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E M I CAUSA FA L L / W I N T E R 2 0 1 2 LATIN AMERICA FOCUS • Torreón, México Digging Deep in Mexico Mexican drilling specialist CAUSA has survived and thrived through the ups and downs of precious metals markets for over three decades. CAUSA says it has been busy thanks to the recent boom in the Mexican mining industry.. “Our development plans are tied to the growth of the mining industry in Mexico.” // GABRIEL ELIZONDO, co-founder and CEO [ BY M A R TA J I M É N E Z - L U T T E R ] When your business is tied to the value of metals, you must be able to adapt and learn to ride the waves that raise and lower the prices over time. CAUSA Perforaciones Mineras (mining drilling) has been able to stay on top PROFILE of the precious metal markets since Gabriel Elizondo and Jose Cerrillo founded the company in 1978. Elizondo, one the founders and CEO of the company explains that they had to take a variety of measures to stay in the game. “This company has gone through the same fluctuations as the mining industry has with the rise and fall in the price of gold and silver,” he says. “When the markets were down, we had to reduce employees and expenses and make sure our equipment was kept in shape and ready to go when the demand went back up,” he explains. CAUSA uses two types of drilling equipment: diamond drilling and raise borers. Diamond drilling is used for geological exploration of an area, to probe the contents of ore deposits and potential sites. “The initial phase of a mine is done with diamond drilling,” explains Elizondo. “Later on, we bring the raise borers to add ventilation to the mines.” The raise borers are used to drill large diameter holes in hard rock. Mining companies make chimney-type holes for ventilation. These holes can be from six to 12 feet in diameter and a variety of lengths. HIGH TIMES The past three years have been busy for the drilling company thanks to the boom in the Mexican mining industry. According to The Silver Institute, Mexico overtook Peru in 2010 to become the largest producer of silver in the world. This surge in production increased the de- CAUSA. | Headquarters: Torreón, México | Specialty: Mining drilling 192

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Energy & Mining International - Fall/Winter 2012

Energy & Mining International - Fall/Winter 2012
Guiding Voice
Worldwide Presence
Digging South of the Border
Honoring the Best
The Williston Basin
Whiting Petroleum Corp.
Breitling Oil and Gas
HDC Development Cos.
Aspen Air U.S. Corp.
Synergy Resources Corp.
Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services Inc.
Enviro Shield Products Inc.
Savage Services
T&R Transport
Boyd and Sons Construction
Roers Construction Inc. – Roers West LLC
J. Koski Co.
Pat’s Offroad Inc.
Tollberg Homes
Wildcat Minerals
Environmental Materials Inc. and Warren Transport Inc.
Borsheim Crane Service Inc.
Central Machining and Pump Repair
Hive Built Homes – Hive Modular
Jericho Services
Kuntz Builders Inc.
MT Rigmat LLC
Steffes Corporation
Wells Concrete
Annabelle Homes - Bakken Shale
Oil Pipeline Blues
Canada Focus
Orbite Aluminae Inc.
New Millennium Corp.
Dynacorp Fabricators Inc.
PCL Contractors
Colter Energy Services Inc.
Zargon Oil and Gas Ltd.
Prodigy Gold Inc.
Rambler Metals and Mining PLC
Innovator Industrial Services
TWD Technologies
Veresen Inc.
Columbus Castings
Comstock Mining Inc.
MS Energy Services
White Star Pump Co.
Golden Queen Mining Co. Ltd.
Pershing Gold
Summit Casing Equipment
Black Hawk Energy Services
Timberline Drilling Inc.
Butch’s Rat Hole and Anchor Service Inc.
Calfrac Well Services
Geoprobe Systems®
Pacific Energy Development
Crocodile Gold Corp.
Gold Standard Ventures Corp.
GreenHunter Water LLC
Preferred Sands
Romarco Minerals Inc.
The Final Shot

Energy & Mining International - Fall/Winter 2012