Takraf supplies excavators to NLC
Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) has inducted two state-of-the-art bucket wheel excavators with an operating capacity of up to 6,800 cu m per hr for their Mines-II project. The new bucket wheel excavators were inaugurated recently 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 1,400 ltr capacity were erected and supplied by Takraf India, Chennai in collaboration with Takraf GmbH, Germany. These giant crawler-mounted excavators each of them weighing close to 2,600 tonne 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 m.
This is the first time in the NLC 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 five months ahead of the tight schedule. Takraf India executed the project on a turnkey basis utilising the trusted technology of their principals Takraf GmbH. 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.