MTA-AUS 2014

CONEXPO-CON/AGG VIP SHOW GUIDE contains Floor Plans and a complete listing of companies exhibiting at the ConExpo-Con/Agg 2014 trade show in Las Vegas March 3-7, 2014. It also contains 2014 forecasts for the Aggregate, Concrete and Cement industries

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22 MINING & TECHNOLOGY AUSTRALIA 2014 | ISSUE 8 TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION WHEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RECENTLY APPROVED the massive Charmichael Coal Mine in Queensland's Galilee Basin it came with 36 conditions and water topped the list. To produce the expected 60 million tonnes of coal a year the mine's water performance will also be critical, including requirements to return a minimum of 730 megalitres of water to the Great Artesian Basin each year for fve years, ongoing monitoring and modeling of groundwater, and research to "adaptively manage risks of impacts". It's a sign of just how heated the public debate over water and mining has become. Growing demands on water resources by competing sectors like agriculture, rapid urbanization, extreme weather events like droughts and fooding since 2000, rising costs and heightened community concerns about the health of water systems like rivers have nudged governments at all levels to impose far tougher water rules on resource companies including the growing use of multimillion dollar environmental bonds, a trend Australian mines at the forefront of water With water now seen as a precious resource to be shared by all, miners are not only taking a far more proactive role to using it sustainably, but also making it core business in the process. Steve Freeth reports. that's only expected to accelerate. For miners that's also adding new costs. Global Water Intelligence says mining companies spent $12 billion globally on water infrastructure in 2013, up 275 percent from 2009, while total mining production costs rose only 52 percent. At the same time a new report from research company Freedonia Group says spending on water treatment equipment by US miners alone will more than double by 2017 to $1.5 billion. Australian miners, operating on the 'world's driest continent' in often remote or marginal areas with wide variations in weather and water supply, have faced the challenges of managing both the quantity and quality of water for a long time of course, but many are now giving water an even higher priority in planning, operations and closure. A trend that's also helped create an Australian 'mining equipment, technology and services sector' – or METS – with a global water management reputation that now has over $70 billion a year in sales, exports of $12 billion to 100 countries, and 265,000 employees spread across 12,000 medium to small companies, with predictions it could become Australia's third biggest mining focused exporter by 2030. Supply and demand NOTHING HAPPENS IN MINING without water and while the industry mantra is "every site is diferent", water is critical right across the 'value chain' from

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