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Explosives News

Shift to electronic blasting yields safety, efficiency benefits for miners

By: Chantelle Kotze     18th July 2014 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. 

Omnia posts record FY revenue on mining, currency gains

By: Natalie Greve     24th June 2014 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     6th June 2014 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     16th May 2014 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
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Orica secures BEE partner, set to expand African footprint

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th April 2014 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
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Aussie blaster sets its sights on Africa

By: Ilan Solomons     7th March 2014 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     7th March 2014 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     25th February 2014 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 Oliveira     24th January 2014 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

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

By: Chantelle Kotze     22nd November 2013 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. 

Improved detection technology ensures safe recovery of explosives

By: Carina Borralho     22nd November 2013 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... 

US explosives company pays penalty for environmental violations

     22nd November 2013 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... 

Study aims to improve blasting methods

By: Carina Borralho     22nd November 2013 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... 

World’s largest explosives conference open for registration

     22nd November 2013 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... 

Mining explosives institute offers schoolgoers hands-on experience

     22nd November 2013 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... 

Further expansion for explosives company

     22nd November 2013 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... 

Blasting a success at local iron-ore mine

     22nd November 2013 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

     22nd November 2013 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... 

AEL looks to grow SA market share

By: Natalie Greve     6th November 2013 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

     4th October 2013 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... 

Supplier of flameproof equipment constantly investing in new technology

By: Carina Borralho     4th October 2013 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... 

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

By: Sashnee Moodley     4th October 2013 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... 

BME to hold blasting, drilling conference in November

By: Chantelle Kotze     27th September 2013 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. 

Peru, South African mining-related trade increasing

By: Keith Campbell     13th September 2013 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     13th September 2013 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.  

Company initiates training on explosives for mining industry

By: Zandile Mavuso     13th September 2013 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. 

Look beyond mining explosives, chemicals companies urged

By: Samantha Herbst     30th August 2013 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     2nd July 2013 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... 

AECI would work to return AEL to profitability – incoming CEO

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     26th February 2013 South African chemicals and explosives producer AECI would, in the year ahead, focus on improving the operational performance of its explosives business AEL Mining Services, the company’s incoming CEO Mark Dytor said on Wednesday. At the group’s results presentation for the year ended December... 

Mining Indaba highlights increasing investment in African mining

By: Sashnee Moodley     25th January 2013 The favourable mining investment opportunities in Africa resulted in last year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba hosting a record-breaking number of individuals and companies from various countries, says local explosives provider BME marketing manager Hayley Wayland. 

BME stresses need to stick to procedure to ensure safe blasting at raised temperatures

     7th December 2012 The risks associated with the drilling of blast holes at elevated temperatures are far higher than that of blasting in conventional conditions, owing to the threat of spontaneous combustion and, to mitigate this threat as far as possible, greater care should be taken to quantify and understand... 

Omnia to reap benefits of electricity expansions, sees mining growth 

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     27th November 2012 JSE-listed specialist chemical services group Omnia, more specifically its mining division, is set to benefit from South Africa’s power generation capacity expansion plans over the next few years,  MD Rod Humphris said on Tuesday. The combined output of the Medupi and Kusile coal-fired plants,... 

Mining explosives industry lacks skills, but potential for growth exists

By: Anine Kilian     23rd November 2012 The South African mining explosives industry has experienced significant growth in the last ten years, which is putting pressure on the industry’s limited local skills, says explosives supplier and manufacturer BME MD Francois Hay. The local pool of technical skills is becoming increasingly... 

Pump increases the safety of bulk emulsion use underground

By: Anine Kilian     23rd November 2012 To increase safety during the application of underground bulk emulsions use, commercial explosives manufacturer AEL Mining Services Limited developed the PCU010 Portable Charging Unit (PCU) for use in narrow reef mining environments, with the electric and hydropower versions of the unit expected... 

Amendments to Explosives Act still pending

By: Anine Kilian     23rd November 2012 Amendments to South Africa’s Explosives Act of 1956 and the 1972 Explosives Regulations, which were supposed to have been made this year, have yet to be implemented and industry is not sure when these changes will be made to the Act, which business law firm Bell Dewar director Paul Fouche says is... 

Perfect drilling, blasting key to optimising mining costs

By: Leandi Kolver     23rd November 2012 The blast design and what was actually happening in the field often did not correspond, explosives maker BME technical manager of blast information Cornelius Kgope said at the company's twentieth yearly conference held in Pretoria earlier this month. He pointed out that there were many factors... 

UAVs to streamline blasting technology

By: Anine Kilian     23rd November 2012 The combination of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and three-dimensional (3D) photogrammetric blasting survey and profiling technology for surface and underground mining applications is the latest technological development from international blast engineering and consulting firm RA McClure, Inc... 

AECI sees lower earnings on strikes, BEE charges

     12th October 2012 Industrial chemicals and explosives company AECI said on Friday its earnings for the 12 months to the end of December were expected to fall by more than 20%, partly owing to strikes in the mining and transport industries. Labour unrest in South Africa were causing significant disruptions across... 

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