UNDERGROUND MINING

Epiroc wins major South African mine order

Equipment supplier strikes deal to provide manganese ore mine in Northern Cape

 Epiroc’s Scooptram ST14 Battery loader is part of the order by Assmang for the Black Rock mine

Epiroc’s Scooptram ST14 Battery loader is part of the order by Assmang for the Black Rock mine

Sweden-based mining equipment manufacturer Epiroc has won a large order for battery-electric mining equipment from Assmang Proprietary Limited to be used at a manganese ore mine in South Africa.

The company said Assmang had ordered several battery loaders and mine trucks - the Scooptram ST14 Battery and Minetruck MT42 Battery - that would be deployed at its Black Rock underground mine in the Northern Cape Province.

The deal, worth US$12.54 million (SEK 120 million), was booked in the first quarter of 2022.

Helena Hedblom, Epiroc's president and chief executive officer, said: "Epiroc is proud to support Assmang on its journey toward lower emissions through our cutting-edge battery-electric machines while prioritizing productivity and safety."

Epiroc said the agreement extends its joint efforts to use the latest solutions for optimised operations at the Black Rock mine.

The Scooptram ST14 Battery and Minetruck MT42 Battery machines, manufactured in Örebro, Sweden, are built to face the toughest conditions.

They will be equipped with collision avoidance systems, as well as with the telematics system Certiq, which allows for automated monitoring of productivity and machine performance.

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