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MINING: MTU SA Provides Back Up Power to Black Rock


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The Tognum Group company MTU South Africa (PTY) Ltd, supplier of engines, complete propulsion and power systems in Southern Africa is providing emergency back- up power to Black Rock Mine. Situated in the Northern Cape, the underground manganese mine will now be able to operate during unforeseen power outages.

The power plant consists of 18 MTU units, most of which are being used for generator sets (gensets). The engines are being supplied by MTU and the outer containers from a company in Germany which together forms the gensets. MTU SA also provides the mine with the Detroit Diesel derivatives of Series 60 engines for the dump trucks and front end loaders that are used for underground mining.

The MTU 12V4000G23 engines will be used for the genset and each of the engines produce 1420 kWm mechanical power and operate as an emergency back-up solution for the mine’s operation.

“We are very pleased to be providing Black Rock Mine with our back-up power support, for it will ensure that the mine is in full operation and meets its daily requirements. We look forward to building our business relationship further with Black Rock Mine. This operation has proven the reliability and strength of MTU in the large power segment” says Philipp von Arnim, MTU SA’s Sales Manager for MTU Onsite Energy.

Black Rock Mine has been in operation for over 65 years and exports the majority of the Manganese to Japan which is then used in steel. The mine area contains around 80% of the world's known high-grade manganese reserves. It is vital that the mine is operational at all times and with the MTU engines this has been made possible.

“The performance of the MTU engines has been satisfactory and we have not experienced any problems thus far. The availability of the MTU personnel assures that the engines are monitored regularly which assists in extending the life of the engines” says Dris Bylsma, Black Rock Mine Mechanical Foreman.

MTU SA will be providing the mine with a basic maintenance plan for the engines which will include the service of the engines and supplying of spare parts. Currently, regular services from the MTU maintenance staff at a nearby mine is being provided.

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