Sandvik has revealed details of a $249 million deal to supply machinery including drills, loaders and trucks for Glencore Queensland Metals operations over six years.
A Sandvik DD421 development drill supplied last month was the first piece of equipment under the deal, which covers Glencore’s underground mobile mining equipment and aftermarket parts.
Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology global account manager for Glencore, Tim Redmond, said the deal – signed in June – came after more than a year of negotiations and followed Glencore issuing a heavy mining equipment (HME) tender in 2018.
Glencore requested an additional response to the tender in early 2019 asking the company to deliver a more innovative and collaborative solution, he said.
Glencore Queensland Metals general manager − mining Simon Pope said the agreement was significant, with all heavy mobile mining equipment at Glencore Queensland Metals sites being supplied by the one Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM).
This replaced the status quo where equipment from multiple suppliers was used, he said.
“This innovative partnership with Sandvik will help us improve the way we operate and maintain mobile equipment in our underground mines by providing us with a real reduction in the total cost to operate our primary fleet, an important factor in enabling a sustainable future for our mining operations,” Mr Pope said.
The partners highlighted automation readiness as a key factor in the deal.
Having a fleet with a single technology platform ensured Glencore was in a good position to undertake mine intelligence projects and promote additional automation and vehicle interaction controls moving forward, Mr Pope said.