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Truco conveyor belting for Essekane

Under construction:
The Essakane Project
in Burkina Faso
Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 05 January 2010 – Transvaal Rubber Company (Truco) has supplied conveyor belting to the value of R1.2 million to Protea Conveyors for use in the new Essakane gold mine in the West African state of Burkina Faso.

Truco Conveyor Belting Division manager Jason Owen says Protea was contracted to supply the complete conveyor system, including structure, motors, gearboxes and pulleys, as well as complete the installation. “Due to our excellent working relationship with Protea and work on similar projects, we were contracted to supply the belting,” he revealed.

Truco supplied almost 1500m of textile reinforced rubber belting for the conveyor which will be transporting gold ore. The belt carcass is manufactured from nylon and polyester, while the belting’s top and bottom covers are made from a combination of natural and SBR rubber. This ensures that the belting is highly flexible and abrasion- and wear-resistant, while providing excellent tensile strength and low elongation.

Owen notes that the turnaround time on the order was eight weeks, well on par with local manufacturers. “The belting was manufactured by a trusted supplier in the East, according to European DIN22102 specifications, which often exceed the SANS minimum specified requirements. The belting is also supplied with a laboratory test certificate.”

Truco has also been awarded the contract to supply belting spares for the project. The conveyor is being supplied to the Essakane mine in Burkina Faso. The mine is 90% owned by IAMGOLD Corporation, and is currently under construction. It is expected to begin commercial production by August 2010 and will produce an estimated 315 000 ounces of gold per year.