Kamoa Copper, which operates the Kamoa-Kakula Copper Mining Complex in DRC has sought to expand its operations in the country by ordering more machines from Epiroc, a leading productivity and sustainability partner for the mining and construction industries
Having already fostered a successful partnership, the Kamoa-Kakula has now ordered Minetruck MT65 S haulers, Scooptram ST18 S loaders, Boomer 282 face drilling rigs, and Simba E70S production drilling rigs.
The project is set to become one of the largest copper mines in the world and the operator has sought to achieve this with a favourable environmental footprint. It is projected to among the world’s lowest greenhouse gas-emitting copper mines per unit of metal produced, according to Ivanhoe Mines, one of the major owners.
Jan Johannes Hough, executive engineering at Kamoa Copper SA, commented, “Kamoa Copper SA chose Epiroc to be one of our strategic partners for the supply of trackless mobile mining equipment due to its proven and matured industry track record. The equipment selected proved to be reliable and feasible in various applications in the mining industry. It will play a critical role in achieving production targets in line with the expansion programme of Kamoa Copper SA and the resulting guidance given to the market.”
The new order represents the third largest order that Epiroc has received from Kamoa Copper for the mining operations. The new machines will arrive with several advanced features in order to enhance operations such as Epiroc’s telematics system which allows for intelligent monitoring of machine performance and productivity in real-time.