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Drilling and Tunnelling News

Mine mechanisation helping to tackle safety, cost and productivity issues

By: Joanne Taylor     3rd May 2013 The recent focus on South Africa's platinum and gold mines, have intensified owing to labour problems. This in turn has shed some light on the massive labour sector, which surprised the international mining community, as most international companies have moved towards mechanised mining methods. 

Bell Equipment granted Terex Finlay distributorship in South Africa

5th April 2013 South African original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Bell Equipment has been granted distribution rights by machinery manufacturer Terex Finlay for its range of mobile crushing, screening and recycling equipment in South Africa. 

SA company acquires Canadian-made track-mounted drill rig

By: Samantha Herbst     5th April 2013 In a continued effort to stay abreast of new technology in geotechnical investigations and exploration drilling, drilling and testing service provider to the geotechnical and minerals exploration market Geomechanics, part of Southern Africa-based GeoGroup, has acquired a R7-million track-mounted... 

Furnace contractor makes foray into mining sector

By: Samantha Herbst     29th March 2013 Local smelter and mineral processing furnace contractor the Dickinson Group has made its public debut into the mining sector after establishing its new mining division one year ago. The refractory specialist has introduced two international product ranges to the local underground mining market,... 

Medium-sized multipurpose drill rig launched

By: Chantelle Kotze     22nd March 2013 Integrated exploration drilling products and services provider Boart Longyear’s mid-size multipurpose LX11 rig has been received positively in the market since its launch in January this year, with drilling contractors acknowledging the advantages of having a medium-sized multipurpose rig onsite. 

Blasthole drilling rig to begin production this month

By: Chantelle Kotze     22nd March 2013 Mining services company Atlas Copco reports that the last Pit Viper 351 blasthole drilling rig for diversified miner Anglo American subsidiary Kumba Iron Ore’s (Kumba’s) drill rig order will be introduced into production this month. 

Company takes receipt of groundbreaking equipment

By: Chantelle Kotze     22nd March 2013 Geotechnical and exploration drilling company Geomechanics, part of Lanseria-based GeoGroup, has taken receipt of two new drill rigs this year – the DeltaBase 525 DB and Sonic SDC 450-24. The rigs have increased the company’s drill fleet to more than 60. 

Exploration drilling training provider launches safety forum

By: Chantelle Kotze     22nd March 2013 Exploration drilling training provider Colin Rice Exploration & Training reports that it launched a Safety Forum last month to help prevent accidents and incidents from taking place in the exploration drilling industry. 

Mechanised, trackless development improves safety, production rates

By: Chantelle Kotze     22nd March 2013 Mining equipment and service provider Sandvik Mining’s Trans4mine division, which focuses specifically on increasing Sandvik client’s mining efficiencies using a facilitative approach, reports that it is undertaking a mine design project using only trackless equipment to develop a rail bound... 

Maritime consultancy wins Madagascar mineral sands advisory contract

By: Samantha Herbst     15th March 2013 Australia-based mineral sands mining and exploration company World Titanium Resources (WTR) has commissioned port and maritime developments specialist consultancy BMT JFA Consultants to provide project management services and supervise site investigations for the Toliara Sands project, north of... 

ASX-listed mining junior intersects high-grade mineralisation

15th March 2013 Western Australia-based mining junior Tungsten Mining reports that it has started with the second- and third-phase drilling programmes at its flagship Kilba tungsten project, which are due for completion by the end of the first quarter. Following positive final analysis of the first eight holes... 

Australian explorer identifies new drilling target in Niger

By: Samantha Herbst     22nd February 2013 As part of its long-term endeavour to develop and operate its deposits and identify new ones, Australia-based exploration company Middle Island Resources is continuing its hard-line exploration approach to identify a minimum 1.1-million-ounce gold resource at its tenements in West Africa, says MD... 

Mining services company launches drilling product for exploration

25th January 2013 Integrated exploration drilling products and services provider Boart Longyear reports that it has launched the GTUMX diamond coring bit as the latest addition to its Ultramatrix (UMX) line, adding to their product range in South Africa. 

Master Drilling to expand into vertical shaft boring

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     7th January 2013 Global drilling services provider Master Drilling was planning to expand into the vertical shaft boring business, MD Danie Pretorius has indicated. He told Mining Weekly Online that the company was considering expanding its business to include vertical shaft boring over the long term, “We will... 

Master Drilling share price rises sharply on debut

By: Martin Creamer     20th December 2012 The share price of Master Drilling, which is described as the world’s largest raisedrilling company "by far”, rose 17% after the Fochville-headquartered company was listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) on Thursday. The share price increased from its opening level of R7.85 a share to... 

Expanded capabilities offering secures new contracts in Africa

By: Chantelle Kotze     7th December 2012 Mining contracting company Murray & Roberts Cementation has been awarded new contracts in South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Zambia and Botswana during 2012 through expanding the capabilities of its mine development, mine engineering, mine services and contract mining... 

Industry stalwart predicts impact of US shale gas revolution on Africa 

By: Samantha Herbst     30th November 2012 With one multibillion-dollar gas export terminal under construction in the US, veteran consulting engineer and industry stalwart John Bewsey predicts a worldwide drop in gas prices in the next three to five years, as an increasing number of companies file for export permits. 

New diamond drilling system improves mine productivity, lowers costs

By: Sashnee Moodley     14th September 2012 Mines and contractors can now use electricity and compressed air, depending on their availability, to power a new diamond drilling offering by drilling company Lesedi Drilling & Mining Contracting. 

New diamond core bit

By: Sashnee Moodley     14th September 2012 Mineral exploration drilling company Boart Longyear’s new diamond core bit, the 10 Ultramix (UMX), has been acquired by several companies in Africa for mineral exploration since its worldwide launch in March.  

Award-winning drilling company puts safety first

By: Zandile Mavuso     27th July 2012 Safety is of significant importance to mineral exploration drilling company Boart Longyear, which has been supplying Canadian mining projects like iron-ore operations in the remote area of Schefferville in northern Quebec, Canada. 

Hard rock drilling technology employed by global mining operations

By: Anine Kilian     20th July 2012 Hydraulic technology provider Peterstow Aquapower’s patented closed-loop water hydraulic hard rock drilling technology, which significantly reduces electricity and water consumption, has been well received throughout the mining industry and gained global interest after testing was completed last... 

Mincon, Western Star hand over 35 t truck to Booysen Bore Drilling 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th June 2012 Rock drilling equipment manufacturer Mincon, in association with truck manufacturer Western Star, on Friday handed over a 35 t custom built 4900 series Western Star truck to Booysen Bore Drilling Company. The truck would be taken to Booysen Bore Drilling’s offices in Kuruman, in the Northern... 

Drilling started at Changara coal project

By: Leandi Kolver     8th June 2012 Drill rigs have been mobilised and a drilling programme aimed at identifying the resource potential of coal producer Beacon Hill’s Changara coal project, in Mozambique’s Tete province, started in April this year. 

Caterpillar launches new blasthole drill rigs 
onto Southern African market

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     11th May 2012 Construction and mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has launched its new blasthole drill rigs onto the market. 

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... 

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