Page 9 - Contractors World -UK & Ireland Vol 2 No 4 (May 2012)

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Highway trucks, del ivered
dur i ng 2012 to the new
Hargreaves’ Surface Mining
Division for use at the Tower
Colliery open cast mine site
in Hirwaun, Rhondda Cynon
Taff, South Wales.
Following hot on the heels
of the recent acquisition from
Caterpi l lar of the former
Bucyrus distribution business
by Finning International, for
£300m in January 2012, the
first of the four Cat 6030’s
has already been bui lt up
onsite in February 2012.
Having completed the groundbreaking deal with Finning, Hargreaves’ Group Commercial Director, Kevin Dougan said,
“The Tower Colliery opencast project represents a completely new model for the industry. Hargreaves Services and its
joint venture partner Tower Colliery, have worked in partnership with Finning Equipment Solutions to secure investment
and over 200 new jobs for the area.
“Hargreaves Services will manage the extraction of six million tonnes of coal from the 615 acre site over the next
seven years. We needed to work with a partner that had the equipment, skills, resources and financial stability to fully
support the equipment fleet for the whole duration of the project.
“As a result of Finning’s responsiveness and support we are already in a position to commence the coal extraction
programme and as more equipment is brought onto the site in the coming months, activity onsite will be ramped up. As
part of the deal we have agreed a maintenance and service agreement with defined performance levels, which gives us
the confidence on productivity and equipment availability.”
Representing the largest Caterpillar deal of its type, the Hargreaves contract was the first to benefit from the new
extended range of Caterpillar mining equipment, underpinned by the industry leading parts, service and training support
from Finning.
John Vardy, General Manager Mining at Finning explained: “Since we signed the deal with Caterpillar for the former
Bucyrus distribution business in January, we have already significantly grown our mining strategic sales and operational
team, to deliver the highest level of support and service to our mining customers across the UK and Ireland. This team
works closely with our regional teams who together provide the very best day to day parts, service and operational
support to our customers.”
About Tower Colliery
Coal had been commercially mined at Tower Colliery near the village of Hirwaun in the South Wales Cynon Valley since
1864, first as a drift mine and later (in the 1940s) as a deep mine.
In the aftermath of the 1984/85 miner’s strike, Tower Colliery officially closed in April 1994.
At this point Tower Colliery miners came to a decision that they would buy the site and continue to work it
successfully. Two hundred and thirty nine miners each pledged their £8,000 redundancy payouts to the project. On
January 2nd, 1995 workers went back into Tower Colliery and began work the following day.
For the thirteen years that followed the re-opening Tower Colliery successfully produced high quality coal. In January
2008, with the last economically viable deep coal deposits worked out, the pit was closed for the second time.
Over four years later, the Tower Colliery site was granted permission to extract about 5.9 million tonnes of shallow
coal deposits. This led onto a deal with Hargreaves Services and in-turn Finning Caterpillar for a seven year programme of
extraction and regeneration.
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