Satellite giant demonstrates commitment to mining sector

9/11/2019 12:00:00 AM

Satellite specialist Inmarsat has joined the Mining Hub, an initiative that aims to “generate opportunities and connections in the Brazilian mining industry.”

According to Inmarsat, the organisation – which is supported by the Brazilian Mining Institute – currently consists of 24 mining companies, as well as technology suppliers and consultants. Its current core workstreams include safety, water management, alternative energy sources, operational efficiency, waste management, and social development.

Having launched a tailings dam monitoring solution earlier this year, the company will work to “help drive the move towards a standardised and transparent approach to tailings dam management.” A tailings dam is used to store the by-products of mining operations.

Speaking of Inmarsat's membership of the Mining Hub, Joe Carr, its director of mining innovation said: “The mining sector is undergoing a period of rapid change which presents a range of opportunities, but also some formidable challenges. To overcome these challenges and drive innovation, the industry needs to work collaboratively to develop solutions.

“The Mining Hub is a great example of this collaboration in action, and demonstrates what can be achieved when different stakeholders within the mining supply chain work together.”

Gustavo Roque, founder of Mining Hub, said: “Technological innovation is key to the continued health of the Brazilian mining industry and to ensuring we can remain competitive, while driving safety and transparency standards.

“Inmarsat has done some pioneering work in this space and has clearly demonstrated its commitment to furthering innovation in the Brazilian mining sector.”

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