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Mine invests in city

Wednesday, 11th June, 2014

Cavpower Mining Sales Manager Peter Stone and Perilya Assistant GM Bruce Byrne with the newly purchased CAT R2900. Cavpower Mining Sales Manager Peter Stone and Perilya Assistant GM Bruce Byrne with the newly purchased CAT R2900.

By Nick Gibbs

Perilya is continuing to invest in its Broken Hill operation with the purchase of machinery totalling around $2 million.

The new CAT R2900 underground loader was bought through BH Cavpower and was scheduled to begin work at the mine last night.

Perilya Assistant General Manager Bruce Byrne said the motivation to purchase the machine locally was largely due to having on-hand support.

“Cavpower employ a team of highly trained and qualified local tradespersons and are also prepared to hold adequate spare parts in their Broken Hill warehouse to support the ongoing maintenance of the R2900 loader,” he said. 

“It’s all about minimising downtime,” agreed Cavpower Mining Sales Manager Peter Stone.

According to Mr Byrne, updating machinery was an important part of the operation, regardless of the peaks and troughs of the industry.

“We bought it on the basis of a need,” he said.

Mr Stone said the R2900 was close to the biggest underground loader produced by Caterpillar, a brand favoured locally.

He said the mechanics had a wealth of experience with the machinery, adding to the level of support they could offer. 

“They know these machines back to front,” he said.

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