Short-term shutdown at Vale’s Coleman Mine extended

 

 

 

Company recalling maintenance employees to mine in Levack, sending workers to other sites

CBC News Posted: Jan 12, 2018 10:33 AM ET Last Updated: Jan 12, 2018 10:33 AM ET

Vale says repairs to the Coleman Mine in Sudbury won't be done until mid-February.

Vale says repairs to the Coleman Mine in Sudbury won’t be done until mid-February.

Mining company Vale says the Coleman Mine is expected to be back in production in mid-February, after being shut down last year for critical repair work.

The company originally said the repairs would be done in December. The union representing the workers said in December the repair work would continue until the end of January. Now, a spokesperson with the company says — based on recent inspections — the mine won’t re-open in mid-February

“Some maintenance employees have been recalled to support the repair work to the shaft,” Danica Pagnutti with the company said.

“In order to mitigate impacts to our people at Coleman, who have been temporarily laid off, we have recalled and transferred more than 200 production and maintenance employees to temporarily work at Coleman and other mine sites.”

For employees whom work is not available, the company is topping up EI benefits through a supplemental unemployment benefits plan.

“Our first priority is to ensure the shaft is safe to operate before we bring Coleman Mine back to production,” Pagnutti said.

“We will not bring our people back to work until we are confident the work can be done safely.”

SAMSSA Member–Manitoulin Transport Acquires Direct Right Cartage Inc. of Brampton, Ontario

 

 

— First Purchase in Intermodal Shipping Segment —

 

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — January  10, 2018 — Manitoulin Transport has acquired Direct Right Cartage Inc. of Brampton, Ontario, a premium intermodal service provider.  This is the seventh purchase for Manitoulin in the last 12 months. The acquisition builds on the company’s existing intermodal offerings and signifies Manitoulin’s intent to further expand its capabilities in this service.

 

“Customer demand is a key influencer in Manitoulin’s business decisions and this latest transaction further demonstrates that we listen,” said Jeff King, president, Manitoulin Transport.  “This purchase enables Manitoulin to provide a higher level of service and frequency of intermodal service within Canada.  We will continue to look for opportunities such as this to build out our services and coverage to ensure our offerings meet our customers’ evolving needs.”

 

Founded by Paul Enright and John Farrugia in 1982, Direct Right Cartage was established initially to serve the time-sensitive transportation needs of Canada’s entertainment industry. Over the years, Direct Right expanded its expertise and geographic scope to cover all industries, including automotive, plastic, retail, packaged foods, and other general commodities.  Headquartered in Brampton, Ontario, Direct Right Cartage has locations in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, and Montreal.  Its founders, John Farrugia and Paul Enright, will continue in their respective leadership roles.

 

“John and I are both delighted to join the Manitoulin Group of Companies,” said Paul Enright, co-founder of Direct Right Cartage.  “Manitoulin is one of the more prominent companies in the transportation industry and we have long admired its history and brand. We are excited to introduce our customers to the Manitoulin Group, given the holistic and global supply chain services it can offer. ”

 

“Through this transaction, customers of Direct Right Cartage now have more options at their disposal in terms of coverage and supply chain services,” said Gord Smith, chief executive officer,  Manitoulin Group of Companies.  “Manitoulin’s ability to extend customers’ reach from Canada to the rest of the world through multiple supply chain service offerings, gives them a significant competitive advantage. We look forward to working with them and contributing to their success as a true business partner.”

 

About Manitoulin Transport

Manitoulin Transport is a leading North American transportation and logistics solutions provider.  As a single-source carrier, it offers a wide array of transportation solutions, including; expedited less-than-truckload and truckload, transborder, intermodal, private fleet, guaranteed service, heavy haul, temperature-controlled, dangerous goods and supply chain management.  Manitoulin leverages its extensive network to service major urban and rural areas.  In North America, its distribution coverage consists of 77 Canadian terminals and 200 U.S. service centres.  All these solutions are assisted by its state-of-the-art technology that provides customers with 24 x 7 critical shipping information to manage and complete their supply chain processes.  For more information visit www.manitoulintransport.com. Manitoulin Transport is a member of Manitoulin Group of Companies.

 

About Manitoulin Group of Companies

Manitoulin Group of Companies is Canada’s leading privately owned transportation and logistics solutions provider.  It has over 50 years’ experience servicing a variety of industries and some of the world’s largest organizations.  As a single-source provider, it is able to create operational synergies that compound efficiencies across the supply chain. Its offerings include; expedited less-than-truckload/truckload, crating, customs brokerage, international freight forwarding, global time critical delivery, heavy haul, logistics, warehousing, supply chain management, projects and residential and commercial moving.  Manitoulin leverages its extensive network to connect businesses across Canada and around the world.  For more information please visit www.manitoulingroup.com.

 

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The future of our technology and our planet depends on one thing: the battery

 

 – by Jamie Carter (Techradar.com – January 6, 2018)

http://www.techradar.com/The lithium-ion battery is growing to power the electric car era, but solid-state batteries are incoming

Most of us are running on empty. Since the mobile phone spawned a smartphone-first world, we’ve all been tending to the needs of batteries.

The daily or nightly charge of the smartphone is the most prevalent, but laptops, tablets, drones, wireless headphones, smartwatches and other wearable devices are becoming more common.

We are constantly recharging batteries, there are some attempts to create fast-charging batteries and, of course, a new generation of wireless charging devices, but they’re just about convenience.

With the coming era of the electric car and more advanced robotics, a need to swap to renewable energy, and an ever-increasing (and more mobile gadget-hungry) global population, humanity’s capability of storing energy is going to become critical.

Either we innovate and create new and more powerful battery technology, or we enter a period of stasis where a lack of mobile power strangles new technology. Luckily, innovations are incoming.

For the rest of this article: http://www.techradar.com/news/the-future-of-our-technology-and-our-planet-depends-on-one-thing-the-battery

 

Nickel looks good

 

 

By Harold Carmichael, The Sudbury Star

 
 

It looks ike 2018 will be a very good year for nickel.

Last month, world metal markets closed for the Christmas break with nickel on an upswing. The metal reached $5.46/pound U.S., more than $1 U.S. higher than the average price of $4.43/pound U.S. in the first half of the year..

The $5.46 U.S. price was also 23 cents higher than the $5.23U.S. recorded back on Nov. 27.

The amount of nickel sitting in London Metal Exchange warehouses –another indicator of where prices are headed — is also showing signs of life. On Nov. 27, there were 382,362 tonnes of nickel in the warehouses. But as of Dec. 20, the total had fallen to 373,400.

The 373,400 tonnes is also a far cry from the 389,154 tonnes recorded on Aug. 31, 2017, one of the year’s highest inventory days.

Stan Sudol, owner/editor of The Republic of Mining website, is not surprised at what is happening to nickel.

“Without a doubt, the world is heading towards an electric vehicle future and the batteries used to power these vehicles contain significant quantities of nickel, copper and cobalt – all of which are mined in the Sudbury Basin,” he said. “Just an aside, we should also not forget that the polymetallic ore in Sudbury also contains platinum group metals – the third largest source in the world after South Africa and Russia – which are currently used to build catalytic converters used to control auto exhaust pollution in the cars we drive today.”

Sudol said that while the global manufacturing sector has finally realized there may be future shortages of nickel, they are probably just beginning to understand the magnitude of that scarcity.

“Global nickel is produced from either sulphides deposits like the Sudbury Basin, Russia, northern Quebec and Manitoba and Western Australia or laterites found in New Caledonia, Indonesia, Philippines, Cuba and Madagascar,” he said. “The split between sulphides and laterites are roughly 40 per cent to 60 per cent respectively. Nickel sulphides are the preferred material to make into the car batteries. Most nickel laterites and nickel pig iron are of a lower quality product that is not favourable for electric vehicle batteries. In desperation, they could be upgraded for battery use but at a significant cost which is really not economically practical.

“Depending on how fast the world auto sector converts to electric vehicles and the ensuing infrastructure to support them, the potential impact on the Sudbury Basin will be significant. The Sudbury Basin, alongside the isolated Siberian nickel operations of Russian-based Norilsk, have historically been the two largest nickel sulphide deposits in the world.”

Sudol noted that an important challenge in the nickel mining world has always been logistics, as nickel mines and mills are often not in the same location as smelters and refineries. He said Greater Sudbury is well positioned due the fact that mines, mills, smelters and a refinery are in the same geographic location. In addition, due to the glut of nickel laterite and nickel pig iron production of the past decade and ensuing low prices, not many new sulphide operations have been brought into production.

“Combined with decreasing production or closure of older nickel operations – Frood-Stobie Mine and northern Manitoba operations – or the isolation of many of the current sulphide producing regions like northern Quebec and Norilsk – the Sudbury Basin’s location on major infrastructure routes and its enormous exploration potential will see global interest renewed in this extraordinary geological region.

“So, we should remember that the many sustainable mining practices — lowering carbon emissions, mine safety and an 96 per cent reductions in sulphur emissions since 1970, just to name a few — done in the Sudbury Basin to supply the necessary nickel, copper and cobalt puts this community in a leading role in the transition to a green auto future. 

“Both the provincial and federal levels of government should recognize this important fact and ensure none of their green energy policies hinder the future growth of this strategic sector.”

Mark Selby, president and chief executive officer of Royal Nickel Corporation Minerals, is looking forward to 2018 and the years that follow.

“I think the key thing here is nickel has always had a very strong demand,”  he said, in a telephone interview from Toronto. “Stainless steel is a very strong demand market. It has always displayed growth compared to other metals.”

Royal Nickel is currently looking to develop the Dumont nickel sulphide deposit in the Abitibi mining camp in Quebec, one of the world’s largest undeveloped nickel deposits.

What will now come into play with nickel, said Selby, is batteries for electric vehicles.

In fact, with projected growth in demand for nickel in stainless steel and in electric vehicle batteries, Selby forecasts increases of hundreds of thousands of tonnes in demand, with an extra half-million to one million tonnes of nickel going into electric vehicle batteries alone from 2025-2030.

Automobile manufacturer Toyota, he said, which had been working for some time developing hydrogen-powered vehicles, recently decided to move instead to electric vehicles, a move which is great news for nickel producers.

“In the last six months, there has been a massive, massive swing toward electric vehicles,” said Selby. “The fact they have switched gears from a hydrogen vehicle to a battery vehicle, it’s not a question of the limit, the potential of electric vehicles, but how they can meet demand.”

Selby said over the next decade, look for electric vehicle production to start slowly but continually double as time passes, pushing up demand for nickel for use in the batteries to power those vehicles.

What Royal Nickel is now doing, he said, is getting the massive Dumont nickel ore body ready for development. The deposit is a 30 years-plus life ore body some five kilometres in size and is currently the fifth largest nickel deposit behind the Sudbury Basin, two Russian Norilsk sites, and one site in China.

As well, said Selby, the Chinese government has decided to move away from lower-quality nickel sources such as nickel pig iron, another factor that will help to cut into the current oversupply of nickel on world markets and also boost nickel demand.

Consequently, Selby sees nickel selling for anywhere from $4.50 to $5/ pound U.S. in 2018, and “possibly as high as $6 per pound”, as the oversupply issue is dealt with and electric vehicle production gets rolling.

hcarmichael@postmedia.com

Twitter: @HaroldCarmichae

 

Mining in 2018: Copper price to power on

 

 

The price of copper ended 2017 near a four-year high of $3.30 a pound ($7,260 per tonne) extending the bull run in the red metal for a second year. Measured from its multi-year lows struck at the beginning of 2016, copper has gained more than 70% in value.

MINING 2018: Copper price to power on

The copper price surged by 30% in 2017 to levels last seen early 2014

What happened in 2017

The run started on hopes (since dashed) of massive infrastructure investment in the US following the presidential election, but strikes in Q1, which at one point saw nearly a tenth of global production go offline, really set the tone for the year.

By mid-year the rally was flagging, but talk of a Chinese ban on scrap imports saw the price take off again. The year-end surge may have been mostly due to dollar weakness but the buoyant mood evident throughout the year (not least among speculators on futures markets) was underpinned by prospects of a demand spike in coming years on the back of an electric vehicle boom.

How things could change in 2018 (and beyond)

2017 is likely to have been the first year in 12 to see a decline in global mine production, but growth should return this year as world number two producer Peru adds some 300,000 in new production, mines like Norilsk’s Bystrinsky mine in Russia ramp up output, Glencore restarts its Zambian operations and greenfield commissioning such as First Quantum’s Cobre Panama mine begins to factor into supply projections.
“The markets where technology hasn’t substantially shortened the supply cycle, and where cost are rising, (i.e. copper) have the greatest long-term upside in prices”
But as happened last year labour action is likely to crimp any projected output growth. Wage negotiations could trigger disruptions at mines producing about 40% of global supply according to Barclays. INTL FCStone is penciling in a 1.26m tonne or 6% disruption allowance and most analysts see widening – if smallish – deficits.

The upside:

  • Factories around the world are buzzing – the JP Morgan composite PMI index is at its highest since February 2011 – and concerted global economic growth could hit 4% this year
  • Warehouse and exchange inventories are under control – Comex is up sharply, but Shanghai is down despite winter refinery shutdowns and at 200,000 tonnes, LME is nowhere near peaks seen during copper’s bear years
  • China’s pollution clampdown and shake-up of state-owned industry open up gaps for producers elsewhere – refined imports have held up surprisingly well and concentrate shipments are at record highs hitting 1.8m tonnes in November
  • The switch to electric vehicles, the build out of EV infrastructure (Beijing’s promised 4.8m charge points by 2020) and green energy investment lives up to the hype
  • Long-standing industry issues are not going away: Declining grades, rising costs, dirty concentrates, water and other environmental concerns, stricter regulations, community opposition, agonizingly slow project permitting processes and exploration activity still in the doldrums

On the downside:

  • Cooler heads prevail and Chile’s biggest ever year of copper mine wage negotiations concludes without major disruptions
  • The Chinese construction market correction turns into full-blown slump, transport slows and the scrapping of subsidies puts the brakes on EV sales – the biggest sources of demand for the metal in a country that consumes nearly half the global total
  • Higher prices encourage Chinese miners to ramp up output, domestic secondary supply rises and the purported ban on scrap imports never materialize
  • Copper from large scale expansions – Oyu Tolgoi and Grasberg going underground spring to mind – and greenfield projects like Udokan, Wafi-Golpu and Quellaveco – reach the market before new wave of demand from EVs does.

Key event to watch in 2018

Mid-year wage negotiations at Escondida – the globe’s only 1m tonne copper mine – crippled by a 44-day strike last year.

All bets are off if…

The promised $500 billion infrastructure investment program in the US gets off the ground, especially if the money goes into the electricity grid (not gonna happen)

Quote for the year

“The markets where technology hasn’t substantially shortened the supply cycle, and where cost are rising, (i.e. copper) have the greatest long-term upside in prices. The lack of investment over the past few years implies that copper mine production is likely to decelerate notably after 2019, given its long-cycle nature” – Goldman Sachs

MINING.com’s call

Above $3.50 ($7,800 a tonne) by the end of 2018 and a rising trend into 2019. And that may be conservative.

 

 

 

Vale rep lays all the cards on the table during Thompson’s last chamber meeting of 2017 –

 

 December 20, 2017)

http://www.thompsoncitizen.net/Throughout 2017, news about Vale’s cutbacks in Thompson has been on the minds of many local residents, especially after their Birchtree facility was put on care and maintenance back in October.In an attempt to quell concerns about where the company is headed, Mark Scott, the vice-president of Vale’s Manitoba Operations, attended the Dec. 13 Thompson Chamber of Commerce meeting to provide an overview of the challenges the company will be facing in the new year.

Throughout his presentation, Scott made no bones about the continued work force reductions that will be coming to Vale at the end of 2017 and once the smelter and refinery closes down in the third quarter of 2018.

“We’re going to go from 1,300 [workers] right now to 1,180 on Jan. 1,” he said. “And by the end of next year we’ll be at 807 with about a 30 person reclamation crew, so it will be 837, total, by the end of 2018.”

However, Scott was adamant about how the company is taking steps to cushion the blow as much as possible. Outside of adding a concrete load-out facility to the existing mill building, they also initiated a 20 per cent “breakthrough challenge” to help cut down on costs.

“We’ve laid down the gauntlet for ourselves for the next nine months or so and we’ve challenged ourselves to come up with another 20 per cent improvement in our unit costs,” he said. “So that can be a combination of spending reductions or productivity in production or total output improvements.”

For the rest of this article: http://www.thompsoncitizen.net/news/thompson/vale-rep-lays-all-the-cards-on-the-table-during-thompson-s-last-chamber-meeting-of-2017-1.23128110

 

Special Guest Speaker for SAMSSA Annual Event Update Three

SAMSSA Annual General Meeting

 

Update Three

 

Monday, December 4, 2017

4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Dynamic Earth

 

4:00        Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres

                 (Sponsored by Mike Mayhew, Artisan

                Vehicle Systems)

5:00-6:30PM       Business Agenda

The AGM will recognize a new honoree to the Hall of Fame, a Special Recognition Award and a keynote address from a mining executive from Kirkland Lake Gold.  Other updates will include the appointment of a new Board Member for a two year term.

 More  forthcoming. Join us for our yearly meeting and meet colleagues.

 

Update Three

 

We are exceptionally pleased to have as our Keynote speaker:

 

Tony Makuch, P.Eng

President & Chief Executive Officer

Kirkland Lake Gold

 

Anthony (Tony) Makuch has over 35 years of management, operations and technical experience in the mining industry, having managed numerous projects in Canada and the United States from advanced exploration through production.

Prior to joining Kirkland Lake Gold as President and CEO, Mr. Makuch was the CEO at Lake Shore Gold Inc., until its acquisition by Tahoe Resources on April 1, 2016.  Mr. Makuch was Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for FNX Mining Company Inc. and he has held progressively senior positions with Dynatec Corporation, including VP, Operations.  Mr. Makuch worked with Kinross Gold Corporation at a number of their North American operations; which included his role as General Manager of the Kirkland Lake Operations at the Macassa Mine and Timmins Operations – Hoyle Pond Mine

 Update Two

 SAMSSA will install Tom Palangio President of SAMSSA in the Hall of Fame. Tom is the longest standing Member of the Board of Directors and has been an exceptional leader and  supporter and retires from the Board this year after 12 years of active participation.

 

Tom has been Chair, Northern Gateway Branch of the CIM; Director, North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce; Board Chairman, Canadore College; President SAMSSA; Vice Chair, Nipissing University; after 6 years of exceptional leadership Tom Palangio just recently stepped down as Board Chair, NORCAT.  “It’s satisfying to know that you’ve helped others realize their dreams and get started in business and it’s good to know that you’ve helped build organizations that will continue to provide support when needed.

 

Update One

 We are pleased to announce that a Special Recognition Award will be presented to Norm Tollinsky Editor of the Sudbury Mining Solutions Journal for his contributions as a journalist  and supporter of SAMSSA companies. This is the first award presented to an editor of a major global news magazine by SAMSSA.

 

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What’s next Tom Palangio? President of SAMSSA

What’s next Tom Palangio?

Special Series to SAMSSA

Hugh Kruzel

Tom Palangio has taken some leaps. Definitely some were strategic – this next for certain is – and others serendipitous. All of it suggests a plan and path.

When asked what he was like as a kid, and asked to recall what his plans were as a teen, Palangio offered the following: “I was always drawn to art, mechanical, electrical and scientific topics at a time when space was in the news. I’m a real boomer. I liked to build things and take them apart and was resourceful, but never thought I’d earn a living playing with the stuff that interested me. Leonardo da Vinci would be my history hero. My teachers said I was “disruptive” and it took me many years to realize that’s a good thing”.

“Wipware gets its Mojo working at iCamp”

September 2013 Tom Palangio and son Thomas demonstrate a 3D printed “prototype” of the then new Wipware “Solo” unit. Wipware donated the 3D printer and the room it occupies to Canadore College’s iCamp where local businesses develop products using the latest technology. The Mojo printer is great for rapid prototyping to see how things fit, and save time and money on custom machining. Thomas will be the new “Mr. Wipware” when his father steps down from day-to-day operations.

Studying architecture in Ottawa, with design and construction in mind, instead the flipside of building caught his imagination. “I tried Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC), Ontario Hydro and then got into dismantling with Dominion Bridge.” Demolitions? “Yes, I was enthralled with possibilities in the explosives industry. Seeing a building or structure come down made me think about how we fabricate things, but also how we can extract and unlock the riches of the treasure-chest of Northern Ontario and elsewhere.”

This passion provided Tom with employment, encouragement, and incentives. He remained current and contemporary, keeping up with change in applications and product. More than 2 and half decades with DuPont and Explosives Technologies International (ETI) delivered him into the midst of gargantuan projects. “My first stop was into Panama for the widening of the Canal. The broad International market plus the patents I held meant I stayed and played in a work environment of mutual respect and agreement.”

Born in Northeastern Ontario it seems mining, minerals, and big industry naturally is part of who he is. “I made my way into the nuclear business. I did a lot of interesting travel… South Africa, as an example, is a land of such contrasts. I was on the Crocodile River (Pelindaba) – the cradle of humankind – and then you look past the shoreline and see the technology (nuclear cooling towers) of the 20th century. I still have a lot of friends in that (nuclear) industry. Great work!”

Tom Palangio believes this is “…one of the better ways to get to work”!

In 1995 Palangio started Topex Inc. – his own explosives consulting firm – and then formed another limited company called Wipware Inc. to commercially market and sell image analysis technology that improves blast fragmentation results. “The explosives business was ‘booming’ and I worked in Peru, Chile, South Africa, Australia and Hong Kong in the next few years providing training, troubleshooting, blast designs, vibration control, high speed camera work and other specialized services.”

With now 11 employees – many virtual – and 16 distributors, Wipware automates process optimization, increasing efficiency and reduces electrical, mechanical, chemical and environmental costs. The equipment is assembled right here: “we’ve been innovative and successful in creating new products to support the mining, aggregate and forestry industry and have received recognition and awards for business development, export trade and outstanding technical achievement… It was quickly adopted by allied industries such as mineral processing and aggregate production as an important tool. Since that time, the company has built a global reputation for excellence in software innovation and design, earning it the trust and loyalty of hundreds of users worldwide.”

“If you can blast to the right size it will save all kinds of expense downstream” – Tom Palangio

Chair, Northern Gateway Branch of the CIM; Director, North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce; Board Chairman, Canadore College; President SAMSSA; Vice Chair, Nipissing University; after 6 years of exceptional leadership Tom Palangio just recently stepped down as Board Chair, NORCAT. “It’s satisfying to know that you’ve helped others realize their dreams and get started in business and it’s good to know that you’ve helped build organizations that will continue to provide support… nice to know you’ve created jobs and made work easier and safer for many. I believe in mentoring newcomers to the world of business because this creates new jobs and I try to participate in organizations that support this.”

What is the next step for Tom Palangio?

“It’s time to ‘pass the torch’ to a younger generation and spend some time enjoying grandchildren, hobbies, travel and friends. I’ll continue to advocate for small business and participate on boards or councils where my experience and network contacts might be useful.”

SAMSSA wishes Tom Palangio success in this next phase of his life!

 

Canadian Mining Sector’s Clean Resources Proposal Shortlisted in Innovation Supercluster Initiative 

PRESS RELEASE 
For immediate release 

Canadian Mining Sector’s Clean Resources Proposal Shortlisted in Innovation Supercluster Initiative 

October 11, 2017 – Today the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced that the mining sector’s clean resources proposal made the shortlist for the superclusters initiative in recognition of the project’s potential to generate significant environmental benefits, energize regional economies and create jobs. 

CLEER (Clean, Low-energy, Effective, Engaged and Remediated), a clean resources supercluster, is jointly led by the Canada Mining Innovation Council (CMIC) and the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI). Together with their industry members, comprising some of Canada’s largest mining companies, CMIC and CEMI will advance the project through the next phase of the application process. 

The objectives of the CLEER supercluster are shared priorities with government and the communities where the mining sector operates. This initiative will focus on water use, energy intensity and environmental footprint, with aggressive targets of a 50% reduction in each area by 2027. 

Carl Weatherell, Executive Director and CEO, Canada Mining Innovation Council (CMIC), states that “True innovation is about transformation and working collaboratively across an entire ecosystem inside and outside of mining. Technology roadmaps already in place will help focus efforts and create new technology platforms that will position Canada as the leader in clean resources and clean technology.” 

Bora Ugurgel, Chief Operating Officer, Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation, states that “The CLEER Supercluster has the potential to become Canada’s largest investment in advancing the CLEAN mineral and metal resource extraction industry. The global transition into a low carbon economy will require a more technologically advanced mining industry and CLEER offers the opportunity to engage mine operators, supply and service companies and other stakeholders in the development, demonstration, and adoption of leading clean innovations. CLEER will introduce tangible solutions that enable operating mines to address challenges associated with energy, water, and their environmental footprint.” 

Pierre Gratton, President and CEO of the Mining Association of Canada, states that “We are thrilled that the CLEER project is advancing to the next stage and appreciate the government’s recognition of its significant potential. We believe that this project can help Canada become the leading supplier of the sustainably-sourced minerals and metals the world needs in a low carbon future, as well as the technologies the world needs to best extract them.” 
 

About CEMI 

CEMI – is a not-for-profit organization that helps solve mining industry challenges by delivering commercially viable innovations to improve heat & rock stress issues, mine productivity and safety, ore discovery and environmental performance. www.cemi.ca 

About CMIC 

CMIC is a national non-profit organization that is driving to fundamentally transform the mining industry to a zero-waste industry. http://cmic-ccim.org/ 

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Charles Nyabeze
Director Government Affairs
Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation
cnyabeze@cemi.ca
1.705.673.6568 x 62 (w)
1.705.562.6264 (m)
Carl Weatherell
Executive Director and CEO
Canada Mining Innovation Council
The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announces Ontario’s successful Supercluster applicants in Toronto, October 11, 2017.