Global technology powerhouse Siemens has announced a partnership with PT Kaltim Prima Coal (KPC) to install the world’s fastest overland conveyor belt for KPC’s coal operations in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. KPC is one of the world’s largest open pit mining operators.
PT KPC has partnered with Siemens to install Integrated Drive Systems (IDS) technology with Siemens automation technology to replace the older technology used on its existing conveyor belts and to overcome risks of high-speed operation.
IDS technology is also installed on two new conveyor belts, one of which is the Melawan overland conveyor, a curved conveyor that runs at 7.5 metres per second, and the other, OLC2, a straight conveyor, that runs at a speed of 8.5 metres per second, making them both the fastest conveyor belts in the world. Both conveyors transport coal over a distance of 25km.
PT Siemens Indonesia’s head of Digital Factory Division and Process Industries and Drives Division Stefanus Arif said: “With production industries under immense pressure to reach increasingly higher levels of productivity at the lowest possible cost, the ability to achieve high degrees of effectiveness has become more important in today’s mining industry.
"We are proud to see PT Kaltim Prima Coal reaping the benefits of our latest IDS technology, even going as far as achieving the world’s fastest overland conveyor belt speed, whilst reducing energy requirements.”
Based in Sangatta, East Kalimantan, PT KPC manages a mining area of more than 90,000 hectares and produces more than 50 million tonnes of coal per year, which equates to about one-sixth of Indonesia’s expected coal exports in 2016.