Authors: Gaudreau, D; Thin, I; Haile, A


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Gaudreau, D, Thin, I & Haile, A 2007, 'Planning Considerations for Deep Level Mining at Perseverance Mine', in Y Potvin (ed.), Deep Mining 2007: Proceedings of the Fourth International Seminar on Deep and High Stress Mining, Australian Centre for Geomechanics, Perth, pp. 121-128,

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Given the high stress and poor rock mass conditions found at the Perseverance Mine, appropriate mine engineering and planning techniques are necessary, amongst other mine operational aspects, to perform sustainable mining at current and projected depths. This paper describes the processes and techniques relevant to mine planning and the geotechnical engineering considerations used at Perseverance in the context of deep mining in the Agnew-Wiluna Greenstone Belt. Perseverance Mine produces nickel sulphide ore using sub-level caving and long-hole stoping, and is wholly owned by BHP-Billiton Nickel West. The planning efforts relating to the current sub-level caving operation and the proposed future transition to block caving at a depth in excess of one kilometre are discussed.

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