The company is blasting 300 t of SMX explosives a month and, although not being able to compete with gold-mines, Eire is one of the largest regarding civil-engineering work.
Eire uses SMX’s range of surface products from pumped to cartridged explosives, accessories, and even its new electronic detonators.
“Trials are being run on the new electronic detonators at some quarries in Durban that are concerned about the effect of ground vibrations on their neighbours,” informs Moffatt.
The first blasts, in the middle of last month, proved to be excellent, with mention made of the quality of the blast, as well as the significant reduction in noise and ground vibration.
“It seems as though SMX tried to perfect this new product before actually introducing it to the market,” enthuses Moffatt.
It is a good system that looks as though it will work well, and be effective, he adds, featuring a barcoding system that offers the flexibility of setting up any timing or delay required.
The company is busy with a R25-million contract in Swaziland on the large rockfill dam at Maguga, which will be the thirteenth-largest dam in Southern Africa.
Work started in September last year, and completion is scheduled for the end of next year.
SMX has erected a plant on-site for the company, which was scheduled to start running at the beginning of this month.
“This is the largest civil-engineering blasting job there is, or that has been carried out, in South Africa,” sta-tes Moffatt, adding that work is being carried out in a joint venture with B&E.
Electronic detonators have also been applied by the company to the civil-engineering industry while blasting the Tiberdeen bridge on the south coast of Kwazulu-Natal.
“Between ourselves and the Ensign-Bickford South Africa support team, we calculated the timing, and blasted the bridge effectively, although situated only a metre away from the new bridge,” says Moffatt.
Technical support offered by the SMX group of companies is excellent, he points out.
“The company is not shy to back up its systems whatever happens,” he comments.
Eire uses SMX products almost exclusively, and Moffatt states that the mutual relationship has worked well for both firms.
“They have helped me grow to where I am today, being one of their largest smaller-volume customers,” declares Moffatt.
He adds that SMX has always been a good company, proactive and aggressive – in the best sense of the word – boasting a good product range to the extent of being the leader in the market rather than following trends.
The contracting company is also busy with the drilling and blasting of waste material and ore at the Marsfontein diamond-mine in Potgietersrus.
Other activities include working on the West Rand on an opencast gold-mine, as well as drilling for coal at Rietspruit opencast mine.