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SA radar system contributes to safety in Namibian mine

Written by Radar Systems 12 June 2008.

AngloGold Ashanti has selected the MSR 200 radar system as their preferred solution to improve operational safety and risk reduction in their Navachab open-pit mine in Namibia.

The mine is situated 10 kilometers southwest of the town of Karibib, which is 170 kilometers northwest of Windhoek. Its processing plant, with a production capacity of 110,000 tpm, includes mills, carbon-in-pulp (CIP) and electro-winning facilities.

The MSR 200 is a radar system that scans the selected open-pit wall on a continuous basis to detect movement of the rock surface. The system will generate slope-instability alarms once a predetermined threshold in movement and/or acceleration is detected. The MSR provides real-time complete coverage without the need to install any reflectors on the mine surface. All measurements are fully geo-referenced. The MSR 200 exploits the latest radar technology available and has extremely high levels of reliability.

According to Jan de Beer, Reutech Mining is convinced that the MSR 200 system will contribute to mine safety as well as increasing productivity at Navachab. Navachab now joins a growing number of leading international mines that use the MSR with great success. The MSR system will be the first on Namibian soil.

A spokesperson for Navachab Gold Mine said, “We look forward to working together with Reutech to reduce our geotechnical risk and improve the safety of our employees within our mining environments”.

Navachab Gold Mine is owned and operated by AngloGold Ashanti and produces over 102 000 ounces of gold per annum.

Reutech Radar Systems is a world-renowned radar company that has been involved in the mining industry for the past four years. MSR products are currently utilised with great success in South Africa, Tanzania, Chile and Australia.