Epiroc, a leading productivity and sustainability partner for the mining and infrastructure industries, will supply mining equipment for an underground mine which will be re-opening in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The company won the large equipment order from JCHX Mining and Construction Ltd, a mining contractor.

The Epiroc Scooptram ST14 loader is part of the order by JCHX Mining and Construction. Image credit: Epiroc AB

The Epiroc Scooptram ST14 loader is part of the order by JCHX Mining and Construction. Image credit: Epiroc AB

JCHX has ordered several Epiroc loaders, mine trucks and drill rigs, including service support, for use at the Kipushi zinc, copper, germanium and silver mine in the Haut-Katanga province in southern Democratic Republic of the Congo. After decades of production the mine closed for care and maintenance in 1994. Construction started last year to re-open the mine, with late 2024 as target to start production.

The equipment order is valued at about MUSD 17 (MSEK 175) and was booked in the first quarter 2023.

“We look forward to supporting JCHX in making operations at the Kipushi mine as safe and productive as possible,” says Helena Hedblom, Epiroc’s president and CEO.

“JCHX has been a customer of Epiroc for many years, both in Africa and Europe, and we are pleased to continue delivering innovative solutions that will help to optimise operations at Kipushi,” says Sami Niiranen, president of Epiroc’s Underground division.

JCHX International division president Mr. Youcheng Wang comments: “From the Group headquarters to the front-line team, Epiroc sets the highest priority on this equipment order, also when it comes to on-site technical support.”

The ordered equipment, manufactured in Sweden, includes Scooptram ST14 loaders, Minetruck MT42 haul trucks, and Simba production drill rigs. The Scooptram and Minetruck machines will be equipped with Epiroc’s telematics system Certiq, which allows for intelligent monitoring of machine performance and productivity in real-time, and with Epiroc’s Rig Control System, RCS, which makes them ready for automation and remote control.

The Kipushi mine is owned by Kipushi Corporation, a joint venture between Ivanhoe Mines of Canada and Gécamines, a DRC state-owned mining company. The mine will be powered by clean, renewable hydro-generated electricity.

Delivery begins shortly and will continue into early 2024.