Digging Deep

How far will people go for the precious minerals and raw materials they want? Precious metals, gemstones and coal - people have killed for them and fortunes have been won and lost in mines.

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20081209

Reporter Richard Phinney travels to Guinea to find out about the work being undertaken there by Global Alumnia, a mining company that says it is focusing on aid as much as profits as it builds one of sub-Saharan Africa's largest industrial projects.

This start-up company, with no tangible assets, shocked the mining industry when it closed a deal to develop one of the world's richest mineral deposits. It pledged to hire teams of aid workers to consult villagers, provide health and water services, develop state-of-the-art environmental protection plans and resettle displaced families in decent living conditions.

Richard discovers whether or not the company has been delivering on these promises.

Reporter Richard Phinney travels to Guinea to find out about the work being undertaken there by Global Alumnia, a mining company that says it is stressing aid as much as profits as it builds one of sub-Saharan Africa's largest industrial projects.

20081214

Reporter Richard Phinney travels to Guinea to find out about the work being undertaken there by Global Alumnia, a mining company that says it is focusing on aid as much as profits as it builds one of sub-Saharan Africa's largest industrial projects.

This start-up company, with no tangible assets, shocked the mining industry when it closed a deal to develop one of the world's richest mineral deposits. It pledged to hire teams of aid workers to consult villagers, provide health and water services, develop state-of-the-art environmental protection plans and resettle displaced families in decent living conditions.

Richard discovers whether or not the company has been delivering on these promises.

0119990715

In this look at the latest in mining technology where the future is robotic, Alun Lewis visits the most sophisticated mechanised mines in the world, deep beneath the Swedish soil at Kiruna.

02 LAST19990722

Alun Lewis discovers that if the price is right, the technology exists to start mining at the bottom of the oceans or out in space.