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Perilya invests in city's future

Friday, 23rd September, 2011

INVESTING: Perilya’s Peter Lean, Bruce Byrne and Sandvik’s Rob Lively in front of one of the new loaders. INVESTING: Perilya’s Peter Lean, Bruce Byrne and Sandvik’s Rob Lively in front of one of the new loaders.

By Erica Visser

Perilya has purchased over $3 million worth of new equipment in the form of two new 17-tonne-capacity loaders for its Broken Hill mine.

It follows the purchase of a smaller version of the loader early last year.

One of the machines, purchased from mining and construction company Sandvik, is already being operated underground, and the other will begin use early next week.

Assistant General Manager of Perilya’s local mine, Bruce Byrne, said that the investment was part of an ongoing equipment replacement program.

“We’re prepared to invest in the mine,” Mr Byrne said. 

“This is safe, reliable, fit-for-purpose equipment.” 

According to Mr Byrne, the equipment had improved worker efficiency through its tele remote guidance control system, meaning workers can operate the machinery outside the cabin.

“What we’ve found is increased productivity as there isn’t the direct need for the operator to drive the machine and less damage to equipment (due to) built-in sensors which keeps the machine off the walls,” he said.

Mr Byrne said that the purchase of the new equipment would assist Perilya to meet production “plans going forward”.

Sandvik Manager of Customer Sales and ex-local Rob Lively said that the purchasing of new equipment was a good sign for the Broken Hill mining industry. 

“It’s good for the town to see that the mine industry are still prepared to invest,” he said.

Mr Lively said that the company was set to deliver more new equipment to other sectors of the Broken Hill mining industry early next year.

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