The Influence of Large Unit Equipment on Mine Plant Design

CIM Bulletin, 1968

A. G. SPENCER, Chief Electrical Engineer, and A. D. TAYLOR, Project Engineer, Bechtel and Company, Montreal, Que

This paper discusses some of the advantages and problems associated with the selection of large unit equipment for a metallurgical plant. A given flowsheet and material balance for an iron ore concentrator is assumed. Then two plant designs are developed, one utilizing a number of smaller-size equipment units and one utilizing the largest available equipment units. The mechanical and electrical problems are discussed and a comparison of capital costs is made. Finally, brief consideration is given to a plant design using units larger than those which are currently available.
Keywords: Canadian Mining and Metallurgical, grinding mills, iron ore, mva, Two-Line Plant, Design, Electrical, Equipment, layout, Mill, Mills, Motors, Plants