Programme 2020 - DAY 2

Tuesday 13 October 2020
New Zealand Minerals Forum 2020 - Day One
Wednesday 14 October 2020
New Zealand Minerals Forum 2020 - Day Two
Forum Day One AusIMM: Exploration; Geoscience;
Environmental Science
Mine Managers' Forum Policy and Regulatory Gala Dinner Forum Day Two AusIMM: Exploration; Geoscience;
Environmental Science 
Energy Users' Forum Aggregates & Industrial Minerals

 

 

7.00am

Registration and coffee

 

8.00am

WELCOME TO DAY TWO: RECAP OF DAY ONE

 

8.05am

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE: WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO REPRESENT MINING WITHOUT GETTING LOST IN THE LOGIC OF YOUR OWN ARGUMENTS?

"Even when you disagree with people, mutual respect creates mutual discourse, which builds empathy and if you get empathy, you get equity and once you’ve tripped the interest trigger you get genuine buy in -- and there is no greater compliment than that.”

  • navigating mining’s most complex challenge

Mitch Hooke

 

9.05am

 
 

9.25am

AUSIMM STREAM: EXPLORATION; GEOSCIENCE; ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Energy Users' Forum

AGGREGATES AND INDUSTRIAL MINERALS STREAM

 
    CHAIR: Suzannah Toulmin -  Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment CHAIR: Linda Thompson - Sustainable Energy & Utilities Group Manager, Fonterra CHAIR: Wayne Scott - Chief Executive, Aggregate and Quarry Association  
 

9.30am

EXPLORING FOR LITHIUM-CAESIUM-TANTALUM (LCT) PEGMATITES IN NEW ZEALAND

An increasing number of applications in new technologies such as batteries and high-performance metals makes that demand for lithium is growing rapidly. However, exploration for LCT pegmatites is challenging and a careful exploration strategy is required to ensure that potentially mineralised areas are rapidly and cost-effectively identified. This session will be a presentation of an exploration strategy for LCT-pegmatites in New Zealand drawing from RSC’s experience obtained through projects in Australia, Zambia and Mozambique.

Mathijs van de Ven Exploration Geologist, RSC Mining and Minerals Exploration

 

PANEL DISCUSSION: DEVELOPING A NEW ZEALAND AGGREGATES STRATEGY – PART OF THE GOVERNMENT’S MINERALS AND PETROLEUM STRATEGY

Aggregate demand is currently running at 40mt pa in New Zealand and could go to 50mt. Demand is now a given. Securing future aggregate resources is becoming increasingly important and part of a broader discussion across the extractives sector.

  • Bringing aggregates into the economic debate
  • Securing local aggregate supply vs importing aggregates: what is the cost equation? Bulk ships can be easily be backloaded but what about the logistics
  • What is the role of recycling and re-use in the equation

PANELISTS:
Wayne Scott - Aggregate and Quarry Association
Murray Francis - Road Metals
Tim Journeaux - Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
Jorge Rodriguez - Waikato Regional Council

FACILITATOR:
Dan McGregor - Winstone Aggregates

Pop-Up Theatre Day 2 - Session 1

 

9.50am

NEW ZEALAND INSTITUTE FOR MINERALS TO MATERIALS RESEARCH:  RARE EARTH ELEMENTS INVESTIGATIONS

Investigations to support a NZ rare earth elements (REE) industry is one of three exemplars that NZIMMR was charged with when it was established in 2018.  This presentation will provide an update on NZIMMR's REE sampling results from heavy mineral sands on the West Coast of South Island.

John Youngson - Senior Resident Geologist, New Zealand Institute for Minerals to Materials Research (NZIMMR)

 

10.00am

SOLAR POWER AND BATTERY STORAGE FOR RESILIENCY, LOWER ENERGY COSTS AND COMMUNITY OBJECTIVES

Increasingly extractives operations are looking at alternative energy solutions at mine sites, and with some success.
In this presentation we hear about the benefits of using solar and battery for reducing costs of energy, and exposure to fuel price increases and diesel shortages.

  • how to build solar and storage in a way which supports local community during and after the economic life of a mine or quarry. How this lines up with any CSR objectives
  • wider benefits for solar in New Zealand

Dr Andrew Crossland Power Systems Engineer, Infratec

 

10.10am

UNDERSTANDING AND USING SOUTH ISLAND AEROMAG

New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals has been running the South Island airborne geophysics programme over the last 5 years as part of the larger Data Acquisition Program.
This presentation will cover the following aspects:

  • why the program was funded and the data type acquired
  • specs of what has been collected (airborne magnetics and radio-metrics)
  • uses for the data in general terms (mineral resources, geologic hazards/structure and land use classification)
  • what is currently available, soon to be available and how to access it

Callum Skinner Senior Data Geologist, New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals

 

10.30am

MORNING TEA

Pop-Up Theatre Day 2 - Session 2

Meursault Metals

 

11.00am

Geochemical Exploration: Getting rid of some deeply-rooted flawed processes

What is best practice in geochemical exploration? There are three important questions that must be considered:

  • What is the type and nature of samples
  • What is the analysis method, is it appropriate and are you getting as many elements as possible?; and
  • Is data treated properly to avoid identification of spurious or fictive relationships.

In this paper Gazley explores his best-practice in geochemical exploration with reference to some recent New Zealand examples.

Michael Gazley - Principal Geochemist, RSC Mining and Mineral Exploration

MANAGING CARBON LIABILITIES FOR LARGE ENERGY USERS

  • Framework around carbon liabilities (from Kyoto to Paris and beyond)
  • How the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Act will change the landscape for miners and large emitters in New Zealand: ‘
    • Emissions budgets
    • Emissions auctions
    • Reduction of industrial allocations
    • Potential end of the price cap
    • Treatment of agricultural emissions
  • Case studies around innovative ways large energy users are managing their liabilities:
    • long-term offtake agreements
    • planting trees
    • partnerships to grow forests
    • hedging carbon exposure in the forward market

Josh WilliamsSenior Associate, Anderson Lloyd

 

PRESENTATION: HOLCIM IN NEW ZEALAND

Global building products giant LafargeHolcim operates in New Zealand through the Holcim brand and a range of investments. The company has key stakes in the country’s cement and ready-mix concrete infrastructure and industries. A new local direction around growth is emerging. In this presentation we hear from new local head Kevin Larcombe:

  • Outlining the local strategy
  • Excellence in cement delivery
  • Growth through acquisitions
  • Sustainable growth the Holcim way
  • Leveraging vertically-integrated business in cement, aggregate, concrete and transport

Kevin Larcombe – Executive General Manager, Holcim New Zealand

 

11.20am

ENHANCING DATA COLLECTED FROM DRILLING PROGRAMMES USING DOWNHOLE WIRELINE LOGGING AND TELEVIEWER TOOLS

See how acquisition of downhole data can aid geological interpretations from drilling programmes. As examples, structural data can be acquired from RC programmes, and more detailed domaining made possible using downhole physical property data. Examples are given from projects in Australia, but the method is equally applicable in New Zealand.

  • Downhole data adds to RC and compliments diamond drilling results
  • Structural data from downhole televiewers helps overcome apparent dip issues for modelling
  • Combined with assay data, downhole data can refine controls on mineralisation.

Simon Nielsen - Senior Geologist, Kenex

 

11.30am

FEASIBILITY OF CCS IN NEW ZEALAND – A SCIENCE PERSPECTIVE

Rob Funnell - Basin Analysis Team Leader, GNS Science

LOW COST EXPLORATION TECHNIQUES FOR QUARRIES

High demand for aggregate around the country sees many quarries looking to expand their resource base and discover new areas for quarrying. Considerable advantages exist through the application of geophysics in your exploration phase to overlay data onto outcrop locations and boreholes. Cost savings are available.

  • Modern geophysics and what you can do
  • Calculating overburden layers and cost of extraction
  • Application to limestone deposits

Mike Finnemore – Director, Southern Geophysical

Pop-Up Theatre Day 2 - Session 3

 

 

 

11.40am

MAINTAINING A SOCIAL LICENCE TO OPERATE THROUGH ADAPTIVE AMD MANAGEMENT

Many international projects have accepted treatment in perpetuity as the solution to manage acid and metalliferous drainage (AMD), which introduces future risks.  Often these future risk costs are not adequately considered in the project study.
From a 'social licence to operate' perspective, companies will need to demonstrate that they have taken all practicable efforts to prevent or minimise the quantity of AMD, and have contingency plans in place for event risks and any uncertainty. 
Uncertainty can be addressed by adaptive management processes, which provides internal and external stakeholders confidence that the future risks associated with AMD can be managed. 

Paul Weber - Director and Principal Environmental Geochemist, Mine Waste Management

 

12.00pm

 

DEVELOPMENTS IN AGGREGATE RECYCLING AND IMPACTS FOR THE INDUSTRY

Aggregate recycling is advancing and technology is driving uptake. How important is the scale of your operation to make recycling work? In this presentation we hear an Australian perspective with recent experience and relevance in New Zealand.

  • Industry overview in Australia and New Zealand
  • Plant and technology used in the industry and similarity/differences from the aggregates industry
  • Products and technical specifications of recycled products and their uses
  • Impacts of the recycling industry and future trends

Clayton Hill – Principal, Groundwork

 

12.05pm

DOMAINING IN MINERAL RESOURCE ESTIMATION

Books and courses on resource estimation clearly express the importance of domaining but offer few practical solutions or rules of thumb. There appears to be a lack of clear standards, a lack of a framework to distinguish good from bad domaining practice and there is a perpetuation of bad practice masked as common practice. Here we offer some recommendations to raise domaining standards across the industry and present a rules-based approach to improve domaining practices at the individual level.

Rene SterkDirector and Principal Consultant Geologist, RSC Consulting

 

12.30pm

NETWORKING LUNCH
INCLUDING SPEED DATING AND 'MEET THE REGULATORS' 

 

 
 

1.30pm

 

 

 

Pop-Up Theatre Day 2 - Session 5

 

 

1.45pm

MINERALS TO ADVANCED MATERIALS: A NUENZ COMMERCIALISATION STORY

This talk will discuss the experiences of commercialisation of advanced material technology experienced in the New Zealand context as well as experiences engaging with local and international companies.  Aspects of new technology commercialisation which the team at Nuenz have experienced, include:

  • technology development
  • growing the company
  • identifying customers, customer engagement and customer delivery
  • intellectual property

Troy Dougherty - Chief Technology Officer, Nuenz

A COST-BENEFIT DISCUSSION AROUND MOBILE VS FIXED PLANT

Quarry operators, faced with more complex product specs and responding to consumer demand, increasingly find themselves investing in mobile plant over fixed. The technology has come a long way in terms of operating efficiencies. We take a look at how operators should weigh up investing in mobile over fixed plant.

  • Capital costs and running costs – both fuel and maintenance
  • Flexibility and ability to meet product specs
  • Waste streams
  • installation considerations – flexibility vs fixed
  • hybrid models – mobile and fixed working together
  • latest technology advancements

David Welsh - General Manager, Winstone Aggregates

 

2.15pm

NEW ZEALAND INSTITUTE FOR MINERALS TO MATERIALS RESEARCH – WAIMATUKU RESEARCH FACILITY

NZIMMR was established in 2018 to support the NZ minerals industry by developing technologies that move national resources up the value chain.  This presentation will provide an update on the research capabilities of our new minerals and materials laboratories and the technical team behind the scenes.

Kirsty Hollis - Chief Technical Officer, New Zealand Institute for Minerals to Materials Research (NZIMMR)

CHATHAM ROCK PHOSPHATE – A SUSTAINABLE EXPLOITATION OF SEABED MINERAL RESOURCES

Chatham holds a 820 km 2 mining permit on the central Chatham Rise and will use the world’s best knowledge and technology to recover phosphate nodules from the seafloor at depths of 350 to 450 metres. It has partnered with Royal Boskalis Westminster, one of the world’s leading dredging and marine services companies.

In this presentation we will hear about the modified trailing suction hopper dredging system and the onboard separation system, what will the environmental impacts be and in particular how the plume is being managed.

Chris Castle - Director, Chatham Rock Phosphate

 

2.35pm

HOW THE MACRAES GOLD MINE COULD BECOME ONE OF THE WORLDS FIRST CARBON NEUTRAL MINES

In 2019, the NZ Government passed the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill.  This legislation sets into law the requirement for NZ to become carbon neutral by 2050. OceanaGold recognises that becoming carbon neutral prior to 2050 will benefit the company’s social license.This presentation will consider:

  • Current and historic carbon emissions at Macraes in a world and NZ context
  • The largest opportunities for carbon reductions at Macraes
  • Opportunities to mine more material from underground rather than from surface
  • What carbon reductions are available with using alternative fuels (e.g. biodiesel, LNG, electrification)
  • Opportunities available to offset carbon emissions, issues with carbon offsets and expected lag times for effective offsetting
  • Potential timeframes to achieve full carbon neutrality

Pieter Doelman - Technical Services & Projects Manager, OceanaGold

 

A 2020 UPDATE ON NEW ZEALAND AGGREGATE RESOURCES

The aggregate resources of New Zealand need to be carefully managed to efficiently sustain future development. We have used a mineral potential modelling approach to identify places in New Zealand for future hard rock and gravel quarry locations. Maps of the source rocks, environmental restrictions, future aggregate demand, supporting infrastructure and cultural sensitivity have been created from many different digital data sets. Combining these maps highlights aggregate resource opportunities at a national-scale and can be used to manage land use and planning, generate targets for exploration activities, and provide insight into future resources.

This 2020 update looks at new modelling which analyses gravel and hard rock resources separately. It also takes a more in-depth look into the current land use of future aggregate resources and features a much more advanced aggregate demand map. It includes results from at least two recent case studies for aggregate exploration. 

Matthew Hill - Geologist, GNS Science

Pop-Up Theatre Day 2 - Session 6

 

 

2.55pm

AFTERNOON BREAK AND REFRESHMENTS

 

3.25pm

BLUEPRINT FOR A NET ZERO EMISSIONS COAL MINE: CANTERBURY COAL MINE

What does a net zero emissions mine look like? Bathurst’s Canterbury Coal mine is set to be
a prototype for New Zealand’s first net zero emissions mine. In this presentation we hear
about fleet, plant power, on-site forestry offsets and how to source biodiesel.

  • Cost/benefit analysis
  • Bathurst’s climate and sustainability strategy

Richard Tacon – Chief Executive Officer, Bathurst Resources

 

3.55pm

STRATERRA CHIEF EXECUTIVE ADDRESS

Chris Baker - Chief Executive Officer, Straterra

 

4.05pm

ELECTION TIME: POLITICAL LEADERS’ DEBATE

The resources sector has been at the centre of proposed reforms by the current Government. As we lead into the 2020 election, hear from the Minister of Energy and Resources and the spokespeople from the other key political parties.

  • Is the Minerals and Petroleum Strategy fit-for-purpose
  • Are we maximising the benefits available from the country’s minerals endowment
  • What does best-practice environmental regulation look like
  • Has the climate change debate hijacked all Government policy
  • What would each party do if elected/re-elected

CONFIRMED: Jonathan YoungDavid Seymour; Gareth HughesHon Shane JonesHon Dr Megan Woods
FACILITATOR: Claire Robinson - Pro Vice-Chancellor, Massey University

 

5.05pm

CONFERENCE WRAP-UP AND CLOSE

Chris Baker - Chief Executive Officer, Straterra

 

Updated 27 March, 2020