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MEI Online: Materials Handling: Latest News: September 16th 2003

:: Bateman Completes Overland Conveyors and Wins Award 

Bateman is drawing wide recognition for projects the company has recently completed in the area of materials handling.

The company has successfully concluded a 20,9 km overland conveyor system for BHPBilliton Energy Coal Group's Optimum Colliery. The turnkey contract included design, supply, erection and civil work. In addition an existing 6,1 km unit, was upgraded from 1 200 tph to 2 700 tph. While the final design managed to retain the existing structure and doghouse sheeting, the 900 mm belt was replaced with a 1 200 mm belt.

The existing drive houses at the tail and head end of the conveyor, together with the belt turnovers and chutes were removed and replaced with completely new structures in keeping with the higher tonnage and belt speed of 6,9 m/sec. The upgrade was carried out during normal maintenance periods , plus a two-week shut down, proving Bateman’s outstanding design and project capabilities.

A 6,5 km overland conveyor for the Kangra Group’s Savmore coal mine near Piet Retief in Mpumalanga, South Africa was also completed. Inclusive of conveyor design, supply, instrumentation, erection , civil and electrical installations, Bateman finished the task within 82 412 man-hours, with no reportable accidents. The 900 mm belt, running at 5,7 m/s, has a horizontal curve with a radius or 2,3 km and traverses several marshy areas and streams.

A ‘Best Entry’ award in the industrial projects category of the SAISC (Southern African Institute of Steel Construction) Steel Awards 2003 was awarded to Bateman for a 50 000 t circular stockpile the company constructed at Skorpion Zinc Mine in Namibia.

The Bateman/Schade circular stacker/reclaimer is totally enclosed within a 93 m diameter by 30 m high dome. The dome covered stacker/reclaimer is unique as it is the first such installation in Southern Africa the project was completed during the last quarter of 2002. The dome will prevent stockpile dust contaminating the surroundings, and, to a lesser extent, prevent wind-blown dust from contaminating the stockpile.




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