Saturday 25 May, 2013
2013-03-23 | Political and economic developments in Tunisia have been slower than expected following the Arab Spring. For the first time in over ten years EKN is downgrading the country.
2013-03-23 | The demand for guarantees has remained high. EKN has strengthened its partnerships with Swedish companies, banks and other players in 2012 and guaranteed export transactions at a value of SEK 49.3 billion.
2013-03-21 | TerraCOMM provides personnel working in shallow subterranean environments ̶̶̶ tunnels, culverts, subsurface municipal infrastructure ̶̶̶ with the ability to speak with personnel located above ground. The product, which will be available in May, offers an easy-to-carry, direct, point-to-point communication system that does not rely on repeaters or intermediary nodes to establish a link.
2013-02-15 | New results from exploration drilling in the Vindelgransele area enlarge the extent of the goldbearing quartz vein in Fäbodliden C at depth and confirm its continuity with high contents of gold.
2012-12-20 | Stafsjö continues to focus on engineering and manufacturing of high pressure valves and introduces the SLH and SLX
for really demanding applications with slurry and other abrasive media.
2012-12-13 | Exploration can be time-consuming, expensive and fraught with climatic, economic and technological challenges. As mining organisations target increasingly remote locations in the search for base metals and gold, there has been a surge of interest in satellite communications.
2012-11-12 | Trollhättan Energi AB is the operator of Arvidtorps Sewage Works, which disposes of all waste water from Trollhättan city and vicinity, a total of 70 000 people and industry.
2012-11-08 | Leonhard Nilsen & Sønner AS (LNS) has completed the E10 Hamnøy Tunnel in Lofoten, which is part of the avalanche protection project Solbjørneset - Hamnøy. The project included the construction of a 1460 meter long tunnel and construction of approximately 980 meters "open road".
2012-11-08 | Freshwater project for Ankara in Turkey is well on the way. The Turkish contractor Kolin is using 3 Herrenknecht TBM machines for this project and is advancing 70 to 80 meter per day. Jensen Ventilation will deliver 32 000 of ventilation Ducting for this project.
2012-06-29 | Botnia Exploration is pleased to announce that analyses from a drill hole in the Fäbodliden C area showed measured gold grades of up to 130 g/t at a depth of just over 135 metres. These very high grades of gold reported in drill holes from Botnia Exploration’s drillings in Vindelgransele, strengthen the expectations for the area as a future gold mining area.
2012-10-26 | Jensen Ventilation will deliver 12 000 meter of ventilation Ducting to Kargi Kizilirmak hydropower expansion project in Turkey.
2012-10-12 | Nord-Lock adds a new dimension of safety to bolt security with the launch of the Nord-Lock X-series washer. X-series combines Nord-Lock’s unmatched wedge-locking protection against spontaneous bolt loosening due to vibration and dynamic loads with an exclusive spring effect to protect against slackening due to settlement and relaxation.
2012-10-08 | Potential value of Botnia Exploration on the basis of a small-scale mining project at Vindelgransele.
2012-09-14 | Mining in Swedish Dannemora came to a halt in 1992 because the price of iron ore could no longer sustain the operation. Now the market is booming and Dannemora Mineral AB has relieved the mine from three million cubic meter of water and need to permanently keep it dry.
2012-09-14 | Botnia Exploration is pleased to announce that analyses from a drill hole in the Fäbodliden C area showed measured gold grades of up to 130 g/t at a depth of just over 135 metres. These very high grades of gold reported in drill holes from Botnia Exploration’s drillings in Vindelgransele, strengthen the expectations for the area as a future gold mining area.
2012-09-14 | NCVIB developed by Nitro Consult is a Web-based system for presentation of blast measurement data. Designed to make the results of vibration measurements more useable, the NCVIB has successfully been used in 4000 projects Scandinavia, Germany, Luxemburg, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Dubai and Australia.
2012-06-11 | ABB’s control system at Dannemora sorting plant. 800xA will control the new sorting plant towards 1.5 million tons of production per year.
2012-06-11 | Mining and tunnelling is known for operating in the harshest of conditions. Heavy mining machineries are often subjected to extreme loads and constant vibration, which potentially causes problem of bolt loosening.
2012-06-10 | EOL Ventsystem deliver underground ventilation system for Dannemora Magnetit AB’s reopened iron ore mine.
2012-01-31 | In order to meet the mining industry needs for efficient transport of high quality, Sweden’s main line for rail freight transport needs to be expanded by 50 percent by 2025. An increase in main line capacity will create opportunities for more sustainable transportation and will bring about a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, but will also help create a more sustainable society in terms of a reduction in travelling time for passengers.
2012-01-17 | Intierra Resource Intelligence, the leading supplier of business intelligence to the global resources sector, has acquired Swedish-based Raw Materials Group (RMG). All RMG shareholders have taken an equity position in the expanded company and all RMG staff will stay on with the new entity.
2012-01-05 | Swedish and Polish mining companies have joined forces with suppliers of mining equipment and Luleå Technical University to develop a vision of the mine of the future. ÅF is involved as a project member and expert in underground technical solutions for mining, to achieve a safe working environment both now and in the future.
2012-01-04 | Stillwater Mining Co has tentatively placed an order for a third Kiruna K635ED electric hauler to meet increased production as the company initiates its next development phase – extending its underground electric truck hoisting system from 3500 ft above sea level (asl) down to 2500 ft (asl).
2011-12-21 | Nord-Lock has acquired US company Superbolt Inc and Swiss company P&S Vorspannssysteme AG.
2011-12-21 | A GIA electric Häggloader is meeting its ‘green’ credentials for Norwegian tunnelling contractor Haehre Entreprenør on the Holsbru Kraftverk Power project; together with meeting fast cycle and loading times of 3-4 m³.
2011-12-15 | ÅF has, together with Tyréns AB, signed a contract with the Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company, SKB, relating to preliminary studies prior to systematic project management of the storage of spent nuclear fuel at the Forsmark nuclear power plant.
2011-12-15 | A lot of attention is being given to ITT Water & Wastewater’s demerger from ITT and its rebranding as Xylem, but that hasn’t stopped the company from continuing to develop new products. In recent months the company has launched of a new range of sludge pumps and now we have the introduction of redesigned versions of its Ready ‘entry level’ submersible pumps.
2011-12-07 | The answer is: quite a lot! The ore industry is larger than ever and to excavate new shafts, drifts and extract the ore, enormous amounts of shotcrete is required. Sika supplies the additives.
2011-11-28 | Going from open pit to underground mining Rana Mines is making considerable investments in a new main level and a change of mining method to sublevel caving.
2011-11-23 | Quality of the products and an exclusive solutions package for the customer’s needs are the factors that support Volvo Construction Equipment’s partnership with Pucobre, underground mining in Copiapo, in the Atacama region, Chile, for 25 years.
2011-11-19 | The Swedes play a leading role in the production of lignite
2011-11-20 | Qatar National Cement Company decided to use a Sandvik DX700 drill rig equipped with Sandvik drill bits for its latest limestone quarry; the first time that the company has used Sandvik equipment.
2011-11-19 | Taeah Construction is using the first Sandvik DT1130i jumbo drill rig in Asia to cut 2.367 km of tunnel through a granite mountain outside of Seoul.
2011-11-15 | Petro Team Engineering AB has developed an instrument for accurate measurements of the two angles on oriented drill cores defined by the reference line and the core axis, DCSO – Drill Core Structure Orientator. The work resulted in an instrument that with the help of two laser beams simultaneously measures the angles and transfer them into the software and convert them into true strike and dip.
2011-11-08 | Two mining ventilations shafts at the Somincor copper ore mine in Portugal, each more than 600m deep and 4.0 m diameter, are being bored using shaft boring techniques by specialist contractor Drillcon Iberia SA using Sandvik reaming heads.
2011-10-12 | As part of the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes’s transportation strategy for the 2016 Olympic Games, the Grota Funda Tunnel forms part of the first of three infrastructure schemes designed to meet the City’s Metro requirements; featuring dual lanes plus a third lane exclusively for buses.
2011-09-29 | The Hede–Älvängen railway tunnel near Gothenburg, Sweden, is rapidly on its way to completion. The project got under way in February 2010 and by January this year, more than two thirds of the 1.8 km tunnel had been excavated.
2011-09-05 | Nord-Lock has acquired US company Superbolt Inc and Swiss company P&S Vorspannssysteme AG.
2011-08-16 | Contractor Macmahon is using four Sandvik reaming heads for boring 23 dropshafts through hard granite on the Hong Kong West Drainage Tunnel scheme.
2011-06-30 | Record breaking orders from Chinese contractors have been placed for GIA Industri AB ventilation fans and ducting for tunnel projects in China and Vietnam.
2011-06-17 | Fourteen Sandvik underground jumbo drill rigs are being used on India’s three strategic crude oil storage caverns under construction, in drill and blast duties to excavate more than 9 million m³ of rock from the 24.4 km of tunnels and caverns to store 5.33 million metric tonnes of crude oil – with the Deputy Project Manager for the S K E&C - KCT JV on the Padur project contract 1B, Prasanna K.M, stating that the Sandvik rigs represent “the lifeline of the project.”
2011-06-04 | The company being involved in mining and tunneling operation has developed a new high pressure sectional door, for extreme environments and rough conditions to the mining industry, together with Boliden Mineral AB.
2011-05-24 | The latest MEGCIS (mechanised grouting & cable insertion system) cable bolter from GIA Industri features the latest technology with a guillotine effect cutter to ensure a cleaner and more smooth finish; an upgraded piston pump for a continuous concrete flow and reduced pulsation; and remote control operation.
2011-05-23 | “Rare earths ‘will not be bargaining instruments’“ was stated in a headline in China Daily October 29th 2010. The Chinese government is trying to fend off the persistent accusations from Japan, the USA and Europe to manipulate the supply of these so called “critical” metals to gain political and economic advantages.
2011-05-20 | ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, recently won an order worth over $10 million from Dannemora Minerals to deliver a complete mine hoist to the newly reopened Dannemora iron ore mine in east central Sweden. The new hoist will transport the ore up from less than 600 meters below the surface, then on a conveyor belt into the sorting plant. The hoist’s capacity is around 500 metric tons per hour and it will be in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
2011-05-19 | Following up a Swedish mining trade delegation visit to Zambia, Ambassador Anne Luzongo Mtamboh has visited Gruvteknik in the Swedish village Blötberget.
2011-05-18 | 2009 Vägverket, announced the phase “E6, Skee-Ejgst” Rail Road project the Kolle-Kinds Tunnel.
2011-05-02 | W70 extends the bit diameter range available between our existing drilling systems and is primarily designed for nominal bit diameters of 82mm and 89mm.
2011-04-04 | The mine drama in Chile ended happily. After spending a month at a depth of approximately 700 metres, the 33 miners were saved after an unparallelled rescue effort.
2011-03-31 | New deliveries of the latest generation of Swedvent underground ventilation fans and ducting systems from GIA Industries have been installed in six Russian mines.
2011-03-18 | RMG forecasts another strong year in metal price increases at a rate similar to 2010, after which prices are expect to increase at a slower rate in 2012 and be maintained at 2012 levels throughout 2013. From 2013 to 2015 metal prices are expected to soften due to the arrival of new supply although the RMG index is not expected to drop below current levels, implying continued high metal prices for the long term.
2011-03-16 | Bombardier Transportation is the global leader in rail technology and we design, build and service rail solutions all over the world.
2011-03-15 | In 2008 LKAB, the operator of the world’s largest underground mine: Kirunavaara-Luossavaara iron mine decided to extend their operations down to a deeper level at 1,365 meters. The mine is located adjacent to the City of Kiruna with an estimated population of 19,000.
2011-02-27 | NCVIB is the web-based environmental monitoring and reporting system developed by Nitro Consult to provide on-line results from measurement sensors utilised within mining and construction projects.
2011-03-07 | Mining in Swedish Dannemora came to a halt in 1992 because the price of iron ore could no longer sustain the operation. Now the market is booming and Dannemora Mineral AB is trying to get the mine dry and back in business.
2011-03-01 | Nord-Lock’s high-end products are well known in the fastener industry as they offer reliable locking for critical bolted connections. The Sweden-based company now introduce a laser marking for every washer pair, with which the company takes another significant step forward in terms of safety, quality and service.
2011-02-27 | To continually extract the current iron mine until it dries up, or to try make best use of the limited mineral resources with mind? Ba Run Mining Co., Ltd, an affiliate of Baotou Iron & Steel (Group) Co., Ltd has its own thought.
2010-01-28 | The Stockholm City Line will be a 6 km double-track underground railway in the capital of Sweden. The project cost is the largest railway investment since the Stockholm Metro was built 60 years ago. Nitro Consult has been involved in the project since the beginning, with ground investigations, measurements of vibrations, noise and structure-borne sound, risk analyses and much more.
2011-02-20 | Jensen Ventilation has developed a new air ducting technology, which fully eliminates the risk for explosions caused by accumulation of static electricity.
2011-01-13 | The mining industry is one of the world’s most energy-intensive sectors. Sandvik is now leading an initiative to find solutions to reduce the industry’s energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
2010-12-22 | Productivity gets a life with a new bucket design for Atlas Copco Scooptram loaders. The GIII third generation bucket also benefits from ground engaging tools (GET).
2010-12-22 | Seven Atlas Copco CDS 8-inch hammers equipped with 10-inch bits and mounted in one assembly drill, made a formidable tool for foundation specialist Anderson Drilling of California. They called it Thor, after the Nordic god, and put it to work on a complex bridge building project near San Diego. The challenge was to install 37 piles ranging from 60 - 108 inches in diameter and 55 - 80 feet deep. The solution was cluster drilling.
2010-12-05 | Human error is a common denominator in many accidents and incidents. Here, Sverker Hartwig shows how errors can be reduced with thoughtful design innovations on rigs, trucks and loaders.
2010-11-11 | Australia is currently experiencing what is said to be the beginning of the country's biggest mining boom ever. Today the market turnover is about 450 billion AUD. This is expected to double within three to four years and growth is expected to continue well beyond 2020.
2010-11-05 | Penttech AB takes over all development, manufacturing and marketing of the entire product range previously developed by Bergsäker AB. The products include the market-leading automatic measurement system AvaSystem with the portal AvaNet and field instruments such as AvaTrace, AvaLogger M2 and AvaPeak.
2010-10-24 | Able to absorb rock movement and still provide reliable support is the key feature of the Roofex rock bolt series from Atlas Copco. The latest version of this innovative bolt, the Rx20 has performed well in laboratory tests, proving its 20-tonne rating and ability to absorb 60kJ of energy caused by rock movement.
2010-10-09 | Going from open pit to underground mining Rana Mines is making considerable investments in a new main level and a change of mining method to sublevel caving.
2010-10-01 | The high speed Botnia Line, running on the north-east coast of Sweden, was opened for traffic on August 28, 2010. Bombardier has supplied the rail control system to the Botnia Line – the first rail line in the Nordic area to be operating with ERTMS/ETCS Level 2 functionality.
2010-09-24 | On November 4, 2010, companies will be given the opportunity to listen to some of Sweden's largest and most experienced mining and manufacturing companies and their views on Innovative, Sustainable & Profitable Mining and to establish new potential business relationships.
2010-09-24 | New results from IGE’s drilling programme at the Sundsberget nickel deposit confirm a very large zone of mineralization. As a result, the exploration target for the Rönnbäcken Nickel Project is increased to 600-650 million tonnes, an increase of 50 percent over the target set five months ago.
2010-09-09 | Mining equipment suppliers who were too busy during the boom years to respond to an enquiry from a relatively unknown mining company are probably still kicking themselves when they bump into Johan Oelofse.
2010-09-02 | When this Nordic underground chromite producer needed more power to break boulders in the stopes, it found a solution literally in its backyard.
2010-08-22 | Swedish mining company LKAB has chosen Sandvik’s AutoMine-Lite™ for the foundation and delivery of their Kiruna mine automation system.
2010-08-16 | At the LKAB mine in Kiruna, northern Sweden, the latest bolting technology is making rapid progress on a massive reinforcement project. Careful planning, effective tools and a comprehensive training programme got the project up-and-running with remarkable efficiency.
2010-08-02 | Two GIA Häggloaders and three GIA locomotives, each pulling three shuttlecars have been delivered to Hong Kong’s West Drainage Tunnel Scheme for ‘spoil’ removal from 29 adits totalling 8 km. Making their debut in Hong Kong, the GIA units were ordered specifically by Joint Venture contractors Dragages-Nishimatsu for their ability to work in small diameter tunnels. A complete "line-up" of GIA tunnelling equipment comprising locomotives, suttlecars and Haggloaders have been delivered to the Dragages-Nishimatsu JV for work on the Hong Kong Drainage Tunnel Scheme.
2010-07-26 | ITT Water & Wastewater will present the first two-stage Flygt pump of the 2600 series, the 2660 ST, at the Bauma 2010. With 10kW rated power the 2660 ST is the seventh-biggest model of the series and can be used in a broad range of applications within construction and mining.
2010-07-19 | Wassara’s water-powered, extra straight drilling system offers entirely new possibilities for efficient curtain drilling. The cost-effective and environmentally friendly system is intended for applications where borehole straightness is crucial.
2010-07-19 | Focusing on high quality and with long experience from the mining industry, Contector supplies machines, vehicles and equipment that fully comply with extreme requirements on flexibility, durability and cost effectiveness.
2010-07-13 | New important mining projects show the potential of the high quality steel pipe systems manufactured from high grade Swedish steel by Alvenius.
2010-07-06 | Västerås, Sweden, July 1, 2010 - ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has received an order for delivery of another complete mine hoist system to LKAB’s iron ore mine at Malmberget, in northern Sweden.
2010-06-28 | Bergteamet, a leading supplier of underground services, acquires Contector with operations in Boliden. “We have a long business relation with Contector, so we know what we are buying” Jan Marklund, Vice Managing Director of Bergteamet, says.
2010-06-21 | The old railway bridge crossing the Södertälje channel had reached an age of almost 90 years. Excessive maintenance created repeated interruptions in rail traffic and cost a lot of money. The Swedish Railroad Administration therefore decided to build a new bridge. Bergsäker was given the responsibility for the extensive measurement program in a very complex terrain
2010-06-14 | Foundation reinforcement using jet grouting technology is not a very common practice in Sweden. With the exception of a few projects, the method has been used mainly for tunnelling, grout curtains and in sealing supporting structures. However, under the right conditions, foundation reinforcement using jet columns can be both economically and technically advantageous.
2010-06-07 | The JAMA product family has been extended with a new member, the JAMA TMB 420. Like the rest of the red coloured JAMA machines, the JAMA TMB 420 is optimised for the tough demands of the mining industry
2010-05-24 | When the Swedish Road Administration and the Swedish Railroad Administration needed a system for monitoring critical geotechnical parameters along one the biggest infrastructure projects in Sweden, the “BanaVäg i Väst” project, they turned to Bergsäker.
2010-05-17 | During the last 100 years and with the growth of modern society as we know it, we have created a massive network of infrastructure to help us in our everyday lives. Functional and efficient infrastructure is at the core of every successful and modern nation. Lately the aging of infrastructure is rapidly becoming a huge and very costly problem world-wide. Sewage systems, petrol tanks and gas lines are leaking, polluting our environment. Fresh water installations world-wide are failing and the world is losing fresh water worth billions of dollars annually. Roads, tunnels and bridges are deteriorating and collapsing. Repair work and new installations are delayed by time consuming detection work, accidents and lack of efficient ways to monitor and inspect installations.
2010-05-10 | 500 million tonnes, more than double the production of 2009 (200 Mt), was set as a realistic figure for annual Indian iron ore production in 2020, at the iron ore conference organised by the Indian Journal of Mines, Metals and Fuels in cooperation with Raw Materials Group, Sweden.
2010-05-03 | Gruvteknik AB supplies new and second-hand machines of well-known brands to customers all over the world. The company also has an extensive stock of spare parts to older machine models. ”Gruvteknik is a great resource with its extensive range of products,” tunneller Bo W. Persson says, who has been a customer for 30 years.
2010-09-01 | Wheel nuts that loosen may cause personal injuries, property damages and have a negative effect on productivity, delivery efficiency and operating costs. The new Nord-Lock wheel nut effectively eliminates unintentional loosening of wheel nuts.
2010-04-26 | Bergsäker creates security for builders and local residents, in connection with construction and environmental projects. The AvaSystem from Bergsäker has been used for monitoring of critical parameters in a long row of infrastructure projects.
2010-05-31 | Drillcon AB, a core drilling and raise boring contractor within the mining and construction industries, has through its Portuguese subsidiary Drillcon Iberia SA obtained two contracts for drilling in Bulgaria and Portugal.
2010-04-22 | It costs money to drive a tunnel. Manpower, know-how, heavy equipment, materials… it all adds up. But whatever the project, large or small, straightforward or complex, there are always savings to be made if the right method is used. At Atlas Copco, we call it HPT (High Precision Tunnelling).
2010-04-12 | When employees at Lafarge’s Tongaat quarry say that they are a one-man band, albeit tongue-in-cheek, they are not far off the mark. Their new ZAR 60 M processing plant requires only one person working from an air-conditioned office to control the entire operation, from the primary crusher through to where the finished product emerges.
2010-04-06 | Resistivity is a method based on transmitting a known current into the ground and receiving the associated tension response. The result can then be used for finding anomalies compared to the undisturbed soil or rock.
2010-03-29 | Chosen by drilling contractors worldwide for their proven reliability and economical operation in underground and surface drilling applications, the Sandvik DE100 range is being expanded. The new Sandvik DE150 is Sandvik’s most powerful exploration drill rig for underground exploration.
2010-03-22 | Bergteamet AB has signed two major contracts for underground work. In Zinkgruvan, the company will perform drifting and reinforcement at several levels of the mine. In Kiruna, staff from Bergteamet will be involved in preparing the ore body for caving.
2010-03-19 | The new heavy duty busduct system for low voltage systems, NATUS POWERLINE is now available from Midroc Electro.
2010-03-15 | Two GIA Häggloaders and three GIA locomotives, each pulling three shuttle cars, have been delivered to Hong Kong’s West Drainage Tunnel Scheme for ‘spoil’ removal from 29 adits, totalling 8 km. Making their debut in Hong Kong, the GIA units were ordered specifically by Joint Venture contractors Dragages-Nishimatsu for their ability to work in small diameter tunnels. A complete ‘line-up’ of GIA tunnelling equipment comprising locomotives, shuttle cars and Häggloaders have been delivered to the Dragages-Nishimatsu JV for work on the Hong Kong Drainage Tunnel Scheme.
2010-03-08 | The Sandvik compact bucket wheel excavator, including the beltwagon, has been delivered to Mátra Kraftwerk AG in Hungary. The new unit will increase production capacity and also raise productivity at the Bükkábrány opencast lignite mine.
2010-03-01 | Information shall be collected where it’s created and be delivered where it’s needed. This is where Wolis steps in.
2010-02-22 | The Sandvik CR800 series of hybrids is the result of creative engineering skills. It is a reliable range of machines that combine the advantages of a classic double roll crusher with state-of-the-art sizer technology.
2010-02-15 | For more than a hundred years, geophysics has been instrumental to the mineral exploration industry, which was the target already at the beginning of the geophysical science sector. The challenge for the geophysical community is now to widen its scope into other earth science sectors.
2010-02-08 | The total commitment for the process control of LKAB’s new plants for concentration and sinter pellet in Kiruna was a tough task for the Midroc competences. The project skills, the ability to mobilise resources, coordinate deliveries and to adjust the organisation were of great importance.
2010-01-29 | At the Äspö Hard Rock Laboratory near Oskarshamn, tunnels are built with centimetre precision in order to test the technology for terminal storage of spent nuclear fuel. Bergteamet has built an 80 metre long test tunnel at a depth of 450 metres.
2010-01-28 | In November 2004, the management of LKAB decided to invest SEK 2.6 billion in a new pelletizing plant (MK3) at its Malmberget iron ore mine in northern Sweden above the Arctic Circle. The decision to raise LKAB’s annual production of pellets by about 2.5 million tonnes to a total of 25 million tonnes was made in order to maintain market shares with some of its important international customers as well as to be a stable supplier to Scandinavian steelworks.
2012-09-14 | A major new development for underground drillers is now being launched featuring a range of top class drill and bolting rigs for mining and tunneling incorporating the world’s most successful boom.
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