Europe

A survey by Timetric's Mining Intelligence Centre (MIC) has revealed that 48% of miners in Europe and Former Soviet Union (FSU) countries intend to use autonomous vehicles by 2020. The survey polled opinions of more than 100 mine managers and senior decision-makers at operating mines in 23 European and FSU…
UK banking and financial services company Barclays, the largest financier of the mountain-top removal (MTR) in 2013, has announced it will no longer finance the controversial coal mining method. In a policy document released in March, the company said it will stop supporting companies that use MTR unless they commit…
Chile, the world’s largest copper producer and exporter, will mine this year less of the red metal than previously anticipated, with estimations dropping from 6.0 million to 5.94 million tonnes, the state copper commission Cochilco said.   In its annual global trends report released Tuesday, the authority said that while…
Damen Shipyards Group has launched a new 42-month research and development project to design and build a robotic underwater mining prototype, along with related launch and recovery equipment. Launched as part of the Horizon 2020 programme, the Viable Alternative Mine Operating System (VAMOS) project looks to mine unexploited mineral resources.…
Swedish mining equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco and UK-based mining firm Anglo American are preparing to test a new type of underground mining technology. The project team aims to develop a new mining technology that would transform the process of extracting ore from underground hard rock mines. The companies have been…
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