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BEST PRACTICE IN

MINE PLANNING

planning is an iterative process

planning, an integral part of mining


stages in life cycle of a mining project include:

exploration
discovery
assessment
development
production
closure

Evaluation phase
Operations phase

purpose of planning varies with each stage

FEASIBILITY STUDY CHECK LIST

MINING METHOD
Mining method

open pit

strip mining, conv. open cut, haul back .


truck and shovel

underground

Equipment type

Loading unit selection and size


Truck selection and size

Support equipment

ECONOMIC PIT LIMITS


Breakeven or Economic Strip Ratio =
(Recoverable value/ ore t. - (production cost/ore t. + minimum profit))
stripping cost / waste t.

Cut off grade = Cut off grade =


(treatment cost/ore t. + fixed costs/ ore t.)
((sales price per lb - marketing cost per lb) * metal recovery) / 2204.6 lb/t

variation in accuracy with studies