ABB Mine Hoists to Boost Upgrade to Garpenburg Mine
Swiss automation technology giant ABB and Nordic metals company Boliden have agreed and signed a takeover protocol for a production hoist and man hoist at Garpenburg, Sweden’s oldest operating mine.
The decision to carry out a major expansion at Garpenburg was made back at the start of 2011 and a total of SEK 3.9 billion will have been spent by the end of the project, increasing ore production from the current level of 1.4 million tonnes to 2.5 million tonnes per year.
Full production capacity will be reached by the end of 2015, and this latest development is a key step in the regeneration process.
The production hoist has a capacity to raise 416 tonnes of ore per hour at a speed of 17 metres per second. Both hoists will be operated from a control centre via an 800xA Control System, which in turn, can connect all equipment and systems to automate the production and administration of the entire mine.
As a mine hoist system supplier, ABB has more than 70 years' experience and has delivered more than 600 new mine hoists and undertaken the modernisation of hundreds of existing hoisting plants worldwide.
Boliden acquired Garpenberg in 1957, and exploration work has since resulted in a substantial increase in its ore reserves. Complex ore containing zinc, copper, lead, gold and silver is mined at Garpenberg. Mining has been active here since the early 13th century.
Coal India Secures First-Of-Its-Kind Digital Deal
Coal India Limited (CIL) has appointed Accenture Solutions to digitally transform seven of its open-cast mines as the company strives to improve performance and increase coal production. Accenture is due to lay down digitalisation groundwork until March 2022.
The deal aims to increase coal production by 100 million tonnes (MT) by the end of FY’23. Once the minimum quantity has been surpassed, an agreed sum will be paid to the consultant for every additional sum of coal produced. This success fee will only be paid on the procurement of the minimum assured quantity.
The move will see heavy earth moving machinery (HEMM) fitted with digital sensors to monitor performance efficiency at all levels. Additionally, modern data analytic techniques aim to increase mine productivity and project monitoring through functional system management and effective observation.
An Exciting Venture For Global Mining
CIL, which aims to provide energy security in an environmentally and socially sustainable manner, hopes the move will help transform the entire business of mining operations and ensure higher volumes of coal are acquired at a lower cost.
“This is a first of its kind initiative by the company utilising digitalisation to ramp up coal output,” CIL has said.
A Digital Step Towards Enhanced Performance
Digitalisation is expected to take place at open-cast mines in Kusmunda, Gevra, Dipka of Southern Eastern Coalfields (SECL), Migahi, Jayant, Dudhichua, and Khadia of Northern Coalfields (NCL). Nearly 32% (188 MT) of CIL’s 596 MT output in FY’21 was accounted for by the seven selected mines. However, this new deal is set to see a large increase following the subsequent digital changes due to be made.
“Learning from the outcome and success of this model, we may replicate it in our other large mines,” says CIL, optimistic about the future following the modernisation of their mining.
It is expected that the move will help address roadblocks and guarantee corrective measures are put into place, ensuring the company is able to move forward with its aim of increasing output whilst remaining sustainable and eco-friendly.