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Kibali Trusts a MacLean Fleet Solution
Image of the TM2 Mobile Concrete Mixer, side view.

The largest single fleet of MacLean mining vehicles in Africa delivers, year after year.

The Kibali gold mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has seen many changes since mining operations began in 2012: Particularly, the transition from a contractor-run project to a large-scale open-pit and underground operation under Barrick Gold. Throughout the mine’s evolution, one thing has remained constant: the MacLean Advantage that delivers vehicle safety, productivity and reliability, along with site-level service and support for Kibali’s production support vehicle fleet.

MacLean first arrived onsite during the decline development phase at Kibali in 2013. Contractors operating the mine brought in three EC3 Emulsion Chargers, a WS3 Water Sprayer, a FL3 Fuel Lube Truck, and a BT3 Boom Truck, all from MacLean’s trusted Mine-MateTM Series.

After years of reliable service, MacLean’s presence at Kibali grew — a testament not only to the superior performance of MacLean machines, but to the strength of MacLean Engineering as a valued partner in Kibali’s growing success. As the new owner of the mine, Randgold (now Barrick), added four additional rigs to the Kibali fleet: another EC3, another BT3, an SL3 Scissor Lift with pipe handler attachment, and a TM2 Mobile Concrete Mixer.

Kibali’s fleet of MacLean rigs illustrates the MacLean Advantage in action. MacLean’s dedicated team in South Africa has worked closely with mine management and operators to provide the training, maintenance and support needed to keep Kibali running smoothly. With operations forecast to continue at Kibali through 2036, MacLean looks forward to providing dependable support for years to come.

Another key benefit of the MacLean fleet is the commonality of its spare parts. This translates to using as many of the same parts and processes as possible across multiple products – for instance, a MacLean 3-Series Cassette Truck (CS3) has a 95% critical spare parts commonality with a MacLean 3-Series Boom Truck (BT3).  The ease of maintenance, when the dimensions across all the carriers are identical, has resulted in shorter maintenance turnaround times at the mine.

Talking about versatility and safety of MacLean rigs, one good example is the Scissor lift, SL3, that has made pipe handling easier underground and has made operations much safer by minimizing human interaction.

Right from the mine

The Rigs


MacLean Mine-MateTM EC3, WS3, FL3, BT3, SL3, TM2


The Mine

Kibali Gold Mine, Democratic Republic of Congo

Kibali is one of the largest underground gold mines in the world,It is jointly owned by Barrick, AngloGold Ashanti, and Société Miniére de Kilo-Moto; and is operated by Barrick. The mine is highly automated and management continues to focus on improving efficiencies by training its Congolese workforce and streamlining operations.
The Issue


The mine was looking for quality, versatile, and rugged equipment that could perform in tough underground conditions.

The Solution


“I have been working with MacLean mobile mining equipment on the ancillary side for more than seven years now.  Currently using the equipment in the DRC at the Barrick Kibali Gold Mine.  The good thing about the MacLean equipment is that it just goes and goes, no major dramas and easy to maintain.  The machines are tough and operator friendly, even in these parts of the world. In saying that when we do incur machine related issues the MacLean team down in South Africa does a stellar job on the after sales support.  For a maintenance foreman that is what you are after when mining in remote parts of the world.”

—Steve Crane, SNR Mobile Fleet Foreman Kibali Gold. 


For further information, please feel free to contact –

John-Paul Theunissen, General Manager - Africa


Phone: (+27) 79 417 2639

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