Chiles Corfo opens mining technology testing centre

first_imgAccording to a report by Chile-based Business News Americas, Chilean development agency Corfo has opened a national centre for piloting mining technologies, dubbed CNP. The report by the news agency’s Tania Herrera says the centre aims to provide the mining industry, specifically service providers, with high specialisation in validation of technologies, access to industrial-scale testing spaces, and advice on technology ramp-up.Corfo is co-funding the initiative with $13.2 million over the next ten years through a program called Strengthening and Creation of Technological Abilities for Innovation. Another similar amount will come from partners like Ecometales, ENAMI, Minera San Pedro, Minera Valle Central, CodelcoTech, CI-JRI, JKTech and CIMM.“The new technologies for mining will be evaluated under almost real-scale conditions with methodologies, capabilities, and technical skills that will allow the validation of innovative products, with high value and potential market,” the article quoted Leandro Voisin, Director of the Centre, as saying. Voisin added that the centre will provide a certification that is recognised in the mining ecosystem and accelerates the process of adoption of these new technologies in the market.Four universities – Universidad de Chile, Universidad de Antofagasta, Universidad Católica, and Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María – and trade association Minnovex will help with R&D.Executive director of Universidad de Chile’s advanced mining technology center Javier Ruiz del Solar said: “One of the biggest barriers for Chilean mining technology providers is where they can test their technology. Usually they take their products to mining companies and these companies ask: Where has this technology been used before? And the suppliers say: it hasn’t been used by anyone, we are the first. And the companies say: Then come back when it’s been tested.”Del Solar said that these testing and validating facilities are needed because providers and miners pay high prices to carry out technology tests under the current conditions. “It’s very expensive because you have to interrupt processes. Just imagine a technology for a SAG mill, it would mean to stop an entire SAG mill with thousands of dollars lost.”last_img read more

Volunteer killed by lion at California zoo

first_imgA 24-YEAR-OLD woman has died after being attacked by a lion at an exotic animal park in the Sierra Nevada foothills of remote Central California.The volunteer intern was mauled to death in the lion’s enclosure yesterday.Identified as Dianna Hanson of Brier, Washington, she was just a few weeks on the job when the tragic incident occurred.Authorities say the intern was attacked and killed when she entered the male African lion’s enclosure at Cat Haven about 45 miles east of Fresno.The county sheriff’s lieutenant Bob Miller said deputies responded to an emergency call from the zoo and found the woman severely injured. They had to shoot the animal to reach the victim but she died at the scene. The lion did not survive.Her father Paul Hanson, a Seattle-area attorney, said he drove his daughter from her home on New Year’s Day so she could begin her job at Cat Haven.Founder and executive director Dale Anderson was crying as he read a one-sentence statement about the fatalality at the zoo he has operated since 1993.He said Project Survival would investigate to see if the intern and the other worker who was on-site followed the group’s protocols.“We take every precaution to ensure the safety of our staff, animals and guests.”Investigators are trying to determine why the intern was inside the enclosure and what might have provoked the attack, sheriff’s Sgt. Greg Collins said. The facility is normally closed on Wednesdays, and only one other worker was there when the mauling happened.The male African lion, a four-year-old male named Couscous, had been raised at Cat Haven since it was a cub, said Tanya Osegueda, a spokeswoman for Project Survival, the nonprofit that operates the animal park.France to keep ‘death row’ elephants… and Brigitte Bardotlast_img read more