Friday, 22 May 2015

Cornwall and Devon Sundowners: May

Despite many of the regulars being missing, there were several new faces at last night's Cornish Mining Sundowner at Falmouth's Chain Locker pub, with local companies SGS, Wardell-Armstrong and Grinding Solutions being well represented.

In the photo below I am with mineral processors from SGS, based at the old Wheal Jane site near Truro.

With SGS metallurgists Richard Roethe, Varan Gopalakrishnan,
David Goldburn and Tim Sambrook
Wardell-Armstrong is also based at Wheal Jane and Aaron Wilkins and Mark Mounde had invited their client Artem Zhuchkov of Kazax Minerals, Kazakhstan to the sundowner.
Aaron, Artem and Mark
A surprise, and very welcome, visitor was Linda Shimmield, who was a librarian at Camborne School of Mines in the late 70s and later became the first secretary of the CSM Association. She was on a flying visit to Cornwall from her home in Singapore.
With Linda, and Nick Wilshaw of Grinding Solutions
Also good to see Klaas van der Wielen and Steve Warren of Wolf Minerals, who in a few weeks' time will be shift metallurgist and shift operator respectively at the Drakelands tungsten mine in Devon.
Steve and Klaas with Varan Gopalakrishnan
I will be at the Chain Locker again in just under 3 week's time, on June 9th with Computational Modelling '15 delegates, and two days later with Physical Separation '15 delegates. It will be good to see Charlie Northfield at the latter, who will be presenting a paper at the conference on the Drakelands Mine. Charlie is the Wolf Minerals Process Plant Manager and he tells me that construction of the plant is progressing well and Wolf Minerals personnel have been working hard on the preparations for the start of ore commissioning in early June. 
He sent me these photos of process plant supervisors, metallurgists and operators relaxing at the Devon mining sundowner held in the Miners’ Arms, Hemerdon on Friday 1st May. Good to see Klaas and Steve amongst them!


Wolf Minerals’ Process Plant Manager Charlie Northfield with former AMAX project manager Roger Craddock

Former Imerys employees Adam Wilkinson, Andy Harry, Mark Cox and Tony Delany in their new Wolf clothing

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