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DISPENSING WITH THE NEED FOR DIESEL:

By: Martin Creamer     10th August 2018 Operator Adam Ladouceur is guiding an electric jumbo drill at Goldcorp's Borden underground gold mine project in Canada, which is dispensing with the use of diesel-powered equipment. This quiet battery-powered tunnelling machine is making its way towards gold without lowering air quality. Near... 

Electra Mining 2018 - a springboard for Powermite to showcase its new range of spring cable reeling drums

25th July 2018 Powermite will use Electra Mining 2018 as a springboard to launch its new innovative Conductix Wampfler SR-Express Spring Reeling Drums as well as to introduce the market to additions to its range of plugs and sockets. Telefonika mining cable, Conductix Wampfler cable reeling drums, downshop and... 

To succeed as a ‘sunrise industry’, SA mining must widen ownership, meet other challenges

11th May 2018 The following has been adapted from a chapter Towards Mining Vision 2030, by Joel Netshitenzhe, ANC NEC member and executive director of the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (Mistra) in a book on The Political Economy of Mining in South Africa, to be published in 2018 by Mistra. 

Interim rig to speed up development at Galantas’ Ireland mine

By: Mariaan Webb     20th April 2018 An interim tunnelling rig at the Omagh gold mine, in Ireland, should accelerate underground development, with the company about ten weeks away from reaching the Kearney vein system. Dual-listed Galantas Gold is developing the underground mine at Omagh, where openpit operations ceased five years... 

Transport system ready for implementation in new investment cycle

By: Paige Müller     30th March 2018 Negative investor sentiment in the mining sector over the past four years has slowed the local mining industry’s adoption of a new suspended underground mining transportation system, designed by South African transportation system solutions provider Futran Holdings. Futran Holdings, the developer... 

HRB technology, advantages drilled out at SANCOT talk

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     23rd March 2018 JSE-listed raiseboring and drilling services provider Master Drilling featured its horizontal raiseboring (HRB) technology and its advantages for mechanised mining at the latest South African National Committee on Tunnelling (SANCOT) breakfast, held in Woodmead last month. Master Drilling... 

Polymer bushings find favour in mining

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     23rd March 2018 Specialised polymer manufacturer Vesconite Bearings has been supplying bushings made from the polymer Hitemp 150 for use in rock drills, significantly improving their wear life, and reducing their replacement intervals. Hitemp 150 was developed about 20 years ago and is an internally lubricated... 

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 (miningweekly.com) – 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... 

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