Rolls-Royce Signs 13-Year Service Contract for Maintenance of MTU Engines

Hitachi dump truck

  • 13-year service contract signed
  • 30 MTU Series 4000 engines in operation in dump trucks in copper mine

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, GERMANY/LUMWANA, ZAMBIA, 21-Mar-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Rolls-Royce has concluded a 13-year service contract with Canadian mine operator Barrick Gold Corporation. The agreement covers regular maintenance of the 30 MTU Series 4000 engines in operation in Hitachi dump trucks at the Lumwana copper mine in Zambia. To ensure fast, trouble-free service, more than 10 MTU employees will be stationed directly on-site at the mine. The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems.

Dan Gray, Maintenance Manager for Barrick Gold Corporation at Lumwana, said: “Everyday mining operations are a hard business – for us and for the engines. That means we must be able to count on things running without a hitch. To make sure that happens, we opted for the reliability of the service provided by MTU.” Bernd Krüper, Vice President Industrial Business at MTU, added: “We are extremely pleased that Barrick Gold Corporation has demonstrated long-term confidence in us in many parts of the world and we look forward to being able to further develop our partnership also in Zambia. Our 16-cylinder Series 4000 engines will be serviced after every 500 hours of operation and more than 10 of our service technicians will be stationed on-site at the mine to ensure that happens as smoothly and quickly as possible.”

The Lumwana copper mine is located in Zambia, one of the world’s most copper-rich regions. Sulphides extracted at the site are processed in a conventional flotation plant to produce copper concentrate for smelting. In 2016 alone, the Lumwana mine produced 271 million pounds of copper. Barrick Gold Corporation expects production to reach between 250 and 275 million pounds in 2017.

MTU also provides the drive power and service facilities needed at a number of other mines in Zambia.

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About Rolls-Royce Holdings plc

  1. Rolls-Royce’s vision is to be the market-leader in high performance power systems where our engineering expertise, global reach and deep industry knowledge deliver outstanding customer relationships and solutions. We operate across five businesses: Civil Aerospace, Defence Aerospace, Marine, Nuclear and Power Systems.
  2. Rolls-Royce Power Systems is headquartered in Friedrichshafen in southern Germany and employs around 10,000 people. The product portfolio includes MTU-brand high-speed engines and propulsion systems for ships, power generation, heavy land, rail and defence vehicles and for the oil and gas industry. Under the MTU Onsite Energy brand, the company markets diesel gensets for emergency, base load and peak load applications as well as cogeneration plants using gas engines for the combined generation of heat and power. Bergen medium-speed engines power ships and power generation applications. L’Orange completes the portfolio with fuel injection systems for large engines.
  3. Rolls-Royce has customers in more than 150 countries, comprising more than 400 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces, 4,000 marine customers including 70 navies, and more than 5,000 power and nuclear customers.
  4. We have three common themes across all our businesses:
    • Investing in and developing engineering excellence.
    • Driving a manufacturing and supply chain transformation which will embed operational excellence in lean, lower-cost facilities and processes.
    • Leveraging our installed base, product knowledge and engineering capabilities to provide customers with outstanding service through which we can capture aftermarket value long into the future.
  5. Annual underlying revenue was £13.8 billion in 2016, around half of which came from the provision of aftermarket services. The firm and announced order book stood at £80 billion at the end of 2016.
  6. In 2016, Rolls-Royce invested £1.3 billion on research and development. We also support a global network of 31 University Technology Centres, which position Rolls-Royce engineers at the forefront of scientific research.
  7. Rolls-Royce employs 50,000 people in more than 46 countries. More than 16,000 of these are engineers.
  8. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills. In 2015 we employed 228 graduates and 277 apprentices through our worldwide training programmes.

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