As Zambia’s copper mining focus shifts west from Kitwe, Ndola and Chingola to the growing operations at Solwezi and Kalumbila, blasting leader BME supplies some of the largest minerals operations in the country – with further potential for growth across the border in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Getting real-time data from a blast block during drilling, charging and stemming operations is difficult with traditional manual reporting systems – but BME’s XPLOLOG™ system has changed all that. XPLOLOG™ gives managers the power to improve the quality of blast preparation – leading to better blasting results and more profitable mining.
Cullinan Diamond Mine is planning to gain further improvements in safety, mining efficiencies and productivity while reducing mining costs, through the recent implementation of BME’s AXXIS centralised blasting system (CBS) across the underground operation.
Blasting and explosives leader BME has again improved its safety performance, reaching a recordable case rate (RCR) of just 0,22 for its last financial year– well below the rate of 0,6 to 0,7 commonly achieved by the mining sector as a whole.
According to Brad Bulow, AIS director and BME’s General Manager Australia Asia, AIS will become known as BME Australia in a rebranding process that will begin in the second quarter of 2018. BME has been the majority shareholder in AIS since it helped form the company in Australia five years ago.
West Africa remains an exciting region for SA-based explosives and blasting leader BME, which has recently won a full blasting service contract for a new opencast gold mining operation set to become the largest producer in Mali.
The revolutionary transition from non-electric to electronic delay detonators (EDDs) in the field of blasting has brought many benefits to mining productivity, but there are still plenty of advantages to be gained by blast pioneers who are prepared to think ‘outside the box’.
Lightning strikes on opencast mines and quarries pose a regular threat to life and productivity, and are of particular concern to blasting personnel and equipment; but there is still much to be learned about how best to manage this risk.
Explosives and blasting technology leader BME has established a High-Tech Services unit to advance the application of drones in mine blasting activities.
In a first for South African mining, Gold One’s Modder East mine has rolled out an innovative infrastructure to use emulsion explosives for all 70 of its underground narrow-reef stope panels, as part of its strategy to reduce its cost per ton mined.
There was heartening news for mines and miners at this year’s BME Annual Drilling and Blasting Conference in Pretoria – with views that commodity prices may be turning, and news of innovations that will save mines money as they struggle to stay profitable.
Modern technologies to boost operational efficiency – helping mines survive the extended commodity slump and position them for stronger growth – come under the spotlight at BME’s 24th annual Drilling and Blasting Conference at the CSIR in Pretoria on 3 November.
As part of its global expansion strategy, South Africa-based blasting and explosives pioneer BME will exhibit at MinExpo in Las Vegas for the first time – showcasing AXXIS, its leading digital initiation system as well as other innovations.
In South Africa’s increasingly water-scarce and environmentally regulated mining industry, BME’s emulsion explosives help keep nitrates out of mine water – preventing possible groundwater contamination and allowing optimal recycling of water on site.
Delivering high-quality bulk emulsion explosive to a remote island in the Atlantic Ocean – and ensuing problem-free blasting for a two-year project – has proved BME’s ability to design and manufacture a safe and reliable product suited to the most demanding conditions.
Daunia Open Cut coal mine in the north-eastern state of Queensland, Australia, has broken the world record for the largest electronic detonator blast ever – firing 5,665 detonators in 2,683 blastholes using the AXXIS™ digital detonation system from BME.
JSE listed Group, Omnia Holdings, has appointed Joseph Keenan as the new managing director of its mining explosives division, BME, as from 1 September 2015. BME is the leading supplier of explosives and services to the African mining, quarrying and construction industries.
“Ongoing research and development has put us in a position where we are now able to customise the emulsion to suit the needs of each quarry or mine.”
Omnia Subsidiary Advanced Initiating Systems (AIS) successfully blasted 4,485 detonators in a coal mine in Australia’s north-eastern state of Queensland.
BME Namibia is building its local skills, technical capacity and supply chain to consolidate and grow its position in Namibia’s mining sector.
South Africa-based explosives leader BME is expanding its footprint into Indonesia, one of the world’s largest coal producers, and is confident that pumpable emulsion explosives have much to offer this country’s mining sector.
“Suppliers all need to add value by helping miners to mine smarter so they reduce their cost of mining...