Mr. Sidney Himmel reports
IC POTASH EXPANDS TECHNICAL TEAM WITH APPOINTMENT OF RICHARD "DICK" BEAUCHAMP AS CHIEF MINE ENGINEER
IC Potash Corp. is appointing Richard Beauchamp, PE, as chief mine engineer of the company's Ochoa sulphate of potash project in southeastern New Mexico.
Reporting to Terre Lane, ICP's senior vice-president, engineering and project development, Beauchamp will be responsible for the co-ordination and delivery of all engineering services during mine development and through to the operating phase of the mine. He brings to ICP more than 14 years of hands-on experience ranging from mine planning, including permitting and capital budgeting, through to mine and plant design and construction.
Sidney Himmel, president and chief executive officer of ICP, stated: "We are very pleased to welcome Dick to the ICP team and expect that he will prove instrumental in helping to advance our Ochoa project's underground mining operations from development through full production. He is joining ICP at a very exciting time in our company's history as we prepare to complete our definitive feasibility study and move to commence our detailed engineering work on the mine and processing facility."
Prior to joining ICP, Mr. Beauchamp served in engineering posts at Patriot Coal Corp., a producer and marketer of coal, with 11 active mining complexes in Appalachia and the Illinois basin. During his near seven-year tenure with Patriot, Mr. Beauchamp was senior environmental engineer of the company's Hobet mining operations in West Virginia; manager of engineering of its Kanawha Eagle mines and Midland Trail Energy Blue Creek complex; senior planning engineer at Patriot's Coyote Coal Company; and senior mine engineer of the company's Speed mining operations. In these roles, Mr. Beauchamp led or was involved with the construction of several green- and brownfield mine sites, with the largest being the planning, construction and commissioning of the Blue Creek complex, which consists of dual underground coal mines, a processing plant, multiple tailings disposal sites and an OTR truck loadout capable of producing in excess four million raw tons per year.
After graduating from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a bachelor of science in mining and mineral engineering, Mr. Beauchamp began his career working as a mine planner and mine engineer at IMC Phosphates, before moving on to Anker Energy as mining engineer -- deep mines, and later Arch Coal as mining engineer -- operations.
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