19 Jun 2012
Largest underground mining contract for Atlas Copco India Ltd
Atlas Copco has received significant orders valued at over 13 Million Euros from Hindustan Zinc Limited in the first quarter of 2012. This is one of the largest underground mining contracts for Atlas Copco India.
Atlas Copco will deliver a total of 24 machines which includes face drilling rigs, long hole drilling rigs, bolting rig, loaders and trucks. The long hole drilling rigs Simba 1254 and Simba 1354, 15 tonne loader Scooptram ST1530, 50 tonne Minetruck MT5020 and the 60 tonne Minetruck MT6020 mark their maiden entry into the underground mining market in India. The delivery of all these 24 equipment will be completed in 2012.
Hindustan Zinc Ltd and Atlas Copco
Hindustan Zinc Limited (HZL), a Vedanta Group Company is the world’s largest integrated producer of zinc and India’s largest producer of lead and silver. The company also operates the world’s largest zinc producing mine called Rampura Agucha in Rajasthan. HZL also has the distinction of being the world’s lowest cost producer of zinc.
Atlas Copco and HZL have been associated together for the past thirty years owing to the excellent productivity and proactive service shown by Atlas Copco. The Atlas Copco fleet will be used by HZL for two of its newest underground mining projects; Kayad Mines and Rampura Agucha Mines.
Atlas Copco and the Kayad Mines share a long history together where Atlas Copco had sold an investigation drill Diamec 262 for exploration for about ten years ago. Kayad mine which is being developed is located 9 km from Ajmer in Rajasthan and will produce zinc and lead. Rampura Agucha Mine, located 230 km north of Udaipur in Rajasthan, has an annual ore production capacity of 6.0 million tons from their open pit where Atlas Copco hydraulic DTH rigs form the backbone of surface drilling operations. Atlas Copco India is now going to support the underground mining operations of Rampura Agucha Mine by supplying high capacity equipment there.
Anirban Sen, Business Line Manager Underground Rock Excavation, India sais – “This equipment is of higher capacity than the existing equipment in the market. HZL has invested in our products to achieve ambitious production targets. This order is an excellent example of close coordination between teams in Udaipur, Pune and Sweden displaying teamwork with a focus on customer centricity!”
“This order confirms the confidence that Vedanta has in our abilities to provide products which would help them to boost productivity while lowering costs. Apart from the capital equipment sales, we are in the process of finalizing complete back up for these machines for a period of twenty thousand hours or five years of operation, whichever is earlier. This means that Vedanta would operate the machines and everything else would be taken care of by Atlas Copco” said Sanjay Ahuja, General Manager Atlas Copco Mining and Rock Excavation Technique CC India.