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Nordgold has equipped its new West Africa training centre, located near the Lefa mine in Guinea, with a CYBERMINE full-mission simulator.

The simulator is a training tool for mining fleet operators designed to improve their skills in safe and efficient manipulation of modern mining equipment.

The West Africa training centre, launched earlier this year, is aimed to develop the technical skills of Nordgold’s 1,300 workers based in the region.

The full-mission simulator was developed by ThoroughTec Simulation, a company with over 25 years of experience in technology-based training solutions. The simulator will include a learning platform and surface excavator simulator cab (based on a Cat 6020B).

The CYBERMINE simulator is a high-fidelity system that creates the realistic sensation of driving the real vehicle in an actual mine, with all the correct visual, auditory and tactile feedback, Nordgold said.

Instructors will be able to configure training scenarios to specific work situations faced on the individual mine site. The simulator cab uses actual OEM controls and the simulated vehicle dynamics are based on detailed mathematical models that use vehicle manufacturer specifications to provide the most realistic training experience possible.

The centre’s facilities will also include a maintenance workshop covering 24 different types of equipment (engines, brake systems, etc.) and a welding section.

These facilities will enable the whole workforce to further improve their skill sets which are unique to their individual roles, the company said. Training will also be provided to the local communities.

Nordgold expects the total investment, including the construction of the centre and the purchase of the equipment, to cost approximately $800,000.

The investment in this high-tech simulator follows a major investment program by the diversified gold miner across its West African operations in both Burkina Faso and Guinea in 2019, installing high end equipment and implementing extensive training systems to ensure its operations were as efficient, safe and environmentally sustainable as possible.

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