Falco Resources Ltd has signed an agreement to purchase a mining fleet for its Horne 5 project located in Rouyn-Noranda, Québec, Canada.
The company selected Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology, Val d'Or, Québec, as its supplier of choice for the mining fleet.
Luc Lessard, President and CEO of Falco Resources, commented: "The purchase of the mining fleet brings the Horne 5 project one step closer to production. Through this agreement, we were able to secure favourable pricing and terms and have managed to further de-risk the Horne 5 project. Sandvik will be providing a complete automation solution that will increase efficiencies during production operations. Its experience, leading-edge technology and proven track record having supplied underground mining projects throughout the world will further enhance the execution of the Horne 5 project."
From the development phase to the production phase, the Sandvik equipment fleet will incorporate 34 units including LHD's, trucks and drills. The mining fleet will include the following: five 21 short t scoops, five 17 short t scoops, four 50 short t mine trucks, two additional 50 short t mine trucks for Phase 3, four 2 booms automated jumbos, five bolters, five automated production drills, two cable bolters and two wet shotcrete sprayers.
The agreement also includes the supply, start-up and installation of Sandvik's AutoMine® loading system. A single loader automation system that will enable Falco to operate multiple loaders in separate production areas from an individual operator station. The system provides the functionality for the operation and supervision of a semi-automated or fully automated loader. The semi-automated production cycle consists of automated tramming and dumping and tele-remote operated bucket loading. An automatic bucket filling assistant will also be included, giving the system operator the option to either fill the bucket tele-remotely or automatically. The AutoMine® loading system includes an access control system, an operator station and the MineLAN communication network.
The total value of the new equipment fleet and AutoMine is approximately CAN$60 million. Delivery of the fleet is scheduled to start in 2020.