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Business: MikroPul Wins Sishen South Dust Control Contract


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The new contract, awarded at the end of January this year and scheduled for completion in August, is for supply and installation of systems to extract and suppress dust at the rapid loadout station of the ore crushing plant. Dust is generated by the ore being fed into the weigh flasks and subsequently discharged into the rail wagons at a rate of approximately 6500 t/hr.

The contract was awarded by LSL Consulting, a firm of consulting engineers to the mining industry based in Randburg, which is responsible for designing the loadout station under contract to Hatch Africa, the EPCM managing consultants for the crushing plant and stockyard area.

A 7,7 m3/sec capacity high-energy Venturi scrubber will perform the dust extraction by placing the weigh flasks under suction to minimise dust escaping during flask filling. The dust suppression system will consist of high-pressure water sprays creating a water blanket, preventing dust from escaping while the weigh flasks discharge into the rail wagons. These sprays will be activated by a sensor so that they operate for the duration of each tip. “A feature of the plant is that the extracted air and sprayed water will be directed to each dust source only as required,” said Des Tuck, MikroPul’s marketing and sales manager.

Mike Reynolds, a director of LSL Consulting, said MikroPul’s proven track record in this field was a major factor in the decision to award them the contract. “The SEP dust extraction and suppression contract MikroPul completed last year was of course among various previous projects they have done that we took into consideration when selecting them for the job,” he stated.

MikroPul is part of the South African black empowered group Alstom Electrical Industries (Pty) Ltd (Alstom South Africa). The current rating in terms of the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Act of 2003 and the Department of Trade and Industry’s Codes of Good Practice is Level 5, local value adding supplier.

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