The large-scale project now underway will see more than 20 km of steel cord belts installed between 2013 and 2017. Codelco has previously used ContiTech conveyor belt systems on other projects, with the latest order placed via Tenova TAKRAF of Leipzig.
The Nuevo Nivel Mina project is intended to open up new copper reserves in deeper layers of the mountain so mining will now take place underground. The new conveyor belt system, which will transport the mined rock, will provide the mine operator with energy-saving solutions, said ContiTech.
The steel cord belts are manufactured with an XLL Compound, a special, energy-optimised rubber composition which minimises indentation rolling resistance on the conveyor, due to the improved visco-elastic properties of the rubber compound.
ContiTech said this enables energy consumption during the transport of raw materials to be cut by up to 25%, comparison with conventional conveyor belts, meaning energy costs and CO2 emissions can be significantly reduced.
ContiTech is also supplying innovative electronic conveyor belt monitoring and inspection systems for El Teniente, including ContiProtect and ContiInspect.
“We are absolutely delighted to be involved in this large-scale project and to support the expansion with our innovative products,” said Claus Peter Spille, head of ContiTech Conveyor Belt Group’s Mining World segment.