Siemens Mining Technology Equips New Copper Mine in South America

Siemens Industry Solutions Division has received the order from Xstrata Copper to supply electrical equipment for a copper mine in South America. The project includes motors and drive systems for a semi-autogenous grinding (SAG) mill and two ball mills with the associated power supply equipment. The order volume is approximately 30 million euros.

Headquartered in Brisbane, Australia, Xstrata Copper is one of the commodity business units with Xstrata plc, and operates mines and processing facilities in Argentina, Australia, Chile, Canada, and Peru. The company is the fourth largest copper producer in the world and has an attributable production capacity of around one million metric tons per year. The SAG mill and the two ball mills are intended for use in one of Xstrata’s South American development projects.

Siemens is responsible for configuration, production, and delivery of the electrical equipment for the ore mills. The SAG mill is to be fitted with a gearless drive with an output of 21 MW; the ball mills will also be equipped with gearless drive systems with outputs of 16.4 MW each. The scope of supplies also includes transformers, protection equipment, and human-machine interface equipment.

Posted April 15th,2008

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