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Drilling and Tunnelling News

Main sinking at Platreef Shaft 1

     15th April 2016 The changeover from presinking activities to main-sinking activities at Shaft 1 of the Platreef platinum-group metals (PGMs) mining project, in Limpopo, is expected to be completed by April, enabling the start of main sinking. Presinking of the shaft was completed to a depth of 54 m below surface. 

West African chamber to launch at Ghana mining event

     8th April 2016 The newly formed West African Chamber of Mines (Wacom), which comprises chief executives from the chambers of mines in Ghana, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Burkina Faso, will be officially launched at the twelfth West African Mining & Power Exhibition (Wampex) in June. 

West African chamber to launch at Ghana mining event
LOCATION LOCATION The West African Mining & Power Exhibition serves as a valuable platform for networking between key industry players

Infill drilling programme at Kamoa to kick-off next month

By: David Oliveira     7th April 2016 Canadian exploration and development company Ivanhoe Mines and joint-venture partner Chinese miner Zijin Mining were preparing to accelerate a planned infill drilling programme at the Kamoa copper project’s Kakula discovery, area, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), starting next month.... 

Karoo uranium promising

By: Sascha Solomons     1st April 2016 Australia-based uranium miner Peninsula Energy is determined to wrap up the reserve drilling for the definitive feasibility study on its Karoo uranium projects, in Beaufort West, in the Western Cape of South Africa, which will pave the way for a mine to be built  by 2019, says Peninsula Energy MD... 

Karoo uranium promising
GUS SIMPSON The Karoo projects offer an excellent opportunity for domestic uranium supply to fuel the new reactors that are being developed under the recently announced expansion of South Africa’s nuclear power generating capacity

Mine mechanisation gains traction

By: Simon Sonnekus     1st April 2016 More South African mining companies are shifting from using conventional labour forces to mechanising their deep-level operations, as they are exposed to increased seismic stress and the subsequent seismic activity, higher temperatures and time-consuming travelling to the rock face, says... 

Mine mechanisation gains traction
Photo by Duane Daws
DECLAN VOGT Mines and mining corporations have shifted their focus to improving production efficiency and maintaining steady productivity to prevent capital expenditure amid the commodities slump by means of using machinary

Shaft solutions to address commodities crunch

By: Simon Sonnekus     1st April 2016 Some of the most exciting opportunities are in deep-level mining, says Hatch Goba associate and Africa, Europe and the Middle East mining director Kevin Seyfried. The scarcity of capital, lower operating costs and the reaffirmation of safety by mining companies have prompted multinational... 

Shaft solutions to address commodities crunch
DIGITAL MINING TECH Hatch Goba has highlighted an increase in mechanised mining and the subsequent need for such solutions

Master Drilling maintains eye on growth as strategy gains traction 

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st March 2016 JSE-listed Master Drilling continued to pursue its geographic, commodity and business diversification strategy throughout 2015, with gains expected to start being realised in the coming year. The company had set the platform with the acquisition of a Sweden-based company and its Chilean... 

Master Drilling maintains eye on growth as strategy gains traction
Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius discusses the company’s current projects. Date recorded: 31.03.2016. Camerawork and videoediting: Nicholas Boyd.

Master Drilling delivers higher FY earnings, no dividend yet

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st March 2016 As JSE-listed Master Drilling continued its steep upward earnings trend, the company declared no dividend for the period ended December 31, 2015. The drilling solutions provider, which on Thursday reiterated it was still in a growth phase, posted basic earnings per share (BEPS) of $0.13 in 2015,... 

Company showcases drilling products at Indaba

     18th March 2016 Drilling services, equipment and performance tooling provider Boart Longyear’s product experts were on hand at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba to discuss its range of new solutions suited to the African mining market. The company, exhibiting at the event in Cape Town, which ran... 

Company showcases drilling products at Indaba
UPDATED OFFERING The upgraded LS250 MiniSonic is wide track mounted and offers a low ground pressure of 28 bar for every 4 lb of force per square inch, which is suited for increased accessibility

Manufacturer offers enhanced productivity and reliability

     18th March 2016 Construction and mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar notes that it is the only manufacturer offering rock drills designed to be serviced on site for reduced downtime and costs. The company explains that CAT drills are designed for easy maintenance with simple and well-organised electrical... 

Manufacturer offers enhanced productivity and reliability
LONGER-LASTING The MD5075C track drill is designed for best-in-class productivity, durability and low total cost of ownership, which enable the CAT rock drills to deliver three times the lifespan of competitive drills

Mining deeper while maintaining value

By: Kimberley Smuts     18th March 2016 Multidisciplinary professional services firm Hatch Goba is continuously developing more cost-effective means of extracting ore, especially in South Africa, where mining is deeper and more difficult amid falling commodity prices, resulting in decreasing profit margins. Technologies that allow for... 

Mining deeper while maintaining value
KEVIN SEYFRIED Hatch Goba works across various sectors, from infrastructure to metals and energy, providing clients with numerous services

Series increases safety, importance of students emphasised

     18th March 2016 There is increasing focus on safety within the mining industry, says sustainable productivity solution provider Atlas Copco, adding that its Diamec Smart core drilling rigs eliminate many of the hazardous operations at mines involved in underground core drilling. Atlas Copco introduced its Diamec... 

Series increases  safety, importance of students emphasised
SMART RIG The Diamec Smart core drilling rigs have an advanced rig control system that enables automatic functions such as drilling and adding and removing of rods

Spin filters reduce dust exposure underground

By: Kimberley Smuts     18th March 2016 Specialised engineering solutions provider RTS Africa Engineering is receiving an increasing number of enquiries from various markets, such as sub-Saharan Africa, Australia and India, for its inertial spin filters used in small to medium-sized mining applications.  This increase in interest can... 

Spin filters reduce dust exposure underground
IAN FRASER Inertial spin filters are an effective and practical solution for the challenges in the underground mining environment such as heavy dust loads generated by drilling and tunnelling

Hackathon fast-tracks development

By: Kimberley Smuts     4th March 2016 Technology implementation costs time and money – two critical resources that the mining sector currently requires to reinvent itself, says Anglo American Technology and Innovation head Jeannette McGill. “The Unearthed hackathon is the perfect platform to fast-track innovation and short-circuit... 

Hackathon fast-tracks development
PIETER HOLTZHAUSEN Team Middebosch took top honours for its visualisation of offshore diamond mining analytics for diamond miner De Beers

Gold explorer to start third round of drilling

     12th February 2016 Vancouver-based gold explorer Pilot Gold expects to resume drilling in March at its Goldstrike property in Southwestern Utah, in the US, to focus on extending and defining mineralisation along the main gold trend. The company released the results of the second phase of its inaugural drill... 

Gold explorer to start third round of drilling
The Goldstrike property comprises a past-producing gold mine within an 8-km-long corridor of gold mineralisation that is largely untested and ready to be drilled

New ultralow-profile mining machine operated successfully for 500 hours at SA mines 

By: Ilan Solomons     12th February 2016 Local ultralow-profile mining machinery and equipment supplier CMTI Consulting’s MT100 ultralow-profile mining machine has successfully operated for more than 500 hours at several gold and platinum mines throughout South Africa, CMTI Consulting MD Dr Danie Burger tells Mining Weekly. The MT100,... 

New ultralow-profile mining machine operated successfully for 500 hours at SA mines
CMTI Consulting MD Dr Danie Burger discusses the company’s mining machines and locomotives, as well as the importance of mines’ adopting mechanisation. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd

Council for Geoscience advances shale gas research in the Karoo

By: Ilan Solomons     4th February 2016 The Council for Geoscience (CGS) has embarked on a three-year research programme involving a range of geoscientific investigations associated with the drilling of a vertical deep-core borehole to better conceptualise some of the geological issues related to potential shale gas resources in South... 

Council for Geoscience advances shale gas research in the Karoo

‘Frack mining’ mooted as a future mining innovation

By: Ilan Solomons     29th January 2016 Miners currently face many challenges, from low commodity prices to the exhaustion of accessible high-quality orebodies and high development costs. However, by drawing on the oil and gas industry’s process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, miners may have new ways to tackle those problems... 

‘Frack mining’ mooted as a future mining innovation
ADRIENNE RATMANSKY Frack mining combines the mining industry’s practice of in-situ leaching with the oil and gas industry’s hydraulic fracturing process

Faster, easier access to orebodies

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd January 2016 JSE-listed drilling solutions provider Master Drilling will not only exhibit but also launch a new technological advancement – a mechanised blind shaft boring system – at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, following a successful experience at the 2015 Cape Town-based event. Master... 

Faster, easier access to  orebodies
MILESTONE ACCURACY The breakthrough of the pilot hole in the shaft at the Palabora copper project was within 0.5 m from the theoretical centre line of the shaft

Merger enables engineering firm to weather tough market conditions

By: Nadine James     22nd January 2016 Metallurgical engineering company MDM Engineering has kept its head above water and has been able to secure new contracts despite the depressed market conditions in the mining industry, MDM executive director and founder George Bennett tells Mining Weekly. He attributes the company’s... 

Merger enables engineering firm to  weather tough market conditions
GEORGE BENNETT MDM Engineering is in the process of completing three projects in South Africa

Supplier to feature LS250 MiniSonic in 2016

By: Kimberley Smuts     22nd January 2016 Despite the industry downturn, drilling services, drilling equipment and performance tooling provider Boart Longyear continues to invest in new product development and innovation in mining and expects to launch more than four new products this year. The company aims to share these latest product... 

Supplier to feature  LS250 MiniSonic in 2016
DRILL RIGS ON SHOW Boart Longyear will promote the LS250 MiniSonic (pictured) at the 2016 Investing in African Mining Indaba

DTI invites local companies to participate in DRC expo pavilion

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has invited South African manufacturers and exporters of mining equipment and related products and services to apply to participate at DRC Mining Week 2016, scheduled to take place on June 8 and 9 in Lubumbashi, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The... 

New geology software version due for release next year

     27th November 2015 Mining solutions developer Maptek will release the latest version of its mine-planning software suit Vulcan 10 in the first quarter of 2016. Vulcan incorporates a dedicated geology package that features tools that enable geologists to access and view drillhole data, define geological zones and... 

New geology software version due for release next year
GEOLOGISTS AID Horizon adaptive rectangular prism modelling in Vulcan enables drillhole data and downhole geophysical characteristics to be used to interpret and interpolate coal horizons

Master Drilling expands European footprint 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th November 2015 Drilling services provider Master Drilling International (MDI) has inked a €5-million deal that will see it acquire a 40% stake in Scandinavian raisebore drilling company Bergteamet Raiseboring Europe. This formed part of MDI’s long-term growth strategy and was an effective entry into the... 

Benefits of electronic detonation being realised

     20th November 2015 Electronic detonators are fast becoming an integral part of effective mining processes across the world, says electronic initiation system designer DetNet marketing director Johann Smit. “[The benefits of] electronic blast [initiation] are being recognised worldwide,” he says, adding that using... 

Benefits of electronic detonation being realised
EASY TO USE The DigiShot Plus is an easy-to-use electronic initiating system primarily for use in surface blasting applications

Mining solutions provider introduces hard rock mining truck

     13th November 2015 US-based mining equipment manufacturer Joy Global recently debuted the Joy 16TD hard rock mining truck, its newest offering for the global mining market. Based on the popular DT-1804 truck model, the 16TD features lower hood lines for improved visibility, a digital operator display, shorter... 

Mining solutions provider introduces  hard rock mining truck
16TD HARD ROCK MINING TRUCK Joy Global has replaced its popular DT-1804 truck with the 16TD model which has all of the DT's capabilities without its design flaws

Company to launch underground mining machines

By: Bruce Montiea     30th October 2015 Ultralow-profile mining machinery and equipment supplier Centre For Machine Technology and Innovation (CMTI Consulting) will launch two underground mining machines next month. CMTI Consulting MD Danie Burger says the machines are still being developed and will be delivered to gold miner Sibanye... 

Company to  launch underground mining machines
NEW MINING CONCEPT Most of the parts used to develop the Centre For Machine Technology and Innovation’s underground mining machines were produced locally

Increased volumes of mining, construction assets auctioned online

By: Mia Breytenbach     30th October 2015 Owing to the continued global and local economic challenges that the local mining industry faces, several mining houses are shifting their focus from growth and expansion to efficiency and cost control, says online mining and construction equipment auctioneering company Clear Asset. The slowdown... 

Increased volumes of mining, construction assets auctioned online
ONLINE ATTRACTION Clear Asset’s September auction registered 29 000 unique auction views and 1 674 bids, with the Vermeer trencher sold to a buyer in the US

New pneumatic face advance and roof bolter rock drill systems launched

By: Ilan Solomons     9th October 2015 Local pump and rock drill manufacturer Scamont Engineering’s range of locally manufactured pneumatic rock drills and roof bolters, the Shova face advance and Shova roof bolter have the ability to significantly increase mining extraction volumes and improve the safety levels for rock drill... 

New pneumatic face advance and roof bolter  rock drill systems launched
SHOVA FACE ADVANCE The new pneumatic drill system provides for easy, fast collaring, thereby, ensuring on-mark drilling for rock drill operators

Master Drilling remains optimistic with headline earnings up, focused on diversifying

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th September 2015 JSE-listed drilling services provider Master Drilling has declared a 22.9% jump in headline earnings from 61c to 75c for the six months ended June 30. At its results presentation in Johannesburg on Monday, the group also noted a profit of $10.4-million, up by 11%, and cash generated from... 

Prevalent mining risks necessitate more protection measures, says consultancy

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th September 2015 The pervasiveness of key risks to mineworker health and safety, notably silicosis and fall-of-ground incidents, underscores that much still needs to be done to protect workers, states multidisciplinary consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting South Africa (SA). SRK Consulting SA... 

Prevalent mining risks necessitate more protection measures, says consultancy
Photo by Bloomberg
PROTECTION MEASURE The mechanisation or automation of drilling and other mining operations is a solution that could reduce miners’ exposure to silica dust

Aircore drilling starts at Fisher East

     7th August 2015 ASX-listed exploration company Rox Resources has started an aircore drilling programme on the Fisher East nickel sulphide project located 500 km north of Kalgoorlie, in Western Australia. The drilling programme, announced by the company last month, will test several strong electromagnetic (EM)... 

Assay results find significant zinc concentration

     7th August 2015 ASX-listed metal producer Mungana Goldmines last month announced high-grade zinc results from previously unassayed diamond drill holes, within its Red Cap project area, 4 km from Mungana’s partially completed base metals concentrator at Chillagoe, in north Queensland. The drilling was done by... 

Updated Jorc mineral resource announced

     7th August 2015 Australian strategic metals company Pilbara Minerals in June announced a significant increase in the Joint Ore Reserves Committee- (Jorc-) compliant high-value lithium content of its Pilgangoora tantalum-lithium project, in Western Australia’s Pilbara region. The updated mineral resource includes... 

$2m drilling programme starts at Alaska Peninsula copper-gold project

By: Sashnee Moodley     17th July 2015 A drilling programme had started at the Alaska Peninsula copper-gold project, in south-west Alaska, explorer Millrock Resources reported on Thursday.  

$2m drilling programme starts at Alaska Peninsula copper-gold project

Hydropower can effect 90% reduction in drilling energy

By: Bruce Montiea     17th July 2015 Hydropowered rock drills can reduce the drilling energy requirement of a mine by up to 90% compared to pneumatic systems, as they operate at more than twice the penetration rate of air drills. In addition, as hydropower is more energy-efficient, it also reduces the number of drillers in a working... 

Hydropower can effect 90% reduction in drilling energy
PRECISE Hydropowered drilling can achieve improved advance rates through more accurate drilling

Local company unveils Turkey-manufactured drill rig range

By: Ilan Solomons     10th July 2015 Local diversified information technology, mining and cooling solutions and products provider Troya Trading officially unveiled its new Geo 900 exploration drilling rig range to the local market at a company open day, in Midrand, last month. The drill rig was manufactured in Turkey by drilling... 

Local company unveils Turkey-manufactured drill rig range
DRILLING MATTERS The Geo 900 drill rig had a dry hole depth capacity of 1 700 m and a 2 000 m wet-hole capacity at BQ size

Fuel-efficient blasthole drill rig can drill larger holes

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th June 2015 Sweden-based construction and mining tools and equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco launched its PowerROC T50 surface drill rig, designed for use at limestone, cement and aggregate quarries, onto the African market earlier this month. The PowerROC T50 is a tophammer, blasthole drill rig that is... 

Fuel-efficient blasthole drill rig can drill larger holes
DRILLING PERFORMANCE The newly developed rock drill COP 3060 for surface applications provided the PowerROC T50 with a high penetration rate

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