Gainwell Engineering gets the first global order for GHWM300M Highwall Mining unit from Vitrinite
New South Wales, Australia, March 11, 2022 : Gainwell Engineering Global Pte Ltd (Gainwell Engineering) has entered into a contract with Vitrinite to supply a highwall miner to support the Vulcan Mine in Queensland’s Bowen Basin. This marks the first global order for Gainwell Engineering. The company had launched its operations earlier this year by entering into a technology licensing agreement for underground mining equipment with Caterpillar, world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives.
The introduction of highwall mining technology will play a significant role in the future of the Australian mining industry, as it has in many other coal markets around the world. Highwall miners have proven to be safe, highly productive, have a low environmental impact, and provide access to coal that would otherwise be stranded due to economic constraints.
On this occasion, Mr. Sunil Chaturvedi, Chairman, Gainwell Engineering said, “Our customers are increasingly focused on driving improvements in productivity through better utilization of equipment and more efficient use of people. We are committed to create enduring value for our customers in Australia and elsewhere and deliver the performance they need to maximize their productivity every day — as well as the technology they need to compete in the future”.
A feasibility study was conducted over a two-year period by Vitrinite to determine the best method to maximize the value of its extensive resources at Vulcan. The purchase is the culmination of extensive reviews of operating highwall miners around the world. Highwall miners manufactured by Gainwell Engineering meet global standards and have been determined to be the best suited for the mining conditions at Vulcan.
Vitrinite anticipates the first coal to be mined with the highwall unit in 2023 and is likely to deploy multiple units in quick succession to increase production.
“We thank Gainwell for their commitment to providing a world-class product which we believe has a very bright future in underpinning the next generation of highly productive coal mines in Australia”, said Nick Williams, Founder and Managing Director, Vitrinite.
Vitrinite Pty Ltd (Vitrinite) is a privately owned company holding an extensive strategic coking coal tenement portfolio within Queensland’s world-class Bowen Basin. The Company has a portfolio of high-quality assets located adjacent to operating tier 1 mines. Vitrinite has completed an extensive drilling campaign totalling over 750 boreholes and over 86,800 metres across its key assets; Vulcan, Wilson Creek and Karin Basin, yielding a resource of over 430 million tonnes with substantial exploration upside remaining.
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Gainwell Engineering represents the best in designing, manufacturing, marketing and maintaining underground Room & Pillar equipment and Highwall Miner, for the global customer base. The company will also offer products and services related to railways and defence sector. With a vision of becoming a globally recognized, technology-driven manufacturing leader, Gainwell Engineering develops and manufactures innovative, safe and sustainable equipment to unlock essential resources and meet the growing demands for infrastructure investments in the mining, railways and defence sectors. The manufacturing business headquarters of the company is based in Kolkata, India, while the global business is managed through Gainwell Engineering Global Pte. Ltd., Singapore. Gainwell Engineering operates through a global network of sales offices, parts warehouses and service rebuild centres in key mining regions around the world and extends exceptional value to all its customers. Gainwell Engineering envisions to drive sustainable progress, helping the customers Gain a better tomorrow .