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Drilling and Tunnelling News

Caterpillar to discontinue some underground equipment ranges

By: Ilan Solomons     16th September 2016 In a “strategic initiative” to restructure and optimise its manufacturing footprint, US mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has decided to place its soft rock room and pillar underground equipment production under review and will stop taking orders for this equipment. The company has... 

Master Drilling posts 15.4% revenue growth despite tough operating environment

By: Ilan Solomons     16th September 2016 JSE-listed drilling services provider Master Drilling has overcome a challenging economic climate to secure a $208.9-million order book, while its headline earnings a share increased 30.1% year-on-year to 97.6c in the six months ended June 30. At a presentation of the company’s interim results,... 

DANIE PRETORIUS
Master Drilling experienced a slow start to 2016, owing to delayed access to sites, delays in project start-ups, poor ground conditions and economic fluctuations
Photo by Duane Daws
DANIE PRETORIUS Master Drilling experienced a slow start to 2016, owing to delayed access to sites, delays in project start-ups, poor ground conditions and economic fluctuations

Consultant promotes technology over subsidies to ensure sustainability

By: Nadine James     16th September 2016 Coal mining companies need to embrace the technological revolution if they are to overcome current challenges, including lower commodity prices, rising labour costs and increased regulatory pressures, says commodity and industrial consulting firm Bryanston Resources. According to Bryanston... 

LORENZO TENCATI It is technology, not government subsidies, that will add value to the South African mining industry
LORENZO TENCATI It is technology, not government subsidies, that will add value to the South African mining industry

Sentinel at forefront of global mining technology

9th September 2016 Canadian base metals producer First Quantum Minerals’ (FQM’s) $2.1-billion Sentinel mine, in Zambia’s North-Western province, is described by the Zambian Chamber of Mines (CoM) as the country’s mining industry’s “most ambitious venture ever” and the single-largest upfront infrastructure... 

SERIOUS COMPETITOR
The Sentinel mine uses some of mining's most advanced technology
SERIOUS COMPETITOR The Sentinel mine uses some of mining's most advanced technology

Master Drilling secures healthy pipeline of projects, despite challenges 

By: Ilan Solomons     6th September 2016 JSE-listed drilling services provider Master Drilling has overcome a challenging economic climate to secure a $208.9-million order book, while its headline earnings a share increased 30.1% year-on-year to 97.6c in the six months ended June 30. At a presentation of the company’s interim results,... 

Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius
Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius discusses the company's performance for the six months to June 30 and the current status of the projects it is working on. Video and edting: Nicholas Boyd

Kansanshi copper mine renews drill fleet

By: Mia Breytenbach     2nd September 2016 Amid lacklustre global commodity prices and difficult times faced by the Zambian copper mining industry, the country’s largest copper mine, Kansanshi, has opted to renew its fleet of blast hole drill rigs by acquiring Sandvik D25KS and DP1500i drill rigs. Sandvik Zambia key account manager for... 

Schwalbe

26th August 2016 Focused on providing products and services whilst ensuring competitiveness in quality, reliability and price, South Africa-based drilling equipment supplier Schwalbe’s product lines have been supplied to and tested, with favourable results, by companies such as gold producer AngloGold Ashanti,... 

Schwalbe

Impeded release of nitrates mitigating enviro impact of mining explosives

By: Donna Slater     19th August 2016 Developments over the past three decades by mining explosives manufacturer BME, have resulted in a lowered negative impact on the environment through the impeded release of nitrates during blasting operations, thereby, preventing possible groundwater contamination and allowing enhanced recycling... 

EXPLOSIVES DEVELOPMENT
Emulsion-based explosives released about 0.7% of its nitrate content into water in tests
EXPLOSIVES DEVELOPMENT Emulsion-based explosives released about 0.7% of its nitrate content into water in tests

Large-diameter drilling at Orapa project may start at year-end

By: Kimberley Smuts     29th July 2016 Exploration company Tsodilo Resources aims to extract between 2 000 t and 3 000 t of kimberlite from BK16, potentially one of the last economic kimberlite pipes in the Orapa kimberlite province in Botswana, during a large-diameter drilling (LDD) programme in the fourth quarter of the year. The... 

BETTER TREATMENT The dense medium seperator plantat Tsodilo's Orapa project is scheduled for an upgrade in the third quarter of this year
BETTER TREATMENT The dense medium seperator plantat Tsodilo's Orapa project is scheduled for an upgrade in the third quarter of this year

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.  

PERFORMANCE BOOST The DT912Da tunnelling jumbo RD525 hydraulic rock drill, which offers 'superior drilling performance' with high lifetime
PERFORMANCE BOOST The DT912Da tunnelling jumbo RD525 hydraulic rock drill, which offers 'superior drilling performance' with high lifetime

Pneumatic equipment no longer centre stage, but still has place

By: Sebastian Whyle     15th July 2016 The uptake of pneumatic tools at mine sites has slowed, owing to new mining technology and techniques, equipment provider Borwa Mining Instruments MD Lebogang Matlou tells Mining Weekly.  

RIGOROUS REQUIREMENTS 
Mining companies are cleaning house, looking for genuine, nonfronting and reliable black-youth-owned mining suppliers
RIGOROUS REQUIREMENTS Mining companies are cleaning house, looking for genuine, nonfronting and reliable black-youth-owned mining suppliers

Bada’s initial drill phase set for August

By: Nadine James     8th July 2016 Resource company Essel Group Middle East (EGME) expects to start Phase 1 of its drilling programme for its Bada potash project, in Eritrea, next month. EGME CEO Punkaj Gupta says the remainder of its 2016 exploration campaign will primarily be focused on drilling test holes to examine the layers... 

HOT PROSPECT The Bada licence is located in the northern-most part of Danakil depression where temperatures can exceed 50 °C
HOT PROSPECT The Bada licence is located in the northern-most part of Danakil depression where temperatures can exceed 50 °C

Drilling reveals visible gold in Burkina Faso

8th July 2016 Gold developer West African Resources has reported high-grade reverse circulation (RC) drilling results from the M1 prospect at its Tanlouka gold project, in Burkina Faso. 

VISIBLE GOLD 
Visible gold has been found in the core drilling samples from the Tanlouka gold project, in Burkina Faso
VISIBLE GOLD Visible gold has been found in the core drilling samples from the Tanlouka gold project, in Burkina Faso

Some services firms report business revival as several commodity prices rise

By: Henry Lazenby     6th July 2016 Certain mining services providers have reported increased interest from customers on both the investor and mining side, saying the slight recovery for many major commodities so far this year had translated into improved business. “Yes, there’s definite improvement in our business, especially... 

Some services firms report business revival as several commodity prices rise

Mining equipment sector to reach $156bn by 2022 – report

By: Ilan Solomons     6th July 2016 The global mining equipment sector is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.9% between 2016 and 2022, to reach a value of over $150-billion by 2022. This was according to a new report published on Monday by global market research company Allied Market Research (AMR) titled ‘World... 

Mining equipment sector to reach $156bn by 2022 – report

Moatize takes delivery of 212 t surface miner

By: Kimberley Smuts     1st July 2016 Mining services and construction provider Wirtgen South Africa (SA) has supplied its biggest surface mining model, the 212 t 4200SM, to diversified miner Vale’s Moatize coal mine project, in Tete, Mozambique. The 4200SM costs about €5-million depending on client specifications and can mine out... 

REDUCED CONTAMINATION
Wirtgen surface miner machinery aims to to mine cleaner coal
REDUCED CONTAMINATION Wirtgen surface miner machinery aims to to mine cleaner coal

Atlas Copco launches automated surface drill rig

By: Donna Slater     24th June 2016 Equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco in April launched its automated surface drill rig – the SmartROC – to the South African industry in the mining town of Kathu, in the Northern Cape.  

AUTO DRILLING
The drill setup and drill cycle of the Atlas Copco SmartROC drill can be run with a touch of a button
AUTO DRILLING The drill setup and drill cycle of the Atlas Copco SmartROC drill can be run with a touch of a button

UK show sees strong demand

By: Kimberley Smuts     17th June 2016 The Hillhead international quarrying and recycling show is famous for its live demonstrations and 2016 will be no different with a range of equipment being put through its paces in a live quarry environment. Demand for the 2016 event has been strong with every square metre now allocated,... 

UNIQUE OFFERING Hillhead demonstrates real ‘job of work’ in a live quarry environment
UNIQUE OFFERING Hillhead demonstrates real ‘job of work’ in a live quarry environment

Essential maintenance supplied despite budget cuts by mines

By: Sebastian Whyle     17th June 2016 Rope access service and equipment provider Skyriders is, to a large extent, immune to the current commodities price slump, as inspection and maintenance is an essential part of keeping sites operational, notes marketing manager Mike Zinn. 

MAINTENANCE REMAINS KEY Although maintenance budgets are being trimmed to survive the current tough global economic climate, maintenance is vital at active mining operations
MAINTENANCE REMAINS KEY Although maintenance budgets are being trimmed to survive the current tough global economic climate, maintenance is vital at active mining operations

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... 

SERVICE INCREASE
The value-add to operations from the top centre drill bits include up to 80% longer grinding intervals and up to 60% longer bit life
SERVICE INCREASE The value-add to operations from the top centre drill bits include up to 80% longer grinding intervals and up to 60% longer bit life

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

By: Donna 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.  

JANSEN PROJECT
Herrenknecht’s Shaft Boring Roadheader in use at BHP Billiton’s Jansen project in Canada
JANSEN PROJECT Herrenknecht’s Shaft Boring Roadheader in use at BHP Billiton’s Jansen project in Canada

Sasol investing $1.4bn to grow Mozambique gas platform 

By: Terence Creamer     30th May 2016 Energy group Sasol has started drilling the first of what will be 12 new gas and oil wells in Mozambique where the government recently approved a production sharing agreement (PSA), as well as a field development plan for the resources, which are in the same neighbourhood as Sasol’s producing... 

Drilling for gas in Temane
Photo by Sasol
Drilling for gas in Temane

Aggressive drilling programme under way at Gascoyne’s Dalgaranga

By: Samantha Herbst     24th May 2016 Following the completion of a prefeasibility study of its 80%-owned Dalgaranga gold project earlier this year, which proved the project to be a robust development, ASX-listed gold hopeful Gascoyne Resources on Tuesday announced that an aggressive drilling programme was currently under way at... 

Australia’s GB Energy to acquire lithium project in Namibia

By: Samantha Herbst     19th May 2016 In line with its strategy of targeting minerals critical for the future of the energy environment, ASX-listed GB Energy has entered into an option agreement with an unnamed South African company which, if exercised, provides the GB Energy with the right to acquire a 70% stake in Namibia’s... 

Draft Mining Charter 'only a proposal' – Zwane

By: Ilan Solomons     22nd April 2016 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane on Friday sought to assure mining industry stakeholders concerned about certain provisions in the new broad-based black economic-empowerment Mining Charter that the draft was “just a proposal by government” and that “nothing has been cast in stone". The... 

Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane
Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane

New drill rig alignment tool drastically slashes rig set-up time

By: Donna Slater     22nd April 2016 Australia-based mining technology firm Minnovare’s drill rig alignment tool, the Azimuth Alinger, is delivering “unprecedented” efficiency to the underground drilling process by substantially reducing rig set-up time, the company claims.  

Companies ink deal to co-market hard-rock mining services in Africa

By: David Oliveira     15th April 2016 Australian underground hard-rock mining contractor PYBAR Mining Services announced a three-year agreement with LSE-listed drilling services company Capital Drilling earlier this month for the comarketing of underground hard-rock mining services in Africa. Capital Drilling is headquartered in... 

Infill drilling at DRC copper project to start next month

By: David Oliveira     15th April 2016 Canadian exploration and development company Ivanhoe Mines executive chairperson Robert Friedland announced earlier this month that the company and its joint venture partner Chinese miner Zijin Mining were preparing to accelerate a planned infill drilling programme on the Kakula discovery area at... 

Main sinking at Platreef Shaft 1

15th April 2016 The changeover from presinking activities to main-sinking activities at Shaft 1 of the Platreef platinum-group metals (PGMs) mining project, in Limpopo, is expected to be completed by April, enabling the start of main sinking. Presinking of the shaft was completed to a depth of 54 m below surface. 

MOVING ON Presinking of Shaft 1 at the Platreef project was completed to a depth of 54 m below surface
MOVING ON Presinking of Shaft 1 at the Platreef project was completed to a depth of 54 m below surface

West African chamber to launch at Ghana mining event

8th April 2016 The newly formed West African Chamber of Mines (Wacom), which comprises chief executives from the chambers of mines in Ghana, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Burkina Faso, will be officially launched at the twelfth West African Mining & Power Exhibition (Wampex) in June. 

LOCATION LOCATION
The West African Mining & Power Exhibition serves as a valuable platform for networking between key industry players
LOCATION LOCATION The West African Mining & Power Exhibition serves as a valuable platform for networking between key industry players

Infill drilling programme at Kamoa to kick-off next month

By: David Oliveira     7th April 2016 Canadian exploration and development company Ivanhoe Mines and joint-venture partner Chinese miner Zijin Mining were preparing to accelerate a planned infill drilling programme at the Kamoa copper project’s Kakula discovery, area, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), starting next month.... 

Karoo uranium promising

By: Sascha Solomons     1st April 2016 Australia-based uranium miner Peninsula Energy is determined to wrap up the reserve drilling for the definitive feasibility study on its Karoo uranium projects, in Beaufort West, in the Western Cape of South Africa, which will pave the way for a mine to be built  by 2019, says Peninsula Energy MD... 

GUS SIMPSON
The Karoo projects offer an excellent opportunity for domestic uranium supply to fuel the new reactors that are being developed under the recently announced expansion of South Africa’s nuclear power generating capacity
GUS SIMPSON The Karoo projects offer an excellent opportunity for domestic uranium supply to fuel the new reactors that are being developed under the recently announced expansion of South Africa’s nuclear power generating capacity

Mine mechanisation gains traction

By: Simon Sonnekus     1st April 2016 More South African mining companies are shifting from using conventional labour forces to mechanising their deep-level operations, as they are exposed to increased seismic stress and the subsequent seismic activity, higher temperatures and time-consuming travelling to the rock face, says... 

DECLAN VOGT
Mines and mining corporations have shifted their focus to improving production efficiency and maintaining steady productivity to prevent capital expenditure amid the commodities slump by means of using machinary
Photo by Duane Daws
DECLAN VOGT Mines and mining corporations have shifted their focus to improving production efficiency and maintaining steady productivity to prevent capital expenditure amid the commodities slump by means of using machinary

Shaft solutions to address commodities crunch

By: Simon Sonnekus     1st April 2016 Some of the most exciting opportunities are in deep-level mining, says Hatch Goba associate and Africa, Europe and the Middle East mining director Kevin Seyfried. The scarcity of capital, lower operating costs and the reaffirmation of safety by mining companies have prompted multinational... 

DIGITAL MINING TECH 
Hatch Goba has highlighted an increase in mechanised mining and the subsequent need for such solutions
DIGITAL MINING TECH Hatch Goba has highlighted an increase in mechanised mining and the subsequent need for such solutions

Master Drilling maintains eye on growth as strategy gains traction 

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st March 2016 JSE-listed Master Drilling continued to pursue its geographic, commodity and business diversification strategy throughout 2015, with gains expected to start being realised in the coming year. The company had set the platform with the acquisition of a Sweden-based company and its Chilean... 

Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius
Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius discusses the company’s current projects. Date recorded: 31.03.2016. Camerawork and videoediting: Nicholas Boyd.

Master Drilling delivers higher FY earnings, no dividend yet

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st March 2016 As JSE-listed Master Drilling continued its steep upward earnings trend, the company declared no dividend for the period ended December 31, 2015. The drilling solutions provider, which on Thursday reiterated it was still in a growth phase, posted basic earnings per share (BEPS) of $0.13 in 2015,... 

Mining deeper while maintaining value

By: Kimberley Smuts     18th March 2016 Multidisciplinary professional services firm Hatch Goba is continuously developing more cost-effective means of extracting ore, especially in South Africa, where mining is deeper and more difficult amid falling commodity prices, resulting in decreasing profit margins. Technologies that allow for... 

KEVIN SEYFRIED 
Hatch Goba works across various sectors, from infrastructure to metals and energy, providing clients with numerous services
KEVIN SEYFRIED Hatch Goba works across various sectors, from infrastructure to metals and energy, providing clients with numerous services

Series increases safety, importance of students emphasised

18th March 2016 There is increasing focus on safety within the mining industry, says sustainable productivity solution provider Atlas Copco, adding that its Diamec Smart core drilling rigs eliminate many of the hazardous operations at mines involved in underground core drilling. Atlas Copco introduced its Diamec... 

SMART RIG
The Diamec Smart core drilling rigs have an advanced rig control system that enables automatic functions such as drilling and adding and removing of rods
SMART RIG The Diamec Smart core drilling rigs have an advanced rig control system that enables automatic functions such as drilling and adding and removing of rods
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