Misclassification of ore grades results in lost revenues and the need for representative sampling procedures in open-pit mining is increasingly important in all mining industries. This study evaluated possible improvements in sampling representativity with the use of Reverse Circulation (RC) drill sampling compared to manual blast hole (BH) sampling in the Leveäniemi open-pit mine, northern Sweden. The results of the variographic experiment showed that sampling variability was lower for RC than for BH sampling. However, the total costs for RC drill sampling are significantly more than for manual BH sampling; other benefits may motivate the introduction of RC drilling. The main conclusion is that manual BH sampling can be fit-for-purpose in the studied open-pit mine. However, with so many mineral commodities and mining methods in use globally, there is no universal best practice for open-pit drill sampling and each case must be evaluated individually.
|Tidsskrift||Transactions of the Institutions of Mining and Metallurgy, Section B: Applied Earth Science|
|Status||Udgivet - 2 okt. 2017|
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