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The world’s longest single-flight conventional conveyor, designed and constructed by Laing O’Rourke, has set a new benchmark in materials handling. The system has delivered 40 per cent cost–saving benefits for Wesfarmers in terms of both capital and operating costs.
The 20 km conveyor was constructed at Wesfarmers’ Curragh Mine, west of Blackwater in Queensland. It is capable of delivering anywhere between 300 and 2500 tonnes per hour.
In addition to the overland conveyor, the scope of works included:
- a run-of-mine storage pad with capacity for four 125,000 tonne coal stockpiles
- a 2500 tonnes per hour run-of-mine dump station
- a three-stage crushing and screening plant
- modifications to increase the capacity and provide greater operational flexibility of the existing systems, including the provision of a 500 tonne five-outlet bin, three new conveyors and the upgrade of seven existing conveyors
The new system has delivered solid benefits by lowering Curragh’s coal-handling maintenance costs, improving its capacity, and helping the organisation meet its EPA requirements.
The project also received industry recognition with the Engineers Australia’s Queensland Engineering Excellence Award for 2008 and the Bulk Handling Facility of the Year (Resources and Infrastructure) Award at the 2007 Australian Bulk Handling Awards.