Mining and the global raw materials industry as a whole are now more than ever a matter of public concern. While supplies of raw materials should be secure, affordable and reliable, these essential resources also have to be extracted, transported and made available in a sustainable way. For Germany, which is now to a large degree dependent on imports of energy resources, metals and critical raw materials, this means having to think very seriously about how supplies … Read more

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Landfill Operations Set to Continue at the Former Vereinigte Ville Opencast Lignite Mine

When lignite mining ceased at Ville the site became a landfill for the controlled disposal of waste material. Photo: Dr.-Ing. Asenbaum

The now depleted Vereinigte Ville lignite mine south of Cologne/Germany has been used as a landfill facility since the 1970s. Each year the 300 ha site receives some 1.7 Mt of mineral waste of landfill class I, II and III. Approval has now been given for a total disposal volume of around 90 M m3. The facility has a workforce of about 60 employees and is set to be further developed as part of a resource conservation initiative. The plan is to close down the old landfill sections and install an intermediate sealing layer so that the site can be operated using the latest technology. The required environmental surveys have now been …

Author: Ass. d. B. Dr.-Ing Peter Asenbaum, Dezernat 61, Abteilung Bergbau und Energie in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Bezirksregierung Arnsberg, Dortmund

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EITI – Development of Sustainable Good Governance Concepts for Mining and Resource Extraction Using Global Network Structures

Facts and figures about the EITI. Source: D-EITI, Foliensammlung

Society’s interest is focusing more than ever before on international mining and the global extractive industry. On the one hand, there is the wish to secure a reliable supply of raw materials, especially the so-called scarce raw materials for high-tech products and the energy transition; on the other hand, the extraction and provision of raw materials should always be sustainable and clean. In this kind of global raw material and political landscape, technological solutions alone can no longer hope to satisfy these rather contradictory aspirations. New approaches that intermediately link socio-ecological and socio-economic models sustainably with the life cycle of mining projects and offer …

Author: Ass. d. B. Dipl.-Ing. Friedrich Wilhelm Wagner, Mitglied der MSG D-EITI, Sprockhövel

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The German Mining Network: International Mineral Resources Competence for German Companies

Members of the German Mining Network. Source: AMT

In times of increasing information density, breathtaking acceleration and international pressure to innovate, rapid access to information and business contacts can provide decisive competitive advantages. This is where the German Mining Network (GMN), which was launched in 2016, comes in. Its partners, offerings and operating principles are explained in this article. The network offers German companies in Germany and abroad fast and uncomplicated access to information, partners and business contacts in relevant commodity markets. As an international network in the field of international markets for non-energy mineral raw materials, it contributes significantly to cross-border knowledge and …

Authors: Aarti Sörensen M. A., Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Elisabeth Clausen, Institute for Advanced Mining Technologies (AMT), RWTH Aachen University, Aachen/Germany

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Networks in the Mining Supply Industry

The largest supplier countries for mining equipment. Source: VDMA

The mining supplier industry constitutes a rather small group within the German mechanical engineering sector. Its members are predominantly medium-sized companies, and the market power of the individual companies when acting alone is low. This and the close ties between them so traditional in the mining sector have prompted them to join forces in various forms and bodies providing them with opportunities to share views on common issues and to assert their common interests more effectively against third parties.

Author: A Klaus Stöckmann, Stellvertretender Geschäftsführer, VDMA Mining, Frankfurt/M./Germany

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Networks and Strategic Partners Strengthen Smart Mining

Signing of a letter of intent between the Association of Companies Antofagasta/Chile and the Mining Technology Network of EnergieAgentur.NRW in the presence of Hannelore Kraft (left), at that time governor of North Rhine-Westphalia, and Aurora Williams (2nd from right), at that time Chile’s Minister of Mining. Photo: Hartlieb

Even against the current backdrop of the dramatic upheavals caused by the war in Ukraine and the concomitant effects that will be felt for a long time to come, one thing is surely clear: in the future, the work of people and companies will once again be marked more by characteristics and features such as social interaction, empathy, creativity and special skills. Smart technologies will help to mitigate the environmental impacts of mining. The global impact of the pandemic cannot be denied. The mining sector reports a mix of problems and trends that will …

Author: Peter von Hartlieb, EE Energy Engineers GmbH, Gelsenkirchen/Germany

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The Development of the Society of Mining Professors (SOMP) to a Global Academic Institution

Participants of the SOMP regional meeting in Windhoek/Namibia, 2015. Photo: Harmony Musiyaria

Eince its founding in 1990, the Society of Mining Professors/Societät der Bergbaukunde (SOMP) has played a critical role in supporting the field of mining engineering and contributing to research, education, transfer and other collaborative activities among its members. SOMP has continued to be the leading international society for mining school professionals, recognized for effective networking; for fostering collaboration and innovation in research, teaching, and learning practices; and for its relevance and impact on the global mining sector and society at large. At its beginning, the Society functioned primarily as a European entity of senior academics in the mining engineering discipline. To date, the SOMP has become a global society with …

Authors: Prof. Dr. Vladislav Kecojevic, Secretary-General of the Society of Mining Professors/Societät der Bergbaukunde (SOMP), Robert E. Murray Chair and Professor of Mining Engineering at West Virginia University (WVU), Morgantown, West Virginia/USA, Prof. Dr. Harmony Musiyaria, President of SOMP 2021/2022 and Head of the Department of Mining and Process Engineering (DMPE), Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), Windhoek/Namibia, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Oliver Langefeld, President of SOMP 2022/2023 and Head of the Mining Institute, TU Clausthal University, Clausthal-Zellerfeld/Germany, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Kretschmann, President of SOMP 2018/2019 and President of the TH Georg Agricola University (THGA), Bochum/Germany

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Mining in Mongolia 2021 – Ten Years after the German-Mongolian Raw Materials Agreement

Raw material production and industrial production in Mongolia. Source: Mongolian Statistical Information Service

Mongolia, which is only very sparsely populated with a total of around 3.2 million inhabitants, is one of the ten most resource-rich countries in the world. In the southern part of the country, the Gobi Desert, there are gigantic deposits of copper, silver, gold, coal, fluorspar and other raw materials. Coal, copper and gold are among the most important deposits and account for about 89 % of Mongolia’s export economy and over 20 % of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). Accordingly, mining is now the most important industrial sector in the country from an economic point of view. But Mongolia also has molybdenum, tungsten, zinc, uranium and rare earth elements, in the extraction of which China has so far had …

Authors: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Hollenberg und Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bayanmunkh Myagmarsuren, Deutsch-Mongolische Hochschule für Rohstoffe und Technologie (DMHT), Ulaanbataar/Mongolei, Dr. Frank Wullkopf, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Ulaanbataar/Mongolei

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Sustainable Raw Materials Production

Wind turbines on the Brinkfortsheide spoil tip in Marl. Photo: RVR

Is the current Federal Mining Act sufficient to guarantee sustainable raw materials production – or does it need reforming to achieve this? The agreement signed by the parties that make up Germany’s “traffic-light coalition” seeks to align the Act more towards safeguarding sustainable raw materials extraction and maintaining environmental standards – while at the same time making things easier for domestic raw materials producers.

Author: Prof. Dr. Walter Frenz, Maître en Droit Public, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen/Germany

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