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Used oil finds a use in manufacture of emulsion explosives

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Orica has developed an automated used oil recycling service, that enables treated used oil from onsite operations to be used in the manufacture of quality emulsion for bulk explosives used in quarrying and mining applications.

Overall reducing waste, cost and risks for customers and impact to the environment, sites where Orica’s emulsion plants are installed can now realise the benefits of Cyclo.

Cyclo is a new process from Orica which allows customers to transform the used oil from heavy machinery into raw material for the manufacture of high-quality bulk explosives.

When used in combination with Orica’s proprietary emulsifier technology, Cyclo offers customers a high-quality bulk explosive product, while reducing the cost and risk associated with the disposal of used oil, which comes in both environmental and commercial savings.

The fully enclosed and automated Cyclo system is reported to be capable of treating up to 1,000 litres of used oil per hour and has been estimated by Orica to reduce up to 800,000 litres in diesel consumption annually per site for customers.

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A Cyclo unit is capable of reducing diesel used to produce ulk explosives by up to 50 per cent.

Speaking on the multiple benefits of the Cyclo technology for quarrying sites, Orica’s Chief Technology Officer, Angus Melbourne said that Orica is constantly working on ways to improve environmental outcomes for both the company and its customers.

“Cyclo is an example of how we are constantly looking for ways to reduce the carbon footprint for our customers and Orica, while creating value to stakeholders,” Melbourne said.

“The benefit of the Cyclo service is its ability to fully integrate into our onsite emulsion plants, enabling used oil from the mine to be directly recycled without leaving the site.”

The production of bulk explosives has seen a reduction in the associated diesel consumption by up to 50 per cent, in some locations where Cyclo has been employed according to Orica.

Additional environmental benefits to customers are also being seen through the reduction of heavy vehicle movements through local communities, and reducing carbon dioxide emissions through transport.

Cyclo units are currently installed across several sites in both Africa and Asia/Oceania, with further installations worldwide are slated for completion later in 2022.

For more information, visit the Orica website.

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