Power and automation technology group ABB has secured a $44m contract to deliver three gearless mill drive systems (GMDs) for a new copper mine to be operated by Kazakhmys in southeastern Kazakhstan.
The company will supply one 28MW GMD for a 40-foot semi-autogenous mill and two 22MW GMDs for two 28-foot ball mills.
ABB head of process automation division Veli-Matti Reinikkala said, "ABB won this order due to our innovative and advanced system solution, minerals industry expertise, as well as our long-term relationship with Kazakhmys."
Each GMD system consists of phase and excitation transformers, a ring motor with an associated local mill control panel, and a containerised electrical house, including cycloconverter and grinding control software with full system protection and auxiliary distribution.
ABB said that the magnitude of the equipment will lead to high economies of scale in regards to process and production of the low-grade ore deposit.
Delivery of the equipment is scheduled to be complete in the second half of 2013 and installation and start-up of the project are scheduled for 2014.
Image: ABB will deliver the equipment to Kazakhmys in 2013.Photo: ABB.