Europe’s biggest open-pit mine, Minas de Ríotinto, is based in a landscape with height differences up to 250 metres. In this capricious landscape, running a profitable operation while taking safety concerns is extremely challenging. By using a Topcon machine-control solution, contractor Sanchez y Lago aims to increase production up to 30 percent.
Minas de Ríotinto is located in the southwest of Spain. In this surrealistic, martian landscape, miners have been excavating iron, silver and copper for thousands of years. Today, the mine is owned by Atalaya Mining. Aiming to become one of Europe’s leading copper producers, the company wants to go from producing 9.5 million tonnes of ore to no less than 15 million tonnes per year.
To succeed in fundamentally increasing the production, a rapid transportation of materials is key. Materials need to be transported around the clock. To safely run this vast operation, driveways need to be as smooth as possible. Without a smooth surface, accidents are prone to happen and materials quickly wear out.