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Drilling and Tunnelling News

Mobile technology helps eliminate blasting obstacles

By: Kimberley Smuts     18th November 2016 Explosives firm BME explored how mobile technology and centralised data could provide mine managers with an edge to comprehensively eliminate potential blast problems, through among others management of blast inputs, thereby improving blast results, at its annual Drilling and Blasting Conference.... 

Two-year renewal for Zebediela nickel project prospecting rights

By: David Oliveira     11th November 2016 Aim-listed base metals and uranium exploration company URU Metals announced earlier this month that it successfully renewed the three prospecting rights encompassing its Zebediela nickel project, in Limpopo, for another two years. The prospecting rights are held by URU Metals’ wholly owned South... 

Zambian project achieves one-million lost-time injury-free work hours

By: Sascha Solomons     4th November 2016 Mining and exploration company Group R Mining & Exploration Zambia achieved one-million man hours without a lost-time injury (LTI), at its Synclinorium shaft expansion project on behalf of owner Zambian-registered copper miner Mopani Copper Mines. Group R is the operating partner of... 

Zambian project achieves one-million lost-time  injury-free work hours
SYNCLINORIUM SHAFT EXPANSION The project involves the construction of a 7-m-diameter main shaft and a 6-m-diameter ventilation shaft to depths of 1 277 m and 1 167 m respectively

Amplats targeting 80% mechanised production but timeline extended to 2027 as price slumps

By: Ilan Solomons     28th October 2016 Platinum producer Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) is developing a range of mechanised technologies and is aiming to produce 80% of its platinum using mechanised mining methods by 2027. Amplats mining services head Frik Fourie says the company started implementing this strategy in 2011 when the... 

Amplats targeting 80% mechanised production but timeline extended to 2027 as price slumps

Greater urgency needed in adopting mechanisation in South Africa

By: Aarifah Nosarka     28th October 2016 For the local mining industry to ensure its sustainability, the industry needs to accelerate the rate at which it is adopting new technology, mechanical engineering consultant CMTI Consulting MD Dr Danie Burger tells Mining Weekly. “The transitioning of mines to greater mechanisation and... 

Greater urgency needed in adopting mechanisation in South Africa
DANIE BURGER The transition of mines to include greater mechanisation and automation is way too slow

Patented mining technology to be released month-end

By: Aarifah Nosarka     28th October 2016 Local ultra-low-profile mining machinery and equipment supplier CMTI Consulting expects to release its patented MT100, MT1000 and automated brake tester technologies for mines by the end of this month. The technology, developed by CMTI Consulting, in Pretoria, comprises 70% local content and is... 

Patented mining technology to be released month-end
MECHANISED EQUIPMENT The MT1000 is equipped with a drill rig and mechanical breaker for nonexplosive mining or a multi-drill rig for conventional stoping

Horizontal raiseboring at Cullinan mine outperforms traditional methods

By: Ilan Solomons     21st October 2016 Raise boring and drilling services group Master Drilling is nearing completion of a 220 m hole with a diameter of 4.5 m horizontal raise bore (HRB) trial project at Southern Africa-focused miner Petra Diamonds’ Cullinan diamond mine, in Gauteng. During a site visit to the mine earlier this month,... 

Horizontal raiseboring at Cullinan mine  outperforms traditional methods
Photo by Duane Daws
HORIZONTAL RAISE BORING Horizontal raise boring is a developing technology with potentially faster production advances and is consistently more stable than traditional drill and blast

New body for shaft sinkers launched

By: Ilan Solomons     30th September 2016 The South African Shaft Sinking, Equipment and Services (Sasses) supply group, a subgroup within the South African Capital Equipment Export Council (Saceec) was officially launched at the Electra Mining Africa 2016 tradeshow in Johannesburg, last week. Sasses aims to assist local manufacturers... 

New body for shaft sinkers launched
NEW BEGINNINGS The South African Shaft Sinking, Equipment and Services supply group aims to assist local manufacturers that supply shaft sinking, equipment and services

Studies seek ways to prevent falls-of-ground accidents at mines

By: Ilan Solomons     30th September 2016 A series of implementation projects were carried out between 2012 and 2015 by global engineering consultancy SRK through the Safety in Mines Research Advisory Committee with funds from the Mine Health and Safety Council (MSHC) with the aim of imparting a risk-based support design methodology to... 

Studies seek ways to prevent falls-of-ground accidents at mines
ASSESSING RISK The risk-based support design method is intended to address fall-of-ground-related risks in narrow tabular underground mines

Ontario govt awards Boart Longyear C$1.37m to improve safety, reduce costs

By: Henry Lazenby     28th September 2016 Multinational drilling equipment and services provider Boart Longyear has received an award of C$1.37-million from the Ontario government to help improve safety at mineral exploration drilling sites and the efficiency of drilling systems technology. The Salt Lake City, Utah-headquartered company... 

Cash costs plunge below $700/oz at AngloGold’s Mponeng mine

By: David Oliveira     23rd September 2016 South African gold mining major Anglo-Gold Ashanti reported in its six- months through June 30 earnings report, released in mid-August, that its South African flagship operation, Mponeng gold mine, near Carletonville, was one of the lowest-cost producers in South Africa during the first half of... 

Cash costs plunge below $700/oz at AngloGold’s Mponeng mine

Hughes Drilling appoints administrators

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd September 2016 Queensland-based coal driller and miner Hughes Drilling has collapsed. Jason Preston, Shaun Fraser and Jamie Harris, partners of McGrathNicol, were on Thursday appointed as joint administrators of all the entities controlled by Hughes Drilling, except of its US subsidiary Reichdrill. 

Shaft sinking industry group launches, seeks to create new opportunities

By: Ilan Solomons     16th September 2016 The South African Shaft Sinking, Equipment and Services (Sasses) supply group, a subgroup within the South African Capital Equipment Export Council (Saceec), was officially launched at the Electra Mining Africa 2016 tradeshow in Johannesburg, this week. Sasses aims to assist local manufacturers... 

Shaft sinking industry group launches, seeks to create new opportunities
South African Shaft Sinking, Equipment and Services supply group launch

Caterpillar to discontinue some underground equipment ranges

By: Ilan Solomons     16th September 2016 In a “strategic initiative” to restructure and optimise its manufacturing footprint, US mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has decided to place its soft rock room and pillar underground equipment production under review and will stop taking orders for this equipment. The company has... 

Caterpillar to discontinue some underground equipment ranges
NEARING THE END Caterpillar may divest of its underground mining room and pillar products and will also discontinue the manufacture of track drills

Consultant promotes technology over subsidies to ensure sustainability

By: Nadine James     16th September 2016 Coal mining companies need to embrace the technological revolution if they are to overcome current challenges, including lower commodity prices, rising labour costs and increased regulatory pressures, says commodity and industrial consulting firm Bryanston Resources. According to Bryanston... 

Consultant promotes technology over subsidies  to ensure sustainability
LORENZO TENCATI It is technology, not government subsidies, that will add value to the South African mining industry

Indicated resources at Tanzania gold prospect up 409% to 205 347 oz

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th September 2016 East Africa-focused gold producer, developer and explorer Shanta Gold has upgraded its Joint Ore Reserves Committee-compliant resource estimate at the Ilunga satellite deposit at the New Luika Gold Mine (NLGM), in south-west Tanzania, with indicated resources increasing by 409% – from 40 352 oz... 

Indicated resources at Tanzania gold prospect up 409% to 205 347 oz
Photo by Bloomberg
GRADE ELEVATION The indicated resource gold grade rose 17%, from 4.03 g/t of gold to 4.71 g/t of gold

Master Drilling posts 15.4% revenue growth despite tough operating environment

By: Ilan Solomons     16th September 2016 JSE-listed drilling services provider Master Drilling has overcome a challenging economic climate to secure a $208.9-million order book, while its headline earnings a share increased 30.1% year-on-year to 97.6c in the six months ended June 30. At a presentation of the company’s interim results,... 

Master Drilling posts 15.4% revenue growth  despite tough operating environment
Photo by Duane Daws
DANIE PRETORIUS Master Drilling experienced a slow start to 2016, owing to delayed access to sites, delays in project start-ups, poor ground conditions and economic fluctuations

Sentinel at forefront of global mining technology

     9th September 2016 Canadian base metals producer First Quantum Minerals’ (FQM’s) $2.1-billion Sentinel mine, in Zambia’s North-Western province, is described by the Zambian Chamber of Mines (CoM) as the country’s mining industry’s “most ambitious venture ever” and the single-largest upfront infrastructure... 

Sentinel at  forefront of global mining technology
SERIOUS COMPETITOR The Sentinel mine uses some of mining's most advanced technology

Master Drilling secures healthy pipeline of projects, despite challenges 

By: Ilan Solomons     6th September 2016 JSE-listed drilling services provider Master Drilling has overcome a challenging economic climate to secure a $208.9-million order book, while its headline earnings a share increased 30.1% year-on-year to 97.6c in the six months ended June 30. At a presentation of the company’s interim results,... 

Master Drilling secures healthy pipeline of projects, despite challenges
Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius discusses the company's performance for the six months to June 30 and the current status of the projects it is working on. Video and edting: Nicholas Boyd

Kansanshi copper mine renews drill fleet

By: Mia Breytenbach     2nd September 2016 Amid lacklustre global commodity prices and difficult times faced by the Zambian copper mining industry, the country’s largest copper mine, Kansanshi, has opted to renew its fleet of blast hole drill rigs by acquiring Sandvik D25KS and DP1500i drill rigs. Sandvik Zambia key account manager for... 

Schwalbe

     26th August 2016 Focused on providing products and services whilst ensuring competitiveness in quality, reliability and price, South Africa-based drilling equipment supplier Schwalbe’s product lines have been supplied to and tested, with favourable results, by companies such as gold producer AngloGold Ashanti,... 

Schwalbe

Impeded release of nitrates mitigating enviro impact of mining explosives

By: Dylan Slater     19th August 2016 Developments over the past three decades by mining explosives manufacturer BME, have resulted in a lowered negative impact on the environment through the impeded release of nitrates during blasting operations, thereby, preventing possible groundwater contamination and allowing enhanced recycling... 

Impeded release of nitrates mitigating enviro impact of mining explosives
EXPLOSIVES DEVELOPMENT Emulsion-based explosives released about 0.7% of its nitrate content into water in tests

Large-diameter drilling at Orapa project may start at year-end

By: Kimberley Smuts     29th July 2016 Exploration company Tsodilo Resources aims to extract between 2 000 t and 3 000 t of kimberlite from BK16, potentially one of the last economic kimberlite pipes in the Orapa kimberlite province in Botswana, during a large-diameter drilling (LDD) programme in the fourth quarter of the year. The... 

Large-diameter drilling at Orapa project may start at year-end
BETTER TREATMENT The dense medium seperator plantat Tsodilo's Orapa project is scheduled for an upgrade in the third quarter of this year

New diesel-hydraulic tunnelling jumbo provides high-quality drilling solution

     15th July 2016 A new tunnelling jumbo, the DT912D, has been added to the range of products offered by breaking, drilling, crushing tools and equipment provider Sandvik Construction and is equipped with the company’s RD525 hydraulic rock drill, or optionally the RD520.  

New diesel-hydraulic tunnelling jumbo provides high-quality drilling solution
PERFORMANCE BOOST The DT912Da tunnelling jumbo RD525 hydraulic rock drill, which offers 'superior drilling performance' with high lifetime

Pneumatic equipment no longer centre stage, but still has place

By: Sebastian Whyle     15th July 2016 The uptake of pneumatic tools at mine sites has slowed, owing to new mining technology and techniques, equipment provider Borwa Mining Instruments MD Lebogang Matlou tells Mining Weekly.  

Pneumatic equipment no longer centre stage, but still has place
RIGOROUS REQUIREMENTS Mining companies are cleaning house, looking for genuine, nonfronting and reliable black-youth-owned mining suppliers

Bada’s initial drill phase set for August

By: Nadine James     8th July 2016 Resource company Essel Group Middle East (EGME) expects to start Phase 1 of its drilling programme for its Bada potash project, in Eritrea, next month. EGME CEO Punkaj Gupta says the remainder of its 2016 exploration campaign will primarily be focused on drilling test holes to examine the layers... 

Bada’s initial drill  phase set for August
HOT PROSPECT The Bada licence is located in the northern-most part of Danakil depression where temperatures can exceed 50 °C

Drilling reveals visible gold in Burkina Faso

     8th July 2016 Gold developer West African Resources has reported high-grade reverse circulation (RC) drilling results from the M1 prospect at its Tanlouka gold project, in Burkina Faso. 

Drilling reveals visible gold in Burkina Faso
VISIBLE GOLD Visible gold has been found in the core drilling samples from the Tanlouka gold project, in Burkina Faso

Some services firms report business revival as several commodity prices rise

By: Henry Lazenby     6th July 2016 Certain mining services providers have reported increased interest from customers on both the investor and mining side, saying the slight recovery for many major commodities so far this year had translated into improved business. “Yes, there’s definite improvement in our business, especially... 

Some services firms report business revival as several commodity prices rise

Mining equipment sector to reach $156bn by 2022 – report

By: Ilan Solomons     6th July 2016 The global mining equipment sector is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.9% between 2016 and 2022, to reach a value of over $150-billion by 2022. This was according to a new report published on Monday by global market research company Allied Market Research (AMR) titled ‘World... 

Mining equipment sector to reach $156bn by 2022 – report

Moatize takes delivery of 212 t surface miner

By: Kimberley Smuts     1st July 2016 Mining services and construction provider Wirtgen South Africa (SA) has supplied its biggest surface mining model, the 212 t 4200SM, to diversified miner Vale’s Moatize coal mine project, in Tete, Mozambique. The 4200SM costs about €5-million depending on client specifications and can mine out... 

Moatize takes delivery of 212 t surface miner
REDUCED CONTAMINATION Wirtgen surface miner machinery aims to to mine cleaner coal

Atlas Copco launches automated surface drill rig

By: Dylan Slater     24th June 2016 Equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco in April launched its automated surface drill rig – the SmartROC – to the South African industry in the mining town of Kathu, in the Northern Cape.  

Atlas Copco launches automated surface drill rig
AUTO DRILLING The drill setup and drill cycle of the Atlas Copco SmartROC drill can be run with a touch of a button

Essential maintenance supplied despite budget cuts by mines

By: Sebastian Whyle     17th June 2016 Rope access service and equipment provider Skyriders is, to a large extent, immune to the current commodities price slump, as inspection and maintenance is an essential part of keeping sites operational, notes marketing manager Mike Zinn. 

Essential maintenance supplied despite  budget cuts by mines
MAINTENANCE REMAINS KEY Although maintenance budgets are being trimmed to survive the current tough global economic climate, maintenance is vital at active mining operations

UK show sees strong demand

By: Kimberley Smuts     17th June 2016 The Hillhead international quarrying and recycling show is famous for its live demonstrations and 2016 will be no different with a range of equipment being put through its paces in a live quarry environment. Demand for the 2016 event has been strong with every square metre now allocated,... 

UK show sees strong demand
UNIQUE OFFERING Hillhead demonstrates real ‘job of work’ in a live quarry environment

Sandvik reinvents top hammer drill bit

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th June 2016 To solve problems when drilling in abrasive rock conditions, global supplier of equipment and tools, service and technical solutions for the mining industry Sandvik Mining introduced a “groundbreaking” new design for drill bits. The primary applications for the top centre drill bits include face... 

Sandvik reinvents top hammer drill bit
SERVICE INCREASE The value-add to operations from the top centre drill bits include up to 80% longer grinding intervals and up to 60% longer bit life

German company develops four machines for blind-shaft construction, enlargement

By: Dylan Slater     3rd June 2016 German mechanised tunnelling engineering company Herrenknecht AG has developed a range of four shaft boring machines for the safe and rapid construction of blind shafts or shaft enlargements to a depth of 2 000 m.  

German company develops four machines  for blind-shaft construction, enlargement
JANSEN PROJECT Herrenknecht’s Shaft Boring Roadheader in use at BHP Billiton’s Jansen project in Canada

Sasol investing $1.4bn to grow Mozambique gas platform 

By: Terence Creamer     30th May 2016 Energy group Sasol has started drilling the first of what will be 12 new gas and oil wells in Mozambique where the government recently approved a production sharing agreement (PSA), as well as a field development plan for the resources, which are in the same neighbourhood as Sasol’s producing... 

Sasol investing $1.4bn to grow Mozambique gas platform
Photo by Sasol
Drilling for gas in Temane

Aggressive drilling programme under way at Gascoyne’s Dalgaranga

By: Samantha Herbst     24th May 2016 Following the completion of a prefeasibility study of its 80%-owned Dalgaranga gold project earlier this year, which proved the project to be a robust development, ASX-listed gold hopeful Gascoyne Resources on Tuesday announced that an aggressive drilling programme was currently under way at... 

Australia’s GB Energy to acquire lithium project in Namibia

By: Samantha Herbst     19th May 2016 In line with its strategy of targeting minerals critical for the future of the energy environment, ASX-listed GB Energy has entered into an option agreement with an unnamed South African company which, if exercised, provides the GB Energy with the right to acquire a 70% stake in Namibia’s... 

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