MineARC is proud to have been selected as winner of this year's prestigious Australian Prospect Award for Excellence in Mine Safety, for the development of a safer sustainable waste management system for underground mines known as EnviroLAV.
Heat stress has long been a cause for concern throughout the underground mining industry, experienced as a result of the relatively narrow range of climatic conditions within which the unprotected human body can operate efficiently. It occurs when heat is absorbed into the body faster than it can be lost.
In June of this year, Konkola Copper Mines in Zambia experienced a truck fire in one of their underground maintenance bays, obstructing all exit paths for miners working on that level. With no safe refuge available on-site, the incident resulted in the hospitalisation of 80 miners due to severe smoke inhalation. Fortunately there were no fatal injuries.
Access to clean toilets and hand washing facilities are vital to the healthy development and survival of a community. Current waste disposal practices across Africa pose a serious health risk, contaminating water resources used for drinking, cooking and other domestic activities.
In 2012, MineARC Systems was commissioned to design and manufacture the first ever industrial Petro Chemical safe haven for use in China, with a custom built unit for BP’s Zhuhai operation. This arrangement represented a significant step towards improved industrial safety standards in China’s petro chemical industry.
Access to clean toilets and hand washing facilities are vital to the healthy development and survival of a community, however across South East Asia, adequate sanitation is failing to keep up with the region’s rapid population growth. 2010 saw over one billion people without improved sanitation, some 30 million more than in 1990.
MineARC wrapped up another very successful expo at Electra Mining Expo on Friday 19th September. It was a week of non-stop networking, meetings and exhibiting our products to a knock out crowd of over 860 exhibitors and a whopping 40,000 delegates.
MineARC Systems has been actively involved in Mine Rescue competitions both within Australia and Internationally for several years. These events provide a great forum for sharing skills and industry-leading operating procedures, not to mention valuable networking opportunities for all those involved.
Over the past financial year, MineARC and Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) have been working together on FCX’s West Papuan asset expansion plans in the minerals district of Grasberg. Freeport-McMoRan, a leading international natural resources company with headquarters in Arizona, operates one of the world’s largest copper and gold deposits in their Grasberg operation.
MineARC Systems would like to thank those that visited us at our stand at EXPOMIN 2014.
This year at EXPOMIN we were excited to display a permanent refuge bay and solutions for underground safety zones, excavations and break/rest areas. We received great feedback from interested parties.
There is a growing industry trend towards large scale permanent refuge chambers. Their acceptance has been born out of multiple successful real life uses during underground emergencies such as fires and collapses.