Friday 27th May, 2022

Fenner Dunlop wins head to tail overland conveyor contract

Fenner Dunlop ACE has been contracted to deliver an overland conveyor system for Anglo American’s Aquila project. ABHR speaks to Brendon Harms, Regional Manager of ACE Queensland to find out more.

Fenner Dunlop ACE has been contracted to deliver an overland conveyor system for Anglo American’s Aquila project. ABHR speaks to Brendon Harms, Regional Manager of ACE Queensland to find out more.

The Bowen Basin Coalfields is home to one of the largest coal reserves in Australia, producing almost 100 per cent of Queensland’s coking coal and 60 per cent of its thermal coal.

The region is home to dozens of coal projects, including Anglo American’s Aquila – an underground hard coking coal mine near Middlemount.

As part of this project, Anglo American selected Fenner Dunlop ACE to design, supply and install the ACV002 Overland Conveyor. The conveyor measures 2.6-kilometres long and includes four drives, a transformer, loop take-up, elevated gantry sections, overland structure and belting. Included within the scope of works are the mechanical and electrical installation, belt installation and commissioning.

Brendon Harms, Regional Manager of Australian Conveyor Engineering (ACE) Queensland, says the conveyor is a key piece of infrastructure for the mine, as it will be the sole source of product transportation from the underground works to the stockpile.

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“Fenner Dunlop ACE will be responsible for the complete install and commissioning of the overland conveyor, providing even further responsibility and ownership for the project,” he says.

“We’re very excited to be working on this project, as we believe we have created a culture of delivering on our promises. Completing the design, supply and installation give us a great opportunity to ensure effective conveyor operation for our client.”

The overland conveyor will run from the underground to the surface and then move up to the stockpile. Often, the product will be put onto a stockpile outside the mine, but because the project will make use of an existing stockpile and wash plant, the conveyor will help connect the infrastructure together.

Included within the design are a number of custom components, such as a horizontal curve in the conveyor and an elevated stacker to load onto the stockpile.

Fenner Dunlop ACE will provide support from the beginning of the design phase to commissioning and throughout operation. Harms says this is part of the company’s head to tail approach which can significantly simplify communications and increases the accountability of a project.

“Accountability is a key part of Fenner Dunlop ACE,” he says. “We take pride in building something right the first time, every time.”

“If something does go wrong, it means that there are no arguments between multiple suppliers, we simply provide the most effective support possible to solve any problems as early as possible.”

Ongoing maintenance will be offered by teams in Mackay and Emerald, providing belt works and servicing over the life of the project. The company’s ACE team in Mackay has expanded significantly over the past seven years to ensure it can handle large projects such as this.

The Overland Conveyor project is expected to be commissioned in the second half of 2021.

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