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Microtunnel Boring Machine breaks new Ground with mineral oil-free hydraulic Fluids from German Specialists

The Saarbrücken civil engineering contractor SaarGrundbau has successfully completed a tunnelling project using a Herrenknecht AVN 1200 C micro boring machine (TBM) running on biodegradable hydraulic fluid from the German-based company Fluid-Competence. This particularly challenging engineering project involved driving a 96 m-long tunnel with simultaneous casing at a gradient angle of 34.60°.

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Investigation launched into Mongolian Iron Ore Mine financed by European Bank for Reconstruction and Development for Impacts on local Communities

Last week, the independent accountability mechanism of the EBRD announced it will investigate the EBRD-financed mine, operated by Altain Khuder in the Gobi-Altai region of Mongolia. The investigation comes in response to a complaint filed to the EBRD’s Project Complaint Mechanism (PCM) in December 2014 from herders affected by the project.

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Industry Changes improve long Term Mining Appeal of Africa

Recent and planned regulatory changes for mining exploration could support a stronger mining industry in Africa over the long term, but project developers need to know how to navigate the new regulatory environment effectively. Coffey has re-released a series of recent insights on changes to Africa’s mining industry as it attends Mining Indaba in Cape Town this week.

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G.U.B. explores the Mining Sector of Cambodia and Lao

GUB: Gypsum in the Khammouane Province, Lao

Gypsum in the Khammouane Province, Lao (Photo: GUB)

 

As part of the PPP project 'Resource-saving Mining' supported by DEG, the GUB visited during the past 2 weeks several placer, ore and salt deposits in Cambodia and Lao together with the National University of Lao and project partner COMPED.

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NMG: SAC issues a positive Ruling in the judicial Review regarding the Granting of Exploitation Concessions to NMG

The exploitation concessions granted to Nickel Mountain Group by the Swedish Chief Mine Inspector have been a heavily debated issue over time. Vapsten reindeer husbandry co-operative conducts its reindeer husbandry in the area of the Ronnbacken nickel project. Vapsten has tried to stop or delay the project IMth reference to its concerns that the project will negatively influence the reindeer husbandry around the area of the future nickel mine. NMG respects Vapsten's position, although NMG considers that the mining activities and the reindeer herding can co-exist.

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Sandvik continues to be included in the FTSE4Good Index

Sandvik AB has been reconfirmed as a member of the prestigious FTSE4Good Index Series, an index that measures Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) performance practices in international companies. The purpose of the FTSE4Good index, which was first launched in 2001, is to provide investors with a tool to identify companies that meet globally recognized corporate sustainability standards.

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Europe’s first Stage 4 CAT 311F Excavator starts Work

Construction and infrastructure business Morgan Sindall has taken receipt of the first Caterpillar 311F Euro Stage 4 Engine Excavator in Europe. The ubiquitous ‘digger’ is a staple feature of construction sites everywhere, but this one is different. It is a new generation of cleaner, more efficient machines that comply with the latest EU legislation to reduce Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx) and particulate matter emissions from diesel engines. This particular model reduces these NOx emissions by 90 per cent, particulate matter by 90 per cent and is up to 22 per cent more fuel efficient when compared with its Stage 3a predecessors.

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IRMA released precedent-setting Standard for Responsible Mining

  • Draft Standard released today, backed by members of multiple sectors including mining, labor, NGOs, impacted communities, and downstream users/businesses

The Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) is establishing a multi-stakeholder and independently verifiable responsible mining assurance system that improves social and environmental performance.

Today, the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) released the first draft of its Standard for Responsible Mining. IRMA is seeking feedback from stakeholders interested in responsible mining to improve this document. Find out how you can provide comments. To stay up on the latest IRMA news, please read our blog and sign up to receive IRMA’s e-newsletter updates.

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Goviex Uranium to complete Environmental and Social Impact Assessment for the Madaouela Uranium Project in Niger

GoviEx Uranium Inc. ("GoviEx") announced today that the Company has executed contracts with SRK Consulting (UK) Ltd ("SRK") and Legeni S.A. ("Legeni") to finalize the completion of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment ("ESIA") for the Madaouela Project in Niger (the "Project").

As stated in its prospectus dated May 8, 2014, GoviEx intends to use the proceeds of its initial public offering together with existing working capital to fund the completion of the Madaouela ESIA. The ESIA and the feasibility study will support GoviEx's mining permit application for the Project located in the prolific Arlit uranium-mining district of northern Niger.

"GoviEx's strategy remains focused on adding value and that includes strategically reducing the risk associated with the Project. The completion of the ESIA will culminate the detailed feasibility study and environmental work already undertaken to date," said GoviEx Chief Executive Daniel Major.

Mr. Major went on to say, "A successful application for the mining license would provide GoviEx the option to commit additional capital and finalize optimisation of the Project. Through the use of proprietary technologies never before used in Niger, our Project team has presented a commercially viable project and one that seeks to limit its impact on the environment with a particular focus on limitation of dust, reduction in water usage and commercialization of the molybdenum by-product resource."

Industry leading consultant SRK, working with an in-country environmental partner Legeni, have already completed initial environmental and social (E&S) works during the previous phases of the Project, as presented in the Technical Report dated September 20, 2013 and amended on April 28, 2014, titled "An Updated Integrated Development Plan for the Madaouela Project, Niger" available on SEDAR.

The work undertaken by Legeni, with support from SRK, included meetings with regulatory authorities, including the commencement of primary baseline data collection (water resources, social, soils, air quality, dry season flora/fauna), preparation of the initial submission to Nigerien authorities and identification of likely issues, risks and opportunities for the Project.

The mandate of SRK and Legeni includes completion of the ESIA by expanding on previous work and the outcome of discussions with various stakeholders and regulatory authorities from May 2013. Specifically, the activities will enable preparation of an ESIA report suitable for submission to the Niger regulatory authorities with the aim of obtaining environmental approval for a 20-year extendable mining permit for the Project. The ESIA process is also designed to support GoviEx in identifying and addressing risks and opportunities associated with Environmental and Social issues so that these can be appropriately addressed with detailed engineering design.

About GoviEx Uranium Inc.

GoviEx is a mineral resource company incorporated in British Columbia focused on the exploration and development of uranium properties. The Company's principal objective is to become a significant uranium producer through the continued exploration and development of its Madaouela Project and its other uranium properties in Niger.

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