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36..... TYRE MANAGEMENT - A MAJOR ASPECT OF UNDERGROUND
MECHANISED MINING OPERATIONS - Alan M. Clegg
38..... POTENTIAL OF PORPHYRY CU MINERALIZATION IN
CENTRAL ANATOLIA - İlkay Kuşcu
44..... WHAT HAPPENED IN SOMA? - Mining Turkey Magazine
51..... TURKEY’S MINING INDUSTRY REPORT - Global Business Reports
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4..... TURKISH MINING SECTOR NEWS
17..... MINE OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (MOMS),
REVOLUTIONISE THE MINING INDUSTRY - Afrasia Mining
18..... ATLAS COPCO’S CEO RONNIE LETEN VISITED TURKEY - Atlas Copco
22..... GLOBAL BEST PRACTICES IN CYANIDE MANAGEMENT: THE
INTERNATIONAL CYANIDE MANAGEMENT CODE (ICMC) AND
TURKISH EXPERIENCE - Prof. Ata Akcil, Glenn Mills
28..... SAFETY FIRST: COMPLIANCE OR CULTURE - Mustafa Kahraman
30..... WHAT DOES THE NEW MINING LAW CHANGE?
Atlas Copco CEO Ronnie Leten visited
Turkey in early October and closely
reviewed the developments in Turkey
market, which they deem important.
Mining Turkey team was also invited
to a special press conference during
his visit. You can find the interview
with Ronnie Leten on page 18.
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New regulations and new safety standards
O. Çağım Tuğ | [email protected]
Soma disaster hit close to the heart. 301 miners died because of this terrible calamity. The incident took its place in the
country’s history for being the worst-ever mining disaster of Turkey and it revealed how unprepared Turkey is to such
emergencies and how it terribly fails to meet global work safety standards. A detailed summary of the disaster is compiled
under “What happened in Soma”, free of criticism or discussion.
Since the disaster in May, Turkey has been especially working on workplace safety. The terms of the latest omnibus bill
resulted in cessation of operation in many small and medium scale enterprises around Zonguldak, a region known for
extracting the highest quality hard coal. As the underground mine fire is still burning, Soma investigation expert reports
could not be concluded, however, we can say that efforts toward more severe sanctions and higher standards have been
intensely continuing.
Authorities, especially the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources is focused on specifying proper work safety regulations
with the help of experiences acquired from mine tours abroad and suggestions of foreign experts invited. International
standards and technological advances have been presented to the Ministry at workshops, in which Güner Gürtunca, a former
executive at NIOSH in USA and a mining engineer who had worked in Soma basin, was also present. It should be noted that
facilities must be kept able to continue their productions whithout compromising the safety standards. In this context, we,
as Mining Turkey, decided to organize a seminar on New Mining Technologies and Maximizing Benefits by inviting one of
our writers; Mustafa Kahraman, from University of Arizona and MISOM Technologies, to Turkey. We believe that this seminar,
scheduled for October at Hacettepe University, will provide important contributions to the sector.
Preparatory periods of new EIA regulations and Mine Waste regulations are going through a similar course. According to the
new EIA regulations, marble and natural stone miners will be processed the same as other mining facilities. Another change
planned is to include prospecting activites in the same context of oil, natural gas and geothermal search. To consider
these two fields that have different circumstances and conditions in the same context will bring extra workload to mineral
prospecting that is already in decline due to the Ministry Circular; making it more challenging.
Some important changes are planned for Mine Waste Regulations, as well. In the Mine Waste Regulation draft, mine wastes
are exempted from special waste status by adaptations from and with references to current Hazardous Waste Control
Regulations and Regulations on Systematic Waste Storage, and it contradicts with 2008 “Regulations on General Principles
on Waste Management”, which conformed to EU acquis. This will cause juridical conflicts and result in public perception of
mine wastes to be hazardous wastes.
In our country, when applied and future legislations are being prepared, European Union Directives are taken into account.
However, as we pointed out above, some of the bills in the preparatory period contain conflicts with EU Directives. In such
conditions, hearing the representatives of the sector and involving the sector in preparation of new bills and regulations is
of utmost importance for the future of the industry and to assure that the regulations are enforceable.
Production in our country persists despite lower metal prices and closed down facilities. However, Gold Miners Association
have announced that the numbers are expected to be below production targets for 2014. All these make up a base for the
notion that finding projects that will lead to production will become a challenge in the following years in our country, where
especially prospecting is already struggling.
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