4/5/11 – New Ground Breaking Method for Shaft Sinking to Significantly Lower Capital Outlay
4 May 2011
Mining, says consultancy firm, IQPC, may see a shift away from traditional drilling and blasting methodologies as African mining companies are rushing to fire up paused projects. A South African mine has developed an innovative method for shaft sinking
by combining technologies for soft ground digging, drilling, blasting and raise-boring. This technique may see a shift away from traditional drilling and blasting methodologies due to its ability to enhance safety and optimise the productivity of the shaft sinking process. Mining infrastructure construction and services company Murray & Roberts worked on this ground-breaking project. They are also looking at utilising drilling techniques in blind sunk shafts from the civil engineering industry for shaft sinking projects in Africa. This technique has proven to significantly lower capital outlay in the coal gold and platinum industries.
In recent research on mining opportunities in Africa, conducted by IQPC, the current economic climb is seeing a surge of underground shafts enquiries from contractors all over Africa, from South Africa to Zambia. Mining companies are also feeling a sense of urgency to get their projects that were stalled during the economic down turn off the ground.