Société Nationale Industrielle et Minière, known as SNIM, is one of Africa’s largest iron ore producers. The mining company has ordered a package of Epiroc Pit Viper 351 drill rigs with advanced automation solutions that will be used at the new F’Derick mining site. Epiroc will also provide service supervision and spare parts.
The equipment order is valued at around SEK150m (US$14.67m) and was booked in the second quarter 2022.
“Epiroc has a long-term relationship with SNIM, and we look forward to continue supporting the customer with optimal productivity and safety at the new mine site,” said Helena Hedblom, Epiroc president and CEO.
The Pit Viper 351 rigs are manufactured in Texas, United States. They will be installed with automation features including AutoDrill, which allows for up to 100% of the hole drilling cycle to be in automatic mode with high consistency and reliability of operations, and with AutoLevel, which minimizes the time it takes to level and delevel and hence provides more time drilling.
The rigs will also be equipped with Epiroc’s telematics system, which allows for intelligent monitoring of machine performance and productivity in real-time.