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Heavy Kwatani screen for Gamsberg

South Africa’s Kwatani is supplying a large exciter-driven grizzly feeder and a sizing screen to the Gamsberg zinc project in the Northern Cape Province.
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As the flagship of miner Vedanta Zinc International/Black Mountain Mining, Gamsberg is set to exploit one of the largest known, undeveloped zinc ore bodies in the world, with SA-based ELB Engineering Services conducting the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services.

Spartan-based vibrating screen specialist Kwatani was contracted to supply a heavy-duty grizzly feeder capable of feeding over 750 tph of ore. Built with cast manganese grizzly bars for durability, this robust unit will withstand maximum lump sizes of up to 1.5m in size. Also supplied is a single-deck, motor-driven sizing screen of the same throughput capacity.

“Kwatani has a significant reference base, especially in the Northern Cape, where we supply most of the mining vibrating screens,” said Kim Schoepflin, CEO of Kwatani. “Our installations are particularly well-recognised in those areas with arduous applications.”

While price was a key consideration, Schoepflin highlighted the customer’s insistence on robust equipment that is fit-for-purpose. Schoepflin said Kwatani was able to meet the project’s tight roll-out schedule, not just with the delivery of equipment, but with all the necessary product documentation that will facilitate compliance and safe installation.

“We have completed our part of the project, and are ready to commission the equipment in line with the overall plant construction schedule,” she said. “We also assisted our client with the design of the chute that will feed the grizzly.”

After fabrication, the equipment was fully tested on Kwatani’s in-house test bench at its 17,000 sq metre facilities near OR Tambo airport.

The supply of the equipment will come with an extended warranty that will include regular visits by field experts from Kwatani’s Northern Cape branch. The company said that the capacity of this facility will allow it to conduct both the commissioning of the equipment and the follow-up inspections and interventions.

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