Perfect Match Equipment for Sustainable and Efficient Nickel Mining

By: Philippine Resources May 22, 2023

Photo: WEDA L110N and QAS 210PD

The mining industry comes with various challenges; from scarce resources to uncertainty around commodity prices, miners are always looking at ways to overcome barriers to stay competitive. Nickel mining, for example, is mined from various depths and beneath the surface using large earth-moving equipment, the robustness and toughness of the used pieces of equipment played an important role in effective mining operations.

One of the various types of equipment used in mining is the pump. While there are substantial pumps available in the market, not every pump is suitable for a mine setting. Dewatering pumps for example. These mining pumps help to ensure dry working conditions for a mining operation, it also prevents flooding alongside other environmental complications. Another pump required is the slurry pump that is used to transport slurry. The demanding condition in mining makes it important to have robust and high tolerances pumps that ensure minimal chance of failure.

Mining also uses large equipment to extract, process, and transport materials. Another substantial piece of equipment for mining is generators, where the right use of suitable generators helps the industry to operate efficiently.

Carrascal Nickel Corporation is a large-scale nickel mine located in Carrascal, Surigao del Sur, Philippines. The company operates under Mineral Production Sharing Agreement (MPSA) granted in 2007 and began its commercial operations in 2009. Primarily engaged in the exploration, mining, and exporting of nickel laterite ore, Carrascal Nickel Corporation also believe in Sustainable Development Goal and environmental impact. These beliefs are practiced through various environmental and social development programs, also through their mining operation.

Engr. Lester Marqueses

The concrete examples are Carrascal Nickel Corporation is using two of Atlas Copco's WEDA L110N 79.9kW electric submersible slurry pump powered by a QAS210PD 200kVQ Prime Power generator on their Cayawyawan bridge site, together with PAS150MF vacuum pump centrifugal pumps on their Pit 2B. “Atlas Copco’s sustainable performance pumps and the less footprint generator helps Carrascal Nickel Corporation in running a more sustainable mining operations. It is also the perfect fit for our requirements.” said Engr Lester Marqueres, the Resident Manager of Carrascal Nickel Corporation. “The innovative products that Atlas Copco offered and the proactive after-sales support, ensures the continuous operation of its partner, making it convenient and efficient for our mining operations.” Engr Lester Marqueres continued.

Atlas Copco just recently celebrated its 150 years of innovations. For a century and a half, Atlas Copco has been driving development and delivering breakthrough innovations to customers in many different industries. The Power Technique business area provides air, power and flow solutions through products such as mobile compressors, pumps, light towers, and generators, along with several complementary products. The business area innovates for sustainable productivity across multiple industries, including construction, manufacturing, oil and gas and exploration drilling. To know more about Atlas Copco's range of products and services, visit or email

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