Truco supplies conveyor belting for Burkina Faso gold mine Transvaal Rubber Company (Truco) has supplied conveyor belting to the value of R1.2 million to Protea Conveyors for use in a new Burkina Faso goldmine. Truco worked closely with the engineering team at Protea Conveyors to advise on the best solution for the application. According to Jason Owen, Manager of the Conveyor Belting Division, Truco, the company has an established relationship with Protea Conveyors. "Protea was contracted to supply the complete conveyor system, including structure, motors, gearboxes and pulleys, as well as complete the installation. Due to our excellent working relationship and work on similar projects, we were contracted to supply the belting." Truco supplied almost 1 500 metres of textile reinforced rubber belting for the conveyor which will be transporting gold ore. The belt carcass is manufactured from nylon and polyester, while the belting's top and bottom covers and made from a combination of natural and SBR rubber. This ensures that the belting is highly flexible and abrasion- and wear-resistant while providing excellent tensile strength and low elongation. Owen notes that the turnaround time on the order was 8 weeks, well on par with local manufacturers. "The belting was manufactured by a trusted supplier in the East, according to European DIN22102 specifications, which often exceed the SANS minimum specified requirements. The belting is also supplied with a laboratory test certificate." In addition, Truco has been awarded the contract to supply belting spares to the project. The conveyor is being supplied to the Essakane Project in Burkina Faso. The mine is owned by IAMGOLD Corporation (90%) and is currently under construction. It is expected to begin commercial production by August 2010 and is estimated to produce 315 000 ounces of gold per year.