Sandvik Mining has successfully delivered a cutting-edge 63 t class TH663i truck to the Zone 5 copper-silver mine, owned by Khoemacau Copper Mining in Botswana, in partnership with mining contractor Barminco. The operation is in the heart of the Kalahari Copper Belt.
The Khoemacau operations are comprised of the Zone 5 underground mine and associated infrastructure, and the upgraded and expanded Boseto processing plant. The current operations can deliver 60,000 t/y copper and 2 Moz/y of silver in concentrate at full run rate. A planned Phase 2 expansion will more than double production to 130,000 t/y of copper and 5 Moz/y of silver in concentrate
Sandvik says Zone 5 is set to experience a game-changing transformation with the arrival of the TH633i truck. “Sandvik Mining’s commitment to innovation and excellence is evident in this delivery, as the TH633i boasts state-of-the-art features designed to tackle the unique challenges of mining operations.”
The TH663i is engineered to deliver exceptional hauling capacity, optimised fuel efficiency, and reliable performance even in the most demanding conditions. Equipped with state-of-the-art safety features and advanced automation capabilities, it enhances the well-being of miners and the overall operation.
It also incorporates cutting-edge technology that enables real-time monitoring, remote operation, and data-driven insights. This translates to better decision-making and improved operational efficiency. With reduced emissions, efficient energy consumption, and environmentally conscious design, it also aligns with the industry’s evolving sustainability goals.