ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions has secured a contract to supply a primary crushing and overland conveying system for Southern Peru Copper’s Cuajone copper mine in Peru.

Located in the south of Peru in Tacna region, the mine has estimated reserves of 1.6 billion tonnes of ore grading 0.57% copper.

Used to transport ore from the open-pit mine to the concentrator, the new solution will replace the existing long railway haulage system.

According to ThyssenKrupp, the system is expected to start operating next year.

"The new crushing and conveying system will significantly reduce operating costs and energy consumption as well as emissions."

ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions operating unit mining head Christof Brewka said: "The new crushing and conveying system will significantly reduce operating costs and energy consumption as well as emissions."

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Under the contract terms, ThyssenKrupp will provide engineering, procurement and construction supervision, as well as commissioning support services of the complete in-pit crushing and conveying system.

ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions (Peru) CEO Zlatan Azinovic said: "As part of our global growth strategy, we are further strengthening our footprint in South America.

"Our service centre in Peru enables us to provide better and faster services to our customers in the local mining, minerals and cement industries. Only recently we have also invested into new service centers in Brazil and Chile."

ThyssenKrupp will also supply a semi-mobile crushing plant with discharge, transfer and two overland conveyors that have a capacity of 120,000t of crushed ore per day, which will be transported to the existing coarse ore stockpile.

Running at 6.2m/s, the first of the two conveyors will be 1,830mm-wide with ST 6800 belting and is powered by two 6,000kW Siemens gearless drives.