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Electronic blasting best prevents hazardous explosions

Explosives manufacturer and supplier AEL Mining Services (AEL) is developing wireless electrical blasting technology that will prevent hazardous explosions during the blasting process. AEL group consulting mining engineer Simon Tose says the company is committed to mitigating the damage that the... 

New vertical pipeline supports narrow-reef emulsion system

By: Mia Breytenbach 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

AEL eyes Australian market for growth

By: Natasha Odendaal AECI’s explosives arm AEL has branched out into Australia as it teams up with undisclosed customers for the supply of explosives into this new market. An AECI office had been established in Brisbane, while preparations were under way to ship a bulk emulsion plant from South Africa to an operating... 

AEL eyes Australian market for growth
Photo by Duane Daws
AECI CEO Mark Dytor

Shift to electronic blasting yields safety, efficiency benefits for miners

By: Chantelle Kotze The evolution from fire setting in the Bronze Age to blasting using electronics in the modern era has yielded significant benefits for the mining industry, says explosives manufacturer and supplier AEL Mining Services group consulting mining engineer Simon Tose. 

Shift to electronic blasting yields safety,  efficiency benefits for miners
SIMON TOSE AEL is committed to making blasting safer

Omnia posts record FY revenue on mining, currency gains

By: Natalie Greve Specialised chemicals provider Omnia has lifted revenue 21% to a record R16.3-billion for the twelve months ended March 31, 2014, on the back of volume and sales price increases in its mining and agricultural divisions, price increases in the chemicals division and foreign currency gains. Gross... 

Omnia posts record FY revenue on mining, currency gains

Electronic blasting’s safety, enviro and efficiency benefits

By: Zandile Mavuso Explosives manufacturer AEL Mining Services says that with mining being a risky operation, developing ways to make the process safer and more efficient has been the main driver in the evolution from the bronze-age setting to modern-day blasting with electronics. 

BME continues to grow after 30 years, focused on expansion

By: Chantelle Kotze Celebrating three decades in business, mining explosives company BME has noted continual growth on the African continent throughout this time and has firmly set its future growth sights on further expanding its footprint in Southern and East Africa. 

BME continues to grow after 30 years, focused on expansion
Nitric Acid Complex, Sasolburg

Orica secures BEE partner, set to expand African footprint

By: Natasha Odendaal ASX-listed global commercial explosives and mining and tunnelling ground support provider Orica and South Africa-headquartered investment group Reindus Holdings have partnered to further Orica Mining Services South Africa’s (OMSSA's) African expansion ambitions. The venture, in which Reindus... 

Orica secures BEE partner, set to expand African footprint
Leven Moodley and Dallas Wilkinson

Aussie blaster sets its sights on Africa

By: Ilan Solomons Australia-based drill and blast services provider Action Drill & Blast has developed significantly in Australia in the last four years, but the company told Mining Weekly at the Investing in African Mining Indaba that the time was right for expansion into Africa. Action Drill & Blast... 

Aussie blaster sets its sights on Africa
CORRECT BLASTING IS CRITICAL Successful drill and blast operations begin with the correct blast design – holes need to be drilled in the right place and to the right depth

Moatize coal operation awaits new infrastructure to achieve full capacity

By: Keith Campbell Brazilian mining major Vale’s Moatize coal operation in the Tete province of Mozambique remains constrained by logistical inadequacies, although its output was slightly higher in 2013 than in 2012. However, the miner remains confident in the future of the mine. “Moatize is being developed to be a... 

Steadying SA mining sector bolsters AECI’s FY earnings

By: Natalie Greve Increased demand for chemical explosives by the South African mining sector drove speciality group AECI’s earnings for the year ended December 31 northwards, pointing to a stronger minerals industry than that of 2012. However, strikes in the platinum mining industry this year had already impacted... 

Steadying SA mining sector bolsters AECI’s FY earnings

Explosives supplier aims to enhance exposure at 2014 Mining Indaba

By: David D‘ Oliveira South Africa-based explosives supplier BME will exhibit for the fifth consecutive year at the 2014 Investing in African Mining Indaba, which the company regards as a platform to increase its international exposure. ”Each year, BME has noticed the raising of the bar at the Mining Indaba, with an... 

Explosives supplier aims to enhance exposure at 2014 Mining Indaba
FRANCOIS HAY Mining is based on projected future demand patterns and commodity prices, which are currently under pressure in South Africa

Blasting a success at local iron-ore mine

At the request of iron-ore supplier to the steel industry Kumba Iron Ore, explosives company AEL has in July fired a calcrete blast containing 2 686 holes in the newly opened Klipbankfontein pit at Kolomela iron-ore mine in the Northern Cape. “There was a tight deadline as the blast had to be... 

Blasting specialist receives $230m in contract extensions

Mining industry services provider Downer Blasting Services (DBS) has been awarded $230-million in contract extensions for various blasting operations at mining sites across Australia. DBS was awarded three-year contract extensions with coal miner Yancoal Australia, Japanese trading corporation... 

BME expanding explosives manufacturing capacity to secure supplies to Southern African customers

By: Chantelle Kotze Explosives supplier BME, a member of specialist chemical services provider Omnia group, is bolstering the ways in which it manages its supply security constraint for its Southern African clients. 

Further expansion for explosives company

Explosives supplier Nordex opened a new sales office at a strategic location in Sudbury, Ontario in Canada, earlier this month, to extend the company’s service provision to operating mines in the area. “This facility is another step forward in Nordex’s ongoing expansion strategy and will further... 

Improved detection technology ensures safe recovery of explosives

By: Carina Borralho Meeting the demands of counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) operations, the explosives industry has improved the design of explosive detection kits to include portability and easy use to avoid having to transport samples to a laboratory, which could delay results, says international... 

Mining explosives institute offers schoolgoers hands-on experience

Having experienced a successful 2013, the Mining and Explosives Engineering Institute (MEEI) at the South Dakota School of Mines in the US, will be offering a camp in June 2014, which will aim to teach schoolgoers about explosives in the mining industry. Seventeen high school students from South... 

Study aims to improve blasting methods

By: Carina Borralho South African mining industry explosives supplier BME technical manager Refiloe Kekana has co-written a paper that aims to increase the mining industry’s depth of understanding in rock and its characteristics, thereby helping mining companies to plan explosions more efficiently. “This paper... 

US explosives company pays penalty for environmental violations

US-based explosives and blasting services provider Dyno Nobel has agreed to pay a $257 167 civil penalty to settle what the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said are violations of three different federal laws. The EPA alleged that the company violated the Clean Air Act (CAA), the... 

World’s largest explosives conference open for registration

The International Society of Explosives Engineers (ISEE) announced in October that it is accepting registrations for the fortieth Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique, which will be held from February 9 to 12, 2014, at the Colorado Convention Center, in the Hyatt Regency Hotel... 

AEL looks to grow SA market share

By: Natalie Greve JSE-listed speciality chemicals group AECI’s explosives division AEL Mining Services will look to grow and consolidate its South African market share, while reducing its local cost base and advancing its international expansion strategy. At an investor day on Wednesday, AEL CEO Schalk Venter said... 

Motors suitable for mining and hazardous applications

Manufacturer of custom designed motors Ohio Electric Motors reports that special considerations must be taken when using mechanically commutated electric motors (DC motors) in hazardous locations to ensure that it not only solves the motion control needs of the application, but also that it is... 

FETs not churning out suitable artisans for a mining sector that needs to mechanise at a faster pace

By: Sashnee Moodley The South African mining sector needs to mechanise at a faster pace to remain competitive and the skills needed to achieve this are sourced from the artisan pool, but the skills shortage in this area is increasing because further education and training (FET) colleges are not providing the... 

Supplier of flameproof equipment constantly investing in new technology

By: Carina Borralho Underground and surface vehicle safety equipment suppliers John Ratcliffe GM Andre Robberts tells Mining Weekly that the company spends about 10% of its turnover on the research and development (R&D) of new explosion-protection and flameproof products.  The company manufactures cameras, which are... 

BME to hold blasting, drilling conference in November

By: Chantelle Kotze To deal with the shortage of skilled staff in the mining sector and close the skills gap that exists, it has become expected that explosives companies, at the very least, fill the gap with respect to blasting technology, says local explosives provider BME marketing manager Hayley Wayland. 

Company initiates training on explosives for mining industry

By: Zandile Mavuso To take full advantage of the booming commodities market in Zambia over the next few years, explosives supplier BME plans to intensively invest in new blasting technologies and training, BME international marketing GM Ralf Hennecke tells Mining Weekly. 

Peru, South African mining-related trade increasing

By: Keith Campbell Peru remains strongly interested in the offerings of the South African mining equipment and services sectors, as well as seeing this country as a market for its own mining and mining-related exports. “There is a lot of new technology from South Africa,” highlights Peruvian Ambassador Daúl... 

UK firm targeting SA, Africa as markets for rock blasting modelling software

By: Sashnee Moodley UK-based rock-blasting detonics company Blue Dog Scientific is in final negotiations with a major South African company with interests in the mining sector to come on board as one of the key business partners for its newly developed predictive detonative rock-blasting modelling technology.  

Look beyond mining explosives, chemicals companies urged

By: Samantha Moolman African chemical companies need to diversify beyond the manufacture of mining explosives if they want to secure their position in the African and global chemicals market, says growth consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. While mining in Africa will support growth for chemicals companies in the long... 

Forge awarded A$70m contract for ammonium nitrate plant construction

By: Natalie Greve ASX-listed Forge Group has been awarded a A$70-million contract by lead contractor Tecnicas Reunidas for construction of the technical ammonium nitrate production facility at the Burrup project near Karratha, in Western Australia. Construction of the processing facility would start in September... 

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