AEL Intelligent Blasting’s core values for this year is going green, with sustainable development as precursor to its plans to enter the commercial explosives sector in French-speaking West Africa.
Francophone West Africa, also known as French West Africa, refers to the federation of eight French colonial territories of Mauritania, Senegal, French Sudan, French Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire, Upper Volta, Dahomey and Niger.
“We will introduce the eco-formulation of surface emulsion, which requires using waste oil generated by the mines. This will enable us to further partner with the mines we work with by assisting them in reducing their carbon footprint through the destruction of their waste oil in a responsible manner,” says AEL francophone West Africa MD Francis Kasongo.
AEL’s philosophy is to develop smart blasting solutions through client engagement. The company uses an intelligent blasting approach, which is a holistic and flexible approach to help clients along their journey to optimal blast outcomes using AEL’s differentiated products and services.
The approach is strengthened by its differentiated products, adaptable delivery systems and services, predictive software and blast consulting.
Through its new predictive software, the AEL intelli-designer AEL will introduce face velocity measurements, three-dimensional (3D) blast face surveys, high-speed videography, rock mass motion studies, fragmentation analyses, blast modelling and efficiency measurement and monitoring to the markets to ensure that blasted rock suits complement the design of the equipment and plant.
The company has also engaged with its mining partners regarding the introduction of its advanced electronic initiation system IntelliShot™, with features that ensure complex blasts are easily deployed, fired safely and successfully on time:
Trials are planned in Q2 in Guinee and in Q3 in Burkina Faso. – (when/where).
In terms of service delivery, AEL will promote innovative and fit-for-purpose solutions, such as the rapid reload system for surface mines and the vertical drop system for underground mines (What are these systems called and their specifications?). The “Rapid Reload System” is a unique delivery method which allows the Mobile Manufacturing Unit (MMU) to be supplied with ANA and Emulsion directly on the mine site by the Rapid Reloading System tankers (RRS). RRS can carry 30 tons of product. The system optimizes the pump time thereby allowing for the reduction of charging time on the bench without the capital costs for additional MMUs. The AEL Vertical Drop system is made for underground operations and allows for delivery of emulsion from the surface, through a borehole to an underground storage facility. Key benefits include flexible supply of product preventing congestion shafts and main haulage routes.