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Drilling and Tunnelling News

Miner investing in operational improvements

By: Cameron Mackay     25th June 2021 Gold miner Pan African Resources is continuing to invest in its assets locally and improve its operations, including its Barberton Mines Complex, in Mpumalanga; its Evander mine, in Gauteng; and its acquired Mintails’ gold tailings deposit, states Pan African Resources CEO Cobus Loots. Production... 

Aton signs drilling contract with Energold

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th June 2021 TSX-V-listed Aton Resources has signed a contract with Energold Drilling to carry out a minimum of 4 250 m of diamond drilling at its Abu Marawat concession, in Egypt. The drilling programme will be focused on the Rodruin and Hamama projects, with drilling expected to begin in September. 

Ionic starts Phase 4 of drilling programme at Uganda project

By: Simone Liedtke     15th June 2021 ASX-listed Ionic Rare Earths has started Phase 4 of its drill programme at its majority-owned Makuutu rare earth project, in Uganda. Ionic owns 51% of the project. 

Extra strike length, extended drilling confirmed at Thor Exploration’s Senegal project

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd June 2021 Over 1 000 m of strike length has been confirmed at Canadian mineral exploration company Thor Explorations’ Makosa tail prospect, in Senegal, in a number of parallel lodes including a 300 m high-grade zone in a previously untested area. President and CEO Segun Lawson says the Makosa Tail prospect... 

GoviEx advances Mutanga uranium project

By: Simone Liedtke     28th May 2021 Mineral resource company GoviEx Uranium has executed a drilling contract with Zambia-based drilling company Hydro Tech Drilling & Exploration to undertake exploration and resource delineation drilling programmes at the company’s Mutanga uranium project, in Zambia. “With the reissued Chirundu... 

Drill results confirm high-grade tin mineralisation at Alphamin’s DRC project

By: Simone Liedtke     14th May 2021 Initial assay results and an exploration update on tin miner Alphamin Resources’ Mpama South exploration drilling programme has confirmed high-grade tin mineralisation at the project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. So far, 8 700 m of the planned 16 000 m diamond drill programme has been... 

Company introduces robust luminaire

14th May 2021 Industrial lighting solutions provider BEKA Schréder has introduced “one of the most versatile and reliable” industrial light-emitting diode (LED) bulkhead luminaires: the OPTIWAY. The luminaire can be mounted on any structure, is “highly robust” and offers a high photometric performance. The... 

Company introduces robust luminaire
DIVERSE APPLICATIONS The OPTIWAY is suitable for use in various industrial environments, including underground haulage, outdoor mining areas, and others

New drill promises better efficiency

By: Darren Parker     30th April 2021 Original-equipment manufacturer Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions launched its new Top Hammer XL large-hole drilling system for large-scale surface mining and quarry applications through a global virtual event on March 24. The new machines are available to order, with the first machines ready for... 

New drill promises better efficiency
GETTING HAMMERED The Top Hammer XL drilling system expands the hole size range of top hammer drilling up to 178 MM

Machines help Belarus mine reach new depths

By: Cameron Mackay     16th April 2021 Dortmund-based shaft construction specialist Redpath Deilmann has used two Shaft Boring Roadheaders (SBR) from mechanised tunnelling company Herrenknecht, for the first time in Europe. The recently developed technology “inspires new top performances” in the mechanised construction of... 

Machines help Belarus mine reach new depths
Photo by © Herrenknecht AG
SINKING TO NEW DEPTHS The new technology marked a mining milestone, with two fully mechanised shaft sinkings

Katoro, Power Metal to advance Haneti project to deep diamond drilling

By: Simone Liedtke     7th April 2021 Aim-listed Katoro Gold will be advancing its Haneti nickel and platinum group metals (PGMs) project, in Tanzania, to deep diamond drilling following the receipt of results from the recently completed maiden rotary air blast (RAB) drill programme, which targeted the discovery of nickel and PGMs.... 

Company releases drill, blast knowledge base

2nd April 2021 Underground drill and blast planning software company iRing has introduced an extensive, searchable and comprehensive Knowledge Base that provides answers to questions concerning the use of commercial explosives in mining and construction applications. This includes the physics of the detonation... 

Company releases drill, blast knowledge base
COVERING EXPLOSIVE DEVELOPMENT The Knowledge Base provides analysis and descriptions of the use of commercial explosives many topics, including applications and use of explosives in mining and construction

Pilot projects start at mines

By: Cameron Mackay     2nd April 2021 Drilling technology and services provider Rosond is involved in the development of new drilling solutions and methodologies for pilot projects at local underground mines. These projects involve using innovations, such as drilling using flushed air or foam instead of water, as well as using... 

Pilot projects start at mines
GROUNDBREAKING DRILLING The company’s Rocor machines are standardised and fully interchangeable drills. They can be used above and below ground, and can be truck-, skid- or crawler-mounted

Company focused on autonomous equipment

By: Cameron Mackay     2nd April 2021 Local specialised original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Rham Equipment is focusing on the development of battery operated, autonomous underground mining equipment, says Rham Equipment capital sales manager Alan Mabbett, who points out that many miners are looking to further develop their deep... 

Company focused on autonomous equipment
TUNNEL SYNDROME Positive metal prices have increased the cash flow of local miners, which could allow for more innovative ways to extract minerals from deeper underground

Resources Watch 

31st March 2021 This week: Master Drilling advancing mechanisation for two top-tier local clients; South Africa playing key role in hydrogen economy and, Substituting rhodium with palladium next, says Sibanye-Stillwater 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Master Drilling in muted but resilient 2020 performance 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2021 Drilling services company Master Drilling, which operates in 23 countries and which is continuing to grow its presence in new global markets, on Tuesday reported a “muted but resilient performance” for the full year ended December 31, thanks to what it described as a “flexible business model and... 

Master Drilling in muted but resilient 2020 performance
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Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius.

Company to supply drill brands to Central and West Africa

19th March 2021 Drilling machine and equipment manufacturer Euroforgroup and engineering and construction machinery distributor BIA have signed a distribution agreement for the Furukawa and RTDrill brands in Central and West Africa. This agreement aims to strengthen their presence in these territories, BIA... 

Company to supply drill brands to Central and West Africa
ONE FOR ALL By offering a complete range of drilling machines and equipment, Euroforgroup meets the most specific needs of its customers in various industries

New tool saves time, fuel consumption

19th March 2021 Rock drilling tool manufacturer Mincon’s latest addition to its range of rock drilling solutions “redefines performance” with proven speed increases of up to 40%, depending on ground conditions, and fuel consumption improvements of up to 11.5%. “The MP40 is an evolution of our popular four-inch... 

System offers tunnel support

19th March 2021 Mining system solutions supplier Becker Mining South Africa’s locally manufactured steel arch roof support systems provide reliable tunnel support and safe working conditions in mining, as well as in underground civil engineering projects where unstable ground conditions exist.  These support... 

System offers tunnel support
BACK SUPPORT In the mining sector, these steel arch roof support systems are used in various tunnel applications, including x-cuts haulages, incline shaft portals and special shafts

Diamond mine’s 5 000 m drill programme under way

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     19th March 2021 Drilling solutions provider Lesedi Drilling was appointed to explore the Kimberlite country rock contacts underground at a Limpopo-based diamond mine in January, with the programme scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2022. A Boart Longyear LM90 electrohydraulic drill rig will be used... 

Initiatives have increased women’s participation

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     19th March 2021 Drilling contractor Rosond drill rig operator Veronica Mofokeng highlights that, through continuous encouragement from government and the private sector, industries in all sectors – especially those that previously excluded or disadvantaged women – have accelerated the sustainable participation... 

Initiatives have increased women’s participation
OPENING DOORS Mofokeng believes that the opportunity to be trained as a drill rig operator for Rosond presented new opportunities for her and other women who are yet to be appointed

Capital's West African expansion pays off as earnings rise

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th March 2021 London-listed Capital posted basic earnings a share of$0.178 apiece for the year ended December 31, 2020 – a 130% increase on the basic earnings of $0.077 apiece reported in the prior year. The company’s net profit after tax was 139% higher year-on-year at $24.8-million, driven by strong... 

PVC doors keep it cool

By: Theresa Bhowan     12th March 2021 Design, development and fabrication company Unique Ventilation & Support Systems (UVSS) has developed automated, high-pressure roll-up polyvinyl chloride (PVC) doors to control airflow in underground workings. The doors can also be integrated with new mining technologies. 

PVC doors keep  it cool
GREAT FLOW The automated UVSS Roll Up PVC doors are installed to control ventilation and airflow in a ventilation district at each level of the underground mine

Mines anywhere, everywhere can go green – Hydrogen Optimized 

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2021 Owing to the ubiquity of the world’s sun and the wind, all mines have the opportunity to generate their own green electricity no matter where they are located in the world, Hydrogen Optimized CEO Andrew T Stuart emphasised during last week’s Fasken online panel discussion on hydrogen. In this... 

Mines anywhere, everywhere can go green – Hydrogen Optimized
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Fasken panel that discussed hydrogen.

Implats, 4IR and Target North make headlines   

26th February 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Implats' R10-billion worth of new platinum projects, the feasibility study on a mine selected for the testing of Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies and the Greenfield exploration drilling that has restarted at Target North.   

Implats, 4IR and Target North make headlines
Implats, 4IR and Target North make headlines

Deep-South to start drilling at Namibian project

By: Simone Liedtke     11th February 2021 Mineral exploration and development company Deep-South Resources has started drilling at its Haib copper project, in Namibia. Namibian drilling contractor Ferrodrill has delivered the first drill. 

Miner reports gold intercepts at flagship deposit

5th February 2021 Gold miner Loncor Resources last December announced that the second core hole of a 7 000 m drilling programme at its Adumbi deposit had intersected gold at its 84.6%-owned Imbo Project in the eastern part of the Ngayu greenstone belt, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The second core... 

Miner reports  gold intercepts  at flagship deposit
Photo by Shuttershock
STRIKING GOLD The gold mineralisation at Adumbi is associated with up to 130 m of interbedded banded ironstone, quartz carbonate and chlorite schist

Contractor learns lockdown lessons

By: Darren Parker     29th January 2021 The main lesson learned over the past year is that, regardless of the challenges and new limitations brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, good relationships are key to keeping businesses well-enthused and optimistic, says mining services company Basil Read Mining CEO Nathan Williams. “Even... 

Contractor learns lockdown lessons
BIG PLANS Basil Read Mining aims to diversify beyond the commodities it currently works in, while expanding its geographical footprint

Tech keeps MDG going despite Covid-19 pandemic

By: Mamaili Mamaila     29th January 2021 South Africa-based drilling company Master Drilling Group (MDG) has always been keen to get involved in the digitisation aspect of technology advancement in the mining industry, with 2020 having shown how important this aspect is, and for the organisation to have an adaptive culture. 

Tech keeps MDG  going despite  Covid-19 pandemic
EXPANDED HORIZONS The mobile tunnel borer (pictured above) has expanded Master Drilling Group’s offering into rapid horizontal blind hole development using mechanised methods without blasting

Xtract restarts drilling programme at Bushranger

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th January 2021 Aim-listed Xtract Resources has restarted the Phase 1 drilling programme at the Racecourse mineral resource at the Bushranger copper/gold exploration project, in the Lachlan Fold Belt (LFB) of New South Wales. On December 22, the company announced that the drilling programme had been temporarily... 

Rosond to deliver last batch of new rigs to Kumba

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th December 2020 The final batch of 28 newly manufactured advanced drilling rigs under a R2-billion multiyear contract with mining services group Rosond is making its way to Anglo American-controlled Kumba Iron Ore in the Northern Cape, with expectations that the new range will be fully operational early in 2021.... 

Capital secures 'transformational' contract mining contract at Centamin's Sukari 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd December 2020 A subsidiary of minerals drilling solutions provider Capital Limited has entered into a conditional 120-million-tonne openpit waste mining services contract and an expanded drilling contract at LSE-listed Centamin’s Sukari gold mine in Egypt, as part of Centamin’s operational reset. The four-year... 

Capital secures 'transformational' contract mining contract at Centamin's Sukari
Sukari open pit

Drill results confirm Fwiji as a major target, says Arc Minerals

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th October 2020 Aim-listed Arc Minerals has announced the first set of assay results from the laboratory confirming the presence of near-surface copper mineralisation at the Fwiji prospect, in Zambia. The first Fwiji drill results have confirmed significant mineralisation, the company notes. 

Sandvik launches Rock Drill Centre

By: Simone Liedtke     30th October 2020 Swedish mining gear and metal-cutting tools maker Sandvik officially launched its Finland-based Rock Drill Innovation Centre during the company’s virtual ‘Innovation in Mining’ conference, held last month. The grand opening was initially planned for 2020 but has since been delayed owing to the... 

Sandvik launches Rock Drill Centre
KNOWLEDGE HUB The Rock Drill Innovation Centre introduces state-of-the-art production and testing facilities for Sandvik’s core technology, the rock drill

App boosts company performance

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     30th October 2020 Providing advanced and effective drilling solutions and services across geographies and sectors sets South Africa-based drilling company Master Drilling apart from its competitors, says Master Drilling group business development manager Izak Bredenkamp.  “We are flexible and provide specialised... 

App boosts company performance
BREAKING THROUGH The correct application of technology and experience also enables Master Drilling to break new ground

IronRidge records high-grade drilling results at Zaranou

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th October 2020 Aim-listed IronRidge Resources has recorded final high-grade drilling results from the second phase drilling programme at the Ebilassokro and Ehuasso targets, both within the Zaranou gold project area in Côte d'Ivoire Final high-grade reverse circulation (RC) and aircore (AC) drilling results... 

Service provider returns to exploration

By: Theresa Bhowan     16th October 2020 With an existing and substantial fleet of exploration drill rigs, geotechnical service specialist Geogroup intends to get back to the exploration space. “Geomech Africa, a subsidiary company of Geogroup with its Level 1 B-BBEE, has not been involved in any exploration drilling projects in the... 

Service provider returns to exploration
DIG DEEP Geogroup rigs range from being able to drill 200 m holes to 2 000 m holes

Equipment mobilisation for Bibemi project starts

16th October 2020 West Africa-focused metals exploration company Oriole Resources last month announced that mineral drilling solutions provider Capital Limited had started mobilising equipment for a 3 000 m diamond drilling contract for the Bibemi exploration licence in Cameroon. The press release notes that... 

Equipment mobilisation for Bibemi project starts
Photo by Bloomberg
END GAME The Bibemi project is currently progressing through its exploration phase

Sandvik sells exploration business to Drillman

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th October 2020 Swedish engineering group Sandvik will sell its exploration business to Drillman – a subsidiary of the M Group of companies from Australia. The deal includes exploration rigs, consumables and production stock, along with selected trademarks and patents. “I believe we have found a good home for... 

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