Tenke Fungurume Copper Mine
John Thompson Air Pollution Control wins dust control contract for Tenke Fungurume copper mine’s new sulphuric acid plant
Tenke Fungurume Mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), one of the world’s largest producers of copper and cobalt, has awarded John Thompson Air Pollution Control (John Thompson APC) a contract on the recommendation of Johannesburg-based engineering and project management contractors Hatch Goba.
Hatch Goba, local subsidiary of the international Hatch engineering and project management group
serving the mining, metallurgical, energy and infrastructure sectors, made the recommendation on the basis of John Thompson APC’s longstanding track record as a provider of dust control and air-cleaning solutions for large mining and industrial installations and its extensive expertise in the design and provision of reverse-pulse bag filter systems.
Tenke Fungurume Mining, which commenced copper production in 2009, is located about 175 km north-west of Lubumbashi in Katanga Province.
The multi-million rand fast-track dust control and collection contract, awarded to John Thompson APC in December 2014 for completion at the end of May this year, is for the design, manufacture and supply – including delivery to site – of three reverse-pulse filter baghouses to be installed in the mine’s second sulphuric acid plant currently under construction as an extension to the existing ore processing plant.
All the bag filters will incorporate envelope bags and the system will comprise:
• A 15 000 m3/h bag filter and associated ducting for capture of sulphur dust in bulk bags, which are broken by specially designed hoppers. The collected dust is returned to the sulphur storage silo feed conveyor.
• A 1000 m3/h capacity bag filter is mounted onto the sulphur silo to vent the dust generated by the feed to the silo.
• Another 1000 m3/h capacity bag filter is mounted on a bag-breaking unit which collects hydrated lime dust supplied in bags, which is in turn fed into a hydrated lime storage silo.
John Thompson APC – formerly ACTOM APC – is a business unit of John Thompson, the ACTOM group’s Power division.
ACTOM (Pty) Ltd is the largest manufacturer, solution provider, repairer and distributor of electro-mechanical equipment in Africa, offering a winning and balanced combination of manufacturing, service, repairs, projects and distribution through its 40 distribution outlets throughout Southern Africa.
ACTOM is also a major local supplier of electrical equipment, services and balance of plant to the renewable energy projects.
It also holds numerous technology, distribution and value added reseller agreements with various partners, both locally and internationally.
For further information contact Gerard Pretorius, John Thompson Air Pollution Control
PO Box 4051, Cresta 2118
Tel (011) 478-0456 Fax (011) 478-0371
Press release compiled by Julian Kraft, J Kraft Public Relations
PO Box 2826 Wilropark 1731
Tel (011) 472-6686
Date: April 23, 2015
Caption: A typical reverse-pulse bag filter containing envelope filter bags.