Sulzer Pumps to Supply Dewatering Pumps to Copper Mine in Zambia
Sulzer Pumps has successfully secured a contract for the supply of 12 large dewatering pump sets for a copper mine in Zambia, one of the largest construction projects currently underway in the country.
The scope includes the design, manufacture, testing, packaging, installation supervision and commissioning of ten large high pressure HPH pumps with 3000 KW motors for continuous dewatering of the main shaft, and two small medium pressure HPH pump with 800 KW motors for emergency pumping situations. The high pressure pumps produce heads in the range of 1275 m each. Through this supply of high efficiency pumps and their superior unique wear coatings, Sulzer Pumps contributes to the reduction of energy consumption and overall life cycle cost of equipment, longer operating times between maintenance while maintaining the productivity of the mine.
As the project location is close to Sulzer Pumps Zambian service center in Chingola, the reliability of its operations such as servicing, reconditioning and spare parts availability is ensured with our round-the-clock services.
This order demonstrates the capability that Sulzer Pumps brings to the dewatering industry as an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). Whilst the management of water inflow to a mine is important for maintaining mine productivity as well as ensuring a safe working environment, it is the efficient use of the energy needed to dewater which is key to ensuring the profitability of the mining operation. This is where the Sulzer value add proposition in terms of the overall life cycle cost of the equipment comes into play. The 12 pump sets for the project will be manufactured at Sulzer Pumps state-of-the-art facility in Elandsfontein, South Africa, with commissioning of the shaft currently scheduled in 2014.
Sulzer Pumps has been well established in South Africa since 1922 with a manufacturing site in Johannesburg which also houses the largest pump testing facility in South Africa; 2 service centers, and employing over 500 employees.