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cwmags: Twenty Wirtgen surface miners are an economically efficient way mining of high-quality materials in FMG's iron ore mines. They feed a contiuous fleet of Cat rigid dump trucks.

Twenty Wirtgen surface miners are an economically efficient way mining of high-quality materials in FMG’s iron ore mines. They feed a contiuous fleet of Cat rigid dump trucks. A cat exavator with breaker prepared the surface in advance (Roll over image to see other view)

Surface miners show the way in iron ore mining

The Australian continent offers a wealth of mineral resources that is truly unique in the world. As a raw material supplier of, for example, coal, iron ore, bauxite or nickel, Australia holds a prominent position in the world market. The economy of the fifth continent is determined to a significant extent by the success of the mining companies. The mining industry is the key driver of economic growth.

Conventional mining methods involving drilling and blasting were dominant until recently; since 2007, however, one of the continent’s largest iron ore producers has been banking on the innovative technology offered by the Wirtgen surface miners.

The mines operated by Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) are Australia’s first large-scale project to use surface mining as the main mining method. As many as twenty Wirtgen surface miners have become vital keys to the economically efficient mining of high-quality materials in FMG’s iron ore mines. They feed a contiuous fleet of Cat rigid dump trucks.

Cut costs, improve product quality – the advantages of selective mining

FMG’s iron ore deposits are located in the Pilbara region in Western Australia, less than two hours’ flight north of Perth. In this region, FMG holds the mining rights to an area covering 71,400 km². A special hallmark of the mines presently opened up by FMG is the flat-lying nature of the iron ore deposits.

In such an environment, the advantages offered by the surface mining technology are most obvious: “Wirtgen surface miners allow high-quality products to be mined with economic efficiency even from technically challenging mineral deposits,” says Bernhard Schimm, Manager of the Wirtgen Mining Division.

In comparative studies that were performed as part of the selection process to determine the most suitable main mining method, surface mining was able to win out over all other mining methods.

 

 

 


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