Monrovia, January 6 (LINA) – The Inspectorate Division of the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (LME) has disclosed that 76 percent of 376,000 kg of Emulsion Explosives were used by two iron ore mining companies in 2014.
According to the LME 2014 Annual Report released recently, Arcelor/Mittal and China Union produced and shipped 5.1 metric tons and 0.7 metric tons of iron ore respectively during the period under review.
The report stated that the remaining 24 percent of explosives was used by Class B companies or quarries, an explosive consumption level which denotes that mining activities have increased and that bulk explosives are needed to cope with the increasing demand.
Emulsion explosive is a type of industrial explosive also used for mining purposes and has been widely accepted by customers for its advantages of water-proof, non-TNT, high stability and good explosion performance.
The report noted that the LME Inspectorate Division in collaboration with the joint security apparatus executed several inspections of explosive sites and storage facilities of Class A and B Concession and Quarry sites during 2014.
The report noted that the total quantity of 376,000 kg of Emulsion Explosives was inspected, while 28,000 meters of Detonating Cords and 404,000 kg of Ammonium Nitrates were inspected during the period under review.
The Inspectorate Division serves as the intelligence arm of the ministry and referees the mining industry at all levels.
Its principal role is to monitor the industry and report any malpractices committed by industry players, the report indicated.