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ISSUE 10: Two mines. Two seams. One partnership. Cat dealer and customer strengthen relationship in rich coal basin

Armstrong Energy, which operates six surface and six underground coal mines in the rich coal basin of the United States’ Ohio River Valley, recently took delivery of the worlds’ first full fleet of Cat Room and Pillar mining equipment from Cat dealer Whayne Supply. The fleet is now hard at work mining this rich coal seam, with four continuous miners, eight face haulers, roof bolters, feeder breakers and scoops working underground, and belt terminal groups carrying the coal to the surface.

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ISSUE 10: Russian coal mine continues to set production records: Credit given to skilled team and new high-performance machines

Russia’s Tugnuysky coal mine has set a number of production records in its nearly 30 years of operation, with industry-leading achievements in all aspects of their operation — from drilling to loading to overall production. In January of 2013, the mine set yet another benchmark by delivering its 100 millionth tonne (111 millionth ton) of coal.

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ISSUE 9: Ukrainian energy company mine sets production record in longwall mine

DTEK, the largest private energy company in Ukraine, recently set a production record for longwall mining in a 1-meter (39.4-in) seam at its mine in Stepnaya — a substantial achievement for any mine and the first time that a mine in the DTEK group has broken the 100,000 tonne-per-month mark.

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ISSUE 9: Breaking new ground: Shenhua leads the way in new Chinese coal mining region

With the world’s largest population and one of its fastest-growing economies, China needs a massive amount of energy, a good deal of which comes from coal. One of the most important pieces in China’s energy development plan is the autonomous region Xinjiang, which is home to about 10 percent of the country’s total coal reserve. The area is currently under extensive development.

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ISSUE 8: Boliden Aitik mine: Doubling production with new facilities, expanded site and larger trucks

Despite operating in some of the world’s toughest conditions, expansion has been a regular occurrence at Boliden Aitik copper mine. Already one of Europe’s largest copper mines, in 2010 Aitik built new facilities and launched an expansion program that is set to double its production in 2014.

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ISSUE 8: CHALCO Guangxi mine addresses environmental challenges through a “green mine” strategy

As the world’s fastest growing economy, China is paying more and more attention to sustainability issues such as environmental protection and “inclusive growth” that delivers lasting benefits to all. Mining is one of the country’s key industries and is driving toward an environmentally friendly and resource-conserving society. The CHALCO Guangxi mine in Guangxi Province puts the concepts of “mining with minimal environmental impact” and “green mining” into practice — winning the first national-level “Green Mine” title in China.

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ISSUE 7: Doing things differently: Osisko Mining sets aggressive goals to be the best

The Canadian Malartic mine in Quebec is Canada’s largest open-pit gold mine, with the capacity to produce more than 600,000 ounces of gold every year. It’s also located in the heart of the Malartic community, which is why Osisko Mining Corporation chose to use local contractors and partnerships — including one with Cat dealer Hewitt Equipment Ltd. — to ensure that their mine is not only among the best at producing gold, but at benefiting the people who live and work nearby.

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ISSUE 6: Availability is key: CC&V demands consistent production from haulage fleet

Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Company employs around 350 workers on 12-hour shifts every day of the year, resulting in an impressive daily production of 163000 tonnes. But even the biggest workforce can’t produce without available trucks. AngloGold Ashanti (Colorado) Corp considered a number of trucks based on everything from body style to size to serviceability, and they decided on the reliable Cat® 793D — and even helped test the new Cat 793F.

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ISSUE 6: Jinfeng mine: Going underground to create the second largest gold mine in China

China’s second-largest gold mine — the Jinfeng mine in Guizhou province — began life as an open-pit operation. When the time came to expand underground to continue mining this rich deposit, Sino Gold Mining Ltd. turned to the global mining industry for models and best practices and was able to develop a mine based on similar sites in Australia and the United States — a true example of the industry’s global nature.

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ISSUE 5: Minera Antamina: Setting the standard. Driving the future.

Antamina mine in Peru is one of the largest and most productive mines in the world, and their success can be attributed in part to their dedication to safety and community relationships. Beginning with their industry-standard greenfield development and continuing into today, Antamina’s leadership has placed caring for the environment, their employees and the community at large above even cost and profit in their decision-making process.

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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 4: Vale Inco’s Creighton mine: Digging deeper by the day

For more than 100 years, workers have been bringing up ore from the Creighton mine under the Sudbury area of Ontario, Canada. Today, Creighton is one of Canada’s deepest and most profitable mining operations. Existing infrastructure and strong reserves keep Creighton profitable, but operating nearly 2,500 meters underground is not without its unique challenges — and a collection of innovative solutions to meet them.

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ISSUE 3: Automation keeping underground workers safe at LKAB Malmberget Mine

Underground mining can be a dangerous business, and the safest operator is one who doesn’t need to go underground at all. Using Caterpillar’s MINEGEM system — a precursor to Cat Minestar™ — mining company LKAB has enabled their operators to run multiple machines all from the comfort of a control room on the surface. This allows for safer, more efficient operation and a significant reduction in injury risk.

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ISSUE 2: Steady and straightforward approach drives Ravensworth to success

Sometimes everything comes together. At Xstrata’s Ravensworth Mine in New South Wales, Australia, a good deposit, favorable geology, a skilled workforce and a focus on safety all combine to make a mine that’s been a stable, high-volume producer of coal since 1972.

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ISSUE 1: Setting the pace for high production copper mining

With the right approach, even a low-grade mineral deposit can yield impressive results. Phelps Dodge earned its place as one of the world’s leading copper producers by efficiently turning low-grade deposits into high-production mines. Using a combination of technology, proactive maintenance practices and comprehensive monitoring, Phelps Dodge’s Morenci mine is able to produce 381,000 tonnes of coal annual from a deposit with a total ore grade of only 0.27.

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