Award-winning research by Australian mining services firm Orica has resulted in the development of ultra-high intensity blasting technology which increases mine efficiency and saves costs without compromising safety levels.

Ultra-high explosive energies can increase the overall efficiency of mining operations by producing a far finer ore, which significantly expedites the downstream processes of comminution and milling. This in turn lowers energy consumption levels across the entire mining and milling cycle, given that the use of electricity to mill ore is invariably the biggest consumer…