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New drill rigs for African mine

World Coal,

Sandvik Mining will provide new drill rigs for Aveng Moolmans’ Nkomati mine site.

Aveng Moolmans will add five Sandvik D25KS drills to its fleet, bringing the total number of Sandvik drills on its various sites to 40. The agreement also includes a service contract, with Sandvik providing on-site training and spare parts.

The Sandvik D25KS is a diesel-powered, self-propelled crawler-mounted blasthole drill rig for mining and large-scale quarrying. Known for its compact size and powerful undercarriage, it is a stable and highly-maneuverable surface drill. The D25KS offers a high pressure air compressor for drilling with down-the-hole (DTH) hammers, a two-person cab for training and operator efficiency, rugged design for durability in continuous drilling operations and an optional external loader that adds flexibility to the hole depth, hole diameter and drilling method.

“We look forward to expanding our Nkomati fleet with Sandvik’s drills,” said Dewald Hatting at Aveng Moolmans. “We have trusted Sandvik to provide us with reliable equipment for years, and have successfully used its rigs on our mine sites across Africa.”

Sandvik has a wide reach across Africa. The company provides drills to all of Aveng Moolmans’ African mines currently in operation, including the Sishen iron ore mine, Tshipi Borwa manganese mine, Klipbankfontein Kolomela iron ore mine, Smaldel coal mine, Sadiola gold mine, Siguiri gold mine, Iduapriem gold mine, Phoenix nickel mine and Langer Heinrich mine.

“We are really pleased to have this additional opportunity in South Africa,“ said Ken Stapylton, vice president for surface and exploration drilling, Sandvik Mining. “It’s a major market with significant mining activity. Our growth in the region depends on great partnerships with customers like Aveng Moolmans.”

Adapted from press release by Sam Dodson

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