Engineering & Mining Journal

JUL 2019

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JULY 2019 • E&MJ 53 SUPPLIERS REPORT sive. It included "not just equipment but also service support and in-depth train- ing," Dirk Pförtner, commercial managing director, STRABAG Spa Chile, said. Züblin International GmbH Chile, sub- sidiary of the STRABAG Group, is a con- tractor for Codelco. Separately, Epiroc launched 6 th Sense, which it described as an approach that combines digitalization and automation to boost performance at mining opera- tions. The process leverages heightened system connectivity, using interoperabili- ty to unlock the full potential of automa- tion for production gains at lower operat- ing costs, the company reported. Leadership at Epiroc described 6 th Sense as a formula for getting the right solutions in place to achieve operational excellence. "The name 6th Sense implies that the solution brings something extra and that is just what it does, providing a significant advantage such as track-and- respond to real-time working conditions and equipment needs," Helena Hedblom, senior executive vice president, mining and infrastructure, Epiroc, said. Volcán Signs on to ENAPAC for Water HOCHSCHILD Mining signed a letter of intent with TRENDS Industrial. Under the agreement, the reportedly self-sustaining ENAPAC desalination project will supply an alternative source of water for the Vol- cán project in the Atacama region. The agreement adds to several others that ENAPAC has with other miners, both for projects in the same sector of Maricunga as Volcán and in other areas of the region. Through shared desalination infrastruc- ture, optimized costs, economies of scale and collaboration, ENAPAC is expected to bring about the release of inland waters. Leadership at TRENDS Industrial said ENAPAC offers incomparable benefits. "Mining companies in the region, faced with the urgent need to find new ways to access these critical resources, have given a very positive response to the sustainable and multi-client proposal of ENAPAC, so we are confident that these commitments will be consolidated and we will be able to collaborate effectively with the develop- ment of the region through a green mining initiative like the one that the Chilean gov- ernment is promoting for our country," Ro- drigo Silva, CEO, TRENDS Industrial, said. Empowered JV Gets Coal Contract Boipelo Mining Contractors won a contract from Universal Coal for mining and relat- ed services at New Clydesdale Colliery in Mpumalanga. The turnkey contract covers three underground sections of the mine. The company is also responsible for the installation and maintenance of the con- veyor and ventilation infrastructure. Work began in 2019 and Boipelo will reportedly start with the operations on the No. 2 lower, with three continuous miner sections. The transition to Boipelo has been well-received by the mine's management and employees, Charles Makgala, executive partner, Boipelo, said. "Opportunities do exist in the current operation for expansion and we will continuously be on the look out to improve efficiencies in order to surpass our contractual obligations," he said. The project will employ 175 people. Boipelo, a Level 2 B-BBEE accredited company, is a joint venture between Mur- ray & Roberts Cementation and Makgala's Amandla TM Group. Outotec Wins Copper Plant Contract for Baikal Mining Outotec reported it won a $285 million contract for a copper plant for Russia's Baikal Mining Co. The company will design and deliver a greenfield copper concentrator and hydrometallurgical plant for the project located in the Rus- sian Far East. The contract includes basic and de- tail engineering of the concentrator and copper hydrometallurgical plant, procure- ment, delivery of main process equip- ment as well as installation supervision, training and startup services. The main deliveries are calendared for 2020. The new complex will have an annual capacity of 12 million mt of ore, produc- ing 130,000 mt of copper as high-grade sulphide concentrate and cathodes. Outotec leadership reported it was pleased with the development. "Our proven technologies and services enable Baikal Mining Co. to develop their oper- ations in a sustainable way and get the best value from their assets," Markku Teräsvasara, CEO, Outotec, said. Udokan is the world's third largest known undeveloped copper deposit, Ou- totec reported. XCMG Taps Rolls-Royce for Engines Rolls-Royce Power Systems and China's XCMG formed a strategic cooperation alli- ance to integrate some of the former's en - gines into the latter's mining equipment. According to the strategic coopera- tion agreement, Rolls-Royce and XCMG, based in Jiangsu, will build Rolls-Royce's MTU power and propulsion systems, in- cluding MTU Series 2000 and 4000 en- gines, into XCMG equipment for Chinese local and international mining projects. With annual revenue of $7.5 bil- lion in 2018, XCMG ranks sixth in the world's construction machinery indus- try. Rolls-Royce Power Systems has been supplying MTU S2000 and S4000 diesel engines to power XCMG's mining trucks, ranging from120 to 400 tons, since 2012. In related news, in Friedrichshafen, the Rolls-Royce Power Systems division and its Chinese partner Guangxi Yuchai Machinery Co. signed a collaboration The current operation is on the No. 2 lower with a complete suite of equipment to support three continuous miner sections. (Photo: Boipelo Mining Contractors)

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