Wenco to raise mine performance at Nordgold's Bissa-Bouly

July 24, 2017

RICHMOND, BC, CANADA (July 24, 2017) – Bissa-Bouly, a gold mine based in Burkina Faso, has awarded Wenco the contract to supply its mine performance needs. This contract further strengthens the relationship between Nordgold and Wenco. (Nordgold's Lefa mine has used Wencomine Fleet Management Systemsince 2011.)

Bissa and Bouly are two different open pit operations located roughly 5 km from one another. Bissa launched in early 2013, about 85 km north of Ouagadougou, the capital city of Burkina Faso. Bouly, a newer operation commissioned in September 2016, expands on the flagship Bissa mining operation.


The fleet management selection process included a trip to an Australian mining operation using similar Wenco technology, which confirmed the potential value to the mining operations of Wenco. A 20% improvement (reduction) in material movement costs, half of which being directly attributed to Wenco, was a significant factor in the selection of the Wenco solutions.

Wenco solutions being implemented at Nordgold Bissa will include fleet management, dispatch optimization, and maintenance applications at both sites. Wenco solutions will be installed on the loading and hauling fleets, and auxiliary equipment across both mine sites. Wenco will be integrated with SAP to allow the sharing of data between the fleet management and enterprise resource planning systems.

Bissa-Bouly is focused on optimizing their loader utilization at the crusher where the loader would load from different material stockpiles directly into the crusher. This is anticipated to greatly improve plant output. Their spotters at the loading area will use "toughpads" to connect directly to Wenco in the loader to assist the operator with loading material.

In addition to the above-mentioned applications, Bissa-Bouly will also use PitNav, Fleet Awareness, and Wenco's newest product, the Avoca Intelligence Suite. Avoca provides the data storage and exploration power that helps mines discover insights and track trends in productivity, operator performance, and safety. One area of safety concern is the excessive dust and its impact on visibility within mining operations. The Wenco technology will add a fleet awareness capability to reduce the associated risk with high levels of dust.

Finally, Bissa-Bouly will benefit from a reduction in manual paperwork when they are able to automatically generate Wenco's system reports. This allows for more time for data analysis and operational improvement focus, rather than data collation and report generation.

"To elaborate on the specific tasks, Bissa-Bouly is a large mining area with many common challenges," says Ruan Knoetze, sales manager with Wenco. "Connected and well-informed operators will be enabled to enhance production, operate safely, and add real business value to operations.

"We look forward to a long and beneficial partnership with Bissa-Bouly, the newest operation we are working with from the Nordgold organization."

To learn more about Wenco solutions and our operations in Africa or elsewhere, please contact us at info@wencomine.com or 604.270.8277.

About Wenco International Mining Systems

For over 30 years, Wenco International Mining Systems has worked with mining companies to extract unrealized value. Under this mission, Wenco has developed an integrated suite of solutions to support the digital transformation of the mining industry. Fleet management, asset health, data analytics, and other technologies join together in the spirit of open interoperability to raise mine productivity and efficiency, lower routine costs, and establish a safe and smooth mining operation. 

A Hitachi company since 2009, Wenco is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Construction Machinery headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.