The six Cat-789 Duratray suspended dump bodies (SDB’s) at Kumtor Gold were inspected by our Field Service leader Mr Don Wright. Having passed more than 3-years in service the SDB dump bodies have demonstrated exceptionally low wear rates of approximately 10mm per year on the Wear Mats. This indicates that the replacement life of the wearmats (original thickness 90mm) would be approximately 40,000-hours or some seven years.
The fifteen Terex MT4400 Duratray SDB’s supplied to Mongolia in 2010-11 are still working successfully. On a recent visit to Ulaanbaatar Pablo Rossi of Duratray met with mine operators South Gobi Sands, and was pleasantly surprised to hear that there was minimal need for spare parts, even after 5-6 years of operation Duratray expects to continue growing its fleet and footprint in Mongolia, with the largest mining contractor Khishig Arvin LLC and a potential new KOM 930 fleet with the biggest mine in the region.
Manufacturing operations are now well advanced at both St Petersburg and Magnitogorsk facilities in preparation for the first deliveries of Caterpillar-793D lightweight steel dump bodies within the next month. Preparatory work has been completed on detailed drawings, material specifications, production jigs, inspection methods, acceptance criteria and project management aspects. Enthusiastic support has been received from local steel manufacturers, all of whom are vertically integrated companies which conduct their own mining operations. Those iron ore and coking coal mines provide future opportunities for supply of Duratray products.
Duratray service engineers have conducted another service visit to De Beers Canada new open pit diamond mine Gahcho Kué near Yellowknife. Mining in tough granite, the oldest of twelve Duratrays has now worked for more than 10,000-hours. As the mine deepens and the waste ratio increases, an additional four units of Komatsu 830E suspended dump bodies were recently delivered across the 2017 Ice Road. Duratray’s exclusive distributor for Canada (SMS Equipment) fully maintains the 830E SDB fleet, loading and support equipment at De Beers.
In February 2017 Pablo Rossi and Steve Hall participated in the legendary Africa Mining Indaba which was held in Cape Town. An improved level of optimism was noted among the significant world mining leaders who were present. These included Mark Cutifani of Anglo American (a Duratray client company), Robert Friedland of Ivanhoe Mines, Bold Baatar of Rio Tinto (also a Duratray client company), and Tom Albanese of Vedanta (where Duratray is tendering equipment). In addition wide-ranging meetings were held with all major mining contractors operating in the Africa region. Representing the Australian minister for trade, WA Senator Linda Reynolds participated in many events and press conferences highlighting the capabilities of Australian exporters. After the conference meetings were held with our local fabricator DCD, and a new regional agent Nsimbi Equipment was appointed – and quickly they have moved to achieve their first sale of a 155t Duratray EH3000 suspended dump body in South Africa.