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Topic - Explosives
Apr 22, 2016
Members of community organisations and artisanal mining and academic communities, as well as civil society groups, have called on government and mining companies to uphold the rights of all South African mineworkers, including artisanal and small-scale miners....
Apr 22, 2016
The St Helena Airport has completed a successful five-day audit run.
Apr 20, 2016
ASX-listed developer Iron Road has reduced the operating cost expectations of its planned Central Eyre iron project, in South Australia, on the back of market repricing. An October optimisation study resulted in a reduction in the expected life-of-mine...
Apr 18, 2016
Five people have died in a blast during illegal mining activities at the Klipwal Mine in KwaZulu-Natal, the mining company announced on Sunday. "Despite extensive search and rescue operations… five illegal miners have lost their lives in a blasting accident," Birrell...
Mar 07, 2016
JSE-listed Petmin on Monday posted a 70% increase in headline earnings a share to 14.32c for the six months to December 31, as its Somkhele anthracite mine, in KwaZulu-Natal, continued to deliver a “solid” performance. However, a R115-million full impairment of an...
Mar 04, 2016
CHEMICAL NETWORK Sasol’s chemical business has a footprint in more than 23 countries
Integrated energy and chemicals provider Sasol is refocusing its portfolio to lean more on its chemicals business, following the division’s turnover of R105-billion, which accounted for 57% of the group’s total turnover for the 2015 financial year. Sasol executive...
Feb 26, 2016
Basil Read is participating in a further round of desktop audits with the regulator Air Safety Support International for the St Helena Airport development project.
Feb 23, 2016
AECI CEO Mark Dytor
Explosives and specialty chemicals company AECI’s headline earnings per share (HEPS) rose 6% to 894c for the year ended December 31, mostly owing to benefits gained from the company’s bulk property sale in Somerset West in June 2015, which contributed 230c to HEPS....
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Maptek will showcase its innovative through-seam blast technology at the annual conference on explosives and blasting techniques, ISEE, in Las Vegas next week. Maptek BlastLogic easily handles critical design factors to ensure that coal seams remain intact even...
Jan 21, 2016
Local explosives manufacturer and distributor AEL Mining Services is expanding its footprint in South America by now offering its full suite of products and technical expertise directly to its customers, rather than through distributors. This, AEL South America and...
Nov 23, 2015
ASX-listed Sumatra Copper & Gold has started underground production of high-grade ore at its Tembang gold/silver operation, in Indonesia. Construction of the Tembang project started in November last year, and first gold pour was achieved in September this year,...
Nov 16, 2015
Knowledge management was key to bridging the knowledge gap in the explosives industry, North-West University chemical and mineral engineering lecturer and explosives engineering programme manager Joe-Nimique Cilliers said at the inaugural Explosives Education and...
Nov 13, 2015
European defence company Airbus Defence and Space has developed a system to counter small unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), also known as remotely-piloted aircraft (RPAs). "We target small commercial UAVs; we do not target military UAVs," explained company mission and...
Oct 23, 2015
Ongoing research and development has put explosives manufacturer BME in a position where it is now able to customise emulsions to suit the needs of each quarry or mine, says BME South Africa and Namibia GM Albie Visser. The use of an emulsion has made blasting safer...
Oct 16, 2015
Executive president of the Chemical and Allied Industries Association, Deidre Penfold, paid a visit to Modderfontein last week to update members of the Community Awareness and Emergency Response Committee on CAIA’s Responsible Care initiative.  The meeting took place...
Oct 14, 2015
Ausdrill subsidiary African Mining Services (AMS) has been contracted to carry out all premining earthworks and openpit mining at Aim-listed Kefi Minerals’ Tulu Kapi project, in Ehtiopia. Kefi and AMS would now jointly increase the efficiency of the detailed...
Sep 18, 2015
Joseph Keenan
JSE-listed chemicals group Omnia has appointed Joseph Keenan the new MD of its explosives division, Bulk Mining Explosives. Group CEO Rod Humphris said in a statement to shareholders on Friday that Keenan was an accomplished international executive with more than 20...
Sep 18, 2015
Green Cell Technologies founder and CEO Roy Henderson talks to Tracy Hancock of Engineering News about his days as a South African naval officer, which he says set him up to help develop his start-up Green Cell Technologies’ Dynamic Cellular Disruption (DCD)...
Sep 07, 2015
New Liberty
Aureus mining has announced the start of gold sales and initial mining and processing operations from the 8.5-million-ton New Liberty gold mine, in Liberia, after achieving nameplate capacity at the gold plant in mid-July. The company disclosed in an operational...
Aug 28, 2015
The calibration flights for the airport are currently scheduled for mid-September.
Aug 12, 2015
A prefeasibility study (PFS) on the mining portion of Tanzania-focused Kibo Mining’s Mbeya coal-to-power project (MCPP) has outlined potential yearly revenues from coal sales of between $48.4-million and $48.6-million and a yearly profit margin of between $24-million...
Aug 10, 2015
Mining contractor Thiess has been awarded a $160-million contract from diversified miner BHP Billiton’s Nickel West division, to undertake operations at the Rocky’s Reward nickel mine, in Western Australia. Thiess would provide turnkey mining services, including mine...
Aug 07, 2015
South Africa’s defence acquisitions and research and development (R&D) agency Armscor is considering reorganising itself to better meet the changing demands on the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and the local defence industry. “We’re looking into...
Aug 07, 2015
South Africa's defence acquisitions and research and development (R&D) agency Armscor is considering reorganising itself to better meet the changing demands on the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and the local defence industry. "We're looking into...
Aug 03, 2015
Hong Kong-listed Shanghai Zendai – the group that plans to develop its expansive Modderfontein-based property into a 22 km2 mixed-use ‘city’ – has held a series of public consultations to brief the public on its plans for the proposed development, spelling out the...
Jul 31, 2015
The rapid growth of Africa’s mining industry, and particularly in Central Africa, is being mirrored in the mining explosives and chemicals market, research firm Frost & Sullivan reports. Through new analysis, the firm has found that almost 65% of major and minor...
Jul 28, 2015
AECI CEO Mark Dytor
Explosives and specialty chemicals company AECI’s R400-million bulk property sale, in Somerset West, paired with a maintained market share, despite a difficult environment, pushed its headline earnings for the six months to June 30, up 45% to R632-million, compared...
Jul 27, 2015
It is not an easy time to be starting a mine but fortunately zinc is now in fashion because it has been unloved for so long, Vedanta CEO Tom Albanese said on Monday at the first blast of the $630-million Gamsberg zinc project in the Northern Cape. Groundbreaking at...
Jul 24, 2015
Explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI expects the R400-million in revenue it earned through the recent bulk sale of land in Somerset West to the City of Cape Town to bolster its headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the half-year ended June 30 by up to 47%...
Jul 20, 2015
The process plant at Aureus Mining’s New Liberty gold mine, in Liberia, has reached nameplate capacity, following a successful period of commissioning. The process plant recently underwent a 24-hour performance test, during which time the plant was operating at a...
Jul 17, 2015
Coal India Limited (CIL) dreams of producing one-billion tons of coal a year by 2020, and, as the sixth-largest miner in the world, having big dreams is not unusual. However, if past performance is seen as an indicator of future performance, then it has a lot of...
Jul 02, 2015
Jun 24, 2015
The South African Competition Tribunal has approved explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI’s deal with the City of Cape Town that will see the metropole acquire 709 ha of land and certain buildings in Somerset West from AECI subsidiary Paardevlei Properties...
Jun 22, 2015
South African explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI has entered into an agreement to acquire Malawi-based agrochemicals, seeds and spraying equipment distributor Farmers Organisation Limited (FOL) from Rendale Holdings for an undisclosed amount. This formed...
Jun 05, 2015
Explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI has inked a deal with the City of Cape Town that will see the metropole acquiring 709 ha of land and certain buildings in Somerset West from AECI subsidiary Paardevlei Properties for R400-million. AECI said in a statement...
May 26, 2015
The definitive mining feasibility study (DMFS) for Phase 2 of Tanzania-focused mineral explorer Kibo Mining’s Mbeya coal-to-power project, in Tanzania, remains on schedule and “well” within budget, with early results indicating the potential for “signicant”...
May 01, 2015
The last of the 26 mooring units comprising the Port of Ngqura’s automated mooring system have arrived.
Apr 17, 2015
Explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI has appointed Edwin Ludick as acting MD of subsidiary AEL Mining Services, with effect from May 15, until the process to appoint a permanent candidate has been completed. Ludick is a member of the AECI executive committee...
Apr 16, 2015
Apr 03, 2015
The St Helena government and the Department for International Development have appointed Comair as the provider for airline services to St Helena, with the island’s airport opeining in 2016.
Mar 20, 2015
GUY LUNDY Industry needs to work more closely with research institutions and universities to encourage and support local research and development
International executive search firm Odgers Berndtson describes the current state of the South African chemicals and petrochemicals industry as stagnant, if not diminishing, says energy, consumer and technology specialist for sub-Saharan Africa Guy Lundy, a partner in...
Mar 19, 2015
AEL Mining Services has entered into an agreement with ELB Engineering Services for the installation of turnkey Vertical Drop infrastructure that will enable deeper, safe and efficient delivery of emulsions for blasting in underground mining operations. A Memorandum...
Mar 12, 2015
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