Wolfurt, Austria – The countryside around the village of San Juan Sacatepéquez in south-eastern Guatemala is hilly and forested. Cementos Progreso. had been planning to build a new cement plant there for some time. Among other things, the project required a solution to transport limestone and marl from the crusher to the processing plant. Cementos Progreso opted for Doppelmayr RopeCon as a means to cover the distance of approx. 1.6 km and the vertical rise of almost 200 m. Continue reading Doppelmayr: RopeCon transports Limestone across Treetops in Guatemala
Wolfurt, Austria – Assembly has started for the first of the two Doppelmayr RopeCon® installations for the transport of platinum ore at the Booysendal concession. The South African mining company Booysendal Platinum (Pty) Limited, a subsidiary of Northam Platinum Limited, accesses the platinum ore deposit Booysendal South there. Continue reading Doppelmayr: Assembly of RopeCon Conveyor started at Booysendal Platinum Mine
Doppelmayr Transport Technology GmbH develops, plans and builds material transport systems for a wide range of applications.
Doppelmayr Transport Technology is a 100 percent subsidiary of the Doppelmayr group. Doppelmayr, the pioneer and technology leader in ropeway engineering, has built more than 14,700 passenger and material transport systems in 90 countries. Customers from all over the world rely on state-of-the-art engineering from Doppelmayr to transport their bulk material or unit loads – from zinc concentrate in Greenland to automobiles in Slovakia to bauxite in Jamaica.
Für die Verbindung der Golderzlagerstätte El Limón mit der Aufbereitungsanlage war es notwendig, einen Höhenunterschied von ca. 400 m in steilem Gelände zu überwinden. Das Unternehmen Minera Media Luna, S.A. de C.V. (MML), ein 100%iges Tochterunternehmen von Torex Gold Resources Inc., entschied sich dafür, als Transportmittel einen RopeCon® der Firma Doppelmayr Transport Technology einzusetzen, der stündlich 1.000 Tonnen an Golderz über eine Länge von 1,3 km ins Tal befördert. Unter anderem hatten auch Sicherheitsüberlegungen und Umweltschutzthemen einen Einfluss auf diese Entscheidung.
RopeCon® establishes direct link between pit and valley at El Limón-Guajes gold mine
To connect the El Limón gold ore pit with the processing plant it was necessary to overcome an altitude difference of approx. 400m in steep terrain. Minera Media Luna, S.A. de C.V. (MML), 100% owned subsidiary of Torex Gold Resources Inc., opted for the RopeCon® as a means to transport 1,000 metric tons of gold ore per hour into the valley over a distance of 1.3km. Along with other aspects, safety and environment were key considerations in prompting the decision.
The South African mining company Booysendal Platinum (Pty) Limited, a subsidiary of Northam Platinum Limited, accesses the Booysendal South ore deposit as part of its expansion of the mining capacities at the Booysendal concession. The mined ore is to be taken to an existing processing plant. In September 2016, Doppelmayr Transport Technology GmbH, headquartered in Austria and a subsidiary of the Doppelmayr group, the world’s leading manufacturer of ropeways, was awarded the contract to build a RopeCon® system to transport the mined ore to the processing plant. In view of the difficult topographical situation the belt conveyor, which runs on ropes, proved to be the ideal solution to transport almost 500,000 tons of material per month safely and easily over a distance of approximately 4.9km and a difference in elevation of 530m. The conveyor is due to be in operation by the end of 2018.
Mt. Olyphant RopeCon® – Hurricane-proof and sustainable.
On Jamaica, the world’s leading aluminium producer Alcoa was looking into several ways to transport their raw material, bauxite. A distance of 3.4 km and a vertical descent of 470 m had to be covered from the mine at Mt. Olyphant to the railhead at St. Jago. Existing roads for transport by truck lead through inhabited areas, and a by-pass road would have been too costly both in terms of construction and maintenance.
Open-pit mining often relies on excavators and trucks for the extraction and subsequent removal and transport of the material. Diesel is the standard energy source used to run the machinery. This mining method has several disadvantages, for example high operating costs (for fuel, personnel, accommodation, travelling and maintenance), a high safety risk (caused by the effects of the weather or by the human factor) or a heavy burden on the environment (caused by CO2 and noise emissions).