Doppelmayr Transport Technology has worked with Aggregate Industries UK Ltd to develop a unique materials handling system.
Aggregate Industries UK has developed a new extension at Bardon Hill Quarry in Leicestershire, UK. In order to sustain quarrying activities, a separate materials handling system is required to extract, process and transport overburden for emplacement within the existing quarry as part of its restoration.
Doppelmayr Transport Technology has worked closely with Aggregate Industries UK to develop a unique solution that will dramatically reduce CO2 emissions and environmental impact compared with road haulage or the footprint associated with a conventional surface conveyor system.
The proven RopeCon system is a combination of ropeway technology and conventional conveying technology. Track ropes will span 850m across the entire pit upon which the belt that transports the overburden will travel. The RopeCon system includes a reversible second belt that will enable simultaneous conveying and emplacement activities.
During the life of the operation, the RopeCon track ropes will be periodically retensioned to allow the system to be lifted above the placed material. This ability to control the drop height will minimise the impact from noise and dust during operation of the system.
Currently under construction, this will be the first such installation in the UK and will transport up to 1,000t of overburden per operating hour.