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JUNE 2018 • E&MJ 95 www.e-mj.com SUPPLIERS REPORT Kewdale, Western Australia, and Narang- ba, Queensland. The owners of Fero, the Franco family of Perth, agreed to invest part of the sale proceeds into DSI Under- ground Australia's parent company, DSI Underground Holdings S.a.r.l., and will become a significant shareholder in DSI Underground's global mining business. Terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed, and the transaction is condi- tional on regulatory approval. Wood Contracted to Expand Tasiast Gold Mine Kinross selected Wood to provide engineer- ing, procurement and construction man- agement services to Kinross Gold for the Phase Two expansion of Tasiast gold mine in Mauritania. The project is expected to increase mill capacity to 30,000 metric tons per day (mt/d) to produce an average of approximately 812,000 ounce per year (oz/y) of gold for the first five years, and is Kinross Gold's second of a planned two- phase expansion. Wood's scope of work includes engineering, procurement and construction management for the addition of a new downstream processing plant fed by milled product from the semi-autoge- nous grinding mill installed during the ini- tial expansion. Commercial production for Phase Two is expected in Q3 2020. XCMG Sells 70 40-MT Trucks XCMG delivered 70 units of its XDA40 articulated dump truck to customers in Central Asia and South Africa, completing an export order reportedly worth $31.63 million. Designed for use in major mining projects and capable of handling loads of up to 40 mt, the truck is XCMG's flagship model. Customized to the needs of the cli- ents, the 70 units have been deployed to major projects located in varied climates and terrains across two continents, XCMG reported. The company recently completed a high-end production line featuring 70- to 700-mt hydraulic mining excavators, 60- to 360-mt mining dump trucks and 30- to 60-mt articulated mining dump trucks. NioCorp Selects Rockwell for Automation at Elk Creek NioCorp Developments Ltd. contracted Rockwell Automation to engineer, design and procure process automation and instru- mentation for the former's critical minerals, mining and processing facility in Elk Creek, Nebraska (United States). System integra- tion will be provided through MAVERICK Technologies, a Rockwell Automation com- pany that specializes in process automation solutions. Endress+Hauser, a strategic alli- ance partner, will provide field instrumenta- tion including analysis, temperature, pres- sure, level and flow measurement devices, along with valves and related field devices and services. The Elk Creek Project is the highest-grade niobium deposit in North America, Rockwell reported. Once in pro- duction, the NioCorp facility will produce more than 7,000 mt of ferroniobium, 103 mt of scandium trioxide and over 11,000 mt of titanium dioxide per year, with a 32- year operating life, Rockwell reported. Martin Engineering Opens Facility in Australia Martin Engineering opened a factory-owned manufacturing facility in Queensland, Aus- tralia, in September 2017. The new facili- ty will provide direct sales, service, training and manufacturing to the continent. The move will provide factory-direct customer access to locally-manufactured products, as well as technical service from experi- enced and factory-trained technicians. Company officials said having local pro- duction will allow the company to supply its products at lower prices, reducing the overall cost of ownership. Among the man- ufacturing capabilities are the firm's propri- etary technology for producing belt cleaner blades, using its custom-built work cell. Rolls Royce Partners With Force Motors for MTU Engines Rolls-Royce Power Systems partnered with Force Motors for a 49%-51% joint ven- ture to produce the latter's MTU 10- and 12-cylinder Series 1600 units with pow- er outputs from 545 to 1050 horsepower (hp). The engines are designed for power generation and rail underfloor applications. The joint venture will also build Series 1600 generator sets for the Indian and global markets. Generator sets built and supplied to customers in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka will carry the MTU brand, while those destined for the rest of the world will be sold under MTU Onsite Energy. The joint venture will handle sales and service of Series 1600 generator sets for end us- ers in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka territory, while Rolls-Royce Power Systems will han- dle it for the rest of the world. The partnership will build a dedicat- ed manufacturing facility at Chakan near Pune. It will be equipped with nearly all core functions and will operate as a stand- alone enterprise. It will launch serial pro- duction by the third quarter of 2019. MTU launched the Series 1600 in 2009. Capable of handling loads of up to 40 mt, the XDA40 articulated dump truck is XCMG's flagship model. (Photo: XCMG)] Work at the new facility, above, will allow the company to supply its offerings locally at lower prices. (Photo: Martin Engineering)]

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