First mining equipment arrives at Essar’s Nashwauk site

Since news a couple weeks ago that Essar Steel was slowing construction at its Nashwauk taconite plant site the company has been working hard to convey the notion that the slowdown is only temporary.

Today, the company announced that its first piece of mining equipment, the pictured drill, has arrived on site.

Essar Steel Minnesota is pleased to announce the receipt of an Atlas Copco Pit Viper 351 drill. The drill is the first piece of new mining equipment to arrive at the project site in Nashwauk, MN. The drill was assembled as parts arrived from the factory over the last week. The drill is now fully assembled and undergoing field testing.

According to Chief Mine Engineer William Everett, “We are very excited to begin field testing our new production drill from Atlas Copco. Operator training has already begun and we will begin using the drill for mining later this year. The deployment of this state of the art drill marks a new era in drilling productivity on the Iron Range”

It’s always nice to see these things when they’re shiny and brightly colored. They don’t stay that way.

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