Leading power and automation technology company, ABB Australia
was awarded a $29 million order to supply complete electrical and automation systems for the conveyors at a new coal export terminal currently under construction in north-eastern Australia.
Being developed by existing and potential coal exporters in Queensland to provide increased long term export coal capacity, the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal (WICET) located in Gladstone is expected to provide 27 million metric tons per year in export capacity in the initial stage, with first coal shipments planned for 2014. Once fully commissioned, the multi-billion dollar terminal will export more than 80 million metric tons per year.
ABB’s scope of work involves the design, engineering and supply of an integrated electrical and control solution for the terminal’s 5.5km long overland conveyor and the 2km long jetty conveyor systems.
ABB’s innovative conveyor control system will optimise the overall performance, reliability and energy efficiency of the conveyor systems over their expected lifetime.
According to Axel Kuhr, country manager for ABB in Australia, ABB’s integrated power and automation solution for conveyors offers superior performance over traditional conveyor drive control systems, enhancing the speed and efficiency of the conveyors so that the coal leaves the export terminals in Australia for their markets in Asia more quickly, thereby positively impacting mine profitability and expansion plans in the region.
As part of the order, ABB will supply 13 modular switchrooms and five control rooms, complete with structural and electrical ancillary equipment. ABB will also provide distribution transformers, 22 kilovolt switchgear, low voltage single and multidrives, and a mine conveyor control program (MCCP) to manage ABB’s ACS 1000 medium voltage drives and motors.