Coates Hire has supplied a wide range of equipment to a major gold mine in the Kalgoorlie region of Australia.
Measuring 3.8 kilometres long, 1.5 kilometres wide and more than 600 metres deep, the Super Pit is an extremely large open-cut mine working 24/7 and producing up to 24,000kg of pure gold every year.
Coates Hire has been supplying a comprehensive range of equipment and tools running into thousands for over 15 years, according to Robert Zecca, Kalgoorlie Branch Manager.
Located on the fringe of Kalgoorlie in Western Australia, the Super Pit concept was introduced by failed tycoon Alan Bond who put together multiple leases that were in separate hands.
According to Geoffrey Blainey in his book The Rush That Never Ended, it was now possible to operate a gigantic and ever-descending super pit, in which massive equipment could tear out the old underground workings and the unmined gold.
Though Bond failed to realise his dream, the process he began came to fruition in 1989 when the entire area, formerly known as the Golden Mile and Mt Charlotte, was combined to form the Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines Pty Ltd (KCGM).
KCGM’s Super Pit is an iconic Kalgoorlie landmark and also a highly profitable gold mine with Coates Hire providing a vast range of equipment and expertise to keep the mine running round-the-clock.
As a preferred supplier to KCGM for over 15 years, Coates Hire operates an on-site facility at the mine employing a staff member at the store during normal operations and up to four staff members during shutdowns for scheduled maintenance or breakdowns.
According to Robert Zecca, Coates Hire has recently signed a new two-year contract with the mining company.
Though Coates Hire operates their on-site store for 12 hours each day, urgent after-hours needs at the 24/7 mine are covered directly from the branch via a telephone diversion with assured quick response.
Coates Hire supplies everything from 125-feet boom lifts to large forklifts, portable buildings, generators, pumps and compressors among others. The company recently delivered seven new forklifts to the site.