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Environment-friendly solutions for Southern Africa’s mining sector

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10th April 2024

     

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Atlas Copco Power Technique highlights that its move towards environment-friendly products marks the company's commitment to supporting more sustainable practices, reducing carbon emissions, and supporting the global decarbonisation drive.

It stresses that this change has not resulted in a drop in performance and underscores its Power Technique division’s proactive response to the need for efficiencies and environmental stewardship within the mining industry.

“Our electric mobile compressors, solar LED light towers and battery storage systems enable us to offer a reliable, sustainable, and efficient value chain that perfectly aligns with our customers’ needs. It also makes our mobile product solutions, which are tried, tested and proven in the construction industry, equally suited to several other sectors including mining and oil and gas,” asserts Atlas Copco Power Technique business line manager: portable products David Stanford

“Through these greener alternatives, we are able to provide the mining space, which is currently our biggest segment focus, with the tools needed to operate more efficiently and with a reduced carbon footprint and leads the industry toward a more sustainable future.”

Power Technique’s mobile product solutions cater to mining activities across both surface and underground operations and include generators to address unpredictable power supply, air compressors to support contractor drilling for blasting, light towers to illuminate pits to enable night work, and pumps for dewatering applications.

"Our digital offerings, such as Pressure Adjusted Cognitive Electronics and FleetLink connectivity, also play a pivotal role in adding further value,” notes Stanford. “Providing real-time data on unit operation, fuel consumption and other critical insights into product usage, these digital tools not only empower our customers to make informed decisions but also enable us to tailor solutions that meet their needs.”

The company highlights its commitment to after-market support, including proactive maintenance, refurbishment, and original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts availability, helps maintain performance and reliability throughout equipment service life, enhances operational efficiency and contributes to a lower total cost of ownership.

Refurbishment processes are conducted in line with OEM standards at Atlas Copco’s head office in Johannesburg. The benefits of refurbishment are said to include cost savings, elimination of raw material usage, reduced carbon dioxide and support of the circular economy.

Power Technique’s portable pump portfolio aims to meet dewatering and other applications required on a mine or plant site and Stanford notes that Atlas Copco’s acquisition of three pump companies, two in Europe and Sykes in Australia, has expanded its presence in the pumps market.

By continuously expanding its portable product portfolio, embracing new technologies and engaging with customers, the company says it aims to help drive efficiency, sustainability and operational optimisation for mining, construction, oil and gas and general industry sectors.

Edited by Creamer Media Reporter

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