Trans Mountain pipeline work to resume in August Kinder Morgan Canada boss

first_imgEDMONTON – The head of Kinder Morgan Canada says work is to resume next month to prepare a route for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.Ian Anderson says the company will secure, survey and prepare the right of way in coming months, and First Nations will monitor the work to look for traditional artifacts and medicines.Anderson says the plan is to start laying pipe early next year in British Columbia and Alberta.A completion date is to be announced in 2019.Anderson made the comments alongside Alberta Premier Rachel Notley at an event on the Enoch Cree Nation, just west of Edmonton.Enoch Cree land will be used as one of the staging grounds for the line and will stockpile at least 40 kilometres of pipe.The project will expand the existing Trans Mountain line from Edmonton to the B.C. coast to allow more oil from Alberta to be shipped to foreign markets.The line has been the focus of fractious debate and confrontation — the B.C. government, environmental activists and some Indigenous groups all oppose it.Earlier this year, the federal government agreed to buy the $4.5-billion pipeline to ensure it gets built, but the Liberals insist they don’t plan to be the long-term owner.last_img read more

Canada Mosaic puts Canadian music on the map

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Legacy? Well, all five composers are dead now and they number among the major figures of our musical past. Yet they are known by few of their fellow Canadians. Gary Kulesha, the TSO’s composer adviser, expresses no surprise. As he puts it, “would the average Canadian know who Brahms was?”Probably not, but the average Canadian lover of classical music certainly would know Brahms, whereas such native figures as Mercure and Weinzweig?There are various reasons for this situation, Kulesha acknowledges, including the diminished profile of music in our public schools, and on radio and television. Advertisementcenter_img Twitter Login/Register With: And it surely is a welcome way to fund some major commissions to our composers in addition to 40 or so two-minute fanfares to be performed by the TSO and partner orchestras from British Columbia to Newfoundland.The whole enterprise begins next Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Roy Thomson Hall, when Victor Feldbrill and Alain Trudel preside over a program titled Canadian Legacy, featuring Godfrey Ridout’s Fall Fair, Pierre Mercure’s Kaléidoscope, Jean Coulthard’s “Introduction” and “Three Folk Songs” from Canada Mosaic, John Weinzweig’s Suite from Red Ear of Corn and André Mathieu’s Rhapsodie romantique, the latter with Alain Lefèvre as piano soloist. “Innovators. Renegades. Pioneers. Canadian musicians have long punched above their weight both at home and internationally.”Or so claims a news release announcing Canada Mosaic, an ambitious cross-country celebration of Canadian music and musicians spearheaded by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and funded (to the tune of $7.5 million) by the government of Canada.“What a wonderful way to celebrate our 150th,” enthuses Mélanie Joly, minister of Canadian Heritage.last_img read more

El Othmani Pledges Cooperation with Other G5 Countries at Summit

By Zakaria OuadghiriRabat – “We are determined to cooperate fully with our brothers in the five Sahelian countries to develop zones facing serious security threats that have an impact on the security of the entire region, including Morocco,”Head of Government Saadeddine El Othmani told Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).He said that Morocco had prepared a program that would be presented at the conference concerning its actions in the Sahel region. Immediately after his arrival in the Mauritanian capital, the head of the Moroccan government held a one-on-one meeting with the Mauritanian Prime Minister Ahmed Salem Ould Bashir in the airport’s VIP lounge.The Moroccan delegation is participating in this event as a partner country. The G5 Sahel countries are seeking Morocco’s expertise in several areas, such as the fight against desertification, water control and counter-terrorism. El Othmani expressed Morocco’s determination on Wednesday in Nouakchott to strengthen its cooperation with the Sahel countries (Mauritania, Chad, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger) who face serious security threats. Read Also: El Othmani: Mohammed VI-B Satellite, a Moroccan Achievement to Be Proud ofThis Thursday’s meeting is dedicated to the organization’s Priority Investment Programme (PIP) for 2019 to 2022.  The PIP is used for implementing the G5 Sahel Development and Security Strategy (SDS) and is structured around the four strategic areas of intervention (Defence & Security, Governance, Infrastructure, and Resilience & Human Development).Normally, it is the Minister of Foreign Affairs who represents the kingdom at Group meetings, as was the case in September 2017 in New York at an inter-ministerial meeting on “Security and development in a French-speaking region in solidarity” and in February 2018 in Brussels. Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita is participating in the Geneva roundtable on the resumption of negotiations on the Sahara.On the orders of King Mohammed VI, El Othmani is leading a delegation to the G5 Sahel (GHS) conference that is held on December 5 and 6 in Nouakchott, Mauritania, according to a statement from the Head of Government Department.The statement noted that this conference brings together a number of heads from both government and state, as well as representatives of donor countries to mobilize the necessary resources needed for the investment priorities program of the G5S countries.This conference is the second conference for donors to G5S countries after the one held in Brussels last February, which raised $414 million for the G5 Sahel counterterrorism task force.G5S is an institution for coordinating regional cooperation in development and security issues in West Africa. It was formed on February 16, 2014, in Nouakchott, Mauritania, at a summit of five Sahel countries: Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger. read more

ICE Futures Canada quotes and cash prices

WINNIPEG — Grain quotes Friday for tonnes, basis Lakehead:Canola (Vancouver): Open High Low Close ThuNov. 506.90 510.90 506.90 510.20 507.80Jan. ’18 516.00 519.70 515.30 519.20 516.30March 522.00 525.70 521.60 525.30 522.50May 525.30 528.30 525.30 528.00 524.90July 528.20 529.60 528.10 529.20 526.00Nov. 496.00 499.00 495.70 497.00 497.00Jan. ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 498.60 498.70March 0.00 0.00 0.00 501.30 501.40May 0.00 0.00 0.00 501.30 501.40July 0.00 0.00 0.00 501.30 501.40Nov. 0.00 0.00 0.00 501.30 501.40Barley (Western): Open High Low Close ThuDec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 148.00 148.00March ’18 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00March ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00ICE Futures Canada cash prices:Feed wheat: Track Montreal CW: $240.00Canola:Thunder Bay No. 1 Canada: $529.20 (January 2018)Vancouver No. 1 Canada: $542.20 (January 2018) read more

Zeid notes UN failed to protect Lankan civilians

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said that if the UN is going to make commitments on protecting civilians, then it must be resolute, undivided and clear about its intentions. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein says the UN had failed to protect the lives of civilians in Sri Lanka in 2009.Al Hussein made the comment via a video link to the United Nations Security Council, when it met to discuss the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. His remarks were made as the Security Council prepared to table a vote on a draft resolution strongly condemning as genocide the crimes at Srebrenica as established by the judgments of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and all other proven war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the course of the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina. “Had this been the case with Sri Lanka in 2009, or now in Sudan, Burundi or even Myanmar, the consequences for the lives of millions of people would be immense,” he said. The measure – which failed to pass with 10 votes in favour, four abstentions (Angola, China, Nigeria and Venezuela) and the Russian Federation voting against – would have further agreed that “acceptance of the tragic events at Srebrenica as genocide is a prerequisite for reconciliation.” If one of the Council’s five permanent members casts a negative vote on a resolution, the text cannot be adopted. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Wimal warns Ranil to leave by 8am tomorrow

National Freedom Front leader Wimal Weerawansa has warned Ranil Wickremesinghe to leave Temple Trees by 8am tomorrow.Weerawansa told reporters today that if Wickremesinghe fails to leave then the public will be forced to put him out. The Parliamentarian said that the international community want a crisis situation to take place in Sri Lanka and that should not happen.However he said that if Wickremesinghe does not leave then he will be forced out. (Colombo Gazette)

Farming plays key role both good and bad in climate change UN

The agency’s annual State of Food and Agriculture report, which was released today in Rome, includes a review of the current global and regional agricultural situation, world trade, commodity prices and the implications for agriculture of the Fourth World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference.In the special chapter on harvesting carbon sequestration through land-use change, FAO says an estimated 80 per cent of global carbon stocks are stored in soils or forests and that a considerable amount of the mineral originally contained in those areas has been released as a result of agricultural and forestry activities and deforestation.Agriculture and forestry practices confine and fix carbon into the soil, plants and trees through photosynthesis, reducing atmospheric greenhouse gases.According to the report, farming and forestry activities have the potential to counteract the effect of emissions made elsewhere by reducing deforestation, generating increased forest stocks, adopting agroforestry schemes, reducing soil degradation and rehabilitating degraded forests.A separate section examining the role of agriculture and land in the provision of global public goods says that farming, fisheries and forestry have an importance beyond that of providing the world with food and raw materials necessary for survival and well-being and ensuring the livelihoods of farmers, fishermen and foresters worldwide.People employed in these sectors of the economy play a role in managing resources that benefit the world at large. “Through proper management of these resources, farmers, fishermen and foresters provide a range of benefits to others, such as landscape conservation, watershed protection, biodiversity conservation, ecosystem stability and maintenance of fish stocks,” the report says.While these public goods are widely recognized as benefiting large numbers of people, they cannot be expected for free, the report says. Some public goods are global in nature and benefit all of humanity. But because so many people benefit from these public goods without paying, the report concludes that “mechanisms for compensating the providers are necessary to ensure that socially desirable levels of the good will be provided.” read more

Afghanistan Security Council condemns Taliban attack near Spanish embassy in Kabul

“The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and Government of Afghanistan, as well as to the people and Government of Spain. They wished the injured a speedy recovery,” said a press statement issued by the Security Council.The Council reiterated its serious concern at the threats posed by the Taliban, Al-Qaida, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) affiliates, and illegal armed groups to the local population, national security forces, and international presence in Afghanistan.“The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice, and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Afghan authorities in this regard,” said the statement.Further, the Council members reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of its motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed, and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group.They also reaffirmed and reiterated their determination to combat by all means, in in accordance with the UN Charter and all obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and international humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.“The members of the Security Council reiterated that no violent or terrorist acts can reverse the path towards Afghan-led peace, democracy and stability in Afghanistan, which is supported by the people and the Government of Afghanistan and by the international community,” the statement concluded.At the same time, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) also condemned the attacks and said this was an “attack against the international community”.The UN mission said that the casualties of the attacks included at least two civilians with several more injured, along with extensive damage to the Embassy complex.UNAMA stressed that civilians may never be deliberately targeted in any location as such attacks are explicitly prohibited under international humanitarian law and expressed its sincere condolences to the families of the victims and a speedy recovery to the injured.They noted that the attack in Kabul was the second major incident within a week for which the Taliban claimed responsibility where they deliberately targeted civilians causing significant loss of civilian life.Earlier this week, an attack occurred over a 24-hour period on 8 and 9 December in Kandahar airport where the Taliban intentionally targeted civilian areas of the base, which killed 39 civilians, including children, and a further 23 injured when Taliban fighters dismounted their vehicles in the bazaar and opened fire on shopkeepers and customers.UNAMA said that the fighting reportedly continued in the residential areas of the base accommodating the families of Afghan security forces and airport staff, and stressed that civilian relatives of military personnel can never be classified as combatants. read more

Oil and gas sector Govt to handle sale of Guyanas

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedExxonMobil earnings increase 57% to $6.2B in third quarter of 2018November 2, 2018In “Business”Exxon Mobil will pay 2% royalty in new pact with GovtJune 2, 2017In “Business”Guyana losing out US$29B from oil deal says OGGNJanuary 30, 2018In “Business” …separate from ExxonMobilWith first oil just around the corner, Guyana appears to be poised to market and sell its own portion of crude oil, as opposed to having oil giant ExxonMobil sell on the country’s behalf.According to sources close to the Energy Department, a plan is still being developed for how the oil will be sold – one which will aim to find Guyana the best markets based on profitability. <<<>>> understands, however, that it is still in the early planning stages.Back in 2017, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman was reported in sections of the media saying that the sale of its share of petroleum to local buyers could be considered. He had noted that what government wanted was a profitable model.International oil and gas company Exxon Mobil struck liquid gold in its exploration efforts offshore Guyana. (Photo: Exxon Mobil)In 2017, Director of Advisory Services at Hartree Partners, Pedro Haas, had revealed that the cost to construct an oil refinery in Guyana would be US$5 billion. Haas had been tasked with carrying out a feasibility study for an oil refinery in Guyana. According to Minister of State Joseph Harmon, Cabinet is still to review the findings of the study.The feasibility study found that it would be too costly for the Government to invest in an oil refinery. The consultant had said that the final results of the study show that Guyana would be “destroying over half the value of your investment the day you commission your refinery.”The company looked at economic models used in other oil-producing countries and compared them with the scale and complexity of Guyana’s potential oil market to come up with the recommendations. Expert opinions from oil and engineering companies were also taken on board.But persons have expressed an interest in building an oil refinery in Guyana. A team of professional foreign investors has expressed interest in establishing an oil refinery in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), with the intention of providing technical skills training to the community’s workforce and education sector.Prospects for the initiative were discussed on Wednesday when the team met with regional stakeholders at the office of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) in Linden.The team was led by US-based Ghanian entrepreneur Quincy Sintim-Aboagye who owns an oil company and Alfred Fafali Adagbedu who is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Seaweld Engineering Limited in Ghana.Apart from the refinery, the team had also expressed intentions to establish a hotel and to develop economic avenues for local farming. The two sides also discussed the possibility of implementing training at the Linden Technical Institute (LTI). The investors have posited that there will be opportunities for job creation and training in areas such as welding.Other benefits they had highlighted are cheaper gas and electricity prices with additional interests in crude oil, bauxite expansion, the establishment of an industrial complex in Guyana.After its 10th discovery of oil in the Stabroek Block, ExxonMobil has estimated the recoverable resource in the block to be five billion oil equivalent barrels. At US$50 a barrel, that equates to well over US$200 billion.Then there is the fact that two subsequent discoveries were made earlier this year. In addition, an independent assessment, or competent persons report, had found that 2.9 billion barrels of oil existed in the Orinduik block. read more

Public Security Minister meets with Delegation of EU Ambassadors

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRussia pledges support to Guyana’s security sectorJune 17, 2015In “Politics”‘Guyana should be included too’ …Govt approaches EU delegation for visa-free travel to EuropeOctober 17, 2018In “latest news”Ramotar lashes back at EU Ambassador over €25 million agreementOctober 28, 2015In “Politics” Guyana’s Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan earlier today (Monday) met with a delegation of Ambassadors of non-resident European Union Member States from Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Romania and Sweden at his office, with a view to having further cooperation between Guyana and the EU.Guyana and the European Union formalised relations with the signing of the Georgetown Agreement in 1975. The Guyana /EU relations are currently based on the Cotonou Agreement, the CARIFORUM –EU Economic Partnership Agreement and bi-regional political dialogue.According to a media release from the Ministry of Public Security, Ramjattan and the Delegation of EU Ambassadors, discussed matters of governance and security issues in Guyana.Minister Ramjattan and the Delegation of EU Ambassadors also touched on security issues at the border with Venezuela.Minister Ramjattan reaffirmed that the Coalition Government is in full adherence to the rule of law, Guyana’s Constitution and good leadership, the release added.According to the Ministry of Public Security, the two sides also discussed the EU Seaport Corporation Project (SEACOP) in the profiling of vessels and the conducting of safe and effective rummage operations in Guyana.SEACOP supports Guyana by reinforcing capacities to combat illicit maritime trafficking and associated criminal networks and enhances international cooperation in tackling illicit maritime trafficking on the transatlantic cocaine route. read more

4 new Parliamentarians sworn in

The four new Members of Parliament (MP) this afternoon took the oath of office before Speaker and Clerk of the National Assembly signaling a new phase of their political careers.Those who took the oath of office were Mervyn Williams, Tabita Sarabo-Halley, Donna Mootoo and Raynard Ward.Donna Mootoo taking the oath of officeThe four new MPs have replaced former ministers of government, Joe Harmon, Carl Greenidge, Dominic Gaskin and Dr. Rupert Roopnarine.These ministers resigned following the ruling by Chief Justice Roxane George and the Court of Appeal Judges with respect to the dual citizenship case.The ruling stated that it is unconstitutional for a Member of Parliament who holds dual citizenship to be a Member of the National Assembly.Tabita Sarabo-Halley taking the oath of officeFollowing their resignations, three have indicated that they will renounce their foreign citizenship while former Business Minister, Dominic Gaskin will retain his.Raynard Ward taking the oath of officeHowever, the new Parliamentarians were congratulated by the Speaker and Clerk of the National Assembly as well as their colleagues from the government side of the house.Mervyn Williams taking the oath of officeThe Parliamentary Opposition, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) did not show up when the National Assembly reconvened today. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWPA’s Tabitha Sarabo-Halley tipped to Rupert Roopnarine as MPApril 14, 2019In “latest news”MP Dominic Gaskin a born Briton, AFC confirmsJanuary 17, 2019In “latest news”Jaipaul Sharma removed from Finance, now at Public Infrastructure MinistryJune 15, 2019In “Local News” read more

Clive Lloyd believes allrounders will have biggest roles

The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup will run from May 30 until July 14. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWorld Cup without Windies unthinkable — LaraFebruary 27, 2018In “latest news”Lloyd tells West Indies to study New Zealand at World CupJune 21, 2019In “latest news”Legends Sir Viv, Lloyd backing Windies Women for titleNovember 22, 2018In “latest news” LONDON, United Kingdom (CMC) — One of the greatest West Indies captains of all time, Sir Clive Lloyd expects all-rounders to play a decisive role in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup.Sir Clive, who led the Windies to their only two World Cup titles in 1975 and 1979, said with the pitches in England predicted to be flat, he believed the play of those multidimensional players would determine the winner.“From Afghanistan to England, or from India to West Indies, every team is blessed with top-class all-rounders, that’s why I believe it will be an all-rounders’ World Cup,” Lloyd said.With the Windies skipper Jason Holder currently ranked as the best Test all-rounder in the world and sixth best in ODIs, along with the explosive Andre Russell in the side, Lloyd said he expected the regional side to give a good showing.He said the West Indies would be confident after drawing their ODI series with top-ranked England 2-2 in March.“The West Indies Cricket Board has brought back the main players who have been doing well in different tournaments around the world. They will try their best.“During the last 20-odd years, we lost so many good cricketers. I think the good cricketers have again come up with the intention of doing good,” Lloyd insisted. read more

Lopsided agreement benefitted some parties than others – WPAs Hinds on

Dr David HindsThe Working People’s Alliance (WPA), a member of the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), has described the Cummingsburg Accord— the sweetheart deal which binds APNU and Alliance for Change (AFC) — as a “lopsided” agreement, since it benefitted some parties more than others.The WPA is one of five parties which came together in 2011 and formed A Partnership for National Unity.WPA Executive Member Dr David Hinds told media operatives recently that the agreement was clearly disproportional and they are hoping also to have the APNU’s charter reassessed.His remarks come on the heels of the Cummingsburg Accord being set to be reviewed in the near future. Hinds indicated that their supporters are of the opinion that the minority party in the coalition, the Alliance for Change (AFC) received more than what was deserving.“We feel that there should be much more participation by all parties within the coalition. Some of our supporters are saying that the AFC got more than they deserved in the last election and parties like the WPA got less than they deserved.We would imagine that when they sit down to iron those things out, they would come to some conclusion that would be fair to all the parties,” Hinds affirmed.The Cummingsburg Accord expires on February 14, 2020. However, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had positioned last year that it was being undermined by the APNU/PNC. In fact, he mentioned moves made by President Granger to lessen the responsibility of AFC ministers.AFC Executive, Cathy Hughes, was first appointed as Tourism Minister in 2015 when the coalition Government first took office. Her stint as Tourism Minister was short-lived, and she was reassigned to a relatively unknown ministry which has fewer responsibilities – the Public Telecommunications Ministry. The Tourism Ministry was then assigned under another AFC executive and son-in-law of the President, Dominic Gaskin, who was in charge of the Business Ministry— a lesser known ministry also.Jagdeo had also highlighted that the move taken by President Granger to strip Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman of his responsibility for the oil and gas sector.  Responsibility for the environment was first taken away from Trotman when a decision was made to establish the Department of Environment that is now housed in the Ministry of the Presidency. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAFC says it wants to prove itself by going solo for LGEAugust 8, 2018In “latest news”APNU’s coalition development leaves much to be desired- WPA’s OgunseyeMarch 20, 2018In “latest news”AFC sets up committee to review Cummingsburg AccordApril 30, 2017In “Politics” read more

Anglo Americans FutureSmart Mining on its way to tangible technology results

first_img“It’s clear that the pressures on us are unsustainable, whether it is around our carbon footprint, water footprint, or physical footprint, and we are always looking for different ways to push us in this future direction where our footprint will be very different.”Tony O’Neill, Anglo American Technical Director, knows the company he works for is up against it when it comes to retaining its reputation as one of the world’s leading sustainable mining companies.It’s clear from the company’s 2018 sustainability report – which saw it achieve a best-ever performance in terms of injuries, a cut in energy use and an increase in greenhouse gas emission savings – that Anglo is going down multiple paths to reach its goals. O’Neill, who joined the company almost six years ago, believes Anglo’s FutureSmart Mining™ programme will play a major role in confronting and overcoming many of the issues it (and the industry) is facing.“If you look at FutureSmart Mining, at its absolute essence, it is about footprint; how do you change the footprint of mining? How do you have a mine that draws no fresh water? Mines without tailings dams? Mines that look very different?” he told IM.“It’s getting people to believe there is a different way for mining in an industry that has, to this point, been quite traditional. It is not going to happen overnight, but I think we have a genuine vision that is, in my view, quite feasible.”IM spoke with O’Neill and Donovan Waller, Group Head of Technology Development, this week to get to the bottom of how technology is making Anglo ever more sustainable.IM: Could you explain how the Anglo operating model facilitates and fosters innovation within the context of FutureSmart Mining?TO: The Anglo American operating model is the chassis that underpins everything, giving us certainty in the delivery of our work. When you have got that stability – and the lack of variability – in your business outputs, it is much easier to overlay new technologies and processes. When you then see a difference in operating or financial results, you can confirm it is down to what you have implemented, rather than the underlying processes.I look at it a little bit like a three-legged stool: you have the operating model on one leg, the P101 benchmark-setting on another, and technology and data analytics on the third leg. They all co-exist in this system and work off each other. Without one, the stool falls over.The operating model has given us a drumbeat of delivery, and we get the licence to innovate because of this drumbeat.IM: Do you think FutureSmart Mining is starting to be understood and valued by investors?TO: They’re awake to it now. I think it is still in the early stages of the story, but they can see what we are doing and the ambition behind it. Ultimately, it will result in a different investment profile, or more investors because of it, but I am not sure that it’s translated in full up to now. The recognition has been more around the general results of the company.With all these technologies coming through – much of them driven by higher levels of data and the ability to interrogate that data – the vision we imagined way out into the future, I think, is a lot more tangible than when we started out four years ago.IM: Out of all the tailings dam elimination work you are carrying out (around passive resistivity, fibre-optics, micro-seismic monitoring, coarse particle recovery, polymers, and dry stacking), which innovation will have an impact on Anglo’s operations in the next three-to-five years?TO: All of them. We started out with our tailings programme in 2013; in fact, our group technical standards were re-issued at the beginning of 2014 and they are now one of the main guidelines the ICMM (International Council on Mining and Metals) uses.Tailings dams have always been at the back end of the mining process and, in a way, the science behind them has never been part of the mainstream operation. Our view, internally for many years, is tailings dams are one of the industry’s greatest risks.“Our view, internally for many years, is tailings dams are one of the industry’s greatest risks,” Tony O’Neill saysUltimately our aim is to eliminate tailings dams. Period. Coarse particle flotation – getting that coarser particle size that drains much more freely – is core to that and you can see a development pathway there. For example, with some of these new flotation techniques, we now only need 1% exposure of the mineral for it to be effective. In the past, it was much higher.When we upgraded the capability of our tailings organisation, it became clear we needed to get a lot more data off these tailings dams. About three years ago, we started putting fibre-optic sensors into the dams. We have since developed, through our exploration arm, passive resistivity seismic monitoring, which basically tells you where your water sits in the dams. And, we’re putting into Quellaveco micro-seismic measuring techniques, which will be more granular again. You can see the day coming really quickly where tailings dams are a real-time data source for mining companies.We’re also, with our joint venture partner Debswana, building the first polymer plant in Botswana, which could have an impact on dry tailing disposal.The thing we need to crack – both ourselves and the industry – is how to dry stack at scale. At the moment, that is still a work-in-progress, but it is doable in the long term.IM: How is the bulk sorter you have operating at El Soldado, which is equipped with a neutron sensor, working? How has it made a difference to recoveries and grades at the operation?TO: With the bulk sorter, we’re taking packages of tonnes rather than individual rocks to enable us to get both speed and volume. At El Soldado, we are sorting in four tonne packages. You can adapt the sorting profile by the characteristics of the orebody. We’re generally looking to sort tonnages that are less than you would put in a haul truck body or bucket.If you step right back, in the past, most processing plants wanted to blend to get an average feed. We are going the other way. We want to use the heterogeneity of the orebody to its advantage; the less mixing we can get ahead of these sorting processes, the better it is for recoveries.Being able to remove an orebody above the cut-off grade alongside waste tonnages and upgrade the latter has led to an effective lift in head grade. It has been enabled by new sensing technology with a particular type of neutron sensor.What we have seen in early results has surprised us on the upside. We thought we would see a 5% uplift in head grade, but in fact we have seen about 20% – to qualify that, it’s in its early stages.O’Neill says the bulk sorting trial at El Soldado has seen about a 20% uplift in head grade in its early stagesIf you take this to its logical conclusion, you can see the day coming where you would cut the rock – no drilling and blasting – immediately sort the rock behind the machine cutting it and distribute said rock efficiently into its value in use; you don’t have stockpiles, you have plants sensing the material right through and adapting in real time to the change in mineralogy. I think there is another 3-4% increase in recovery in that whole process when we get it right.Our sweet spot when we created FutureSmart Mining was always the orebody and processing plants, more so than automation (although that is part of the potential mix). That was different to a lot of the other players in the industry. This focus could lead to the development of different types of plants; ones that are flexible, more modular and you can plug and play.IM: Do you see these type of neutron sensors being applied elsewhere across a mine site?TO: Yes, through processing plants and conveyors. In fact, we’re preparing for this on conveyors right now.What we have found with all this new technology is that, when we implement it, quite often another opportunity arrives. They end up playing off each other, and that is the context for the bulk sorting and coarse particle flotation.IM: How have Anglo’s Open Forums played into these developments?TO: We have held eight Open Forums on sustainability, processing, mining, exploration (two), future of work, energy and maintenance.Out of those eight, I think we have got around 10,000 ideas from them. These forums have been specifically designed where only about a third of participants are from the mining industry, with the other two thirds coming from the best and brightest analogous industries we can tap into – automobile, oil & gas, food, construction, even Formula 1 racing and NASA.The reality is that out of those 10,000 ideas, the success rate is about 1:1,000, but the one that makes it is quite often a game changer.IM: Going back to the bulk sorters, am I right in thinking you plan to put these into Mogalakwena and Barro Alto too?TO: The aim is to have them across our business. At El Soldado, the copper angle is very important. The technology – the sensing and using the data – is probably a touch more advanced in copper, but we are building one currently in our PGMs business at Mogalakwena and a bit behind that, but ready to be built, is one in nickel, yes.In terms of our programme, you will see them spread across our business in the next, hopefully, 18 months.IM: Where does your approach to advanced process control (APC) fit into the FutureSmart Mining platform?TO: We want to have APC in some form across all our business by the end of this year. We have probably come from a little behind some of the other players in the industry, but we’re pushing it quite aggressively to give us the platform for data analytics. The upside we have seen just by putting the process control in so far has surprised me a bit – in a good way; power reductions, throughput, having this different level of control. All of it has been pleasing.We spent about 12 months looking at the whole data analytics space to see how we were going to implement our solution. If you look around at the sector, everyone wants to be involved and profit share. If you add it all up, you could end up with not a lot of profitable pieces at the end. We have strategically chosen the pieces we think are important to us and our profit pool and have been happy to be a little looser on some of the non-core areas.The other key plank to the APC is that we own the data. The reality is, in the new world, data is like a new orebody and we’re not willing to let go of that.IM: Your Smart Energy project involving a haul truck powered on hydrogen has certainly caught the attention of the market: how did you come up with this innovation?TO: Initially, we couldn’t make renewables work from an investment criteria perspective – it was always close, but never quite there. Donovan’s team then took an approach where they said, ‘forget the normal investment criteria. All we want to do is, make the business case wash its face.’ In doing so, it enabled them to oversize a renewable or photovoltaic energy source – the power plant – using that extra power to produce hydrogen and putting that hydrogen to use in the haulage fleet. Re-engineering the haulage fleet gave us the business outcomes we were looking for.DW: These business cases bring you to temporary barriers. When you hit that temporary barrier, people normally stop, but what we said was, ‘OK, just assume it is not there and go forward.’ That brought the whole business case back again by looking at it differently again.Anglo’s Smart Energy project is aiming to power a 300-t class truck with hydrogen fuelIM: Where is this project likely to be situated within the group?TO: We’re still not 100% fixed as the initial work will be done here (the UK). You are talking about quite specialist skills working with hydrogen.When the system has gone past its initial testing, it will go to a site, probably in South Africa, but we are not 100% locked into that at this point.IM: On the 12-month timeline you have given, when would you have to be on site?TO: The infrastructure will be pre-built here in the UK. We’re effectively testing it here. In a way, the physical truck is the easy bit.It’s going to be using a 300-t class truck. The guys have already done quite a bit of the detailed measuring and the design elements are well under way.We’ve also taken the approach to use pre-approved technology, which Donovan can talk about.DW: This minimises the risk on the first go and allows us to, later, tailor it. For example, if you don’t have a right sized fuel cell currently available off-the-shelf, you just use multiple standard-size fuel cells for now. Then, when you get into the final version you could tailor them into something more specific.IM: On mechanised cutting, you recently mentioned the building of a “production-sized machine” for at least one of your mines in South Africa. Is this a variant of the Epiroc machine – the Rapid Mine Development System – you have been using at Twickenham?TO: It’s the next generation of machines. It’s fair to say that, in the last 12 months, the technology has come to the point where we are confident it is viable.What we’re looking for is a fundamental breakthrough where, for example, we can take the development rates up three or four times from what you would usually expect. That is what we’re chasing. It would involve some sort of pre-conditioning of the rock ahead of the cutting, but the cutting, itself, works.For us, mechanised cutting is a real solution to some of the safety issues we have had on our plate. Regardless of whether it goes into South Africa or another underground mine, we see it as a key part of our future underground design and operation.IM: What type of rock pre-conditioning is this likely to be?TO: I think around the world, people are looking at electricity, microwave, laser, a whole suite of things. None of them have yet quite landed, but they all have potential.IM: Where does haul truck automation fit into the pipeline for Anglo American?TO: All the equipment we buy, going forward, will be autonomous-capable, which means we can run it in either format (manned or unmanned). You are then left with a number of decisions – have you got the design to retrofit automation? Is there a safety issue to be considered? Is there a weather issue to contend with? There are a whole series of gates that we’ll take it (automation projects) through.It’s good to go back to P101 here. Where P100 is getting all of our key processes to world-class benchmarks, P101 is about establishing a new benchmark. By definition, if you get your operations to that point, the gap between that manned performance and autonomous performance is not that great.Autonomy is part of our future armoury, but when and where and how, we’ll have to wait and see. For example, we are currently looking at the option of autonomous haulage trucks at one of our open-cut mines in Queensland.When you look at our portfolio of operations, it’s often a more complex environment than when you are just working in the wide open Pilbara.last_img read more

ERG adds ARC Advisory and SAP to digital transformation program

first_imgEurasian Resources Group (ERG) says it has signed letters of intent (LOI) with ARC Advisory Group and SAP for the continuation of its large-scale digital transformation program, grounded in the principles of Industry 4.0.Jointly with Oner Mind, ARC Advisory Group is to perform an independent technological audit of ERG’s entities in Kazakhstan, which includes power generation, aluminium and ferroalloy assets, and develop an action plan for business process optimisation, ERG said.Commenting on the signing, Galymzhan Akhmetov, ERG’s Chief Information Officer, said: “ERG’s entities differ by industry and size; that’s why we need a world-class independent audit to maximise the effectiveness of production process management.”Uwe Grundmann, General Manager of ARC Advisory Group’s European operations, said ERG’s digital transformation would benefit from the business’s knowledge base and experience.In further support of the group’s ambitious programme, ERG also announced a new area of cooperation with SAP, which will see the implementation of a new system focusing on repair and maintenance management and ensuring equipment reliability.Serik Shakhazhanov, Chairman of the Management Board at Eurasian Group LLP, which operates ERG’s entities in Kazakhstan, said the partnership would enable the group to enhance its competitive edge and develop the best industry practices of asset management.The milestone was also welcomed by Eugene Teremov, Managing Director of SAP Kazakhstan, who said the signatories have a shared commitment to innovation.last_img read more

Coringa dry stacking plan finds favour with state environmental agency Serabi says

first_imgWith Serabi Gold having supplied all required data for a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) on its Coringa gold project, in Brazil, to its independent consultants Global Resource Engineering Limited, CEO Mike Hodgson says the London- and Toronto-listed firm is now working hard on the permitting side.Permitting a mine in Brazil – in particular the waste storage element – has become a lot trickier in the past few years following two major tailings dam collapses at iron ore mines in the country.But, in the company’s June quarter results, Hodgson said Serabi was making good progress on permitting Coringa, a deposit that comes with 216,000 oz of indicated resources at an average in-situ grade of 7.95 g/t Au and inferred resources of 298,000 oz at 6.46 g/t.He said: “The plan to replace a conventional tailings dam with installing a filtration plant allowing for the dry stacking of tails has been well received by the state environmental agency, SEMAS, who had already approved the original environmental impact assessment (EIA) on the basis of a conventional dam.”The company is now completing an amendment to the EIA to reflect this design variation, he said, explaining that Serabi expects SEMAS to approve the amendment and, then, proceed with the necessary public hearings.“We hope to be in a position to receive the Preliminary Licence during the second half of the year,” he said.Coringa is located in north-central Brazil, in Pará State, 70 km southeast of the city of Novo Progresso.Artisanal mining at Coringa produced an estimated 10 t of gold (322,600 oz) from alluvial and primary sources within the deep saprolite or oxidised parts of shear zones being mined using high-pressure water hoses or hand-cobbing to depths of 15 m, according to Serabi. Other than the artisanal workings, no other production has occurred at Coringa.Serabi acquired Coringa from Anfield Mining on December 21, 2017, with management considering the asset to be very much a “carbon-copy” of Palito in terms of the geology, size and mining operations that will be used. The company’s Palito complex is made up of high grade, narrow vein underground mines that produce around 40,000 oz/y of gold.The PEA on Coringa is still expected to be completed by the end of July, Serabi said.last_img read more

Legacy Alberta coal mine to receive new life as renewable project

first_imgThe Government of Canada is backing a project in Alberta to turn a former operating coal mine in the region into a renewable energy operation.Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, last week announced C$3.8 million ($2.8 million) in funding to the BIOSALIX program, a renewable energy coal mine reclamation project near Forestburg, Alberta.A collaborative effort led by environmental consulting firm Sylvis, the project uses municipal organic waste as an additive to generate the conditions to grow a willow crop on the reclaimed land, Natural Resources Canada said. The willow is then harvested to create a woody biomass that can be used to produce renewable heat, energy and other products.According to Slyvis, the project is the first of its type and size, providing a path for clean energy growth through the transition of prairie coal mines to biomass production while providing mining communities with economical stability through the development of a cleantech economy.“Overall, this project will help municipalities manage their organic waste, grow a renewable feedstock to produce bioenergy, reclaim expired mine land and create new opportunities for communities affected by coal mine closures,” NRC said.Federal funding for the project will be provided through Natural Resource Canada’s Clean Growth Program. Further funding in the amounts of C$1.5 and C$2 million will be provided respectively by Alberta Innovates and Emission Reductions Alberta. Natural Resource Canada’s Canadian Forest Service will also lend its biomass research and expertise to the project.The Clean Growth Program is a C$155-million investment fund that helps emerging clean technologies further reduce their impacts on air, land and water while enhancing competitiveness and creating jobs.last_img read more

Trimble improves project visualisation with new laser scanner and AR technology

first_imgTrimble has introduced a new laser scanning system that, it says, enables professionals of all scanning levels to quickly and easily capture precise 3D data to produce “high-quality deliverables”, alongside an outdoor augmented reality (AR) solution to improve planning, collaboration and reporting.The Trimble X7 3D laser scanner (pictured) is an integrated solution with specialised field software, featuring simple and streamlined workflows. It is able to provide automatic registration of point cloud data in the field with Trimble Registration Assist, while Smart Trimble X-Drive technology eliminates the need for annual calibration. The scanner also comes equipped with survey-grade self-levelling to ensure consistent data quality.The X7 comes with a Microsoft Windows-based Trimble T10 tablet for control and project visibility, along with a backpack and lightweight tripod for portability, it said.Gregory Lepere, Marketing Director, Optical and Imaging for Trimble Geospatial, said the ability of the Trimble X7 to deliver high-speed 3D laser scanning with intuitive workflows and unique technologies has led to the automation of critical steps to improve efficiency and productivity.“The X7 is a useful, everyday tool because it doesn’t require scanning expertise to operate. It opens the door for more construction, surveying, industrial and forensics professionals to confidently capture and deliver scan data and realise a faster return on investment.”For surveyors and geospatial professionals, the X7 provides fast and balanced performance in both indoor and outdoor environments and can be used in numerous surveys, including those routinely carried out in mining.The Trimble X7 solution is integrated with the new Trimble Perspective software, which the company says is specifically designed for in-field control and complete registration.“The combination enables scans and images to be captured, fully registered together, refined, controlled and exported to a variety of established data format for Trimble and non-Trimble software suites,” the company said.The Trimble X7 is expected to be available in the March quarter of 2020 through Trimble’s authorised distribution networks, the company said.In addition to this new scanner, the company also announced the release of its Trimble SiteVision™ system, an outdoor augmented reality (AR) solution to enable users to visualise 2D and 3D data on “virtually any project site” with cellular or internet connectivity for easier and more efficient planning, collaboration and reporting.The Trimble SiteVision Integrated Positioning System integrates the Trimble Catalyst DA1 Antenna, Electronic Distance Measurement rangefinder and power management into this handheld AR device that connects to a user-supplied Android mobile phone, according to the company.Trimble said: “Using Trimble Connect™ cloud-based hosting, SiteVision can access models from all stages of the lifecycle of infrastructure and buildings – from initial concepts of roads or buildings through the operations and maintenance phase of the assets – to increase collaboration, enhance work accuracy and ultimately improve operations and utilisation.”last_img read more

Investigation after body of 30yearold woman found on Belfast street

first_imgPOLICE IN NORTHERN Ireland are investigating after the body of a 30-year-old woman was found on a Belfast street this morning.The woman was discovered in the Antrim Road area of Belfast at around 8.50am today.The PSNI said they are investigating all circumstances surrounding the death but that there are no further details about what happened to the woman at this stage.A post mortem examination is to be carried out to determine the cause of death.last_img

Opinion Ring them bells Why Ireland should never get rid of the

first_imgAS SOMEONE WHO is an atheist in every sense except caring enough to go around proselytising about it, I found myself the other day listening to RTÉ’s Liveline and repeatedly and un-ironically growling “Oh for God’s sake”.You know it’s the silly season when the burning issue of the day is whether the Angelus should no longer be featured twice a day on RTÉ radio and television. I listened for nearly an hour to bored liberals with nothing better to be doing than arguing with Catholic jihadis who would love to see us all in scapulars and mantillas. Despite being someone who has been on the wrong side of the Roman Catholic Church for 30 years, I was surprised to find myself thinking “Ah here, it’s only a bloody bell to mark midday and six o’clock”.Of all of the things which are grossly offensive about Ireland’s unhealthy relationship with Catholicism, surely be to God the Angelus is the least of them?In an Ireland where the Catholic Church still runs about 3,000 of the State’s 3,200 primary schools, should we really care that RTÉ stops twice a day to play a pre-recorded bell?In an Ireland where gay teachers can still be fired from religious-run schools for the ethos-endangering crime of, well, being gay, is the Angelus really, as someone told me on Twitter, “the aural equivalent of tanks on the lawn”?In an Ireland where the religious orders can’t even be bothered to honour the sweetheart deal they cut with Fianna Fáil to pay a meagre few bob in redress to the victims of their members’ grotesque physical, emotional and sexual abuse, is the minute of bongs that makes the Six-One the Six-One rather than the Six really all that’s troubling us?Let’s end these pointless argumentsIf I could encapsulate the arguments of my fellow liberals, I think it would be fair to say “The Angelus is a powerful symbol of the Catholic Church’s blah-de-blah-de-blah and has no place in a modern, secular yada-yada-yada.” Listen: it’s a bloody bell. Cop yourselves on. The only thing this argument is a powerful symbol of is your own insecurity at the religious beliefs of (I’m sorry) the majority of Irish citizens and the fact that, deep down, you are every bit as intolerant as every other human being.Instead of getting into a really pointless argument where the Church and its fellow travellers get to don the sackcloth of victimhood yet again, let’s be sensible. Let’s concentrate on prising the schools from religious control. Let’s pressurise our legislators to amend Section 37 of the Employment Equality Act so that “religious ethos” is no longer a cover for homophobic hatred. As to how we can persuade the religious orders to pay even the pathetic redress they agreed to pay to abuse victims… I actually have no idea. They seem impervious to all legal and moral pressure.What would Jesus say? Heathen though I am, I’ve a lot of time for Jesus. I especially like the time he fashioned a whip made of cords and ran the money-men from the Temple (John 2:15). I also love the bit where Jesus advocated drowning anyone who would cause a child to come to harm (Matthew 18:6, Mark 9:42 and Luke 17:2). I wonder what Jesus would have made of the religious orders.Let’s keep the Angelus. We all need a pause in our day, a time when, like those people on the Angelus, we can take a break from the daily drudgery of re-enacting John Hinde postcards, teaching archery to pre-schoolers and carrying out Albrecht Dürer inspired acts of pavement vandalism. Who would deny that we are all better off for a couple of minutes of staring into the middle distance like we’ve just asked someone to enter their PIN at the counter in Centra?Ring them bells! If for nothing else than to signify to those listening to the wireless that they are free at last of current affairs and can look instead to the promised land of Ronan Collins playing really brilliant music from the likes of Ron Sexsmith and Feist followed immediately by really awful music from people I don’t like.A very important form of reflectionI really do think we should keep the Angelus.I think the Angelus is a part of the aural landscape of Ireland, whether you like it or not, just as spires and steeples shape the skylines of our towns and villages.I think we should, all of us, religious and irreligious alike, observe the Angelus as a very important form of reflection.Twice a day, we should all stop and listen to those bells and remember all that was done in Ireland in the name of religion.Twice a day, we should all stop and listen to those bells and remember all the women shamed, all the women broken and all the women enslaved by joyless men, by joyless women, who waged war on love itself in the name of their own austere god of respectability.Twice a day, we should all stop and listen to those bells and remember all the children raped, all the babies sold, all the fields where the country people whispered of “the sod that would not turn” to signify the little bodies dumped in unmarked graves.Ring them bells. Let them serve as a reminder of what happens when we outsource our thinking to anyone else. Let them serve as a warning of the absolute corruption which always comes from absolute power. Let them serve as a monument to a time when Ireland had few clocks and even less Christianity.Ring them bells.Donal O’Keeffe is a writer, artist and columnist for He tweets as @Donal_OKeeffeRead: Daft Punk’s Get Lucky has been remixed with The AngelusRead: Born-again Christian council worker wins €70,000 in discrimination caselast_img read more