Komatsu hands over keys to second-ever rope shovel

Komatsu South Africa has confirmed the handover of a P&H 4800XPC rope shovel, the world’s largest, to the crews at the Mogalakwena operation in Mokopane, South Africa.

The machine, only the second of its kind besides an initial one in Canada, was assembled on-site at the operation – a task that involved 47,711 man-hours. Construction of the rope shovel involved 63,770 parts, the OEM said.

Komatsu has called the 4800XPC the most technologically advanced shovel ever. It is also environmentally friendly: GHG emissions are 90 grams CO2 for every tonne moved, versus 273 grams of CO2 for a diesel-powered hydraulic excavator and 136 grams for an electric hydraulic excavator.

The Mogalakwena platinum mine produces about 310,000 ounces annually. It is owned by Anglo American.

Source: Komatsu via LinkedIn

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