Mining equipment manufacturer Mine Master has completed on-site underground testing of a proven underground face drill rig at the Yubileinoe mine, a porphyry copper deposit, located in Bashkortostan, in the Southern Urals of the Russian Federation. The customer purchased five machines.
The ‘Face Master 2.3’ is a twin boom drill rig intended to drill drifting face holes with diameters from 41mm to 76mm. It can be used in mines free of methane, with heights from 2.5m up to 6.1 m. The drill-off area covers about 67m2.
Both booms on the machine are equipped with telescopic feeders. The hole depth may range from 2.150mm to 4.010mm, or 2.440mm to 4.310mm with corresponding length of the drilling rod. The impact power of the hydraulic drifter is rated in the 20kW range.
“The face drill has showed itself in the best light. It is a universal machine, demonstrating high drilling precision and low consumption of drilling instruments,” says Dmitry Zhukov, executive director at GHH Russia, a distributor of Mine Master products in CIS countries. The rig has proven its high productivity in large-scale mining works as well as in tunnel construction,” says Zhukov.
SHSU feels confident about their new investment. The company belongs to the Ural Mining Metallurgical Company (UMMC), one of the top Russian producers of major commodities including copper, zinc, coal, gold and silver. UMMC operates 40 companies and has more than 80 000 employees. Their mining division extracts and processes more than 24 million tons of ore per year. Underground mining makes about 90% of all ore operations.
“This is one of our first projects with Mine Master, a member of GHH Group, but we are satisfied with the results and the possibilities that the drill rig gives us,” says SHSU director Ildar Sharipov. “The Face Master 2.3 proved itself so well during test works, that we decided to replenish our machine fleet with this model.”