BAM Ritchies

Case Study: Glensanda Quarry

Client: Aggregate Industries

Location: Lochaber, Scotland

Date: 2007 to date

BAM Ritchies started on this key quarry contract in December 2007.

The use of modern rigs and methods based upon industry leading risk assessments and procedures is helping BAM Ritchies commitment to eliminate incidents and accidents as part of its ground breaking “Beyond Zero” behavioural Health and Safety campaign with its clear vision for the future.

The quarry requires 7.5 million tonnes of blasted rock per year i.e. approximately 150,000t per week, which must be suitable for loading with CAT 992 loading shovels. This is a drilling requirement of around 3,000m per week or 150,000m per year.

All of the drilling equipment previously used on site was decommissioned and replaced by rigs acquired by BAM Ritchies. The primary resource is two Atlas Copco L7 drill rigs fitted with COPROD systems, this being the only site in the UK to operate the COPROD system on the L7 rigs. The site also operates an Atlas Copco remote control D9 rig fitted with a top hammer used for both production and development blasting and has the ability to drill in some of the most inaccessible areas of the quarry with little trouble.