Orica is reportedly facing a challenge over its newly patented shotfiring techniques.
In March this year Orica, in conjunction with the CSIRO, filed two patents for an unnamed 'apparatus, system and method' for blasting technology and techniques.
The ABC reports that these methods, that are focused on blasting in differing layers and levels of rock, has been challenged by Dyno Nobel.
The patenting of the method, which is not elaborated upon in the article, has been seen Dyno oppose the granting of its application.
Orica and Dyno Nobel were contacted, but were both unavailable for further comment at the time of publication.