Epiroc has been selected to provide drill rigs and loaders with advanced automation features, as well as consumables, for the development of a new underground mine at Komana in southern Mali by Hummingbird Resources plc, through its subsidiary Société des Mines de Komana.

Sarah Hoffman, vice president Sales & Marketing at Epiroc’s Underground division, commented:

“We look forward to contributing to Hummingbird Resources’ success at their new underground mine, where our machines and first-rate automation solutions will help achieve optimal productivity and safety, and we thank them for placing their trust in Epiroc as their partner of choice.”

Dan Betts, CEO of Hummingbird Resources plc, commented:

“With Epiroc’s specialty and experience in underground mining equipment supply, Hummingbird has a partner of choice in the industry. As Epiroc’s equipment arrives on site, we are increasingly progressing our underground mine development at our Yanfolila, Mali operation to underpin the future production pipeline at that asset for the company.”

Equipment summary supply details:

A summary of equipment to be supplied in the contract includes: Boomer M2 face drilling rigs; Simba M6 production drilling rigs; and Scooptram ST18 loaders. The loaders will come equipped with Scooptram Automation, which lets an operator easily control the vehicles tele-remotely from a safe distance. The first automated Scooptram ST18 and Boomer M2 have already arrived on site. Additional automation features for the machines include Epiroc’s telematics system Certiq, which allows for intelligent monitoring of machine performance and productivity in real-time, and Epiroc’s Rig Control System, RCS, which makes them ready for automation and remote control.

The first automated Scooptram ST18 and Boomer M2 have already arrived on site. Image credit: Epiroc

The first automated Scooptram ST18 and Boomer M2 have already arrived on site. Image credit: Epiroc