for the lithium-ion battery market

David McHutchon | September 26, 2017
img0 Swiss engineering group ABB has joined Northvolt’s project to build Europe’s largest lithium-ion battery factory in Sweden to cater for expected demand growth for electric cars, said mining.com. Northvolt aims to reduce reliance on batteries from China and South Korea as European carmakers come under increasing pressure to cut vehicle emissions. Batteries are the biggest ...

“Research is being conducted into the introduction of swarm robotic mining” – Anglo American technical director

David McHutchon | August 16, 2017
img0 In the next ten years, technology is set to unleash a wave of mining innovation, with the sweet spot centred on changing the thinking around orebodies and processing plants rather than much-spoken-about automation. “Our focus has changed from hunting technologies to hunting value,” Anglo American technical director Tony O’Neill told Creamer Media’s Mining Weekly Online in an exclusive interview. Three-dimensional ...