Innovation in the mining sector SOREDEM PROVIDES $134,000 IN FUNDING FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE MINRAIL PROJECT
Québec City, May 29, 2017 – The Société de recherche et développement minier (SOREDEM), a mining research and development organization managed by the Québec Mining Association (QMA), is proud to announce that it will provide $134,000 in funding for the project presented by Minrail to improve certain types of excavation equipment by increasing the mechanisation of tasks currently completed by hand. This will create better working conditions for miners and improve operational safety.
SOREDEM is also pleased to note a matching $134,000 in funding for the project from the Government of Québec.
The project will, among other things, test the equipment used to excavate low-dip veins. The tests, developed by Minrail, will validate the performance and reliability of the equipment in actual operating conditions.
"By helping to fund the project, SOREDEM and the Government of Québec recognize the importance of research and development in maintaining an innovative and forward-looking mining industry," says Josée Méthot, SOREDEM's secretary-treasurer.
"To remain competitive with the rest of the world, Québec must improve its practices on an ongoing basis and R&D offers a way to do this," adds François Pronovost, who chairs SOREDEM's board of directors.
"The Minrail project will make it possible to excavate veins that are unsuitable for standard equipment. This is a promising project and the Association thanks all the partners who have shown their belief in its potential, including Richmont Mines' Beaufor Mine, where the testing in actual operating conditions will be carried out," concludes Josée Méthot.
The long-term objective of the mining research and development corporation SOREDEM is to promote continuous mining and mineral extraction. SOREDEM operates on a contractual basis and organizes funding to support its research projects. Its goal is to contribute to the development of mining companies, especially those working on narrow-vein deposits.