Permit approved for Hochschild Mara Rosa plant, pre-stripping

Hochschild Mining has confirmed it has been granted a key environmental permit authorization for the construction of a processing plant at its Mara Rosa gold project in the Goiás state, Brazil, along with mine pre-stripping activity. The Goiás state’s environmental authority the State Secretariat for the Environment and Sustainable Development (SEMAD)’s permit also allows construction of all the required site…

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Sinkhole stops operations at Lundin’s Minera Ojos del Salado

Officials from Chile’s National Geology and Mining Service agency Sernageomin has ordered the suspension of operations at Lundin Mining’s Minera Ojos del Salado complex after a sinkhole developed at the Alcaparrosa underground copper mine, part of the Candelaria operation. The sinkhole, which has most recently measured 50 meters in diameter and 200 meters deep but appears to be stable, has…

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Atico nabs EIA approval for La Plata VMS project

Latin America-focused Atico Mining has received approval of the Environmental Impact Assessment for the construction and operations of its high-grade La Plata VMS project in Ecuador. The La Plata project plan consists of a 900-t/d underground mining operation with state-of-the-art infrastructure, including a filtered tailings facility – a first of its kind in Ecuador. This technology, already used at Atico’s…

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ABB to power, automate Gold Fields’ Salares Norte

Gold Fields has entered an order with ABB to bring a power and automation system to its remote Salares Norte project in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. The scope of the work includes six electrical rooms and an integrated digital system based on ABB’s Ability 800xA distributed control system (DCS) and will serve to help the mine’s location and…

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