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The first two machines in a custom-made fleet of silenced blasthole drills have arrived on site as Roc-Drill carries out open-pit development work at the Ravenswood Gold operations in North Queensland.

Roc-Drill chief executive officer Nigel de Veth said the company had been working with manufacturer Epiroc to develop the equipment required for this particular project due to the proximity to the township of Ravenswood.

“The Epiroc silenced T45 are a world-first configuration – silenced, built on a wide track, with a T40 mast and boom extension with 2560SUX drifters,” he said. 

“Epiroc have been impressed with this configuration and they may offer this as a regular product to add to their extensive range.”

Roc-Drill has won a six-year contract to conduct the production blasthole drilling at the Ravenswood gold mine, where new owners are ramping up activity under the Ravenswood Expansion Plan (REP).

Roc-Drill will be building its Ravenswood fleet of Epiroc T45 silenced blasthole drills up to eight in total, with the remaining deliveries aligned to production requirements over the next 18 months.   

“We also have currently onsite three Epiroc silenced T40 drills – a smaller configuration working alongside the T45’s,” Mr de Veth said. “This will be the world’s largest silenced fleet, with 11 drills on a single project.”

Mr de Veth said developing the mine of the future required a commitment across the mine development and all stakeholders at this site would operate Blast IQ.

The Orica-owned and operated platform gave mine engineers feedback and information to optimise mine development and ore recovery, he said. 

This required a smart fleet of drills, linking the data flow and feedback across the operations, tracking ore blocks and waste optimising outcomes.

Winning the Ravenswood contract has seen Roc-Drill secure a workshop and training facility in the Bohle industrial area in Townsville.

Mr de Veth said this facility would provide Epiroc simulator training and remanufacturing in Townsville.

“We encourage and invest in developing skills to support our operations from the local workforce,” he said.