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Hydrogen can be stored in existing fossil fuel infrastructure for years, world webinar hears
26th May 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Hydrogen can be stored in existing fossil fuel infrastructure for years if need be, giving it the potential to become a universal energy carrier in the same way as oil is now but without the... 


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Platinum-boosted South African hydrogen electrolyser leaps ahead
25th May 2022 By: Martin Creamer

The proof-of-concept of the platinum group metals-boosted advanced alkaline electrolyser – the AAE ­– has been successfully completed by Hydrox Holdings of Randburg in a pioneering achievement that... 


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Electronic detonators ensure effective blasting
6th May 2022 By: Nadine Ramdass

Opencast mines have to contend with rising costs as they go deeper. Efficiency is required to contain these costs and remain profitable, which is offered by digital technology such as blast... 


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World Coal Association favours just energy transition to net zero future
5th May 2022 By: Martin Creamer

The World Coal Association, and its member companies, are in favour of a just transition to a net zero future, World Coal Association chairperson July Ndlovu said on Thursday. In his keynote... 


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Supplier highlights mining efficiency at Indaba
22nd April 2022

Getting behind the renewed enthusiasm of the upcoming Investing in African Mining Indaba, Omnia Group subsdiairy and blasting and explosives company BME will be face-to-face with the mining... 


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President Ramaphosa to deliver keynote address at Mining Indaba 2022
20th April 2022 By: Martin Creamer

President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver a keynote address at the 2022 Investing in African Mining Indaba, which takes place in Cape Town from May 9 to 12. The attendance of Ramaphosa, who will speak... 


Enaex Africa commissions expanded bulk emulsion plant
8th April 2022 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Explosives company Enaex Africa has completed the construction and commissioning of an expansion project at its bulk emulsion explosive plant in Secunda. The company says this is a significant... 


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Green finance taxonomy to help investors make green project decisions – law firm
5th April 2022 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa’s first green finance taxonomy will help investors and financial institutions make more informed decisions on ‘green’ projects, say Webber Wentzel’s Patrick Heron and Joon Chong. Heron... 


The second-generation WebGen 200 range of wireless initiating systems form small to large, in orange, yellow and green
New blasting system improves safety
18th March 2022 By: Halima Frost

Having developed, and now busy testing its second-generation WebGen™ 200 in Australia and Canada, mining and infrastructure solutions provider Orica says its trials have shown improved safety and... 


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AECI lifts 2021 revenue, records lowest total recordable incident rate
2nd March 2022 By: Donna Slater

JSE-listed chemicals group AECI increased its revenue by 8% year-on-year to R26.05-billion in 2021 and declared a total ordinary dividend of R6.85 a share – up 20% year-on-year. The company... 


Namibian emulsion plant opened
25th February 2022

Mines in Namibia can look forward to buying locally-manufactured, quality bulk emulsion when provider of commercial explosives and innovative blasting systems Orica and Native Storage Facility... 


Spanish firm fined $6m for Ghana truck blast en route to Chirano mine
9th February 2022 By: Reuters

The Spanish company in charge of a truck that exploded and killed 13 people last month en route to an internationally-run gold mine in Ghana violated storage and transport laws and has been fined... 


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Directors face potential liability for climate change risks – Webber Wentzel
8th February 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Directors face potential liability if they fail to carry out their fiduciary duties to curb climate change risks and do not make complete disclosures about climate-related risks, Webber Wentzel... 


Huge explosion in Ghana mining region kills residents, fells buildings
21st January 2022 By: Reuters

An explosion in Ghana's rural Western Region on Thursday razed hundreds of buildings and killed an unknown number of residents when a truck carrying explosives to a gold mine collided with a... 


BME's AXXIS Titanium system
BME unpacks the benefits behind its new-generation electronic detonator
19th January 2022 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Mining explosives and blasting technology supplier BME has unpacked the benefits of its latest and most advanced electronic blast detonation system called AXXIS Titanium. The company hails this... 


Newcrest to test new blasting tech from Orica
13th January 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Gold miner Newcrest Mining’s Cadia underground operation, in New South Wales, will become a testing ground for a first-of-its-kind semi-automated explosives delivery system in the second half of... 


The Comtest 28II Ex range of intrinsically safe testing equipment
Intrinsic testing tools a necessity – manufacturer
19th November 2021 By: Halima Frost

Using intrinsically safe testing tools in the mining and industrial sectors is of the “utmost importance” amid the explosive gases, vapours and dust in those industries, says testing and... 


A Carrier Infrared and ultraviolet sensor which detects hydrogen gases or flame
Flame-detection series in demand
19th November 2021 By: Halima Frost

Since the launch of its new Det-Tronics X-Series range of flame detectors earlier this year, multinational home and industrial appliance manufacturer Carrier Global has noted a marked increase in... 


AECI provide explosives to K9 detection team to help curb illicit, criminal use
AECI provide explosives to K9 detection team to help curb illicit, criminal use
3rd November 2021 By: Donna Slater

To help curb illegal use of explosives, AECI Mining Explosives has partnered with explosive detection patrol company Vapor Wake K9 South Africa (VWK9SA) by providing it with samples of explosives... 


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Explosives company achieves world-class rating
29th October 2021 By: Halima Frost

Mining explosives and blasting technology supplier BME, a member of diversified chemicals group Omnia, tells Mining Weekly it has achieved a record-low recordable case rate of 0.05% in the blasting... 


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Explosives growth follows industry growth
15th October 2021 By: Nadine Ramdass

The African explosives sector remains steady, owing to an increase in African mining opportunities and positive market conditions, says BME Southern African Development Community (SADC) MD Ralf... 


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Differential GPS brings much needed autonomy to blasting
15th October 2021

AECI Mining Explosives’ new, high-accuracy (sub-1m) Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS) brings autonomy to the blast hole tagging process, thus maximising efficiency by eliminating... 


An image of a mine worker using Enaex's Mine I-Truck to delivers down-the-hole explosives
Explosives tech aims to humanise mining
15th October 2021 By: Nadine Ramdass

The lack of new investment in the form of new mining projects has resulted in little growth for the explosives industry, and while the expansion projects of existing operations have helped the... 


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Explosives company aims to extend its reach
8th October 2021 By: Cameron Mackay

As part of bulk emulsion explosives and mining technology manufacturer BME’s ongoing strategic global expansion strategy, the company plans to continue growing its footprint in mining in West... 


Predicted growth to bolster services demand
10th September 2021 By: Claire O'Reilly

Mining explosives and blasting technology supplier BME, a member of diversified chemicals group Omnia, expects growth opportunities that will run parallel to the predicted growth of the Zambian... 


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Omnia firmly in a growth phase following restructuring – CEO
16th August 2021 By: Simone Liedtke

Diversified chemical manufacturing company Omnia intends to “settle down” following the completion of its strategic restructuring, and to take some time to focus on its people, culture and setting... 


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Company provides custom service packages
23rd July 2021 By: Nadine Ramdass

Explosives and blasting services provider BME Indonesia are providing the Indonesian mining industry with packages that can be customised based on the industries’ and customers’ requirements. This... 


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Keller’s type LEO 1 Ei and LEO 2 Ei electronic pressure gauges feature microprocessor-assisted compensation
Electronic gauges for hazardous areas
16th July 2021

Industrial electronics producer Instrotech is offering geotechnical solutions specialist Keller’s range of five intrinsically-safe electronic pressure gauges for use in areas subject to gas... 


INTEGRATED BLASTING
BME’s technology drive is based on solutions that can integrate with each other
Digital blasting on the rise in Africa
9th July 2021 By: Darren Parker

Africa’s mining industry is embracing digital technologies in blasting, says explosives technology company BME technology and marketing GM Ralf Hennecke. He explains that digital blasting... 


A SALTY PROPOSITION BME’s high-quality, double salt emulsions release minimal carbon emissions and noxious fumes in blasting
Explosives demand in Africa picking up
9th July 2021 By: Darren Parker

With demand for explosives improving, mining explosives technology company BME, part of JSE-listed Omnia Group, has been successfully maintaining supply to customers across Africa. BME GM Ralf... 


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