Autonomous drill fleet hitting its straps at Tropicana

The rollout of an AUS$6 million (US$4.3 million) autonomous drill fleet is believed to be an industry first for hard rock mining using hammer versus the more traditional rotary concept when it comes to blast-hole drilling.

Autonomous drill fleet hitting its straps at Tropicana Autonomous drill fleet hitting its straps at Tropicana Autonomous drill fleet hitting its straps at Tropicana Autonomous drill fleet hitting its straps at Tropicana Autonomous drill fleet hitting its straps at Tropicana

Macmahon is now operating a fleet of five autonomous CAT MD6250 drill rigs and seven manned rigs as part of its drilling fleet at the Tropicana Gold Mine in Australia

AngloGold Ashanti Australia, with support from Flanders and Tropicana Mining Alliance partner Macmahon Holdings, which carries out the mining, now has five autonomous CAT MD6250 drill rigs and seven