Murray and Roberts sinks Palabora vent shaft

Underground mining contractor Murray & Roberts Cementation and its client Palabora Mining (PMC) celebrated the last blast at the new ventilation shaft, which took its depth to a final 1,200 metres below surface on 9 January. The 8.5 metre diameter upcast vent shaft – which holed through to an already developed return air way at depth – is vital to…

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Vernetzen completes Strata’s data solutions suite

Strata Worldwide has signed equity partnership and global distribution agreements with Australia-based industrial network and cybersecurity innovator Vernetzen. The partnership will expand Strata’s range of offerings that are specifically designed for underground mining and tunneling. “Vernetzen provides Strata and our customers a high-end network and Wi-Fi solution that is fit for purpose and designed specifically for our target underground markets,”…

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Paus, Elquip ink dealership pact

Underground mining supplier Paus has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Australian equipment maker Elquip that will benefit both mining and tunneling. Paus confirmed that, under the new agreement, the two will mutually evaluate and prepare a dealership for the Australian market. It will encompass specializes mobile equipment as well as service and parts. No timeline was provided for…

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Codelco makes deal with supervisors union

Chile’s state-owned Codelco has reached an agreement on a new contract with the union representing supervisors at its Chuquicamata copper mine, reported Reuters. “Codelco appreciates and values ​​the dialogue and shared vision of the reality experienced by the company and, in particular, Chuquicamata,” said the miner, who did not specify the financial details of the contract. The agreement, noted Codelco,…

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Epiroc expands portfolio with Weco acquisition

Epiroc has agreed to acquire the business of Weco Proprietary Ltd., a South African manufacturer of precision-engineered rock drilling parts and provider of related repairs and services. “This acquisition will strengthen our manufacturing capabilities and expand our product portfolio of spare parts in the growing and important African region,” said Helena Hedblom, Epiroc president and CEO. “We look forward to…

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Imdex bridging the gap with BOLT

Imdex, which believes the process is not drill and blast, but rather drill, measure, analyze and blast, has introduced its newest development: the Imdex BOLT system, a production hole survey tool for underground applications measuring blast hole deviation using a north seeking gyro. IMDEX Commercial Manager Underground Survey Applications Mike Ayris, who has been promoting the importance of surveying blast…

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Sandvik introduces AutoMine for underground drills

Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions has released AutoMine for underground drills, its teleremote solution to enable operators to remotely and simultaneously control and supervise multiple automated Sandvik underground drills, increasing efficiency, safety and overall productivity in mining operations. With AutoMine for Underground Drills, Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions said it has become the first OEM to introduce a unified traffic…

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Normet charges ahead with Charmec Revo

Normet has introduced what it has called the latest innovation in improving operator safety underground: Charmec Revo, which it said is a revolution to underground explosives charging. “Explosives charging is one of the most hazardous work processes in modern underground mining. Easily available ore deposits are depleting – forcing mining companies to go deeper underground where risks of rockfalls and…

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