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Sandvik Mining and Construction partners with Barrick in Pascua-Lama

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Sandvik is pleased to announce the successful agreement with Barrick regarding the supply of several classifications of equipment for its Pascua-Lama site. Barrick’s positive experiences with Sandvik products in the past and the results generated by the proactive relationship between and within the two organizations will benefit both companies.
Pascua-Lama is an open-pit mining project for the extraction of gold and silver. Pascua-Lama is located in the Andes Mountains, south of Atacama, straddling the border between Chile and Argentina. Considering Pascua-Lama’s 5,200 meters (17 000 feet), altitude all equipment must be able to operate at high altitudes and in cold conditions – requirements that Sandvik was able to meet across all product categories.
Barrick has been planning the project for several years. For nearly 10 years and after a complete extensive community consultation process and a robust review by communities, stakeholders, regulators etc. with modifications, Pascua-Lama was approved by COREMA, the regional environment authority, in 2006. Barrick plans to invest between USD2.8 and 3 billion in Pascua-Lama, with an expected annual output of 750,000-800,000 ounces of gold and 35 million ounces of silver in the first five years. The company will create 5,500 jobs during the initial construction stage, and will employ approximately 1,600 over the approximate 25 years of operation.
The products to be delivered include:
Three DS410C bolting rigs, two DC302R drill rigs, three DD420-60C jumbos, six LH514 loaders, four EJC533 dump trucks, three TH540 dump trucks, one DR460 blasthole drill, one D90KS blasthole drill and three CH880 cone crushers.
The underground machines will be used to construct a ramp (1,514 m/5000 feet), crusher cavern and conveyor tunnel (3,940 m/13 000 feet) connecting Chile with Argentina. The surface rigs will start the open pit development in parallel with the tunnel development.
Sandvik is determined to complete this order by Q3 2010, and to provide all suitable support on a continuous basis.
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