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Challenges with Deep Mining: Case Studies at Mindola and Mufulira Underground Mines, Zambia
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In pace with our ever increasing demand for metals and with many of the known deposits already exploited, the mining industry is forced to enter into unexplored territories in the search for new deposits. The depth of our earth is one of them; mining operations are currently taking place at greater depths than ever before and exploration into the depths continues. But with the depth new challenges to mining has risen and existing challenges has become even greater. This study will try to shine some light on these challenges, their possible solutions and the considerations that has to be made regarding them. The case studies were performed as a part of the I2Mine research project. The I2Mine research project aims to realize the vision of an invisible, zero impact deep mine. The mines that were studied are Mufulira Copper mine and Mindola Copper mine which are located to the Copperbelt region of Zambia. Both are owned and operated by Mopani Copper Mines Plc.

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Teknik, Deep mining, sublevel stoping, steep orebodies
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-52457Local ID: 9963b137-1f20-4eaa-bfe5-bb26c5873267OAI: diva2:1025827
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Student thesis, at least 30 credits
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Natural Resources Engineering, master's
Validerat; 20140625 (global_studentproject_submitter)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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