The Simandou iron ore project is one of the largest unexploited high-grade iron ore deposits in the world. With the project’s development reaching an important milestone in March this year, the project’s partners have been able to kick off with development work, including support from the government of Guinea with defined requirements for the start of production.
The contract entails the design, fabrication and delivery of an advanced and integrated IPCC and material handling system.
- Two primary IPCC systems incorporating two TAKRAF X-TREME class sizers to crush extracted ore received by truck
- A secondary In Pit Secondary Crushing & Conveying (IPSCC) system incorporating four TAKRAF sizers for further ore processing
- Two rail mounted stackers for ore stockpiling
- Two rail mounted reclaimers for ore reclaiming
- Two wagon loading stations with buffer silos
- A complex conveyor system with transfer stations for the above equipment, including a technically sophisticated long downhill conveyor between the secondary IPSCC system and the stockyard
- Electrical and control equipment and stockyard auxiliaries
In order to achieve the desired annual production rate the crushing system has been sized with a design capacity of up to 13,200 t/h. All stockyard equipment have also been designed with scalability in mind, laying the foundation for future expansions.
A separate contract for technical assistance for installation and commissioning of the system, as well as for assistance in longer-term maintenance and spare parts supply will also be concluded.
Thomas Jabs, TAKRAF Group: CEO, regarding the award of the contract: “First and foremost, this is an important project for the country of Guinea and we are proud to play our part. Secondly, as steel producers adopt various initiatives to reduce their carbon emissions, the demand for lower-impurity and higher-grade iron ore - essential feedstock for steel production - is growing. Simandou’s premium quality ore will thus play an important role in the global energy transition. Lastly, I would like thank Rio Tinto and all stakeholders for their trust in TAKRAF’s solution offering. We boast significant experience in IPCC systems and an esteemed history in delivering solutions that overcome some of the most complex engineering challenges. We are proud to have been selected as important partners to this project and look forward to our engineered solutions delivering upon their promise.”
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