Nov 09, 2020

Orica seals major explosives deal with Glencore

Orica seals major explosives deal with Glencore Orica's wireless initiating system technology, WebGen, in use at Glencore's Ernest Henry Mine.

Orica has been awarded a five-year explosives technology and services contract for Glencore’s Australian copper and zinc operations, effective from January 2021.

The operations covered include Lady Loretta, Mount Isa Mines and Ernest Henry Mine in North-West Queensland as well as McArthur River Mine (NT) and CSA Mine (NSW).

Orica has an existing supply agreement with Glencore’s nickel and cobalt operations at Murrin Murrin (WA).

As part of the contract, Orica will deliver the full suite of explosives technology and blasting services across the operations, including the fully wireless initiating system – WebGen, the BlastIQ digital blast optimisation suite of products and smart explosives delivery system Bulkmaster 7.

Orica said the partnership further strengthened and expanded its longstanding relationship with Glencore.

“Glencore is a key global diversified customer, and we are delighted to be partnering with them across their Australian copper and zinc operations, integrating our most advanced technologies and solutions to solve their more complex operational needs,” Orica chief executive Alberto Calderon said.

“Glencore’s Ernest Henry mine in North West Queensland was the first site in the world to trial and adopt our wireless explosives technology, WebGen.

“This deal shows Glencore’s confidence in our technology roadmap as well as aligning with their strategic vision for technology to deliver added value to their operations.”