Gold mine expansion supported by Newmont with $24m contract

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A $24 million contract has been given to ABB by Newmont for its Tanami gold mine in the Northern Territory. 

The recently-awarded contract will pave the way for the supply, installation and provision of long-term services for mine hoist mechanical and electrical systems for the production shaft at Tanami. 

Two complete mine hoist systems, a double drum personnel-riding hoist and a friction hoist is set to be delivered over a 90-week time frame. 

It comes as part of Newmont's Tanami Expansion 2 project that is set to increase the annual capacity of the processing site to 3.5 million tonnes a year, increasing from it's current 2.6 million tonne output. The life of the mine is poised to be extended beyond 2040 thanks to the contract. 

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“The Tanami expansion project (TE2) includes construction of a 5.4 meter shaft that can reach 1460 meters below surface depth to enable recovery of ore at a depth,” Newmont regional project director Neil Steyn said.

“This provides a viable solution to extend the mine and with an additional investment in processing is expected to increase production to 3.5 million tonnes per year.

“ABB’s in-house mechanical hoist design capability will help deliver a tailor-made solution in a cost effective way.”

Newmont will also be provided with digital applications by ABB, covering functional safety, a programmable logic controllers system, remote operations, shaft communication and drive systems technology

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