In 2017, JSW was engaged to provide drilling and blasting services to the Yagahong Alliance – a joint venture between Geraldton’s Central Earthmoving Company and traditional owners, the Yugunga-Nya people – at the Monty deposit near Meekatharra in WA.
The Boxcut design and services had to be completed within a tight schedule as part of a critical path for project development.
Applying its specialist knowledge, the JSW team assessed the characteristics of the geological conditions and the targeted Boxcut design. JSW’s blast engineers designed the blast pattern delivering a reduction in drill metres, while optimising fragmentation and wall control outcomes from the original requirements.
Adequate wall control was maintained and presplits were designed at specific angles and depths to ensure no damage to the Boxcut face or walls.
Core the JSW’s project objectives is the delivery of optimum blast designs to reduce project costs for the client. This was achieved, with the Boxcut delivered ahead of time and under budget.
Find out more about the Monty Boxcut Drilling and Blasting project.