Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG, Essen, Germany, has won a contract to supply a material handling system with gearless conveyor for Anglo American’s new copper mine, Quellaveco, in the Moquegua region of Peru. The copper mine is estimated to have about 7.5 million tons of copper.
The conveyor supplied by Thyssenkrupp will initially move 127,500 tons of primary crushed ore per day from the pit to the stockpile adjacent to the copper concentrator. Much of the overland conveying system will traverse from one valley to another through a 3.2 kilometer long tunnel. In total, the conveyor will be 4,700 meters long and 183 centimeters wide with 5.5 megawatt gearless drives operating at a design tonnage of nearly 11,000 t/h. The company will also supply the complete material handling system for the concentration plant, including 8 in-plant conveyors and 11 belt feeders. Thyssenkrupp indicates that the new mine should begin production in 2022. The company has designed similar systems for the Antapaccay and Las Bambas mines in Peru and acts as a partner in the engineering, construction, and service of industrial plants and systems.