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Drilling and Tunnelling News

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... 

Minotaur says Streaky Bay kaolin output could start in 2012

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th January 2011 ASX-listed Minotaur Exploration on Tuesday reported that it could start kaolin production at its Streaky Bay project, in South Australia, by the end of 2012. The explorer said in a statement that it would proceed with formal feasibility studies, and subject to board investment approval in early... 

Hawkley says Sorochynska gas production to start soon

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th January 2011 Oil and gas developer Hawkley said that it expected to start commercial gas production at its Sorochynska asset, in the Ukraine, by mid January. The recently-listed oil and gas company has completed the installation of the pipeline to the gas plant, and has connected the pipeline to the well head. 

ITH targets 2016 production at Alaska mine as interest swells

By: Liezel Hill     29th December 2010 International Tower Hill Mines, which already has more than 13-million ounces gold in resources at its Livengood project in Alaska, aims to have the mine in production by 2016, CEO Jeff Pontius said. Shares in the company have risen more than 50% since September 30, and were trading at around... 

Shaft Sinkers raised £30,6m, lists in London

By: Liezel Hill     23rd December 2010 South Africa's Shaft Sinkers Holdings raised £30,6-million in a share placement, ahead of a listing on the London Stock Exchange on Thursday. Shares in the company were up 8%, at 134p apiece, by 13:07 in London.  

Quadra's DMC unit will build potash shafts for BHP

By: Liezel Hill     16th December 2010 DMC Mining Services, the mining services subsidiary of base-metals producer Quadra FNX Mining, has signed a contract to build two new mine shafts for BHP Billiton at its Jansen potash project in Saskatchewan. The entire contract is valued at about $400-million, and DMC will receive a combination... 

New resin roofbolt used at Amandelbult mine

10th December 2010 Manufacturer and supplier of mining construction products DSI South Africa has supplied platinum-mining company Anglo Platinum's Amandelbult mine, near Northam, in Limpopo, with its new DD 25-mm resin roofbolt for underground rock support. 

Thembelani men and materials shaft at 1 074 m

By: Tracy Hancock     10th December 2010 Platinum-mining company Anglo Platinum reports that the men-and-materials shaft at the Thembelani two project, which is still in the execution phase, is currently 1 074 m deep. The shaft has a planned depth of 1 178 m and is scheduled for completion in July 2011. Its pillar inner core removal... 

R20-million turnkey contract for Mototolo mine

By: Tracy Hancock     10th December 2010 Engineering projects firm TWP has been awarded a R20-million turnkey contract for a new materials handling system at the Mototolo mine's concentrator, scheduled for completion in February 2011. The platinum-group metals mine is a joint venture (JV) between platinum-mining company Anglo Platinum... 

Rio Tinto will spend C$10m on Sudbury underground mining research centre

By: Liezel Hill     26th November 2010 Diversified miner Rio Tinto will invest C$10-million over five years to set up a Centre for Underground Mine Construction in Canada, the group announced late on Thursday. The new facility will be based at the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) in Sudbury, Ontario, and will focus... 

Technology seen as key to future of mining – Albanese

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd November 2010 Finding easily accessible resources would become increasingly difficult as global demand continued to grow, but Rio Tinto CEO Tom Albanese said that it was premature to speculate about mineral depletion. Albanese, who was speaking at the China Overseas Investment Fair, said that the earth’s... 

Developments imminent in rock breaking methods

By: Beth Shirley     17th April 2009 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) mining technology research development manager Declan Vogt says that the organisation aims to dedicate research to novel rock breaking methods, such as electric discharge drilling. 

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