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Drilling and Tunnelling News

African drilling projects benefit from versatile equipment

By: Bruce Montiea     20th March 2015 African drilling projects are benefiting from using the versatile instruments and products produced by Italy-based drilling instruments designer DAT instruments, says sales manager Domenico Anelina. He adds that the company’s products can be installed and used on any drilling rig, irrespective of... 

Company introduces new, improved drill

20th March 2015 High-technology engineering company Sandvik has added the new DR461i drill to its equipment product line. “The DR461i is a diesel powered, self-propelled, crawler-mounted blasthole drill that is automation-ready and features forward-thinking design and technology for bulk mining operations,”... 

Company introduces new, improved drill
ROUGH TERRAIN Customers count on Sandvik to develop robust drills

Challenging drilling project successfully completed

By: Bruce Montiea     20th March 2015 Integrated drilling services and equipment provider Boart Longyear last month completed another unique project using its dual-tube flooded reverse-circulation technique. The technique, used to drill 60-inch shafts through loss circulation zones, was used to create a ventilation shaft for an... 

Challenging drilling project successfully completed
DRILLING TECHNIQUE The dual-tube flooded reverse-circulation drilling technique makes it possible for the bit to penetrate loss circulation zones without the use of a more traditional raised bore rig

Newly formed Thebe Turnstone to meet BBBEE thresholds

By: Natalie Greve     16th March 2015 Thebe Investment Corporation subsidiary Thebe Mining Resources (TMR) has acquired drilling company Turnstone Drilling, driving the group’s strategy of investing in businesses that provide critical services and supplies to mining sector. Turnstone Drilling had an operational fleet of 40 surface... 

Equipment supplier secures diamond, copper and nickel sector contracts

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th February 2015 South Africa-based drilling equipment supplier Schwalbe Import & Export has obtained three significant contracts with Africa-based mining companies in Botswana, Schwalbe MD Jonathan Betsalel tells Mining Weekly, adding that the company aims to start supplying the products in March or April. “The... 

Company aims to increase African footprint

By: Pimani Baloyi     23rd January 2015 Diversified construction, infrastructure concessions and related services company Group Five will exhibit at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba. The company aims to use the indaba to increase its mine plant construction footprint in Africa. Group Five operations director Mark... 

Drilling company to touch base with African clients at expo

By: Pimani Baloyi     23rd January 2015 Global drilling solutions provider Energold Drilling Corp says it will use the 2015 Investing in African Mining Indaba, which will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 9 to 12, to get to know existing and potential clients better and get a sense of the state... 

Africa-focused drill supplier increases international sales

By: Pimani Baloyi     23rd January 2015 Johannesburg-based exploration drilling equipment manufacturer HUD Mining Supplies, which will exhibit at the 2015 Investing in African Mining Indaba, has been increasing its market share outside Africa over the past two years. HUD director and GM Ian Omand tells Mining Weekly that the company... 

Call for greater support for mining industry

By: Pimani Baloyi     23rd January 2015 Richards Bay-headquartered heavy-equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment, which has several large-scale South Africa-based projects in the 2015 pipeline, will exhibit its new B60 articulated dump truck (ADT) mining range at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, which will take place at... 

First-time exhibitor aims to grow market share

By: Pimani Baloyi     23rd January 2015 Johannesburg-based drilling and grouting services provider Rosond, which will exhibit for the first time at the 2015 Investing in African Mining Indaba, says it will use the exposure provided by the indaba to expand its South African and African market. Rosond operations director Ricardo Ribeiro... 

Company to use mining event to demonstrate its product innovation legacy

By: Bruce Montiea     23rd January 2015 This year marks an important milestone for global mineral exploration company Boart Longyear, as it is celebrating its 125th anniversary. The company plans to use the Investing in African Mining Indaba, to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 9 to 12, as a... 

Company to use mining event to demonstrate its  product innovation legacy
DRILLING Boart Longyear is a worldwide provider of drilling services, drilling equipment and performance tooling for mining and drilling companies

Company incorporates 3D plant modelling and more intelligent P&ID creation into its workflow

23rd January 2015 Mineral and metals process engineering company Tenova Bateman says its South Africa-based engineers have executed a feasibility study that examined the best way of adding a new flotation process to enable the enhancement of the design and functionality of a phosphorus plant in Limpopo, using... 

Company incorporates 3D plant modelling and more intelligent  P&ID creation into its workflow
Photo by Bateman Engineering
PLANT DESIGN Tenova Bateman has executed a feasibility study using AutoCAD Plant three-dimensional, AutoCaD P&ID and Autodesk Navisworks software

Underground mining platform most active shaft sinker outside China

16th January 2015 With 22 active shaft projects under way globally, construction and engineering group Murray & Roberts’ underground mining platform is ranked the most active shaft sinking group in the world, outside of China, says Murray & Roberts Cementation business development executive Allan Widlake. The... 

BME conference contributes to explosives education, information sharing

By: Chantelle Kotze     14th November 2014 Mining explosives company BME hosted its twenty-second yearly Drilling and Blasting Conference at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s International Conference Centre, in Pretoria, last week as part of the company’s contribution to education and information sharing on blasting... 

BME conference contributes to explosives education, information sharing
FRANCOIS HAY Despite low commodity prices throughout Africa, BME's vision as a group is to create customer wealth by leveraging its knowledge

Sentula sells DRC-based drilling assets amid exploration crunch

By: Natalie Greve     21st October 2014 Sentula Mining subsidiaries Sentula Mining Services and Senex have inked a deal to offload idle property, plant, equipment and associated inventory held in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to Orezone Drilling Mauritius and its DRC-focused drilling subsidiary Orezone Drilling DRC for... 

Tertiary Minerals' MB fluorspar project approved for Phase 3 drilling

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th September 2014 Aim-listed Tertiary Minerals on Tuesday said the permitting for Phase 3 drilling at the MB fluorspar project, in Nevada, had been approved. The Phase-3 drilling programme was planned to increase the size of the inferred mineral resource by extending the drilling to the north and west of the... 

Tertiary Minerals' MB fluorspar project approved for Phase 3 drilling

Drilling to start at synclinorium shaft this month

By: David Oliveira     12th September 2014 Mining contractor and engineering firm Redpath Mining Africa will begin drilling at Mopani Copper Mines’ synclinorium shaft project, in Kitwe, Zambia, at the end of the month. The project is owned and operated by joint venture company Carlisa Investments Corporation, comprising mining companies... 

Drilling to start at synclinorium shaft  this month
Photo by Ngage
THE REDBORE 100 This raise drill will be used to drill a 1 167 m vertical shaft, at Mopani Copper Mines' synclinorium shaft

Machine reduces shaft-sinking time by 20% to 30%

By: Chantelle Kotze     5th September 2014 Mining contracting company Murray & Roberts Cementation, in partnership with tunnel boring machine manufacturer Herrenknecht and Germany-based Thyssen Schachtbau have develop the latest generation rodless shaftboring machine known as the shaft boring enlarger (SBE), which reduces shaft sinking... 

Machine reduces shaft-sinking time by 20% to 30%
ALLAN WIDLAKE The newly developed 350 t shaft boring enlarger basically works like a modern hard rock tunnel boring machine, but vertically

Master Drilling reports growth, but falls shy of expectations

By: Tracy Hancock     4th September 2014 JSE-listed Master Drilling on Thursday reported a 20.6% increase in revenue to $65.2-million for the six months ended June 30, from the $54.1-million recorded in the previous comparable period, while its profit was up 20.9% from $7.7-million to $9.3-million compared with the 2013 period. In its... 

Master Drilling reports growth, but falls shy of expectations

New vertical pipeline supports narrow-reef emulsion system

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th August 2014 Mining explosives company BME is establishing a 300 m vertical emulsion pipeline – the deepest in the world – at a South African gold mine currently implementing BME’s new narrow-reef emulsion system. The pipeline, scheduled for completion at the end of this year, will reduce the usual shaft time... 

New vertical pipeline  supports narrow-reef  emulsion system
BLASTING EFFICIENCY BME’s portable charging unit enables mines to employ safer and more cost-effective emulsion-based blasting technology

New core orientation system to increase drilling productivity

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th August 2014 US-based integrated drilling services, equipment and performance tooling provider Boart Longyear has added an industry-first integrated core orientation system – TruCore – to its product range. The system enables drillers in the mining industry to increase productivity and decrease consumables... 

New core orientation system to increase drilling productivity
INDUSTRY FIRST The TruCore integrated core orientation system enables drillers to increase productivity

Mining equipment manufacturer Kopex increases its presence in Africa

29th August 2014 Mining equipment manufacturer and service provider Kopex Group, which is headquartered in Poland, is increasing its presence on African soil, where it sees increased demand for more user- and environment-friendly mining equipment. Through its subsidiary company, Hansen + Genwest, based in Benoni,... 

Mining equipment manufacturer Kopex increases its presence in Africa

Hansen + Genwest eager to spread its wings

29th August 2014 outh African transformer and switchgear manufacturer Hansen + Genwest is eager to diversify its product range and expand its customer base, setting its sight on acquisitions and spreading its wings into the rest of Africa. The Benoni, South Africa-based company, which prides itself on selling the... 

Hansen + Genwest eager to spread its wings

Grindrod Rail’s focus firmly on Africa as mining expands

29th August 2014 Private rail service provider Grindrod Rail is well placed to take advantage of the demand for commodities from Africa, providing key services for strategic customers wishing to get their product to port and supporting national rail operators in meeting their rail commitments. The historic under... 

Grindrod Rail’s focus firmly on Africa as mining expands

Australian states convinced fracking's viable but not taking concerns lightly

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     1st August 2014 While Australia is estimated to host more than 800-trillion cubic feet of gas resources, the rapidly expanding gas industry is facing a significant battle in exploiting some of these resources. During the three months to March, Australian gas production reached 15-billion cubic meters, and for... 

Australian states convinced fracking's viable but not taking concerns lightly

Major Drilling expands services underground

By: Henry Lazenby     25th July 2014 Canadian drilling equipment and services provider Major Drilling this week announced its entry into the underground percussive/long-hole drilling sector with an agreement to buy Taurus Drilling Services for C$27.7-million. The Moncton, New Brunswick-based driller on Monday said Taurus was... 

Major Drilling expands services underground

US company contracted to drill at Chile mine

25th July 2014 Integrated exploration drilling services provider Boart Longyear was, in May, contracted to conduct exploration drilling at BHP Billiton-operated Minera Escondida copper mine in northern Chile’s Atacama Desert, says Boart Longyear Latin America drilling services GM Scott Whitt. Minera Escondida... 

US company contracted to drill at Chile mine
Photo by Duane Daws
LEADING THE PACK Chile is widely known as the world’s number one copper producer

Continuous product development necessary

By: Mia Breytenbach     25th July 2014 Considering some of the key challenges currently facing the iron-ore industry, there is a definite need for original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to focus on product research and development for specific customised products, says tooling, materials technology, mining and construction... 

Continuous product  development necessary
Photo by Sandvik
CONTINUOUS DEVELOPMENT As part of product development, Sandvik’s considerations include the design of rotary bits with more operational flexibility

Strong Sheq adherence stands quarry in good stead

4th July 2014 Cement and concrete manufacturer AfriSam says its Coedmore sand and stone quarry in Bellair, KwaZulu-Natal has survived tough market conditions and robust industry competition by adhering to strict safety, health, environment and quality (Sheq) principles. “Our Sheq credo has been instituted and... 

Strong Sheq adherence stands quarry in  good stead
SAFETY BARRIER SYSTEM When drilling or blasting takes place, blue poles are sunk into the ground 3 m away from the crest and static climbing rope is strung between the poles to indicate where the no-go areas are

Master Drilling names new chair as Ledger exits

By: Natalie Greve     26th June 2014 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Following the recent resignation of its independent nonexecutive chairperson Peter Ledger, Master Drilling said on Thursday that Hendrik van der Merwe had been appointed to replace Ledger with immediate effect. Van der Merwe would also be appointed a subcommittee... 

Ausdrill slashes profit forecast

By: Mariaan Webb     2nd June 2014 Australian mining contractor Ausdrill has slashed its profit forecast for the 2014 financial year, which ends this month, as the performance of its African Underground Mining Services (AUMS) business disappoints. The company, which owns 50% of AUMS, said on Monday that it expected to report a net... 

Data management is a critical concern

9th May 2014 Managing data has become a critical concern in the minerals exploration community, according to a global survey report published by software developer Geosoft in November. The report found that there was a growing need for effective data management in the minerals exploration community to attract... 

Resources Minister on Ghana’s Minerals and Mining Act

By: Carina Borralho     11th April 2014 Promulgated in 2006, Ghana’s Minerals and Mining Act is aimed at highlighting the country’s mining sector as attractive to investors, while at the same time ensuring that government takes a fair share in revenues that accrue from mining operations, said Ghana Lands and Natural Resources Minister... 

New drilling software ready for implementation

By: Jonathan Rodin     21st March 2014 Technology group Sandvik Mining’s new tunneling project management and information analysis software, Intelligent Sandvik Underground Rock Excavation (iSure), which helps to optimise drilling and blasting patterns, is ready for implementation, says Sandvik Mining business line manager for... 

Compact drill design proves popular

By: Jonathan Rodin     21st March 2014 South African equipment supplier Mine Support Products’ (MSP) drill rig, the Terra, is being used by gold mining major AngloGold Ashanti and Sibanye Gold. The drill rig’s enhanced ergonomic design enables it to manoeuvre around easily tight slope conditions underground, says MSP research and... 

Company launches new track drill

21st March 2014 Machinery and engine manufacturer Caterpillar (Cat) has launched its new MD5150C track drill, the first of the C-Series drills, which features more Cat components and a choice of three different rock drills. 

2 000-m-deep shaft project well under way, says drilling company

By: Jonathan Rodin     21st March 2014 The initial phase of shaft sinking and drilling company Redpath Mining South Africa’s infrastructure development at Zambia-based copper and cobalt producer Mopani Copper Mines’ (MCM’s) Mindola deep shaft is currently under way, says Redpath Mining South Africa MD Ockert Douglas. 

Industry requires formal skills recognition 

By: Jonathan Rodin     21st March 2014 Sixty-two mining industry stakeholders, including mining company representatives, drilling contractors and equipment suppliers last month attended the first South African Exploration Drilling Forum, initiated by iron-ore mining major Kumba Iron Ore, in association with the Drilling Industry... 

Industry requires formal  skills recognition
Dicasa chairperson Colin Rice discusses the first South African Exploration Drilling forum. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

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