Monthly Archives: December 2015

BACK TO WORK with the help of RigScan technology

When business slows down, drilling contractors may have to lay-up some of their equipment. But when things pick up again, the equipment may no longer be “fit and ready” to take on new assignments. Here’s the best way to find out.

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Big raise underway at Kiruna Mine

Following the completion of the world’s largest raise in the U.S., another big raiseboring project is underway, this time at LKAB’s Kiruna Mine in Sweden, the world’s largest
underground iron ore mine.

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A quantum leap to water

An Atlas Copco QL120 Quantum Leap hammer has successfully been used to drill a 200 m deep water well in the UK.

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New water mist kit for surface drilling

Atlas Copco’s highly effective water mist system, which stabilizes the walls of holes during surface drilling, has now been redesigned for even greater efficiency.

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New rock drill puts consistency first

Atlas Copco has launched a new 14 kW low pressure (145 bar) rock drill for surface drilling in smaller, cost-critical operations.

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The transformation of a giant

Chile’s great Chuquicamata open pit mine is looking ahead to a new and prosperous future – underground.

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Insight on UNDERGROUND TRENDS

Tomorrow’s underground mines will be more remote with orebodies that are difficult to reach and consequently more dangerous to excavate. Against this background, Atlas Copco’s Mattias Pettersson says mining companies have only one option.

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New big hole hammer cuts costs

The Noche Buena gold mine of Mexico has discovered how to increase the size of its large diameter blastholes without increasing the cost of hammers and bits.

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Milestone for Boomer S1 D as 500th rig goes to Macedonia

It’s been called The King of Small Drifts – and there are 500 good reasons why. That’s the number of Boomer S 1D drill rigs that have been delivered until mid-2015.

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