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New ‘disruptive’ mine borer heads for Indaba unveiling

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2018 A new Proudly South African mine tunnel borer that requires no blasting, delivers higher production advances, comes with a collaboration imprimatur and can be retrofitted to existing operations, will be unveiled at next month’s Mining Indaba in Cape Town and commissioned in the third quarter of... 

Lundin Gold ramping up Ecuador project

By: Anine Kilian     19th October 2017 Moving forward with the engineering and procurement of the process plant for its Fruta del Norte gold project, in Ecuado, TSX-listed Lundin Gold has ordered long-lead time process plant equipment, with process plant detailed engineering expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2018.... 

Master Drilling aiming to extend geographical, technological diversification

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd September 2017 Raise-boring and drilling solutions provider Master Drilling continues to extend its service provision capacity and technology reach, with the company focusing on diversifying into new markets and industries and advancing technologically. “Diversification across geographies, commodities,... 

Local mine to adopt new generation jumbo drill rig

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2017 Mining company Vedanta Resources’ Black Mountain base metals mine, in the Northern Cape, will later this year become the first local mine to adopt a new generation jumbo drill rig equipped with an intelligent control system from high-technology engineering group Sandvik. 

Boring to depth

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th June 2017 By Simon Anderssen - Associate Portfolio Manager, Kagiso Asset Management Mining services companies are often tarred with the same attributes as their customers: significant commodity price risk and highly cyclical earnings. Yet there are a handful of service providers that are able to generate a... 

Dung beetles a ‘highly viable’ option to rehabilitate soil at disused coal mines

By: Dylan Slater     5th May 2017 Rehabilitation of mine land after a mine has closed can take several years to achieve and cost millions of rands; however, according to research undertaken by researchers at the University of Pretoria (UP), the application of dung beetles and dung can go a long way to helping nutrient-deprived... 

Digging deeper becoming more attractive, financially possible

By: Victor Moolman     21st April 2017 Developing a new shaft is regarded as a grudge purchase by mining companies and their shareholders because of the capital-intensive nature of such projects. However, 2017 Rapid Underground Mine & Civil Access Conference organising chairperson Murray Macnab avers that underground orebodies are... 

Automation software improves ease of work

     24th March 2017 Sustainable productivity solutions provider Atlas Copco has introduced the Dynamic tunnelling package, a new automation software for face drilling rigs, such as its Boomer range, which is built for blast hole drilling in underground mining and tunnelling. The package is offered by Atlas Copco’s... 

Diavik mine, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     24th March 2017 A diamond mine in Canada’s Northwest Territories. 

Strata Worldwide Emergency Refuge Chambers

     15th February 2017 Over the years, emergency refuge chambers and underground refuge rooms have gained widespread popularity in many types of mining and tunnelling operations around the world. Mandated for use in United States coal mines since 2007, these chambers are designed to provide emergency life-sustaining... 

Master Drilling readies for international roll-out of new horizontal raiseboring technology

By: Ilan Solomons     7th February 2017 JSE-listed drilling services provider Master Drilling announced at the Investing in African Mining Indaba on Tuesday that its horizontal raiseboring (HRB) technology is ready for international roll-out after a successful pilot test at the Cullinan diamond mine, in Gauteng. Master Drilling CEO... 

Ghaghoo Decline Tunneling Through Sand

     23rd January 2017 The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) Johannesburg branch held its monthly technical presentation at Worley Parsons in Johannesburg last Thursday, 19th of January 2017. SAIMM Johannesburg branch chairperson John Arthur Luckmann formally introduced presentation speaker... 

Murray & Roberts Cementation Challenges The Status Quo

     1st November 2016 Challenging the status quo in the mining industry is one of the characteristics that has allowed Murray & Roberts Cementation to develop innovative technologies aimed at enhancing safety and increasing efficiencies and productivity in this sector. This often involves taking best practice... 

Horizontal raiseboring at Cullinan mine outperforms traditional methods

By: Ilan Solomons     21st October 2016 Raise boring and drilling services group Master Drilling is nearing completion of a 220 m hole with a diameter of 4.5 m horizontal raise bore (HRB) trial project at Southern Africa-focused miner Petra Diamonds’ Cullinan diamond mine, in Gauteng. During a site visit to the mine earlier this month,... 

Horizontal raise bore trial project at Cullinan mine nears completion

By: Ilan Solomons     6th October 2016 CULLINAN ( – Raise boring and drilling services group Master Drilling is nearing completion of a 220 m horizontal raise bore (HRB) trial project at Southern Africa-focused miner Petra Diamonds’ Cullinan diamond mine, in Gauteng. On Thursday during a site visit to the mine, Petra... 

Schauenburg Systems

     23rd September 2016 Schauenburg Systems, a member of the Schauenburg International Group, is an original-equipment manufacturer of mine safety systems and equipment.  

Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology 

     15th September 2016 Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology, a business area within the Sandvik Group, is a leading supplier of equipment and tools as well as service and technical solutions for the mining and construction industries.  

Murray & Roberts Cementation

     26th August 2016 South Africa-based Murray & Roberts Cementation, which is part of the Murray & Roberts Group, is recognised internationally as a leading mining contracting organisation with operations... 

New-generation mine safety

     26th August 2016 Global mine safety solutions company Strata Worldwide is set to unveil its new-generation proximity detection system (PDS) and collision avoidance (CA) system in the second half of 2016. 

‘Simple build, unique design’ set Hydra-Cell pumps apart

     26th August 2016 Hydra-Cell pumps manufactured in the US by Wanner Engineering have solved problems for industrial pump users worldwide. A simple build and a unique design with no dynamic seals offer significant advantages in many mining and quarrying applications. Visitors to Electra Mining Africa may well find... 

Nexans displays its mining cable solutions

     26th August 2016 Cable manufacturer Nexans will put on display its range of cable solutions and services for the mining sector in Hall 8 of this year’s Electra Mining Africa. 

New diesel-hydraulic tunnelling jumbo provides high-quality drilling solution

     15th July 2016 A new tunnelling jumbo, the DT912D, has been added to the range of products offered by breaking, drilling, crushing tools and equipment provider Sandvik Construction and is equipped with the company’s RD525 hydraulic rock drill, or optionally the RD520.  

Sandvik reinvents top hammer drill bit

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th June 2016 To solve problems when drilling in abrasive rock conditions, global supplier of equipment and tools, service and technical solutions for the mining industry Sandvik Mining introduced a “groundbreaking” new design for drill bits. The primary applications for the top centre drill bits include face... 

New pump range for hard to pump slurries

     10th June 2016 Rokflo (Pty) Ltd is the exclusive distributor for the Southern Cross Pentair SX Solids pumps range and equipment in Africa. Darryl Macdougall, managing director of Rokflo (Pty) Ltd, says: 'There are numerous pumping problems and site conditions that require a reliable, robust, efficient and... 

German company develops four machines for blind-shaft construction, enlargement

By: Dylan Slater     3rd June 2016 German mechanised tunnelling engineering company Herrenknecht AG has developed a range of four shaft boring machines for the safe and rapid construction of blind shafts or shaft enlargements to a depth of 2 000 m.  

Spin filters reduce dust exposure underground

By: Kimberley Smuts     18th March 2016 Specialised engineering solutions provider RTS Africa Engineering is receiving an increasing number of enquiries from various markets, such as sub-Saharan Africa, Australia and India, for its inertial spin filters used in small to medium-sized mining applications.  This increase in interest can... 

Company showcases drilling products at Indaba

     18th March 2016 Drilling services, equipment and performance tooling provider Boart Longyear’s product experts were on hand at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba to discuss its range of new solutions suited to the African mining market. The company, exhibiting at the event in Cape Town, which ran... 

Atlas Copco, moving the immovable for 140 years

     15th February 2016 Celebrating 140 years of comprehensive, sustainable and innovative solutions development for the global mining and tunnelling industries, international productivity solutions provider Atlas Copco has embarked on a campaign highlighting how it has worked to provide customers with tailor-made... 

Supplier to feature LS250 MiniSonic in 2016

By: Kimberley Smuts     22nd January 2016 Despite the industry downturn, drilling services, drilling equipment and performance tooling provider Boart Longyear continues to invest in new product development and innovation in mining and expects to launch more than four new products this year. The company aims to share these latest product... 

MineARC Systems Wins International ITA Award for New Compressed Air Management System

     3rd December 2015 MineARC Systems has been awarded the Global Safety Initiative of the Year accolade at the 2015 International ITA Awards for their new Compressed Air Management System; designed specifically for refuge chambers in the mining, tunnelling and petrochemical industries. The ITA has recognized the... 

PEA shows solid case for Copper Fox's Arizona project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th November 2015 A preliminary economic assessment (PEA) of TSX-listed Copper Fox’s Van Dyke copper project in Miami, Arizona, has shown the project could generate gross revenue of $1.37-billion over an 11-year mine life, based on a $3/lb estimated copper price. The PEA also suggested that Van Dyke was a... 

DiamondCorp resumes development tunneling at Lace mine

By: Natalie Greve     20th November 2015 Southern African diamond mining, development and exploration company DiamondCorp has, following completion of back-filling activities and almost two weeks ahead of schedule, resumed development tunnelling on the 290 m doming level at the Lace mine, in the Free State. The company said in a market... 

Benefits of electronic detonation being realised

     20th November 2015 Electronic detonators are fast becoming an integral part of effective mining processes across the world, says electronic initiation system designer DetNet marketing director Johann Smit. “[The benefits of] electronic blast [initiation] are being recognised worldwide,” he says, adding that using... 

Mining solutions provider introduces hard rock mining truck

     13th November 2015 US-based mining equipment manufacturer Joy Global recently debuted the Joy 16TD hard rock mining truck, its newest offering for the global mining market. Based on the popular DT-1804 truck model, the 16TD features lower hood lines for improved visibility, a digital operator display, shorter... 

Development delays at Lace mine to hit 2016 Q1 cash flow

By: Natalie Greve     3rd November 2015 South African diamond asset developer DiamondCorp continues to advance development at the Lace diamond mine, in the Free State, with work on the Upper K4 (UK4) block focused on preparing the 310 m production level for production ramp-up by the end of the year. The company said in an update on... 

Automation can help mines deal with high production costs

     30th October 2015 Mine operators worldwide are under severe pressure to reduce production costs, as a result of dropping prices in the raw materials industry, including the coal, iron-ore, copper and gold sectors, says mining information technology products and traffic telematics company PSI Mines&Roads. Company... 

Worleyparsons Makes Progress On Design Engineering Contract For Kpone Ipp In Ghana

     23rd July 2015 WorleyParsons is making progress on a design engineering contract to provide concept design, detail design, procurement support, construction and commissioning support to Group Five Power International, the Engineer Procurement  & Construction contractor on the Kpone Independent Power Plant... 

Worleyparsons Makes Progress On Design Engineering Contract For Kpone Ipp In Ghana

     7th July 2015 WorleyParsons is making progress on a design engineering contract to provide concept design, detail design, procurement support, construction and commissioning support to Group Five International, the Engineer Procure Construct contractor on the Kpone Independent Power Plant project in Ghana.... 

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