As part of the order, ABB Australia will provide the complete electrical and automation system for six underground mine incline conveyors for Newcrest Mining’s Cadia East gold and copper project located in south-eastern Australia.
Newcrest is a leading international gold company and one of the world’s lowest cost gold producers. The company is Australia's largest gold producer and a global top 10 gold mining company. Once completed in 2013, the Cadia East project will be Australia’s largest underground mine.
ABB’s scope of supply for the project includes a state-of-the-art conveyor control system that will optimise the overall performance, reliability, energy efficiency and operational flexibility of the conveyor system over its lifetime.
ABB will design, engineer and supply a full electrical system with modular switchrooms, transformers, 33 kV ring main units, water chiller systems, motor control centres (MCC) and mine conveyor control program (MCCP) to manage ABB’s ACS 6000 multi-drives and motors.
Delivery of the order is scheduled for the first quarter of 2011.
Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB’s Process Automation division says that ABB’s global engineering resources and mining industry expertise combined with their proven technology provide a technically robust and energy-efficient system that will optimise performance over the entire productive life of the underground mine.
ABB’s Process Automation division delivers integrated automation solutions for control, plant optimisation and industry-specific application knowledge as well as services to help process industry customers worldwide improve their energy efficiency and 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, cement, marine as well as turbocharging.