Senior Mine Production Engineer – Underground

Expired on: Feb 15, 2022
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Sepon Mine
Closing date: 15 February 2022

Chifeng Gold’s Lane Xang Minerals Limited (LXML) operates the Sepon Gold and Copper Operation, located in Vilabouly District, Savannakhet Province, Lao PDR. Since operations commenced in 2003, LXML Sepon has produced over one million tonnes of copper cathode and over 1.2 million ounces of gold doré. In 2020, Sepon produced over 39,730 tonnes of copper and 64,809 ounces of gold doré. Sepon is projected to produce over 200,000 ounces of gold doré in 2021.

LXML is now positioning itself for future growth. With the transition from a copper-focused operation to a gold-focused operation completed in 2020 and with a number of other feasibility studies, a ramp up in exploration and with merger and acquisition activity underway, the future for LXML and the Sepon operation is unlimited in potential and opportunity.

An integral part of the gold development story at Sepon is the commencement of the Discovery Underground. This new mine will access the depth extensions of the Discovery Open Pit via a decline which is scheduled to commence in Q1 2022. The mine will be highly mechanised and incorporate longhole open stoping and room and pillar as the primary extraction methods. This is the first underground mine at Sepon and one of the first highly mechanised mines within Laos.

In support of this growth and the commencement on the underground operations, we are looking for a Mine Production Engineer – Underground to join our team to deliver on our growth plans, and be a part of this exciting future. This is an opportunity to join Sepon at the start of this new mine and it is expected that this role will have a major part to play in its success.

Reporting to the Superintendent – Integrated Mine Planning and having an operational reporting line to the Underground Mine Operations., this position will focus on short term planning and production for the underground operations.  This position will focus on:

  • Development of short term mine design requirements;
  • Develop daily, weekly and monthly plans and forecasts that integrate with longer term plans;
  • Monitor mine activity progress and compliance to plan;
  • Early identification of plan departure and develop/support remediation plans;
  • Develop individual stope extraction plans incorporating input from other technical functions (geotechnical, hydrology, geology); and
  • Oversee the review of stope extraction performance and recommend adjustments to improve outcomes.

The role will also provide technical expertise and guidance support to the work team ensuring quality of work and adherence to company safe work procedures

The successful candidate will create a schedule which safely delivers the face positions and stope development to meet quarterly forecasts and budgets, assist with design revisions and other production matters.  In conjunction with the geotechnical engineers, stopes will be designed and mined in a  manner to minimise dilution.  Working with the greater Integrated Mine Planning Team, this position will look at blending requirements of underground and open pit stocks to ensure that deleterious elements are controlled and that plant throughput rates can be sustained.  The role also provides technical expertise and guidance to the work team ensuring quality of work and adherence to company safe work procedures.

Other key responsibilities include:

  • In conjunction with the geologists, review the block model to ensure adequate levels of confidence in the GC model to create accurate plans and designs.
  • Liaise between the various technical and operation functions and individuals to ensure a cohesive team striving for the same goal
  • Document and version control management
  • Other work as required within the MTS Team.
  • Work with the mobile maintenance team to ensure equipment availabilities are included in the schedule
  • Identify operation excellence opportunities
  • Design stope blasting
  • Assist with ventilation design and monitoring

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • Engineering degree or diploma
  • 8+ years’ experience in varied production environments but must include 3+ years underground experience, preferably in room-and-pillar as well as long-hole open stoping techniques
  • High level of computer skills in Deswick is required, as well as familiarity in other mining software.
  • Strong communication skills with self-motivation and the ability to maintain direction and achieve work objectives
  • Demonstrate patience and understanding of individual and cultural differences

An attractive salary packages, including a performance-based incentives and other benefits, are on offer for this role.  This is a great opportunity to join an existing world class mining operation and contribute towards the ongoing development of the biggest and best mining company in the Lao PDR.


Phonsinuan Village, P.O. Box 4486, Vientiane, Lao PDR Tel:  +856 21 268 200, NalaoVillage, Kaisone District, Savannakhet Tel:  +856 41 212686

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