Solutions for the Mining Industry
BASF, under the Master Builders Solutions brand, is the world leader in the provision of reliable, customer-oriented product solutions for the mining sector. For more than 100 years, our innovations have become the industry benchmark. We have supplied globally customized solutions that perform in the ever-changing geological environments and challenging underground conditions. Today, we continue to support the mining sector with technological advancements that can directly enhance safety and improve productivity for a sustainable mining future.
Rock solid ground support
During mining operations, many important processes are carried out, such as ground support, which safely secures the excavated area. BASF’s experienced, service-minded engineers are capable of tackling a wide range of challenges safely and cost-effectively. Our core competencies relate to ground support utilizing fiber-reinforced sprayed concrete and unique thin spray-on liners (TSLs). These are flame retardant and form long-lasting seamless bonding to prevent weathering and they act as a surface sealing against gases, even on complex geological surfaces.
Higher productivity and safety with reliable ground consolidation
The Master Builders Solutions brand from BASF offers a complete range of specialized injection resins and systems for ground consolidation during mining and rock excavation.
By understanding the geological challenges faced in both hard rock mining and coal mining, our global technical team supplies the most cost-effective pre- and post-injection solutions for ground consolidation. These help stabilize poor ground conditions and tackle unexpected water ingression. With practical training programs and job-site support, we help you keep operational disruption to a minimum and a successful workflow is achieved.
Efficient, high-performing products enhance TBM (Tunnel Boring Machine) drives
Mechanized excavation now accounts for a large share of all tunnel excavation because of its increased efficiency, accelerated excavation and improved working conditions – especially for longer drives. One instrumental element is the use of chemical products that enable the machine to better cope with varying ground conditions. As the global leader in custom-designed solutions for soft ground and hard rock tunneling, we deliver the largest range of reliable and technically sophisticated TBM products and services for soft ground shielded machines and open hard rock methods.
Our total solution approach identifies the most cost-effective products and systems to improve TBM operational efficiency. We integrate our professional and competent technical services from project startup, providing a team of international and local specialists to help with product training, technical advice, job-site support and troubleshooting.
Our new range of additives for slurry TBMs completes the portfolio for all types of mechanized shield tunneling applications.
Backfilling in underground construction
Backfill (the process of backfilling material into underground voids created by mining) is essential in many underground operations. Due to the demands caused by deeper mining operations, mine backfill is becoming an integral part of an efficient mining operation. Optimizing the backfill process leads to improvements in production, and ore and water recovery. A number of operational challenges can be resolved through chemical solutions.
The type of backfill used depends on the specific mineralogy and geotechnical requirements. Master Builders Solutions connects its understanding of the mining process, mineralogy and chemistry expertise to help mining companies resolve issues and run sustainable backfill operations, at lower costs and reduced risk.