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Economic evaluation of borehole and conventional mining systems in phosphate deposits.

Authors
Hrabik-JA; Godesky-DJ
Source
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 8929, 1983 Jan; :1-34
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NIOSHTIC No.
10002925
Abstract
The Bureau of Mines compared the feasibility of mining deep phosphate deposits by a borehole mining system with mining by proven conventional techniques. An economic comparison of the borehole mining system with conventional dragline and bucket wheel excavator mining systems was completed at various mining depths and production rates. Hypothetical phosphate deposits, with various overburden thicknesses and reserve tonnages, were defined. Geologic conditions necessary for the application of the borehole system were identified. Borehole mining was found to be more economical where overburden thickness was 150 ft or greater; however, at 50- and 100- ft thicknesses, conventional surface mining was more economical. Overburden thickness has a great effect on the economic feasibility of the conventional mining systems but less effect on the economics of borehole mining.
Keywords
Mining-industry; Phosphate-deposits; Boreholes; Surface-mining; Mining-equipment; Beneficiation; Capitalized-costs; Operating-costs; Cash-flow
Publication Date
19830101
Document Type
IH; Information Circular
Fiscal Year
1983
NTIS Accession No.
PB83-239137
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
IC-8929
NIOSH Division
EFOC
Source Name
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 8929
State
PA
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