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Sandvik signs with African coal giant

SANDVIK Mining has signed a $100 million contract with South African producer Sasol Mining to supply support and materials handling systems at a new coal mine in the country’s Mpumalanga province.

Justin Niessner
Sandvik signs with African coal giant

The scope of supply includes engineering design, procurement and construction for the Shondoni mine in 2013-15.

The Shondoni project will expand on the existing Middlebult mine, near Secunda, and is estimated to have 190 million tons of reserves and a 20-year mine life.

It will employ underground and surface mining techniques and represents part of a $588 million plan to develop three coal mines in the area.

Sandvik president Gary Hughes said the project would demand versatility across a number of services and operations.

“The size and complexity of this system, and the fact that Sandvik provides a complete integrated mining system of Sandvik surface and underground mining equipment, again demonstrates our capability to deliver wide-ranging high-tech solution in the area of continuous mining and materials handling applications,” he said.

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