Epiroc, a leading productivity partner for the mining and infrastructure industries, has won a large contract from Chilean state-owned copper mining company Codelco for service of mining equipment used at the Andina mine near Chile’s capital Santiago.

The full-service contract spans seven years and includes on-site Epiroc service technicians maintaining equipment such as Epiroc’s drilling rigs Pit Viper 351 and FlexiROC. The contract value totals MUSD 68 (MSEK 665) and was signed in the third quarter of 2019. Orders and revenues will be incurred throughout the contract period.

It is one of the largest-ever contracts signed for Epiroc’s Mining and Rock Excavation Service division.

“We are proud of the important partnership with Codelco as we together make their operations as productive, efficient and safe as possible,” Senior Executive Vice President Mining and Infrastructure Helena Hedblom said. “The drilling rigs do tough, hard work and we are pleased to have a top-quality service organization that ensures the equipment continuously performs at the highest level.”

The contract includes the opportunity in the near future to implement automation features for the current equipment fleet, such as remote-controlled steering from safe distance, similar to what Epiroc has provided at other open pit mines in Chile and around the world.