Bucket And Bowl Workshop Multi-functional Workshop Facility

Anglo American

Sishen Mine, Kathu, Northern Cape


  • The project is called the “Bucket and Bowl Workshop” because it became the metalwork workshop for mine machinery buckets and bowels at Kumba’s Sishen mine. The mine has identified the need for new haul truck maintenance and tyre handling facilities in Sishen due to the heavy Mining Equipment (HME) fleet expansion required for the Life of Mine (LOM). The workshop was designed to have the space and facilities for mechanical and tyre repairs and the maintenance of the new ultra Kumatso 960 and 860 E mining trucks.  The workshop, measuring 50 x 40 m, with a height of 27 m and internal footprint of 2 000 m², has been fitted with two 80 t overhead cranes, and the largest commercially installed tyre press (450 t) in the country. It also has four undercover bays and six apron bays outside. The scope of work for the ‘Bucket and Bowl’ workshop also incorporated a tyre yard for storing up to 280 tyres for the mega trucks, an adjacent administration building, compressor room, nitrogen tank storage slab, sewer pump station and 11 kV sub-station.

    BVi was responsible for the electrical and mechanical design and contract management for various new buildings and workshops.