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Philippine Resources - November 06, 2019

SciAps Handheld Analyzers Technology and Experience at its Best!

SciAps field portable LIBS and XRF analyzers provide instant analysis of major and trace elements. Get the entire picture for research, exploration, grade control, block modeling, process optimization, environmental clean-up and the applications for these powerful field portable analyzers continue.Handheld LIBS: It’s All About the TechnologyThe acceptance of handheld LIBS for in-field geochemistry is accelerating. LIBS or Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy is an analytical technique where, using a laser, a plasma is created on the sample. As the plasma cools down, characteristic photons are emitted and measured to determine elemental presence and concentration at the sampled location.The SciAps Z features the most advanced LIBS technology of any handheld. The Z utilizes the most powerful laser, operating at 5-6 mJ/pulse, up to 50 Hz rep rate, Class 3B 1064nm wavelength. The spectrometer range of 190 nm out to 950 nm delivers full periodic table coverage.The patented OPTi-purgeTM integrated argon gas purge (optional) yields better limits of detection for many elements compared to air-based analysis. Internal 3D stage raster the laser allowing for surgical analysis of inclusions or veins if desired, all easily viewed through the integrated camera and laser targeting.Traditional Bulk Sample Analysis – SciAps Z handheld LIBS offers quantitative testing on a more comprehensive element suite than fpXRF with the GeoChem App. Analyze samples using factory calibrations or build your own user defined calibrations using SciAps proprietary Profile Builder TM PC software. SciAps GeoChem App allows easy collection of metadata, conversion of element to oxide, user selectable units of measurement between ppm and %. The Z analyzes elements that the FPXRF can’t, such as Li, Be, B, C, F, and Na. The Z offers greatly improved analysis of several major elements compared to FPXRF such as Mg, Al, Si, K and Ca. Using the GeoChem Pro App, the ground-breaking in-field microanalysis for geological materials. Map elemental distribution within minerals, veins and inclusions. Create and export element maps, spectral data at individual locations and import data into third party geochemical analysis software (ioGAS) for advanced analysis of data.Field Portable XRF It’s All About the ExperienceFPXRF is the established technology for in-field elemental analysis. So it’s expected that the SciAps team, with more than 30 years experience designing and supporting FPXRF for the exploration community, would introduce an advanced FPXRF with all the performance and the features the industry demands. The X is factory calibrated with 37 standard elements including all measurable pathfinders except REE’s. The X is available with one of two X-ray tube anodes, either Au or Rh, depending on the application. The most common choice is the Au anode because performance is optimal for the vast majority of pathfinder elements including critical gold pathfinders for ore bodies high/ low sulphication epithermals, Orogenic, Carlintype, Porphyry Cu-Au, iron oxide Cu-Au and others. The Rh anode provides broad coverage of transition and heavy metals and highly optimized performance for low atomic number elements Mg, Al, Si, P and S.Identification of Gold and Its Mineralogical Association Using SciAps Z-300 LIBSWhile handheld and field portable X-ray fluorescence (fpXRF) analyzers can be used effectively to measure many pathfinder and major elements in the field, the limitations of fpXRF with regard to the analysis of gold are well documented. Using pXRF detection limits of 1-2 ppm may now be possible, but common interferences from many associated elements such as As, W and Zn generally mean actual detection limits are much higher. The often highly inhomogeneous distribution of gold within geological samples also presents challenges in obtaining an average composite value using a handheld analyzer that measures a small area and is essentially a surface measurement.It is now possible to map elemental distribution in geological samples in the field using the SciAps Z-300 handheld LIBS analyzer. Laser induced breakdown spectroscopy, or LIBS, is a form of Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (AES) that can produce a comprehensive spectral dataset allowing all elements to be represented between 200-900 nm. LIBS offers complementary and unique capabilities to enhance conventional field geochemical investigations and presents exciting new opportunities related to mineral chemistry and element mapping. The use of microanalytical techniques to better understand mineralization has become more widespread as laboratory equipment capable of the discrete geochemical analysis of geological samples has evolved.Using the Z-300 with GeoChem Pro App, element maps can be generated with ease in less than 1 minute. This powerful and spatially precise analytical technique is ideally suited to the analysis of specific minerals and areas of interest on drill core, rock chips or hand specimens.SciAps handheld LIBS analyzers can be used to understand the distribution of elements with a high degree of spatial precision using a 50um laser and in-built X-Y stage for rastering. Element maps can be generated showing the distribution of different elements, and individual points within a sample can be understood in context. Using SciAps Profile Builder PC software, individual spectra can now be selected from within the element maps to process using matrix-specific calibrations for quantification, or exported for analysis using multivariate statistical methods for mineral identification and classification.In the case of gold exploration and mining, not only is the positive identification of the presence or absence of gold now achievable, but information about where the gold is located, its associated geochemical signal, and the minerals with which its distribution is associated can be understood by a geologist in the field.Dr. Christopher Lawley from Geological Survey of Canada along with Jordan Watts, Joel Gagnon, and Steven Rehse from the University of Windsor, Ontario, went into the field with our Z-300 and generated some exciting data that demonstrates an excellent correlation between visible gold and element maps of gold generated using the Z-300.Whether looking to understand the distribution of gold, its pathfinder elements, or even mineralogy, the Z-300 generates data that can be used effectively in the field to identify mineralization. At SciAps, we are dedicated to advancing the capabilities and application of LIBS, and proud and excited to be involved in research with this end in mind.Sources:https://www.sciaps.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/GeochemOCT2018RBG.pdf?x24702https://www.sciaps.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/SciAps_ApNote_wheresthegoldRGBfinal.pdf?x24702https://www.sciaps.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/X-200-Limits-of-Detection-geochemical_2018.pdf?x24702

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Philippine Resources - November 06, 2019

PARAMINA: Nailing projects ‘because nobody wants a screw-up’

PARAMINA Earth Technologies, Inc., is a service provider related to mine technical services, technological mining solutions in the minerals and civil construction industries including mine and tunnel designs, operations, project management, technical consultancy and most importantly in conducting training on mining software. It is manned by expert, experienced and motivated technical men and women with varied experiences in their own fields of exploit in the mineral and civil construction industries and in the use and training of mining softwares.PARAMINA is a duly registered corporation with the Philippines Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC], the Department of Trade & Industry [DTI], the Department of Labor and Employment [DOLE] and is also accredited by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau [DENR-MGB], the Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board [PCAB] and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority [TESDA].PARAMINA is a pioneer in the mining contracting services in the domestic market having a manpower pool of skilled workers including but not limited to mine underground and surface mining equipment operators, Engineers, Geologists, Metallurgists and Project Managers and Supervisors related to mine development and production operations, such as but not limited to long hole drilling and draw-point loading, tunneling, quarrying, drilling and blasting, muck handling, bulk handling, slope stabilization, equipment servicing, spare parts supply and equipment maintenance, mine and mill consulting, distribution of mining software applications, training and value solutions who can be deployed to any domestic or international project within short time notices. Paramina has for the past twenty years also rebuilt various types of surface, mine underground and tunneling equipment like to hydraulic jumbo drill rigs; LHDs (low profile loaders), LPTs (low profile trucks); shotcrete and grouting equipment and utility vehicles and trucks.PARAMINA Solutions also offer a wide variety of mining software training courses for beginners, intermediate and advanced users of the GEOVIA software. Courses are available on both a scheduled and request basis and can be tailored to suit the Geovia software purchased. Site Geovia software training may also be arranged at the mining sites using actual data.Want to increase mine productivity? In Partnership with Dassault Systèmes, Paramina provides the natural resources industries in the Philippines access to the latest software applications and technologies. When mining companies seek to increase mine productivity, they turn to mining software GEOVIA for technology and services. The Company is home to world-renowned mining solutions like GEMS, SURPAC, Minex, Whittle and InSite and to industry thought leaders who are pushing the boundaries of what is possible in mining. Paramina through Geovia, delivers with a great deal of efficiency and accuracy the ease on the use of powerful 3D graphics and workflow automation best to aid the work of Geologists, Surveyors, Civil and Mining Engineers. Why take training from Paramina? As the technical consultant of the Geovia software, Paramina can recommend time-saving workflows and provide latest innovations to be able to unleash the full potential of the software. Paramina offers a training path which allows adding new software skills as the operational requirements increase and grow. Globally, Dassault Systèmes has mining professionals with knowledge in local language, cultural understanding and expertise encompassing modelling, design, scheduling, data management, automated workflows, system configuration, and points in between.PARAMINA EARTH TECHNOLOGIES, INC., is now over twenty three (23) years since it pioneered surface and mine underground contract mining in the Philippines and which later expanded to tunneling and ground and slope stabilization in civil construction. In the past years, Paramina had mining contracts with almost all major mining companies in the Philippines. It also started new underground gold mines in Papua New Guinea, Vietnam and in Indonesia. Since 2009, Paramina has had mine technical services contract with Teknomin Construction Limited a major contractor of Hindustan Zinc Limited, the biggest supplier of zinc ore in the world. It also was part among the contractors who constructed the new Hongkong Chek Lap Kok airport as the drill and blast sub-contractor. As Engineers, Paramina’s Technical Consultants are available to support every geology, engineering and operation’s needs. Paramina’ Engineers also provide knowledge, techniques and tools to increase mine productivity. The Paramina Engineers’ expertise goes beyond mine modelling, design, optimization, scheduling, data management, automated workflows, system configuration and all points in between.To help increase productivity, Paramina’s professional Technical Consultants work with the mine’s own technical team to lend operational assistance in the short to medium to long term basis. They can also assist the mine in their grade control, planning, blast design and mine management reporting. Finally, the Technical Consultants ensure that the mine’s systems will be functioning at their optimal level of performance. PARAMINA can automate and document workflows and may centralize and manage data more effectively.As Contractors, Paramina is a Team of individuals having strong technical orientation and expertise in project management and execution of contracts as proven by its successful mine start-up and through to mine production and has already established a name in managing medium to large scale projects both local and abroad in its 23-years of existence. PARAMINA recognizes the importance of its people in the organization. It believes that its employees and staff are the prime resources and partners not only in the successful and profitable business venture but also for its contribution to the development of nation building in the form of employment.

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Philippine Resources - November 06, 2019

LINE-X Industrial Coatings Modernize the Mining Industry for Enhanced Safety, Durability

The global mining industry is on the rise with the help from pipeline activity, increases in mineral prices, changes to governmental mining policies and an increasing need for clean energy around the world. Strong output from some of the world’s most productive mines has generated several new opportunities in the industry. However, this kind of growth comes with added costs and an increased emphasis on mine safety to ensure compliance with current regulations and to build confidence in the mining workforce. Fortunately, companies like LINE-X are helping improve the mining industry using mining-specific coatings that not only ensure compliance with specific safety regulations, but also by helping lower operating expenses by increasing the sustainability of mining equipment.Challenges Facing the Mining IndustryThere is no doubt, mining is a dangerous job with several risks associated with poisonous and explosive gases and the use of dangerous explosives during blasting operations. Because of these hazards, mines rely on quality ventilation sealants like LINE-X, which have become critical to the safe operations of mines.For years, mining companies have used various sealant materials that are effective but can deteriorate over time. These sealants prevent methane gases from escaping into working areas where it can mix with oxygen, causing it to become combustible and a potential deadly hazard to miners.LINE-X Durability Solves ProblemsSeveral years ago, mining engineers began looking at different materials that could be used to help seal ventilation systems and, in their research, they discovered that LINE-X’s spray-on polyurethane/polyurea hybrid coatings made excellent sealants for ventilation systems. LINE-X then went on to develop LINE-X a polyurethane/polyurea hybrid spray-on coating with fire-retardant properties that forms a monolithic membrane to minimize the effluent gaseous migration in working areas. This unique coating from LINE-X is designed specifically for the mining industry with fire-retardant properties; therefore, it can be used on all Mining Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) underground ventilation controls of all shapes and sizes. Solidifying its fire-retardant properties, the MSHA has accepted this coating under its Standard Application Procedures for Acceptance of Flame-Resistant Solid Products. Because of its polyurethane/polyurea hybrid construction, this one-of-a-kind coating from LINE-X was the first of its variety to receive its acceptance.Prior to the MSHA certification, LINE-X met, and exceeded, the specifications for the British Flame Spread Standard BS 476 (Part 7). This is a method for classification of the surface spread of flame to products when tested by Bodycote, an independent material testing company. The coating was found to have satisfied the requirements for a Class 1 rating per the BS 476 (Part 7). Furthermore, LINE-X was also tested per ASTM E-162’s “Surface Flammability of Materials Using a Radiant Heat Energy Source” and was found to exhibit an impressive flame-spread index. Naturally, this is extremely difficult and is one of the most challenging flame-spread tests in the industry.LINE-X – A New Standard in the Mining IndustryWord has quickly spread that LINE-X’s polyurea coatings are becoming the new standard in protection in the mining industry. Not only are they designed to protect against impacts, abrasion, corrosion and other hazards found in mining operations; they also feature fire-retardant properties. How does LINE-X accomplish this? Simple — the mining-specific coating is self-extinguishable, thanks to its high-performance elastomeric polyurethane construction. Like many other LINE-X products, it can be applied to any type of underground equipment, no matter the shape or size. Additionally, LINE-X can prolong the life cycle of mining equipment by protecting the equipment from unwanted damages; resulting in less downtime and reduced maintenance costs.Throughout the global mining industry, LINE-X‘s polyurethane/polyurea spray-on coatings are used on a variety of materials and applications. For mine seals, a low-pressure castable polyurea adhesive is used. Its chemistry is formulated to provide extremely high tensile and tear strength properties possessing 100% solid and containing zero VOC’s (volatile organic compound). This product is ideal for providing adhesion between concrete blocks when constructing a mine seal.Example 1: Since 2010, LINE-X has been used as a battery box insulation for use in underground mines to prevent the spread of fire due to worn or damaged battery systems that can either self-ignite, or spark, increasing the possibility of the combustion of methane or coal dust. Example 2: In the processing industry, LINE-X coatings are used for internal tank linings. These massive tanks are used to shred iron ore and over time, abrasions from metal-processing can break down the tanks, causing corrosion and degradation and ultimately shortening their lifespan. The solution was LINE-X – its resistance to abrasions and chemicals created an incredibly durable barrier that prolonged the life of the tanks allowing them to endure the continual movement of the iron ore. Example 3: To increase the durability of mining equipment, chutes, hoppers, tools, sand- and gravel-equipment, LINE-X is being used as sacrificial liners in these types of environments to help increase the durability and service lifecycle of these types of equipment.Real-World Results When LINE-X is Put to the TestIn a recent case study, a vermiculite mining company's shaker tables had become very degraded due to the severe abrasion issues caused by regular mining operations. These 8x25-inch shaking tables needed effective and durable protection from the irreversible corrosion and degradation caused by the harsh abrasions that occur from continual exposure to rock and slurry. The first solution was a paint-like plastic product which failed quickly after regular use. So instead of continually replacing the plastic product when it failed, the company determined a protective coating that would permanently adhere to the surfaces was the only solution that could protect against constant corrosion, abrasion and impact.To start the process, the company delivered all its shaking tables to its local LINE-X shop, where LINE-X immediately got to work disassembling, sanding and prepping substrates to removing any foreign substances and previous paint work. Next, the tables were completely encapsulated with one of LINE-X’s most durable polyurethane/polyurea hybrid spray-on protective coatings.After allowing for a compete cure time, the results speak for themselves. LINE-X's superior spray-on protective coatings provide excellent resistance to the impacts and abrasion against rock and slurry damage during the shaking process. One of many benefits of LINE-X includes an extended lifecycle of the shaker tables that includes reduced downtime and overall better cost effectiveness.Historically, mining has been one of the most dangerous and harsh industries in the world but through the use of scientifically-engineered coatings from one of the world’s leading pioneers of polyurethane/polyurea coatings, miners and mining companies are able to operate safer and more efficient mines.

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Philippine Resources - November 06, 2019

The future challenges and key disrupters in exploration

Dr Michelle Carey, IMDEX’s General Manager – Product Development, discusses the future challenges and key disrupters, innovation and collaboration within the mineral exploration industry.In my view the three greatest challenges for mineral exploration in the future include:The need to explore under ground cover and at greater depths. The easy surface ore bodies have been found and resource companies are mining their reserves fast than they are replacing them;Changing skillsets for geologists. There will be an increasing need for data science and analysis, rather than ‘rock licking’. This transition may be challenging for some geologists who have a real passion for field work; and The social license to operate, especially in countries where there are geopolitical challenges or there is competition for vital resources such as water. If I was to predict the three greatest disruptors in exploration, it would be: automation of the drilling process; low environmental impact mining, such as a move away from surface open pits; and in conjunction with that precision mining.Game-changing innovationThe most game-changing innovation has been the digitisation of the exploration cycle, which has dramatically improved the availability, accuracy and timeliness of data for critical decision making. An example of this digitisation is the development of portable XRF on-site assays and incorporated it into workflows that allow geologists to look at chemistry data they can trust in real-time.Similarly, the availability of analytical software allows geologist to interpret large amounts of data using quite sophisticated methodology from classification diagrams to cluster analysis to self-organising maps. For example, IMDEX ioGAS™ is a leading exploratory data analytics software for the detection of anomalies and relationships in geoscience data.Rounding out the digitisation story is the move to 3D. Sensors and software are all joining up into systems, which enables geologists to monitor their program progress in 3D and no doubt soon enough go from data to 3D modelling in a semi-automated way. IMDEX’s relationship with Seequent and the recent joint releases is a step along that path.One thing that hasn’t changed a lot over the past 30 years is the drilling itself – although all of this is about to change with the release of new drilling productivity technologies!Collaboration is achieving the best outcomes for clients in Asia and globallyA really pleasing trend now is the push towards greater collaboration between technology and service providers to achieve the best outcomes for clients. IMDEX’s own recent examples include collaboration with MICROMINE, Seequent and acQuire Technology Solutions (acQuire), where data from the field is seamlessly put where a geoscientist needs it.The integration of IMDEX ioGAS™ with MICROMINE’s latest 3D modelling and mine design software enables geoscientists to directly import ioGAS (.gas) files into Micromine 2020 software to map and model geological domains.The Seequent partnership integrates IMDEXHUB-IQ™ with Seequent’s Central software, which provides 3D visualisation of geological data in real-time. IMDEX’s partnership with acQuire also integrates IMDEXHUB-IQ™ with its GIM Suite. The result for clients is an integrated and automated workflow, which means less manual data handling, improved data governance and data quality, and streamlined access to trusted results.We have come along wayThere have been a vast range of changes and even within our traditional core business of downhole surveying and core orientation.IMDEX introduced the first digital survey tool – REFLEX EZ-SHOT™ – to the market in the late 1990s to replace analogue photographic tools. We then progressed to digital magnetic-based tools such as REFLEX EZ-TRAC™. Now IMDEX is focusing on delivering a wider range of gyros to meet the needs of clients, including continuous mode north-seeking gyros like our REFLEX GYRO SPRINT-IQ™, which are considerably more accurate and faster. The key advancement behind all of this, was enabling drillers to use high-end tools with confidence and removing the need to rely on survey providers, which incurred additional costs and often time delays for projects. Geologists also have access to all the data collected by a survey tool in real time, so they can check the quality and critically make decisions about whether the hole is still on target. It’s not just survey tools that drillers are operating, we have taken the same approach with petrophysical sensors – for example the REFLEX EZ-GAMMA™. The sensor allows geologies to obtain rock property data at the completion of each drill hole.With core orientation, it used to involve ‘spearing’ – which literally meant dropping a spear down the hole to make a mark on top of the drill core to assist with its orientation. IMDEX introduced its first digital core orientation tool – the REFLEX ACT™ – in 2004. This was considered to be a revolutionary tool, as it made orientation so easy that it became a much more widely adopted practice for the industry. The shift to digital – such as the REFLEX ACT-IQ™ – also allows an audit trail on the quality of the orientation mark.Other examples of progress include the adoption of paperless documentation and sumpless drilling. It was common to see boxes and boxes of pre-ordered carbon books on site for all the documentation required around the rig. Nowadays crews are using software such as IMDEX Mobile™ for paperless data collection and productivity reporting. In additional to eliminating the cumbersome boxes, the benefits include real-time access to data they can trust by a wider range of stakeholders and critical decision makers.Similarly, earthen fluid sumps on site are becoming a thing of the past. The adoption of solids removal units (SRUs) is increasing due to environmental concerns and challenges associated with the social licence to operate. The IMDEX AMC Ultra Lightweight Solids Removal Unit™ is a completely closed-loop system. It substantially decreases the volume of water and mud required, minimises site disturbance and creates a safer work environment. The unit can even be coupled with the IMDEX MUD AID™, a remotely monitored, in-field mud testing unit that is designed to optimise and automate fluid management.The drilling fluids themselves have become a lot more sophisticated too. Historically we were largely limited to bentonite, now there is a range of products and customised fluid systems that support drilling in difficult ground conditions and enable better core recovery. The list could go on. What is also noteworthy and very pleasing, is that our operations are getting a lot safer.More information sourcing IMDEX AMC & REFLEX products in the Philippines, contact our distributor Uniglobal Industrial Trading (uniglobalindustrialtrading.com).ABOUT IMDEXIMDEX is a leading Mining-Tech Company, which enables successful and cost-effective operations from exploration to extraction. The Company develops cloud-connected devices and drilling optimisation products to improve the process of identifying and extracting mineral resources for drilling contractors and resource companies in Asia and globally. www.imdexlimited.com

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Philippine Resources - November 06, 2019

Nickel Asia Corporation - Hinatuan Mining Corporation (NAC-HMC) Installs Coral Nurseries

As part of the commitment of Nickel Asia Corporation - Hinatuan Mining Corporation (NAC-HMC) in protecting the environment in all its operations, the Water Resource Management Section of its Mine Environmental Protection and Enhancement Office (MEPEO) installed two coral nurseries in the waters within Hinatuan Island mine site.The installation of the coral nurseries was done in partnership with Caraga State University (CSU) Center for Research in Environmental Management and Eco-Governance (CRÈME) Director, Dr. Romell A. Seronay as consultant.NAC-HMC Marine Biologist, Jusua D. Dela Peña participated in the installation with the help of professional divers from Surigao City last August 26-27 earlier this year. The installation of the coral nurseries took two days to complete as the team needed to gather coral fragments. A total of 271 coral fragments were installed in the coral nurseries of NAC-HMC.“By bringing the coral fragments into our coral nurseries, we give them the opportunity to survive and recover. If we do not take action, the fragments would be drifted on the ocean floor or be buried in the sand lowering their chances of survival”, said Mr. Dela Peña.“Moreover, by setting up the coral fragments in the coral nursery we are able to give them the chance to produce more corals in the future that will be helpful to the marine life and coral reef ecosystem”, he further added.Growing-up To Their PotentialA few weeks after the installation, the coral nurseries were visited by the Chairperson of the Multipartite Monitoring Team (MMT), Ms. Reyana Dawn U. Garcia of MGB-Regional Office No. 13 with the assistance of NAC-HMC Marine Biologist Jusua D. Dela Peña. “During the visit, we noted that all coral fragments were healthy and survived the few weeks in the new environment it was placed”, said Mr. Dela Peña.“On October 13, 2019 when I checked again, there were no mortalities. This means that all 271 installed coral fragments survived. Moreover, in the span of one and a half months, the corals reared in the coral nurseries had already branched. Branching in corals is a good sign that it is healthy”, added Mr. Dela Peña.

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Philippine Resources - November 06, 2019

Green Acres System: New Challenges Creating Exciting Opportunities

Green Acres Hydroseeding Inc. has been hard at work again in the third quarter of the year. With local projects some which have been in process for many months are now coming to fruition imminently. Breaking into the Landscaping Sector with Makati Development Corporation (MDC)Green Acres was officially awarded the recreational park and multi-purpose field project by MDC in late September. A project around 7,800 Sq.m located at Arca South, Taguig City. Green Acres will be supplying all materials, equipment, labor and supervision for the installation of the hydroseeded grassing works. The project has an ambitious timeline with required completion before the end of October. With earthworks still ongoing it’s surprising to see Green Acres so relaxed about it. However, the company works on a by design efficient system and the entire initial installation is expected to be completed within only 10 days. Additionally, Green Acres will be responsible for the maintenance and watering of the site for a further 6 months post initial installation, to carefully monitor and maintain the site until complete establishment. Something the company is happy to do, as they are able to keep a close eye on the sites development and step in immediately if any unexpected problems arise, ensuring the faultless finish required for this project is delivered. Turf grass is not something Green Acres has focused on previously, having targeted primarily the mine rehabilitation and slope protection projects. However, this project has certainly opened the door for them to the vast opportunities this sector of the market offers, allowing them to demonstrate the impressive versatile nature of their products and services. Modernizing and Actively Searching for Client Cost SavingsThe company certainly is still passionate about the DPWH projects they work on. Having assisted the government agency update their “Item 520 - Hydroseeding” specifications, something the company takes great pride in. They are currently putting the logistics together for a 5,000 Sq.m road development project in Mindoro. Having consulted on this project for many months, assisting the client in their geo-textile selections to ensure the maximum effectivity. Here again, Green Acres is supplying all materials, equipment, labor, supervision and installation of the hydroseeded vegetation/grassing works. Forecasting an impressively short timeline of less than 9 days for the complete installation of 5,000 Sq.m of vegetation/grassing works. On this project, the company will not be responsible for the post installation watering maintenance. However, will be remotely supporting and doing follow up site visits to ensure the project successfully reaches maturity. Unusually, they are also not handling the mobilization/de-mobilization of the materials or equipment. They have actually worked with their client to reduce costs by allowing them to use their own hauling equipment. With Green Acres allowing this, it’s considerably reduced the expenses of the client on this project. As unusual as it might seem, it certainly makes sense for companies to work with their clients to reduce their costs where possible. This is a real demonstration of the message Green Acres has been pushing since conception, that they’re committed to remaining flexible and actively seeking out cost savings for their clients where ever possible. Breaking into the International MarketDespite being busy in their home market of the Philippines, Green Acres has been pushing forward into other areas of their region also. With a consistent stream of international inquiries the company has pushed through the usual initial worries of stepping out into the international market and is excited to offer their products to a wider audience. With several large mining operations within Vietnam and Laos, which in turn comes with large rehabilitation requirements. It comes as no surprise Green Acres has had several customers reaching out from this area to find out more about the ‘Green Acres System’ and how it could integrate into their operation. With HydroStraws versatile range of hydroseeding mulches, there is rarely a situation Green Acres can’t assist, particularly with their key product ‘HydroStraw - All In 1 (BFM)’ which is versatile and incredibly user friendly, ideal for these customers Green Acres is helping take control of their own rehabilitation requirements. There is a steady flow of equipment inquires coming in from this market also. Customers wanting to ensure they’re getting what they need with the advice of someone trust while additionally having the continued support Green Acres has built its brand on. With close ties to both U.S. and Chinese manufacturers the company is in a good place to guide their customers to the right equipment choices to fit their needs. Taking on Large Scale Projects While Simultaneously Setting up Customers to Take Control of Their own Hydroseeding and Erosion Control WorkWith the huge amounts of construction and roadway development currently happening in the Philippines it was inevitable hydroseeding was going to become the logical solution for re-greening disturbed soil areas that come with these development projects. Green Acres is currently working with the main contractor of the ‘SCTEX - New Clark Access Road’ development project. Currently their preparing to tackle the 20,000 Sq.m of the project that is already prepared for vegetation/grassing works installation. The main contractor has seen the benefits of the ‘Green Acres System’ identifying how simple and effective it would be to incorporate into their operation. Resulting in them, alongside preparations for this project beginning the process of purchasing their own equipment and establishing the ‘Green Acres System’ within their infrastructure. Exciting times are looming for Green Acres Hydroseeding Inc. an innovative company who has carefully selected it’s product range and built its services to meet the real requirements of their customers.

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Philippine Resources - November 06, 2019

Get to know Epiroc better

Epiroc is your partner for both mining equipment and infrastructure equipment.Epiroc is a leading global productivity partner for the mining and infrastructure industries. With cutting-edge technology, Epiroc develops and produces innovative, safe and sustainable drill rigs, rock excavation and construction equipment and tools. The company also provides world-class service and solutions for automation and interoperability. The company was founded in Stockholm, Sweden and has passionate people supporting and collaborating with customers in more than 150 countries.Our innovationsOur solutions aim to solve our customers; key issues – including requirements to reduce operating costs, increase productivity, increase utilization of equipment, reduce environmental impact, and enhance health and safety conditions.Industries we serveMining and quarrying. Underground mining, surface mining, exploration, quarrying, well drilling, oil and gas. Infrastrcture Underground. Civil engineering, surface civil engineering and urban development, deconstruction and recyclingAt Epiroc we are fast to recognize new trends and discover new ideas. We quickly get new solutions to market and adapt to changes in customers’ needs. We love to work with advanced technology and highly efficient products. Our world is changing and we have the ambition to become the leader in automation. We boldly drive a vision for a future of digital automation, as this will enhance productivity, energy efficiency and safety for the customers. As such, we are investing in making mining smarter. Powerbit Underground - Packed with powerEpiroc is unleashing a new power in the underground drilling industry – a drill bit designed to match the capacity of the latest technology in drill rigs. The new Powerbit for underground drilling offers a higher penetration rate, longer service life and more drill meters per day. It will boost the productivity of both new and older rigs – allowing customers to capitalize more on their rig investment.Powerbit Underground has by far outperformed all standard bits during substantial testing carried out around the world, resulting in remarkable productivity improvement.“The new bit averaged 37 percent more drill meters before being discarded, peaking at a whopping 82 percent in one test round! No doubt, we’re setting a new productivity standard for underground mining,” says Johan Thenór, Product Line Manager for Tophammer products at Epiroc. The tests show a higher penetration rate and longer intervals between regrinds, so miners will benefit from a more trouble-free, uninterrupted drilling. Powerbit Underground is a firm response to market demand for a bit that matches the high drilling speeds enabled by ever-stronger rigs and rock drills. With that said, it will prove just as game-changing for customers using older rigs with lower water pressure, if not more. Every miner can look forward to a bit with a higher penetration rate and longer service life. This will improve their productivity and reduce their cost per meter drilled. The excellent productivity is partly explained by the bit’s optimized flushing capacity:"The hole configuration maximizes flushing efficiency, which is key to the high penetration rate"Robert Arnoldsson, Senior Product Specialist, Tophammer products at EpirocMore innovative features combine to give the bit the leading position in underground drilling today: “We used our hardest steel ever and we configured the bit’s face in such a way that it removes cuttings faster than ever before. Therefore, drillers can make the most out of their rigs and achieve a whole new penetration capability,” Robert Arnoldsson continues. Customers will also be making their acquaintance with Trubbnos, Epiroc's new and innovative trapezoid-shaped buttons, which increase penetration rate and service life compared to conventional, semi-ballistic buttons. “Since the bit’s performance is crucial to the rig’s ability to penetrate rock fast, customers can look forward to a new product that will greatly improve drilling efficiency,” concludes Johan Thenór. The first launch of Powerbit Underground is the 45 mm dimension, followed by 48 mm and 51 mm and then gradually several more dimensions.Epiroc launches new generation battery-driven machines for sustainable miningThe battery-driven underground loaders, trucks and drill rigs launched creates a number of benefits for mining companies globally, including improved health and safety, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and lower operating costs. “We at Epiroc want to help our customers boost productivity, enhance safety and cut emissions – all while lowering the total cost of operation,” said Per Lindberg, Epiroc’s President and CEO. “Our second generation battery vehicles takes us towards a sustainable future with less dependency on fossil fuels. We are proud to lead the charge toward sustainability in mining.”The battery-run products launched today at a customer event in Örebro, Sweden, are 14 and 18-ton loaders, a 42-ton truck and a mid-sized drilling family including face drilling, production drilling and rock reinforcement rigs.Customers using Epiroc’s first-generation battery-driven machines, launched in 2016, include for example Brazilian mining company Nexa Resources, which is using the Scooptram ST7 Battery in Peru. Other customers going electric include LKAB, the Swedish state-owned mining company, which plans to use Epiroc’s zero-emission vehicles as it expands its mining operation in northern Sweden in a sustainable way.

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Philippine Resources - November 06, 2019

Who are the Lighthouse Club Manila?

Lighthouse Club is an international construction industry charity first founded in the UK in 1956. The club has many branches throughout the UK and the Netherlands, in South East Asia, Australia, and the Middle East. Clubs hold regular social and fundraising events where members and their guests can network and enjoy social activities while also supporting their clubs’ charity and industry support activities.Lighthouse Club Manila was founded in 1996 and registered as an NGO in 1997 with a volunteer Board of Trustees, and the principal aims of fostering good fellowship, camaraderie and cooperation amongst members, and to raise funds to provide educational support to disadvantaged scholars selected from families working within the local construction industry. By supporting students, we support their families, build their communities, and provide professional and skilled graduates. Eligible students study courses ranging from grade school through to university and vocational training. Special construction projects are undertaken with membership support from time to time.For the 2019-2020 school year we have 46 scholarship places, with students ranging from grade school level and through to University studying in courses including Business Administration, Architecture, and Engineering. To date we have graduated 21 students in Engineering, Architecture, Education, Criminology and Computer Science.Lighthouse Club Manila activities are supported by the Hong Kong Lighthouse Club Charities; the James Battersby Education Trust and the Asia Pacific Region Trust. All funds raised in Philippines are matched 90% by these two trusts for qualified scholars, magnifying the impact of locally raised funds and increasing the number of scholars we can support. Contact Ms. Me-Anne on (0922) 867 5067 or email us at lighthouseclubmanila@gmail.com

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Philippine Resources - November 05, 2019

Antrak Phils. and their Contribution in Nation-Building (Part One)

By Marcelle P. Villegas“One thing that I am proud of being part of Antrak is that there are many things that we helped build over the years that actually helped the country’s progress. We have done this by providing a professional logistics to construction projects for power plants, mining refineries, cement plants, water projects and other infrastructure projects. Sometimes, I may be out on the road and pass by a completed project and it may be a power plant, a processing plant, a cement plant or even a bridge and I suddenly get a sense of pride and I think to myself, that we’re the guys who did the complicated delivery for this thing,” Fernando De Achaval, Vice President of Antrak Philippines Transport Solutions Corporation.Many successful infrastructure projects, mining operations or power plant projects became possible through the help of companies like Antrak Philippines Transport Solutions Corporation (APTSC). They offer transport and logistics services, but their support for their clients extends more than what we typically know about transport solutions.To find out more about Antrak Logistics’ track record in infrastructure, power, and mining industry, we interviewed with Mr Fernando De Achaval to tell us more about the company’s origin, challenges through the years, and their business ethics centered on excellence. Of note, the company has three ISO Certifications, namely: ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems, ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Systems, and OHSAS 18001:2007 Occupational Health and Safety Management Certification.For almost seven years, Mr Fernando De Achaval is the Vice President of APTSC. He is one of its co-founders as well in 2013. He is the former Project Manager - Industry Head for Mining and Renewable Energy at Hansa Meyer Philippines, Inc. Mr De Achaval studied Business Administration and Management, General from De La Salle University, Manila.“Antrak is partly owned by Antrak Australia (Antrak Logistics Perth) with local shareholders, and Antrak Australia is 100% owned by Bolloré. The shareholders and I were working together in a previous company. We were all working together in Aboitiz Project TS Corp until Aboitiz Group sold their entire transport group sometime in 2011. The company then changed name to Hansa Meyer Philippines and we continued to work together under the new organization for another 2 years.” “We did eventually decided to move on and set up Antrak Philippines in 2013. How we did this is by taking over and changing the business purpose and changing the name of an already existing entity called Forwarding Document Services Inc. (FDSI). FDSI, which was established in 2008, was basically a BPO for Antrak Australia. Before the BPO was set up, Antrak Australia was having some issues hiring people in Australia so they decided to look at the Philippines. Initially, they hired and sent one person from the Philippines to Australia, then realized they didn’t need a person physically in Australia. Thus the BPO was born.”“The BPO started with 5 people when it began in 2008 and it grew to 21 people by 2013,” Mr De Achaval said. “In 2013, when we decided to make the move, all we needed to do was to do purchase agreements and share agreements. Once that was completed, we then executed the change of name and business purpose and we were up and running right away. This is how we now have Antrak Philippines Transport Solutions Corporation.”Their first project was for a shipping load out for Antrak Logistics Perth in Batangas for a mining project in Abidjan. This was followed by another client, FCF Minerals, for which they transported their mining fleet. “After this, we got our first power plant project -- Therma South which is Aboitiz’ 2 x 150MW Coal Fired plant project in Mindanao.”“With regards to experience of the company, we worked mainly with power plant projects, mining projects and infrastructure projects.” “We did a lot of solar projects during the solar boom in 2015. In a little over a year’s period, we did about 220MW of solar projects including the 130MW in Cadiz Solar Power Plant (Negros Occidental), the biggest one in the Philippines and which was at that time, was the biggest solar plant in Asia.” “We were also in Biliran on the Biliran Geothermal Project. We were the ones who customs cleared and delivered the drill rig (owned by Iceland Drilling) as well as moving the rig from drill hole to drill hole according to their drilling program.” “When the Biliran Geothermal Project was over, we then moved the drilling rigs for them from Biliran to Mindoro to their new project. Eventually, when that project finished, we moved the rig out for loading to an international breakbulk vessel.”“In mining, we worked with clients during exploration phase (working with the drilling companies) and operations phase (onsite logistics), like in Masbate Gold Project and OceanaGold Phils., Inc. They have been our clients since almost the start of Antrak Logistics Philippines.” He further explained, “In Masbate Gold Project at the moment, we’re running to provide basically supply bases for them. Since Masbate is an island with not the easiest access for cargo, everything that is going there is passing mainly via barge. Thus, they have operation here in Manila. Suppliers would deliver to the port and we would receive and then load the barges. And when stuff comes back, we would then be the ones to also unload the barges.”Mr De Achaval mentioned one difficult incident at the port of Manila. “In 2005, there was a big congestion on the port, so we were looking for alternatives, because it was a challenge as it was hard to pull out and return containers. We then attempted to move the operation from Manila to Batangas, and realised it was not any better.”“Batangas was getting congested also because everyone was also trying to get out of Manila and moving there. Eventually the idea was broached to move the operation to Cebu.There, we saved money and time for the client because of the lesser fuel expenses and the faster turn-around time as Cebu is closer to Masbate. In this setup, all their international containers now go down to Cebu. We also established a warehouse that we are operating for them. As we started to operate in Cebu, we were also able to suggest another cost-saving measure to the project.”“We realised that the project was paying massive amounts in container detention charges as they would keep the international shipping line containers for a long time on site. We then suggested to them that they (Masbate Gold Project) buy instead their own Shipper Owned Containers (SOC). Thus when the shipment arrived, we would strip the International shipping line container, store it in the warehouse and when it was ready to go, we loaded the shipment into their SOC’s.”“For OceanaGold, almost everything was door-to-door basically. There are some suppliers that do ship on their own but we clear and deliver those to the site.”“For our experience in infrastructure projects, we delivered girders for bridges. We delivered the one in STAR Tollway (Malvar, Batangas). We are also currently doing a water project for an Italian company. We basically moved and did the lifting for their TBM (Tunnel Boring Machine).”We asked Mr De Achaval how their business is doing so far this year in comparison to the past years. He replied, “Last year was not what was expected and the last two years, in fact, was not what we wanted. A lot of the projects were delayed. For example, we have a power plant project scheduled to start last year and the project just started on the second half of this year.”He explained that delays are usually caused by politics and bureaucracy in issuance or permits and also in which translates into delays in Engineering and Construction Contract award. “We also typically see delays happened in the early stages of the change of government administration.” “Before elections and early when the current President was just elected, we received enquiries for doing road surveys, feasibility studies in terms of budgetary costing for transport. We were also getting especially a lot of these for mining, because everybody was hopeful that there would be a mining boom again under the new administration. Later on, it quickly became evident that mining is not a priority in the new administration. Thus, nothing has progressed with the studies we did for the companies that engaged us to do them.” “Toward the end of 2018, we noticed that things started picking up. Enquiries started again and projects started happening. For 2019, we saw the activities even picked up more as more new projects started.”“At the moment, the company is focusing on the infrastructure such as train projects, water projects, bridge projects, and airport projects as this is the boom right now. For example, we deliver the passenger loading bridges the Cebu airport and in Iloilo airport. We are also chasing after clients for other airport projects in other parts of the Philippines.”We asked Mr De Achaval about the challenges he encountered during his past years as Vice President of the company. He said, “I am one of the founders of the company in 2013, and currently the Treasurer.”“In the beginning, everybody knew us, the country’s top management reputation-wise -- Stefan Schmitz, JP Lim and I and even some of our key managers, because we all worked together for many years in Aboitiz. However, the clients didn’t know the company Antrak Logistics in the Philippines. So before we got that first power plant project, the one of Aboitiz, one of the things that they told us was, ‘We know you but if something untoward happens, then we want to know who is behind you and who can answer for whatever happened.’”“Therefore, we explained who Bolloré was but, they didn’t know who the group was in the local market. So the first challenge that we had was introducing the whole Bolloré group. It did take a while in the beginning to do that.”“When we started to work at Antrak Logistics, we did not realize how big the Bolloré group is. Bollore-Transport-Logistics is one of the largest transport and logistics companies in the world. They are also one of the oldest and largest operator in Africa. Bolloré Ports is also one of the largest port operators of Africa.”“Then you have the other divisions like the multimedia division and their blue solutions divisions which also contribute to the 23.024 Billion Euro turnover in 2018 of the Bolloré Group.”(To be continued)For more information about Antrak Philippines Transport Solutions Corporation, please visit their website at https://www.antrak.com.ph/ .Acknowledgement:Thank you to Mr Fernando de Achaval and everyone in Antrak Philippines Transport Solutions Corp.

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Philippine Resources - November 05, 2019

Ensuring Environmental Protection: An Interview with Filminera’s Engineers

By Marcelle VillegasFilminera Resources Corporation (FRC) is currently the largest operating gold mine in the Philippines. For the past years, Filminera greatly contributed in upgrading their host municipality of Aroroy from a fourth class into a first-class municipality. [1]In order to fully understand the measures on how environmental protection is implemented in Filminera’s mining operation, we interviewed Mr Patrick Paul Mkonyi (AVP Technical Services), Mr Nikko Vanell Dolino (Senior Mining Engineer) and Ms Maureen Rapsing-Bien (Senior Environmental Liaison Officer, Environmental Department).In the creation of an open pit mine and extraction of ore, the process involves transfer of waste rocks and soil materials to uncover the valuable mineral-bearing material called ore. The waste materials are dumped strategically to form a landform called waste dump. The size of a waste dump is determined by stripping ratio of the designed pit -- the ratio of the volume of overburden required to be handled in order to extract a unit volume of ore. Stripping ratio can also be expressed in terms tonnage – tonnes of waste to be handled in order to uncover a tonne of ore.Mr Mkonyi explained, “You cannot have a mine without a waste dump. It is like having a house without a toilet. You need a space where you can dump the mined waste in order to access the ore, to give you the mineral that you are after. Therefore, waste dumps must be designed to last forever, that means it must be geotechnically stable.”“Filminera waste dumps are well engineered, geotechnically tested and environmentally confirmed so it must conform with international engineering and geotechnical stability standards.”How are designs checked to further ensure safety? “We have different third-party bodies that assist us with the designs. They cross-check our designs for the government to accept it,” said Mr Mkonyi. “All our waste dumps are geotechnically approved by third party, environmentally approved by third party and, also we have our in-house team that do the engineering and geotechnical work on much regular basis. Then, our Environmental Department takes over for rehabilitation.”“We have different parameters for different waste dumps. Let us take Syndicate waste dump as an example. For this waste dump, we started building from the bottom up. We built from the base of the mountain, upwards, and we built in 10-meter lifts. Since we have potential acid rock drainage here, we altered our practice of construction. Instead of doing 10-meter lifts, we changed to 3-meter lifts (or 3-3-4) in order to make sure that the compaction is well-maintained to prevent acid rock drainage to occur.” Filminera’s Senior Mining engineer, Mr Nikko Vanell Dolino, manages the activities from groundbreaking to the closure of the waste dumps.“It all starts with area selection,” Mr Dolino explained. “We generally pick an area in which it would be advantageous for creating a waste dump, with lesser disturbance on the environment. Once an area is selected, we make sure that we follow the environmental laws and the standard best practices.”“When you disturb a vegetation, there are expected silts that will be washed away by running water when it rains. Therefore, we first create sedimentation ponds and other measures that would control siltation and make sure that it does not go to nearby water bodies.”“Initially, the materials to be dumped will first undergo sampling and testing for potential acid generation. Materials with high percentage of potential acid generation will be placed at the core of the dump. We and our third-party consultants make sure that these materials are isolated in order to prevent leaching.”Mr Dolino added, “Once we start building these lifts, we also place some controls or testing sites so that even though we have completed the dump site, we are still constantly monitoring the dump from these sites in order to determine chemical reactions that might be taking place within the dump.”The whole process is done in repetitive checking and in stages. Mr Dolino explained that upon finishing a 20-meter lift, they now proceed with rehabilitation of the slope. The rehabilitation process takes place concurrently with the construction of the dump. This is called Progressive Rehabilitation, and is handled by the Environmental Department. The Senior Environmental Liaison Officer of the Environmental Department, Ms Maureen Rapsing-Bien, explained progressive rehabilitation. “In a mine site, the disturbed area at the end of the mine life must be rehabilitated or revegetated. This is required by the law. While the operation is ongoing, we start rehabilitation right away [on the portions where mining or construction is finished]. The advantage of progressive rehabilitation is that the end cost of operation is lower because it is done gradually, rather than spending on the whole rehabilitation stage at the last part of the operation.” She added, “When it comes to environmental protection, almost all companies do the same system such as waste management, water management, land rehabilitation, and others. They just differ in the implementation.”Moreover, Mr Dolino added, “It takes time for the plants and trees to grow after revegetation. Thus, gradual revegetation is a smart way to manage time. While we are still working on some portions of the waste dump, somehow the completed spots of the waste dump already have growing trees and plants on it. Revegetation also increases stability of the waste dump.”“Also, since we are still working on the site while some portions are being rehabilitated, in case of failure in the design, at least the company is still there to immediately rectify it.” Mr Dolino explained that once they have reached the final layer of the dump, they place a cover that isolates the highly potential acid forming materials. “We have a 20-meter cover of good material (or non-acidic materials), then we revegetate the surface.”Mr Mkonyi stated, “The final cover must be engineered to meet geotechnical and geochemical criteria. The main purpose is to make sure that it encapsulates the potential acid forming material within the dump by allowing a saturation layer (porous layer) of material within the dump that stops oxygen from reaching the potential acid-forming material that forms the core of the dump.”“Excessive saturation of the material may cause instability to the dump, so it must allow some drainage to take place, thus we engineered the cover design for to meet this criteria. We've constructed one on the Syndicate waste dump and we are still testing its performance. The Syndicate cover was designed by a third party consultant in collaboration with a well-known professor from the University of Alberta, Canada. The consultant visits twice a year to test the performance of the cover. So far, we have achieved very good results.More samples have been sent to the University of Queensland in Australia for more testing.”On the strict protocols on how to ensure safety during the construction of a waste dump, Mr Mkonyi said, “We have procedures on site and in case we identify a procedure that does not cover all aspects of the activity to be performed, then we supplement the procedure with a tool called Job Safety and Environmental Analysis (JSEA). Safety is our No.1 priority so we don't expose our people to risk. We also have people who review all our safety measures and approve them. So it starts from the level of supervisor, superintendent and mine manager, and lastly to resident manager.” The capacity of the Syndicate waste dump is approximately 10 million cubic meters of waste. It was completed in 2018 and it took about three years to construct. According to Mr Dolino, “A waste dump is limited to the maximum height that we can stockpile material. It is usually determined by how much waste material is excavated from the pit. We start with the numbers and then we translate it into a design that can contain volume excavated from the pit.” This refers to the stripping ratio.During the construction of the Syndicate waste dump, they encountered heavy rains. Mr Mkonyi relayed that at the start of the operation, they had one torrential rain in December 2015 that eroded part of the access that they were constructing. “The effect was not that severe. We were able to control that.”Mr Dolino added, “It was a good thing that we anticipate events like this so we can come up with controls or measures to prevent the worst from happening.”On responsible mining, Mr Mkonyi stated, “Being a mining engineer, you might think I am biased, but for me mining is everything, but you have to do it responsibly. If you look around, everything we see, everything we use are mostly from mining. It is how you practice mining that may make it look good or bad, but for us in MGP, we are a responsible mining company. We look after the community around us. We have certifications and we are being monitored. We pass the assessments.”Reference:[1] Filminera Resources Corporation Corporate Brochure 2019

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Philippine Resources - October 29, 2019

Prefabricated Modular Bridging Solutions

PNG Forest ProductsPNG Forest Products has been an industry leader in Engineered Wood Products since 1954. Their extensive range of products for the domestic and export markets includes treated pine timber and plywood; kit homes and pre-fabricated buildings; project construction and infrastructure development; ; modular bridging and decking systems. All timber is sourced from renewable Papua New Guinea pine plantations and pressure treated to protect it from wood eating insects and fungal decay. The processing plants in Bulolo are powered by PNGFP’s own sustainable Hydro Power stations. The combination of renewable timber resources, processed with sustainable hydro power makes PNGFP’S Engineered Wood Products truly and uniquely 100% green.Innovative Bridging SolutionsPNGFP NiuBridgePNGFP NiuBridge is a pre-fabricated, light weight, modular bridge system that offers fast, cost effective and reliable solutions for long term and temporary bridging installations. Easy to transport, the prefabricated modules come in spans up to 24 metres that are quick and easy to install.The NiuBridge System includes deck, girders, kerbing and accessories, and comes with a pre-applied bitumen deck-wearing surface. Little maintenance is required thanks to PNGFP’s unique veneer preservation treatment, ensuring complete protection from termites and rotting. Manufactured from plantation timber to both AS/NZS 2269 and AS/NZS 1604 standards, NiuBridge exploits the advantages of natural timber which is not subject to fatigue failure like that of other materials like steel and concrete. Available in single lane, dual lane, or custom design, NiuBridge is suitable for a range of load conditions including Austroads T44 and AS 500 Bridge Design.NiuBridge is system-tested and certified by University of Technology Sydney, including full scale destructive testing. With a design life of 50+ years and installed cost base typically under half that of equivalent concrete or steel, NiuBridge is the ideal, most cost effective solution for bridging installations available in this region. PNGFP NiuDeckPNGFP NiuDeck is a purpose designed and engineered heavy plywood decking system, providing cost effective solutions for bridge rehabilitation. Ideally suited for refurbishing timber or steel supporting structures, NiuDeck facilitates bridge widening, including pedestrian walkway, by the use of cantilevers. Light in weight, it’s quick and easy to install, after which a deck wearing surface is applied to enhance durability and longevity.NiuDeck is widely used by local and state governments in Australia and in 2018 was selected for a major project in New Zealand. The Rakaia Gorge Bridge is one of the oldest wrought iron bridges in New Zealand, constructed around 1882. Due to the poor condition and constant maintenance of the original timber plank design, engineering firm Opus was engaged to design the rehabilitation of the running deck of the bridge. After exhaustive research NiuDeck was chosen due to its proven track record as a structurally designed, Engineered Wood Product. For more information on these and other innovative PNGFP products go to their website at www.pngfp.com.Opus reported that the advantages of NiuDeck above a like-for-like replacement included: The NiuDeck panels are lighter and stronger than hardwood, with the weight savings leading to increased live load capabilities; NiuDeck provided flexibility, enabling rapid night installation so the bridge could remain open during the day.This project was nominated for an INNOVATE NZ Award of Excellence, New Zealand’s top engineering awards, which are only nominated for work that “raises the bar of performance”.

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Philippine Resources - September 06, 2019

Effective dewatering solutions ensure safe mining conditions and a good return on investment

Open pit and underground mining below the water table is challenging, and requires dewatering and groundwater control. In the past mining projects have suffered major setbacks due to slope failures or, in extreme cases, been abandoned due to flooding or poorly managed groundwater and dewatering systems.Effective mine dewatering provides multiple benefits including: reduced downtime due to flooding, improved safety in open pits, reduced blasting costs, and reduced haulage costs due to transportation of dry material. Mine dewatering is a demanding process, with significant solids and slurries. The pump size and wet end material selection is therefore extremely important as it contributes to the overall reduction of the project costs by providing low cost of ownership. Higher flow rates can be achieved by using multiple units in parallel. For deeper open pits, higher discharge heads are achieved by arranging pumps in series, with booster pumps located partway up the pit slopes.Steven Essel, Head of Product Management for Weir Minerals Europe, explains: “Mining below groundwater level presents many challenges and can result in increased mining costs and reduced efficiency. Weir Minerals has extensive experience in supplying pumps for dewatering solutions, our engineers provide technical support during groundwater investigation and can tailor a solution including installation and maintenance, to meet the unique dewatering requirements.” Tackling challenges by dewatering pumps Dewatering pumps typically run for years with minimal maintenance. However, as with any mechanical device, problems do arise from time-to-time. Most problems are due to suction issues, exceptions include closing a discharge valve on a pump causing the remaining fluid to heat excessively and damage components such as the housing, bushings and seals. “When selecting dewatering pumps the application requirements must first be considered, particularly in applications with a presence of suspended solids and slurries. Correct sizing, material selection and observing the pump fundamentals helps us meet the specified performance requirements,” states Steve Essel.There are fundamental rules to ensure low maintenance and cost of operation which include; selection of the correct wet end materials, providing sufficient net positive suction head (NPSH), reducing friction losses, ensuring that no elbows are installed on the suction inlet, eliminating air from entering the suction line and ensuring piping alignment.Pumps are constantly evolving to enhance performance and reduce the total cost of ownership. Original Equipment Manufacturers are implementing measures to monitor performance and provide real-time predictive maintenance. This approach offers cost savings over routine or time-based preventive maintenance, because tasks are performed only when required. The main advantage of predictive maintenance is to allow convenient scheduling of corrective maintenance, above all to prevent unexpected equipment failures. Therefore the key is “the right information at the right time”. Weir Minerals offers a full range of dewatering solutions and products from vertical pumps to floating pontoons and barges from long-established brands such as Multiflo®, Warman® and GEHO®. For more information visit www.dewateringsolutions.weir

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Philippine Resources - September 06, 2019

Malasakit. The way RDCL operates to deliver expert geotechnical services

Its All About the PeopleFor RDCL its all about the people. It’s Malasakit, family and caring; these concepts capture RDCL’s ethos. That is how we engage with clients. When you join with us and work together we all realise our common goals, and we want everybody who engages with us, to come out better as a result. Searching to do things better. That is what we strive for at RDCL. Just like the famous All Blacks - the most successful team in the world - who consistently inspire their people, drive to improve and successfully disrupt the way the game is played. For us, we have assembled a world-class team of geologists, geophysicists and geotechnical engineers, with a view to being the best in the business when it comes to in-situ ground testing.With a focus on people, safety and quality assurance, RDCL has an enviable safety record, ISO9001 certification and highly successful track record of delivery in the Philippines since 1994.Don’t Gamble with the GroundTalk to us first. Unforeseen ground conditions are one of the single greatest risks to any mining or infrastructure project. There is strong correlation between a ‘lowest cost’ approach to ground investigations resulting in project delays, inflated contract price and expensive project cost overruns. Together let’s appropriately-scope geotechnical investigations, execute them to an excellent standard because it’s a right thing to do. The cost of up-front investment compared to the potential cost of unsatisfactory ground performance or unforeseen ground conditions, is a simple equation.Under-investment in site investigations, leading to unreliable data and inadequate coverage most often lead to cost overruns and delays at the design, tender and construction stages by failing to adequately identify ground issues (Clayton, 2011).In short, the smart money knows, and international evidence proves that a comprehensive site investigation can pay for itself many times over in construction and the project life cycle, with timely, early intervention (is the) most effective (Lazarus & Clifton, 2001).Projects Penalised by Poor PracticeWith over 25 years, working continuously in the Philippines, Cam Wylie Principal Engineer and Managing Director at RDCL has seen many projects and a lot of ground investigation. Without pulling punches, he believes many projects have stalled due perceived ground risk leading to inflated contract price. In his view, that is often due to poor ground investigation centered on “drillholes”, with poor recovery and quality assurance. The Rights Tools for the JobRDCL brings modern ground investigation techniques and makes them available in the Philippines to greatly improve project outcomes. Combined with smart surface geophysics and other downhole measurements such as pressuremeters and shear wave velocities, it is easier to understand the previously unknown. RDCL provides a better dataset so contractors and improve certainty in project estimation.Even with poor drilling, downhole geophysics using televiewers provide a more accurate picture of ground conditions in the borehole walls. This is game changing technology providing a factual, repeatable log of ground not directly affected by the drilling or logging process. The high resolution optical and acoustic logs are digital and produce details that are easily stored for the future for reference during the project life. As an engineer if you are trying to define fracture zones, accurately map orientation and dip from core and need reliable Rock Quality Designation (RQD) then use televiewers, it makes your job easier. Cone Penetrometer Testing (CPT) for soft sediments and tailings is leading technology widely deployed in the rest of the world, and available through RDCL in the Philippines. CPT is very fast, accurate and repeatable. CPT is the most versatile in-situ soil test available. The data aids in many geotechnical assessments including liquefaction, bearing capacity (foundations) and settlement. Make RDCL Your First Phone Call RDCL has the people and equipment on the ground in the Philippines to execute high quality ground investigations. Our teams and tools are suited to your projects and together we combine our expertise with your design teams to execute any project. We welcome all inquiries and work best when we engage closely with you to understand your job. That’s what Malasakit means. We invite you to join with us as we take our professional journey towards bigger goals.

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Philippine Resources - September 06, 2019

Philips Carbon, Inc.: A Reliable Partner in Gold Recovery

It is important for gold mining industries to choose high quality activated carbon in order to improve yield and decrease losses in gold operations. At Philips Carbon, Inc., the company understands that every gram counts.What is Activated Carbon?Activated carbon is a processed form of carbon which is extremely porous and with high surface area making it very effective to capture and hold materials. It can be produced from coal, wood, coconut or other carbon-rich organic materials. The Making of Activated CarbonActivated carbon is produced through carbonization and activation. The raw material is first carbonized by converting the organic matter into a solid porous carbon through pyrolysis or destructive distillation. The carbonized material or char will then be activated either through chemical or physical activation. In chemical activation, the char is exposed to acids then subjected to high temperatures. On the other hand, physical activation is done by exposing the raw material to high temperature and steam. Both methods produce different performance for activated carbon. Combination of different raw materials, activation technology and process parameters produce a wide variety of products for a wide variety of application and economic considerations.Activated carbon Thru TimeIt was the Egyptians that first used carbon in the form of charcoal or coal for smelting ores to create bronze in 3750 B.C. In 1500 B.C., they also used it for intestinal ailments, odor adsorption, and for writing. In 400 B.C., the Hindus and Phoenicians used it for water purification. It was in 50 A.D. that Hippocrates and Pliny began using carbon to treat different ailments such as vertigo, epilepsy, and chlorosis.With technological advancements in the modern times, activated carbon is used to purify liquids and gases in a variety of applications, including municipal drinking water, food and beverage processing, odor removal, and industrial pollution control. Choosing the Right Activated Carbon for Gold RecoveryThere are different types of activated carbon for every type of application. Choosing the right type of activated carbon is oftentimes overlooked because it can be a costly process and the physical appearance is almost the same. However, selecting the ideal activated carbon can give you a competitive advantage. In the mining industry, the use of activated carbon to separate gold from cyanide leaching solutions has become a standard practice in efficient gold recovery in Carbon-in-Leach (CIL) and Carbon-in-Pulp (CIP) and Carbon-in-Column (CIC).To ensure maximum gold recovery in your operations, the following considerations should be considered: 1. Adsorptive Capacity (K-value) or Loading Capacity refers to how much the activated carbon can adsorb.2. Adsorption Rate (R-value) refers to the rate of adsorption 3. Mechanical Strength and Hardness refers to the resistance of the material to be crushed or abraded into smaller particles which results in carbon loss and gold.4. Particle Size Distribution is the size of the carbon granules. It is closely linked to adsorption rate, pressure drops in system and screening efficiency. With the above in mind, coconut based activated carbon is most suitable for gold recovery as it exhibits most characteristics above.Choosing Philips Carbon, Inc. Activated CarbonIn the same way that it is beneficial for mining companies to select the ideal activated carbon, it is also an advantage to select Philips Carbon, Inc. as the source of excellent activated carbon. The company follows a strict raw material selection and production processes. The company’s commitment to quality is exhibited by its ISO, Halal, and NSF Certifications and its repeat customer transactions in mining companies in South America, South Africa, Australia, and Russia for several years, proves the reliability and consistent quality of its products.

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Philippine Resources - September 06, 2019

From a sleepy barangay to a thriving economic hub: How OceanaGold Philippines transformed a town

About 270-kilometers north of Metro Manila lies the mineral rich barangay of Didipio in Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya. It is home to some 4,000 people and the Didipio gold-copper mine. OceanaGold is working with the Philippine government through the country’s first Financial or Technical Assistance Agreement (FTAA)--an agreement that allows the large-scale exploration, development and utilization of gold, copper, nickel, and other metallic minerals in the Philippines.The mine started its commercial production in 2013 and has since paved the way for a massive economic transformation, which connected the barangay to information, education, jobs, and markets. “We felt the hardship before OceanaGold came to Didipio. There were no roads, our agricultural products were not able to reach the market. OceanaGold has given us our three basic needs: school, roads, and electricity. The business opportunities boomed and work opportunities increased when the Company started operating,” says Pastor Efren H. Bulawan, resident and one of the local leaders of Didipio. Single dirt track and fire roads that were once only passable to pedestrians and motorcycles were turned to paved boulevards that facilitated movement of cars, goods, and people; suddenly, there was electricity and better cellular signal; suddenly, people from neighboring communities turned to Didipio for economic opportunities. Growing opportunities from the landThe barangay’s pivot to mining did not stop OceanaGold from pouring support to community agriculture--after all, the barangay has been producing mountain vegetables and some palay. It is also home to some citrus farms, which have been reporting lower yields because of the citrus tristeza virus. In 2015, Dr. Pio Javier, an entomologist from the University of the Philippines conducted an onsite investigation and validated the findings. His research included a forum to share methods for preventing further spread of the pest and disease infestation and production and post-harvest techniques.The company's collaboration with the Department of Agriculture and the local government units paved the way for the empowerment of close to a hundred local Kasibu farmers on coffee production and some 30 farmers for organic vegetable production. “In Didipio, there are vegetable farms situated very close to our operating mine. We know that they have excellent produce because we buy some of it through the community’s three local agricultural cooperatives. We have interventions in the production and marketing aspects to ensure that our local partners would have a solid capital and operational foundation,” said David Way, General Manager of OceanaGold Philippines Inc. OceanaGold, recognizing that agriculture is a main economic activity, also supports ten other local agriculture cooperatives in ten communities adjacent to the mine. Jobs, jobs, jobs About 97% of OceanaGold’s employees are Filipinos, with more than half of the workforce coming from Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino. In the mine’s first six years of operation, the company disbursed some PhP 2.5-billion in salaries. To date, OceanaGold directly employs more than 1,500 people and provides additional employment opportunities for thousands more through cooperatives, suppliers and subsidized workers. The mine requires a steady stream of mining specialists and technical experts. To safeguard this talent pipeline, OceanaGold runs training and scholarship programs which include the Development of Mining Technology and Geosciences program. Every year, they allot scholarship slots and provide Php 170,000 in tuition fees and allowances to individual students who want to take up Mine Engineering, Geology, Metallurgical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Civil Engineering, as well as Bachelor of Science in Forestry, and Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. Engineering, geology, and metallurgy are professions that were not in the horizon of most Didipio residents before the mine came in. The continuous investment on capacity building of both employees and community members elevated their dreams, and tremendously increased their employability and likeliness to start their own businesses.“We are seven in the family. When I was about to enter college, I knew my parents were worried as I had two other siblings who were in college. So, I worked in DiCorp for a time to earn money for my college education. It was there I saw that OceanaGold offered scholarships, so I applied, got in, and now I’m a mining engineer and working for the Company,” says Wilbur Habiling, resident and scholarship program graduate. The need to provide for the basic needs of many workers--feeding them three times a day, seven days a week--necessitated auxiliary units, one of which is the Didipio Community Development Corporation (DiCorp). DiCorp is owned and managed by the town’s residents, with 361 local shareholders and 279 local workers. It offers a multitude of services such as housekeeping, catering, camp administration, transport services and construction services. OceanaGold has awarded several contracts to DiCorp from 2011-2018 with total gross revenue amounting to PHP 1.5B (USD 28M). The growing enterprise is now worth PHP 85.5 million and has extended their services beyond the mine. “DiCorp. is a perfect example of what local community enterprises can achieve if plugged in to value chains,” says David Way, General Manager of OceanaGold Philippines Inc. He adds, “DiCorp has come a long way and I am proud that it remains to be one of the largest taxpayers in Nueva Vizcaya.”Technology and InfrastructureNo other private firm has contributed to the infrastructure growth of Didipio as OceanaGold – from roads to health centers, to school buildings and community centers.In 2017 it made the dreams of local students and educators a reality through the construction of a PhP 43-million senior high school building at Eastern Nueva Vizcaya National High School. The company has provided essential healthcare for students, improvement of school buildings, and construction of day care centers in the past. The high school building, however, is one of the biggest single investments made locally for education, and this was in view of the K-12 implementation, which some high schools in Metro Manila found hard to comply with. OceanaGold directly supports infrastructure, training and education, health and enterprise development programs not only of Didipio but of ten other communities adjacent to the mine with combined population of about 15,000 residents.A final anecdote from a resident“I wasn’t able to take up high-school in Didipio because there was no high school then. Instead, I went to the municipality of Bayombong, which is about five hours away--very far from my family. I’m proud to say that I’m one of the graduates of the OceanaGold scholarship program. There are about 246 of us and I belong to those who took up courses like mining and geology. For the past years, I worked as a mining engineer in the Didipio mine. I learned about the environment and how responsible OceanaGold is and I’m proud that we are where we are right now. OceanaGold offered a lot of opportunities to my community and to adjacent barangays. “The Company’s operation has been a blessing to us,” concludes Echievery Baguilat, Didipio’s first local mining engineer. OceanaGold’s mine life is expected to last until 2032, by which time Didipio could reach or even surpass its full economic and social potential as a barangay in the midst of a lush greenery that characterizes most of Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino, with all the necessities for a comfortable life.

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