– Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — January 21, 2008 – A South African company has won three contracts worth a combined total of R3.5 million for the supply of pulp and slurry rubber hoses to major mining projects in three southern African countries.
The company revealed here today that its latest award is a R1 million contract to supply pulp and slurry rubber hoses to the US$448.7 million (R3.1 billion) Frontier mining project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The order has been placed by Canadian mining company First Quantum Minerals – majority stakeholders in the project.
“Truco has an established relationship with First Quantum Minerals,” the statement explains, “and the award of this latest contract follows two similar deals to supply hose worth almost R2.5-million to the company’s other projects in Mauritania and Kansanshi, in north-western Zambia.
The Frontier Mine is First Quantum Minerals’ third project in the copper belt, and is a fully-fledged copper mine with on-site crusher, sulphide concentrator, mill and flotation plant. The mine was commissioned in 2007 and has an anticipated capacity of 73 000 tons of copper per annum over a period of 19 years.
Herbie Crooks, Truco’s director of projects and contracts, says the contract was awarded due to the quality and technical attributes of the Truco hose product range. “We supplied a range of hard-wall pulp and slurry hoses in different sizes for use in various applications on the new mine,” he explains. “Working closely with the project design team, and knowing what was required from our experience at the company’s Kansanshi, mine, the correct hoses were identified and supplied.”
Truco also provides a comprehensive support service to the mine. “We have been visiting the site and assessing the requirements of the different processes,” Crooks elaborates. “These site visits ensure that the products are working efficiently, and that improvements can be identified and implemented to further reduce costs to the mine.”