Anglo American chooses Epiroc for Peruvian mining order

Anglo American has placed an order with Epiroc for multiple drill rigs and related equipment to be used at its new Quellaveco open pit copper mine in Moquegua, Peru. The order totals about SEK385 million (US$42 million). Most of the contracted order value was booked in the fourth quarter 2018 while a smaller portion will be booked in the first quarter 2019.

 An Epiroc Pit Viper 351 in operation

An Epiroc Pit Viper 351 in operation

"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," said Helena Hedblom, Epiroc's senior executive vice president Mining and Infrastructure.

The order includes Pit Viper 351 and SmartROC D65 drill rigs, BenchREMOTE remote operator stations, rock drilling tools and HB 10000 hydraulic breakers. Delivery will start in early 2020 and continue through 2021.

Quellaveco represents one of the world's largest copper reserves and the project will employ thousands of people. Actual copper production is expected to begin in 2022.