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Explosives News

Grootegeluk gets electronic detonators

By: Deborah Spicer     11th April 2003 Last month, explosives supplier Bulk Mining Explosives (BME) signed its first one-year contract to supply Kumba Resources’ Grootegeluk coal-mine with electronic-delay detonators. 

Mining explosives group buys electro-detonator firm

27th March 2003 South African firm Bulk Mining Explosives (BME), the leading supplier of explosives to the local open cast mining and quarrying industry, has acquired the assets and technology vested in international mining and explosives engineering company, Delta Caps International (DCI), for R15-million plus... 

Explosives Bill passed by NCOP

26th March 2003 The Explosives Bill was unanimously passed by the National Council of Provinces on Tuesday. 

First growth for narrow-reef explosives in 10 years

7th March 2003 Demand for narrow-reef mining explosives has grown for the first time in ten years, African Explosives Limited (AEL) MD Graham Edwards has told analysts. 

SA explosives man appointed to global body

7th March 2003 A South African is one of two explosives executives appointed as the first international directors of the prestigious International Society of Explosives Engineers (ISEE). 

New tech links pyrotechnic blasting and electronic blast control

28th February 2003 For the first time in South African mining history, it is believed that the narrow reef industry can now enjoy the benefits of centralised electronic blasting systems, irrespective of whether it conducts blasting operations with new electronic detonators or traditional pyrotechnic systems. 

Methane - managing this elusive killer

By: Keith Campbell     10th February 2003 The professionals don’t really like to call it a problem. To them, it is more like a fact of life. Something to be managed, controlled. But death is a fact of life, too, and if the management and control of methane and other flammable gases in South African mines is not done properly, the... 

Methane – managing this elusive killer

By: Keith Campbell     7th February 2003 The professionals don’t really like to call it a problem. To them, it is more like a fact of life. Something to be managed, controlled. But death is a fact of life, too, and if the management and control of methane and other flammable gases in South African mines is not done properly, the... 

Explosives producer to expand its African focus in 2003

24th January 2003 After a successful year in which its international operations showed substantial improvement, African Explosives Limited (AEL) sees ongoing growth opportunities in Africa, and will continue to focus on this continent in 2003. 

Hi-tech underground bulk systems improve safety and productivity, says company

17th January 2003 Having played a leading role in the general swing towards underground pumpable explosives in South African underground mines, African Explosives Limited (AEL) is intensifying its drive to improve its underground bulk systems UBS), technology, products and people to meet increasing future demand. 

Explosive mining methods to remain prominent in hard-rock underground operations

By: nkolola halwindi     17th January 2003 Although non-explosive mining technologies are being developed, explosives will continue to play a major role in hard rock underground mining as they continue to be the most cost-effective method of breaking rock, says Bulk Mining Explosives MD Trevor Grant. 

International society to hold its 29th annual conference in Nashville, US

17th January 2003 The International Society of Explosives Engineers will host its 29th yearly conference on explosives and blasting technique at the Opryland Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee, US, from February 2 to February 5. 

Drill monitoring and navigation system installed at colliery

22nd November 2002 The application of Megapump, a repump emulsion explosive, can increase blast performance and reduce costs in underground operations. 

Responsible explosives management mooted

By: candice haase     22nd November 2002 The growing awareness of the risks surrounding the manufacture, transport and use of chemicals among explosive manufacturers worldwide is also gaining impetus in the South African explosives sector, explains African Explosives Limited (AEL) product compliance manager Annita Jardine. 

Double win for electronic detonators

22nd November 2002 The introduction of electronic detonators at the Martha gold-mine in New Zealand has resulted in benefits for both the mine and the residents who live alongside it. 

Repump emulsion explosives reduce costs, says firm

22nd November 2002 The application of Megapump, a repump emulsion explosive, can increase blast performance and reduce costs in underground operations. 

Fume-free mining technology being re-evaluated

22nd November 2002 The Mining Systems programme of CSIR Miningtek has been involved in studies of various fume-free, non-explosive, rock-breaking methods for a number of years.? 

Infrared military technology finds use in mining industry

By: candice haase     11th October 2002 An East Rand-based company was commissioned by a UK defence company to develop an explosion detection and suppression system for military applications. 

Flameproof plug and socket is proving popular with coal-miners

By: candice haase     11th October 2002 The coal mining industry has reacted positively to a 250 A flame proof plug and socket introduced to the market in June. 

Explosion prevention divisions merge

By: candice haase     11th October 2002 Where it was aimed originally at focusing on coal-dust explosions, the CSIR Kloppersbos facility now also caters for industrial dust explosion prevention. 

Five million products to 14 countries

11th October 2002 Electricity and explosive atmospheres are a dangerous combination, a situation which necessitates the use of well-designed explosion protected equipment. 

Cameroon order for control stations

11th October 2002 Local company Bartec Barlian has received an order from Cameroon for ComEx explosion-protected local control stations and junction boxes for use in zones one and two hazardous areas. 

New flameproof skidsteer loader introduced

11th October 2002 In July the Agricultural and Industrial Mechanisation (Aim) Group introduced the new Gehl SL 3935 Skidsteer Loader to the South African market. 

Rock-breaking technology being patented

By: marisa rodrigues     27th September 2002 Open cast mining contractor and plant-hire company MCC is the preferred distributor of a South African developed non-explosive technology set to bring substantial benefits to the mining and construction industry worldwide. 

Three new blasting technologies to increase safety and efficiency

20th September 2002 Increasing costs and competition in underground operations have driven South African mines towards greater mechanisation in their constant efforts to improve production proficiency. 

Fivefold output rise from explosives plant

By: Joanne Delaurentis     20th September 2002 South African explosive manufacturer Bulk Mining Explosives’ (BME) Losberg plant in Fochville, in the North West Province, has increased production fivefold in the last 18 months, while the supplier’s market share in local underground mining operations increased by 15% over the same... 

SA firm in explosives-software alliance

2nd August 2002 Australian-based mining research body Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC) and South African company African Explosives (AEL) have agreed to pool resources to develop explosives solutions. 

Electronic-delay-detonator deal struck

2nd August 2002 A leading supplier of explosives to South Africa’s opencast mining and quarrying industry, BME, has signed a cooperation agreement with French-based mining and explosive engineering multinational Delta Caps International (DCI). 

African expansion continues

19th July 2002 South African-based African Explosives Limited (AEL), which is reportedly Africa’s leading explosives producer, is moving into new markets in west and east Africa as it strengthens its focus on being the major supplier of explosives products, services and solutions to the mining industry... 

Explosives software alliance announced

19th July 2002 The next six months into early 2003 could ‘explode’ into something big for Australia’s Julius Krutschnitt Research Centre (JKMRC) and South Africa’s African Explosives with both groups looking towards a long-term arrangement based around AEL’s use of software... 

Explosives co-operation deal struck

17th July 2002 A leading supplier of explosives to South Africa’s open cast mining and quarrying industry, Bulk Mining Explosives (BME), has signed a co-operation agreement with international mining and explosive engineering company, Delta Caps International (DCI). 

Firm helps police with explosives education

By: Joanne Delaurentis     21st June 2002 South African explosives manufacturer African Explosives Limited has developed and donated explosives educational aids to the South African Police Service’s bomb squad, for use in the education of youth in the dangers of explosives. 

Good results from electronic initiators

14th June 2002 THE introduction of electronic initiation systems (EIS) at Sasol’s Syferfontein coal-mine’s opencast operation has reduced the percentage of coal fines generated by the blast process by at least 4%. 

SA's big breakthrough in non-explosive technology

17th May 2002 A newly established South African company, Pyrotech Mining Systems, based in Centurion, Pretoria, has developed a breakthrough system in non-explosive and continuous mining technology. 

Demand grows for electronic detonators

By: Terence Creamer     1st March 2002 South Africa’s leading explosives manufacturer, African Explosives Limited (AEL), is optimistic that demand will continue to firm for its electronic detonators, reporting strong growth in Africa for the product as well as increasing interest from the rest of the world. 

Real-time monitor of coal-mining systems

By: Laura Franz     25th January 2002 After the successful conclusion of a year-long pilot study, environmental and process instrumentation company Sperosens, of Pretoria, is ready to release a new on-board telemetry and safety interlocking system to the local coal-mining sector, reports Spero Group engineering and product support... 

Newcomer breaks through SA market

18th January 2002 Although still a relatively new kid on the block, non-explosive mining product manufacturer Altex has made great strides in establishing itself in numerous countires, the company reports in a press release. 

Breaking boulders safely

18th January 2002 The propellant-based system from RockTek known as RocKracker has been developed to break oversize boulders without the safety concerns on noxious gases or explosives and detonators. 

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