´╗┐Debswana Invests On Orapa Project

| June 5, 2015

Debswana has invested P441 million on a project intended to provide Orapa Mine with an optimised earth moving fleet workshop facility.

The project manager, Mr Thatayaone Serojane, said this during a media site visit in Orapa on Tuesday, June 2 that the implementation capital was approved in September 2013 and the project would be completed this year. Mr Serojane indicated that the current Cut Two operations had increased and in turn the numbers and sizes of the earth moving fleet hence the need for an improved fleet workshop.

The original maintenance workshops and associated facilities he said had not been upgraded adequately overtime with the growth of fleet. The current mining indicated that the current fleet would grow by 50 per cent by 2018, he said, adding that with a plan to expand the Orapa pit through Cut Three project, the fleet would then double in size again between 2019 and 2026.

Mr Serojane stated that the need for new workshop facilities was established pre-2006 and frozen in 2008 incomplete due to economic meltdown the project was resurrected in 2011. He said there was need for new facilities to address issues of safety, production efficiency and maintenance capacity.

He noted that there was no separation of earth moving vehicles, loading vehicles and pedestrians as required hence the need for an earth moving fleet workshop. Facilities he said were close to pit perimeter and within Cut Three zone of relaxation.

The current workshops he said were insufficient to accommodate the planned number and size of haul trucks and drills, among others, by 2018.

Debswana Group Projects Lead Mr Johannes Rademan said the workshop was designed to support the mine’s 30 trucks of 300 ton capacity. Mr Rademan noted that design and construction works were carried out by local companies and citizen owned companies.


Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Business & Finance

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