Anglo orders Epiroc rigs for Quellaveco

Anglo American has ordered US$44 million worth of Epiroc drilling rigs and related equipment for its Quellaveco open-pit copper project in the Moquegua region of Peru
Anglo orders Epiroc rigs for Quellaveco Anglo orders Epiroc rigs for Quellaveco Anglo orders Epiroc rigs for Quellaveco Anglo orders Epiroc rigs for Quellaveco Anglo orders Epiroc rigs for Quellaveco

The BenchREMOTE station and Pit Viper rigs

The order includes Epiroc Pit Viper 351 and SmartROC D65 drill rigs, BenchREMOTE remote operator stations, rock drilling tools and HB 10000 hydraulic breakers.

The machines are meant to boost the safety, productivity and efficiency of the Quellaveco project, which is expected to start copper production in 2022.

With the machines' latest features, the OEM said operators can, among other things, run the rigs remotely from a safe distance.

Helena Hedblom, Epiroc's senior executive vice president for mining and infrastructure, said: "We are proud to once again team up with Anglo American and play a key role in making sure that its new mine in Peru is operated in the most productive, safe and cost-efficient manner possible."

Delivery of the equipment will start in early 2020 and continue through 2021.