ABB to supply mine hoisting systems for BHP Billiton’s potash project
ABB, a global power and automation technology company, has been selected by Australian mining giant BHP Billiton to supply four mine hoisting systems for the Jansen Potash Project in Canada.
The six meter diameter friction hoists to be supplied for the production shaft will be the largest mine hoists ever designed and manufactured, each with a total connected motor power of close to 14,000kW.
The mine is located 130km east of Saskatoon, in the province of Saskatchewan.
The contract comprises overall design, manufacturing, supply and deployment of four complete mine hoist systems, which will be delivered between 2015 and 2018.
This includes mechanical components and the electrical systems such as ACS6000 AC drive systems and the high-power, low-speed synchronous motors.
ABB noted that the complexity and ultra-high performance requirements of the brake systems on these hoisting systems necessitate the development of new mine hoist brake system technology.
With the completion of the installation of the four hoisting systems at the Jansen mine, ABB will have an installed base of 11 complete friction hoisting systems in Saskatchewan.
Globally, ABB is the only supplier of complete integrated mine hoisting systems including mechanical and electrical systems.
The company supplied more than 700 mine hoist and automation projects and nearly 100 stand-alone hoist brake system projects for underground mining, in over 30 countries across the globe.
Image: Once the four hoisting systems at the Jansen mine are installed, ABB will have installed 11 complete friction hoisting systems in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. Photo: ABB.