Dyno Nobel to spend $25 million on explosives research with BHP
Seeking more efficiency, safety and automation in the operation of explosives, Dyno Nobel announced yesterday that it will invest $25 million over the next five years "...to pursue technology improvements that will directly benefit BHP's mining operations."
Dyno Nobel said the research was an "integral part" of its contract renewal to supply BHP's open-cut operations with explosive products and services throughout Australia.
Dyno Nobel said some of the areas it will explore is digitization, equipment automation, and applying wireless technologies. BHP, which is big on automation, is hoping Dyno Nobel can move from semi-autonomous mobile processing units (MPU), trucks that fill blast holes with explosives, to fully-autonomous MPUs.
BHP's Group Procurement Officer, Sundeep Singh, is also hoping for some environmental improvements and stopping the use of palm oil in explosives work.
"As well as providing an avenue to improve our own drill and blasting activities in Queensland and Western Australia, the partnership will support our pursuit of better environmental stewardship through a joint commitment to eradicate the use of palm oil in the explosive manufacturing process," said Singh in a news release.