African Rainbow Minerals has ordered drill rigs, loaders and mine trucks for use at the Bokoni Platinum Mine in the Limpopo Province, South Africa. The mine is restarting after operations had been paused for care and maintenance over recent years.
The order is valued at more than $12 million and was booked in the first quarter 2023.
"We are excited to once again provide equipment to the Bokoni Platinum Mine," Helena Hedblom, Epiroc's president and CEO, said. "We look forward to supporting African Rainbow Minerals as they restart and operate the mine in the most productive and safe way possible."
The machines ordered are built with a low profile well suited for the mine's low tunnel heights. The equipment includes Boomer face-drilling rigs, Boltec and Cabletec rock-reinforcement rigs, Scooptram loaders and Minetruck haulers. All machines come with Epiroc's Certiq telematics solution for automated monitoring of productivity and machine performance. Other advanced features include, for example, the Boomer machines being equipped with a pilot hydraulic control system that further improves drilling accuracy.
Delivery of the equipment will begin during the first quarter 2023 and will continue into 2024.