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User's manual for the U.S. Bureau of Mines in situ copper oxide mining cost model.
Minneapolis, MN: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 9284, 1991 Jan; :1-7
The U.S. Bureau of Mines has produced a generic in situ copper mine design manual, which contains a computerized cost model for in situ copper oxide mining. The model specifies (1) site-specific parameters, which must be quantified for mine design, (2) a method for minesite design based on those parameters, and (3) a procedure for assessing economic viability for the mine design. The menu-driven computer program performs calculations for developing commercial mine design specifications, as well as capital and operating costs. The default values are based on 1986 dollars, and indices for updating costs are included. The program also provides discounted-cash-flow rate of return (DCFROR) and allows for sensitivity analyses for an in situ mining operation at any specific undisturbed copper oxide deposit. This report is to be used with the 1990 version of the computer program, which has been made user friendly. It describes the files, tutorial, input phase, help function, and monitor display of all calculated values and of the DCFROR table. The monitor-displayed discounted initial value of investment and annual operating costs are defined. The dual rate-of- return situation and sensitivity analyses are also briefly discussed. Information is provided on obtaining the computer program on diskette.
In-situ-processing; Computerized-simulation; Cost-models; User-manuals; Sensitivity-analysis; Leaching; Copper-ores; Copper-oxides; Mining
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Minneapolis, MN: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 9284
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division