Monthly Archives: January 2016

What would you design and build with $2,000? How about $30,000? Colorado School of Mines and Newmont want to see what technologies students can develop that will make the mine of the future safer, more profitable, energy efficient and environmentally sound.

On Jan. 23, teams presented prototypes featuring their innovations and were judged on how well they demonstrated a high probability of success. “The innovation competition is incredibly exciting because Mines has never done something like this before,” said Asya Sergoyan, chemical engineering student. “We will have the unique opportunity to work with experts to make something new and innovative. This contest has the potential to make a huge difference for all of us, but especially the student winners.”

On Saturday, the top 10 teams were identified and will receive $2,000 each to further develop and refine their ideas. Those teams will then move forward to present their project prototypes on March 21-24 at the 118th National Western Mining Conference. Projects are reviewed based on creativity, innovation, probability of commercialization and effectiveness. Final judging will be on April 20 when finalists will give a 10-minute pitch to a panel who will evaluate the team and quality of their innovation. A total of $30,000 in cash prizes will be presented to the top three teams.

“Newmont is pleased to sponsor this innovative approach to encouraging students and researchers to develop solutions to some of the difficult problems and challenges that the mining industry faces in the 21st century,” said Perry A. Eaton, Group Executive, Global Exploration Solutions at Newmont. “Colorado School of Mines is uniquely positioned to continue to be a source of such solutions.”

Perry A. Eaton, Group Executive, Global Exploration Solutions at Newmont speaks with students at the Innovation Workshop on January 23.

Perry A. Eaton, Group Executive, Global Exploration Solutions at Newmont speaks with students at the Innovation Workshop on January 23.

Perry speaks to the students about exploration innovations.

Students listen to Perry speaking about exploration innovations.

Students get to work brainstorming ideas.

Students get to work brainstorming ideas.

Students prepare to present their ideas.

Students prepare to present their ideas.

Preliminary pitches begin.

Preliminary pitches begin.


Monthly Archives: January 2016

Monthly Archives: January 2016

Newmont Nevada recently capitalized on our company’s extensive pool of international talent when it recruited an employee from our business in Australia to lead the North America region’s underground operations.

After spending the last 18 years down under, Nick Mosenthal, a South Africa native, along with his wife, Melinda, arrived in Nevada over the summer when he began as the new General Manager (GM) of Nevada’s underground mines, including Leeville and the Carlin portal mines. Nick said he and Melinda both looked forward to coming to Nevada and have wasted no time getting to know the area, particularly the Ruby Mountains, where they enjoy hiking and exploring. “The community and the employees at the mine have been very friendly and hospitable, and I really appreciate that,” he said.

Nick brings with him a complement of technical and leadership skills that have been honed over the last 32 years during a career chiefly focused on underground gold mining. Interestingly, mining was not even in his sights when he was younger and contemplating higher-education objectives. But a frustrating start to a long journey toward a law career compelled him to rethink his professional aspirations. When he expressed his disillusionment to a friend who was studying mine engineering, the friend suggested he look into mining. Mining was a familiar field to Nick, whose father had built a career in the industry. With his friend’s encouragement, Nick transferred out of his law curriculum and redirected his energies toward a mine engineering degree, ultimately graduating from the University of Witwatersrand (also known as Wits University) in Johannesburg, South Africa.

After college, Nick went to work for Randgold Mining Company, where he spent the first half of his career. In 1997, he moved to Australia to work for Mount Isa Mines on the George Fisher Project. Subsequent opportunities led him to Pasminco at the Elura mine, and then to MMG at the Golden Grove mine, where he served for six years as GM and Mining Manager. He was at MMG’s corporate office in Melbourne, looking to restart the Avebury Nickel mine in Tasmania, prior to joining Newmont’s Tanami Operations in June 2012. Then, the underground GM opportunity brought Nick to Newmont’s Carlin operations in Nevada in 2015.

Nick’s objectives for the Nevada underground operations teams focus on influencing employees to make safety a core value while living the Vital Behaviors. His immediate priorities on the operational side include helping Leeville resolve geotechnical issues and ensuring that the Turf Vent Shaft and Paste Plant transition smoothly from project status to operational status. Nick commented that his favorite part of taking on big challenges like those is the interaction among people. He has been especially encouraged by the productive collaboration between the planning/geotechnical teams at Leeville and those in Denver. He also praised the Carlin Portal Mines teams for continuing to perform ahead of the targets. “Wherever you go, you’ve always got technical solutions, but there are people solutions, as well, and dealing with people is pretty important,” Nick remarked. “I know there are huge challenges ahead of us, but the people are willing to address those challenges, and I know we will get to where we want to be. I’m looking forward to what’s ahead for us.”

For more information about our Nevada operations, visit our website.

Monthly Archives: January 2016

Over the years, Newmont’s Yanacocha operation has provided internships and training to many local students who want to learn about the mining industry at one of the world’s largest gold mines.

A few weeks ago, as their 2015 internship concluded, 22 students who attended the program graduated and are now prepared to start meaningful careers in mining.

Most of the students in this year’s class are residents of Cajamarca and study at local universities. Through this experience they’ve gained greater expertise in the science and business of mining through training sessions the company provided.

The skills the students acquired through the internship program will allow them to work in the areas of Geology, Mine Engineering, Processing, Mine Operations, Mine Maintenance, Materials, Contracts, Environment, Health, Safety and more.

Take a look at this video to learn more about this year’s Yanacocha training program:

Monthly Archives: January 2016

Gold is extremely malleable and can be rolled or stretched to microscopic thickness. Techniques such as ‘vacuum deposition,’ where gold is vaporized into a cloud and condensed onto a surface, make it possible to create thin films of gold for advanced engineering applications.

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, due to be launched in 2018, will search for the first galaxies that formed in the early universe. The telescope’s 18 hexagonal mirror segments have been covered with a microscopically-thin gold coating, making use of the metal’s properties as an efficient reflector of infrared light.

The same reflective properties have made gold a valuable coating for engineers in terrestrial settings. A thin coating of gold plating in windows reflects heat radiation, helping to keep buildings cool in summer and warm in winter, which lowers their energy costs and carbon emissions. In Toronto, Canada, all 14,000 windows on the Royal Bank Plaza are coated in 70kg of pure gold.

Engineers have also made use of gold’s conductive properties and its resistance to corrosion, incorporating it as a coating in fuel cells. These are typically made of bipolar plates made of a conductive material, such as stainless steel. Adding a thin layer of gold can extend the cell’s lifespan and reduce the resistance between elements of the cell, improving its efficiency.

To learn more about gold and all its valuable and versatile uses, visit the World Gold Council.

Monthly Archives: January 2016

Newmont’s Twin Creeks mine recently hosted students from the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) Department of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering for a tour of the operation.

Located 27 miles north of Golconda, Nevada, Newmont’s Twin Creeks mine was first acquired in 1993. In the beginning, the mine actually was two mines: Rabbit Creek and Chimney Creek. In 1993, the two pits were merged to form the “Mega Pit,” which is three miles long, one mile wide and more than 1,000 feet deep.

For the UNR visit, the Twin Creeks engineering, geology, and process departments put together an interactive day of touring for the group that included a full tour of the mine site, participating in a production meeting, presentations by the engineering and metallurgical departments, and the group ended their day by viewing a blast in the Twin Creeks pit.

The students enjoyed seeing the large mining machinery in person; learning how all of the departments interact; and gaining a better understanding of how teamwork contributes to a successful, working mine.

For more information about Twin Creeks or our other operations across the globe, take a look at our website.

Monthly Archives: January 2016

Precious and base metals are fundamental to sustainable development around the world. Copper is used in electric and hybrid vehicles and wind turbines; precious metals, such as gold and platinum, make electronics more efficient; and silver is used in the fabrication of solar panels.

In fact, minerals are used in everything from healthcare to transportation, and responsible production of metals is necessary to meet the challenges of sustainable development, including climate change.

Over the last five years, the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) released a series of reports on efforts in the mining industry to help reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. As a founding member of ICMM, Newmont is making good progress towards implementing our own energy and climate change strategy, supported by ICMM’s seven principles for climate change policy design.

One example of Newmont’s progress is a recent study completed at our Boddington mine in Australia where the team installed Blutip engine control technology on three of our Caterpillar 793D haul trucks.

The use of diesel fuel in our heavy equipment and diesel-powered generators account for about one-third of our total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The study results show an average fuel burn savings of 5.8% over a 13 week timeframe and a GHG emission reduction of 102 tonnes per year (tpy) for each 793D haul truck. With installation of Blutip technology in all 322 793D haul trucks in Newmont’s fleet, this solution has the potential to reduce our annual GHG emissions of 33,000 tpy (2% of our total annual GHG emissions from diesel fuel).

For decades, Newmont has mined ore deposits in some of the world’s most challenging environments and ecosystems. Sensitive ecosystems require that companies employ comprehensive and thoughtful engineering strategies to mitigate and minimize their mining impacts, while using resources efficiently. These strategies also serve as a framework for managing the impacts of a changing climate, as highlighted in ICMM’s report “Adapting to a changing climate: implications for the mining and metals industry“: “Since mining and metals companies already manage extremes in shorter-term weather patterns, responses to long-term changes in the climate of a given region can build on conventional approaches to risk management and planning.”

In addition to developing a forward-looking energy and climate change strategy, Newmont has been a participant in the CDP’s annual questionnaire related to greenhouse gas emissions since 2007 and in its Global Water Report since 2012. In 2014, we implemented our global water strategy to provide water management direction to all Newmont mines and projects, better linking the technical and operational aspects of water management with our long-term strategy and social responsibility objectives.

Newmont is committed to helping lead the mining industry’s approach to responsibly managing greenhouse gases. Learn more about Newmont’s sustainability strategies by going Beyond the Mine.

Monthly Archives: January 2016

Members of the Community Relations team at our Merian project in Suriname were busy during the holiday season surprising students and teachers at five schools in local communities with Christmas gifts.

‘’A big operation, but nice and rewarding to do,’’ tells Christine Amato, Interim Social Responsibility Team Lead.

Three employees, one of whom was dressed as Santa Claus, visited several schools on December 18 and 21. The schools included the Leitzelschool in Pelgrimkondre, de Granmang Forster school at Langatabiki, the Anton Donici School in Nason, the O.S. Loka Loka in Loka Loka and the O.S. Ampomatapoe in de Ampoma area.

”The schools knew we were coming, but not what we would bring. We have surprised the children with a box including Christmas bread, cheese, juice, yogurt and sweets. We in turn were pleasantly surprised with the program of the schools. The children sang and danced very nicely for us,” said Christine. ”I hope we can continue in this way and make 2016 a productive year.”

Monthly Archives: January 2016

Over the past decade, the use of mercury in small scale mining (SSM) has affected major rivers of Eastern Suriname, with detrimental consequences to the health and well-being of Maroon (contemporary descendants of formerly enslaved Africans) communities, whose livelihoods are increasingly tied to SSM within their territories.

One such community impacted by SSM is the Pamaka community located along the Marowijne River near the Merian Gold Project. The Pamaka have been actively involved in SSM for more than 100 years, and in more recent times new mining techniques were introduced by garimpeiros (Brazilian gold miners).

Surgold, which is Newmont’s fully-owned subsidiary and manager of Merian, has launched a pilot project to provide the Pamaka small-scale miners with alternative technologies that could minimize the use of mercury and at the same time improve recoveries.

The pilot project uses state of the art gravity separation equipment, under the direction of Dennis Lim A Po, Assistant Mine Manager, and in collaboration with the UNASAT School of Mining of Suriname. Two types of equipment have been tested: a centrifuge type of concentrator and an oscillating sluice-box plus a shaking table for final concentration.

After about two months of trials, Lim A Po and the students have concluded that both techniques deliver positive results for recovering gold through SSM in an environmentally responsible manner. Very fine gold, which would have otherwise been lost with the traditional mining practices, was able to be captured by the technology.

It is estimated that SSM could be losing as much as 40 percent of the free gold. The technology not only improves recoveries but will also result in lower water and fuel consumption, and lower labor needs. The gold concentrate that is produced through these new techniques will only require a limited mercury concentration process.

During the first week of December a group of 18 Pamaka SSM was invited by Surgold to a demonstration on how these systems work. According to Lim A Po: ‘’The small-scale miners were very enthusiastic after seeing with their own eyes what this equipment can do, and have showed interest acquiring it. This constitutes a first step in seeking a solution to a serious environmental and social impact that affects Surgold’s neighboring communities.”

Monthly Archives: January 2016

Access to quality education remains a challenge for rural and small communities in Ghana. Many young people must engage in trade and other income generating activities to finance their education due to the lack of resources.

After graduating from high school, Benedicta Hevi – a high school graduate living in Afosu, one of the Akyem Mine’s host communities – dreamed of becoming a nurse. Unfortunately, her parents did not have the required funding to enroll her in a nursing college. Determined to fulfill her ambition, the passionate young woman engaged in petty trading to acquire money for her nursing education. However, due to financial responsibilities to help support her family, she was not able to save enough for nursing school.

“The savings were coming up slowly because I was saddled with other responsibilities at home. I would sometimes sell to student nurses and go home so broken hearted over my inability to join them,” she said.

Benedicta’s luck changed, however, when she was chosen to receive funding from the Newmont Akyem Development Foundation’s (NAkDeF’s) scholarship program for brilliant students in need near the mine’s host communities. Benedicta is now in her second year of training to become a nurse, having been part of the first cohort of beneficiaries who were enrolled into the scholarship program.

In line with Newmont’s purpose to create value and improve lives through sustainable and responsible mining, the foundation has awarded 938 brilliant students in need with educational scholarships worth more than GHȻ 1 million (or approximately USD $270,000) in bursaries over the last six months. The scholarship covers academic user fees, accommodation and books for their entire duration in school.

Executive Secretary of the Foundation, Paul Apenu, explained that the NAKDeF scholarship program falls under the Human Resources Development goals of the Foundation. “The Scholarship seeks to support hardworking but needy students within Newmont Akyem Mine’s Communities and I’m glad we’re already seeing positive results so far,” he added.