Chilean state copper mining company, Codelco, made a strategic move recently when they placed an order with the FAM Group to build a new bucketwheel excavator pf type SR800P9 for the Radomiro Tomic opencast copper mine in the Atacama Desert in the north of Chile, with the machine assembled earlier this year on site. “Unique design and customised fabrication of equipment is one of the core competences of the FAM Group with this project being no exception. Since Chile is home to the world’s largest copper deposits, FAM was proud to provide the customer with the world’s largest bucket wheel excavator of the compact class. The machine will be serving in a dynamic leach pad which features advanced chemical processing of the copper ore on an industrial scale.”The crushed and acidified copper ore is stacked in large stockpiles and sprinkled with water delivered by a pipe system which leaches the copper from the ore. The copper-rich liquid is then collected via a drainage system and fed into an electrolysis system for copper recovery. After having been stored in the stockyard for a certain period of time, the leached copper ore must be reclaimed using a bucket wheel excavator to finally dump it and create new stockpile space. The excavator for the Radomiro Tomic copper mine is designed for an impressive output of 14,500 t/h. To reach this rate, the bucketwheel has a cutting diameter of 19 m and it comes with a 1,000 kW drive. The bucket wheel transfers the bulk material onto a conveyor belt located on the machine and from there the material is fed onto a conveyor bridge on crawlers. To unload the stockpile, the bucket wheel excavator runs along the length of the stockyard continuously reclaiming the material. At the end of the stockyard it turns around the curve to take on the next row of the pile.In addition to the implemented powerful mechanical components, FAM installed cutting-edge electrical and control technology as well, including automatic operation, video monitoring, several radar systems (for collision and stockpile recognition and positioning), highly precise GPS positioning, and complex monitoring systems to ensure the availability of systems.
TÁNAISTE EAMON GILMORE has affirmed the government’s intention to introduce laws allowing abortion in circumstances where the life of the mother is at risk.Writing on TheJournal.ie this morning as his party marks two years in government, the Labour leader insists his party will oversee legislation to allow terminations within the criteria of the X Case within the rest of its time in government.“After 20 years of inaction, were going to legislate for the X case,” Gilmore writes, adding that Labour was also ensuring that the Constitutional Convention would be discussing the topic of amending the constitution to allow a referendum on same-sex marriage.Gilmore also pays tribute to the work being carried out by Labour’s front-bench ministers, arguing that each of them is pursuing significant reforms in their own ministerial briefs.“For the Labour Party, our Ministers are delivering. Joan Burton has retained core welfare payments and has embarked on major reforms of the welfare system.“Ruairi Quinn is driving an agenda of reform to school patronage. Brendan Howlin is delivering on a far reaching agenda of public service reform. Pat Rabbitte has published the first Affordable Energy Strategy and last week announced the establishment of an Energy Efficiency Fund.”Column: ‘Labour has brought Ireland from chaos to stability’