Epiroc’s Simba production drill rig is part of the order by Eti Bakir

Epiroc won a large order for mining equipment from Eti Bakir in Turkey. The machines will be used to expand three underground copper mines. Eti Bakir, Turkey’s largest mining company, has ordered a variety of drill rigs, mine trucks and loaders.

The equipment will be used at the Kastamonu Küre, Artvin Murgul and Siirt Madenköy mines. The equipment order is valued at approximately MSEK 140 and was booked in the third quarter. In addition to the equipment, the customer has also ordered service, spare parts and consumables.

“Epiroc has a long-standing, strong partnership with Eti Bakir, and we are happy to play a key role as the company expands its operations while focusing on safety and productivity,” President and CEO Helena Hedblom said.

The machines ordered include Boomer face drilling rigs, Simba production drilling rigs, Boltec rock reinforcement rigs, Scooptram loaders and Minetruck haulers. Most of the units will be equipped with Epiroc’s telematics system Certiq, which allows for intelligent monitoring of machine performance and productivity in real-time, and some of the machines will have Epiroc’s Rig Control System, RCS, installed, which makes them ready for automation and remote control.

“We are proud that 42-metric-ton underground trucks with ejector boxes in copper mines will be used for the first time in Turkey,” said Gokhan Zengin, Eti Bakır machine manager. “Our cooperation with Epiroc has a long history, we also have a component agreement since six years and we started using Epiroc MD20 rock drills for underground operation development as of last year.”