Hatch experts featured in new e-book, The Small Footprint Mine
Toronto, Canada—Hatch experts have been featured in a new e-book published by Austmine, The Small Footprint Mine. Austmine is the leading industry body for the Mining Equipment, Technology, and Services (METS) sector in Australia. Their e-book focuses on how—in the face of growing scrutiny from communities, government, and investors—the mining industry can achieve small-footprint and low-impact mining through creative technology, innovation, increased productivity and sustainability.
Hatch contributed to the e-book in a section titled, “Improving the Resource and Eco-Efficiency of Mining Operations Today and Tomorrow.” Minerals processing expert, Kristy Duffy, explained how companies must learn to do more with less and maximize value with minimal impact.
“Many strategies for improving the efficiency and sustainability of mining operations are not new, but rather involve novel application of existing technologies and tailored solutions based on detailed knowledge of the particular ore and process,” states Duffy. Based on Hatch’s proven experience helping clients address their challenging and evolving needs, we understand the impact of each operation on the downstream processes to allow for optimizing the entire production chain, improving economic returns and reducing the environmental footprint.
Multiple opportunities for resource and eco-efficiency are identified in the article, including higher intensity selective blasting; pre-concentration using screening, particle, or bulk ore sorting and/or gravity concentration; new comminution circuits; coarse particle flotation; and dry stacking.
The article concludes with a discussion on the depletion of easily-accessed resources. Duffy states, “Looking to tomorrow, we need to consider how to explore and extract resources from greater depth on land and under the world’s oceans and seas.”
“We were pleased to have been invited to contribute to this e-book. At Hatch, we strive to apply our expertise to the world’s toughest challenges. We take immense pride in being able to build solutions that are smart and innovative—and that help our clients make the most of their assets,” says Walter Valery, Hatch’s global director of Consulting & Technology, who enthusiastically leads the team and the development of these solutions.
To access the complete e-book, visit http://www.austmine.com.au/Publications/category/publications/austmine-ebook-the-small-footprint-mine.
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