Highland Valley Copper's in-pit crushing and conveying system
CIM Bulletin, Vol. 81, No. 917, 1988
M.D. SCOTT,Highland Valley Copper,Logan Lake, British Columbia
Highland Valley Copper recently installed a semi-mobile in-pit crushing and conveyor system designed to feed both the Bethlehem and Lornex concentrators with a feed averaging 120 000 tonnes per day. The system installed with a rated capacity of 12 000 tonnes per hour is the highest capacity hard rock semi-mobile crushing and conveying system currently in existence.
The system is designed in a manner that the crushers can be moved easily as the pit is developed in depth with conveyors extending deeper into the pit, and conveyors being moved radially from a surge pile located at the rim of the ultimate pit as the pit increases in size laterally.
The system consists of two 6000 tph, 60 by 89 Krupp semi-mobile crushers feeding two moveable 4500 hp, 60 in. conveyors, 1.25 km long feeding a 7500 tonne live storage surge pile. Two 96 in. belt feeders installed in reclaim tunnels under the pile feed two parallel 4500 hp, 60 in. conveyors, 1.25 km long on a 12 per cent uphill grade to the two existing Lornex plant feed conveyors. A third 96 in. belt feeder, under the pile, feeds a 60 in. conveyor, loading trucks hauling crushed ore to the Bethlehem mill.
A description will be given: (1) of the system's design features in which climatic extremes, operating, and mainA description will be given: (1) of the system's design features in which climatic extremes, operating, and maintenance characteristics were of primary importance; (2) of the way the system was constructed from components purchased internationally on an extremely tight construction schedule; and (3) of the way the system has operated during the first few months in operation during which time it demonstrated that it has met various design criteria.
Open pit mining, Crushers, Conveyor systems, Highland Valley Copper.