METSO Minerals will supply two lines of triple railcar unloading stations to Jingtang Port, 80k east of Tangshan City in Hebei province, China.
Both lines are due to be commissioned in August 2007. The value of the order is approximately AUS $13.4 million. The order was included in the first quarter order backlog 2006.
The order comprises the engineering and design, partial equipment supply and start-up assistance of the plant.
Each line consists of train moving equipment for indexing the train through the unloading station and a rotary dumper that rotates three rail cars at once to efficiently empty the material.
Each line will be capable of unloading trains at the rate of 93 rail wagons per hour. For coal, this translates into an unloading rate of over 7,400t per hour per line.
The order also includes the primary engineering and design of the rail wagon unloading equipment for the second phase of development at the port.
Metso Minerals’ contract for the project is with China Communications Construction Group Ltd, which will act as the main contractor for the project.
Jingtang Port is one of China's most important national ports and belongs to the Tangshan Economic and Technological Zone.
Once completed the project will enable the export of 30m tons of coal per year and will support the movement of coal from the north of China to the new power stations in the South.
Jingtang will be only the second port in the world to operate triple car dumpers, all the rest being either single or tandem machines.
Metso Minerals has supplied over 250 corresponding railcar dumpers all over the world, making it the world’s leading supplier of these systems.