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Transition from surface to underground mining in the Arctic region: A case study from Svartliden Gold Mine, Sweden.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Mining and Geotechnical Engineering.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Mining and Geotechnical Engineering.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Mining and Geotechnical Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2306-9241
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Operation, Maintenance and Acoustics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5347-0853
2014 (English)In: Mine Planning and Equipment Selection: Proceedings of the 22nd MPES Conference, Dresden, Germany, 14th – 19th October 2013 / [ed] Carsten Drebenstedt; Raj Singhal, Germany: Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology/Springer Verlag, 2014, Vol. X, p. 1397-1408Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Gold ores often consist of nuggets associated with quartz veins. In other ore types gold can be found as a by-product to pyrite. For both types, mine planning of scattered veins type deposits is often complicated regarding both mine design and production scheduling. Despite the cold climate in the Arctic region, near surface deposits are initially mined with open pit mining. As the mine goes deeper, the stripping ratio and the transportation cost increases which economically limit the possibility to continue the project with open pit mining. The transition to underground mining, with gradually decreasing production from an open pit, near its final depth, and with gradually increasing production from newly developed underground production areas, require detailed planning and production scheduling to avoid production delays and maintaining a high cash flow. This paper high-lights the main operational aspects of the Svartliden gold mine in Sweden and in particular how a scattered gold deposit during harsh cold weather conditions was dealt with. The on-going transition from surface to underground mining and the applied concept of minimizing own personnel in favour of national and local contractors for production purposes are also discussed.

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Germany: Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology/Springer Verlag, 2014. Vol. X, p. 1397-1408
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Mining and Rock Engineering; Operation and Maintenance
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-32499DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-02678-7_134Local ID: 70408cef-7ae5-43c8-8c2f-c27e9e231e1fISBN: 978-3-319-02677-0 (print)ISBN: 978-3-319-02678-7 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-32499DiVA, id: diva2:1005733
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International Symposium on Mine Planning & Equipment Selection : 14/10/2013 - 19/10/2013
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Godkänd; 2014; 20131119 (syehas)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2018-04-16Bibliographically approved

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