In October 2011, Hyspec Mining Services started a new workshop at Gara Mine in Mali. This workshop has been set up to provide round the clock services, exclusively for the African Underground Mining Services (AUMS) underground operations. Hyspec Mining Services was already operating two hose workshops at Loulo, and this will be the third workshop operated by Hyspec on this mine. The addition of this new workshop brings the number of workshops operated by Hyspec in Mali to a total of eleven.
Hyspec will be offering the same type of services, including daily inspection of hydraulic hoses and root cause analysis reports, for the AUMS underground operations that it is providing for equipments working above ground. Hyspec is the only hydraulics company in West Africa with underground competence and expertise, acquired through many years of experience working at underground mines in Ghana and Mali, where its teams work side by side with the mines’ production teams to maintain the equipment operating in the underground conditions.
“Operating in an underground environment is quite challenging”, says Michel Poisson, General Manager of Hyspec Mining Services in Mali.”Maintaining underground mining equipments is extremely difficult because the working conditions are a lot more stressful on the machines, and HSE requirements are a lot tougher. But thanks to our experience in underground operations, we are confident that we will exceed AUMS’ expectations. Hyspec has been AUMS’ hydraulics partner at Gara for over two years. With the addition of this new workshop, this will be the second mine in Mali where Hyspec team up with AUMS to provide hydraulics services. Despite the fact that there were already existing out station workshops at the Loulo mine, Hyspec Mining Services did not hesitate to invest in a third satellite workshop to be closer to its customer. The addition of this new workshop, dedicated to AUMS, enables us to provide quicker service, and has already demonstrated its positive effect on the reduction of machinery downtime.”