ABB mine hoist technology is selected for BHP Billiton's Jansen potash
project in Canada
MONTREAL, April 12, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - ABB, the leading power and
automation technology group, has been selected by BHP Billiton to
supply mine hoisting systems for the Jansen Potash Project, located 130
kilometers east of Saskatoon, in the Province of Saskatchewan, Canada.
The contract includes the overall design, manufacturing, supply and
installation of four complete mine hoist systems to be delivered over a
period between 2015 and 2018. This includes mechanical components as
well as the electrical systems including ACS6000 AC drive systems and
the high-power, low-speed synchronous motors. Globally, ABB is the only
supplier of complete integrated mine hoisting systems including all
mechanical and electrical systems.
The massive six meters diameter friction hoists to be supplied for the
production shaft will be the largest mine hoists ever designed and
manufactured, each with a total connected motor power of close to
14000kW. Equally impressive are the service shaft hoists which are
electrically identical to the production hoists but will carry smaller
payloads. The complexity and ultrahigh performance requirements of the
brake systems on these massive hoisting systems requires the
development of new mine hoist brake system technology.
"We are pleased to have been selected by BHP Billiton for the Jansen
Potash Project hoist contract," says Gabe Azeroual, Vice President for
ABB's Process Automation business in Canada. "We believe our leading
global position in the design, supply and installation of
high-performance mine hoisting systems in high-production mines, as
well as our impressive job site safety record will play an important
role on the project."
Once the four hoisting systems at the BHP Billiton Jansen mine are
installed, ABB will have an impressive installed base of eleven
complete friction hoisting systems, in the Province of Saskatchewan. In
the area of underground mining the company has supplied over 700 mine
hoist and automation projects and over 100 stand-alone hoist brake
system projects, in more than 30 countries worldwide.
ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility
and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering
environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100
countries and employs about 145,000 people.
In Canada, (www.abb.ca) employs about 3,000 people in more than 45 centers from coast to
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