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Green horizon case story

Green horizon in China's quarries

May 6, 2020

PowerROC D55 unlocks next level of productivity and efficiency in Nanjing. A limestone quarry in Nanjing achieves new milestone for productivity and green mining with a reliable PowerROC fleet scoring top marks.


Following a new standard of blue sky and green operations in the mining, quarrying and construction industry in China, many small mine owners and contractors have quickly disappeared from the market along with fleets of outdated equipment. Nanjing Anjite Mining Engineering CO., Ltd. (commonly referred to as Anjite) is a surface drilling contractor established back in 1972 which has steadily expanded its business from Nanjing to other regions of China.

Anjite was awarded the highest qualification for Green Mining and Master Blasting Company in Jiangsu province, successfully cooperating with the public security bureau for ammunition destruction, and it is now a key player in China's blasting industry.

The PowerROC D55 in a Chinese quarry

The Baota Hill Mining site is located northwest of Nanjing city, just 40 km away from downtown. Although the mine is situated close to residential areas, no air pollution affects local residents. When entering the worksite, it looks more like a lush garden than a mine, with green trees and plants on both sides of the open-pit ramp. Finished exploitation benches are located a distance away and are flat and green, which contrasts typical perceptions of open-pit mining or quarrying.


Anjite's capabilities in mining and handling blasting tasks rely on the use of a drill rig fleet from Epiroc acquired since 2008. This includes the FlexiROC T35, FlexiROC D50 and PowerROC D45. The limestone quarry has a production capacity of up to fourteen million tons per year. The high productivity and good working environment, with minimized dust, has been achieved thanks to the introduction of two PowerROC D55 drill rigs, products that were designed and manufactured in Nanjing.


The PowerROC D55 units work in favorable conditions at an altitude of 250 m in a normal temperature, limestone quarry. The drill rigs have demonstrated outstanding performance and reliability with low fuel consumption of 35 liters per hour, as well as an availability of up to 98% per year. Drilling 140 mm holes in rock conditions of 60~80 MPa, the PowerROC D55 achieves a maximum penetration rate of 40 meters per hour to ensure the high annual productivity. The rigs work on +-20 m high benches using a drilling pattern of 4 x 6 m.

The PowerROC D55 in a Chinese quarry
An operatir changing filter on a PowerROC D55

Easy to operate

The PowerROC D55, a Down-The-Hole surface drill rig, provides both high performance and low total cost of ownership for drilling 90–165 mm holes, as Wei wen Xu, Business Line Manager at Epiroc's product company in Nanjing, points out. "The straightforward design of PowerROC D55 is easy to operate and maintain which is very appreciated by customers. Other reliable components of proven Epiroc technology enable high availability, ensuring the high productivity that customers need to expand their business." "The RHS and the Down-The-Hole drilling method help to drill straight holes with very good quality," Wei wen Xu adds. This assessment is echoed by Sheng Wang, General Manager at Anjite: "We trust the performance of Epiroc branded machines as Epiroc is a leading company in the mining and construction industry. The strong cooperation between us began with our previous General Manager, and we continue to order drill rigs due to their reputation for excellent reliability ever since."


"Thanks to the dust collection system, Epiroc products have helped us achieve the Green Mine Star and other awards of distinction from the government," Wang continues. "We are the only company in Jiangsu Province that promotes the electric digital detonator in domestic China, which together with Epiroc equipment has contributed to our Green Mine distinction. We hope the cooperation will continue to advance our goals for sustainable productivity."


Workhorse in the quarry

Following the successful deployment, there are now three PowerROC D55 units in daily operation at the limestone quarry. Another hydraulic surface drill rig, the PowerROC D45, is used to help Anjite complete a national water conservancy project requiring powerful and timely capability by state waterways, for the renovation of Qinhuai River. "The outstanding availability surprised us as the drill rigs can work 4 800 engine hours per year, with three shifts per day. That is why we call it the workhorse on site," says Zhoujun Jiang, Site Equipment Chief at Anjite. He continues: "I appreciate the ergonomic design of the cabin with FOPS and ROPS certification, which protects operators from injuries if the equipment rolls over on the bench. The drill rig is easy to operate and maintain due to its

straightforward design. And the rigs can work twenty hours per day with regular maintenance twelve times a year." Thanks to the partnership and continued use of Epiroc products, Anjite stands ready to expand its footprint across China with cutting-edge productivity and a "green mine" profile that sets a new benchmark for future operations.

2020 China Quarrying International PowerROC D55 Surface and Exploration Drilling division Customer story

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