TAKRAF USA Inc., part of the Tenova group of companies recently signed a contract with Grupo Mexico and M3 Engineering for the design and supply of 21 conveyors for the Concentrator 2 Project at the Buenavista del Cobre copper mine (formerly Cananea) in Sonora, México.
Grupo Mexico ranks among the most important companies in Mexico, Peru and the US, and it is one of the world’s largest copper producers. Production in 2014 is scheduled to reach 850,000 tonnes of copper. With 13 mines in operation, Grupo Mexico also controls what is reckoned to be the largest copper reserve in the global copper mining sector and the Buenavista mine – some 30 km south of the U.S. border – is one of its biggest operations.
The scope of supply for the contract includes three overland conveyors and 18 in-plant conveyors ranging from 112 m to 4,252 m in length. The overland conveyors will handle copper ore at rate of 7,980 tonnes per hour and the in-plant conveyors will be designed at 12,240 tonne/hour.
The project will be directed by the TAKRAF USA office in Denver with significant engineering and design support by TAKRAF South Africa and TAKRAF India.
This system is of proven design to similar TAKRAF systems installed at mine sites around the world. The new project will complement the Quebalix II and Quebalix III (oxide line) projects previously completed by TAKRAF at the Buenavista Mine. The project is scheduled to be commissioned in 2014.