Mineral processing and refining

Optimized and integrated mineral processing

To produce the required commodity such as ore concentrates, pellets and DRI/HBI for iron ore, copper cathodes, nickel or zinc ingots as well as alumina, etc, ABB processes not only cover material handling or comminution (crushing and grinding) but also hydrometallurgy (ore beneficiation / concentration and/or SXEW), agglomeration (including pelletising and DRI/HBI) as well as pyrometallurgy (smelting and refining). Therefore, ABB provides the following systems and solutions

Linked by process control solutions and combined with proven integration and project management expertise they ensure end-to-end plant connectivity and operational efficiency.

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Coal preparation

ABB offers comprehensive packages of competencies, products, systems and solutions for the complete production chain in coal mining. As such, ABB is a world leader in providing complete plant electrification, integrated process control and optimization solutions, motors and drives systems as well as instrumentation and analyzer systems to the underground mining, open pit mining of coal industries.

ABB is able to provide solutions for both turnkey green field projects or modernization/upgrading of existing plants with the experience in the ESCM (Engineer, Supply, and Construct & Manage) Approach.

Copper process

ABB offers a wide range of products and solutions to the copper mining processing industry. Our portfolio consists of integrated electrification, automation, controls, instrumentation and drives systems, that maximizes productivity for our customers worldwide. ABB is used to face major engineering challenges from this industry by designing electrical and automation systems for projects located at high altitude, above 5000m or where ambient temperatures varied from minus 400C to plus 500C.

The copper mining and processing industry requires large capital investments due to the remote locations, that requires additional infrastructure expenditure to meet the power and water demands. ABB has a long experience in helping many customers reduce capital and operational expenditure by optimizing electrical and automation system designs and reducing power consumption. Whether it is mining, concentrating, leaching, smelting or electro-refining, our solutions will meet the challenges to bring an electrical and automation system for the total plant.  

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Iron ore process

With ABB’s focused global organisation for the iron ore beneficiation, pelletizing and direct reduction with centres of excellence in Europe and local solution centres mandated, we have the capabilities to deliver a complete quality portfolio of engineered electrical solutions to this market.

ABB is a world leader in the application of power systems technology, motors and drive systems technology from the most complex applications such as large SAG and Ball mills and Drive Systems for HPGR’s to less complex stand-alone drive solutions for the iron ore processing market. Our combined experience in power generation and distribution and drive technology will enable us to optimize the design of the power distribution system and the integral solutions for harmonic filter power factor compensation, etc.

ABB has process knowledge, application expertise and experience in delivering tailored automation solutions to iron ore producers. These solutions are based on our Industrial IT platform and include our open control system (OCS) hardware /software system, energy management system, plant optimization system, advanced process control, information management solutions, valves, instrumentation, etc. These solutions provide integration of plant operations resulting in optimized plant operation.

ABB has huge experience and references around the world supplying large integrated electrical and control solutions, particularly in the field of iron ore processing from the mine to the port.

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