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GHH going for gold in Bulgaria

The race for gold is on: German-based machine manufacturer GHH has
significantly expanded its market share in Bulgaria.
A double-digit number of machines were recently sold to Breznik Minerals Ltd.,
GHH announced. The Bulgarian company is part of the group of companies of
Assarel-Medet JSC, which is the first, largest and leading Bulgarian mining
company for open pit mining and copper ore processing. They claim to be the first
in the industry to have implemented ISO 9001 quality standards.
The acquired machines will be operated in the Breznik gold mining project, which
is the first underground greenfield mine in Bulgaria for more than 50 years. The
mining site has an area of half a million square meters and is located 35 km west
of the Bulgarian capital Sofia. The deposit is said to have JORC (Joint Ore
Reserves Committee) indicated resources of approximately 1 million tonnes
grading 2 grams per tonne gold and inferred resources of approximately 700.000
tonnes grading 1,8 grams per tonne – plus even more silver resources.
LHD and dumper combo
Breznik Minerals Ltd will take delivery of the first batch in the third quarter of 2024.
The remainder is scheduled for the end of the second quarter of 2025. “We are
looking forward to the delivery of their first GHH machines”, said Krum Hristov, one
of the founders of Strotech Engineering JSC, a construction, industrial and mining
equipment specialist based in Sofia, Bulgaria. The GHH dealer looks back on
hundreds of heavy construction and mining machine deliveries. The company runs
several fully equipped service centres throughout the country maintaining 2000
units per year. A large open area showroom is located in Sofia.
Best in class performance
The recent order consists of LF-7 diesel load haul dumpers (LHDs), MK-20 and
MK-30 diesel dump trucks. The LHDs are designed for a payload of 7000 kg in
bucket sizes up to 4 m3. GHH advertises the vehicle as having the best loading
performance in its class at only 2200 mm total height fully laden. It is powered by
a 164 kW Tier3/4/Stage5 engine, comes with an exceptionally robust design and
offers extra safety and comfort for the driver.
The dumpers are designed with 20 and 30 tonnes of payload, up to 18m3 dump
box capacities and engines with up to 320 kW power ratings. GHH claims that the
low operating costs are made possible by its unique frame and system design. All
vehicles can also be monitored remotely to manage maintenance with the “GHH
inSiTE” software, making it a big plus when it comes to machine availability and
cost savings. Further information at GHHrocks.com on the Internet

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