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Mine Engineering Design, Underground and Surface Exploration Drilling, Raisedrilling, Shaftboring, Shaft Sinking, Contract Mining

The Cementation Group has a history of more than 100 years serving the mining industry and has become recognised as the leading mining contracting group worldwide with a presence in Africa, Australia, North and South America.

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The Cementation Group has a history of more than 100 years serving the mining industry and has become recognised as the leading mining contracting group worldwide with a presence in Africa, Australia, North and South America. When the mining industry contracts with the Cementation Group, which includes Murray & Roberts Cementation, RUC Cementation Mining Contractors Australia, Cementation Canada and Cementation Sudamerica, it engages with partners that have an incomparable global track record.

Shaft sinking, raise drilling, contract mining, tunnelling and exploration drilling

The Cementation Group, through the four companies, has the infrastructure and resources to mobilise teams from across the continents and can deliver total project solutions across the full value chain of any mine operation. This covers the spectrum from specialist pre-feasibility and feasibility studies, engineering and mine design through to construction management. Its services further cover shaft sinking, raise drilling, contract mining, tunnelling and exploration drilling.

The Cementation Group is committed to world-class fulfilment, safety and a healthy environment. Our leadership and people offer clients unsurpassed industry knowledge, skill and experience in all aspects of mining project delivery, from concept to commissioning.


As the leading mining contracting group in the world, The Cementation Group offers a comprehensive range of capabilities and services covering the full spectrum of the mining value chain.

Murray & Roberts has a proven track record in sinking vertical and inclined shafts.
We employ a large fleet of mechanised mining equipment, dedicated and trained people and can undertake any mining contract.
Murray & Roberts can deliver total project solutions across the full value chain of any mine operation.
Murray & Roberts operates a large fleet of machines, from small raisedrilling rigs to some of the largest machines ever manufactured for this purpose.
Murray & Roberts pioneered the pneumatic shaft drill rig, now commonly used in conventional shaft sinking.

Mine development: shaft sinking, mine haulage, excavation and shaft refurbishment

The Cementation Group offers a complete range of mine development services, including:

  • Vertical and decline shaft sinking and equipping
  • Mine haulage development and tunnelling
  • Underground chamber excavation and support and equipment installation
  • Shaft refurbishment

Contract or toll mining

The Cementation Group introduced the concept of contract mining and is the recognised leader in this field, offering the following services:

  • Mine design and planning, specialist pre-feasibility and feasibility studies
  • Mining equipment and fleet maintenance studies
  • Underground infrastructure design and installation
  • Mechanised and semi-mechanised development and stopping

Mine services

The Cementation Group is uniquely positioned to offer a comprehensive range of mining services to support its mine development and contract mining services. Our services used extensively throughout the industry include:

  • Deep hole surface exploration drilling using the most modern equipment
  • Underground exploration drilling
  • Medium and large-diameter raise drilling, shaft boring and drain hole drilling
  • Directional drilling
  • Drop raising
  • High-pressure underground water management, control and sealing (cementation, water doors, cover drilling and grounding)
  • Underground dam and high-pressure bulkhead construction
  • Grout-plant design, construction and operation and grout-pack installation

Mine engineering

The Cementation Group has identified a need within the mining industry – a requirement of a design build service 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. The service integrates the practical knowledge of the operations with the design ability of the Mine Engineering department and the data banks of the estimating and scheduling department.

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

Value offerings from mine engineering:

  • Conceptual studies relating to shaft design, shaft sinking , infrastructural services and backfill
  • Specialist pre feasibility studies for the above fields
  • Mine design for sinking, horizontal development, stopping, surface infrastructure and backfilling
  • Shaft and shaft furnishings including hoisting conveyances, loading arrangements and materials handling facilities
  • Draughting (mechanical, structural, piping, electrical, civil)
  • Project estimating and scheduling
  • Procurement
  • Document control
  • Operational risk assessment

Press Releases

  • Murray & Roberts Cementation Awarded Cullinan Diamond Mine Contract

    Cullinan Diamond Mine, a member of the Petra Diamonds group, has awarded Murray & Roberts Cementation a contract that includes the deepening of Shaft 1 and Shaft 3 at the Cullinan diamond mine, together with the associated infrastructure and planned level development to the Cullinan ore body.

  • All Systems Go at Booysendal

    Murray & Roberts Cementation got off to a good start on a prestigious R1.3-bn contract to develop four declines for Northam's new Booysendal Platinum Mine.

  • Murray & Roberts Cementation to Sink and Equip Mopani Shaft

    Murray & Roberts Cementation Zambia has been awarded the shaft sinking and equipping of the synclinorium shaft for Mopani Copper Mines in Kitwe, Zambia. The new shaft is expected to add about 25 years to the life of the Nkana copper and cobalt mine near Kitwe. The main shaft, which wil

  • Murray & Roberts Success with Local African Projects

    As the mining sector continues to flood into Africa, sinking and underground development mining specialist, Murray & Roberts Cementation is proving that the South African mining landscape remains equally as active, and attractive, Murray & Roberts Cementation business development director

  • Culture by Design Initiative Yields Promising Results

    Murray & Roberts Cementation reports promising results from the first formal assessment of the impact of its 1st Choice programme, implemented in 2010 as an intervention to boost safety levels and establish the company as a 1st Choice employer and service provider in the mining industry.

  • Most Advanced Shaft Lining System Goes to Work in Botswana

    Murray & Roberts Cementation has introduced the most advanced shaft lining technology used in the African mining industry and is poised to deploy it on its first job at a mine in Botswana to apply shotcrete to support two 6m diameter vertical shafts which will be sunk to a depth of 110m.

  • Combination of Techniques Reduces Cost of Shaftsinking

    Soft-ground digging, drilling, blasting and raiseboring are being combined for the first time to sink a new shaft for a manganese mine in South Africa. This method of shaftsinking will enhance safety and improve productivity of the shaftsinking process, says mining infrastructure constr

  • Murray & Roberts Cementation Secures Turnkey Contract at Morupule

    Murray & Roberts Cementation has secured a turnkey contract to raisedrill and support two ventilation shafts at Debswana’s Morupule colliery in Botswana. Both shafts, each with a 6.1m diameter, will have a final depth of 100m. The scope of work includes the project management of the

  • First Choice Murray & Roberts Cementation

    More than 100 years of service to the mining industry has established Murray & Roberts Cementation as the undisputed leader as first-choice underground mining contractor in Africa, predominant in shaft-sinking, contract-mining, raisedrilling and shaft-boring technology and services.

  • Murray & Roberts Cementation Secures South Deep Vent Shaft Contract

    Murray & Roberts Cementation secured the contract to deepen the existing ventilation shaft at Gold Fields' South Deep mine to a depth of 2990 metres. The shaft is being extended to match the man and materials shaft adjacent to it, which is currently the deepest rock hoisting shaft in the worl

  • New Milestones Achieved by Local Engineering Contractor

    South African engineering contractor Murray & Roberts Cementation has amassed a number of accreditations and achievements of late. Most significant among these is the impressive safety record of three million fatality-free shifts at Kroondal Platinum Mine in the North West province.

  • Murray & Roberts Promote Safety Not by Default but by Design

    "Safety is not a bolt-on, it's an integral, vital part of the entire business management process and the personal responsibility of each individual." This statement by Koos Oosthuizen, risk executive at Murray & Roberts Cementation, helps explain how the company has achieved its impressive sa

  • Murray & Roberts Awarded Multiple Shaft Sinking Projects

    Engineering contractors Murray & Roberts Cementation has been awarded a number of new shaft sinking projects in Southern Africa, as well as in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). A contract was also awarded to the company in December last year to deepen the vent shaft in a mine

  • Murray & Roberts Cementation Awarded Multiple Shaft Sinking Projects

    Engineering contractors Murray & Roberts Cementation has been awarded a number of new shaft sinking projects in Southern Africa, as well as in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). A contract was also awarded to the company in December last year to deepen the vent shaft in a mine

  • Chilean Project Marks Start of Group’s New Synergy

    The mining contracting division of construction and engineering group Murray & Roberts, Murray & Roberts Cementation South Africa and Cementation Canada, have been selected as one of the preferred contractors for the shaft design packages at the Chuquicamata mine in Chile. Murr

  • Murray & Roberts Cementation Develops New Shaft Sinking Methodology

    Murray & Roberts Cementation is currently engineering a new shaft sinking methodology for its African operations that will see an increase in the safety and productivity of shaft sinking project teams. "Innovative organisations do not wait for things to break before they fix them,"

  • Murray & Roberts Cementation In Large Backfill Contract

    One of the deepest backfill operations in the world is to be upgraded to accommodate advanced mining methods at Gold Fields' South Deep gold mine. South Deep, a fully mechanised deep level mine, will be equipped with a new backfilling plant using innovative technology to de-stress the m

  • Townlands: More Space to Breathe

    Anglo Platinum's Rustenburg Section is currently undergoing an era of change with a number of reserve replacement projects still underway to extend the life of some of the oldest platinum mines in South Africa. The Townlands Ore Replacement Project (TORP) is one such project – which has necessita

  • The Biggest Underground Mining Contractor By Far

    Although not unaffected by the downturn, Murray & Roberts Cementation remains South Africa’s biggest underground mining contractor by a wide margin, with a workforce that is almost twice as big as that of its nearest rival. The company’s budget for the year to 30 June 2010 is only marginally

  • Contract Mining Company Spending Above National Average on Training

    Mining, engineering and construction contracting company Murray & Roberts Cementation remains committed to the development and training of its base of over 11,000 employees despite the economic downturn. The company invests a large amount of time, money and effort in training and d

  • Well Trained Personnel Equals High Levels of Safety

    Murray & Roberts Cementation has safety as its primary objective and this requires a completely different approach to mining activities and, in particular, to shaftsinking activities. Allan Widlake, business development director at Murray & Roberts Cementation, told Mining Week

  • Murray & Roberts Cementation - The World Leader in Mining Contracting

    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 i

  • Murray & Roberts Cementation Gearing Up For Wesizwe

    Murray & Roberts Cementation is preparing for implementation of Wesizwe Platinum Limited’s Frischgewaagd-Ledig project in the Pilanesberg. The company was appointed as the preferred contractor over a year ago with the singular objective of guaranteeing the mining contractor’s availa

  • Kroondal a Flagship for Contract Mining

    The Kroondal platinum group metal (PGM) mine, located 120km northwest of Johannesburg on the Western Limb of the Bushveld Complex, was Aquarius Platinum’s first operation. It commenced production in 1999 and remains the company’s flagship project. It is also mining contractor Murray &am

  • Investment in People Keeps Murray & Roberts Cementation

    It is of major significance that the revenue set for Murray & Roberts Cementation for 2010 has been reached two years sooner than planned. This is according to Henry Laas, managing director of this leading mining contracting company. Laas says for the financial year ending June 2008

  • High Precision Raise

    Anglo Platinum is making good progress with its Townlands Ore Replacement Project (TORP), which will extend the life of the shaft from 2010 to 2027, in the process saving several thousand jobs. The project includes the sinking of a new ventilation shaft complex – consisting of three sep

  • Dwarsrivier Part of the ‘New Rustenburg’

    The Eastern Limb of the Bushveld Complex, centred around the towns of Steelpoort and Burgersfort in Mpumalanga in South Africa is undergoing a boom, with some 18 mines in existence and more in the offing. Located in this area is the Dwarsrivier Mine, in operation since 2000, and which three and a

  • Murray & Roberts Cementation Surges Ahead

    The financial year ended June 2007 was good for Murray & Roberts Cementation, with the company reporting revenue growth of approximately 20% over the previous year. However, profitability was lower than expected, primarily due to the unprotected industrial action experienced during the second

  • Ventilation Shaft Drilling Projects at Towlands Commences

    Raise-drilling and shaft-boring technology and services supplier, Murray & Roberts Cementation, has been contracted to a number of Anglo Platinum (Angloplats) projects, including the platinum major's Townlands Ore Replacement Project (TORP) and Paardekraal's 1 and 2 shafts. The con

  • Contract Mining

    Underground mining contracting has always been the lifeblood of international mining contractor Murray & Roberts. "The nature of mining contracting work necessitates a support infrastructure for plant and associated ancillary equipment," says Murray & Roberts engineering se

  • Capital Development Underway at Zandfontein Section

    Barplats Investments Limited (Barplats) is pleased to announce that the first blast to mark the re-start of the decline development at the Zandfontein section of Crocodile River Mine will take place on 27 September 2006. Development of the decline system, which was successfully de-watered in June

  • Resources Boom Represents Development Potential in Africa

    The sustained resources boom on the global market represents substantial development potential for mining throughout Africa. Henry Laas, managing director of Murray & Roberts Cementation, spoke to Mining Review Africa about this and other pertinent issues within the industry. "W

  • Significant Opportunities In Africa for Mining Growth

    Several contractors have started declining participation in mining contracts in Africa due to capacity problems, underscoring the fact that there is a high level of activity, not only in Africa, but also globally. This is according to Henry Laas, managing director of Murray & Roberts Cementat

  • Mines Need Consistent Quality and Quantity of Backfill

    "There is considerable demand for consistent quality and quantity of backfill in mining operations," Rob Bradley, manager - mine engineering at Murray & Roberts Cementation, says. "This need relates to a number of issues, which include safety, ore extraction rates, r

  • Directional Drilling Promises Benefits for Industry

    Directional drilling is a relatively new aspect of exploration technology in the mineral resources industry. While technology still needs to advance if its application is to be successfully integrated into the hard rock environment, it has significant implications for cost and time saving in expl

  • Adding Value is Second Nature to Murray & Roberts Cementation

    An innovative approach backed by extensive experience and expertise allowed Murray & Roberts Cementation to provide a cost-effective solution for the equipping of a backfill hole at Cullinan Diamond Mine. "The scope of work was to equip a raisebored hole measuring 1.8 metres in

  • Impala Team on Track at #20 Shaft

    Attitude may seem like a small thing, but it is attitude that has had a definite impact on the Impala No 20 Shaft contract. "The approach by all involved in this project has been different and it shows. Our primary objective was always to make it work, and this was made simpler bec

  • Demand for Exploration Drilling in Africa Surges Ahead

    An increased demand for commodities and resultant price escalation has caused a surge in demand for surface exploration in South Africa and on the African continent. This has resulted in a substantial increase in exploration drilling with no sign of demand coming down any time soon. Tak

  • Contractor Input can Help Optimise Projects

    Mining contractors, with their vast practical experience, can help ensure that mining projects are designed with ease of construction in mind and that mining infrastructure that results is cost effective and fit for purpose. But for this to happen the contractor needs to be involved in the projec

  • Safety Comes First at Murray & Roberts Cementation

    No-one would dispute the fact that mining is a hazardous activity. Added to this is the unpredictability of human behaviour. Murray & Roberts Cementation has introduced the Enterprise Wide Risk Management programme to mitigate these risks and introduce a proactive approach to

  • Superior Safety Standards

    With far superior safety standards in the industry irrespective of the length of an exploration drilling contract, Murray & Roberts Cementation is known to deliver even under the harshest and most difficult geological conditions. Pete Ferreira, general manager mining services at Mur

  • Safety First Approach Brings Advantages at Turffonteina

    Work is progressing well on the cluster decline development at Turffontein, as this project is fast approaching its completion. The contract being undertaken by Murray & Roberts Cementation is on schedule and within budget. In addition to this, the Turffontein project is tracking 14

  • 1000 Accident Free Shift Award from DME for Dwarsrivier

    Murray & Roberts Cementation's Dwarsrivier contract received the DME 1000 Accident Free Shift Award in September 2005, after notching up a record eight months injury free. Doug Sammons, contracts manager for Murray & Roberts Cementation, says this can be attributed to the dedic

  • Productivity Levels at Kroondal Rate Amongst the Highest

    Kroondal Platinum Mine, located 120 km north-west of Johannesburg on the western limb of the Bushveld Complex, is one of the lowest cost producing underground platinum mine in the world thanks to stringent cost control and high productivity levels. The business model for Kroondal

  • Murray and Roberts' RUC Achieves 500,000 Fatality Free Shifts

    In August 2004 Murray & Roberts RUC achieved not only 500,000 fatality free shifts, but has now also completed a full twelve months without a fatality. Neil Watts, business systems manager at Murray & Roberts RUC, says that this achievement definitely says something abo


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