Cat 7495 electric rope shovels Jwaneng


Three Cat 7495 electric rope shovels sold to Jwaneng diamond mine in Botswana between October 2011 and September 2012, the first to be delivered in Africa, have now reached their 25 000 hour milestone component replacements.

The second (211) of the three shovels has just undergone its PCR (planned component replacement) and went back into production in the first week of May 2016.

The three machines were sold to Debswana by Bucyrus Africa Underground. Barloworld Equipment took over the business of Bucyrus Africa Underground and started distributing and supporting the former Bucyrus products in our southern African territories from Dealer Day 1 on 2 July 2012. This meant our team at Jwaneng was involved in commissioning the new machines, to be operated by the Majwe Mining Joint Venture, the mining services contractor for the mine’s Cut 8 Phase 2 expansion project.

All three machines were delivered on time, built according to schedule and, most important, with a flawless safety record.

Majwe Mining entered into a full MARC contract with Barloworld Equipment Botswana to maintain the fleet. These were the first Cat 7495 electric rope shovels to be included in our line-up and have performed very well. The machines are achieving exceptional high availabilities and mean times between failures.

The sheer size and complexity of the electric rope shovels highlights the remarkable achievement of Barloworld Equipment’s team at Jwaneng – as the first to assemble them and the first to complete the 25 000 hour intervention after several years of high availabilities.  The Cat 7495 has an operating weight of about 1 388 000 kg and a payload capacity of 109 tonnes, filling an ultra-sized off highway truck in just three passes.

According to Dominic Moyo, Barloworld Equipment shovel and dragline product manager, Debswana’s decision to put its faith in the Cat rope shovels for its expansion project was due to the global reputation of the product, as well as a competitive total cost of ownership deal backed up by Barloworld Equipment’s world class regional support structure.

Pierre Hill, Barloworld Equipment operations manager at Jwaneng, confirms that the other two machines (210 and 212) will be brought into the rebuild yard for the 25 000 hour PCR before the end of the year.