A primary crusher at the Toquepala mine in Peru needed to be relocated. This fantastic feat required some ingenious engineering and diligent work. Enter the customer service and engineering specialists from our FLSmidth offices located in Lima and Arequipa, Peru.
As the previous story indicated, the plant's scheduled shutdown in Mexico meant providing necessary maintenance and services for a gyratory crusher and ball mill; but in this Peruvian project, a primary crusher was literally moved from one location to another.
Management at Grupo México’s Southern Peru Copper Corporation (SPCC) requested that FLSmidth assist with the transfer of its Traylor® 60x113” gyratory crusher at the Toquepala concentrator site located in the Tacna Province of Peru.
The plan was to move the crusher from the area known as 3,100 (elevation location in meters) to an area called "Mejora Tecnológica" (technology improvement area) as part of a project to improve the efficiency of the mine. FLSmidth’s role consisted in the full removal, relocation, assembly, commissioning and startup of the primary crusher.
Working with SPCC personnel, planning was initiated and quality and assurance controls set in place according to ISO 9001:2008 standards.
At the beginning of project implementation, some complications arose, but these situations were quickly resolved with the FLSmidth team remaining focused on safety and quality standards, and responding proactively to customer requests.
220,000 man hours,
no reported accidents,
commissioning in record time
To handle all aspects of the relocation, FLSmidth coordinated a number of service teams that totaled 140 people involved onsite, and tactical coordination of transportation, generators, lighting towers and a truck with a 12-tonne crane. In addition, support was provided by personnel from FLSmidth’s Arequipa Supercenter, including addressing concerns, providing valuable input, coordination of manufacturing, and supply of consumables, tools, mechanical, electrical, instrumental, and other special services.
Ending in March 2016, the gyratory crusher was successfully moved and installed at the new location. In addition, FLSmidth built a maintenance platform and installed an auxiliary dust collection system.
Completion was achieved safely with more than 220,000 man hours invested, with no reported accidents. Pre-commissioning and commissioning were realized in record time and the project, throughout its entirety, was handled without incident. We’re glad to report another satisfied customer, and we hope to continue working together on this exciting Toquepala concentrator improvement project.
Contact: Jesus Cabrera