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Drilling and Tunnelling News

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... 

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
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... 

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
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-Rajah     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. 

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
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... 

Fasken panel that discussed hydrogen.
Photo by Creamer Media
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... 

STRIKING GOLD
The gold mineralisation at Adumbi is associated with up to 130 m of interbedded banded ironstone, quartz carbonate and chlorite schist
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... 

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

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
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... 

Sukari open pit
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... 

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

BREAKING THROUGH 
The correct application of technology and experience also enables Master Drilling to break new ground
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-Rajah     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... 

DIG DEEP 
Geogroup rigs range from being able to drill 200 m holes to 2 000 m holes
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... 

END GAME 
The Bibemi project is currently progressing through its exploration phase
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... 

Oriole says Bibemi, Wapouzé licences renewed

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th October 2020 Aim-listed Oriole Resources says the Bibemi and Wapouzé exploration licences in Cameroon, in which the company is earning up to a 90% interest, have been renewed. The licence tenure at Bibemi has been renewed for a third two-year term, covering a licence area of 177 km2. 

Hummingbird completes 95% of 2020 drilling programme

By: Simone Liedtke     8th October 2020 Aim-listed gold developer and explorer Hummingbird Resources has now drilled over 21 509 m this year, and is 95% through its budgeted $5-million drilling and exploration programme for 2020. The exploration and drilling programme is set to further refine Hummingbird’s mine expansion plans and show... 

Sandvik intelligent drill series continues to meet evolving customer demands

By: Simone Liedtke     30th September 2020 As rotary blasthole drill technology continues to advance, Sandvik’s iSeries family of intelligent drills continues to grow to meet evolving customer demands – as can be seen with the Sandvik DR410i drill rig. Considered a “compact, powerful, technologically advanced rig designed to produce the... 

Sandvik launches new RDX5 rock drill

By: Simone Liedtke     30th September 2020 Following the virtual grand opening of its Rock Drill Innovation Centre, in Finland, Swedish mining gear and metal-cutting tools maker Sandvik launched its RDX5 rock drill on September 30. The rock drill builds on the success of “the most dependable rock drill in the market”, the HLX5, and... 

Sandvik digitises mechanical cutting equipment to improve safety 

By: Simone Liedtke     29th September 2020 In addition to performance and extensive safety features, engineering company Sandvik says its mechanical cutting equipment also offer effective digital solutions to boost productivity, reduce operating costs and maximise equipment lifetime. One such mechanical cutting equipment solution is... 

Carbide recycling can create jobs for mine communities – Sandvik  

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2020 The local extraction of carbide inserts can create job opportunities for communities living around mines – “a true win, win, win situation for society, our customers and ourselves”, Sandvik rock tools division VP Nina Axman enthused on Tuesday. Sandvik is developing a new recycling process that... 

Sandvik's Nina Axman and Jens Holmberg.
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reports on Sandvik’s mining innovation virtual event. Video: Darlene Creamer

LNG can help reduce costs, emissions

25th September 2020 The discovery and development of natural gas projects in northern Mozambique over the past decade could have a significant impact on the economic landscape of Southern Africa, says analytical services provider Deloitte. The group has released a series of reports to examine the different sectors... 

STORAGE INFRASTRUCTURE
LNG requires specialised infrastructure to manage. It is vital that southern Africa has the capability to move LNG from ship-based transport to land-based storage
Photo by Reuters
STORAGE INFRASTRUCTURE LNG requires specialised infrastructure to manage. It is vital that southern Africa has the capability to move LNG from ship-based transport to land-based storage

Giyani to start drilling programme at Botswana manganese project

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd September 2020 TSX-V-listed Giyani Metals has started a feasibility study field programme for its K.Hill manganese project, in Botswana, with the appointment of a drilling contractor, project management and geological services contract and their imminent mobilisation. The 2020 field programme follows Giyani’s... 

New rig offers autonomous capabilities on smaller blast holes

By: Halima Frost     18th September 2020 Construction engineering company Basil Read Mining has launched a new autonomous drill that could offer an increase of about 30% in productivity, compared to manual drilling, contracts director Nqobile Khumalo tells Mining Weekly. The first C650 drill is to be delivered to a mine in Botswana... 

NQOBILE KHUMALO
the automated C650 offers two distinct benefits when drilling coal deposits
NQOBILE KHUMALO the automated C650 offers two distinct benefits when drilling coal deposits

New software offers greater continuous-miner business support

By: Halima Frost     18th September 2020 Mining equipment manufacturer Eickhoff South Africa has introduced new software packages, which help clients to manage and analyse continuous miners’ key performance indicators (KPIs). Some of these KPIs include data pertaining to shift advances, first coal, last coal, shuttle car counts and... 

KEEPING TRACK
Being able to track key performance indicators allows for optimal operation and output
KEEPING TRACK Being able to track key performance indicators allows for optimal operation and output

Study demonstrates longwall viability for Sasol 

By: Halima Frost     18th September 2020 Despite the challenges wrought by lockdown restrictions, mining and engineering consulting firm Mindset Mining Consultants has successfully completed a comprehensive longwall mining feasibility study for chemicals and energy company Sasol Mining. Sasol Mining sought ways of optimising its coal... 

FOR THE LONG-HAUL
Being able to supply coal over the entirety of the plant's life is key for Sasol Mining
Mindset Mining Consultants MD Alan Gissing and senior mining engineer Ronnie van Eeden discuss a recently completed longwall mining feasibility study conducted for energy and chemicals company Sasol. Camerawork: Darlene Creamer. Editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded: 30.07.2020

New continuous miner to launch in 2021 

By: Halima Frost     18th September 2020 Manufacturing of the JAE 38 Wildcub continuous miner – mining equipment and services provider JA Engineering’s newest offering – has started and will be delivered at the end of January 2021. The mid-seam continuous miner will be optimally suited to the “harsh and hard” mid-seam conditions... 

CONTINUOUSLY MOVING
The constant research and development conducted by JA Engineering has resulted in a new continuous miner to be launched early next year
JA Engineering CEO Danie van Wyk and the sales and marketing director Reuben Mabunda discuss the production of a new continuous miner, as well as the new JAE Data Mining Services app. Camerawork: Kutlwano Matala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 21.08.2020

M&R pursuing open-pit services acquisition as it seeks ‘step-change’ growth in mining 

By: Terence Creamer     27th August 2020 Engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) is considering acquisition targets in the open-pit mining services sector, where it is aiming to expand the presence of its mining platform, which has hitherto had an underground mining focus. CEO Henry Laas says that, although the... 

M&R pursuing open-pit services acquisition as it seeks ‘step-change’ growth in mining

M&R retreats into a loss amid R622m Covid-19 hit 

By: Terence Creamer     26th August 2020 Engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) estimates that the Covid-19 pandemic had a R622-million negative impact on its results for the 2020 financial year, during which the company retreated into a lossmaking position. The JSE-listed group reported a loss before interest and tax... 

M&R retreats into a loss amid R622m Covid-19 hit

Electra Mining Africa 2020 going digital with Connect – and it’s free of charge 

By: Martin Creamer     20th August 2020 The Electra Mining Africa Connect week will enable exhibitors to promote their products and services free of charge alongside industry-related informative webinars, media activations and product showcase opportunities from September 7 to 11. For the first time in 48 years, Electra Mining Africa... 

Specialised Exhibitions MD Gary Corin.
Specialised Exhibitions MD Gary Corin outlines Electra Mining Africa 2020 Connect plans to Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Master Drilling expects to report lower earnings

By: Simone Liedtke     14th August 2020 Drilling contractor Master Drilling expects its headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months ended June 30  to be between 49.5c and 57.2c a share, which will be between 25.5% and 35.5% lower year-on-year. Earnings per share (EPS) for the six months are expected to be between 46.2c and... 

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