Truckless Mining ABB Wins USD 140 Million Vale Order
ABB has won orders worth $140 million from Vale S.A. (Vale) to supply automation and electrical equipment for the world’s largest iron ore project, comprising of the development of a mine and processing plant in Brazil. The orders were booked during the first quarter.
Zurich, Switzerland – Located in the Amazon region in northern Brazil, the Carajás Serra Sul S11D project represents an USD 8 billion investment. The project is expected to be delivered in the second half of 2016 with the issuance of the implementation license expected in early 2013. The facilities will use shiftable conveyor belts instead of off-highway trucks to transport the ore from the mine to the processing plant. This is the first time a “truckless” solution will be used in large scale at an iron ore mine, company speakers explained.
Truckless conveying significantly reduces operating costs and carbon emissions: If the S11D mine were to be operated using trucks, it would need around 100 off-highway trucks and consume 77 percent more diesel per year, insiders estimate.