Kapurdi lignite opts for Dodge drives

ABB Dodge has reported success for its controlled start transmission (CST) drives on one of India’s longest mining conveyors
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Staff reporter

Three CST units have helped to deliver 99% availability on the Kapurdi lignite mine’s 4.5km conveyor.

Owner Barmer Lignite Mining Co originally transported the lignite by truck to its nearby power plant, but decided after two years to replace this system with a conveyor. With the conveyor becoming the life line between the facilities, selecting the equipment that would power the conveyor was a top concern.  Mine officials considered a variety of options, but chose the CST solution after a technical presentation delivered by ABB’s local Dodge mechanical power transmission team.

To help them reach the final decision, the ABB team suggested they visit a CST installation in China where multiple units have been successfully running for five years.

BMLC’s senior VP, Anil Sood, said the team’s decision was absolutely correct.

“We have been operating the mine at 100% capacity for more than two and a half years,” he explained. “The CST drives have delivered 99% availability with no breakdowns and have only required oil replacement. We would opt for the CST again in the future because it is robust machine.”