South African mining breakthrough, involving gases


A non-explosive rock breaking technology which utilises nitrogen and carbon dioxide has been developed in South Africa, for the region’s increasingly environment-friendly mining industry.

Exploration of South Africa’s underground gold and platinum mines is big business, an industry which is increasingly seeking non-destructive solutions for continuous mining.

According to a recent report by Creamer Media’s Mining Weekly, non-explosive rock breaking technology manufacturer NXCO Mining Technologies has developed automated and advanced explosive technologies, as a result of this drive towards environment-friendly methods.

The company, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NXCO International, manufactures NoneX propellant cartridges at its licensed factory in Pelindaba, South Africa.

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