Epiroc, a leading partner for the mining and construction industries, is continuing its partnership with Kamoa Copper SA in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Epiroc has won its largest-ever order, for the expansion of the Kamoa-Kakula Copper Mining Complex.
Kamoa Copper has ordered Minetruck MT65 S haulers, the world’s highest payload underground truck in the field, as well as Scooptram ST18 S loaders, Boomer 282 face drilling rigs, and Simba E70 S production drilling rigs. The machines will be used to expand operations at the Kamoa-Kakula Copper Mining Complex, which is projected to be among the world’s lowest greenhouse gas-emitting copper mines per unit of metal produced.
Kamoa-Kakula is set to become one of the world’s largest copper mines and will have one of the most favorable environmental footprints of all major copper mines, according to one of the major owners, Ivanhoe Mines.
Epiroc has had a local presence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 2001, and currently has about 120 employees in the country, mostly Congolese nationals.
The new order is the third large order that Epiroc has received from Kamoa Copper for Kamoa-Kakula. Epiroc will also provide service of the machines, as well as on-site technical support and operator training.
The ordered machines have several advanced features, such as Epiroc’s telematics system, which allows for intelligent monitoring of machine performance and productivity in real-time. Delivery will begin in 2024.