Indonesia’s Largest Contractor Expands Rotary Drill Fleet With Most Recent Purchase From Terex® Reedrill
Indonesia’s largest mining contractor is expanding its already potent drilling capabilities with the purchase of six new Terex® Reedrill blasthole drills.
The contractor, PT Pamapersada Nusantara (PAMA), will put the six new Terex® Reedrill Infinity Series SKF-11.5 Rotary blasthole drill rigs—custom-designed for the Indonesian coal market—to work in several of its active coal-mine operations in eastern and southern Kalimantan (the Indonesian portion of the island of Brunei). The new drills bring PAMA’s total number of Terex® Reedrill models to 20.
“This drill is incredibly reliable—one of the many attributes that makes it ideal for contractors drilling in rugged terrain and challenging conditions,” explains Alan Walker, vice president of mining sales and marketing for Terex Mining. “For long-term projects and extended use, this new drill can help contractors like PAMA save a lot of money from a cost-per-meter perspective.”
Terex® Reedrill designed the SKF-11.5 to fit PAMA’s specific needs in the Indonesian coal market, widely considered by industry analysts to be either the world’s first- or second-largest in terms of annual production. In addition to its 11.5-meter, single-pass configuration—which is now available on SKF Rotary drills worldwide—the SKF-11.5 also features powerful compressor capabilities and rated pulldown capacity of up to 60,000 pounds. Its durability and reliability are a necessity in a drilling market featuring rough, challenging conditions like Indonesia.
“Production capacity is very important for us in the purchase of our drills,” explains Bambang Tjahjono, a plant director with PAMA who worked closely with Terex® Reedrill on the SKF 11.5 purchase. “When you combine its quality, its price and combine that with the overall reach and strength of the Terex® support-service network, Terex® Reedrill absolutely made the most business sense for our operations here in Indonesia.”
Indonesia is forecasting steady, strong growth in its coal market. Production in Indonesia is expected to reach 180 million tons in 2007, with PAMA responsible for approximately one-quarter of that total. 2008 coal production could reach 230 million tons. Indonesia is believed to have the Asia-Pacific market’s fourth-largest coal reserves, behind Australia, India and China1.
1. Data courtesy World Coal Institute (www.worldcoal.org)
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