As International Mining’s September issue iron ore update nears completion, Gindalbie Metals welcomed the August 3 announcement by the WA Government that it has committed to building a major power line in the Mid West region that will help underpin the planned significant expansion of the Karara Iron Ore Project. Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett and Energy Minister Peter Collier announced the State Government would build a 330 kV power line from Pinjar, north of Perth, to Eneabba.Gindalbie was pleased to note Collier’s comments today that following a recent review: “…there are a number of major Mid-West projects that are well under way and will require access to substantial electricity supply. As a result, the review team proposed that the 330 kV line initially extends from Pinjar to Eneabba to encourage progress of Gindalbie’s Karara mine, six prospective wind farms and a major new power station.”While the existing 132 kV power network is suitable for Karara’s start-up capacity of 10 Mt/y, the increase in transmission capacity is required for the planned expansion of the project to a production rate of more than 30 Mt/y.Gindalbie and its joint venture partner, Ansteel, are building a 330 kV power line from Karara to Eneabba as part of the project infrastructure which will connect into the State grid. The project will draw power under a 15-year supply deal with the State Government’s power generation arm, Verve Energy. Until the new Pinjar-Eneabba line is built, Karara will tap into the existing 132 kV network at Eneabba and be able to draw sufficient power for project start-up.“The Government has shown tremendous leadership and support for the development of the resources sector in the Mid West region,” Gindalbie’s Managing Director Garret Dixon said. “The Premier has shown his commitment to Mid-West iron ore and infrastructure development, and particularly has demonstrated strong support for Karara and its long-term potential. This latest decision to ensure the region has sufficient power infrastructure, is testament to the Government’s belief that the Mid West is set to become the next resources growth centre in WA.”The initial focus of Gindalbie’s growth strategy is the Karara Iron Ore Project, located 225 km east of Geraldton, where it will deliver initial production of Direct Shipping Ore (DSO) hematite in 2010 to be followed by production of high grade magnetite concentrate and blast furnace quality pellets in 2011. Karara is being developed through a 50:50 Joint Venture with Ansteel, one of China’s leading steel and iron ore producers. Gindalbie’s longer term growth will be propelled by the exploration and development of its extensive 1,900 km2 tenement portfolio, which includes numerous prospective magnetite and hematite exploration targets expected to deliver a long-term pipeline of growth opportunities.Ansteel is currently China’s second-largest steel producer and the biggest iron ore miner. It is the major producer in the north-east region of China, with crude steel production of 35 Mt and plans to increase output to some 50 Mt/y. Ansteel is considered to be one of the country’s key growth companies and has strong government support in securing new sources of long-term iron ore supply through international investment.Ansteel has developed a new integrated iron and steel making facility at Bayuquan, adjacent to the Port of Yingkou, approximately 100 km southwest of its current steel making facilities in the city of Anshan. The new facility has the capacity to produce 6.5 Mt/y of finished steel products. Once the Karara Project is in production, its products will be the key feed source for Bayuquan.
Xylem recently launched the latest in its series of smart pumps under its renowned Godwin brand as it looks to combat the toughest mining and construction applications.On show at the recent Bauma fair, in Munich, the new Godwin CD150S Dri-Prime dewatering pump, part of Godwin’s renowned S Series, will allow customers across Europe to dig deeper and build bigger, it said.The Godwin CD150S offers greater flexibility due to its interchangeable impeller – dramatically expanding the application range of the pump and providing customers with “two pumps in one”, the company said. The CD impeller can now be exchanged with a Flygt N-Technology non-clog impeller, providing customers with the flexibility to tackle “stringy, modern wastewater applications with the same pump”.Also, the pump system has been entirely redesigned with improved hydraulic efficiency, greater fuel economy, and streamlined serviceability to deliver more than 15% improved fuel economy, 40% less service time and 20% greater uptime.“The pump’s compressor belt tensioner reduces the time taken to change and adjust the belt to approximately 30 minutes, and the addition of a new sight glass allows operators to accurately monitor the level and quality of the pump’s mechanical seal oil,” Xylem said. “This new and improved design improves service efficiency and cuts overall service time by 40%.”Kevin Snow, Godwin Global Product Manager, said: “With the launch of the Godwin CD150S, we have redefined toughness for the construction and mining industries. The interchangeable impellers of the Godwin CD150S will allow customers to tackle a full range of solids handling applications, while Xylem’s new generation of Field Smart Technology (FST) gives customers total control of the pump from anywhere in the world.“The CD150S is also compliant with EU Stage 5 emissions standards, offering customers a more sustainable solution to complex water challenges. The new Godwin CD150S is also available to rent from various locations across our European rental network. With the new Godwin CD150S, tough is now smart, tough is flexible, tough is sustainable, and tough is on-demand.”The new CD150S is the latest smart pump to be unveiled under the Godwin S Series – “the smart solution for water that offers unmatched control and peace of mind anytime, anywhere”.Designed with advanced levels of monitoring and control, efficiency and reliability, the CD150S can also be equipped with a new-generation of FST, Xylem’s first-in-industry Cloud-based telematics platform that enables the Internet of Things across the entire Godwin S series, Xylem said. “Using cellular, satellite and GPS technology, customers can track, monitor and control the pump in real-time from any smartphone, tablet or desktop computer, anywhere in the world.”The company said: “Xylem also offers a variety of FST subscription plans to suit customer needs, and users can contact a customer service representative at Xylem’s Network Operation Centre from anywhere in the world, at any time of the day or night. In addition, the new-generation FST system is smart enough to alert operators by phone if a problem arises – eliminating the need for an additional telephone alarm box. This new, smart technology increases pump uptime by up to 20% and ensures field equipment and labour resources are utilised efficiently.”The EU Stage 5 engines provide a 90% reduction in particulate emissions, according to Xylem.