Catoca Diamond Mine opts for Osborn Machines for upgrade

Catoca Diamond Mine opts for Osborn Machines for upgrade

Mining equipment specialist Osborn has secured a R12 million export order to Angola, for robust machines that will enable the world’s fourth largest diamond mine to process the more competent material that it is now mining.

Osborn will supply the Catoca diamond mine with a large vibrating grizzly feeder and a jaw crusher, reveals marketing director Martin Botha. The mine, which is located near Saurimo in the Lunda Sul province of Angola, is upgrading its primary tip in order to accommodate the harder material being mined, he adds.

Botha notes that an interesting aspect of this order is that it has arisen through complex global cooperation - between Osborn’s Russian agent, a Russian engineering house with a design office in Germany, South African manufacturer Osborn and a diamond mine in Angola.

“Osborn netted this order through our agent in Russia, which is working with a Russian engineering firm that also has offices in Germany with which Osborn has worked in the past. It is a truly international undertaking that reflects Osborn widespread reputation for delivering robust, hardworking equipment,” he says.

About the machine

The Osborn vibrating grizzly feeder to be supplied to Catoca mine is an Osborn gearbox driven, 3 step, 2m x 4.6m machine. A 50 x 60 Osborn jaw crusher has been ordered. Botha reports that both machines have been customised for the client, with electrical control panels included at the mine’s request. Osborn will be supplying the machines and commissioning them after installation.

“A second phase of Catoca diamond mine’s upgrade to machines designed to process more competent material is in the pipeline, and may offer further opportunities for Osborn in Angola,” Botha concludes.

About Catoca Mine

Catoca is an open-pit mine that is owned and operated by Sociedade Mineira de Catoca, a joint venture of the state-run mining company Endiama, Russia-based diamond producer Alrosa, China Sonagol and Odebrecht Mining. The diamond mine accounts for about 6% of the world diamond production and about 70% of Angola's diamond output. Its proven and probable diamond reserves are estimated at 130 million carats.