Epiroc has secured a $US68 million ($99 million) contract from Codelco for service of mining equipment at the Andina copper mine near Santiago in Chile.
The seven-year full-service contract includes on-site Epiroc service technicians maintaining equipment, including the company’s Pit Viper 351 and FlexiROC drilling rigs.
It is one of the largest-ever contracts signed for Epiroc’s Mining and Rock Excavation Service division.
Epiroc senior executive vice president mining and infrastructure Helena Hedblom said the companies would work together to make operations as productive, efficient and safe as possible.
“The drilling rigs do tough, hard work and we are pleased to have a top-quality service organisation that ensures the equipment continuously performs at the highest level,” Hedblom said.
The contract includes opportunities to implement automation features for the current equipment fleet, such as remote-controlled steering from safe distances.
This contract expands Epiroc’s presence in Chile, where it has provided similar services.
Codelco, a Chilean state-owned mining company, is the world’s largest copper producer. Andina has both open pit and underground operations and has the second-most copper reserves among all mines worldwide.
In June 2019, Epiroc won a large order from construction company Züblin International GmbH Chile Spa for equipment to be used to expand the Codelco-owned El Teniente mine.
Epiroc has made large strides in mining equipment in recent years, with the development of the second-generation battery platform, the release of a fully autonomous surface drill rig and more.