Palabora Mining Company vent contract
ACTOM Mechanical Equipment has produced its largest-ever centrifugal fan to date for a mine vent system to serve the expansion of local copper producer Palabora Mining Company’s underground mining operations at Phalaborwa, Limpopo Province.
At 4 m diameter the new fan is substantially larger than the largest the company has previously produced, which had a diameter of 3,4 m.
The multi-million rand fast-track turnkey vent fan contract, awarded in July 2011 and now nearing completion, forms part of a major expansion project that is currently under way at the mine in which new workings are being established below the existing underground operations, aimed at maintaining the current production rate as the ore body at the present level is mined out.
The new mining operations will be at a depth of 1600 m below surface, 400 m deeper than the present workings. “Production is due to start in 2016 and will be increased over the subsequent three years as production in the existing mine tapers off,” explained Gavin Meredith, Palabora Mining Company’s Senior Advisor Engineering.
The new fan has been installed near the existing main vent fans halfway down the old open pit at a depth of about 300 m below surface. “The two existing 1,25 MW ventilation fans running in parallel have a combined output capacity of 600 m3/sec at 2000 Pa pressure. The new 3 MW power fan will have an initial output of 500 m3/sec at 2700 Pa pressure, ramping up to 400 m3/sec at 5500 Pa pressure as the mine develops,” explained Mike van Oerle, the company’s Product Manager, Mining Fans.
ACTOM Mechanical Equipment uses world-class technology from its technology partner Fläkt Woods, based in France, and its own locally-developed engineering capabilities.
In accordance with the terms of the contract, the company subcontracted the bulk of the on-site work, including civils and electrical installation, to Phalaborwa-based contractors.
ACTOM (Pty) Ltd is the largest manufacturer, repairer and distributor of electro-mechanical equipment and turnkey solutions in Southern Africa, employing about 7 500 people with an annual order intake in excess of R7.5bn. It is a black empowered company with 42 operating units, 43 production, service and repair facilities, and 36 distribution outlets throughout Southern Africa.
ACTOM holds numerous technology, distribution and value added reseller agreements with various partners, both locally and internationally.
For further information contact Craig Johnston, ACTOM Mechanical Equipment
PO Box 1300, Germiston 1400
Tel (011) 871-6789 Fax (011) 871-6677
Press release compiled by Julian Kraft, J Kraft Public Relations
PO Box 2826 Wilropark 1731
Tel (011) 472-6686 Fax 086-613-9657
Date: April 10, 2012
Caption: Seen here close to completion in ACTOM Mechanical Equipment’s Germiston plant is the 4 m diameter centrifugal mine vent fan for Palabora Mining Company’s expansion project.