North East mining firm makes further investment in Komatsu plant at Shotton surface mine
BANKS Mining have extended their relationship with Komatsu through a new six-figure plant investment at the company’s Shotton surface mine in Northumberland.
The family-owned mining firm has taken delivery of its first Komatsu PC3000-6 mining shovel, which is being used as part of the earthmoving fleet tasked with removing the remaining overburden at Shotton before commencing ongoing restoration of the site over the next four years.
The 265-tonne faceshovel is the latest investment by Banks Mining in Komatsu machinery and follows a significant investment made earlier this year in three 27.5-tonne Komatsu WA470-8 wheel loaders, which were sourced through Marubeni-Komatsu’s Chester-le-Street branch.
The new PC3000-6 machine will work alongside the Komatsu rigid haul trucks that already operate at Shotton.
A further £3.5 million investment was made in new mobile plant for the Shotton site last year through the Boldon branch of Finning (UK), Caterpillar’s Peterlee site, and the Scot JCB dealership in Newcastle.