Poorly managed haul roads are proven to adversely affect fuel economy and total road user costs as well as being a major maintenance and safety factor. In a special case study commissioned by Dust-A-Side and conducted by a leading tyre manufacturer, Michelin at CEMA (Centre of Excellence Michelin Almeria) at their open air laboratory test centre in Spain, the impact of Dust-A-Side’s haul road management system on the fuel consumption of rigid dump trucks was assessed.
If there’s one thing every mine site superintendent knows about haul truck tyres, it’s: “The more they turn, the more we earn.” This notion is important because with each tyre costing at least R750k, the cost of replacing haul road tyres is one of the major expenditures in any mining operation. With our haul road management services, it all comes down to where the rubber meets the road.
Achieving effective dust control for tailing dams can be real a headache for mine operators. Control measures not only need to be cost-efficient, but operationally effective too. In this article, we’ll take a look at how to best achieve dust control at tailing dam sites on an ongoing basis.
Constructions sites of all sizes and types pose a unique set of dust control challenges. There are numerous ways dust can be generated and each dust generation point needs to be dealt with separately.
Haul road maintenance costs are a huge expense, and most mining companies are forever looking at ways to reduce this onerous burden. As such, mining companies can become susceptible to sales pitches from different road stabilisation service providers who claim to be able to offer them “massive” savings on haul road maintenance.
Haul roads can feel like a bottomless pit of expenditure for miners. The trouble with haul roads is that most mines see them as only temporary, or at best semi-permanent. So, roads are often built in a hurry, with minimal expertise, and a lot of shortcuts taken to bring them within the allocated budget.