Franna & MSM Group Deliver Three Cranes to OT Mongolia

MSM Mongolia

Franna® – A Terex brand, in partnership with local dealer MSM Group LLC have successfully delivered three pick and carry cranes to Mongolian mine OyuTolgoi, one of the largest underground mines in the world in terms of gold and copper deposits. The deal consists of 3 x MAC 25-4 cranes, fully customised with mine specs and an advanced fire suppression system which allow the machines to safely and efficiently operate in the complex underground mining environment. With the addition of these cranes, there are now a total of 8 Franna pick and carry cranes working at the OT mine site with more come in the months ahead.

The Franna MAC 25-4 is a mobile articulated crane with a maximum lifting capacity of 25 tonne. The MAC 25-4 offers maximum safety, excellent roadability, intuitive operation and unmatched versatility. Over the years its design has been tried, tested and proven in a range of difficult lifting applications and is a customer favourite in Australia. A Superlift (SL) upgrade is also available on the MAC 25-4 as an additional option. The SL kit works in tandem with the existing MAC 25 counterweight, adding a low-slung additional counterweight piece to the rear of the machine and increasing rated capacity of the machine by up to 30% in some configurations.

One of the most complex requirements for working in any underground mine is initially moving the machine below ground level. In some cases, this could be a few kilometres underground and therefore safety and efficiency are of the utmost importance. Thankfully the Franna engineering team have been working with large mining customers for many years and were able to make special modifications to the cranes to accommodate the customers' requirements. 

Mark Lock, Franna sales director said “We are delighted to have partnered with MSM Group to deliver these cranes to the OyuTolgoi mine project and believe there is a great opportunity for further success in the Mongolian market. The aftersales support from MSM is second to none and they provide truly exceptional results for their customers.”

MSM Group LLC was established in Mongolia in 1998 and today employee a professional team of over 340 people. The company specialise in 3 key areas of business, effectively serving the automotive, industrial & and beverage industries. Since 2014, MSM have been a strategic partner of Terex in Mongolia, providing mobile cranes, tower cranes and aerial work platforms to meet the needs of their local customers.

Upon arrival in Mongolia, the MSM team successfully installed the Ansul fire suppression to all three cranes which further enhance the safety of each machine. As fires pose of the greatest threat to mines, the Ansul fire suppression helps keep operators safe and equipment secure. Ansul have been providing advanced fire suppression systems to the Mongolian market since the 1990’s. In 2016 MSM Group were appointed as authorised Ansul distributors and to date have completed over 200 installations, with over 100 of these being installed on machines that are working directly at the OT site. With a total of 30 Ansul certified technicians, MSM provide after sales support for Ansul products as well as testing and commissioning equipment with Ansul FSS across the country.

MSM is authorised to design, install and maintain following Ansul systems:

  • Ansul “Red line” cartridge operated portable and wheeled extinguishers
  • Ansul Vehicle Pre-engineered Systems
  • Ansul Checkfire Detection and Actuation Systems

Mark Gabel, CEO of MSM commented “MSM Group LLC is deeply convinced that Terex brand products make a valuable contribution to the development of Mongolian construction and mining sectors and as always we are delighted to be the official distributor. I would like to thank both Franna and our logistics team for successfully delivering the equipment despite the supply chain constraints posed by COVID-19. I would also like to thank our Aftersales team for completing all relevant modifications, installing the Ansul FFS retrofit and finishing the lifting certificate in a timely fashion and to the highest standard. Onward and upwards!”

For more information on MSM Group LLC, please visit https://www.msmgroup.mn/