Special Issue "Mine Planning and Sustainability"

A special issue of Resources (ISSN 2079-9276).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2019).

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Micah Nehring
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Guest Editor
The University of Queensland
Interests: mine planning; mathematical modelling; OR in natural resources; integrated optimization

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Planning a mining operation is often based largely on key economic indicators, such as Net Present Value (NPV) and Internal Rate or Return (IRR). With an increasing public awareness and interest in sustainable practices, mining operations are increasingly forthcoming with their strategies in regards to environmental, social, safety and community outcomes. Maintaining best practice processes to ensure sustainability at all stages across a mine’s life, from initial prospecting through to closure, requires careful planning. The importance of this will only grow as mining operations in general are faced with declining grades while having to operate at greater depth in more sensitive environments, with an expectation to reduce water, energy and the consumption of other resources. As such, sustainability aspects are ideally embedded and intergrated into the mine planning process from the very outset rather than being considered in isolation. This Special Issue endeavors to seek out and present the latest approaches to incorporate sustainbility aspects into the mine planning process (both in the short term and long term).

Dr. Micah Nehring
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Sustainability in Mining
  • Social Licence to Operate
  • Integrated Mine Planning
  • Strategic Optimization
  • Open Pit Mining
  • Undeground Mining

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Mine Sited after Mine Activity: The Brownfields Methodology and Kuzbass Coal Mining Case
Resources 2019, 8(1), 21; https://doi.org/10.3390/resources8010021 - 17 Jan 2019
Cited by 24 | Viewed by 2159
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Operating life of a mine lasts from a few years to several decades. Mine closure occurs once the mineral resource is exhausted, or operations are no longer profitable. Mine closure plans are required by most regulatory agencies worldwide before a mining closure permission [...] Read more.
Operating life of a mine lasts from a few years to several decades. Mine closure occurs once the mineral resource is exhausted, or operations are no longer profitable. Mine closure plans are required by most regulatory agencies worldwide before a mining closure permission is granted, and must demonstrate that the site will not pose a threat to the environment and health of the society in future. The article describes a new tool, the brownfields methodology, which can help to promote the revitalization of old mining areas as a part of their technological modernization and subsoil full extraction with environmental damage reduction. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mine Planning and Sustainability)
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