Shaft Sinkers has revealed that the first blast at the Rampura Agucha zinc mine shaft has taken place. Rampura Agucha, in the Bhilwara district of Rajasthan, is the world’s largest zinc mine, and is operated by Hindustan Zinc, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vedanta Resources.

Shaft Sinkers has the contract for the sinking of the main shaft as well as the north and south ventilation shafts at Rampura Agucha. The first blast marks the start of the main sinking phase for the 950 metre vertical shaft.

The contract win, awarded in May 2012, marked a success for Shaft Sinkers’ strategy of diversifying away from its core market in South Africa.

“We have successfully overcome a number of challenges [at Rampura Agucha] and are pleased to mark this significant progress of the project. Our work for Hindustan Zinc will extend the mine life of one of the world's largest zinc deposits,” says Shaft Sinkers’ chief executive officer Alon Davidov.

“Shaft Sinkers is focused on helping our clients to make the most of their existing assets in a conservative industry environment.”