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Explosives News

Pump increases the safety of bulk emulsion use underground

By: Anine Kilian     23rd November 2012 To increase safety during the application of underground bulk emulsions use, commercial explosives manufacturer AEL Mining Services Limited developed the PCU010 Portable Charging Unit (PCU) for use in narrow reef mining environments, with the electric and hydropower versions of the unit expected... 

Amendments to Explosives Act still pending

By: Anine Kilian     23rd November 2012 Amendments to South Africa’s Explosives Act of 1956 and the 1972 Explosives Regulations, which were supposed to have been made this year, have yet to be implemented and industry is not sure when these changes will be made to the Act, which business law firm Bell Dewar director Paul Fouche says is... 

Perfect drilling, blasting key to optimising mining costs

By: Leandi Kolver     23rd November 2012 The blast design and what was actually happening in the field often did not correspond, explosives maker BME technical manager of blast information Cornelius Kgope said at the company's twentieth yearly conference held in Pretoria earlier this month. He pointed out that there were many factors... 

UAVs to streamline blasting technology

By: Anine Kilian     23rd November 2012 The combination of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and three-dimensional (3D) photogrammetric blasting survey and profiling technology for surface and underground mining applications is the latest technological development from international blast engineering and consulting firm RA McClure, Inc... 

AECI sees lower earnings on strikes, BEE charges

12th October 2012 Industrial chemicals and explosives company AECI said on Friday its earnings for the 12 months to the end of December were expected to fall by more than 20%, partly owing to strikes in the mining and transport industries. Labour unrest in South Africa were causing significant disruptions across... 

SA delegates to attend explosion-prevention meeting in Denmark

By: Zandile Mavuso     5th October 2012 The South African Flameproofing Association (Safa) sent three delegates to attend the International Electrotechnical Commission’s (IEC) annual general meeting (AGM) this month, as new international explosion-prevention standards are being promulgated. 

Flameproof LED light to improve safety of mineworkers 

By: Zandile Mavuso     5th October 2012 Flameproof lighting supplier, Azolite now a division of industrial plugs manufacturers Powermite, have manufactured a new flameproof light-emitting diode (LED) light for use in underground mining to improve safety and efficiency. Previously, fluorescent lights were most commonly used in mining... 

Handling explosives demands training and the utmost respect

By: Zandile Mavuso     5th October 2012 Explosives supplier and manufacturer AEL Mining Services warns about the dangers of the abusive use of explosives in mines and the resultant risks of serious accidents. 

Electronic blasting systems beneficial

5th October 2012 Openpit mining and quarry operators are unaware of the benefits of electronic blasting systems and are, therefore, losing opportunities to reduce operating costs and increase the efficiency of downstream crushing, screening and milling operations, says explosives specialist Bulk Mining Explosives... 

New laboratory to help minimise explosion occurrences  

By: Zandile Mavuso     5th October 2012 Explosion prevention services provider Explolabs launched a new laboratory including a purpose-built building and improved test control and data capturing technology to streamline the testing of explosion-protected (Ex) equipment for both the mining and surface industries.  

Shock tube redesigned

By: Sashnee Moodley     14th September 2012 To ensure increased safety in mines, commercial explosives manufacturer AEL Mining Services introduced its new third generation (3G) Shock Tube Uni-Delay long period (LP) Vivid assembly onto the mining market in June. 

Explosives maker cautiously optimistic about future despite current difficulties

By: Leandi Kolver     31st August 2012 Explosives supplier BME is cautiously optimistic about the future despite the difficult circumstances in which the mining industry currently finds itself, MD Francois Hay said at a press meeting last week. "We are focused on innovation and so much can still be done with blasting by means of new... 

Pumpable emulsions improving safety in deep-level mines

17th August 2012 Mining at great depths, which is the norm for mines in South African, places inherent safety risks on miners who have to cope with arduous working conditions and narrow reef stopes, while they are also handling explosives. However, the increasing acceptance of pumpable emulsions in the... 

AECI focuses growth on Mozambique, West Africa

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     25th July 2012 Industrial chemicals and explosives manufacturer AECI was assessing more opportunities for its explosives business AEL Mining Services in Mozambique and West Africa, CEO Graham Edwards said Wednesday. This formed part of AECI’s growth strategy in the rest of Africa and further afield. 

Policy failing to grasp full potential of SA’s world-leading mining equipment sector

By: Terence Creamer     20th July 2012 South Africa has significant technological capacity in its mining equipment and services sector that should be nurtured and enhanced through supportive government policy, a recently published academic paper argues.  

Green emulsion plants for African mines

By: Sashnee Moodley     13th July 2012 Blasting solutions company AEL Mining Services is constructing four new environment-friendly emulsion plants for mining operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burkina Faso, Egypt and Tanzania. 

Omnia’s new plant to raise SA’s nitric acid production to 1.4Mt/y 

By: Leandi Kolver     29th June 2012 Specialist chemical services provider Omnia launched its nitric acid complex, which became operational at the end of March, last week. It will allow the company to take advantage of the increasing demand for explosives and fertiliser in Southern Africa. 

Contract mining in SA alive and well

By: Sashnee Moodley     25th May 2012 The need for contract mining is abundant and will remain so as long as the mining industry requires skills that are not available in-house, with mining houses expected to rely more on outsourcing when starting new operations, says explosives producer Bulk Mining Explosives (BME) marketing manager... 

Centralised blasting system receives accreditation

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     18th May 2012 Mine safety products company Booyco Electronics has entered the centralised blasting systems (CBS) manufacturing arena and has become one of the first South African CBS makers to be granted an inspection authority (IA) number, which will shortly be required by law for all such products. 

Explosives company hopes to strengthen brand in West Africa

11th May 2012 Explosives company BME says participation in events like this year’s West African Mining and Power Exhibition (Wampex) is compulsory for companies wanting to build their brands in the West African region.  

Explosives company reaps rewards of early investment in West Africa

13th April 2012 Explosives and mining services supplier BME is considering opportunities to expand into Ghana, having done business in West Africa for over a decade and reaped the rewards of early investment, BME marketing manager Charles Hurly tells Mining Weekly. 

Centralised blasting promotes safety in mining

By: Sashnee Moodley     6th April 2012 Blasting solutions company AEL Mining Services has significantly reduced the amount of time deep-level mining crews are exposed to possible fall-of-ground (FoG) conditions, with its proven centralised blasting system (CBS). 

Explosives manufacturer set to target Botswana coal projects

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     2nd March 2012 AEL Botswana, a member of the international AEL Mining Services group, is looking to future opportunities in the country’s coal and electricity sectors as Botswana’s Coal Roadmap indicates an estimated 212-billion tons of coal reserves.  

AECI to expand into Africa, Asia and South America

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     21st February 2012 Industrial chemicals and explosives manufacturer AECI is continuing to look at expansion opportunities for its explosives business, AEL Mining Services, into markets beyond South Africa, especially the rest of Africa, Asia Pacific and South America, CEO Graham Edwards said Tuesday. “Countries... 

Safety benefits lure users to electronic detonators

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     27th January 2012 The associated benefits of using electronic detonators, such as accurate, safe and controlled blasting, and the positive impact of this on mine profitability, has created a significant rise in demand for these devices, says explosives producer BME marketing and international business manager... 

Mining explosives maker benefitting from gold boom

By: Matthew Hill     19th January 2012 The surge of mining and exploration activity rampant gold prices have brought to north-eastern Ontario have proved a double-edged sword for small explosives firm Nordex, which is listed on the TSX-V. On the one hand, business has been brisk for suppliers in the sector, but the boom has also made... 

Good mine prospects for South Africa, but investor environment needs attention

By: Jessica Hannah     25th November 2011 South Africa needs to make itself more attractive to mining investors, independent political analyst Daniel Silke said at explosives specialist BME’s nineteenth conference.  

Safer detonators to be exported into Africa

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     18th November 2011 Explosives manufacturer AEL Mining Services aims to export its latest offering, the safer and more environment-friendly third-generation (3G) Shock-Tube Uni-Delay LP (long-period) detonator, into Africa, specifically focusing on Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia. 

Advancements in emulsion pumps improve power consumption

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     18th November 2011 German pumps company Netzsch Pumps & Systems has improved the product life and power consumption of its Nemo pump for explosive emulsions. 

Numerous strategies employed to secure NH3 supply

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     18th November 2011 The secure supply of explosives to the mining industry has become increasingly important, as the demand for commodities has returned to levels before the 2008 global recession, reports explosives supplier BME, a member of the Omnia group. 

Interest increases in 3D profiling and blast design technology

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     18th November 2011 Over the past three years, there has been a significant increase in the use of three-dimensional (3D) photogrammetric, or stereophotogrammetric, blasting survey and profiling technology for both surface and underground mining applications throughout the US, Canada and Europe, says international... 

Impending Explosives Act to improve outdated regulations

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     18th November 2011 The introduction of the Explosives Act of 2003 is expected to align South Africa’s explosives regulations with global best practices when it replaces the inadequate Explosives Act of 1956 and1972 Explosives Regulations next year or, at the latest, in 2013. 

Electronic initiation specialist reports 30% volume growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th November 2011 Electronic initiation design and manufacturing company DetNet, a joint venture between AECI group companyand Dyno Nobel, has experienced over 30% volume growth owing to growth in sales from two product launches earlier this year. 

Explosives supplier considers West African expansion

4th November 2011 South African explosives supplier BME says it will consider establishing more manufacturing facilities in West Africa to accommodate growth in the region. 

Electronically initiated blasts lead mining into the future

30th September 2011 The number of mines using the new range of electronic wireless initiating system technologies is steadily increasing, explosives manufacturer AEL Mining Services reports. 

Nonelectrical equipment covered under the Atex standard

30th September 2011 The international fireproofing and explosion prevention code, the Atex standard, has been extended to cover nonelectrical equipment such as gear units. 

Intrinsically safe temperature transmitters introduced

30th September 2011 Hazardous area indicators provider Beka Associates has introduced a full range of panel and field mounting, intrinsically safe and noncertified safe area models, which are locally represented by instruments for hazardous areas supplier Extech Safety Systems. 

Explosives exporter to enhance African presence

8th July 2011 Explosives supplier BME is expanding its African footprint with the addition of two emulsion explosive production plants to its existing facilities on the continent, the company says. 

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