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ISSUE 4: Spence mine: From greenfield to major producer in a few short years

The transition from undeveloped ground to full-scale mining operation isn’t an easy one. It’s a complicated process involving lengthy periods of exploration, study and construction. Which makes it all the more impressive that BHP Billiton’s Spence copper mine, the first greenfield mining project in Chile in more than six years, went from board approval to active operation in less than three years.

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ISSUE 2: Mining boom leads to increase in greenfield operations: Newmont is moving toward success in Ghana

It’s not easy to develop a greenfield mine in a remote area, but the rewards can be considerable — for both the mining company and the community. When Newmont began operations in Ghana, West Africa, one of the first priorities was respecting the local communities and impacting them in a positive way. Working with Cat dealer Mantrac Ghana, Ltd, Newmont was able to develop a stable, sustainable operation that brought profit to both Newmont and the Ahafo region of Ghana.

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