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PMEA Monthly Membership Meeting and Industry Updates
by Marcelle P. Villegas - July 07, 2022
06 June 2022, PMEA Monthly Membership Meeting at Makati City with Mr Joey Nelson Ayson (PMEA President) and Mr Sukalp Sharma (Asian Digital Leader, GHD Digital) [Photo by Marcelle Villegas, Philippine Resources Journal]
Mining events are slowly transitioning back to face-to-face gatherings, and this is something that Philippine Mining and Exploration Association (PMEA) has been initiating since April with their hybrid meeting. Last 6 June 2022, PMEA’s Monthly Membership Meeting resumes with several attendees who were present at Manila Elks Club that evening.
Mr Joey Nelson Ayson, PMEA President, reported some PMEA matters and industry updates/news from MGB. Here are some of the topics he discussed:
~ 9th Annual PMEA Invitational Golf tournament - Proposed venues and date are not yet set. (Perhaps it will be scheduled early in August of this year.) Golf Committee Chair is Mr George Yap III.
~ 4 May 2022 – Atty. Ernesto D. Adobo Jr. was designated as Supervising Undersecretary for Mining Affairs.
~ 1 June 2022 – Glenn Noble was reassigned back as MGB MIMAROPA Regional Director.
~ MGB’s current new projects (Phase 1) includes: 7 new nickel mines, 2 gold mines, 4 iron / chromite mines, 2 offshore marine sand projects, 3 limestone projects supporting cement plants, and 18 non-metallic mines (aggregates, industrial sand and gravel).
For upcoming mining projects (Phase 2), there will be 8 new nickel mining projects, 7 new gold mining projects, 4 new copper mining projects, 2 new iron / chromite mining projects, 12 new non-metallic mining projects (feldspar, basalt), 7 new limestone mining projects, and 5 new magnetite sand mining projects.
~ As for the top producers for the first quarter of 2022, we have the following:
1. MGP / PGPRC (1,859 kgs)
2. OGPI (917 kgs)
3. Philsaga Co-o (706 kgs)
1. TVIRD Phils Balabag (5,155 kgs)
2. AMCI Maco (2,966 kgs)
3. MGP / PGPRC (1,436 kgs)
1. RTNMC (1,028,119 DMT)
2. TMC (451,265 DMT)
1. CCC (35,423 DMT)
2. OGPI (15,452 DMT)
3. Philex Padcal (13,966 DMT)
1. Techiron Resources
2. THPAL (by-product)
1. Ore Asia Mining Bulacan (41,124 DMT)
2. Strongbuilt Mining Leyte (3,009 DMT)
More industry updates:
~ 16 March 2022 - Marinduque RTC Branch 38, finds Marcopper Mining Corporation accountable for the March 1996 mine spill and awards each of the plaintiffs the amounts of P200,000 in temperate damages, P100,000 in moral damages and another P1 million as exemplary damages.
~ 2 May 2022 – DENR issued Administrative Order (AO) 171-2022 which is a moratorium on the acceptance of all new applications for special exploration permit/government seabed quarry permits.
Oceana Gold Philippines Inc.
- Probable + Proven Mineral Reserve of 42.2 Mmt of 0.91g/t Au (different cut-offs for OP & UG)
- 2022 Q1 production of 29,446 oz Au and 3,500 tons Cu
- Purchase Agreement with Bangko Sentral to sell 25% of Au signed last May 05, 2022 and the first
gold bar delivered the other week.
B2Gold / MGP - Production for 1Q 2022 is 59,764 oz.
Sagittarius Mines Inc.
- SP has issued a Resolution lifting the open pit ban.
- Gov. Tamayo of South Cotabato has VETOED the SP Resolution, though he clarifies that it does not
cover projects approved by the national government.
Mt. Labo Exploration and Development Corporation
- They are currently resolving all issues, including restructuring brought about by the entry of TVIRD in the project.
Celsius Resources Limited
- Drilling is ongoing at their flagship MCB Project (Kalinga) with significant assays obtained in MCB037
- Initial scoping study recently completed.
Greenstone Resources (Siana Mine)
- Ongoing rehabilitation of Tailings Storage Facility and other mining infrastructures, access and in-pit
- Target resumption of mining operations including gold-silver production: 2nd quarter 2023
- Ongoing ramp-up of mining and milling operations in order to reach target capacity of 2,000 tons per
- Continuous production of gold-silver dore sold to direct markets in Asia, Australia and Switzerland
The PMEA Monthly Membership Meeting last June 6 was sponsored by GHD, while the keynote speaker was Mr Sukalp Sharma. He is GHD’s Asia Digital Leader and Southern Hemisphere Practice Director for Digital Experience in Singapore.
A week after the PMEA Meeting, Mr Sharma posted on LinkedIn, “Last week, I had the pleasure of being the keynote speaker at a Philippine Mining and Exploration Association Event in Manila, Philippines. The topic of my address was ‘Contemporary digital innovation and automation case studies in Mining’.”
“I had a great time discussing with a very receptive audience, some recent #GHDDigital case studies focusing on five key themes pertinent to the sector. The key themes included:
(i) Increasing ESG and sustainability focus among miners globally is driving a push towards the adoption of digital led innovation
(ii) IoT devises are increasingly being adopted in the Mining sector for operational, safety and compliance purposes. Sensors generated big-data finds useful applications though Automation / Integration
(iii) High impact automation in Mining does not have to be complex; there are many low complexity, high benefit, high impact use cases with rapid ROI’s that can fuel the digital transformation program of a mining organization
(iv) The pandemic accelerated the need for being nimble, flexible and agile to be resilient to disruption. Digital emerged as the clear enabler
(v) Increase in sophistication of Industrial Control Systems (ICS) enabled by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and convergence of OT and IT systems has made critical infrastructure more vulnerable than ever before.”
“Thank you, PMEA, for being a very gracious host. I look forward to our ongoing association.”
#innovation #sustainability #GHDDigital #digitaltransformation #automation #miningindustry #PMEA
For additional reading:
"Digitalising mining for sustainability and resilience"
by Sukalp Sharma
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Philippine Resources - September 27, 2022
PH-EITI holds first meeting under Marcos admin, approves plan to improve multi-stakeholder engagement in the extractives
Photo credit: PH-EITI The Philippine Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (PH-EITI) convened its first Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG) meeting under the Marcos administration on Friday (September 16), two weeks after the country reaffirmed its commitment to implement the EITI. EITI is the global standard for transparency and accountability in the oil, gas, and mining sectors. The MSG – the body that governs EITI implementation in the country – is chaired by the Department of Finance (DOF) and composed of representatives from government, industry, and civil society. The government began implementing the EITI in 2013 pursuant to Section 14 of Executive Order No. 79, s. 2012 and Executive Order No. 147, s. 2013 that created the PH-EITI. “This meeting demonstrates the government’s continuing commitment to improve transparency and accountability in the extractive industries,” said Finance Undersecretary and PH-EITI Focal Person and Chair Cielo Magno. To improve resource governance, the MSG agreed to strengthen spaces for multi-stakeholder participation and advocate for more spaces along the extractive industry value chain. The group also agreed to include an MSG report on the status of civic engagement in the annual country report. The MSG also discussed remaining initiatives for 2022, including the production of the FY 2021 PH-EITI Country Report, the 2022 National Conference, and a planned visit of EITI Chair and former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark to the Philippines in November 2022. The PH-EITI publishes independently reconciled data on oil, gas, coal, and mineral resources through an annual and comprehensive country report. To date, the PH-EITI has produced seven country reports, reconciling over P362.5 billion in government revenues from extractive projects from 2012 to 2019. Aside from disclosing extractives data to inform research and policy recommendations, the PH-EITI also provides space for multi-stakeholder participation in resource governance. Article courtesy of the Department of Finance
Philippine Resources - September 27, 2022
Marcos admin commits to transparency and good governance in the extractive industries
Photo credit: EITI / CC BY-SA The Marcos administration demonstrated its commitment to pursue transparency in natural resource governance by rejoining the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and enabling the continued development of the mining sector. In a letter to EITI Chair and former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, Finance Secretary Benjamin Diokno cited the value of good governance and anti-corruption measures in maximizing the extractive sector’s contribution to resource mobilization and sustainable economic growth. EITI will complement the administration’s agenda on transparency and accountability. “We welcome the opportunity to re-engage in EITI. We also commend the progress of the EITI Board in reviewing the validation standard and making it more relevant to implementing countries. We believe that EITI is an important tool for resource-rich countries like the Philippines to improve transparency and increase accountability in the management and governance of the extractive industries,” said Secretary Diokno. Secretary Diokno said that other government agencies, as well as industry and civil society stakeholders who have been actively implementing EITI in the country, are supportive of the move to rejoin the global initiative. On June 20, 2022, the Philippines through the Department of Finance (DOF) withdrew its participation in the EITI over concerns on metrics and procedures used for assessing country compliance with the international organization’s transparency requirements. In an August 23, 2022 letter, EITI Chair Helen Clark invited Secretary Diokno to re-state the country’s commitment to the EITI on behalf of the Marcos administration and build on the progress that the Philippines has achieved in the past nine years. The PH-EITI multi-stakeholder group is chaired by the DOF and is composed of representatives from government, industry, and civil society. The government began implementing the EITI in 2013 pursuant to Section 14 of Executive Order No. 79, s. 2012 and Executive Order No. 147, s. 2013 that created the Philippine EITI (PH-EITI). Annual disclosure of contracts, financial, economic, social and environmental data is mandatory for extractive industries pursuant to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Department Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2017-07. To date, the PH-EITI has produced seven country reports, covering data from mining, oil, gas, and coal industries and reconciling over P362.5 billion in government revenues from extractive projects from 2012 to 2019. In 2017, the Philippines was recognized by the EITI as the first among 50 plus countries in the world to have fully complied with the 2016 EITI Standard. The EITI updates its standard every three years and subjects member countries to validation to ascertain their compliance. Secretary Diokno said that the Marcos administration is committed to engage and unite various stakeholders in pursuing good governance and policy reforms in the country. “Rest assured that we remain committed to pursuing good governance in the extractive sector,” said Secretary Diokno. Article courtesy of the Department of Finance
Philippine Resources - September 26, 2022
Metro Manila Subway project nominated for int’l digital awards
Artist rendering of the Metro Manila Subway (Photo courtesy of DOTr) The Metro Manila Subway Project (MMSP) has been named as one of the finalists at the 2022 Going Digital Awards in Infrastructure for the best use of infrastructure software to save both time and money. The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said the general consultant for the MMSP Phase 1, the Japanese consortium Oriental Consultants Global (OC Global), developed a common digital engineering system and a “single source of truth” using ProjectWise and ComplyPro -- both programs by Bentley Software Inc. The MMSP, the DOTr said, presented communication and coordination challenges that other software programs failed to address. “The project team at OC Global realized that the implementation of collaborative BIM workflows, proactive risk management, and cost monitoring would require a connected data environment to be established,” it said. The system developed by OC Global for the MMSP enabled real-time data sharing that optimized collaboration -- saving an estimated 5,000 resource hours within the project’s first six months. “Combined with SYNCHRO for construction simulation, Bentley’s integrated technology solution identified and resolved 50 clashes, eliminating rework, shortening the project schedule, and saving costs. The successful BIM (Building Information Modeling) implementation has already achieved a return of investment of over USD600,000,” it said. The Going Digital Awards in Infrastructure is an annual event meant to honor Bentley software users for advancing infrastructure design, construction, and operations worldwide. The event’s finalists are deemed to demonstrate “excellence and digital advancements” in their respective award categories. The award winners will be announced during the program’s main event in London on Nov. 15. By Raymond Carl Dela Cruz Article courtesy of the Philippine News Agency
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