Intro: After an ore body has been identified, feasibility studies have ensured the viability of building a mine and shareholder approval has been received, operators begin one of the most expensive and time-consuming phases in the life cycle of a mine: mine development. This phase requires companies to contemplate everything from construction and site conditions to the mine layout and facilities. As mining projects tend to be located in extremely remote areas, operators often have to invest in the creation of roads and power plants, among other factors. This is where the supply chain and construction companies come into play to help operators make the phase as smooth and as well-planned as possible.
Key Question: What are the newest solutions being created and proposed to optimize the mine development phase?