Staying on Top of Underground Mining: What are the most important issues today at your underground mine?
The most important issues at Kinross revolve around training and retaining the required skill level of the underground work force. There are fewer and fewer narrow vein underground operations in Canada. As these miners age we’re losing this skill level. We have fewer young miners coming into the industry, training into these mining methods.
Weak commodity prices (four years for gold) and rising energy and materials costs require operators to produce more with less, while maintaining the highest safety standards and environmental awareness. — Boyd Timler
The age of the mines and the challenges in going deeper and further away from the main infrastructure. — Parviz Farsangi