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Products and solutions, 2012-02-28, 10:48 AM

Mining in the country of the Africa Cup of Nations champions

It’s a promising kick-off: At the very start of the year ThyssenKrupp Fördertechnik GmbH reports a further major order for its Business Unit Processing: Three semi-mobile primary crushing systems are to be supplied to the new Sentinel mine in Zambia, a copper ore mine operated by Kalumbila Minerals Ltd., a subsidiary of First Quantum Ltd. The mine is part of the Trident project launched by the Canadian mining company in the northwest of Zambia in 2011, which also includes the open-pit mines Enterprise and Intrepid.

Fitted with ThyssenKrupp type KB 63-89 gyratory crushers, the most powerful currently available in this market segment, the systems are capable of handing 3,600 tons of copper ore per hour. Startup is scheduled for 2013. With a total value of around 40 million euros, this order is one of the biggest in the history of the Ennigerloh location.

The crushing plants are designed to be relocated as mining progresses. For the relocation of the individual modules, which weigh up to 1,200 tons, ThyssenKrupp Fördertechnik is supplying a specially designed transport crawler, only once before built in this size.

The use of semi-mobile systems in ore mining has been gaining increasing acceptance for some years because compared with traditional stationary systems they are cheaper to maintain and operate. They also reduce pollution from dust, waste gases and CO2. “We are constantly developing new processes and products that are more efficient, environmentally friendly and can cover the growing demand for raw materials on a sustainable basis,” says Detlef Papajewski, Vice President Crushing Technology.

The Business Unit Processing of ThyssenKrupp Fördertechnik GmbH with headquarters in Essen, Germany, has approximately 200 employees and is located in Ennigerloh, Germany. Here, high-performance processing plants for crushing, grading and transporting rock, ore and other mineral resources are developed by a committed team of highly qualified engineers.

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