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Electra visitors can experience BME’s new blasting system ‘first-hand’

Blasting and explosives leader BME will be launching its new AXXIS central blasting system (CBS) at the international Electra Mining exhibition at Nasrec near Johannesburg in September. Alongside a range of BME products that will be featured on its stand at the show will be an interactive display allowing visitors to experience the ease of […]


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BME expands into United States explosives market

South Africa-based explosives leader BME has taken another important step in internationalising its footprint by supplying its market leading AXXIS electronic detonators to customers in the United States. According to BME managing director Joe Keenan, the company is already active with shipments of AXXIS detonators to customers in Atlanta and Texas, and the introduction of […]


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Blast better for greener results – BME

  Not only do poor blasting practices erode mines’ financial bottom lines – they are also bad for the environment, according the BME technical director Tony Rorke. Highlighting that a number of greenhouse gases are generated in the explosives chain, Rorke said that nitrous oxide (N2O) is particularly dangerous – being almost 300 times more […]


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Cullinan Diamond Mine, BME in collaboration for safer blasting, value optimization

Cullinan Diamond Mine, owned and managed by Petra Diamonds since 2008 and previously known as Premier Mine, is located to the east of Pretoria. The mining operation is rich in South African history as mining commenced in 1903, it employed ±14 000 people at the time of World War I and produced the 3 106 […]


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BME improves its safety rating to best yet

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 the Ramesh Dhoorgapersadh – Strategic Safety, Health, Environment, Risk and Quality (SHERQ) […]


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Innovex is BME’s new emulsion brand

23 March 2018 – Johannesburg: After more than three decades of product evolution and advancement in its emulsion offerings, South Africa-based explosives leader BME is subsuming its well-known brands such as HEF, and Megapump under the name of Innovex. According to BME Ammonium Nitrate based Products, Equipment’s and Services Product Manager Dr Rakhi Pathak, the […]


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Tackling nitrate contamination of water in mines

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. “Recent international studies suggest that up to 28% of nitrates[1] from traditional ammonium nitrate fuel oil (ANFO) explosive can leach into water […]


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BME emulsion triumphs in St Helena airport project

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. “Supplying and blasting over 4,000 tonnes of HEF emulsion for the building of […]


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World’s biggest blast at Australian coal mine

Media Release 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. The mine had last year set a previous record for the largest AXXIS™-controlled blast […]


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Drones, 3D photos and GPS harnessed to fine-tune blast quality

Opinion Piece It is well known that good blast design ensures an effective distribution of powder that improves blast results and reduces drilling and blasting costs. Now, through the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones), global positioning systems (GPS) and three-dimensional (3D) photogrammetric software, the field of blast design has been taken another […]


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