University of Minnesota
Minnesota Technical Assistance Program

Iron Mining Resources

MnTAP offers the following case studies as examples of ways that mines can improve processes, reduce waste, and lower energy use. Additionally, we provide a list of mining industry associations that provide support and networking opportunities to iron mines.

MnTAP Intern Projects

  • Summary: Hibbing Taconite Company (2001). The company saved $260,000 by reducing ore spills by 75% (19,000 tons) through changes to equipment and maintenance schedules.

Industrial Technologies Program Assessments

  • Case Study: Coeur Rochester, Inc. [PDF 299KB]. A plant-wide assessment of Nevada Silver Mine found opportunities to improve process control and reduce energy consumption.
  • Case Study: Kennecott Utah Copper Corporation [PDF 306KB]. This facility used energy assessments to identify $930,000 in potential annual savings.

Mining Industry Associations

Other Resources






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