Mining and construction equipment manufacturer Terex has netted close to R200 million (US$28 million) of export orders for mining plant to be supplied to AngloGold Ashanti’s Geita Gold Mine in Tanzania.
Terex Africa initially secured an order for four Terex/unit Rig MT 4400 AC rigid mining haul trucks and a Terex/ O&K RH340 shovel from new customer AngloGold Ashanti, explains business development manager, Johan Botes. The company’s service and the performance of these trucks at the mine led to a subsequent order for an additional four MT 4400 AC units
The RH 340 is Terex/O&K’s latest development, designed to fill the gap between the RH 200 and RH 400 models. Manufactured in Dortmund, Germany, the RH 340 is a new generation excavator that boasts the unique and patented Terex/O&K tri-power arrangement on the boom. This mining shovel is scheduled to load 240 tonne trucks in four passes with a bucket capacity of approximately 60 tonnes.
The equipment’s delivery to the Tanzanian mine posed a unique set of challenges for Terex, since the vast size and mass of the consignment necessitated some extraordinary routes and travel arrangements. The Geita gold mine is located some 80 km southwest of the town of Mwanza on the shores of Lake Victoria. Both the shovel and trucks were dismantled into manageable sections at the factories and shipped to the port of Mombasa, Kenya. From there, the loads were transported on extra heavy lowbed rigs by road via Nairobi to Kisumu on the northern shore of Lake Victoria. The trucks were then loaded onto barges and ferried across to Nungwe Bay and offloaded at the Geita Jetty for transport on the short final leg to the assembly pad at the Mine site.
Terex Africa has also entered into an agreement with AngloGold Ashanti to service and maintain the heavy haul fleet. Terex Africa has contracted the services of Engineering Associates of Tanzania to support its local commitment to Geita Gold mine, which is a multi-pit, with a CIL plant with the capacity to treat six millions tons a year.