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News in Brief Issue 04_2017

Well over a year before the end of the German coal mining industry, the RAG-Stiftung records its best result yet

The RAG-Stiftung in Essen/Germany enjoyed continued success in 2016 and is meticulously preparing for the phase-out of the German coal mining industry at the end of 2018. At the annual press conference on 30th May 2017 in Essen, the Board of Executives took stock of the first ten years of the RAG-Stiftung and made it clear that the foundation was ...

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Recklinghausen training mine to be preserved

The North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry for Economic Affairs, the city of Recklinghausen/Germany and RAG Aktiengesell-schaft, Herne/Germany, are in favour of preserving the training mine in the Recklinghausen-Süd district. This was explained during a visit by the Minister for Economic Affairs, Garrelt Duin, Mayor Christoph Tesche and RAG Director Stefan Hager (Figure 1). Minister Duin said: “The facility is an asset in three ...

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Foundation stone laid for the expansion of power facilities at TU Darmstadt

A new building is being added to the power facilities at the Technical University of Darmstadt/Germany. It will house a complex air conditioning system and a highly efficient small-scale combined heat and power unit (CHP). The foundation stone was laid in a ceremony which took place on 12th May 2017 (Image 1). TU Darmstadt is currently supplied with heat, air ...

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Mining traces and post-mining research: Young Colombian engineers in the mining region

Around 9,000 km as the crow flies separate Medellín in Colombia and Bochum in Germany. However, there is one thing they share over this great distance – both towns are home to distinguished universities with a focus on raw materials science. The Universidad Nacional de Colombia (UNAL) and the Georg Agricola Technical University (THGA) have been in partnership since 2015. ...

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Mining the future

More than 370 experts and decision makers met at this year’s MiningForum on 1st and 2nd June to learn about the latest trends in the raw materials industry, exchange views and expand their network for future cooperation (Figure 1). With stronger than ever international participation, the event welcomed visitors from 18 countries, including Canada, Chile, Finland, Australia and Mongolia. The ...

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THEnergy analysis: Solar-diesel and Wind-diesel Microgrids for Off-grid Mines Gain Momentum – New Projects Expected

Iamgold has announced it is adding a new 12.5 MW solar PV plant to its Essakane gold mine in Burkina Faso. The Canadian company has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the French independent power producer (IPP) EREN for an initial period of 15 years. The multinational Wärtsilä headquartered in Finland will integrate and build the solar plant. Another ...

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ERCOSPLAN symposium “The potash industry in the 21st century”

To mark the double jubilee celebrations – 65 years of potash project planning made in Erfurt and 25 years of ERCOSPLAN – the Erfurt/Germany-based group, ERCOSPLAN, organised an international symposium on the subject of “The potash industry in the 21st century – raw materials exploration, extraction and processing, as well as disposal of the waste this produces” from 8th to 10th ...

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bauma CONEXPO AFRICA: Investing in positive growth

The third edition of bauma CONEXPO AFRICA, the International Trade Fair for Construction Machinery, Building Material Machines, Mining Machines and Construction Vehicles, takes place from 13th to 16th March 2018 in Johannesburg/South Africa. Over 600 exhibitors will take up 68,000 m2 at the Johannesburg Expo Centre. Africa’s premier trade fair for the mining and construction industry will attract both local ...

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