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Explosives News

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. 

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. 

Explosives company sees value in Zimec attendance

By: Jonathan Faurie     3rd June 2011 Explosives producer BME, part of the Omnia group, sees value in attending the inaugural Zambian International Mining and Energy Conference, reports BME marketing and international business manager Charles Hurly. 

Project manager seeks yet more involvement in Wesizwe project

By: Jonathan Faurie     13th May 2011 Engineering company TWP Projects has submitted a full engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) proposal to Wesizwe for new twin vertical shafts, as well as the main and ventilation shafts, a new plant and all surface infrastructure at its Frischgewaagd-Ledig complex near... 

Intensive investment in training needed

6th May 2011 The declining level of blasting skills and understaffing of planning departments involved with planning and coordinating blasts at opencast mines is costing the mining industry millions of rand each year in lost productivity, says mining explosives supplier Bulk Mining Explosives (BME) director... 

Explosives company launches mobile manufacturing units for customers with small operations

By: Jonathan Faurie     22nd April 2011 South Africa-founded explosives engineer and manufacturer African Explosives Limited (AEL) Mining Services, part of the AEL group of companies, has launched its new range of 15 t mobile manufacturing units (MMUs) engineered for customers with smaller operations. 

New centralised blasting system

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     1st April 2011 Mining services company AEL Mining Services’ new Quickshot centralised blasting system will assist in improving health and safety in underground mining operations, says AEL product manager Carlos Goncalves. 

BME to prioritise expanding African footprint this year, says MD

By: Jonathan Faurie     4th February 2011 Explosives engineer and manufacturer BME, a member of the Omnia Group, reports that the company will spend a significant portion of 2011 focusing on growing its African footprint off the back of strong commodity demand from Asia.  

Electronic initiation design house aiming for growth of up to 40% this year

By: Jonathan Faurie     21st January 2011 High technology electronic initiation design house DetNet has reports that it expects 2011 to be a significant growth year after achieving volumes akin to 2008 during 2010.  

Explosives company to display local expertise

21st January 2011 Explosives company BME’s has high expectations for Mining Indaba 2011, the company reports. Marketing and international business manager Charles Hurly says: “We expect another great Mining Indaba, where industry leaders will share experiences and display new products. BME is looking forward to... 

Metal nitrates extracted from AMD used in explosives test

By: Christy van der Merwe     19th November 2010 Environmental solutions developer Earth Metallurgical Solutions (EMS), through its proprietary acid mine drainage (AMD) treatment process, has used the metal nitrates extracted from mine effluent to produce a stabiliser used in emulsion explosives. EMS CEO Richard Doyle said that the company has... 

Software development to optimise mining operations

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th November 2010 Explosives and mining services company AEL Mining Services has developed several customised software blast-modelling packages that enable customers to make informed blasting decisions on mine sites.  

Moving on research and development

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th November 2010 Explosives supplier Bulk Mining Explosive’s (BME’s) research into the development of improved explosives solutions has resulted in several products and services being introduced into the South African explosives market, says BME blasting director Tony Rorke. 

Funds raised for nitric acid plant

19th November 2010 The proceeds from diversified chemicals services provider Omnia’s rights offer of R1-billion, will be used for the construction of a R1,4-billion nitric acid (HNO3) plant, in Sasolburg. The offer closed in September and attracted subscriptions of about R2-billion. 

Largest electronic blast at Optimum Colliery

19th November 2010 Mining services company AEL Mining Services has completed a successful trial blast using the DigitShot Plus electronic initiating system at coal miner Optimum Colliery, which is based about 40 km east of Middelburg, in Mpumalanga province. 

Capex approved for SA’s first nitric acid plant in almost 30 years

By: Jonathan Faurie     19th November 2010 Explosives company BME, a member of the Omnia group, reports that it is looking to strengthening its market position by 2012, when the company will complete the construction of the country’s first nitric acid (HNO3) production plant in almost 30 years. Nitric acid is used to produce ammonium... 

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