Suppliers Report - November 2017

Metso Presents Latest Innovations at Perumin 2017

Last month at Perumin in Arequipa, one of the main mining exhibitions in Latin America, Metso introduced its latest innovations for exceeding the mining industry’s efficiency, productivity and sustainability targets. “Our team of experienced specialists has been discussing these topics and the major trends shaping the industry,” said Aldo Cermenati, Metso’s senior vice president for the Pacific Rim market area.

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Nexans to Power the World’s Largest Potash Mine

Nexans secured an eight-year contract to provide power cable and support services for Mosaic’s $1.7 billion expansion project, which will make its K3 facility in Canada the world’s largest potash mine by 2024. Mosaic chose Nexans for its ability to deliver high-quality, innovative cables designed to last longer in the harshest mining environments. Nexans will also provide mine site cable training, education and engineering support.

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Olympic Dam Produces First Copper Cathode From Heap-Leach Pilot Plant

Bureau Veritas, a provider of testing, inspection and certification services, has been working with BHP’s Olympic Dam on their heap-leach project since the early development work commenced in 2012. The test program has advanced from laboratory scale through to the current fully integrated demonstration phase of the project.

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Wear Liners Reduce Downtime, Down Under

Trelleborg’s engineered products operation in Australia has assisted in reducing unplanned downtime at the Tropicana Gold mine, 330 kilometers (km) east-northeast of Kalgoorlie, Australia, by improving the wear life of the high-pressure grinding rolls (HPGR) discharge pulping boxes.

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Fluor JV Lands BHP Engineering Contract

A Fluor Corp. joint venture team won an engineering, procurement and construction contract for BHP’s Spence Growth Option project at the Spence open-cut copper mine in northern Chile. The 50/50 joint venture with SalfaCorp is responsible for the delivery of the 95,000-ton-per-day copper concentrator and associated works. Fluor will book its share of the value in the third quarter of 2017.

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Metso to Split Minerals Services Business

Metso will divide its minerals services business into two separate business areas, Minerals Services and Minerals Consumables.

The Minerals Services business area will consist of spare parts and service solutions as well as supporting distribution and repair center infrastructures. The Minerals Consumables business area will consist of wear part businesses together with the foundries and other manufacturing operations, as well as supply chain infrastructure.

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MMG Deploys Fleet Management Solution

MICROMINE implemented underground fleet management solution Pitram at MMG Ltd.’s Dugald River mine in northwest Queensland.

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Brochure Released on Coarse Particle Flotation Benefits

Eriez released a brochure titled This Changes Everything!, which explains how coarse particle flotation technology can increase mill throughput by as much as 15% to 20% while reducing energy and media consumption and providing a coarse tailings stream, without a loss in mineral recovery.

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Suppliers Report - October 2017

Belzona Repairs Barrick Slurry Tank

Belzona repaired a slurry tank damaged by corrosion at Barrick Gold Corp.’s Dominican Republic mine, Pueblo Viejo. The tank was used to neutralize acidic sludge to a higher pH.

Belzona, operating within a 20-day timeframe, rebuilt the damaged areas with Belzona 1121, a paste-grade, epoxy material. It also coated the tank with Belzona 1381, a solvent-free material designed to operate under continuous immersion of up to 95°C. Upon inspection, the base and floor of the tank were found to be more damaged than previously expected. Therefore, a thicker build was applied to the damaged areas.

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Freeport-McMoRan Extends Contract for Connected Mine Solution

Freeport-McMoRan Inc. awarded Accenture a five-year agreement to extend the implementation of the Accenture Connected Mine solution. Use of the solution will expand from Freeport-McMoRan’s Morenci, Arizona, open-pit copper mine to three other locations in North America and new installations at its Cerro Verde, Peru, mine, with new features added to the digital platform.

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Ventilation Engineering Firm Buys Software Maker

Mine ventilation engineering firm Howden acquired Chasm Consulting, maker of Ventsim software. Howden will now offer a full suite of solutions for mine ventilation, from modeling and design software to full turnkey projects, including main and auxiliary fans, instrumentation, automation and ventilation on-demand via the Simsmart product line, the company reported.

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Sandvik’s South African Hub Produces Loaders

Sandvik’s Jet Park facility and regional hub, dubbed Product Area Load and Haul, in South Africa, began prototype operations in July by initiating production of the LH115L loader.

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Rolls-Royce Gets Hybrid Engine Tech Use Rights

Rolls-Royce acquired exclusive rights of use for a new technology for the electrically assisted charging of off-highway combustion engines in the power range above 450 kilowatts.

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Fortescue Further Adopts Cat Command

Caterpillar and Fortescue agreed to expand use of Cat Command for Hauling at the latter’s iron ore mines in Pilbara, Western Australia. This will include retrofitting approximately 100 Cat 793F and 789D and Komatsu 930E truck models at the Chichester Hub, as well as an expansion of the Cat 793F autonomous truck fleet at the Solomon Hub operations.

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FLSmidth Opens Office in Ghana

FLSmidth will open a new office in Accra, Ghana. The office will provide a hub for regional operations, as there is already a large installed base not just in Ghana but in other neighboring countries, including Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Mali and Guinea. The Accra office will be staffed by Ghanaian employees.

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Jacobs to Provide SPCC Acid Plant

Jacobs Engineering Group was selected by Southern Peru Copper Corp. (SPCC) to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for its No. 1 Acid Plant upgrade project.

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Bridgestone Releases Guidelines Poster/Video

Bridgestone Americas released a poster and video containing guidelines on identifying and reporting irregular tire, rim and wheel conditions early.

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Suppliers Report - September 2017

Terratec Bores Shafts for Chinese Power Project

After completing several raises at copper mines located in the Yunnan and Sichuan provinces, the Terratec TR3000-R18 raise boring machine (RBM) was put to work on the 1,200-megawatt (MW) Huanggou Pumped Storage hydroelectric power station project, which is currently under construction about 90 kilometers (km) north of Mudanjiang, in the Heilongjiang Province, in the far north of China.

From the commencement of operations to date, the Terratec machine has completed five inclined shafts at angles ranging from 30° to 50° with raise lengths varying from 350 m to 370 m and a reaming diameter of 2.4 m.

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Fluor Lands South Flank Project

HP contracted Fluor for project and construction management services for the South Flank iron ore project located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

For the upcoming scope of work, Fluor will work with BHP to optimize the feasibility study design with a focus on execution readiness and capital efficiency. A decision to move forward with the execution phase of the project is expected in mid-2018.

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Conveyor Part Maker Acquires Peer

The Rulmeca Group’s South African subsidiary, Melco Conveyor Equipment, acquired CPM (Conveyor Pulley Manufacturers), located in Johannesburg. Melco’s managing director said the company would retain “all existing employees of CPM.” CPM founders and owners Doug Fenner and Othmar Hiebb will also be retained. Rulmeca, a global market leader in conveyor components (rollers, idlers, structure, motorized pulleys and pulleys), said the move expands its global presence in the conveyor pulley business for bulk materials handling.

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Contractor: Shuttered Mine Re-opened in 9 Weeks

Engineering contractor Chute Technology announced timely and successful rehabilitation and recommissioning of Glencore’s Integra Coal mine in Hunter Valley.

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Gold Project Powered by GE Engines

General Electric contracted Clarke Energy to provide the engines for the power station that will supply the Gruyere gold project.

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HPGR Reaches Major Production Milestone

Metso and Freeport-McMoRan announced the new HRC3000, which is the world’s largest operating high-pressure grinding roll and is located at the Metcalf Concentrator at Freeport’s Morenci copper mine in Arizona, crushed its 100 millionth ton of ore.

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Wheel Manufacturer Launches Facility Upgrades

GKN Wheels & Structures launched a multimillion dollar investment program, which, it reported, will go to its seven manufacturing plants.

The largest project represents an upgrade to the company’s wheels manufacturing facility at Telford, U.K. The investment is expected to enhance manufacturing capability, the company reported. It includes the addition of automotive standard electro-coat and powder coat facilities, and is scheduled for completion by summer 2018.

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Australian Plant to turn Tires Into Oil

A consortium announced plans to open the world’s first extra-large tire recycling plant in Perth, West Australia, next June. The consortium is comprised of Tytec Group, Green Distillation Technologies (GDT) and Tytec Recycling Pty Ltd.

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Stracon GyM Extends Mining Services Contract With La Zanja

Stracon GyM, a subsidiary of Graña y Montero Group, extended its contract with Minera La Zanja SRL, a subsidiary of Buenaventura, through 2018. The transaction is valued at $30 million.

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Tata Steel Commissions Solar Power Plant

Tata Steel commissioned a 3-megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic power plant at Noamundi. It is the first solar power plant at an iron ore mine in India. Set up at a cost of Rs 35 crore ($350 million), the initiative aimed to address climate change issues and other demands on natural resources.

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Metso to Upgrade SA Foundry

Metso announced it is investing 3.5 million euros in a second melting furnace at the Isithebe foundry in South Africa in an effort to increase its manufacturing capacity of large crusher wear parts castings used in minerals processing. The investment is expected to ensure the availability of Metso’s heavy crusher wear parts globally, the company reported.

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Valmont’s Consumables Business Changes Hands

Valmont Industries agreed to sell its Australian mining consumables business to Moly-Cop, a portfolio company of American Industrial Partners, a private equity firm headquartered in the United States. The business, known as Donhad Pty. Ltd., was acquired as part of Valmont’s acquisition of Delta plc in May 2010 and is reported as part of the company’s Energy and Mining segment, generating $83.1 million in revenues in 2016.

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Suppliers Report - September 2017

Terratec Bores Shafts for Chinese Power Project

After completing several raises at copper mines located in the Yunnan and Sichuan provinces, the Terratec TR3000-R18 raise boring machine (RBM) was put to work on the 1,200-megawatt (MW) Huanggou Pumped Storage hydroelectric power station project, which is currently under construction about 90 kilometers (km) north of Mudanjiang, in the Heilongjiang Province, in the far north of China.

From the commencement of operations to date, the Terratec machine has completed five inclined shafts at angles ranging from 30° to 50° with raise lengths varying from 350 m to 370 m and a reaming diameter of 2.4 m.

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Fluor Lands South Flank Project

HP contracted Fluor for project and construction management services for the South Flank iron ore project located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

For the upcoming scope of work, Fluor will work with BHP to optimize the feasibility study design with a focus on execution readiness and capital efficiency. A decision to move forward with the execution phase of the project is expected in mid-2018.

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Conveyor Part Maker Acquires Peer

The Rulmeca Group’s South African subsidiary, Melco Conveyor Equipment, acquired CPM (Conveyor Pulley Manufacturers), located in Johannesburg. Melco’s managing director said the company would retain “all existing employees of CPM.” CPM founders and owners Doug Fenner and Othmar Hiebb will also be retained. Rulmeca, a global market leader in conveyor components (rollers, idlers, structure, motorized pulleys and pulleys), said the move expands its global presence in the conveyor pulley business for bulk materials handling.

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Patent Suit Ends in Settlement

ALLU Finland settled a patent infringement lawsuit in U.S. District Court against Rock Tools Equipment and Rock Tools Attachments, both of Greenwood Village, Colorado. The suit concerned technology relating to ALLU’s Screening, Crushing or Mixing Buckets.

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Contractor: Shuttered Mine Re-opened in 9 Weeks

Engineering contractor Chute Technology announced timely and successful rehabilitation and recommissioning of Glencore’s Integra Coal mine in Hunter Valley.

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Gold Project Powered by GE Engines

General Electric contracted Clarke Energy to provide the engines for the power station that will supply the Gruyere gold project.

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HPGR Reaches Major Production Milestone

Metso and Freeport-McMoRan announced the new HRC3000, which is the world’s largest operating high-pressure grinding roll and is located at the Metcalf Concentrator at Freeport’s Morenci copper mine in Arizona, crushed its 100 millionth ton of ore.

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Wheel Manufacturer Launches Facility Upgrades

GKN Wheels & Structures launched a multimillion dollar investment program, which, it reported, will go to its seven manufacturing plants.

The largest project represents an upgrade to the company’s wheels manufacturing facility at Telford, U.K. The investment is expected to enhance manufacturing capability, the company reported. It includes the addition of automotive standard electro-coat and powder coat facilities, and is scheduled for completion by summer 2018.

Read the Whole Article in our Digital Edition


Australian Plant to turn Tires Into Oil

A consortium announced plans to open the world’s first extra-large tire recycling plant in Perth, West Australia, next June. The consortium is comprised of Tytec Group, Green Distillation Technologies (GDT) and Tytec Recycling Pty Ltd.

Read the Whole Article in our Digital Edition


Stracon GyM Extends Mining Services Contract With La Zanja

Stracon GyM, a subsidiary of Graña y Montero Group, extended its contract with Minera La Zanja SRL, a subsidiary of Buenaventura, through 2018. The transaction is valued at $30 million.

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Tata Steel Commissions Solar Power Plant

Tata Steel commissioned a 3-megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic power plant at Noamundi. It is the first solar power plant at an iron ore mine in India. Set up at a cost of Rs 35 crore ($350 million), the initiative aimed to address climate change issues and other demands on natural resources.

Read the Whole Article in our Digital Edition


Metso to Upgrade SA Foundry

Metso announced it is investing 3.5 million euros in a second melting furnace at the Isithebe foundry in South Africa in an effort to increase its manufacturing capacity of large crusher wear parts castings used in minerals processing. The investment is expected to ensure the availability of Metso’s heavy crusher wear parts globally, the company reported.

Read the Whole Article in our Digital Edition


Valmont’s Consumables Business Changes Hands

Valmont Industries agreed to sell its Australian mining consumables business to Moly-Cop, a portfolio company of American Industrial Partners, a private equity firm headquartered in the United States. The business, known as Donhad Pty. Ltd., was acquired as part of Valmont’s acquisition of Delta plc in May 2010 and is reported as part of the company’s Energy and Mining segment, generating $83.1 million in revenues in 2016.

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