Murray & Roberts Cementation Zambia has been awarded the shaft sinking and equipping of the Synclinorium shaft for Mopani Copper Mines in Kitwe, Zambia. The new shaft is expected to add about 25 years to the life of the Nkana copper and cobalt mine near Kitwe. The main shaft, which will be sunk to 1,200 m with a 7 m diameter, will be equipped as a rock hoisting shaft on this brownfields mine to service a new area under development. A 6 m diameter raisebored ventilation shaft will form part of the full project. By 2018 the new shaft will boost Nkana’s ore production from 3.4 Mt/y to 5.1 Mt/y. Mopani is an integrated copper and cobalt producer located in the Zambian Copperbelt. Mopani’s operations comprise four underground mines, a concentrator and a cobalt plant around the town of Kitwe and an underground mine, concentrator, smelter and refinery at Mufulira. Murray & Roberts Cementation offers a comprehensive range of capabilities and services covering the full spectrum of the mining value chain. The company has served the mining industry for more than a century and is a leader in shaft sinking, contract mining and raise-and shaftboring technology and services, with a strong track record of successful mine project delivery worldwide. Allan Widlake, Business Development Executive at Murray & Roberts Cementation, says that people remain Murray & Roberts Cementation’s most valuable asset and that the safety of employees and other site personnel working is not negotiable.“We maintain a business culture designed to keep safety constantly top-of-mind through the “Stop.Think” campaign, risk assessments, training, observation and coaching of employees to promote our Zero Harm objective,” he says. “Each person’s accountability and responsibility to ensure safety is a tenet of the company’s philosophy and our employees are consistently encouraged to ‘do it right, first time, safely’.”The organisation’s Business Management System actively drives safe business outcomes and Murray & Roberts Cementation’s 1st Choice Programme promotes the correct behaviours, values and principles that will ensure that this safety culture is grown from within.The company’s Bentley Park training facility near Carletonville, South Africa, provides a training service that produces skilled operators who can apply what they have learnt to ensure a safe outcome on site. The facility harnesses a highly successful combination of knowledge and hands-on skilling at a shaft mock-up on the campus, where real-life working conditions are simulated in as much detail as possible. This approach comprehensively supplements the facility’s computerised operation simulators.
DUTCH LEAD INVESTIGATORS into the shooting down over Ukraine of flight MH17 have said that data from the cockpit voice recorder was intact and had not been tampered with.“The cockpit voice recorder was damaged but the memory module was intact. Furthermore no evidence or indications of manipulation of the cockpit voice recorder was found,” the Dutch Safety Board (OVV) said as the black boxes were being analysed in Britain.The recorders, salvaged from the plane wreckage in eastern Ukraine, have been handed to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch headquarters in Farnborough, southwest of London.Voice recorderAAIB experts are tasked with extracting information from the cockpit voice recorder, which should give them hours of pilots’ conversations, as well as the contents of the flight data recorder.“The cockpit voice recorder data was successfully downloaded and contained valid data from the flight. The downloaded data have to be further analysed and investigated,” the OVV said.“Tomorrow the team will start the examination of the Flight Data Recorder. This will show whether this recorder also contains relevant information, in which case the data from both recorders will be combined.”InvestigationThe boxes — which are actually orange in colour — were delivered to Farnborough by the OVV, which is leading an international investigation into the crash in which 298 people died, 193 of them Dutch.The OVV is coordinating investigation teams from eight different countries, including Russia.Pro-Russian rebels controlling the crash site handed the boxes over to Malaysian officials on Tuesday, following an international outcry over the treatment of the wreckage and the bodies of the victims.Western governments say the evidence points to the Boeing 777 plane having been shot down with a missile by pro-Russian separatists.- © AFP, 2014Read: UN rights council launches probe into Israel’s Gaza offensive>Read: Two Ukrainian military jets shot down in rebel-held area>