About the conference

The Complex Orebodies conference aims to attract a wide range of contributors willing to share their experiences and insights into this crucial issue.

Corporate leaders, operators, service providers, financial institutions and researchers will gain insight on important issues, and unique solutions to the variety of challenges across the entire range of development activities.

Authors and keynote speakers have been invited from all global jurisdictions, across the entire spectrum of disciplines. Delegates will hear case studies of existing complex orebodies; analysis of the future technical, social, political and environmental landscape as it affects mining; and from contributions detailing innovative extraction approaches with potential to revolutionise mineral supply.

Complex Ore Bodies – integrating knowledge for developing mines of the future

The backdrop to this conference is the recognition that the greatest future challenge for the mining industry is that world demand for raw materials is projected to continue to grow for the foreseeable future. Future supply of raw materials will come from a combination of new mine discoveries and recycling. There is mounting evidence that recycling alone cannot hope to replace the future expected demand for metals. To meet future demand much of the supply must be met by the mining of increasingly difficult deposits.
“Complex Ore Bodies” are those deposits that are challenged by the interactions between technical, environmental; community and state, marketing and economic circumstances. In the case of as yet unmined deposits these factors interact so that mining these ore bodies emerge as very complex proposals that are hard to finance. Hence they remain un-mined. As policy evolves to keep up to increasing societal demands new rules create complexity for existing mines, threatening their survival if they cannot adjust to the new environment.
As researchers, policy makers, mining companies, equipment suppliers and the governments and communities rise to these challenges it is becoming increasingly clear that “Complex Orebodies” are the deposits that without solutions to these dynamic and interconnected issues may never be mined.
“Current Complex Ore Bodies” are existing mining operations for which the goal posts are changing. In some cases, they are becoming uneconomic due to depth or grade. In others, the environmental impact or societal disruption is such that their continued extraction is untenable. Unless solutions are found, these mines face closure.

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