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Mining Equipment Fleet. Capital & Operating Costs
10,000 tpd (ore + waste) open pit mine

Mining Equipment Fleet - 10,000 tonne per day (ore + waste) open pit mine

The following listings of equipment capital and operating costs are taken directly from the current Mining Cost Service Manual and Mine and Mill Equipment Cost Estimator's Guide. In addition to the items listed here, these manuals contain entries for 74 additional excavators, 50 additional haulers, 16 dozers, 6 graders, and 28 additional drills, plus 3,000 other sizes and types of equipment used in surface and underground mining, reclamation, and milling. The Mining Cost Service Manual contains only part of the equipment cost data, but it also includes a broad range of important data about other mining cost centers, such as labor, smelting, and electric power.

The equipment listed here represents a typical suite of equipment for a 10,000 tonne per day (5,000 tpd ore + 5,000 tpd waste) surface mine with a 3,500 ft. ore haul and a 1,800 ft. waste haul. This equipment list will be maintained permanently at this web site and the costs will be updated periodically for your reference. Costs are typical U.S. costs in U.S. dollars. They can be adjusted for other economies by adjusting to local unit prices in direct proportion to the unit prices listed here.


Capital Costs and Specifications

ITEM No. of Units  SPECIFICATIONS Weight/unit (lbs) MOTOR TYPE HP Capital Cost/ Unit (US$)
Shovel, hydraulic 1 5.2 cu yd (4.0 cu m) bucket capacity, 23.6 ft (7.2 m) dump height 131,000 diesel 347 $1,025,00
Loader, wheel 1 9.0 cu yd (6.9 cu m) bucket, 12'1" (3.7 m) dump height 109,000 diesel 501 912,500
Truck, rear-dump 4 60 ton (54.4 mt), 46 cu yd (35.2 cu m), mechanical drive 90,940 diesel 775 938,000
Drill, rotary (crawler)  1 5.13" to 7.88" (13.0-20.0 cm) hole, diesel, 25 ft (7.6 m) rod length diesel 475 620,740
Tractor, crawler (dozer)  4 13.7' (4.2 m) maximum blade width 36,670 diesel 150 320,900
Grader, road 1 14 ft (4.3 m) blade width 48,720 diesel 265 465,000
Truck, water 1 5,000 gallon (18,927 liters) water tanker diesel 175 253,000
Truck, service 3 Off-road tire service truck diesel 82 167,400
Truck, shot loader 1 1,000 lb (454 kg) per minute capacity, ANFO diesel 210 86,700

Hourly Operating Costs (US$)

Unit Prices:
Repair Labor $37.57 per hour Natural Gas $8.620 per MCF ($304.41 per MCM)
Diesel Fuel $3.170 per gallon per gallon ($0.84 per liter) Electric Power $0.076 per kWH
Gasoline $3.240 per gallon per gallon ($0.86 per liter) Lube Oil $12.560 per gallon ($3.32 per liter)
ITEM OVERHAUL PARTS OVERHAUL LABOR MAINT. PARTS MAINT. LABOR DIESEL FUEL LUBE TIRES WEAR PARTS TOTAL
Shovel, hydraulic $14.47 $11.69 $21.70 $17.53 $42.24 $7.22 $0.00 $4.39 $119.24
Loader, wheel 4.83 3.90 8.97 7.25 48.12 7.18 28.02 0.74 109.00
Truck, rear-dump 2.98 3.21 5.53 5.96 46.92 8.40 16.95 0.00 89.95
Drill, rotary (crawler) 8.26 7.79 6.76 6.37 48.68 10.82 0.00 18.32 104.99
Tractor, crawler (dozer) 2.20 2.37 3.30 3.55 15.98 2.42 0.00 8.18 38.00
Grader, road 3.28 3.09 6.09 5.74 27.81 3.70 2.15 1.01 52.87
Truck, water 2.05 2.49 3.81 4.62 18.92 2.13 4.12 0.00 38.15
Truck, service 1.18 1.11   2.19 2.07 8.06  1.28 0.62 0.00 16.51
Truck, shot loader 0.61 0.58 1.14   1.07 20.17 1.32 1.57   0.00  26.45
Last Updated September 2014

Mine & Mill Equipment Costs Estimator's Guide, Capital & Operating Costs

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