NEYVELI Lignite Corporation (NLC) has inaugurated two state-of-the-art bucket wheel excavators with an operating capacity of up to 6800 cubic metres per hour for the Mines-II Project in Neyveli, India. The 1400L Excavators were erected and supplied by TAKRAF India Ltd, Chennai, in collaboration with Tenova TAKRAF GmbH, Germany.

Earlier this year NLC inaugurated two giant TAKRAF bucket wheel excavators in Neyveli, India.
Earlier this year NLC inaugurated two giant TAKRAF bucket wheel excavators in Neyveli, India.

The giant crawler mounted excavators, each weighing close to 2600 tonnes, are being used in NLC’s Mines-II area for removing overburden over the lignite deposit. The maximum cutting height of each machine is 30 metres.

It is the first time in NLC’s history that two excavators of such large size were inaugurated at the same time. NLC says it is to the credit of the joint effort by NLC’s project officials along with the Project Management of TAKRAF and their subcontractors to complete the project five months ahead of the tight schedule.

TAKRAF India executed the project on a turnkey basis utilizing the trusted technology of their principals Tenova TAKRAF GmbH from Germany. The continuous mining technologies for open pit mines developed by Germans have been successfully used by NLC for several decades, providing the advantages of low cost of continuous lignite mining.

The new bucket wheel excavators were inaugurated on February 5 at the Mine-II site by NLC’s chairman and managing director Shri B Surender Mohan, in the presence of other NLC directors, officials and employees of the contractor and his subcontractors as well as guests and press representatives.

Tenova TAKRAF is a key supplier of equipment and systems for open pit mining & underground solutions and bulk handling, having provided hundreds of complete systems, as well as individual machines to clients all over the world in all climatic conditions. Together with Tenova DELKOR, which has been fully integrated into Tenova TAKRAF, complete systems for coal washing and solid-liquid separation can be offered.

Tenova is a worldwide supplier of advanced technologies, products, and engineering services for the metals and mining & minerals industries.

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