Monthly Archives: March 2008

Automation test goes “live”

A long-term project to study the future benefits of automated loading, was abruptly terminated recently and transformed into “real-life” operation following unexpected ground conditions at a mine in Finland.

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“Supergrouter” goes to Veidekke

Norwegian contractor Veidekke has recently taken delivery of the world’s largest standard, mobile grouting unit, bringing productivity and efficiency in grouting operations to a new level.

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Securing the future of Otjihase

In early 2006, the Otjihase copper mine in Namibia was facing an uncertain future. Now new owners are breathing fresh life into the mine, not least with the introduction of the latest mechanized equipment.

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The power behind PORCE III

In many respects, Porce III is a typical South American hydroelectric power project (HEP). A remote location, a jungle environment, soft and unstable ground, unpredictable weather – the kind of conditions that contractors in this part of the world take in their stride. However, while Colombia’s Porce III project is not exceptional, it does present a major challenge for the contractors and their suppliers.

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Las Vegas debut for new surface crawler

Atlas Copco’s new DTH crawler rig, the CM 785, will make its debut at the CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2008 exhibition in Las Vegas, USA.

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Exploration on the rise in Africa

The search for new resources in the heart of Africa is heating up, spurred on by advanced drilling technology that makes the task easier, faster and more reliable than ever before.

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Hands-on approach gives Blu Rock a flying start

A recent addition to the ranks of Zambian drilling firms is Blu Rock Mining Services. Business is booming for the company that was formed in March 2007, offering advanced drilling equipment for carefully monitored geotechnical and exploration projects.

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