CELEBRATING another achievement, ThyssenKrupp has secured a contract with Kalumbila Minerals, a subsidiary of Canadian-based First Quantum Minerals, to perform primary crushing at the company’s new Sentinel mine in Zambia.
The Sentinel copper deposit is located west of Solwezi and is part of the Trident project, which comprises five prospecting licenses covering 2300 square kilometres. Part of Kalumbila’s planned investment rests with ThyssenKrupp, and incorporates three semi-mobile crushing plants, including a suitable transport crawler for crusher plant relocation, at a cost of almost 40 million Euros.
Each of the plants, scheduled to produce 3600 tonnes per hour of copper ore following commissioning in 2013, is equipped with ThyssenKrupp’s KB 63-89 gyratory crusher – the most powerful in its class.
These installations will provide Kalumbila with a significant economic advantage as the semi-mobile design allows for the entire plant to be lifted and moved by transport crawlers,
following the shovel deeper into the pit.This means fewer trucks will be required, leading to fuel, maintenance and labour cost savings.
Furthermore, a significant reduction in atmospheric contaminants, such as dust and carbon dioxide, makes this concept a modern and sustainable approach to mining.
Ongoing design improvements and refinements of plant features have been the basis for ThyssenKrupp becoming one of the most experienced and successful manufacturers of mobile and semi-mobile crushing plants in the world.