ABB to supply Mill Drive systems for copper mine in Brazil | Automation.com

ABB to supply Mill Drive systems for copper mine in Brazil

Baden, Switzerland, March 10, 2008 – ABB won an order from Vale (formerly CVRD) to deliver gearless mill drive systems that will maximize productivity and energy efficiency at a new copper mine in northern Brazil.

The Salobo mine is located at the Tapirapé-Aquiri National Forest, in the state of Pará, Brazil, and operated by a wholly owned subsidiary of Vale (formerly Companhia Vale do Rio Doce). When comissioned in early 2010, the mine will have an estimated capacity of 100,000 tons of copper per year.

ABB’s delivery for the new mine includes two complete 17 MW gearless mill drive systems for two 26’ ball mills, as well as transformers, spare parts, project engineering, installation, training and other related support services. ABB’s gearless mill drives (giant motor and drive systems that power ore-crushing mills) are more reliable and energy efficient than traditional mill drive systems, and increase mill productivity.

“This project underscores our continued leadership in providing advanced solutions for our mining customers,” said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB’s Process Automation division. “As the need to optimize energy use and overall performance continues to be a priority, innovative technologies like ABB’s gearless mill drives, combined with our industry know-how and engineering resources, help new installations like the Salobo mine start operating successfully from day one.”

ABB delivered the world’s first gearless machine drive in 1969, which is still operating with its original converter, providing cost-effective, energy-efficient performance with proven long-term reliability.

This is ABB’s latest contract for Vale; over the years, ABB has delivered numerous automation solutions, services and related support to Vale’s mining operations all over the world.

ABB’s Process Automation division delivers integrated solutions for control, plant optimization, and industry-specific application knowledge and services to help process industry customers worldwide meet their critical business needs in the areas of operational profitability, capital productivity, risk management and global responsibility. These industries include oil and gas, power, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, pulp and paper, metals, minerals, marine and turbocharging.

ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs more than 112,000 people.
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