TAKRAF Contracted for In Pit Crushing & Conveying and Material Handling System

The advanced and integrated system will be for Rio Tinto.

November 13, 2023

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TAKRAF and Rio Tinto sign agreement
This agreement is for development of the Simandou iron ore complex in Guinea. Image courtesy of TAKRAF

TAKRAF Group and Rio Tinto has signed an agreement for development of the Simandou iron ore complex in Guinea. The Simandou complex is one of the largest unexploited high-grade iron ore deposits in the world.

The contract entails the design, fabrication, and delivery of an advanced and integrated IPCC and material handling system. Highlights include:

  • Two primary IPCC systems incorporating two TAKRAF X-TREME class sizers to crush extracted ore received by truck

    A secondary In Pit Secondary Crushing & Conveying (IPSCC) system incorporating four TAKRAF sizers for further ore processing

    Two rail mounted stackers for ore stockpiling

    Two rail mounted reclaimers for ore reclaiming

    Two wagon loading stations with buffer silos

    A complex conveyor system with transfer stations for the above equipment, including a technically sophisticated long downhill conveyor between the secondary IPSCC system and the stockyard

    Electrical and control equipment and stockyard auxiliaries

In order to achieve the desired annual production rate, the crushing system has been sized with a design capacity of up to 13,200 t/h. Importantly, all stockyard equipment have also been designed with scalability in mind, which is a foundation for future expansions.

A separate contract for technical assistance for installation and commissioning of the system, as well as for assistance in longer-term maintenance and spare parts supply will also be concluded.

“First and foremost, this is an important project for the country of Guinea and we are proud to play our part. Secondly, as steel producers adopt various initiatives to reduce their carbon emissions, the demand for lower-impurity and higher-grade iron ore — essential feedstock for steel production — is growing," said Thomas Jabs, TAKRAF Group CEO. "Simandou’s premium quality ore will thus play an important role in the global energy transition. Lastly, I would like thank Rio Tinto and all stakeholders for their trust in TAKRAF’s solution offering."

He said the company is proud to have been selected as important partners to this project and look forward to TAKRAF's engineered solutions delivering upon their promise.

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