HOW HINDUSTAN ZINC LTD IS LEADING THE WAY WITH THE HIGHEST SAFETY STANDARDS FOR MINING IN INDIA
GroundProbe’s Slope Stability Radar goes hand-in-hand with Rampura Agucha’s policy of minimisation of slope hazards.
This also supports the company’s high profitability by allowing better recovery, decreasing the cost of production and closely managing risk. Rampura Agucha is the first mine in India to adopt SSR.
The Rampura Agucha Mine (RAM) is situated 220 kilometres south-west of Jaipur, in the district of Bhilwara, Rajasthan, India. It is a world-class zinc-lead deposit, owned by Hindustan Zinc Ltd, Vedanta Resources Plc, with an estimated geological reserve of 87.35 million metric tonnes.
Hindustan Zinc Ltd is the only integrated zinc producer in India. It operates three underground mines and one open cast mine, Rampura Agucha Mine, which is considered one of the most cost-efficient zinc mines in the world. It has a rich ore grade which allows the mine a high recovery and overall low cost of production. The mine was commissioned in 1991 for the designed capacity of 3000 tonnes per day ore production and its beneficiation. Eight years later it expanded to 4500 tonnes per day and more recently, in 2005, its capacity was further enhanced to 11400 tonnes per day.
Sustainable development and safety management is an integral part of Hindustan Zinc’s business philosophy and is committed to continuing to improve its performance in line with its HSE & social policy. After comparing the different slope monitoring instruments, RAM opted for the Slope Stability Radar (SSR) as a commitment by management to the safety of its people and the mine.
Rampura Agucha is the first mine in India to use Slope Stability Radar for improvement in its productivity and safety.
“RAM is proud to be the first mine in India to have an SSR on-site, especially because the SSR goes hand-in-hand with RAM’s policy of minimisation of slope hazards ensuring we are always being one step ahead in safety and production.”
– R. R. Kumar, General Manager, Rampura Agucha Mine