Australian mining equipment designer and manufacturer Nepean Conveyors is claiming to have revolutionised overland conveyors with its new relocatable system designed for ease of transport, assembly and redeployment.
The company said the Nepean Relocatable Conveyor (NRC) considerably lowers capital and operational costs and is a fully engineered conveyor built into a certified CSC shipping container, providing the ability to be transported by standard shipping methods to anywhere in the world.
The unique design allows for horizontal and vertical curves with belt widths from 1-1.6m with three-roll or five-roll idler configurations available. Idler spacing from 1.2m to 1.6m are catered for in the standard module design, or Nepean can customise the design to meet specific requirements. Larger belt widths of up to 1.8m can be accommodated on conveyors without horizontal curves.
The company said the NRC provides substantial reductions in capital and installation costs.
“This world first design can be installed with minimal ground preparation. Each module has inbuilt levelling capability, so there is no need for time consuming detailed earth works or civil works, thus reducing its environmental footprint and the need for rehabilitation of the land,” said Nepean.
“Combine this with the logistics benefits of a standard shipping container and you have a system that can be quickly and easily installed and moved between satellite mine sites or mining areas.
“The modular and relocatable aspects of the NRC mean, for the first time, a surface conveyor system can be hired, leased or financed to operations. The ability to finance or lease now offers the industry lower operating costs, avoiding the upfront capital costs of purchasing a system.”
Nepean was established in 1985 and now operates in half-a-dozen countries. Among its clients, it lists BHP, Rio Tinto, Anglo American, Yancoal, Peabody, Glencore, Xstrata and Vale.