Swiss power and automation group ABB has secured a three-year contract to provide remote diagnostic services to improve equipment reliability and performance at Minera Yanacochagold mine in Peru.
The services will maintain and support an ABB gearless mill drive (GMD) system installed at the mine.
The mine, which is owned by the US-based Newmont Mining, is situated in the Andes mountains of Peru, near the town Cajamarca.
The production from the mine crossed 26 million ounces since its opening in 1993.
ABB said its service solutions will meet the facility's requirements of better output and highly reliable equipment.
The remote diagnostic service deal for the GMD system, commissioned in 2008, covers ABB SupportLine, troubleshooting and periodic maintenance reports.
ABB noted that in case of an unexpected shutdown the remote diagnostic services will allow its service teams to quickly provide support through a secure remote connection from anywhere in the world.
The periodic maintenance report helps to prevent any equipment issue well before production problems occur.
Two ABB teams in Peru and Switzerland will look over the service contract.
ABB global service manager for mining Remy Lanoue said, "This remote diagnostic service contract proves our customer's confidence in ABB as a reliable service partner and the successful and long-standing cooperation between ABB and Minera Yanacocha."
The first gold was poured in August 1993 and by 1996 the mine was producing more than 800,000oz/y.
Image: Minera Yanacocha's GMD will be monitored regularly. Photo: Courtesy of ABB.