GE and Foster Wheeler collaborate to improve mining capabilities

first_imgGE and Foster Wheeler have announced a portfolio of joint mining infrastructure solutions that can deliver energy, processing systems, water management and waste management. The collaboration will see Foster Wheeler Chile, a subsidiary of Foster Wheeler AG, working with GE to integrate technology, engineering and resources to build ‘simple paths’ to complex solutions in the mining industry. Hugo Silva, Regional Mining Lead for GE Mining Solutions told IM: “It is possible that some of these solutions could evolve into a joint venture. Our agreement connects both Energy and Water projects; it matches GE Energy’s capabilities to customer operations to solve challenges not previously connected.”As an example, the two companies are putting their joint expertise into work on a water desalination project to help increase copper output at an operation in Chile. Mr Silva commented: “GE Power and Water has the broadest scope and is one of the most experienced companies in the desalinisation industry. Our offering ranges in both the equipment as well as the chemicals the desalinisation plants use. On the equipment side we can supply the most advanced ultrafiltration systems, that are an mechanical barrier to algae and other microorganisms present in the Chilean coasts, and factory assembled modular blocks of desalinisation plants, that have low costs of erection as well as very quick installation and start up times.” Foster Wheeler is a global engineering and construction contractor and power equipment supplier delivering technically advanced, reliable facilities and equipment. The company’s Global Engineering and Construction Group designs and constructs leading-edge processing facilities for the mining and metals industry amongst others. “With rising demand, environmental considerations and the need to venture into more-remote areas, mining companies may be facing some of their biggest challenges ever,” said Keiran Coulton, President, Global Industries, GE Energy. “By thinking systems instead of products and complementing our expertise with Foster Wheeler’s, we can quickly deliver infrastructure that enables more productive mining practically anywhere.” The team is designing a co-generation power plant that delivers electricity and heat to remote Chilean mines. Both of these projects can be replicated in other locations – speeding the development of new mine output and offering productivity improvements to existing operations. These joint solutions also are designed to minimise mining’s environmental impact and create more sustainable and cleaner systems. Electricity is generated with the exhaust heat from the engines or turbines is used for different processes at the concentrator plant. These projects have the potential to significantly reduce carbon emissions and energy costs. Other activity areas may include wastewater processing – safely processing water for mining needs and returning clean water to the earth or processing it for safe consumption. In grinding circuits, GE Energy has an offering of high efficient electric motors as well as automation systems and aims to be present in this area of the plant with packaged solutions.last_img read more

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Murray Roberts establishes emergency egress for Finsch diamond mine in record time

first_imgMurray & Roberts Cementation has set a mining industry benchmark by establishing an innovative emergency egress system – from design to operation -in just 11 days at Petra Diamonds’ Finsch mine, 160 km northwest of Kimberley. Petra Diamonds (Finsch, Cullinan and so on) will be the subject of our next Great Mines article series, after MArch which sees the Tenke Fungurume article, the last in the Lundin Mining series. Finsch mine management needed to add a temporary personnel escape route from the mine’s underground operations while refurbishment work is being conducted on a decline which normally serves as the second escape route. This is required in terms of the Mine Health & Safety Act.Refurbishing the decline will take several months and Murray & Roberts Cementation’s Neil Lane says Finsch approached the company directly to assist with establishing a second egress system as quickly as possible.“Following consultations with representatives from Finsch and the DMR’s Mine Health and Safety Inspectorate, it was decided to utilise an existing 2.1 m diameter raisebored ventilation pass that extends 280 m to the mine’s 35 level, to create the required emergency evacuation facility.“The proposed system was reminiscent of that implemented to rescue the 33 miners who were trapped underground in the San Jose Mine in Northern Chile just over a year ago. The Cementation Mining Group participated in this rescue operation and we used the same design principle to set up the escape route at Finsch.”Murray & Roberts Cementation mobilised shaft and mining engineers at very short notice to develop the facility which comprises a small headgear, a winder system and a wheel-guided conveyance capable of transporting 12 people at one time to the surface in the event of an underground emergency.“We containerised and pre-commissioned the entire winch system, so it was a case of ‘plug and play’ when the facility arrived on site at the mine,” Lane says. “The mine cast a concrete slab in preparation, and when the winder arrived it didn’t take long to couple up the cables and get the system going.”The winch is electrically powered, with standby generators available, and travels at a speed of 0.5 m/s.Commissioning of the system components took place throughout the project. The winch and controls were tested at the point of manufacture and were commissioned as they were assembled. Several test runs were carried out by a joint Murray & Roberts Cementation and mine team.last_img read more

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New maximum duty knife gate valve for abrasive cyclone use from DeZURIK

first_imgDeZURIK now offers the new KGC-MD Maximum Duty Cast Knife Gate Valve. These valves are specifically designed to provide the shearing and sealing capabilities needed in demanding services such as cyclone separators. Because the valve is designed to provide long service life in highly abrasive applications, it can be used in many applications in the mining and minerals industries.The KGC-MD Knife Gate Valves are available in 80-600 mm (3-24″) sizes with metal or dual metal and resilient seats. To withstand highly abrasive media, the valves are available with a replaceable hardened seat, hardened gate, full 100% port opening, high performance packing system with wire scraper rings, and heavy-duty superstructure. All these features combine to provide a longer service life, less downtime and less maintenance than other valves designed for these tough applications, DeZURIK reports.last_img read more

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Russian Caterpillar dealer invests in simulation to deliver operator training

first_imgA technology centric vision to develop solutions that deliver additional value, increase productivity and enhance safety for Cat® equipment customers in Western and Eastern Siberia, Yakutia and the Northern part of Russian Far East has led to Vostochnaya Technica investing in Immersive Technologies’ simulators for operator training.“Technology driven training is new to Russia. With a shared focus to deliver quantifiable results to mining customers Immersive Technologies’ understands the end goal and we are pleased to partner with them,” said Alexander Voroshilov, Technology Manager, Vostochnaya Technica.The direction to deploy equipment simulators into Russia was led by John Bergin, Mining Director at Vostochnaya Technica and Vostochnaya Technica General Director, Quinton McGeer, as a tool to add value to Vostochnaya Technica customers.As part of their vision to develop technological solutions that deliver additional value to their customers and address issues like productivity, safety and cost savings, Vostochnaya Technica will be adding simulation training using a transportable containerised simulator from Immersive Technologies. Pictured from left to right are Anthony Bruce, Vice President Africa & Europe, Immersive Technologies, Alexander Voroshilov, Technology Manager, Vostochnaya Technica and Lucas Natoli, Account Development Manager – Europe & CIS.“Customers kept telling me that all of the ‘good’ operators are getting old, and it’s time to develop a new generation of equipment operators,” Voroshilov said, “so we looked to incorporate the latest technology into this process.”The simulator will be traveling to customers across the Siberian region or stay at VT facilities and will be used to target key site challenges such as tyre life, fuel consumption, production improvements and safety.“We will help customers develop standards and benchmarks for effective training and after working with the Immersive Technologies’ Simulators we are confident we can bring real in-field improvements to our customers,” Voroshilov said.After extensive review of the simulation industry, Caterpillar entered into an exclusive license agreement with Immersive Technologies in 2004 (renewed again in 2014). Caterpillar provides Immersive Technologies with access to proprietary machine information ensuring simulators are engineered to the highest fidelity.VT is the official Caterpillar dealer for Western and Eastern Siberia, Yakutia and the northern of Russian Far East. It represents the whole range of Caterpillar equipment and is responsible for the biggest geographical Caterpillar dealer territory in the world. The company has 25 branches and more than 800 employees. The head office is located in Novosibirsk.last_img read more

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MICROMINE mine control solution Pitram goes live at Dugald River

first_imgAhead of the focus on safety in International Mining’s October issue comes news that MICROMINE has successfully implemented its underground fleet management and mine control solution, Pitram, at Dugald River, in northwest Queensland. The Dugald River mine hosts one of the world’s highest-grade known zinc deposits, owned by MMG Ltd, which in 2016 announced an optimised mine plan that will support a 1.7 Mt/y operation with annual production of around 170,000 t of zinc in zinc concentrate, plus byproducts. The successful implementation of Pitram enables the control room administrators to capture live data ensuring data accuracy, increasing efficiencies and control over equipment, tasks and personnel. Pitram Business Development Manager, Chris Rowohlt commented “Real-time data entry allows the control room to make proactive decisions which ensures the operation can run safely and efficiently to maximise output.” The solution utilises voice radio data capture, allowing production data to be entered into Pitram via radio communication. Included in the deployment is Pitram’s Materials Management module which uses mine design, survey and production data to provide real-time stockpile balances throughout the mining operation. “The Pitram Materials Management module adds value to the Dugald River operation by providing an accurate method of tracking the material flow including grades from source to processing” said Rowohlt.MMG Dugald River Mine Technical Services Superintendent Rhett de Vries explained “The implementation of Pitram has provided Dugald River with a robust mine control solution that will allow the operation to record, manage and process mine site data in real-time. Improvements in safety, productivity and reporting efficiency are already being realised, and the business looks forward to leveraging these benefits as the operation ramps up.”Additional modules implemented will include Drill and Blast, which provides tools for planning and managing drill and blast operations, additionally, the Controlled Areas module improves safety by monitoring access to dangerous and hazardous areas. A single source of the truth, Pitram, allows control room administrators to make decisions in real time based on the data captured to increase productivity and reduce costs. Rowohlt added “We are very excited to have implemented Pitram at Dugald River. Pitram will provide MMG with an overall view of the current mine status, therefore enabling more control over the operation.”last_img read more

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Metso to deliver three Vertimill grinding lines to Russias iron ore major

first_imgMetso will deliver three grinding lines including spare parts and supervision to NLMK Group’s Stoilensky GOK iron ore production plant in southern Russia. NLMK Group, an international metallurgical company, has launched the construction of an additional concentration section including the three new grinding equipment lines with Metso’s Vertimill®. The lines will be assembled by 2020 in a single production unit and will enable scaling up the concentrate output with a 14% increase in capacity.“The technique of using vertical mills to grind ore has been successfully applied at more than 100 iron ore mining and processing enterprises worldwide. This technology at Stoilensky GOK will increase the efficiency of production processes and provide the necessary growth in the production of iron ore to enable the supply of cost-competitive raw materials to the Novolipetsk Metallurgical Combine, Russia’s largest steelmaking enterprise,” said Marat Mryasov, Director, Project Management at Stoilensky GOK“For today’s miners, saving energy and improving productivity while reducing costs are an integral part of building profitable business. When creating sustainable and resource-efficient processing solutions for our customers, we tap into Metso’s 150 years of global design and engineering expertise,” said Victor Tapia, President, Metso’s Mining Equipment business area.This order is Metso’s first Vertimill® 4500 stirred mill installation for the Russian iron ore industry. The order was booked in Metso’s 2nd quarter 2018 orders received, and the delivery will take place in Q4/2019.“Metso Vertimills® are globally recognized as energy-efficient grinding machines with proven grind efficiency from varying feeds, from as coarse as 6 mm to products finer than 20 microns. In addition to reduced media consumption, the lower installation cost, minimal maintenance and minimal liner wear of Metso’s Vertimill® make it the lowest total cost of ownership solution in many applications. Since its introduction in 1979, Metso has delivered over 440 Vertimills® globally.”last_img read more

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IMDEX showcasing realtime and downhole exploration solutions at PDAC

first_imgIMDEX is showing off its exploration drilling wares at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) annual bash in Toronto, Canada.IMDEX’s booth – incorporating the REFLEX and AMC brands – is showcasing the company’s integrated solutions and latest technologies including its AMC ULWSRU™ featuring the IMDEX MUD AID, IMDEX MOBILE software, drilling optimisation and downhole navigation solutions, and real-time 3D visualisation solutions for downhole and structural geology data, the company said.The AMC ULWSRU, featuring the IMDEXMUD AID, has seen IMDEX combine the benefits of its ultra-lightweight solids removal unit and automated in-field drilling fluid diagnosis unit – including remote tracking technology – to optimise penetration rates, core recovery and metres drilled per bit, according to the company.IMDEX MOBILE, meanwhile, has seen the company work closely with clients to create more than 20 ready-to-use forms and reports including daily drill reports; pre-start inspections; verified cost reports; and rig productivity reports.All of these are available via the new off-the-shelf software, according to IMDEX.General Manager, IMDEX Product Development, Michelle Carey, said: “We are committed to being at the forefront of dynamic solutions that deliver accurate data, whilst saving time and money for clients.”A good example of this is the company’s IMDEX Downhole Navigation solution, according to Carey.The company said of this solution: “As pioneers in downhole navigation, IMDEX has further enhanced its solution to support clients’ complete downhole needs. The latest integration of IMDEXHUB-IQ™ with Seequent’s Central software (pictured) means clients can now have real-time 3D visualisation of the drill hole.”IMDEX Chief Geoscientist, Dave Lawie, said: “Increasingly, geologists are wanting to make decisions in real-time, however, they need to have the right live data available. We’re excited to be part of this industry-first to deliver real-time 3D data, which will dramatically improve the speed and accuracy of decision-making for drilling projects.”The company’s REFLEXGYRO SPRINT-IQ™, officially launched at last year’s PDAC event, also integrates with IMDEXHUB-IQ™ and Seequent’s Central software. This technology surveys three times faster and two times more accurately than traditional gyros, according to the company, and can survey holes at any angle and operate in single, multi-shot and continuous modes.last_img read more

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Zvonimir Serdarusic resigns as a coach of Celje PL

← Previous Story Regional league with 16 clubs from 7 countries – to start 23rd August 2011! Next Story → Djokic and Bulatovic stopped for EHF EURO 2010 Celje Pivovarna LaskoZvonimir Serdarusic Love story between Slovenian handball and one of the most famous names in handball world, Zvonimir Noka Serdarusic, coming to the end.  After schocking defeat in Round 8 of Slovenian First League  against Skofja Loka 27:30, Serdarusic decide to resign as a “best thing for the team form”. Celje Pivovarna Lasko has two defeats in first eight round and four points less than biggest rival, Gorenje. He became a coach of Celje PL in Februar 2010 and won last season 2009/2010 champions title in front of Gorenje and Cimos Koper.In Champions League in “group of death”, Celje Pivovarna Lasko has one win and three defeats. Maybe crucial match for TOP 16 phase will be play next weekend against Chambery in France.A month before, former THW Kiel coach decided to resign from the position of Slovenia national team after many public critics of his work.Standing of First League Slovenia:1. Gorenje 7 – 142. Cimos Koper 8 – 123. Celje Pivovarna Laško 7 – 104. Trimo Trebnje 8 – 105. Loka 8 – 96. Krka 8 – 97. Maribor Branik 8 – 88. Ribnica Riko hiše 8 – 69. Jeruzalem Ormož 8 – 610. Slovan 8 – 411. Slovenj Gradec 8 – 412. Šmartno Herz Factor banka 8 – 2 read more

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HAPPY NEW HANDBALL YEAR 2013

Dear friends, thank you for your contribution in the last 12 months. We are happy and proud to announce significant development of Handball-Planet.com in 2012. Hopefully, this grow will rise in 2013.HAPPY NEW HANDBALL YEAR! ← Previous Story Raul Entrerrios injured, Carlos Ruesga replaces him in the squad for the WC Next Story → Golub Doknic scores again! (VIDEO)

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PERFECT SEASON Skjern Handbold are Danish champions after 19 years

skjern handbold Skjern Handbold concluded an amazing season! The Danish team, who played at TOP 8 of the VELUX EHF Champions League, won domestic Championship after 19 years! Skjern beat Bjerringbro Silkeborg 27:26 in away clash at JUSK Arena to secure title after draw at home nine days ago.This is the second national triumph for the “green team”. The first one was in 1999.Bjerringbro / Silkeborg – Skjern 26-27 (12-15)Bjerringbro / Silkeborg: Stefan Hundstrup 5, Jacob Lassen 5, Jesper Nøddesbo 5, Nikolaj Markussen 4, Michael Knudsen 2, Sebastian Skube 2, Nikolaj Øris Nielsen 2, Johan Hansen 1Skjern: Anders Eggert 10, Eivind Tangen 5, Jesper Konradsson 5, Markus Olsson 4, Kasper Søndergaard 2, Jonathan Stenbäcken 1 ← Previous Story Pastor and Krivokapic to lead Pick Szeged until 2021 Next Story → FIVERS WAT Margareten are Austrian champions for the third time! read more

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