Funding in design and administration of its haul highway community has diminished annual spending on the haul fleet at First Quantum Minerals’ Kansanshi Mine by US$5 million.

Good pit highway upkeep has diminished harm to the tyres – price US$31,000 every – on its fleet of 82 large US$3.eight million haul vans that transfer 10 million tonnes of copper ore and waste rock to crushers, stockpiles and dumps each month.

Roads are a essential part to a mine’s productiveness as they facilitate motion of waste and ore. A foul highway community can result in frequent breakdowns within the mine’s fleet, negatively affecting operations, for which effectivity is essential to make sure profitability.

Innovation and world-class programs have helped FQM develop highway upkeep practices to enhance this facet of its hauling operation.

Since most haul roads each inside and outdoors the pit are unpaved and utilized by heavy mining tools, they want particular care and upkeep to stay in optimum situation.

“Enhancements in haul highway administration methods have yielded constructive outcomes when it comes to security, truck speeds, tyre life, and discount in trolley faults,” mentioned First Quantum Mining and Operations Venture Supervisor, Colin Du Plessis.

Tyre life as a perform of highway situations has elevated from a median of 6,000 hours in 2018 to 7,500 hours in 2020 – a 25% enchancment equal to US$5 million a 12 months that the mine can spend money on future initiatives, he defined.

And in distinctive circumstances tyres have been identified to final 10,000 hours due to the eye paid to the haul roads.

To enrich the achievements made in highway upkeep, First Quantum has prioritised operator coaching to optimise productiveness with out compromising security.

The mining agency views expertise coaching as a chance to develop the information base of its staff whereas additionally serving to safe the nation’s expert labour pool for future investments.

In 2019, FQM launched Zambia’s first-ever certification for heavy tools operators. The certification is aimed toward rising effectivity, productiveness, and total success of the mining sector by standardising operators’ proficiency. Up to now, over a thousand certificates within the operation of drill rigs, excavators, vans and varied ancillary tools have been issued to Zambians by means of this programme.

Author: Pronews