Nordgold Plc has upgraded the mining fleet at its underground Irokinda mine in Russia to ensure safer and more efficient operations. A Sandvik DD321, a modern compact, two boom electro-hydraulic mining development drill rig, has already been put into operation at the Tuluinskaya-Medvezhya vein of Irokinda. The mine has also purchased a self-propelled concrete sprayer, Spraymec SF 040, and a self-contained cable-bolting rig, Sandvik DS421. These will be used in one unit at the Serebryakovskaya vein. These machineries are new to the Irokinda mine meaning the manufacturers have conducted mine specific maintenance training on site for mine employees.In addition to the underground mining fleet, the Irokinda mine has modernised its auxiliary equipment and machinery. This includes a fire truck and two new shift buses which have been purchased.