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Philippine Resources - March 30, 2022

Weir Minerals announces new partnership with XMPro, a digital twin platform, to enhance its Synertrex® digital ecosystem and provide its customers with real-time decision support

Photo: Weir Minerals Synertrex® Monitoring Centre in the UK Weir Minerals has announced a new partnership with XMPro, a leading digital twin platform. The partnership will enable intelligent equipment and services and support miners to achieve higher performance while also reducing the environmental footprint of their operations.  The XMPro platform – as a part of the Synertrex® digital ecosystem – will facilitate the delivery of event intelligence, predictive analytics, and real-time insights. It allows for data orchestration and value creation from multiple sources, including sensors, miners’ digital ecosystems, and data only available to Weir Minerals as an OEM, like maintenance data and 3D engineering models.  The platform identifies critical events by applying AI and predictive analytics, which will provide Weir Minerals’ customers with the next generation of predictive services and recommended actions. XMPro facilitates easy collaboration between reliability engineering and operations by providing real-time information and equipment insights, viewed via mobile devices and the Synertrex® intelligence web portal.  Weir Minerals also recently signed a digital partnership framework for strategic cooperation with AVEVA, an end-to-end pioneering industrial software provider. Weir Minerals will utilise the AVEVA PI System to collect and contextualise IIoT data streams, which will become the IIoT data foundation of its Synertrex® digital ecosystem. Ole Knudsen, Weir Minerals, Director Digital, said: “XMPro takes an actionable and collaborative approach to data that closely aligns with our Synertrex digital ecosystem. It is a platform ensuring maximum customer value from all the data we collect, ranging from equipment and process data to the in-house data we have access to as an OEM. We see the multiple data source approach as essential to build the holistic digital twins providing “intelligence” to our customers in terms of insights, predictiveness, and recommendations allowing for a proactive approach to maintenance planning and execution.  Within the foreseeable future, we see these platforms and the building of the multiple data-source digital twins providing even more value for Weir Minerals and our customers, which is enabled by closing the loop between real-time operations, equipment design, and manufacturing.”    Pieter van Schalkwyk, CEO XMPro, said: “The partnership between Weir and XMPro creates a unique opportunity for mining companies to accelerate their digital transformation journey for complex assets. It combines Weir’s deep domain expertise and rich asset information models with XMPro’s class-leading real-time, operational digital twin platform. This combination provides unique insights, prescriptive maintenance and operations recommendations for users of Weir’s extensive range of mining equipment. It has been a pleasure working with Weir’s engineering team, who are not only deep domain experts on mining processes but also have a clear vision of their roadmap for digital solutions that provide real-time operational intelligence for the overall mining value chain. We are excited that XMPro is the platform that Weir chose to deliver these capabilities to end-users.”

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Philippine Resources - March 29, 2022

Philippine Ducks Thrive in TVIRD’s Sulphide Dam

Photo: Philippine Ducks (Anas Luzonica), though not classified as “endangered,” are a vulnerable indigenous species that found sanctuary in TVIRD’s tailings dam. At its peak, close to 20 percent of these waterbirds’ total population may have been in Canatuan.  Oftentimes, the silence of TVIRD’s Sulphide Dam is broken only by the loud and successive quacking of the waterbirds that made the company’s Tailings Storage Facility (TSF) its sanctuary for the last seven years.  The quacking is then followed by splashing on the calm waters – and one can only surmise that the Philippine Ducks (Anas Luzonica) are thriving! Visitors of the company are always in awe of the dam’s size – some 34 hectares wide and120 meters deep.  The TSF, which was used during the company’s copper-zinc mining operations, is a structural beauty in itself.  Surrounded by lush and cool Mt. Canatuan, it looks like a lake with clear, green water.  And the presence of the Philippine Ducks makes the man-made lake even more interesting. Migratory birds Muhammad Faz Ur Rahman J. Werble, Ecosystem Management Specialist of the DENR’s Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in Siocon, confirmed the presence of the Philippine Ducks at the Sulphide Dam. “The Philippine Ducks are migratory birds and are endemic to the Philippines,” he said. Werble has been heading a team of CENRO personnel in conducting the Annual Asian Waterbirds Census for three consecutive years now.  He said the reason it is conducted annually is because of the presence of a large number of threatened endemic Philippine Ducks. “It is possible that the ducks come from nearby areas and chose to stay there because the Sulphide Dam is protected and no hunting is allowed,” he added. Werble also disclosed that the Philippine Ducks are dependent on wetlands for its food, shelter and breeding ground.  It feeds on shrimp, fish, insects, and vegetation, which he believes are abundant in the area. Vulnerable According to online sources, Philippine Ducks are large dabbling ducks that “feed mainly at the surface rather than by diving.”  They are classified as “vulnerable” because it has a small population and undergoing a rapid continuing decline due to extensive over-hunting and loss of habitats.  As few as an estimated 5,000 remain all over the country. “The Annual Asian Waterbird Census is done every month of January of the year by CENRO Siocon to monitor the number and migration of bird species, including the Philippine Ducks at TVIRD’s dam,” said Werble. During the first census that he conducted in 2019, Werble said he was happy to count more than 500 Philippine Ducks at the tailings facility.   In 2020, its population reached 950 but came down to around 700 in 2021 due to migration.  “These birds are a migratory specie. It migrates from one place to another.” At its peak, close to 20 percent of these waterbirds’ total population may have been in Canatuan.  It is also likely that this figure will rise during the next migration. Other inhabitants Aside from Philippine Ducks, the TVIRD’s tailings storage facility is often visited by Kingfishers (Alcedo atthis) and Hawk Eagles (Nisaetus Cirrhatus) – which like the Philippine Ducks, also hunt for food there. Different kinds of bats, birds and snakes like the Philippine Cobra also found their home in the surrounding forest area. Even during the copper-zinc mining operation, the Sulphide Dam is laden with freshwater fish that the Canatuan locals identified as hito (cat fish), kasili (eel) and halwan (mudfish), to name a few. Tribal leaders in Canatuan agree on the observations of visitors that at the foot of the lush Mt. Canatuan lies a beautiful lake – a refreshing view to anyone who wants to savor the silence of the mountain and its surrounding.   A silence that can only be disturbed by the vigorous quacking sound of the Philippine Ducks that continue to thrive in its new habitat.

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Philippine Resources - March 29, 2022

How to Automate Sampling and Analysis of Ores and Mine Materials

Photo: Vanta™ iX In-Line XRF Analyzer Accurate chemical analysis can provide vital data to enhance mining operations, such as improved extraction at mine sites and the optimized blending of mined material. However, sending samples to remote laboratories can cause delays ranging from hours to days. In addition, manually collected samples may not be representative of the bulk material. Automating this process and bringing the laboratory to the samples increases productivity. This can be done by adopting an automatic on-belt sampling solution. An Introduction to Automated On-Belt Sampling and Analysis Automatic on-belt sampling solutions provide instant chemical analysis of bulk mined material, such as coal, aluminum (Al), titanium (Ti), iron (Fe), manganese (Mn), nickel (Ni), and copper (Cu) ores. For instance, our on-belt sampling solution integrates the powerful Vanta™ in-line XRF analyzer to provide a fast, automated, and accurate analysis: Real-time chemical analysis of mining feed material on belt Excellent sensitivity to trace elements Quantification of up to 30 elements in one measurement Detection down to 1 ppm for key elements Analysis of light elements, including magnesium (Mg), aluminum (Al), silicon (Si), and sulfur (S) 3-Step Process for Automated On Belt Analysis To help you understand how automated on-belt analysis works, here is the process in three simple steps: Collect - Samples are collected from the belt automatically using a cross-belt sampler, without the need to stop or slow the belt. The system can be designed to meet relevant sampling and preparation standards, including ISO 12743, ISO 13909, ASTM E877, and ASTM D7430. Prepare - The collected samples are crushed to the required size. The moisture content is measured and recorded to remove measurement bias. The samples are pressed and ready for chemical  analysis using X-ray fluorescence (XRF). The entire preparation process is automatically controlled and monitor. Analyze - The prepared samples are analyzed using the Vanta iX in-line XRF analyzer. The data collection and analysis are fully automated. After analysis, the results can be seamless integrated into a plant workflow and data management system. This enables the right person to have the right data at the right time. Key Benefits of Automated On-Belt Analysis for Mining Operations Automated on-belt analysis has many benefits for mining operations, including: Fully automated and continuous to maintain high productivity Can be seamlessly integrated into existing plants No radioactive material used unlike alternative methods High-quality results from direct sample analysis compared to methods that perform through belt measurements Real-time laboratory-quality measurements Modular design for ease of maintenance

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Philippine Resources - March 29, 2022

Taganito Mining is national winner of industrial peace award

Photo: Taganito Mining’s Labor Management Council composed of management and labor union officers, after the announcement of winners for the 2021 Search for Outstanding Labor Management Cooperation (LMC) Program for Industrial Peace Taganito Mining Corporation (TMC), a subsidiary of Nickel Asia Corporation, has been declared the national winner of the 2021 Search for Outstanding Labor Management Cooperation (LMC) Program for Industrial Peace. TMC received the award Wednesday, December 15, during the virtual Twin Search on Outstanding Labor Management Cooperation and Grievance Machinery for Industrial Peace, jointly organized by the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) and the Labor Management Cooperation Practitioners, Inc. (PHILAMCOP). The biennial search aims to promote harmonious labor-management relations and acknowledge the role of labor management councils throughout the country in improving workers’ welfare and sustaining corporate viability amidst the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Accepting the award, TMC Resident Mine Manager Engr. Artemio E. Valeroso highlighted the history of sustained partnership between the company and its labor union, the Taganito Labor Union (TLU). Valeroso said the labor-management cooperation over the years reflects TMC's ethos to focus on employee's welfare, as encapsulated in one of its corporate slogans: “Sa TMC-BIDA Kami.” "It’s a great honor to accept this award on behalf of everyone at Taganito Mining Corporation—from the TLU officers, members here in the minesite, and to all our teams," he said. Edgardo Z. Buligan, NAC-TMC senior human resources manager, said the award demonstrated TMC's leadership in industrial peace and labor-management cooperation. "The award is a recognition of the effective LMC mechanism fostering not only in industrial peace but also for boosting productivity and promoting a safe and healthy workplace at TMC," Buligan said. Buligan noted that since the start of its mining operation 30 years ago, NAC-TMC has not experienced any labor unrest. NCMB described this year’s as a "special edition, in recognition of LMCs that have remained focused and true to the very essence of "cooperation and partnership– despite the COVID-19 pandemic that tested their significance and relevance amidst retrenchments and company closures." TMC has received numerous labor-management recognitions over the years, the latest of which was in 2019 when it won the outstanding LMC for industrial peace award in the regional level.

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Philippine Resources - March 29, 2022

TMC bags 4th Presidential award for Responsible Mining

Demonstrating its commitment to Responsible Mining, Nickel Asia Corporation (NAC) affiliate Taganito Mining Corporation (TMC) bagged the Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Award (PMIEA) for Surface Mining Category during the 67th Annual National Mine, Safety and Environment Conference last November 24-26, 2021. PMIEA is the highest citation given to a mining company for exemplary programs pertaining not only to the environment but also to the safety and social development performance of a company's mining operations. "TMC is very proud of this recognition as we feel that this reflects our efforts in making our organization one of the best in the mining industry," said Engr. Artemio E. Valeroso in his speech during the awarding ceremony. Valeroso said the award was made possible by TMC's "partnership with the communities. The support of the people who have been part of the TMC team from the very beginning in achieving the sustainable development of the municipality of Claver." This year's award is the fourth for TMC since PMIEA was launched in 1997; the company previously won the award in 2003, 2004, and 2008. Established through Executive Order No. 399, PMIEA is conferred annually by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) to deserving companies to promote environmental protection and raise awareness on the mining industry's best practices. For the last two years, all shortlisted companies were also judged based on their initiatives and efforts in combating COVID-19 and providing assistance to their respective mining communities. For TMC, social development funds have been particularly focused on easing the impacts of COVID-19 on its host and neighboring communities, while fulfilling its mandates under the annual Social Development and Management Program (SDMP). For the current fiscal year,  TMC has spent PHP71.8 million for health, education, livelihood, public utilities and services, socio-cultural preservation, information campaign, and mining technology. Meanwhile, TMC also spent PHP199 million for environmental programs, such as land, water, and air quality management, rehabilitation and reforestation, and various eco-tourism projects. Over 115,000 seedlings were planted in 41.9 hectares of mining and non-mining areas. 1032 has since start of operations A total of 439,619 seedlings were also produced by its nursery operations for the fiscal year, which supported the company’s greening activities, the establishment of buffer zones, and support to the government's National Greening Program. Moreover, TMC also spent PHP35.2 million for safety programs, of which PHP15.7 million was allocated for COVID-19 intervention programs from July 2020 to June 2021--the period covering the award. A total of 8.3 million safe man-hours without lost time accident was also achieved by TMC during the period.

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Philippine Resources - March 29, 2022

Schaeffler customer success story in Mining sector in Philippine

Photo: Schaeffler As one of the largest rolling bearing manufacturers worldwide, Schaeffler is a partner to all leading manufacturers and companies involved in the mining and processing industry. Our bearings and service solutions increase the functional reliability and performance of machines and processes. We support our customers in reducing maintenance efforts and protect their employees by providing a safe working environment. In this issue, we will share with you how Schaeffler has helped a mining corporation in Philippines optimize their maintenance efforts in their plant operations. Slaked lime is produced at Visayas Slaked Lime Corporation’s (VSLC) plant in the Philippines. To ensure proper and reliable lubrication of the numerous fans and blowers in the dusty environment, VSLC switched from a manual to an automatic lubrication solution. With the CONCEPT1 gas-driven automatic lubricators, the company will reduce maintenance efforts in the future, protect its employees and therefore be more sustainable.   Customer Benefits Integrity of grease is maintained with no penetration of impurities during relubrication Longer bearing life in fans and blowers with reliable preset time intervals Enhanced safety with less human deployment in hard-to-reach locations Increase in productivity of the Maintenance Team with elimination of manual lubrication Sustainable – lubrication cartridges can be refilled up to three times  Challenge VSLC operates in a very dusty environment resulting from the production of slaked lime and limestone. Therefore, impurities often occur in the lubricants. These impurities affect, among other things, the bearing life in the fans and blowers. The maintenance team has to keep an ongoing focus on lubrication. As the numerous lubrication points were checked and relubricated manually and due to the sometimes difficult to access lubrication points, the safety of the maintenance staff was at risk. Schaeffler Solution Schaeffler’s experts recommended the flexible and cost-effective lubrication solution with the automatic lubricator Concept1. The CONCEPT1 automatic lubrication solution has one outlet and consists of a 125 millilitre cartridge driven by a gas-producing dry cell. The flow rate can be preset differently depending on the amount of lubricant needed for the bearings. VSLC is very satisfied with the lubrication solution and has fitted a further 50 lubrication points with CONCEPT 1 as a first step. Another 50 lubrication points for motors will soon be installed with automatic lubricators. What our customer says: With the automatic lubricator, we were able in a short time to significantly reduce efforts compared to manual lubrication. We are impressed and absolutely satisfied.” Maintenance Section Manager, VSLC

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Philippine Resources - March 29, 2022

99.7% of FRC & PGPRC Workforce Vaxxed

Photo: Masbate Gold Project Masbate Gold Project’s total workforce reached a significant 99.7% Covid-19 vaccination rate. “This statistic is incredible and truly exceeds anything I could have hoped for. It is the highest rate that I know of for any company, anywhere,” President of Phil. Gold Processing & Refining Corp. (PGPRC) Dan Moore stated in the message sent to all employees recently. Dan Moore related that planning for the vaccination of the workforce started in mid-2020 and plans were tweaked to address challenges until its realization. He commended the team who managed the companies’ Vaccination Program headed by the Medical Team, OHS, Human Resources and Administration Departments. As of the middle of February, fully vaccinated employees of both companies and their contractors comprised 2,170 of the 2,177 workers. The vaccination program is now focused on administration of booster doses and 1,567 employees have received their booster shots. Geronimo Badulis Jr., Filminera Resident Manager also acknowledged the assistance of the Provincial Health Office (PHO) of Masbate, as well as the Rural Health Unit (RHU) of Aroroy in conducting the vaccination program for the companies’ workforce. Doctors and nurses from both the PHO and RHU administered the vaccination of the employees. “This is another testament of our dynamic partnership with our local government unit and officials,” said Badulis. Meanwhile, a total of 10,500 doses of Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines were donated to the Masbate Provincial Health Office as its contribution the host province’s vaccination program. In addition, about Php5 Million worth of cash assistance have been given by FRC and PGPRC to the Provincial LGU to amplify its COVID response efforts. PGPRC and FRC commit to strive and contribute to the vaccination efforts to fight the spread of COVID-19 virus in the country.

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Philippine Resources - March 29, 2022

LiuGong Machinery: More Than 60 Years of Quality Wheel Loaders Units

Photo: LiuGong Philippines For more than 60 years, LiuGong Machinery Corporation has been leading China’s construction equipment manufacturing industry and is the No. 1 wheel loader manufacturer all over the world. Today, over 450,000 LiuGong wheel loader units have already been delivered. From building its first wheel loader in 1966, LiuGong has evolved to become one of the fastest growing global CE (Construction Equipment) companies in the world offering a full line of extreme duty, intuitive machines for construction equipment owners constantly challenged to do more with less. Products involved are as follows: Wheel Loaders, Excavators, Rollers, Motor Graders, Dozers, Pavers, Cold Planer, Skid Steer Loaders, Backhoe Loaders, Cranes, Mining Trucks, Crusher, Drilling Rig, Diaphragm Wall Crab, Trench Cutter, Forklift, and Material Handling. LiuGong delivers opportunities to its employees, quality products and services to its customers, financial success to its investors, and community support in the regions it serves. Starting with the arrival of 500 workers in the provincial city of Liuzhou in 1958, today, LiuGong is a global company with 19 product lines, 20 manufacturing facilities, over 10,000 employees, and 300+ dealers in more than 170 countries, offering customers the tough equipment they need to get any job done, anywhere, all with local support. LiuGong entered the Philippines in 2008 and has deeply developed the market for more than 14 years. As of today, there are more than 5,000 LiuGong machines serving and working in the country. QSJ Motors Phils Inc. has been LiuGong's authorized dealer for 13 years. One main office and six branch offices are located in the Philippines' main regions and cities, including Manila, Pampanga, Isabela, Bicol, Cebu, Cagayan De Oro, and Davao. LiuGong offer a highly stable and high-efficiency products, but also professional and in time after-sales. Tough world, tough equipment. LiuGong is your best and most reliable mining business partner. 

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Philippine Resources - March 29, 2022

Nickel Asia Corp. - Hinatuan Mining Corp. (NAC-HMC) Spends 15.7 Million to Assist Odette Victims

Photo: Distribution of hygiene kits (2nd wave) to 808 household in the three host communities Nickel Asia Corp. - Hinatuan Mining Corp. (NAC-HMC) spends 15.7 million pesos to assist families affected by Super typhoon Odette in its host and neighboring communities, Municipality of Tagana-an, City Government of Surigao, and the Province of Surigao del Norte. Of the 15.7 million, 13.2 million is from the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Program of the company, and the remaining 2.4 million is from the realigned 2022 1st Quarter Social Development and Management Program (SDMP). Among the activities conducted as part of the relief operation assistance of NAC-HMC were: provision of 5 kilos of rice to a total of 808 households in its three host communities - Barangay Talavera, Sitio Campandan, and Sitio Bagong Silang; provision of 10 canned goods and 5 noodles per household in the three host communities; provision of additional 10 canned goods, 5 noodles with hygiene kit per household in the three host communities; provision of 1 sack of rice per household in the three host communities; provision of medicines for gastroenteritis/diarrhea (pagsusuka-pagtatae) to community health centers; provision of Hygiene kits (2nd wave) per household in the three host communities; provision of 500 sacks of rice to the Municipality of Tagana-an; provision of 1,500 sacks of rice, 15,000 canned goods & 15,000 noodles to the Province of Surigao del Norte;  provision of 2 units big chainsaw to Sitio Bagong Silang and Sitio Campandan; Provided 40 folding beds to LGU-Talavera, Sitio Bagong Silang & Sitio Campandan; provision of free purified drinking water to all employees at HMC water refilling station; provision of 500 sacks of rice to the City Government of Surigao; provision of 300 sacks of rice, 7,500 canned goods, and 7,500 noodles to Congressman Robert Ace Barbers’ relief operation; extended financial assistance of ₱ 20,000.00 to all affected regular employees and ₱ 10,000 to all regular seasonal employees residing in the provinces of Surigao del Norte and the Dinagat Islands; provision of 10 canned goods and 5 noodles with additional hygiene kits (3rd wave) per household in the three host communities; 1 sack of rice (2nd wave) per household in the three host communities; and provision of coffee, milk and milo sachets per household in the three host communities. The chairperson for the Representative of Host and Neighboring Communities (RHNC) of Nickel Asia Corp. - Hinatuan Mining Corp. (NAC-HMC), Hon. Eulita M. Borja, Talavera brgy. Kagawad, is grateful of the activities made by NAC-HMC in providing assistance to her community. “As the chairperson of RHNC, I am thankful for the assistance provided by NAC-HMC to Brgy. Talavera, Sitio Bagong Silang, and Sitio Campandan. We received various important items such as sacks of rice, medicine, canned goods, milk, coffee, shampoo, and toothpaste among many others. During the period of difficulty brought upon by Super Typhoon Odette, HMC was always there to provide assistance to our community:” “I would also like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the management of NAC and HMC; Engr. Francisco J. Arañes, Jr., HMC Resident Mine Manager; Antonio B. Resuera, Jr., HMC ComRel Manager, and to all their staff. Thank you for all your help, may God continue to bless you and your company”, she added. Jeremeh Atillo, resident of Sitio Bagong Silang also shared the same thankful sentiment to NAC-HMC, “The help provided by HMC was very much welcomed, especially for me and my family since when Odette hit, we did not have any money to buy basic necessities such as food and water. I am very much grateful for all the things we received from the relief operation and assistance of NAC-HMC.” Ednalyn Japona, resident of Sitio Bagong Silang, also expressed her thanks to NAC-HMC for the assistance provided to her family and her community. “The assistance provided by NAC-HMC was vital for our family since we did not have a means of livelihood when we were hit by Odette. The relief goods we received such as canned goods, noodles, and rice among many others were really a great help. The items we got from HMC provided us with strength to continue and persevere despite what we have gone through. Thank you very much NAC-HMC for your assistance, through your help, we were able to provide for the daily food needs of our families. Salamat karajaw NAC-HMC.” Fellow Sitio Bagong Silang resident Virginia Amarille also expressed her gratitude to NAC-HMC, “We are very much happy with the assistance provided by NAC-HMC. If there was no NAC-HMC, we would not know how we will go about our daily lives, it would be very hard for us to survive from the disaster brought about by Typhoon Odette without their help. Thank you very much NAC-HMC.” Maria Nena Jugar, resident of Brgy. Talavera is also grateful to NAC-HMC, “Even though our house was damaged by Typhoon Odette, we are very thankful to NAC-HMC for providing food through their various relief assistance, we were able to eat three times a day because of the support they provided. My family and our community did not experience as much hardship as other typhoon affected communities because of the help we receive from NAC-HMC. They always provided support and did not forsake us in our time of need, thank you very much NAC-HMC.” Editha Bellona, resident of Brgy. Talavera, likened NAC-HMC to heroes because of the support they provided not only to her family, but also to her community. “I see them as our heroes during the time of the calamity, the assistance they provided to our community really helped us cope with the effects of the disaster. NAC-HMC is always ready and willing to provide support to its communities. We received various important items to help us every day, even now; their assistance to our community has never stopped and continues to help us get back on our feet. Thank you NAC-HMC.”

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Philippine Resources - March 24, 2022

Weir Minerals and AVEVA sign agreement to deliver intelligent, digital services for mining clients

Synertrex® Monitoring Centre in South Africa Weir Minerals, a leading supplier of equipment and services to the mining industry, and AVEVA, a global leader in industrial software, driving digital transformation and sustainability, have signed a digital business framework for strategic cooperation. The objectives of the agreement include: Digitally enabling the mining industry by simplifying data access and data sharing with easy and secure on-premises or cloud integration between Weir Minerals and its customers. Establishing the data foundation for technologies, such as artificial intelligence, to optimise equipment and processes and thereby maximising sustainable performance.  Pioneering new and innovative digital solutions supporting our common customers digital transformation and adoption of intelligent solutions. Weir Minerals will utilise the AVEVA PI System™ to collect, contextualise and analyse data streams, which will become the data foundation of its Synertrex® digital ecosystem. This – along with AVEVA Data Hub, a cloud-native hub for aggregating and contextualising on-premises and remote data – will offer the mining industry a unique solution for securely connecting mining operators with Weir Minerals as an OEM. The business model will provide a variety of flexible integration solutions – from on-premises to cloud – that will make it easier for miners to integrate with the Weir Minerals’ Synertrex® digital ecosystem. It uses a secure and simplified approach to access and share real-time and historical operations data. These shared ecosystems will provide miners and Weir Minerals with full data transparency and an easy-to-access, real-time 360-degree view of all Synertrex®-enabled equipment and processes. They will also be the basis of the further development of digital twins and predictive algorithms, which will provide decision-makers with recommended actions and real-time decision support. This will lead to less power and water consumption and extended equipment life.    Ole Knudsen, Weir Minerals, Director Digital, said: “The AVEVA PI System is an established industrial data management solution that’s currently used by nine of the top ten Fortune 500 mining companies. The proven and secure PI System enables us to build a series of Asset Framework templates for our equipment, making it a secure yet simple plug and play exercise to connect our equipment to our customers’ digital ecosystems. This will enable the critical first steps of a structured and standardised data approach. “With the addition of the new AVEVA Data Hub and Weir Minerals’ Synertrex® solutions, we’re in a unique position as an OEM to offer our customers a real game-changing approach to a flexible data sharing strategy. This will be the foundation of our data and intelligence driven digital optimisation solutions; this is how Weir Minerals will transform and enable more sustainable mining operations.” Rónán de Hooge, AVEVA’s Executive Vice President of Information Management, said: “We’re very excited to work with Weir Minerals to deliver mining operators smart analytics to drive industrial transformation. AVEVA’s ability to collect real-time performance data in any location and deliver it securely to the Synertrex platform will give operators new insight into the health of their assets and help them optimize maintenance and avoid costly downtime. “AVEVA is deeply committed to providing industrial companies with an open platform that is their trusted system of record for industrial data. Our products help companies harvest diverse types of critical industrial data across their distributed environments, enrich it with contextual information, and make it easily available to the people, applications and tools that will deliver transformation and sustainability.”

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Philippine Resources - March 10, 2022

Sandvik: Sustainability charges ahead

A healthier work environment, radically reduced energy consumption, a lower carbon footprint and more efficient operations: the sustainability gains from innovations in battery-based mining equipment are simply electrifying. “Will electrification spark the next wave of mining innovation?” is the title of a recent report from consultancy firm EY. Brian Huff, vice president of technology at Sandvik-owned Artisan Vehicles, a manufacturer of battery electric vehicles (BEVs), says the wave has already reached the shore. Huff sees electrification more as a natural evolution of technology rather than a revolution, with the potential to reap a range of sustainability and cost benefits. “We’re moving past the ‘why’ stage and approaching the ‘how’,” Huff says. “Most mining companies have analyzed the business case of electrification and seen the value. We just need to explain that an electric mine is not that different from a traditional mine, nor is it difficult to electrify. Battery-powered trucks and loaders are used the same way, and no new underground infrastructure is needed.” The effects of electrification on employee health, however, are close to revolutionary. “We’ve heard many stories from miners claiming they would come home from a shift and be so tired they just crashed on the couch, blowing black snot from the nose, with no energy left to engage with their family,” he says. “Once they switched to battery equipment, they were much more energetic. These things are immeasurable. It’s beyond health, it’s about quality of life.” “Will electrification spark the next wave of mining innovation?” is the title of a recent report from consultancy firm EY. Brian Huff, vice president of technology at Sandvik-owned Artisan Vehicles, a manufacturer of battery electric vehicles (BEVs), says the wave has already reached the shore. Huff sees electrification more as a natural evolution of technology rather than a revolution, with the potential to reap a range of sustainability and cost benefits. “We’re moving past the ‘why’ stage and approaching the ‘how’,” Huff says. “Most mining companies have analyzed the business case of electrification and seen the value. We just need to explain that an electric mine is not that different from a traditional mine, nor is it difficult to electrify. Battery-powered trucks and loaders are used the same way, and no new underground infrastructure is needed.” The effects of electrification on employee health, however, are close to revolutionary. “We’ve heard many stories from miners claiming they would come home from a shift and be so tired they just crashed on the couch, blowing black snot from the nose, with no energy left to engage with their family,” he says. “Once they switched to battery equipment, they were much more energetic. These things are immeasurable. It’s beyond health, it’s about quality of life.” At the Goldcorp Borden Lake mine in Ontario, Canada, the first all-electric underground operations are already up and running. “We have surveyed the first group of workers that started at our Borden mine,” John Mullally, Newmont Goldcorp group executive for sustainability, North America, told EY, adding: “Something like 90 percent said that they would not want to go back and work in a traditional underground mine alongside diesel engines.” While human health and quality of life cannot be measured in numbers, opex and capex can. Another major benefit of an electrified operation is the amount of money that can be saved on construction of ventilation shafts and the energy bill for running the ventilation required to remove the hazardous fumes. In terms of capex, ventilation systems don’t come cheap. “The per-foot cost of digging a ventilation shaft can typically be USD 5,000, or USD 30 million for an 1,800-metre ventilation shaft, plus the time spent,” Huff says. Ventilation also comes with opex costs, in that it consumes a lot of power when generating the air that is funneled down into drifts. As much as 40 percent of an underground mine’s energy outlay is spent on powering ventilation systems to remove pollutants from tunnels, according to EY. In comparison, an electric mine requires roughly half as much ventilation, which cuts energy needs by close to 90 percent. In 2019, Sandvik acquired Artisan Vehicle Systems, whose fleet of battery- electric, zero emission underground vehicles include the A4, a four-tonne lithium battery-powered LHD underground mining vehicle. The reduced ventilation of an electrified mine also saves on heating and cooling costs, as the air transported from outside might be too cold or too hot, depending on the season, to produce the required ambience. “All these things compound to provide a real financial advantage,” Huff says. “The capex costs for building ventilation shafts are substantial enough to pay for the entire equipment fleet needed to operate the mine.” As mining companies are forced to dig increasingly deeper in search of new findings and extensions of existing ores, the cost of constructing ventilation shafts grows. “The deeper you go, the better the business case for electrification gets,” he says.  “When you access a new stope you don’t need as much auxiliary ventilation as you would with a diesel-run unit. Plus, a BEV only generates some 12 percent of the heat generated by diesel-driven equipment.” Electrifying operations helps mining companies contribute to a more sustainable industry from many perspectives. The cost of energy represents up to one-third of a mining company’s total cost base, making it a keenly managed component of operations, and the EY report notes that “demand for carbon reduction in the sector is inevitable, and electrification is one way to achieve it.” In addition, the energy used to charge the batteries may come from renewable energy sources. With Sandvik-Artisan BEVs, the battery is being charged every time the vehicle trams downhill, and the recharged energy is used to carry the next load. Adding to a lower total cost of ownership, Huff says, is that a BEV has fewer moving parts than a fossil-fueled unit. “There is no need for a mid-life engine or transmission replacement,” he says. The latest Sandvik-Artisan BEV models are fitted with an additional battery pack, and the vehicle swaps batteries automatically when needed. “We designed the machine to swap its own batteries in just six minutes,” Huff says. “The machine has a secondary battery pack that is a third the size of a Tesla battery and is charged by the main pack once it’s loaded.  After charging for one hour, the main pack typically lasts two to three hours and is swapped about four times a shift for a total time of 24 minutes.” In comparison, refilling a diesel unit typically takes 30 minutes each shift, including the time to drive to the fuel bay. It’s beyond health, it’s about quality of life “We offer battery as a service, meaning we provide charged and available batteries as well as preventive maintenance and service,” Huff says. “This service converts capex into opex and minimizes maintenance work.” According to the EY report, reaping the full value of electrification requires a rethink of mine design that considers a technology road map. Huff agrees that there is more leverage to be had for a greenfield mine that decides to go all-in electric from day one. “Then you have the ability to design around the potential for electrified equipment and benefit from the fact that you don’t need large ventilation shafts,” he says. Still, so-called brownfield operations also stand to gain from electrification, he says. “Most existing mines are expanding, digging deeper to continue exploration of the ore currently being extracted and to find new ore bodies and explore adjacent ones. With BEVs, ventilation capacity is less of a problem.” Electrification holds the potential of boosting the mining industry’s sustainability score. As Huff puts it, “Small changes create enormous advantages.”   Article courtesy of Sandvik

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Philippine Resources - March 10, 2022

Ritchie Bros Providing the Philippines a World of Choice

Photo credit: Ritchie Bros. Driven by long term infrastructure growth, the expansion of mining activity and post COVID-19 recovery plans, the demand for construction and mining equipment in the Philippines for the medium to long term is strong. Coupled with global supply chain constraints and long lead times for buying new equipment from OEMs and their dealers, equipment users in the Philippines are now, more than ever, looking around the globe for quality used equipment. Ritchie Bros., the global marketplace of choice in the used machinery industry, has more channels and opportunities for Filipino customers to buy and sell equipment in the global marketplace. Ritchie Bros. pioneered live public unreserved auctions in the Philippines when they conducted auctions for the benefit of Pinoys equipment owner in the mid to late 1990s in Subic Bay. Live public unreserved auctions is how Ritchie Bros. has secured its unparalleled reputation over the past 60 years. Scheduling an auction date, marshaling hundreds if not thousands of late model quality used equipment into one auction yard, and inviting the public to bid. All assets in our unreserved auctions are sold, regardless of the final sale price, benefiting both buyer and seller. Ritchie Bros. has replicated this model around the globe, with over 50 permanent auction facilities located in 14 counties around the world (North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Australia). But as the needs of the market change and technology advances, Ritchie Bros. provides sales channels and offerings that meet the dynamic needs of our customers. Our live public unreserved auction, with thousands of assets, is still the backbone of our business. However, to match the needs of our customers, we have also developed other sales and buying channels. IronPlanet is our online only auction platform, our 24/7 marketplace, Marketplace E, allows customers to buy equipment through offer and negotiation, while Ritchie Bros. Private Treaty, provides the ability to buy and sell assets discretely with Ritchie Bros. Each of these unique channels allows our customers more choice and timely opportunities to buy and sell equipment. Each one is uniquely formulated to provide our customers with solutions for every situation they may face. Online only platforms make it easy and convenient to purchase equipment from anywhere in the world. Ritchie Bros. comprehensive sales solutions give you a choice of selling channels through our global network. Our unreserved online auctions Ritchie Bros.’ unreserved auctions help you sell heavy equipment and machinery for the best price. Since we shifted to online auctions through our Timed Auction system, we’ve seen record-breaking bidder participation and sales results. Our reserved online auctions IronPlanet offers a convenient way to sell equipment quickly from your yard to a global buyer base. With the sale and transaction all taking place online, it’s a service designed to work with your schedule and location. Our 24/7 marketplace With Marketplace-E, our 24/7 online marketplace, you can set a minimum price and let us take care of finding the buyer. You can decide to sell from your own location or at one of Ritchie Bros. yards. Our Ritchie Bros. Private Treaty Ritchie Bros. facilitates private treaty negotiations for a wide variety of specialized and high-value heavy equipment and industrial assets. Buying is easy: just contact us to arrange an inspection and make an offer. We will handle confidential negotiations between you and the seller, and manage the settlement of transactions. Ritchie Bros. in the Philippines With the vision to serve the needs of our customers in the Philippines, Ritchie Bros. has set up a Philippine Country Representative based in Manila. Chris Edwards has more than 20 years’ experience in the equipment trading business in the Asia Pacific region and conveniently located in Manila to serve your needs. Have assets to sell? Need to find quality equipment for your project? Reach out to Mr. Edwards for a no-obligation consultation on how Ritchie Bros. and its many sales and distribution channels would be best for you and your situation.

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Philippine Resources - March 08, 2022

Customised liner solution boosts SAG mill throughput and mine profits

Photo: The existing grates within the SAG Mill were pegging. Critical size grinding media were blocking apertures, reducing throughput A gold and copper mine in South East Asia was experiencing a range of challenges with its SAG mill that were hitting productivity. Facing a significant increase in ore hardness that would have exacerbated the problems, the mine turned to us to provide a solution for a safer and more productive grinding operation. A multifaceted mill challenge  A remote copper and gold mine in South East Asia had a problem: its 34 ft SAG mill was experiencing a range of performance issues that were limiting its production performance: Pulp dischargers of many parts. The steel dischargers on the SAG mill comprised 187 pieces. Not unsurprisingly, this led to lengthy downtimes for component replacement. Making the situation worse: the discharger service life was a relatively short 12 months. Inadequate liner service life. The SAG mill’s steel liners were failing to meet the required service life. To remedy the problem, the supplier had added more material to the liner design. But this created its own challenges, reducing the effective grinding volume and adding weight to the mill that was pushing bearing pressures dangerously close to limitations. Peening liners. The steel used to make the liners produced a significant amount of peening. This made liner removal a time-consuming activity and more hazardous activity, as a heat lance is needed to remove peened liners. It also increases the risk of structurally damaging the mill’s shell.  Pegging of the grate plates. There was excessive pegging of the grate plates by worn metal grinding media, reducing flow. As temporary measure, the mine was cutting out the pegged media every few weeks. Which only increased the time and cost spent on mill maintenance. To solve these challenges, the mine issued a request for quote to three companies with the challenge to improve the safety of mill maintenance and increase mill discharge. In practice, this meant reducing the number and length of maintenance interventions, as well the need for hazardous installation manoeuvres, lowering mill weight and eliminating flow constraints, such as clogging and pegging. The beginning of the solution is understanding the problem The journey to our solution began with a thorough review of operating conditions and liner design. Through this, we determined the first course of action should be to tackle the problems associated with the discharge system. This would allow us to increase throughput and reduce weight – and would also lead to other objectives being met. With some key improvements in mind, we created sophisticated DEM simulations to help evaluate what discharge design would best meet the mine’s objectives. These simulations allowed us to beat the mine’s throughput target of 2,100 tpd and forecast a maximum possible throughput of 2,300 tpd. The new simulated design also showed a significant increase in service life, meeting the need to reduce maintenance interventions. DEM simulations were conducted to help evaluate the discharge design and meet mine’s objectives After initial onsite discussions, mine personnel were invited to review the design adjustments and define the final scope. This made sure customer knowledge was also incorporated into the solution, as well as those of our engineering team.’ Exceeding expectations  Our solution centred on our PulpMax™ composite mill liners, which were combined with material and design modifications to the steel lining system to promote increased efficiency and service life. The new liners boast 27% fewer parts (136 vs 187) and 45% lower weight (106,130 kg vs 191,962 kg). Made from material that is up to 50% LIGHTER. This makes the liners easier to handle and improves worker safety. Lighter materials allow us to engineer larger components at reduced weight. It also results in less parts. They typically have 50% FEWER PARTS. This results in a faster reline speed and quicker installation, and this adds up to workers spending less time in a confined space performing hazardous work.   Along the journey, we were also able to provide solutions to other challenges – for example, pegging of the grates and peening of the discharge steel. The result was a solution that exceeded original expectations: Improved safety. Fewer pieces and lower weight make maintenance simpler and quicker. This reduces the amount of time that workers spend on the mill – improving safety. It also lowers the total cost of ownership. Compounding these benefits, PulpMax composite wear liners last much longer than previous liners – through some 25 million tonnes of production. Liner service life has therefore been extended from 12 months to 15 months and based on wear measurements, could extend to 18 months. Improved throughput. The new system consistently achieves throughput of 2,250-2,300 tpd, exceeding the target of 2,100 tpd. This results from: Reduced liner mass (>100 tonnes) Improved shell design Improved discharge efficiency Less clogging and pegging

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Philippine Resources - March 08, 2022

Epiroc’s ambitious climate targets validated as science based

Photo credit: Epiroc Philippines Epiroc, a leading productivity and sustainability partner for the mining and infrastructure industries, has received validation by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) for the company’s ambitious targets to reduce CO2 emissions.  Epiroc launched ambitious sustainability goals that include halving its CO2 emissions by 2030. The SBTi has now validated Epiroc’s climate targets as being in line with keeping global warming at a maximum 1.5° C, consistent with the latest climate science and the goal of the Paris Climate Agreement.  “Climate change is happening as we speak and we are working internally as well as together with our customers to reduce the impact on climate,” says Helena Hedblom, Epiroc’s President and CEO. “We are driving the industry’s transition toward a climate-friendly future, not the least with our growing offering of battery-electric equipment. Epiroc is committed to halve CO2 emissions from the use of our equipment as well as in our own production and in transport by 2030. With the approval of our goals from SBTi, our position as a sustainability leader in our industry has now been reinforced.” SBTi Logo In line with SBTi requirements, Epiroc commits to halve its absolute CO2 emissions in its own operations – so called Scope 1 and Scope 2 – by 2030, with 2019 as base year. However, more than 99% of Epiroc’s total CO2 emissions are other indirect emissions, with about 83% of the total coming from when customers use the products. Therefore, Epiroc has committed to halve the absolute CO2 emissions from use of sold products – so called Scope 3 – by 2030. This is industry leading and well above SBTi’s minimum requirements. The transition from diesel-powered to battery-electric machines will make a significant impact.   In addition, Epiroc’s 2030 sustainability goals also include halving CO2 emissions from transport, requiring 50% reductions of CO2 emissions from relevant suppliers, having 90% renewable energy in own operations, and offering a full range of emissions-free products, as well as ambitious targets for people. In addition to providing a growing range of battery-electric products, Epiroc’s climate actions include, among others, shifting transport from air to sea, and installing solar panels at many of its facilities.  The SBTi - a partnership among the Carbon Disclosure Project, the UN Global Compact, the World Resources Institute and the World Wide Fund for Nature – is driving ambitious, science-backed climate action in the private sector. Epiroc presents 6th Sense, a game changer for smarter mining and infrastructure operations There is a growing need for the mining and infrastructure industries to look to digital technologies to enhance productivity, sustainability and safety. 6th Sense is the Epiroc way to optimize customers’ processes by connecting machines, systems and people using automation, information management and system integration. With 6th Sense comes a great focus on system connectivity, using interoperability to unlock the full potential of automation for production gains at lower operating costs. “6th Sense is a formula we have developed for getting the right solutions in place and achieving operational excellence in mining and infrastructure operations,” said Helena Hedblom, Senior Executive Vice President Mining and Infrastructure. “The name 6th Sense implies that the solution brings something extra and that is just what it does, providing a significant advantage such as track and respond to real-time working conditions and equipment needs.” One example of Epiroc’s focus on automated and productivity-enhancing solutions comes from the Hollinger mine in Timmins, Canada. Together with long-term partner Newmont Goldcorp, Epiroc has put the world’s first fully autonomous SmartROC D65 surface drill rig in production. The operator can be positioned remotely and perform other tasks while the drill rig completes a full drill pattern autonomously. Besides increased operator safety, this boosts productivity thanks to Global Navigation Satellite System accuracy, non-stop operations and less wear and tear on drilling tools, reducing production costs and improving reliability. Another example is the new Teleremote e-tramming option for Epiroc’s popular range of Simba long-hole underground drill rigs. The automation package includes functionalities to monitor, plan and automate drilling operations from onboard the rig or from a remote location. Not only is the tramming process faster and simpler, the e-tramming function also provides a safer work environment and reduces variability in performance. “The 6th Sense approach is based on our customers’ needs for implementing digitalization, automation and new process integrations. We are continuously rolling out new innovative features, always with the customers’ needs in mind,” Helena Hedblom | President

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Philippine Resources - March 08, 2022

All-in-one solution for reliable precision elemental analysis

​ Philippine minerals have a wide range of ores from nickel laterite, copper ore, iron ore, chromite ore, limestone and more. Thus, when daily operations require elemental analysis of a wide range of inorganic/geological samples, it is often cumbersome, or not possible to setup and maintain a large number of dedicated calibrations to handle such range.  In these cases, a widely applicable, but accurate solution is highly desirable. In this application note we demonstrate Malvern Panalytical’s unique solution WROXI in combination with Epsilon 4 and Leneo sample preparation, is capable to handle a wide range of sample types. This is the value-added offerings by Malvern Panalytical to enhance precision elemental analysis, by way of in-house affordable traceability guaranteed CRMs. WROXI solution The WROXI BASE application module comprises 15 synthetic multi-elements standards, containing in total 11 different inorganic oxides. Made from traceable compounds WROXI is a primary analytical solution. The standards are delivered as powders to be prepared as fused beads on-site, using the customer’s flux, dilution ratios and methodology. Each set of WROXI standards is supplied with 15 bottles containing 10 g of powdered standards each, packed under nitrogen, in air-tight plastic bottles. Each set is supplied with drift monitors to maintain the application.  WROXI offers good calibration especially when doing shipment of ores and exploration thus following tolerance and penalty elements. It eliminates the use of different calibration in every ores and provides good accuracy and repeatability. Table 1. Concentration ranges of the 11 compounds in WROXI standards. Instrumentation A Claisse LeNEO automatic fusion instrument was used to make all the fused glass beads. LeNEO Requiring only an electrical connection and fume exhaust, the LeNEO can prepare glass disks for XRF analysis with high reproducibility. In addition to being easy to use, his fully automatic instrument guarantees safety for the operator as well as superior analytical performance in the laboratory.  Its muffle furnace and excellent insulation properties ensure uniform heating conditions providing excellent repeatability and reproducibility.  40 mm fused beads were produced by mixing 0.9 g of sample material and 9 g of flux (66 % lithium tetraborate / 34 % lithium metaborate). WROXI standards used to set up the calibration were prepared in duplicate. Measurements were performed using a Malvern Panalytical Epsilon 4 EDXRF spectrometer, equipped with a 15W, 50 kV silver anode X-ray tube, a high-resolution SDD30 silicon drift detector, 6 beam filters, a helium purge facility, a sample spinner and a 10-position removable sample changer. Epsilon 4 has an option to use in air mode, no vacuum system and no film consumables. To test the accuracy of the method 12 certified reference materials (CRM) of different geological matrices were prepared as fused beads. The results for the 11 compounds in the CRMs are shown in Table 2. For a wide range of sample types, the measured concentrations show excellent agreement with the certified values. Calibration results The calibration was set up using all 15 WROXI standards. The concentration ranges of the 11 compounds in the WROXI standards are shown in Table 1. Table 2. Analytical accuracy: comparison of certified and measured values for eleven major and minor oxides in twelve CRMs of various types dwkm ​

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