After a decade of success with its BLASTMAP blast planning software for surface application, Omnia Group company BME has released a version of this innovative solution for underground mining.
The world has become rapidly alive to the threats posed by climate change, and mining companies are seeing their shareholders demanding more than just a financial return. Investors – both institutional and private – want their mineral portfolios to speak to their value systems, and these values now centre increasingly on sustainability and shared value for all stakeholders.
Sulphide-bearing ground presents numerous risks to users of ammonium nitrate (AN) based explosives, so blasting leader BME – part of the JSE-listed Omnia Group – has developed both the products and systems to manage safer blasting under these conditions.
The blast was conducted by BME, an Omnia Group company, at the end of 2020 at a manganese mine in South Africa’s Northern Cape province. Using its well-proven AXXIS electronic initiation system, BME was able to plan and execute a blast of 4,647 detonators. Just a few months earlier, the company had broken a previous record at the same mine by initiating 3,780 detonators in a single blast.
With a successful joint venture in Canada, BME is now also established in the United States – offering its sought-after explosives product range including electronic and non-electronic initiation
systems and packaged explosive products.
The key to an improved health and safety record in the mining workplace lies with integrating safety firmly as part of operational excellence.
24 August, 2020, Johannesburg – BME, a member of the Omnia Group has broken the South African record for the largest electronic detonator blast, initiating 3,780 detonators in a single blast at a manganese mine near Hotazel in the Northern Cape.
With some of the world’s highest gold grades, the West African mining sector is generally producing well even under Covid-19 conditions – and are relying on explosives companies to maintain supply security and technical assistance through these challenging times.
Having sustained its supply chain through initial Covid-19 lockdowns, blasting and explosives specialist BME, a member of the Omnia Holdings Group, is looking ahead to continued growth in Australia and Asia.
The challenge of keeping mining supply chains fully operational under pandemic conditions is requiring not just short-term logistical dexterity from suppliers; it also demands longer-term innovations that enhance safety and efficiency.