Neyveli Lignite Corporation Ltd (NLC) has inducted two state-of-the-art Bucket Wheel Excavators with an operating capacity of up to 6,800 cubic metres per hour for their Mines-II Project.
The new Bucket Wheel Excavators were inaugurated on Thursday, 5th February in the Mine-II site by B Surender Mohan, Chairman cum Managing Director, NLC, in the presence of other NLC Directors, officials and employees.
The two Bucket Wheel Excavators of 1400 litre capacity were erected and supplied by TAKRAF INDIA LTD., Chennai in collaboration with M/s TAKRAF GmbH, Germany. These giant crawler mounted excavators, each of them weighing close to 2,600 tons, will be used in NLC Mines-II area for removing the overburden or top soil over the lignite deposit. The maximum cutting height of the machine is 30 meters.
This is the first time in NLC´s history that two excavators of such large size were put to service at the same time. It is also to the credit of the Project officials from NLC and their contractors with their workforce to complete the project 5 months ahead of the tight schedule. TAKRAF India executed the project on a turnkey basis utilizing the trusted technology of their principals TAKRAF GmbH from Germany. The continuous mining technologies for open pit mines developed by Germans have been successfully used by NLC for several decades now, besides providing the advantage of low cost of lignite mining.