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Drilling and Tunnelling News

Shaft Sinkers secure additional R496.2-million contracts for platinum project

13th April 2012 International shaft sinking and underground construction group Shaft Sinkers has been awarded both the development and service contracts for levels 21 to 24 of the Impala No 16 ventilation shaft for mining major Impala Platinum (Implats), at a total value of R496.2-million. 

$12m budget allocated for Haile drill programme

23rd March 2012 Gold development company Romarco Minerals’ $12-million 2012 drill campaign at its Haile gold mine, based on the positive results from the 2011 exploration programme, will predominantly focus on step-out, greenfield exploration and deep drilling, which is more cost effective with core drilling.... 

Diversified miner steps up Mine of the Future programme

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd March 2012 Diversified giant Rio Tinto reports that it would further its Mine of the Future programme by developing and testing new technologies in underground tunnelling and mineral recovery. 

Near-mine exploration programmes yield strong results for mining company

23rd March 2012 Gold production and exploration company Endeavour Mining has allocated an exploration budget of $30-million for 2012, which will include an additional 200 000 m of drilling.  

New technologies to change the future of shaft sinking

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     23rd March 2012 Specialist in the manufacture, assembly, sale and support of diamond tools and equipment for the quarrying industry Diamond Products has launched the lightweight Shibuya core drill, which offers improved mobility in various drilling environments. 

Energy efficient drill in the final stages of development

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     23rd March 2012 Local drill equipment provider Schwalbe is in the process of developing a new electric drill for the mining industry and expects the next prototype to be completed and tested in June.  

Drilling products provider receives exploration award for diamond coring bits

23rd March 2012 Integrated drilling products and services provider Boart Longyear was voted the winner of the 2012 Mining Magazine Exploration Award for its Ultramatrix (UMX) diamond coring bits. 

Aveng consolidates mining businesses into one Africa-focused unit 

By: Terence Creamer     14th March 2012 South African construction group Aveng has consolidated its opencast and underground mining business into a single R6-billion-revenue unit, which will pursue the expanding resources-linked opportunities arising globally, but especially in Africa. CEO Roger Jardine says Aveng Mining is already... 

Major multi-element and mineral alteration system confirmed

2nd March 2012 ASX-listed uranium, nickel and gold explorer Impact Minerals’ maiden drill programme at its Red Hills uranium prospect in Botswana has identified an extensive alteration system, which is about 1.5 km long and 1 km wide, comprising multimetal and mineral assemblages typical of those associated... 

Ghaghoo sand tunnel project 38% complete

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     2nd March 2012 Work on the R67-million vertical sand tunnel at international diamond producer Gem Diamond’s Ghaghoo diamond mine is at 38% completion.  

Products do their bit in Quebec

24th February 2012 Diamond drill bits from global mineral exploration company Boart Longyear are having a positive impact on iron-ore drilling operations in the remote area of Schefferville in northern Quebec, Canada. 

Drilling contractor targets growth

By: Janice Healing     24th February 2012 A returning exhibitor to the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) event is global specialty drilling contractor company Energold Drilling Corp.  

Tenova to give Bateman wider market presence in Chile, Australia 

By: Martin Creamer     21st February 2012 Mining project house Bateman Engineering is expected to be given a wider market presence in both South America and Australia following its acquisition by Tenova of Italy. Tenova CEO Gianluigi (Gigi) Nova reports that Tenova’s $150-million (R1.2-billion) acquisition of Bateman has already secured... 

Mechanisation and innovation central to increasing local, continental production

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     27th January 2012 The slow introduction of mechanisation and innovation to South Africa’s mining sector has resulted in a decrease in production over the past few years, despite the country’s significant reserves, Swiss protection systems designer and manufacturer Geobrugg Africa manager Bart Schoevaerts tells... 

M&R installs egress system at Finsch diamond mine in 11 days

27th January 2012 Shaft sinking, contract mining and raise-and shaftboring technology service provider Murray & Roberts Cementation has completed the implementation of an emergency egress system, over 11 days, at diamond miner Petra Diamonds’ Finsch mine.  

German company to host bauma trade show in South Africa in 2013

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th December 2011 Trade fair company Messe München International is bringing its international tradeshow bauma to South Africa for the first time in September 2013. 

Green and efficient drilling system passes tests

By: Joanne Taylor     11th November 2011 Hydraulic technology company Peterstow Aquapower has completed the testing of its environment-friendly drilling technology, which is set to improve drilling rates across the deep level mining sector. 

West African explorer says feasibility study nearing completion

4th November 2011 ASX- and TSX-listed Azumah Resources expects to soon complete a feasibility study for a 100 000 oz/y operation at its Wa gold project, in north-west Ghana. 

New software enhances accuracy, speed of blasting operations

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st October 2011 Mining software developer Modular Mining Systems has introduced the ProVision Drill solution for openpit mines, to enhance the accuracy and speed of blasting operations. 

Power transmission products manufacturer acquires German CNC machining centre

By: Sinette Goosen     7th October 2011 Manufacturer and supplier of power transmission products to the industrial and mining sectors Transmission Components has imported Southern Africa’s only German-manufactured Alzmetall GS 800/3 computer numeric control (CNC) machining centre. 

Shaftless screw technology increases market share

23rd September 2011 Screw conveyor manufacturer Spiral Tech, which is part of the PMSA group of companies, says the comprehensive range of heavy-duty industrial shaftless screws is continuing to gain ground in the local market.  

Monitoring system gains momentum

By: Dimakatso Motau     9th September 2011 Slope stability and subsurface measurement service provider GroundProbe says its work area monitor (WAM) system has captured the interest of the South African openpit-mining industry. 

Research under way for new robotic technology

By: Dimakatso Motau     9th September 2011 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Centre for Mining Innovation is undertaking research into the development of an underground robotic technology that will ensure high safety levels for gold miners. 

Africa has significant growth potential

By: Dimakatso Motau     9th September 2011 Mining and exploration software solutions provider Micromine is dedicated to expanding its service offerings in Africa. 

Severe-duty water cannon introduced to SA mining industry

9th September 2011 At the request of the Australian mining industry, international manufacturing company Akron Brass has developed a severe-duty water cannon, which is now also available in South Africa. 

First university in the US to select local company’s simulation system

9th September 2011 Designer and manufacturer of simulators Thoroughbred Technologies has supplied its ThoroughTec Simulation division’s fourth generation CYBERMINE4 simulator, becoming the US’s first advanced underground mine training simulator to be acquired by a university.  

Significant iron-ore projects undertaken

22nd July 2011 TSX-listed Talon Metals’ board of directors has approved expenditure of more than $20-million, of which most is allocated to the proposed work programs at the Trairão project and to a lesser extent, on the Inajá South project, in Brazil.  

Company outlines 2011/12 exploration programmes

22nd July 2011 TSX-listed Talon Metals’ board of directors has approved expenditure of more than $20-million, of which most is allocated to the proposed work programs at the Trairão project and to a lesser extent, on the Inajá South project, in Brazil.  

Mine development activities on target at Perkoa

8th July 2011 Development of the Perkoa zinc mine, in Burkino Faso, is on target, with construction progressing well and the delivery of the first of two mechanised drilling jumbos to replace hand drilling taking place. 

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. 

Maintenance contract secured for 960 drill rigs

By: Tracy Hancock     17th June 2011 Mining equipment provider Solstech has secured a R6,5-million contract to supply construction giant Murray & Roberts with new maintenance-friendly drill rigs, as well as a maintenance contract worth R500 000/m. The 960 drill rigs will be used for work on three decline shafts (1, 4 and 5) at... 

Top-three driller Foraco pushes miners for longer contracts

By: Liezel Hill     20th May 2011 TSX-listed drilling services firm Foraco International is looking to sign longer contracts with mining companies, especially the majors, rather than the one-year terms that have been the norm in the sector, chairperson and co-CEO Daniel Simoncini said in Toronto on Friday. “Drilling is a... 

Changing methods of sinking vertical shafts in mining

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th May 2011 Mining infrastructure, construction and services company Murray & Roberts (M&R) Cementation is changing the way mines and contractors work with vertical shafts through the introduction of its advanced shaft-lining technology. 

SA won’t finalise existing Karoo fracking applications ahead of probe

By: Loni Prinsloo     29th April 2011 South Africa’s Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu on Friday said that her department would not accept any new, nor would it finalise any existing, applications to explore for natural gas in the Karoo region until an expert study into the appropriateness of hydraulic fracturing, or... 

Major Drilling completes Mozambique acquisition

By: Liezel Hill     26th March 2011 TSX-listed Major Drilling Group has bought the drilling operations of Resource Drilling in Mozambique for $9,73-million, the firm said on Friday. The deal allows the company to move into a new region, and adds 15 drill rigs, as well as the related support equipment, inventory and contracts. 

Ian Cockerill joins Peterstow Aquapower board

By: Petronel Smit     22nd March 2011 Water hydraulic drilling systems manufacturer Peterstow Aquapower on Tuesday announced the appointment of Ian Cockerill, a well-known figure in South African and global mining, as a nonexecutive director of its board. Chairperson Douglas Barrows said in a statement that Cockerill knows the... 

Major Drilling investors Ok stock split

By: Liezel Hill     10th March 2011 Shareholders in Major Drilling approved a three-for-one stock split at a special meeting on Wednesday, the firm announced in a statement. The stock split has also received conditional approval from the TSX, “subject to the delivery of certain documents”, Major Drilling said. 

Cash-flush majors are spending more on exploration – Boart CEO

By: Liezel Hill     8th March 2011 Large mining companies are increasing their exploration spending faster than juniors, driven by the need to replace reserves as fast as they are being mined, Boart Longyear CEO Craig Kipp said on Monday. “We're seeing the majors spending a lot more money than they have in the past,” he said in... 

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