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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.