Academic and Business-led R&D mining projects receive $464,308 investment

Academic and Business-led R&D mining projects receive $464,308 investment 
ST. JOHN’S, NL, June 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Four mining R&D projects are receiving 
a total of $464,308 in support from the Research & Development Corporation of 
Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC). The announcement was made today at the 
opening of the annual Baie Verte Mining Conference by the Honourable Keith 
Hutchings, Minister Responsible for the Research & Development Corporation. 
"The mining industry in Newfoundland and Labrador continues to be a strong 
contributor to our economy. It has a rich history of providing rural 
employment, as well as enhancing industrial growth," said Minister Hutchings. 
"R&D investments in the mining and minerals sector further demonstrate our 
government's commitment to developing technical solutions that will contribute 
to long-term sustainability, while maintaining practices that are 
environmentally responsible". 
The projects announced today will improve technical processes as well as 
investigate new ways to apply environmentally responsible disposal practices. 
Anaconda Mining Inc. is receiving $11,625 to increase efficiency in both its 
mining and milling operations at its Pine Cove Mine on the Baie Verte 
Peninsula. Working in collaboration with the College of the North Atlantic 
(CNA), Anaconda will investigate grade control in the open pit, and increased 
gold recovery in the milling process. 
"We are extremely pleased with our progress and remain optimistic that our 
work with these partners will revolutionize our mining and processing 
capability at Pine Cove," said Allan Cramm, Anaconda's General Manager. 
Anaconda hopes this enhanced recovery project will allow the operation to mine 
what is generally considered today as lower grade ore resulting in a mine life 
beyond the 6.5 years currently remaining. 
Rambler Metals and Mining Canada Limited is receiving funding for two separate 
projects, both of which are being carried out at or near its Ming Copper-Gold 
Mine on the Baie Verte Peninsula. One project is receiving $178,439 to 
research the viability of extracting gold from nearby, exposed, legacy mine 
tailings, and the other is receiving $250,000 to test the technical and 
economical feasibility of extracting copper from the Ming Mine's Lower 
Footwall Zone. 
"We are delighted to be working with RDC on these projects. Each of them has a 
particular importance to us. If the test work proves positive, this research 
will be useful when combined with other ongoing engineering studies with the 
overall goal of improving the project economics for Phase II of our growth 
strategy," Peter Mercer, VP, Corporate Development of Rambler Metals & Mining 
commented. "In addition, the research spearheaded by Memorial University will 
be of value, even beyond our own needs." 
Drs. Penny Morrill and Tao Cheng of Memorial University are leading the fourth 
project in collaboration with Rambler Metals and Mining and Dr. Abigail Steel 
of the Provincial Government's Mines Branch. They are receiving $24,244 to 
support their investigation of improved methods of remediating acid mine 
drainage from legacy mine sites. Projects such as this feature collaboration 
between three key partners: academia, industry and government. It is a 
priority for both industry and government to ensure that mining practices are 
environmentally sound. 
"RDC is actively supporting R&D projects that will improve the likelihood of 
new discoveries, and increase metal recoveries from known deposits," said 
Glenn Janes, Chief Executive Officer of RDC. "By investing in R&D to develop 
new and better technical processes, it is possible to extend the life of our 
mines for the benefit of both industry and nearby communities such as Baie 
Verte". 
Funding for these projects comes from RDC programs, including R&D Proof of 
Concept, R&D Vouchers, and GeoEXPLORE. For more information about RDC's 
funding programs, visit www.rdc.org. 
About the Research & Development Corporation 
RDC is a provincial Crown corporation responsible for improving Newfoundland 
and Labrador's R&D performance. RDC works with R&D stakeholders including 
business, academia and government agencies and departments.  
Backgrounder 
R&D Vouchers 
Anaconda Mining Inc.
Anaconda Mining Inc. operates the Pine Cove gold mine on the Baie Verte 
Peninsula. It also has other adjacent properties that it is actively exploring 
for possible new gold production. The company wishes to enhance its gold 
recovery by improving the efficiency of its open-pit mining and milling 
operations. To do this, it plans to research ways to better define ore grades 
in the pit as a guide to blasting and to deciding what blasted material to 
transport to the mill; and presenting the ore-grade data in a computerized 
graphical model for ongoing mine planning. At the milling end, it plans to 
develop an automated control system for the increased recovery of gold during 
the flotation process; and to define the specifications for automating the 
control-system process. Anaconda is working with the College of the North 
Atlantic to develop these research proposals. RDC is supporting this effort 
through its R&D Vouchers program with funding of $11,625, to a total project 
cost of $17,000. 
GeoEXPLORE Industry-led 
Rambler Metals and Mining Canada Limited
Rambler Metals and Mining Canada Limited ('Rambler') is currently producing 
copper concentrate from its new Ming Copper-Gold Mine on the Baie Verte 
Peninsula. Shortly before the start of renewed copper production in 2012, the 
Company had mined, milled and shipped gold doré from a richer section of the 
ore body. Near to the Company's mining property there exists the 
now-Crown-controlled tailings area left from historic mining activity. These 
tailings contain residual gold that was present in the original copper deposit 
with grades estimated at 1-2 grams per tonne. Rambler Metals and Mining will 
conduct research into the technological and economical feasibility of 
recovering that gold by reprocessing the tailings. Testing will be focused on 
the "liberation" of gold from its surrounding minerals and how best to 
concentrate that gold using various methods. Because the tailings are from 
several previously mined ore bodies, each with different mineral 
characteristics, the accurate testing of samples from the old tailings area is 
essential. Should research results prove positive, it could lead to a positive 
environmental impact as the reprocessed tailings would be treated to more 
modern standards. RDC is supporting this research by contributing $178,439 
from its Industry-led GeoEXPLORE program for a total project investment of 
$238,169. 
R&D Proof of Concept 
Rambler Metals and Mining Canada Limited
Rambler Metals and Mining Canada Limited ('Rambler') is currently producing 
copper concentrate from its rehabilitated Ming Copper-Gold Mine on the Baie 
Verte Peninsula. The higher grade copper ore currently being mined has an 
initial mine life of 6 years with many of the ore zones still open for future 
exploration. Below the current development there sits a significantly larger 
resource of lower grade copper mineralization in an area known as the Lower 
Footwall Zone. Rambler will be carrying out research into ways of 
pre-concentrating the copper content in the Lower Footwall Zone to produce a 
higher grade product which may be more economically feasible to develop. If 
the research is proven positive it may allow the over 18 million tonnes of 
lower grade copper mineralization to be included in the minable reserves, in 
turn adding to the mine's life. Considering the larger volumes of copper 
concentrate that could be produced from an operation of this size, as part of 
the program the Company also plans to investigate the thresholds of building a 
hydrometallurgical refinery to produce pure copper from concentrate. RDC is 
supporting this research by contributing $250,000 through its R&D Proof of 
Concept program to a total project cost of $372,668. 
GeoEXPLORE Collaborative Research Opportunities 
Department of Earth Sciences, Memorial University 
Mining of mineral sulphides (like chalcopyrite, a common copper mineral mined 
in Newfoundland) produces waste rocks and liquid mine tailings. These tailings 
contain residual heavy metals such as iron and lead. When exposed to water and 
air, the mineral sulfides oxidize, producing acid mine drainage (AMD) (acidic 
water containing high concentrations of heavy metals). If allowed to escape 
into the general environment, AMD can cause problems for plants, animals and 
drinking water. To better understand how AMD from mine tailings can be 
remediated, this research will look at ways of reducing the acidity and heavy 
metal content of AMD at two former mining sites: the former copper mines of 
Consolidated Rambler Mines Ltd., and the Gullbridge Copper Mine. 
Drs. Penny Morrill and Tao Cheng, environmental geochemists at Memorial, will 
be collaborating with Dr. Abigail Steel of the Mines Branch, Department of 
Natural Resources, and personnel with Rambler Metals and Mining Canada 
Limited, investigating the potential for remediation of AMD at these sites. 
Three approaches will be taken to see if: 1) AMD can be remediated naturally; 
2) AMD can be remediated by encouraging the growth of special microbes that 
can reduce the acidity and in turn decrease heavy metal concentrations; and 3) 
plants can take up heavy metals through their root systems, thereby removing 
metals from the environment. Part of the experimental work will include 
testing the use of biofoul (waste from shellfish industry) to create the 
necessary oxygen-poor conditions that allow beneficial microbes to flourish. A 
Master's student and an undergraduate Honour's student will be part of the 
research, each producing a thesis. Positive outcomes from the research will 
improve the environmental sustainability of mining, and alleviate potential 
threats from legacy tailings. RDC is supporting this research by contributing 
$24,244 from its GeoEXPLORE Collaborative program to a total project cost of 
$29,580. 
Media Contacts: 
Victoria Russell Communications Coordinator Research & Development Corporation 
709-758-0308 victoriarussell@rdc.org 
Heather Maclean Director of Communications Department of Innovation, Business 
and Rural Development 709-729-4570, 697-4137 heathermaclean@gov.nl.ca  
Allan Cramm General Manager Anaconda Mining Inc. 709-800-7332 
acramm@anacondamining.com 
Peter Mercer VP, Corporate Development Rambler Metals and Mining Limited 
709-800-1929 ext. 214 pmercer@ramblermines.com 
SOURCE: Research & Development Corporation 
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