Newfoundland Hard-Rok Inc. has formed partnerships with many other businesses throughout the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. During our years of service, we have partnered with these businesses to create many affiliate companies under the Newfoundland Hard-Rok name. On this page, you can learn more about these partnerships and businesses.
DNBI is a wholly owned subsidiary of Newfoundland Hard-Rok Inc. formed in 2013 to service the Baffinland Iron Mines, Mary River Project. DNBI has been awarded a multi-year contract to supply explosives for the construction and mining phases through 2021. A state of the art modular emulsion manufacturing plant was constructed on site in 2014. DNBI will give priority of employment to residents from the surrounding 5 communities in various positions. Our operations will involve the manufacturing of bulk emulsion, loading, and firing the blast holes. The Mary River Mine is in the remote northern part of Baffin Island within the Arctic Circle. This remote cold location poses many challenges to shipping and logistics, equipment operation and working outdoors.
DNL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Newfoundland Hard-Rok Inc. that was formed in 2004 and awarded the contract from Vale (formerly Voisey's Bay Nickel Company) to design, build and operate a bulk emulsion (blasting agent) manufacturing plant supplying the mine's needs. Vale's Voisey's Bay mine site is in Northern Labrador along the coast near the community of Nain. The mine primarily produces Nickel ore with some copper and cobalt. The site is accessible via air and sea only.
For the Open Pit operations DNL employs 5 people at site of which 4 are of aboriginal heritage (Inuit and Innu). Employees typically work a 14 day on 14 day off cycle and are flown to site from various communities across Newfoundland and Labrador. The mine operates 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.
DNL's bulk emulsion plant became operational in June of 2005 and the first blast in the Ovoid (open pit) was detonated in August of 2005. DNL pumps the bulk explosive into the blast holes via one of its two Repump Bulk Trucks which mixes the emulsion with ANFO (Ammonium Nitrate and Fuel Oil) and also chemically sensitizes the emulsion on the truck before it is loaded into the hole, making it sensitive to detonation. The bulk emulsion and ANFO blend can be customized to meet the requirements of Mine Operations.
To optimize Mine production and reduce cost, DNL provides the Mine with technical support when needed. This could include services such as blast tie-ins, product selection, product performance analysis, fragmentation analysis and pre-shear methods.
Through the resources of Newfoundland Hard-Rok Inc. which in turn is a joint venture of one of the world's leading explosive companies, Dyno Nobel Inc., DNL is committed to manufacturing and supplying the Mine with the best possible explosives in the safest most efficient manner while reducing Mine operating costs.
Vale has sanctioned the Voisey's Bay Mine Expansion (VBME) project in which DNL has been awarded the explosives supply contract. DNL has added 5 new employees to assist Vale with the underground mine development. In addition DNL is upgrading the emulsion plant and providing state of the art underground bulk emulsion loaders. Commissioning of new equipment is taking place on site throughout the fall of 2018. First blast was on October 16, 2018. Stay tuned for further updates on the VBME project.
INL is a company formed by Newfoundland Hard-Rok Inc. with four Aboriginal Partners representing the Innu people of Quebec and Labrador. The Aboriginal Partners hold 51% ownership. INL has supplied explosives to ScotiaBlast, a member of the Municipal Group of Companies, who have carried out construction work for Tata Steel Minerals Canada's projects near Schefferville, QC.
LMA is an Innu majority owned corporation that was formed in 2008 to explore explosives business opportunities in Labrador. This joint venture business capitalizes on the strengths of each of its owners. The Innu directors bring the knowledge of local customs and help the corporation develop the necessary training and skills needed to ensure that the Innu can be meaningful participants in commercial developments on their ancestral land.
Newfoundland Hard-Rok Inc., as a Dyno Nobel distributor and JV partner, brings a globally respected explosives manufacturer to the Innu company. To learn more about Dyno Nobel visit www.dynonobel.com. With these combined strengths, LMA is well poised to provide world class products and services to the mining and construction projects in Labrador.