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esolution Copper’s big mining project in Arizona is tackling a lot of big
milestones. The mine itself is more than a mile deep, challenging geologic
conditions are pushing the boundaries of technology, and the project began
with the unprecedented cleanup of a massive environmental mess, freeing
the local community from a generations-old hazard.
Though still perhaps a decade out from production, Resolution – a business
partnership owned by global mining giants Rio Tinto and BHP – has already sunk
an estimated $2 billion into the project and is in the process of
sinking its second shaft 7,000 feet beneath the southern Arizona
“We sort of, from day one, billed this place as the mine of the
future,” says Hesston Klenk
manager of governance,
assurance, & engagement for Resolution. “It’s not going to be
the mine that our grandparents worked at or one that we all saw
as kids, or even the one in my 16 years working in the industry.
It’s not going to be anything like what I’ve seen in my career.”
The No 9 and No 10 headframes at the Resolution
Copper Project. A headframe is the structural
frame above an underground mine shaft, and it is
used to raise and lower conveyances within the
shaft (e.g., people, equipment, materials).
By Debra McCown Thomas