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Explosives News

AEL Mining Services launches rock-breaking technology chair at University of Pretoria

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th November 2017 Johannesburg-headquartered developer, producer and supplier of commercial explosives AEL Mining Services has, in partnership with the University of Pretoria (UP), launched the AEL Mining Services Chair in Innovative Rock Breaking Technology, which will reside within the Department of Mining... 

BME claims world record for most electronic detonators fired in single blast

By: Ilan Solomons     27th October 2017 Johannesburg-headquartered explosives and services supplier BME says it has broken the world record for the most electronic detonators fired in a single blast. This was achieved in conjunction with its client Kansanshi Mining at its Kansanshi operation, in North-Western province, in Zambia.... 

BME claims world record for most  electronic detonators fired in single blast
Photo by BME
EXPLOSIVE EXCELLENCE The blast was conducted in the main pit of Kansanshi and involved 6 690 electronic delay detonators that were initiated using BME’s Axxis digital initiation system

Reactive ground detection tech advancing, conference nears

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th October 2017 Explosives and blasting company BME is in the testing and development stage of adapting its XRF Delta Pro mineral scanning technology to quickly identify reactive ground conditions on-the-spot to prevent blast site incidents, thereby ensuring safer blasting practices.  

Reactive ground  detection tech advancing, conference nears
GROUNDWORK TESTING BME is adapting its XRF Delta Pro mineral scanning technology to quickly identify reactive ground conditions

Miners need to focus on long-term economic benefits

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th October 2017 To alter the cheaper-cost mindset miners sometimes adopt in trying economic times, explosives technical services company R.A. McClure president Robert McClure recommends focusing on long-term downstream gains and valuable technological investments.  

Miners need to focus on long-term economic benefits
Photo by Bloomberg
LEARNING CURVE R.A. McClure presents courses that are suitable for individuals involved in blasting operations such as drillers, blasters, managers and operators

Nondetonating timing system promoted to Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th October 2017 Unless mines pursue safer options, explosives suppliers will continue to supply more dangerous traditional products, stresses initiation system provider Master Blaster CEO Mark Davis.  

Nondetonating timing system  promoted to Africa
ENHANCED RECOVERY By using the Maxclip solution with a propellant-based nondetonating cartridge, narrow reef mines can reduce the crush zone around holes and recover more minerals

Safer rock-breaking alternatives offered

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th October 2017 Rock-breaking technology supplier Nxco Mining Technologies offers nondetonating cartridges that use a pyrotechnic composition to break rock based on its tensile strength, rather than on its compressive strength as is the case with traditional explosives.  

Safer rock-breaking  alternatives offered
CARTRIDGE BENEFITS Using expanding gas improves workplace safety, recovery, reduces costs and also reduces the impact of the mining process on the environment

Large and small miners announce, plan contract awards for Moz projects

By: Keith Campbell     6th October 2017 Brazilian mining group Vale has awarded Mota-Engil Africa a $445-million contract to supply mining services to the Moatize coal mine, in Mozambique’s Tete province, the Macauhub news agency has reported. Mota-Engil Africa is a subsidiary of the Portuguese engineering, construction, contract... 

First gold pour at new Mali gold mine by year-end

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th October 2017 The ball mill shell has been successfully installed at emerging gold miner Hummingbird Resources’ flagship Yanfolila project, in Mali, which remains on schedule and on budget for the first gold pour by the end of this year. The installation is a significant milestone in progressing the project to... 

First gold pour at new Mali gold mine by year-end
OPERATIONAL HIGHLIGHT Installation of the ball mill shell, following delivery of the ball mill are key milestones in progressing the project to production

Second Copper Cobalt Africa Conference to be held next year

     15th September 2017 Educational institution Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) will host the second Copper Cobalt Africa Conference at the Avani Victoria Falls Resort, in Livingstone, Zambia, in July next year. 

Second Copper Cobalt Africa Conference to  be held next year
Photo by Bloomberg
INDUSTRY REVIVAL The African Copperbelt is again experiencing a resurgence of activity following the commodity downturn of recent years

Humidity, moisture sensors see growth

     8th September 2017 The need for optimal safety, high yield and combustion value to ensure process integrity is spurring double-digit growth and adoption of humidity and moisture sensors in various industries, including the mining and minerals processing industry, states market research company Frost & Sullivan.  

M&R says Australia maintenance contract a signal of future strategic intent

By: Terence Creamer     10th August 2017 The oil and gas unit of Murray & Roberts (M&R) has been awarded a five-year contract to perform maintenance services at a liquid ammonia plant and a technical ammonium nitrate (TAN) plant on the Burrup Peninsula, in Western Australia. Norway’s Yara International, which owns the facilities,... 

M&R says Australia maintenance contract a signal of future strategic intent
Photo by Duane Daws
M&R CEO Henry Laas

Blasting and drilling increasingly automated

By: Robyn Wilkinson     28th July 2017 Ongoing developments to underground mining solutions provider iRing’s mine planning software suite are increasingly automating blasting and drilling operations, providing increased accuracy and safety in hazardous mining environments. 

Blasting and drilling increasingly automated
Photo by Bloomberg
NEW ERA iRing aims to demystify blasting and drilling operations through its software solutions, making them safer and more efficient

Software agreement advances explosion protection devices

     28th July 2017 In a clear push towards mobile innovation, global explosion protection solutions provider Bartec and Netherlands-headquartered software provider eVision will deliver rugged, intrinsically safe devices, which will ensure worldwide distribution and support of eVision’s suite of mobile Control of... 

Software agreement advances  explosion protection devices
IMPROVED CONTROL eVision’s software will increase the safety and efficiency of Bartec’s explosion-proof mobile devices in mining and industrial environments

Hydropower – what the industry needs now

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st July 2017 The contraction in the South African mining industry has resulted in many projects and expansions stalling in recent years, with mines having closed or scaled back on capital and operational expenditure.  

Hydropower – what the  industry needs now
HOLY WATER Existing hydropower technology can deliver significant increases in productivity, reduced operational and maintenance costs, and up to 80% less energy consumption than pneumatic drills

Mining Indaba offering new junior zone, boosting interface opportunities 

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2017 Strong new thrusts are planned for next year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, which is scheduled to take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 5 to 8, once again to support investment in mining companies operating in Africa and to provide an effective platform... 

Mining Indaba offering new junior zone, boosting interface opportunities
Investing in African Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose outlines to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer the major new focus on junior miner involvement. Video and Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Varsity launches centre to help mining sector survive Industrial Revolution 4.0

By: David Oliveira     2nd June 2017 The University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) Department of Mining Engineering last month launched its Mining Resilience Research Centre (MRRC) at the Hatfield, Pretoria, campus. The centre will take a multidisciplinary and holistic research approach to address the challenges facing the South African... 

Mining Resilience Research Centre launch to help sector survive Industrial Revolution 4.0

By: David Oliveira     26th May 2017 The University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) Department of Mining Engineering has launched its Mining Resilience Research Centre (MRRC) at the Hatfield, Pretoria, campus. The centre will take a multidisciplinary and holistic research approach to address the challenges facing the South African mining... 

Mineral scanner to facilitate identification of reactive ground

     26th May 2017 In another step towards safer blasting practice, Johannesburg-headquartered explosives and services supplier BME is adapting its XRF Delta Pro mineral scanner to quickly identify reactive-ground conditions that could lead to blast site incidents. “This can give us real-time information that... 

Start-up solution offered by crushing specialist

     12th May 2017 With most major mining firms already on its customer list, blasting and excavation company B&E International – based in Kempton Park, South Africa - has developed a solution for start-up miners that likely need to conserve their cash flow in the early days of operation. 

Start-up solution offered by  crushing specialist
EARLY PAY-OFF OPTION Customers can decide to pay off the residual value of the plant at an earlier stage

Drilling specialist to receive training accreditation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th May 2017 Mining industry drilling services provider Rosond is in the process of becoming an accredited Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Merseta) training provider.  

Drilling specialist to receive training accreditation
UPSKILLING YEARLY Rosond enables ten interns yearly to gain practical experience

Master Blaster CEO takes issue with Frost & Sullivan findings on explosives

By: Ilan Solomons     5th May 2017 The findings of a recent report by market research company Frost & Sullivan entitled ‘The Mining Explosives Market in South Africa for Coal, Iron Ore, Gold and PGMs, Forecast to 2020’ are technically and factually incorrect, contends blasting solutions provider Master Blaster CEO Mark Davis. In... 

Master Blaster CEO takes issue with Frost & Sullivan findings on explosives
ARGUMENT FOR EXPLOSIVES Steady technological advances in the mining industry were reducing mining costs, improving blasting efficiencies and driving explosives sales

Electronic sensors to monitor explosive gases on deep mines

     7th April 2017 A Norwegian-African cooperative project aims to develop a communication network, which will wirelessly transmit and receive signals within deep-mine operations, where drilling, blasting and excavation take place to detect combustible gases before they explode.  

Productivity at SA gold, platinum mines declined 49% from 1999 to 2014 – Chamber of Mines

By: David Oliveira     31st March 2017 Productivity in the platinum and gold mining sectors declined by 49% from 1999 to 2014, while labour costs increased by about 309% during the same period, Chamber of Mines (CoM) modernisation and safety intern Katlego Letsoalo noted earlier this month during The Southern African Institute of... 

Explosives innovation helping to drive mining costs down – new report

By: David Oliveira     24th March 2017 Steady technological advancements in the mining industry are reducing mining costs, improving blasting efficiencies and driving explosives sales, thereby boosting growth in the South African mining explosives market, new analysis from market research company Frost & Sullivan finds. ‘The Mining... 

A catalyst for innovation, Goldcorp pushes the envelope on technological advances

By: Henry Lazenby     11th March 2017 Canadian gold major Goldcorp is acting as a catalyst to bring innovation into the mining industry, an industry traditionally loathe to adopt new technologies that could ultimately improve the bottom line. As exemplified in its leading role in sponsoring the #DisruptMining competition during the... 

A catalyst for innovation, Goldcorp pushes the envelope on technological advances
Photo by Goldcorp
Goldcorp’s existing policies promote diversity in the work place

Drones facilitating increased blasting accuracy, efficiency

By: Dylan Slater     10th March 2017 Explosives and blasting technology company BME’s establishing a high-tech services unit, will enable it to advance the use of drones in mine blasting activities.  

Drones facilitating increased blasting accuracy, efficiency
AERIAL POTENTIAL After blasting, aerial images provide a clear image of where coarser and finer fragments are located and in what relative quantities

One-off items impact AECI’s top-line performance in FY16

By: Anine Kilian     28th February 2017 JSE-listed AECI on Tuesday said its core operating segments, explosives and specialty chemicals, have delivered “commendable” performances in 2016, despite a difficult domestic and global trading environment. Group revenue grew by 1% year-on-year to R18.6-billion for the 12 months to December 31,... 

Vale’s Moatize coal operation benefiting from increased production and transport capacity

By: Keith Campbell     24th February 2017 Production at the Moatize coal mine, owned by Brazilian mining major Vale and located in the Tete province of Mozambique, hit a record of 5.5-million tons last year, 500 000 t (or 10.7%) higher than in 2015. This was composed of 3.5-million tons of metallurgical – or coking – coal and 2-million... 

Raubex

     27th January 2017 With more than four decades of experience in the Southern African construction and mining industry, infrastructure development and materials handling specialist Raubex Group is a leading player on the sub-continent. Listed on the JSE since 2007, Bloemfontein-headquartered Raubex specialises in... 

Propellant-based rock breaking system mooted as alternative to traditional explosives

By: Ilan Solomons     27th January 2017 It is generally acknowledged that South Africa’s narrow-reef mining sector is in a precarious state as its viability is challenged by declining global commodity prices, labour instability, uncertain government policy, overregulation and declining productivity. Adding to the problem is mine... 

Propellant-based rock breaking system mooted as alternative to traditional explosives
Photo by Master Blaster
IMPROVING SAFETY The 1.4S initiation system propellant powders produce no shock energy, which ensures improved hanging wall conditions, and therefore a safer working environment

Explosives manufacturer launches electronic blasting system

     27th January 2017 Explosives manufacturer and distributor AEL Mining Services launched what it claims is its most advanced electronic initiating system, the intelliShot, in December. The electronic initiating system is designed to work in partnership with the company’s DetNet. 

Explosives manufacturer launches electronic blasting system
INCENDIARY INNOVATION AEL has developed the intelliShot system with the notion of innovating and modernising mining practices

Explosives reloading system helping Gold One to reduce mining costs

By: Dylan Slater     20th January 2017 An innovative infrastructure to use emulsion explosives for all 70 of gold miner Gold One’s underground narrow-reef stope panels at its Modder East mine has been initiated as part of the miner’s strategy to reduce its cost per ton mined.  

Explosives reloading system helping Gold One to reduce mining costs
JAMES MCARDLE Modder East’s move to emulsion explosives has increased its campaign goal for 2017 to a 0.8 m advance per panel per day, up from 0.65 m per panel per day

Possible commodity price upturn, cost-cutting innovations augur well for mining sector, BME conference delegates told

By: Dylan Slater     9th December 2016 The possibility of an upturn in commodity prices may be positively turning, as well as news of cost-saving innovations for mines as they struggle to remain profitable, were the highlights of the yearly BME Drilling and Blasting Conference, held in Pretoria last month. The volume of total mining... 

Possible commodity price upturn, cost-cutting  innovations  augur well for mining sector, BME conference delegates told
Roelof Botha Compared to 2013, the volume of total mining production has shown signs of stabilising in 2016

Sibanye testing alternative to explosives-based rock breaking

By: Ilan Solomons     9th December 2016 The South African mining industry requires a paradigm shift in its fundamental approach to mining processes to ensure that it can move away from the use of explosives, says diversified miner Sibanye Resources safe technology and innovation project engineer Alex Fenn. He argues that explosives are... 

Sibanye testing alternative to explosives-based rock breaking
Photo by CMTI
NONEXPLOSIVE MINING ENABLER The Multi-Track1000 is 930 mm in height and has four independent track assemblies, which are capable of three different degrees of motion

Omnia H1 profit down 11% y/y amid drought, plant breakdown

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th November 2016 South African chemicals producer Omnia on Tuesday reported that negative impacts on its agriculture division, including the drought and a breakdown at its Nitric Acid 2 complex, have seen its gross profit decrease by 11% year-on-year to R1.5-billion for the six months to September 30. The... 

Omnia H1 profit down 11% y/y amid drought, plant breakdown

Introducing change could yield financial value

By: Kimberley Smuts     18th November 2016 Introducing a proactive blast design approach and new technology can be intimidating for mining companies, as it requires change, but they should keep an open mind as downstream improvements are a catalyst for financial value, says international blast engineering and consulting firm RA McClure... 

Introducing change could yield financial value
Photo by Bloomberg
EXCAVATION EFFICIENCY Overcoming blasting inaccuracies improves all the downstream processes

Mining’s future needs innovation from suppliers

     18th November 2016 The fate of mining does not lie in the hands of mines alone, everyone involved in the mining supply chain must accept that the recovery and future of the industry relies on the best value creation at every step in that chain, emphasises South Africa-based cold emulsion explosives innovator BME.... 

Mining’s future needs innovation from suppliers
JOSEPH KEENAN BME continues to respond to potential in global markets; however, its strategy remains driven by the sobering acceptance that unless every blast can help customers become more sustainable

Importance of using lightning prediction networks emphasised

By: Kimberley Smuts     18th November 2016 Globally, every year there are about two recorded explosions at opencast mining operations due to lightning strikes during blasting activities, explosives firm BME blasting science director Tony Rorke tells Mining Weekly. He adds that if lightning strikes a blast area that has been charged, the... 

Importance of using lightning prediction networks emphasised
BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY Modern electronic delay detonators are equipped with effective protection barriers to prevent them from being initiated by the majority of nearby or direct lightning strikes
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