Anglo American installs automated systems at Grosvenor

Anglo American’s new Grosvenor coal mine in Queensland will get an an integrated automation and electrification system.

The US$38 million automation project will be implemented by ABB.

“Our presence in the Australian market is growing as customers continue to embrace ABB’s integrated automation and power solutions to improve the efficiency and productivity of their operations,” said Axel Kuhr, head of ABB in Australia.

The project will help the new mine operate at peak energy and production efficiency, while providing a reliable electrical supply with less space required for the main substation.

ABB’s delivery includes its Unigear ZS1 switchgear and space saving water-cooled multi-drive equipment for a smaller substation footprint that will result in a lower capital cost for the project.

The customised solution will also use ABB’s System 800xA automation system to integrate and control all processes and power systems to enhance productivity.

System 800xA is well-suited for composite mining projects that realise engineering and operational cost savings with the integration of plant-wide process control and electrical power systems.

ABB’s scope of supply also includes a 66 kV substation, power and distribution transformers, 15 modular pre-fabricated switchrooms equipped with medium-voltage switchgear along with intelligent low-voltage motor control centers, power quality systems and multi-drive variable speed drives.

ABB will provide design, engineering, testing and project commissioning as well as other site services. Equipment delivery is scheduled to commence mid 2013.

Anglo approved the Grosvenor mine late last year.

The greenfield project is located just south of the miner's existing Moranbah North coal mine, and targets the same Goonyella Middle coal seam as the Moranbah mine.It will be an underground longwall operation with a mine life of around 26 years.

Anglo will spend around US $1.7 billion on the mine in total.

Cynthia Carroll, Anglo American CEO, said "Grosvenor is the first of our next phase growth projects".

In April 2011, Carroll announced a $2.7 billion growth plan for Grosvenor and the Moranbah South underground coal mines.

According to the miner the fully owned Grosvenor project forms a major part of Anglo's strategy to triple its coking and metallurgical coal production from its Australian assets by 2020 using a standard longwall and CHPP design model.

In its first phase of development, Grosvenor will consist of a single underground longwall mine, processing the coal via Moranbah North mine's CHPP and infrastructure, with first development coal expected in 2013, and full commissioning of the longwall in 2016.

 

This story originally appeared on PACE Today.

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