CRUSHING GIANTS BOUND FOR PILBARA
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.
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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.