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Explosives

JAMES MCARDLE
Modder East’s move to emulsion explosives has increased its campaign goal for 2017 to a 0.8 m advance per panel per day, up from 0.65 m per panel per day
Explosives reloading system helping Gold One to reduce mining costs
20th January 2017 By: Donna Slater

An innovative infrastructure to use emulsion explosives for all 70 of gold miner Gold One’s underground narrow-reef stope panels at its Modder East mine has been initiated as part of the miner’s... 


Roelof Botha
Compared to 2013, the volume of total mining production has shown signs of stabilising in 2016
Possible commodity price upturn, cost-cutting innovations augur well for mining sector, BME conference delegates told
9th December 2016 By: Donna Slater

The possibility of an upturn in commodity prices may be positively turning, as well as news of cost-saving innovations for mines as they struggle to remain profitable, were the highlights of the... 


NONEXPLOSIVE MINING ENABLER The Multi-Track1000 is 930 mm in height and has four independent track assemblies, which are capable of three different degrees of motion
Sibanye testing alternative to explosives-based rock breaking
9th December 2016 By: Ilan Solomons

The South African mining industry requires a paradigm shift in its fundamental approach to mining processes to ensure that it can move away from the use of explosives, says diversified miner... 


Omnia H1 profit down 11% y/y amid drought, plant breakdown
Omnia H1 profit down 11% y/y amid drought, plant breakdown
29th November 2016 By: Megan van Wyngaardt

South African chemicals producer Omnia on Tuesday reported that negative impacts on its agriculture division, including the drought and a breakdown at its Nitric Acid 2 complex, have seen its gross... 


EXCAVATION EFFICIENCY 
Overcoming blasting inaccuracies improves all the downstream processes
Introducing change could yield financial value
18th November 2016 By: Kimberley Smuts

Introducing a proactive blast design approach and new technology can be intimidating for mining companies, as it requires change, but they should keep an open mind as downstream improvements are a... 


JOSEPH KEENAN BME continues to respond to potential in global markets; however, its strategy remains driven by the sobering acceptance that unless every blast can help customers become more sustainable
Mining’s future needs innovation from suppliers
18th November 2016

The fate of mining does not lie in the hands of mines alone, everyone involved in the mining supply chain must accept that the recovery and future of the industry relies on the best value creation... 


BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY Modern electronic delay detonators are equipped with effective protection barriers to prevent them from being initiated by the majority of nearby or direct lightning strikes
Importance of using lightning prediction networks emphasised
18th November 2016 By: Kimberley Smuts

Globally, every year there are about two recorded explosions at opencast mining operations due to lightning strikes during blasting activities, explosives firm BME blasting science director Tony... 


Mobile technology helps eliminate blasting obstacles
18th November 2016 By: Kimberley Smuts

Explosives firm BME explored how mobile technology and centralised data could provide mine managers with an edge to comprehensively eliminate potential blast problems, through among others... 


UNDERSCORED INTELLIGENCE IntelliBlast ensures delivery on desired blast outcomes and driving efficiencies, and optimise mining conditions
New approach to deliver safe, efficient blasting and cost savings – AEL
11th November 2016 By: Mia Breytenbach

South African explosives manufacturer and distributor AEL Mining Services has launched IntelliBlast, a holistic and flexible approach to help clients on their unique journey to optimal blast... 


MECHANISED EQUIPMENT 
The MT1000 is equipped with a drill rig and mechanical breaker for nonexplosive mining or a multi-drill rig for conventional stoping
Patented mining technology to be released month-end
28th October 2016 By: Aarifah Nosarka

Local ultra-low-profile mining machinery and equipment supplier CMTI Consulting expects to release its patented MT100, MT1000 and automated brake tester technologies for mines by the end of this... 


LORENZO TENCATI It is technology, not government subsidies, that will add value to the South African mining industry
Consultant promotes technology over subsidies to ensure sustainability
16th September 2016 By: Nadine James

Coal mining companies need to embrace the technological revolution if they are to overcome current challenges, including lower commodity prices, rising labour costs and increased regulatory... 


SERIOUS COMPETITOR
The Sentinel mine uses some of mining's most advanced technology
Sentinel at forefront of global mining technology
9th September 2016

Canadian base metals producer First Quantum Minerals’ (FQM’s) $2.1-billion Sentinel mine, in Zambia’s North-Western province, is described by the Zambian Chamber of Mines (CoM) as the country’s... 


Omnia still pursuing North American entry after Nordex offer is withdrawn
22nd August 2016 By: Megan van Wyngaardt

JSE-listed Omnia Holdings has withdrawn and terminated its offer to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Canadian firm Nordex Explosives. The chemicals company on Monday said Nordex... 


EXPLOSIVES DEVELOPMENT
Emulsion-based explosives released about 0.7% of its nitrate content into water in tests
Impeded release of nitrates mitigating enviro impact of mining explosives
19th August 2016 By: Donna Slater

Developments over the past three decades by mining explosives manufacturer BME, have resulted in a lowered negative impact on the environment through the impeded release of nitrates during blasting... 


ADVANCING IN AUSTRALIA
BME is actively working towards growing its customer base in Australia
Detonation system’s Australian footprint expanding
5th August 2016 By: Sebastian Whyle

The AXXIS Digital Initiation System from explosives company BME has been well received in Australia and is regarded highly in its mining sector, BME technical director Tony Rorke tells Mining Weekly.  


Omnia raises bid for Nordex
4th August 2016 By: Natasha Odendaal

Shareholders of Canadian firm Nordex Explosives have one month to accept a now-formal fully funded, all-cash inflated takeover bid by JSE-listed Omnia Group. Omnia this week, through its mining... 


RISK OF EXPLOSION REDUCED 
Konecranes manual hoists are an economical solution in hazardous environments where electricity is not available or practical
Explosionproof hoists, cranes
22nd July 2016

Operating electrical equipment in explosive atmospheres requires specially designed and constructed lifting equipment to avoid the risk of explosion posed by gases, liquids, dusts, vapours and... 


Omnia urges Nordex shareholders to accept its buyout offer
21st July 2016 By: Creamer Media Reporter

JSE-listed Omnia Holdings believes its C$0.20 a share all-cash offer to acquire Canadian firm Nordex Explosives still provides the highest value to Nordex shareholders. This comes after Nordex on... 


South Africa’s BME to make play for Canadian explosives firm
15th July 2016 By: Creamer Media Reporter

JSE-listed Omnia Holdings will, through its BME subsidiary, make an all-cash offer to acquire Canadian firm Nordex Explosives for C$0.20 a share. “Today, we are announcing our intention to make... 


PRESSURED INDUSTRY Omnia’s Mining division achieved a lower operating profit of R526-million for the financial year ended March 31owing to lower volumes being mined
Omnia remains ‘leading player’ in African opencast sector, despite dwindling global mining revenues
8th July 2016 By: Mia Breytenbach

Despite the downturn in global mining revenues and volumes, JSE-listed Omnia’s Mining division has been “remarkably resilient” and continues “to forge ahead in maintaining its position as a leading... 


BOOMING MARKET South America’s status as a major mining destination and its potential for new mining projects despite the current environment of depressed commodities prices make it even more attractive
South America attractive market for explosives manufacturer
1st July 2016 By: Nadine James

South African explosives manufacturer and distributor AEL Mining Services has increased its presence in South America, owing to the nature and resilience of the South American mining industry. AEL... 


Despite volume slump, Omnia sees growth opportunities in mining sector
28th June 2016 By: Mia Breytenbach

Despite the downturn in global mining revenues and volumes, JSE-listed Omnia’s Mining division has been “remarkably resilient” and continues “to forge ahead in maintaining its position as a leading... 


Commodity markets entering period of stability, Orica CEO says
23rd June 2016 By: Bloomberg

Orica, the largest supplier of explosives to the mining industry, has begun to observe stability in commodity markets that have been marked by volatility, sinking profits and job cuts after a... 


EFFICIENCY OF MINES
Production and maintenance reports contribute to better decision-making
Production, maintenance reporting systems to improve production fleet
17th June 2016

Mining and communications technology provider 3D-P has released the 3D-P Production Reporting and 3D-P Maintenance Reporting systems, powered by iVolve, to improve the efficiency of mines. Adding... 


GREENER BLASTING SOLUTIONS An ecofriendly product for the disposal of used oil from quarries is offered by AEL Mining Services
Solution for disposal of used oil answer to reducing emissions
17th June 2016 By: Robyn Wilkinson

An environment-friendly product for the disposal of used oil generated by quarries and other mining operations has been developed by commercial explosives and blasting solutions developer AEL... 


CUSTOMER DEMANDS TRACKED AEL Miing Services' advanced monitoring technology provides a visual representation of the amount of emulsion stored on site at any time
Monitoring technology facilitates live tracking of explosives supply
27th May 2016 By: Kimberley Smuts

Commercial explosives producer and supplier AEL Mining Services has developed advanced monitoring technology to provide a fully integrated system that ensures technologically advanced supply chain... 


BLAST SETS RECORD 
The size and success of the blast at Daunia demonstrates the ease of use of the AXXIS system
Australian opencast mine completes world’s largest blast
6th May 2016 By: Kimberley Smuts

The Daunia opencut coal mine, in the north-eastern state of Queensland, Australia, broke the world record for the largest-ever electronic detonator blast in December, firing 5 665 detonators in 2... 


LOCATION LOCATION
The West African Mining & Power Exhibition serves as a valuable platform for networking between key industry players
West African chamber to launch at Ghana mining event
8th April 2016

The newly formed West African Chamber of Mines (Wacom), which comprises chief executives from the chambers of mines in Ghana, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Burkina Faso, will be officially... 


BREAKING GROUND Blasting at Asanko’s new mine has facilitated the exposure of enough ore benches for mining to feed the mill at desired throughput rates
Explosives company helps expedite gold pour
8th April 2016

Developer, producer and supplier of commercial explosives AEL Mining Services has helped Canadian midtier gold miner Asanko Gold complete the first phase of the development of its new Obotan mine,... 


EXPLOSIVE PERFORMANCE
Overall explosives volume sales in Africa increased by 14%, attributed to positive volume growth in the central and West Africa and favourable product mixes
AECI generates 56% of total earnings from mining
4th March 2016 By: Mia Breytenbach

Explosives and specialty chemicals company AECI reported that 56% of the group’s revenue for 2015 has been generated from the global mining industry, of which explosives contributed 44% and mining... 


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