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Explosives News

Impending Explosives Act to improve outdated regulations

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     18th November 2011 The introduction of the Explosives Act of 2003 is expected to align South Africa’s explosives regulations with global best practices when it replaces the inadequate Explosives Act of 1956 and1972 Explosives Regulations next year or, at the latest, in 2013. 

Electronic initiation specialist reports 30% volume growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th November 2011 Electronic initiation design and manufacturing company DetNet, a joint venture between AECI group companyand Dyno Nobel, has experienced over 30% volume growth owing to growth in sales from two product launches earlier this year. 

Explosives supplier considers West African expansion

4th November 2011 South African explosives supplier BME says it will consider establishing more manufacturing facilities in West Africa to accommodate growth in the region. 

Electronically initiated blasts lead mining into the future

30th September 2011 The number of mines using the new range of electronic wireless initiating system technologies is steadily increasing, explosives manufacturer AEL Mining Services reports. 

Nonelectrical equipment covered under the Atex standard

30th September 2011 The international fireproofing and explosion prevention code, the Atex standard, has been extended to cover nonelectrical equipment such as gear units. 

Intrinsically safe temperature transmitters introduced

30th September 2011 Hazardous area indicators provider Beka Associates has introduced a full range of panel and field mounting, intrinsically safe and noncertified safe area models, which are locally represented by instruments for hazardous areas supplier Extech Safety Systems. 

Explosives exporter to enhance African presence

8th July 2011 Explosives supplier BME is expanding its African footprint with the addition of two emulsion explosive production plants to its existing facilities on the continent, the company says. 

SRK overcomes challenges in tailings dam designs

By: Jonathan Faurie     24th June 2011 South Africa-founded group of consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting is continuing its involvement in the design of ring-dyke tailings dams to accommodate a fairly large deposition rate. 

Explosives company sees value in Zimec attendance

By: Jonathan Faurie     3rd June 2011 Explosives producer BME, part of the Omnia group, sees value in attending the inaugural Zambian International Mining and Energy Conference, reports BME marketing and international business manager Charles Hurly. 

Project manager seeks yet more involvement in Wesizwe project

By: Jonathan Faurie     13th May 2011 Engineering company TWP Projects has submitted a full engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) proposal to Wesizwe for new twin vertical shafts, as well as the main and ventilation shafts, a new plant and all surface infrastructure at its Frischgewaagd-Ledig complex near... 

Intensive investment in training needed

6th May 2011 The declining level of blasting skills and understaffing of planning departments involved with planning and coordinating blasts at opencast mines is costing the mining industry millions of rand each year in lost productivity, says mining explosives supplier Bulk Mining Explosives (BME) director... 

Explosives company launches mobile manufacturing units for customers with small operations

By: Jonathan Faurie     22nd April 2011 South Africa-founded explosives engineer and manufacturer African Explosives Limited (AEL) Mining Services, part of the AEL group of companies, has launched its new range of 15 t mobile manufacturing units (MMUs) engineered for customers with smaller operations. 

New centralised blasting system

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     1st April 2011 Mining services company AEL Mining Services’ new Quickshot centralised blasting system will assist in improving health and safety in underground mining operations, says AEL product manager Carlos Goncalves. 

BME to prioritise expanding African footprint this year, says MD

By: Jonathan Faurie     4th February 2011 Explosives engineer and manufacturer BME, a member of the Omnia Group, reports that the company will spend a significant portion of 2011 focusing on growing its African footprint off the back of strong commodity demand from Asia.  

Electronic initiation design house aiming for growth of up to 40% this year

By: Jonathan Faurie     21st January 2011 High technology electronic initiation design house DetNet has reports that it expects 2011 to be a significant growth year after achieving volumes akin to 2008 during 2010.  

Explosives company to display local expertise

21st January 2011 Explosives company BME’s has high expectations for Mining Indaba 2011, the company reports. Marketing and international business manager Charles Hurly says: “We expect another great Mining Indaba, where industry leaders will share experiences and display new products. BME is looking forward to... 

Metal nitrates extracted from AMD used in explosives test

By: Christy van der Merwe     19th November 2010 Environmental solutions developer Earth Metallurgical Solutions (EMS), through its proprietary acid mine drainage (AMD) treatment process, has used the metal nitrates extracted from mine effluent to produce a stabiliser used in emulsion explosives. EMS CEO Richard Doyle said that the company has... 

Software development to optimise mining operations

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th November 2010 Explosives and mining services company AEL Mining Services has developed several customised software blast-modelling packages that enable customers to make informed blasting decisions on mine sites.  

Moving on research and development

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th November 2010 Explosives supplier Bulk Mining Explosive’s (BME’s) research into the development of improved explosives solutions has resulted in several products and services being introduced into the South African explosives market, says BME blasting director Tony Rorke. 

Funds raised for nitric acid plant

19th November 2010 The proceeds from diversified chemicals services provider Omnia’s rights offer of R1-billion, will be used for the construction of a R1,4-billion nitric acid (HNO3) plant, in Sasolburg. The offer closed in September and attracted subscriptions of about R2-billion. 

Largest electronic blast at Optimum Colliery

19th November 2010 Mining services company AEL Mining Services has completed a successful trial blast using the DigitShot Plus electronic initiating system at coal miner Optimum Colliery, which is based about 40 km east of Middelburg, in Mpumalanga province. 

Capex approved for SA’s first nitric acid plant in almost 30 years

By: Jonathan Faurie     19th November 2010 Explosives company BME, a member of the Omnia group, reports that it is looking to strengthening its market position by 2012, when the company will complete the construction of the country’s first nitric acid (HNO3) production plant in almost 30 years. Nitric acid is used to produce ammonium... 

AEL’s African expansion projects 
on track for 2011 completion

By: Jonathan Faurie     5th November 2010 Explosives manufacturer African Explosives Limited reports that the company’s expansion projects in its West, East and Central African regions are progressing satisfactorily and are on course for a 2011 ramp up. 

Explosion-protection regulation deadline looms

By: Tracy Hancock     1st October 2010 Founder member of the explosion-protection (Ex-protection) steering committee of the South African Flameproof Association (Safa) Dr Johannes Auret, reports that all certificates for Ex-protection equipment older than 1998, have to be renewed by October, in terms of edition 1,01 of 2007 of the... 

Fire-retardant material reduces toxicity during combustion

By: Tracy Hancock     1st October 2010 Specialist in the design, development and manufacture of wear, corrosion and insulation solutions Uretech has received certification for the use of its polyurethane liners in underground mining operations. The company has decreased the toxicity levels of gases emitted by its polyurethane liners... 

Focus on renewing current Zambian contracts

By: Dimakatso Motau     10th September 2010 Explosives supplier BME says that it is focusing on renewing its current contracts in Zambia by providing sustainable and reliable tailor-made services to the mining industry. 

Company services the Central African market

10th September 2010 Producer and supplier of explosives AEL Zambia has made significant investments into Central Africa and manufactures the majority of products sold in the region through its plants.  

Plant will increase company’s capacity by 140%

By: Tracy Hancock     9th July 2010 Explosives supplier Bulk Mining Explosives’ (BME’s) capacity to supply ammonium nitrate to its customers across Africa will be substantially increased in two years when Omnia’s nitrate acid (HNO3) plant, in Sasolburg, comes on line, reports BME marketing and international business manager Charles... 

AECI subsidiaries develop a stabler homogeniser

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd July 2010 Mining blasting solutions provider AEL Mining Services and its sister company, chemical developer Lake International Technologies have developed a new homogeniser. 

Explosives company 
awarded blasting contract for vent shaft project

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     25th June 2010 Explosives and mining services company AEL Mining Services has been awarded the blasting contract to deepen Gold Fields’ South Deep gold mine’s ventilation shaft. 

Retaining skills of blasting specialists a challenge

By: Tracy Hancock     7th May 2010 There is cause for concern within the South African opencast mining industry as the retention of blast specialists’ expertise has become increasingly difficult with more and more skilled South Africans opting to emigrate or work abroad, reports explosives supplier Bulk Mining Explosives (BME)... 

Basil Read may hive off mining into separately listed entity – CEO 

By: Martin Creamer     12th March 2010 The mining division of the JSE-listed Basil Read construction group may be hived off into a separately listed entity, Basil Read CEO Marius Heyns said on Friday. Heyns told Mining Weekly Online that the company was working on a strategy to extract optimum value for shareholders from its opencast... 

New explosives code to come into effect within months

By: Jonathan Faurie     29th January 2010 In an effort to bring South Africa on par with best-practice safety standards in the mining industry, new regulations are being introduced for the mine explosives industry. 

Explosives industry able to consolidate during downturn

By: Lindsey Berry     22nd January 2010 Continued demand for explosives for use in daily mining activities has buoyed the supply market for the product despite the global financial downturn, says explosives supplier BME divisional MD Francois Hay.  

Omnia optimistic about future of its 
mining division despite 11% loss

By: Loni Prinsloo     11th December 2009 JSE-listed Omnia’s mining division reported a revenue loss of 11% for the half year ended September 2009 compared with the previous half year, but is far from being discouraged and expects positive growth for this division in coming months. 

Omnia sees growth from mining sector

By: Chanel de Bruyn     30th November 2009 Mines were starting to emerge from the lull they entered during the economic downturn, which would likely result in positive growth for the explosives and chemicals division of JSE-listed Omnia, MD Rod Humphris said on Monday. Volumes for the mining sector had held up well, and even shown some... 

Explosives company launches new-generation mobile 
manufacturing unit

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     20th November 2009 Commercial explosives and blasting solutions company AEL Mining Services has introduced its new-generation E-20 T Mobile Manufacturing Unit (MMU) at an official launch at its head office, in Modderfontein, Johannesburg, at the beginning of October. 

New narrow-reef emulsion system demonstrated at blast conference

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     20th November 2009 Explosives supplier BME demonstrated the newest model of emulsion pumps, the Narrow Reef Pump System for narrow-reef-mining operations, at the seventeeth yearly blast conference to show the advantages it has over other current explosive systems. 

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