Selective continuous surface miners and their possible applications in oil sands mining

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 82, No. 925, 1989

T.S. Golosinski, University of Alberta

This paper reviews the types of selective continuous miners (SCMs) available at present, and compares their main features. Furthermore, operating practices and mine planning aspects of the SCMs applications are reviewed and conditions for efficient application of this equipment are defined. Finally, the potential applications of the SCMs in surface mining of oil sands are discussed.
Keywords: Mining equipment, Selective continuous miners, Operating practices, Oil sands, Open pit mining