ABB has won an order worth $47 million from Corporacion Nacional del Cobre de Chile (Codelco) to provide gearless mill drives and electrical systems to increase productivity and maximise energy efficiency at a new mine in northern Chile.
ABB Australia is part of the ABB Group, a leading power and automation technology group in the world.
The new open pit copper mine involves a major investment by Codelco, one of the world’s biggest copper producers.
Codelco’s new open pit mine and concentrator is expected to produce 170,000 metric tons of fine copper per year.
The Mina Ministro Hales mine is scheduled to start production in 2013 and will be located 6 kilometres north of Calama at an altitude of 3,000 meters in the Atacama desert.
ABB’s gearless ore-crushing mill drives increase productivity with their reliability and energy-efficiency.
ABB’s scope of supply includes:
- Three drive systems including one 12 megawatt (MW) system and two 8.9 MW systems
- 220 kilovolt (kV) gas insulated switchgear
- Three containerised rooms to house the 23kV gas insulated switchgear, auxiliary services and power transformers
- Project engineering, installation and training services
According to Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB’s Process Automation division, ABB’s comprehensive automation and electrical infrastructure offerings, combined with industry-specific expertise help their customers gain energy efficiency as well as increased reliability and productivity.