Booysendal South RopeCon®An efficient link to new mining areas

Customer requirements:

For the expansion of its Booysendal concession, the South African mining company Booysendal Platinum (Pty) Limited, a subsidiary of Northam Platinum Limited, requires a cost-effective, reliable and safe means of transport to link an existing processing plant with the new prospects at Booysendal south. The terrain between these two areas, however, is rather challenging for the transport of material. In a straight line, a distance of approx. 4.8km and a difference in elevation of 530m must be covered, while minimising the environmental footprint is another important aspect to be considered.


Our solution:

Booysendal Platinum (Pty) Limited opted for a RopeCon® system to tackle the challenge of transporting 909 tons per hour of platinum ore. At the processing plant, a switch chute allows for the material either to be transferred directly onto a feeder conveyor to be taken to the plant, or to be discharged onto a stockpile via a second, smaller RopeCon®. This creates a temporary puffer.

Because RopeCon® is guided over towers, the only space required on the ground is for the 12 tower positions. The system crosses a number of roads, and even wildlife can roam freely underneath the RopeCon®.



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System RopeCon®
Transported material Platinum ore
Horizontal length 4,767m
Difference in elevation 530m
Conveying capacity 909t/h
Motor rating, continuous 2,400kW
   
Stockpile Feeder  
System RopeCon®
Transported material Platinum ore
Horizontal length 185m
Difference in elevation 25m
Conveying capacity 909t/h
Motor rating, continuous 100kW