ABB said today it has won two automation contracts worth a total of $21 million to help boost production for the Chilean company Collahausi, the world’s fourth largest copper producer.
The equipment will be installed at the Ujina and Rosario mines. ABB will supply electrical and control products and systems, including the world’s largest mill motor used in copper production – a 40-foot stator unit with gearless mill drive technology – plus a wide range of process control solutions.
The new Collahausi projects are said to represent the largest mining operation to be operated by ABB’s Industrial IT system, the group’s patented concept for linking control system functions with the information needed to install, operate and maintain plant devices.
Installation and commissioning work is expected to be completed by July 2004. As part of the contract, ABB personnel will also train Collahausi operators on the new systems.