South African-based Murray & Roberts Cementation is part of the greater Murray & Roberts Group, a leading international engineering contracting and construction services company with a focus on the industrial and mining, oil and gas, power and energy, building and infrastructure markets in Africa, Middle East, southeast Asia, Australasia and North America.

Internationally recognised as the world’s leading mining contracting company, Murray & Roberts has established operations in Africa, Australia and the Americas.

Serving the mining industry for more than a century, Murray & Roberts Cementation is the reputed leader in shaft sinking, contract mining, and raise and shaft boring technology and services, with a strong track record of successful mine project delivery worldwide.

The expert team at Murray & Roberts Cementation offers the industry unsurpassed industry knowledge, skills and experience in all aspects of mine project delivery, from concept to commissioning. This experience is underscored by a commitment to safety and environmental awareness, making the company the first-choice mining contractor with its ability to provide the best value in a comprehensive range of capabilities and services covering the full spectrum of the mining value chain for underground mine development and contracting services.

The natural synergy between the four core divisions in the company provides customers with a solution to any conceivable mining-related need and by harnessing the knowledge and skills of these divisions the company is in a position to anticipate and proactively plan to ensure delivery of quality projects.

Training and upskilling of staff within these divisions ensures best practice in all arenas of its business and keeps the intellectual property resident in the company current.

Mine engineering

Murray & Roberts Cementation has identified a design build service requirement within the mining industry for independent design build services for shaft sinking and related mining. This specialist service was a natural expansion of the in-house design services provided to support operational divisions and integrates the practical knowledge of the operations with the design ability of the mine engineering department and access to the data banks of the estimating and scheduling department.

The result is a service that provides clients with a practical design function that has close links with the operational service provided by Murray & Roberts Cementation in shaft sinking, contract mining, raise drilling and other mining services. The international Murray & Roberts group of mining companies provides a platform for the sharing of the world’s best practice in the field of shaft sinking and design for the benefit of its clients.

Value offerings from mine engineering include conceptual studies and specialist pre-feasibility and feasibility studies relating to shaft design, shaft sinking, infrastructural services and backfill, and mine design for sinking, horizontal development, stoping, surface infrastructure and backfilling.

The company also offers a full mechanical, structural, piping, electrical and civil draughting service coupled with project estimating and scheduling, procurement, document control and operational risk assessment.

Rounding out the offering, the division will also undertake shaft and shaft furnishings including hoisting conveyances, loading arrangements and materials handling facilities.

Mine development

In addition to vertical and decline shaft sinking and equipping, mine haulage development and tunnelling, Murray & Roberts Cementation also offers underground chamber excavation with associated support and equipment installation as well as complete shaft refurbishment.

Contract mining

Murray & Roberts Cementation was the originator of contract mining and as the recognised leader in this field offers a number of services including mine design and planning, and specialist pre-feasibility and feasibility studies.

The company can provide clients with mining equipment and fleet maintenance studies and undertakes underground infrastructure design and installation as well as mechanised and semi-mechanised development and stoping.

Mine services

Murray & Roberts Cementation is uniquely positioned to offer a comprehensive range of mining services to support its mine development and contract mining services. Its services are used extensively throughout the industry and include deep hole surface exploration drilling using the most modern equipment and underground exploration drilling.

Medium- and large-diameter raise and shaft boring and drain hole drilling as well as directional drilling and drop raising are also on offer.

Specialist services encompass high-pressure underground water management, control and sealing (cementation, water doors, cover drilling and grounding) as well as underground dam and high pressure bulkhead construction. This is complemented by grout plant design, construction and operation and grout pack installation.