Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFruit vendor busted with 13 pounds ganjaFebruary 5, 2019In “Crime”Man busted with ganja in grease containerSeptember 2, 2018In “Crime”Kitty resident remanded over alleged cannabis possessionMay 21, 2018In “Court” Some of the ganja that was found at a North Ruimveldt, Georgetown home on TuesdayA 37-year-old fruit vendor was arraigned before Principle Magistrate Leron Daly on Friday after he was charged with the possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking.Fitzroy Gibson of Alexander Street, Kitty, denied the charge but admitted to ownership of the marijuana.The court was reliably informed that the defendant was in the wee hours of Tuesday morning (February 5) nabbed by Police with 5.8 kilograms (13 lbs) of cannabis after his mother, Donna McKenzie, of Cul De Sac Street North Ruimveldt, reported that he had broken into her yard and buried the illegal drug.Police were escorted to the address where she showed them two bulky transparent plastic parcels containing stems, seeds and leaves suspected to be cannabis.According to police facts, several parcels of the illegal drug was found hidden in a microwave. The woman then ventured out to her backyard where another quantity was unearthed.As such, the vendor was taken into Police custody where the cannabis was weighted and amounted to 6 kilos 158 grams.Police prosecutor Sanj Singh opposed bail as he stated that there were no special reasons given for the accused to be given his pretrial liberty.Further, the court heard that the defendant also contradicted the police, since he provided them with different home addresses.The prosecution’s submission was upheld by the Magistrate who remanded the man to prison.He will make his next court appearance on March 13, 2019.
Underground coal mine operators are moving aggressively to comply with the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response (MINER) Act of 2006 at the same time as they voluntarily push to formalise new risk management practices designed to help the industry identify, eliminate and manage conditions and practices that have the greatest potential to cause injury, said a safety official for America’s National Mining Association (NMA) in testimony today before the Senate Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety.“Our objective remains, as it has been all along, to ensure that every miner returns home safely to their loved ones every day,” said NMA’s Vice President for Safety and Health Bruce Watzman, who recited a comprehensive list of actions taken by the industry in the two years since passage of the MINER Act.Survey data of NMA members, representing about 65% of all underground coal production, indicate actual and planned investments in the following areas for 2007-2008:$70 million to purchase 150,000 additional self-contained self-rescuers (SCSRs) and training units.$55 million to purchase communication and tracking systems.$53 million for facilities to maintain trapped miners (752 facilities in total)$70 million to enhance the integrity of seals.$19 million to establish and equip 45 new mine rescue teams.$60 million for safety equipment, training and manpower beyond the mandates of the MINER Act.These investments are part of an estimated investment in safety enhancement that exceeds $500 million, said Watzman, who said this sum represents only a down payment on a larger effort to implement the MINER Act and improve the culture of mine safety.In addition, the industry is implementing recommendations from the Mine Safety Technology and Training Commission, Watzman told the subcommittee. Among them is the development of risk-based management plans based on a risk assessment conducted at each mine. The end result of this cooperative effort with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) will be operational tools that will help every company identify and address significant hazards before they evolve into situations that threaten lives and property. “This new paradigm promises to have far-reaching implications as it requires us to look at mining differently and to train miners differently,” said Watzman.Another spokesman for the NMA today reinforced NMA’s strong support for climate change legislation that provides sufficient carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology funding, establishes legal and regulatory frameworks for managing CCS and reducing emissions, contains costs associated with this effort and maintains US industrial competitiveness in a global economy.Reinforcing the vital role of technology in effectively mitigating climate change, NMA President and CEO Kraig R. Naasz told the House Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality that “meaningful efforts to address climate change in a sustainable manner will depend upon the development and deployment of advanced clean coal and carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies.”He emphasised that timely and widespread deployment of CCS technology, both in the US and around the world, holds the key for effectively reducing global emissions of greenhouse gases while sustaining economic growth. Naasz pledged NMA’s support for “The Carbon Capture and Storage Early Deployment Act” (H.R. 6258) sponsored by subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher (D-Va.) and more than a dozen colleagues because the bill recognises that CCS technology is imperative for addressing both the environmental and energy challenges in the US and around the world.“Coal is a prime source of energy in the US and throughout the world and is likely to remain so as global energy demand continues to increase,” said Naasz. Because of its abundance and affordability, coal is projected to generate a growing share of electricity domestically and throughout the fast-growing economies of the developing world. With these factors in mind, Naasz called on Congress to promote the demonstration and widespread deployment of CCS and other advanced coal technologies by establishing a dedicated source of funding, as well as financial and other incentives “necessary to achieve significant advances in such technologies.”Naasz said the penalties for failing to get climate change policy right are starkly underscored in several recent reports. The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in an April 28 analysis warned of “spectacular price increases for households and industry” if climate policies force a dramatic shift away from coal, which generates half of the nation’s electricity. In a 2007 report, the National Electric Reliability Council found that many regions of the country already face an imminent shortage of electricity generating capacity, a condition Naasz said is exacerbated by market uncertainties and a patchwork of state policies thwarting new coal-based generation.Additionally, Naasz observed that in a joint statement this month, the national science academies of the G8+5 nations specifically urged that CCS technologies “should be developed and deployed . particularly for emissions from coal,” which the statement added will “continue to be a primary energy source for the next 50 years for power and other industrial processes.”The imperative to develop and deploy CCS technology and end uncertainties now impacting US climate policy is especially important to ensure our continued economic growth and long-term energy security. Although the 27 coal-based generating units and plants now under construction in the U.S. are a promising commitment to meeting future energy needs, said Naasz, still more capacity would likely be underway were it not for market uncertainty surrounding anticipated efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The Solarmax Thermoplastic Racking System (STRS) was certainly a star of the SME Annual Meeting in Phoenix last week. STRS integrates exposed geomembranes with photovoltaic solar panels. Solarmax Arizona has developed a proprietary mounting system that integrates plastic or polymer frames that are fusion welded directly to a thermoplastic liner. These solar panel racks are on test in Arizona as dust controlling membranes covering tailings facilities that also produce power for the operations.Solarmax’s mounting system can be bonded with various membranes from HDPE, TPO, RPP, etc. These types of liners are common in mining. The company’s goal is to take advantage of such “wasted land spaces and convert them to solar power generating stations. Many mines have a large number of south facing slopes that are perfect for solar although there hasn’t been a cost-effective method of deployment until now.The membranes can provide dust, erosion, evaporation and vegetation control. They can also play an important role in water management while all the time generating electricity. As a guide, a 0.8 ha (2 acres) STRS installation can provide 1 MW of power. A detailed article in International Mining‘s May issue will examine this very interesting new technology and its application.
The Australian Federal Government secretariat charged with listening to the concerns of the mining industry to the proposed Resources Super Profits Tax (RSPT) has been criticised as being “too wedded” to the tax, and not adequately empowered to discuss the most problematic features of the proposed reforms. The claim of inadequacy was levelled today by South Australia’s peak mining lobby, the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME).The single day of hearings in Adelaide last Friday by the Secretariat of the Federal Government’s Resource Tax Consultation Panel (RTCP) – not the panel itself – was SACOME says, frustrating for members of the South Australian resource industry who wanted to voice their concerns on the structure of the reforms.The one-day hearing is the only scheduled date for the South Australian resources industry to express its concerns about the reforms – in spite of SA being home to the world-class Olympic Dam mine where a planned A$20 billion expansion is now threatened by the tax.“The so called consultation appeared to be little more than an attempt by Treasury representatives to sell the tax to our industry rather than to try and understand our concerns,” SACOME’s Chief Executive, Jason Kuchel, said. “Of critical concern is the fact the Secretariat showed a lack of understanding of the cyclical nature of the mining industry. Members appeared very much stuck on the theory of their taxation ideals and do not sufficiently grasp the realities of the mining world and the national economic impacts of this proposed impost,” he said.“Their main focus was little more than a sales pitch and was restricted to the implementation of the tax. It became patently clear that Treasury’s desire is to maintain the integrity and purity of the tax as proposed. How can every local, national and international company with an interest in exploration and mining in South Australia, get any comfort that the voice of one of the nation’s prominent mining states is being heard in Canberra?“Issues of greatest importance to our miners, such as flow through share schemes, are not even on the table for consideration. Until the Government drops its inflexible approach to its consultations, it is a waste of time for the industry here or anywhere in Australia to make representations to the Secretariat or Panel.”Kuchel said SACOME would seek a direct meeting with the RSPT Panel members to lobby against the tax in its current form. SACOME said earlier this month that up to A$40 billion worth of mining projects in South Australia could stall because of the proposed RSPT. The Chamber is expected to soon release an independent audit of the impacts of the tax if it were to be imposed across the sector’s current and planned South Australian exploration and mining projects.Queensland’s self-professed ‘favourite sons’ are preparing to strip the state of A$2.5 billion by transferring the proceeds of the proposed resource super tax to other states and territories, Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Michael Roche said. ‘On State of Origin eve, it’s difficult to imagine an uglier high shot against Queensland than the tax being proposed by Kevin Rudd and Wayne Swan,’ Roche said.Based on federal budget and Grants Commission data, Queensland resource companies are forecast to pay an additional A$4.5 billion to the federal government in the first two years following introduction of the super tax in 2012-13. Over the same period, budget tax concessions and infrastructure spends earmarked for Queensland from the new tax total just A$2 billion. “That means a net loss to Queensland of $2.5 billion, under an Australian Constitution that decrees Queensland’s mineral wealth belongs to Queenslanders, not the entire country.“That’s why Queenslanders benefit directly from minerals and energy royalties paid to the state government, with the contribution next year forecast to be A$3.2 billion and A$13 billion over the next four years.”Why would Queenslanders act against their state of origin? is the question posed by the Queensland Resources Council in newspaper advertisements published June 16 in newspapers across Queensland.“So far, we’ve heard nothing from either the Prime Minister or the Treasurer on this tax rip-off and I know that more and more Queenslanders are getting more and more uncomfortable with the idea of sending the state’s resource wealth south,” Roche said.
Australasian Pacific Engineering Group (APEG) will launch Belaz, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of mining dump trucks, onto the Australian market at AIMEX, held in Sydney from August 20-23. Belaz recently started offering its trucks in Australia, with the opening of a new distribution and support facility near Newcastle which has links to the coal-rich Hunter Valley. Belaz manufactures the largest mining trucks outside of the US, and during 2013 plans to release a 450 tonne capacity truck – which will be the world’s largest.In Australia, Belaz has recently appointed the Australasian Pacific Engineering Group (APEG) as its distribution and support partner. Shane Halliwell, APEG Director said “We see this as a big development for the Australian resources sector. Belaz views the Australian market as being very solid in the medium to long term and this move is a key part of a global expansion program by the company.”With over 14,000 employees in operations covering 33 countries, Halliwell said Belaz is one of the world’s largest producers of dump trucks.“Around the globe, one in three operating dump trucks is manufactured by Belaz – giving an idea of the size and reach of the company.”Belaz trucks are designed and built in a modern manufacturing centre in Zhodino, Belarus, which is currently producing 2000 units a year. Halliwell said the Belaz range offered mining companies and contractors a number of benefits.“Firstly, while the initial purchase price certainly delivers significant savings over better-known brands, independent studies conducted over a 10-year operating cycle have shown that Belaz trucks are considerably cheaper to operate. Secondly, our delivery times are typically significantly shorter than some other brands; for example, a 240 tonne dump truck can be assembled in our factory and be ready to go within four days – giving delivery times between three and five months. For some competitive product there’s up to an 18-month wait,” he said.APEG has recently supplied Belaz dump trucks to one of Australia’s leading mining houses, and since April 2013 has had five units operating on a ‘hire-to-buy’ basis while being evaluated against its existing fleet. Halliwell said that initially APEG will be supplying two models in Australia, the 240 tonne and 360 tonne capacity trucks.“These are all built to ISO standards and specced to meet the stringent mine site requirements of our client. Due to our flexible production line, the factory is capable of making changes to the trucks as required to ensure they meet Australian mining spec standards. This ensures there is no need for re-engineering when the unit gets here, something which is both costly for the client and can dramatically affects delivery times.”Belaz trucks will be sold and supported in Australia through APEG, working in conjunction with Sharps Heavy Equipment Repairs to provide service and repairs. Sharps Heavy Equipment Repairs has facilities in Mackay and Dalby in central Queensland, and has recently opened a new facility in Rutherford, in the upper Hunter Valley.
Professional services company WorleyParsons is reorganising its business as part of an in-depth review of operations. Chief Executive Officer Andrew Wood said the review was aimed at better positioning the company for future earnings growth by improving delivery and offering a more competitive value proposition for customers. “With the reorganisation we are aligning the business to market conditions. It will simplify the corporate structure, reduce overhead costs and enable our staff to deliver greater customer satisfaction. The reorganisation is expected to improve major project performance, deliver sustainable growth in earnings and enhance returns to shareholders. “We are refocusing the business on what we have been known for in the past – an intense focus on our customers and project delivery, and enhancing value for our shareholders. “The reorganisation is not only a structural change, it is also about cultural change to improve the way we do business and allow our staff to support our customers in being successful,” Wood said.WorleyParsons will reorganize into three business lines – Services, Major Projects, and Improve – to provide better customer focus and delivery. It will also reduce the level of corporate overheads to establish a more competitive cost structure for business lines.Under the changed structure, Services will continue to provide a high quality service offering, including consulting, delivery and Improve, with local offices focused on winning and delivering services to local customers and the local operations of our regional and global customers. Services represents approximately 70% of current aggregated revenue.Major Projects and Improve will each address the specialist needs of their customers, with appropriate delivery and support models.Major Projects will be responsible for winning and leading the execution of large or complex projects wherever they are in the world supported by dedicated major project execution centres.Improve will be responsible for the leadership and execution of nominated long term operational and asset management contracts, as well as winning new contracts. All other operational and asset management contracts will be managed by Services.Each business line will have full accountability and responsibility for customer satisfaction, generating sustainable earnings and providing a satisfactory level of return on capital invested. In addition, each business line will be responsible for providing and sourcing the optimal level of operational support required.With the majority of support now provided in the individual business lines, our group functions at the corporate level will be streamlined. This will result in a lean corporate office, with responsibility for strategy and improved capital allocation, in addition to usual governance activities.The company will continue to nurture new business ventures, deliver on merger and acquisition opportunities and better manage investments and improvements within the business lines through the new Development group.
W.S. Tyler, the screening solutions company in the mining, aggregate and industrial mineral industries, says it has dedicated a team of engineers to a new department “focused specifically on innovation, design and engineering” says Tyler. “The Innovation Department constantly works with its global subsidiaries within the Haver & Tyler group, to develop new breakthroughs that improve machine performance and customer profitability.” Haver & Tyler originally formed an Innovation Department in Germany in 2008 to “keep a clear focus on innovation.” The new W.S. Tyler department based in North America builds on that success.Dieter Takev, Engineering and Technology manager, says the W.S. Tyler Innovation Department is developing new technologies and incorporating advancements from other companies within the Haver & Tyler group. By forming a department strictly focused on improvements for existing machinery and brand-new technologies, W.S. Tyler is able to provide more advanced technologies and products, as well as better service for customers. “We’ve dedicated specific resources to our company’s research and development. To offer our customers tools to be successful, we need to reinforce our position as the industry leader in continually developing solutions that enhance profitability,” Takev said. “This department does that, and the results are stronger partnerships in helping customers grow.”W.S. Tyler’s Innovation Department is working to develop high-pressure washing technology for typical applications in North America, where high tonnage outputs and mobile units are in high demand. Further, the team has been developing its vibration analysis technology for vibrating screens so it can be integrated with Wi-Fi and cloud-based technologies. Since it was formed, the Innovation Department developed the 10 ft tandem F-Class machines and has invested in component improvements to reduce stresses by 60%, all while keeping the same footprint, weight and price for the machines.Takev said the combination of North and South America-specific solution development with technologies established for the European market makes this concept uncommon in the industry. “We don’t just do research and development,” he said. “We combine our global talent to ensure that the innovation we bring to each continent meets and exceeds the needs of the customers there.”
Drawing on its expertise of peristaltic pumps and their broad range of applications, PCM has developed the Delasco™ DX series (DX65-DX80-DX100) with a technology “that will meet the expectations of today’s mining and environment markets as well as the requirements of chemical and new energies applications.” The company says the main concerns of customers when dealing with big peristaltic pumps are to improve the efficiency and costeffectiveness of their operations, enhance maintenance with MIP (maintenance in place) and reduce energy consumption. “This is exactly what the PCM Delasco™ DX series help them to do.”Finding ways of saving water has become paramount in industrial processes. “With PCM Delasco™ DX series all fluids flow: abrasive and high solids content slurries up to 80% dry solids, corrosive high density media, viscous shear sensitive particles or corrosive gaseous fluids. There is no need to add water to enable pumping nor is the pump operation and efficiency affected by variations in solids, viscosity or pressure. Therefore with simple and sturdy design (robust shock resistant heavy cast X-cover design and all sensors at the rear to protect them), the DX series is ideal for tough environments.”Another advantage such as the internal bearing allows the DX series pumps to run with any type of drive and motor thanks to a quick plug-in- drive system. “Adaptable to any environment, every PCM Delasco™ DX is individually shimmed to perfectly match your pumping conditions, granting perfect hose compression and long service life. But if new conditions are required, easy shoe shimming adjustment is possible thank’s to a stainless steel hatch ATEX compliant. In addition, inherent to peristaltic technology, the pumps can run dry and need no ancillary protection equipment.”The PCM Delasco™ DX series can generate flow rates up to 55 m3/h and are also available in duplex configuration. With two pump heads and one single drive, the PCM Delasco™ DX Duplex series allows to double the flow rate of a single pump up to 100 m3/h with the benefits of a reduced footprint, less pulsations and less maintenance cost. Less energy as well is required thanks to the inherent low running speed of the pumps.“By nature, peristaltic pumps are easy to maintain thanks to their seal-less construction and as the only wetted part is the hose. PCM DX series substantially improves the technology benefits with optimised life time for the hose; the high quality abrasion resistant elastomer provides thousands of working hours; easy on-site maintenance and short downtime with an ingenious pull-out system that allows fast connection removal and easy hose change in minutes even after hours of operations on sticky products; and internal bearing technology that eliminates load on gear motor bearings, favours heat dissipation and reduces drive related maintenance.” Finally, built to last and to cut down maintenance time and cost, “PCM Delasco™ DX is also environmental friendly with a 100% leak proof body to hold the fluid in case of hose rupture and one of the smallest footprint on the market.”
BHP was an early adopter of drones across its mine sites, employing the aerial technology across the group for post-blasting clearance, traffic monitoring, building inspections and operation surveillance. Now, the major diversified miner is looking to drones to improve safety and provide efficiency gains at its ocean freight operations.While still in the trial phase, BHP’s Vice President of Marketing Freight, Rashpal Bhatti, sees the potential for drones to be a key part of a tablet-based technological package, incorporating artificial intelligence that provides captains a digital view of their ship.“All of our chartered ships receive a tablet when they berth. And on the tablet they can read the tension of the mooring line which has major safety benefits,” he said.“The question now is: can the same tablet become a holistic technological package by also delivering ship hold inspection data, draft readings and other critical information captured by drones? It’s all a bit futuristic but that is the direction we are going.”BHP ships more than 300 Mt/y of iron ore, coal and copper to customers around the world. More than 1,500 voyages are made, making BHP one of the largest charterers of dry bulk carriers in the world.Like the drones being used across other parts of BHP’s operations, marine drones can be programed to carry a range of specific tasks, the company said.“In the ocean freight business, there are clear and immediate advantages from using drones in the inspection of holds and in the taking of draft readings. Then there is their nimbleness in the seemingly simple but important task of advising the ship’s bridge on the water position of the rudder,” BHP said.Hold inspection reports would continue to be independent assessments, but the use of drones promises to cut inspection times per hold from an hour to 15 minutes, according to the company.Bhatti said: “The hold inspection process involves ships which have five to nine holds which a person checks by climbing down ladders. The inspector has to be physically fit, use fall protection, and carry a parrot (oxygen meter) to make sure there is enough air in the hold. And it takes a lot of time.“With drones, we can fly them into a hold and capture 4K images, but also infra-red, and other types of cameras that can show cracks or other specific parameters that cannot be seen with the naked eye.”There are essentially three or four types of ships with hold sizes about the same, according to Bhatti. “So once you programme a drone to go in to a certain ship, it can become an autonomous process.’’This provides a better way to assess the condition of the hold, and removes a person from a potentially hazardous situation, Bhatti said.BHP is also testing the use of drones to improve the safety, time and cost of ship draft readings. This is usually done from a boat when the ship is berthed and ready for a cargo.One of the logistical challenges to overcome is to get the drones on ships when they are offshore at anchorage, as distinct from being berthed.“We are working with ship owners on this and other ways to use technology to improve safety and productivity,’’ Bhatti said.
Newtrax Technologies says it has applied machine-learning algorithms to help Agnico Eagle Mines’ Goldex mine predict mobile equipment maintenance issues up to two weeks in advance.With the two companies already having an existing relationship at the mine, in Quebec, Canada, Newtrax was approached in the fall to discuss the data Agnico had collected from sensors over the past six years. This amounted to 10 billion data points, according to Newtrax.“This data was exactly what was needed to apply machine-learning algorithms in order to predict mobile equipment maintenance issues at least two weeks before they were supposed to happen,” Newtrax said.Daniel Pinard, Team Lead, Special Projects with Agnico Eagle, said this predictive Newtrax AI solution allowed the company to intervene before incurring serious problems that could potentially break vehicle engines.“Through the use of machine-learning algorithms with Newtrax, we were recently able to analyse an engine that had a potential problem and we saved it from failing. This helped Goldex mine avoid serious damage on that engine which saved them C$85,000 ($63,610).”The Newtrax AI solution is unique in three ways, according to Michel Dubois, VP QA & Artificial Intelligence at Newtrax, “first, Newtrax has years of unique data that is extremely well suited for machine learning (ML)”.This creates a source of training data for ML that is unique in the world, with the data growing every time a mining company decides to join in, he said.“Second, we have a unique AI team who knows how to generate actionable results using existing AI algorithms. And, third, we have a unique approach where our AI specialists go underground and focus on quick wins, and they leverage those existing algorithms to solve high-value problems.”This is the first ever applied case study for ML in the underground hard-rock mining industry with a defined return on investment, according to Newtrax.Newtrax said it worked with artificial intelligence and ML researchers such as IVADO to apply existing algorithms to the data collected in mine sites.