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Myanmar company speeds up gold mining with Volvo EC950EL excavator

The heavy-duty excavator from Volvo Construction Equipment delivers high productivity and low fuel consumption for Theik Di Aung Shwe Moe mining company. 

Along the Irrawaddy River in Sint Ku, about 200 km southeast of Mandalay City, Myanmar, Theik Di Aung Shwe Moe mining company is boosting productivity with the addition of an EC950EL excavator from Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE). 

“We needed a larger machine to remove overburden at our gold mine and selected the heavy-duty EC950EL excavator for its power and efficiency,” said Ko Htun Htun, owner of the Mandalay-based mining company. “The Volvo excavator delivers excellent loading, speed and fuel savings.” 

On site since August 2019, the powerful EC950EL has already logged more than 300 hours. The 100-ton excavator loads 8,000 tons of overburden and works 18 hours daily, playing a vital role in boosting mining productivity. 

The EC950EL excavator offers an ideal combination of power and stability, to handle high capacity duties in the toughest applications. With a bucket breakout force of 424 kN and an arm tearout force of 408 kN, the EC950EL offers optimum digging force, particularly when working with hard and heavy materials. 

Powered by a 445 kW (606 hp) Volvo D16 engine, the EC950EL utilizes advanced technology built on decades of experience to ensure highly productive operations. Cycle times are cut to a minimum thanks to the power and torque of the engine combined with the new fully electro-hydraulic system. 

The EC950EL features a wide track gauge, long track length, a retractable undercarriage and optimized counterweight. The excavator’s heavy duty structures and reinforced 6 m3 bucket result in a well-balanced, solid machine. All machine interfaces — including joysticks, keypad and LCD monitor — are ergonomically positioned and designed for optimum control and efficiency. For increased versatility, the attachment management system enables the operator to use pre-set hydraulic flow and pressure through the in-cab monitor. The excavator also includes safety features such as falling object guard and falling object protective structure certified cabs, rear view camera, auto fire suppression system, engine cut-off system, various error warning systems, and Caretrack/ MATRIS performance monitoring system. 

In addition to the EC950EL, Theik Di Aung Shwe Moe’s existing fleet of seven Volvo excavators include three EC480D, three EC460B and an EC360B. The company purchased its fleet of Volvo equipment from UMG, Volvo CE’s distribution partner based in Yangon. 

“We are fans of Volvo machinery. Our existing fleet of seven Volvo machines have already logged more than 10,000 hours and continues to deliver the high performance we need in the harsh mining environment,” Htun said.