Water pressures intensify for miners

A recent study claims that about 70% of the mining operations of the five largest hard-rock mining companies are located in countries where water stress is considered a risk. (Photo courtesy of Polypipe)Competition for existing water supplies, combined with rising regulatory and social scrutiny of mine water management plans, brings prospects of higher project costs and longer development timetables

By Russell A Carter, managing editor, E&MJ

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Community relations contribute to Masan success

The Nui Phao Project is in Thai Nguyen province in northern Vietnam.MASAN Resources, a subsidiary of Masan Group, is vying to become Vietnam’s private sector resources champion by acquiring, exploring and developing resource assets. In 2010, the company acquired the Nui Phao Project in Thai Nguyen province in northern Vietnam containing tungsten, fluorspar, bismuth and copper. JORC compliant reserves were at 52.5 million tonnes of ore with average WO3 (tungsten trioxide) grade of 0.21%. Now some 15 months after starting commissioning Nui Phao is the largest producer of tungsten concentrate outside of China and is ramping up to become one of the largest producers of acid-grade fluorspar and bismuth in the world.


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Angkor Gold: A gold standard for CSR

Education is a clear priority for Angkor Gold. Each academic semester 240 students are involved in programs assisted by the company.By Joseph Kirschke, news editor-mining, E&MJ

BANTEAY, Cambodia: Accessing this village eight hours north of Phnom Penh is daunting on the best of days, not least during the rainy season. On the main artery from the capital, buses, cars and tractor-trailers alike can be seen moored in the mud, all resembling helplessly grounded ships. Another 30-minute ride can foil the hardiest off-road vehicle at the gruelling final stretch.


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China plays big role in Eldorado success

Eldorado-TJS-winterELDORADO Gold is one of few foreign mining companies that have been successful in China - the world’s largest consumer of mineral resources, the world’s primary gold source, a major coal miner and a leading producer of many other minerals. With most large mining operations run by state-owned enterprises, and large amounts of patience, determination and exploration expertise needed, along with a large bucket of cash, it is not hard to see why this is the case.


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