CRUSH­ING GIANTS BOUND FOR PIL­BARA

The Australian Mining Review - - NEWS - RAY CHAN

thyssenkru­pp’s min­ing busi­ness unit has been awarded con­sec­u­tive con­tracts to sup­ply two gy­ra­tory crush­ers and a ra­dial stacker for the Iron Bridge Mag­netite Project, a joint ven­ture be­tween Fortes­cue Met­als Group sub­sidiary FMG Iron Bridge and For­mosa Steel IB.

The project for the de­vel­op­ment of a new mag­netite mine is lo­cated roughly 145kM south of Port Hed­land in the Pil­bara re­gion of WA.

De­liv­ery of first ore is sched­uled for mid2022. CEO of thyssenkru­pp’s min­ing busi­ness in Aus­tralia, Jo­hann Rinnhofer, said the com­pany was proud to be part of the project and ex­cited to in­stall two of thyssenkru­pp’s next gen­er­a­tion gy­ra­tory crush­ers in WA.

“These high ca­pac­ity crush­ers are con­sid­ered to be the largest and most pow­er­ful in the world and are un­ri­valled when it comes to crush­ing blasted hard rock and ore,” he said. The KB 63130 type gy­ra­tory crush­ers will be the largest ever in­stalled in Aus­tralia.

The crush­ers will process raw iron ore ma­te­rial from the pit and then trans­fer it to a re­ceiv­ing con­veyor.

The slew­ing and luff­ing ra­dial stacker will be used to stack sec­ondary crushed mag­netite iron ore onto a stock­pile at the mine.

The Iron Bridge Mag­netite Project will de­liver 22mt per an­num of high grade 67pc Fe mag­netite con­cen­trate prod­uct.

The first stage of the project was com­pleted suc­cess­fully by build­ing and op­er­at­ing a full-scale pilot plant at the North Star mine site.

The sec­ond stage of the project com­prises the con­struc­tion of a large-scale process plant, and port in­fra­struc­ture to sup­port the pro­duc­tion of 22m wet met­ric tonnes per an­num.

thyssenkru­pp In­dus­trial So­lu­tions AG is a lead­ing part­ner for the en­gi­neer­ing, con­struc­tion and ser­vice of in­dus­trial plants and sys­tems.

About 11,500 em­ploy­ees around the world form a global net­work with a tech­nol­ogy port­fo­lio that guar­an­tees max­i­mum pro­duc­tiv­ity and cost­ef­fi­ciency.

The Iron Bridge mag­netite project is a joint ven­ture (JV) be­tween Fortes­cue Met­als Group sub­sidiary FMG Iron Bridge and For­mosa Steel.

The con­sec­u­tive con­tracts awarded to thyssenkru­pp un­der the JV will also see a ra­dial stacker de­liv­ered to the project, which will be tasked with stack­ing sec­ondary crushed mag­nate iron ore onto a stock­pile at the mine.

Fortes­cue ap­proved the $US2.6b sec­ond stage of the project last year, which in­volves con­struc­tion of a large-scale process plant and port in­fra­struc­ture for the site’s high pro­duc­tion rates.

thyssenkru­pp gy­ra­tory crush­ers rep­re­sent to­day‘s state-of-the-art. They are de­signed for high through­put rates and high crush­ing ra­tios at low op­er­at­ing and main­te­nance costs.

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