Development in Mining Technology

The development of mining technology plays an important role in the mining industry as well as in the environment. The mining industry plays a crucial role in our economy. The mining industry has been very cautious in launching and adopting new technologies in the past due to high capital requirements, environmental limits, and low profit margins. However, the mining industry has made significant progress in productivity, mining technologies used, environmental control, and worker health and safety. The mining industry has also introduced improved clean technologies to implement the best mining processes and practices. These practices have been applied in developing countries which have obtained the best results. When mining technologies become more widely available, there will only be a technology gap between mining industries and countries.

Mining industries continue to play their essential role in sustainable technological development to improve their performance, reduce environmental pollution in all settings and improve the quality of life in their operational work area. The mining industry aims to adopt and implement innovative technologies through the use of mining and environmental technologies to create better environmental quality in mining industry areas, reduce the negative impact on the human health and the environment, reduce water and air pollution and land degradation.

Most recent developments in mining technologies are proving to be cost effective and environmentally friendly technologies. For example, Solvent / Electro-Winning (SXEW) extraction is a hydrometallurgical process that differs from the traditional method of producing copper by grinding, smelting and refining. The development of the SXEW process contributes to the low cost production of copper from waste and raw ore landfills of copper ores extracted from copper mines. SXEW is very helpful to the United States and a few other copper-producing countries. EESTECH provides environmentally sustainable technologies that have direct application in the global coal mining and energy industries. EESTECH’s Hybrid Coalmine Gas Technology (HCGT) is a recognized Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) that uses waste coal and ventilated coal mine methane as a fuel source to produce clean, cost effective coal power. Clean coal technology offers solutions in the fight against global warming.

The development of new mining technologies contributes to reducing production costs, improving the quality of metals and minerals extracted, improving the quality of products using extracted minerals, reducing negative environmental effects, impacts on health and safety . Thus, technological developments in mining benefit consumers and producers, as well as the national economy, national defense, health and social welfare.

The most developed and developing countries have already imposed environmental standards for emissions, effluents, groundwater contamination, and guidelines for the management of hazards and toxics. But due to weak law enforcement, lack of oversight capacity and skilled human resources, the mining industry is not obeying. Therefore, environmental standards need to be harmonized in developing countries in order to improve the environmental performance and management of mining industries.

Political and social institutions could exert enormous influence on the development of the mining industry. Political institutions, including central government, local government and public decision makers must create international harmonization of environmental standards for better positioning for the global competitiveness of mining products. This will improve the brand image of mining industries and benefit global consumers.

Workshops and training programs on pollution control and measurement techniques for mining activities, and the development of a network between mining partnership organizations should be organized through internships and technical assistance in mining industries.

Source by Brayan Peter

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