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Tri-Pump and Ellicott Dredge Technologies (EDT) Forge Exclusive Partnership to Enhance Efficiency in African Mining Sector

Posted on March 19, 2024

Tri-Pump, a leading provider of pumping solutions in Africa, proudly announces an exclusive distributor agreement with Ellicott Dredge Technologies (EDT), a global leader in dredging solutions. This strategic partnership aims to address the unique challenges faced by the mining sector in Africa through the implementation of innovative dredging technology.

The distributor agreement between EDT and Tri-Pump is purposed to cover key African regions, including Zambia (mining sector), Ghana, Tanzania, Mauritius, South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This strategic alignment allows for a focused approach to delivering services and solutions to mining operations in these areas.

EDT recognises the value of partnering with Tri-Pump, acknowledging their strong presence and sterling reputation in the African mining sector. Tri-Pump’s profound understanding of local cultures and the inherent challenges in mining operations makes them an ideal distributor for EDT’s products.

Under this partnership, Tri-Pump will offer a range of EDT products, including the Mud Cat E-Series Electric remote-controlled dredges and Mud Cat D-Series Diesel manned dredges with optional remote capabilities. These solutions are designed to optimise efficiency and productivity in mining operations, particularly in the management of tailings dams and lagoons.

To ensure the highest standards of service delivery, EDT adheres to rigorous processes and holds ISO 9001:2015 certification through Bureau Veritas. Additionally, EDT Sales and Field Service teams collaborate closely with Tri-Pump, providing comprehensive training and on-site support to guarantee seamless operations and minimal downtime.

EDT has a long history in Africa with deliveries to Algeria, Angola, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Uganda, and Zambia over the past 15 years alone.  Projects include power plants, mining operations, agriculture projectswater and wastewater treatment, industrial clean-up, aquatic vegetation control with the patented WeedMaster®  cutterhead and dredge dewatering with the patented GeoPool®  product line.

In a recent interview, Michael Young, EDT Technical Sales Manager, provided insights into the potential impact of innovations within their product line on Tri-Pump’s clients. When asked about specific developments within EDT’s offerings that might resonate with Tri-Pump’s clientele, Young highlighted the transformative capabilities of EDT’s Mud Cat electric dredges. He emphasised that these dredges offer various levels of automation for the dredging process, going as far as seamlessly sharing key metrics with the SCADA systems of mines or industrial plants. This automation technology not only helps reduce labour costs but also mitigates the safety risks associated with having personnel on the water. Furthermore, he pointed out that in the context of reprocessing tailings or process material, the automation features can even aid in quantifying the profitability of dredging operations.

Looking ahead, both Tri-Pump and EDT express openness to expanding their distributorship to other countries and regions where mutual opportunities arise, reflecting their commitment to continuous growth and innovation. “Partnering with EDT brings us immense excitement,” stated Jannie Rossouw, Group Marketing Director of Tri-Pump. “The prospect of offering dredging solutions to the mining sector is particularly thrilling for us. It seamlessly complements our existing pump portfolio. Additionally, addressing the long-standing challenge of slurry buildup in Process Water ponds for end users is something we anticipate resolving through this collaboration.”


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