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:: Major Materials Handling Awards from BHP Billiton

Bateman Engineering has received two major materials handling awards from BHP Billiton Energy Coal South Africa Ltd (BECSA) since the beginning of the 2008 calendar year, reinforcing its position as a leading provider of materials handling systems.

In an award valued at approximately R146 million (US$20 million), Bateman Engineering has been contracted for the provision of coal handling infrastructure (run-of-mine coal tip) for BECSA’s Klipspruit Colliery located in Mpumalanga, South Africa. The award is being undertaken as an LSTK contract and the project is due to be completed in the second half of 2009.

The new plant is part of BECSA’s expansion of its Klipspruit opencast coal mine where capacity is being increased from 4.8 Mtpa to 8.0 Mtpa. The increased production will be used to supply both Eskom and export customers. The coal will be processed through the Phola Coal Processing Plant, a recently announced joint venture between BECSA and Anglo Coal, which will process 16.0 Mtpa of coal when completed, 8.0 Mtpa for each partner.

The second contract, valued at approximately R348 million (US$44.6 million), is for the supply of two stockyards (stackers and reclaimers for run-of-mine and product coal) as part of the coal handling infrastructure for BECSA’s Douglas Middelburg Optimisation Project (DMO), also located in Mpumalanga, South Africa. This lump-sum turnkey contract is expected to be completed by February 2010.

The DMO project scope includes utilising reserves across the Douglas and Middelburg Mine Services (MMS) collieries and development of new mining areas, with product being fed into a new 14 Mtpa coal processing plant. The project will enable BHP Billiton to maintain energy coal exports from the combined Douglas and MMS collieries at around current levels (approximately 9.5 Mtpa BHP Billiton share) whilst also fulfilling domestic contractual commitments.

Commenting on the award, Dr Sivi Gounden, Chief Executive Officer of Bateman Engineering, said: “This contract is the second award this year of a major materials handling contract from BHP Billiton and underscores our position as a leader in the delivery of world-class materials handling systems to the natural resources market. The contract further cements our valued relationship with BHP Billiton and is a significant addition to our reference list."

The stockyard equipment will be supplied under licence by Schade who have been supplying stockyard technology to Bateman Engineering since 1980. This contract is a first between Schade and Bateman Engineering in that the scope is split: Schade will be supplying the mechanicals from Europe and the structural components from China, and Bateman Engineering will be supplying the electricals and instrumentation from South Africa.

The ROM stockpile will be serviced by a Schade circular / stacker bridge-type scraper reclaimer to achieve maximum blending of the coal before feeding the washing plant. The product stockpile will be stacked by a slewing and luffing stacker whilst the reclaiming will be done by a Schade twin boom portal scraper reclaimer. Bateman Engineering will be supplying the associated stacking and reclaiming conveyors.




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