Tenova Bateman Technologies modular plants, formally Bateman modular plants and now part of Tenova Mining & Minerals, has completed the fabrication and pre-erection of a front end module for a diamond plant in Zimbabwe and is erecting the facility on site. This is the second stage of the contract to integrate a new front end with the existing plant.

Both the first and second stages, signed July 2012 and August 2012 respectively, were completed within time and budget. The first stage focused on the engineering study, detailed design and procurement of long lead-time equipment, with the second stage focusing on procurement of the balance of equipment, fabrication, pre-erection and commissioning of the new module. Originally contracted on an ex-works basis, Tenova Bateman Technologies arranged the transportation of the plant from South Africa to Zimbabwe at the client’s request.

The existing plant, with hourly capacity of 200 tonnes, will be integrated with the new front end to double ore processing capacity to 400 tonnes. The new 200 tonne scrubber section, with a de-grit module, will match the existing 200 tonne scrubber and screening section. The front end also includes the in-plant conveyors, as well as modifications to the existing conveyors and bins to facilitate movement of the ore to and from both scrubber sections.

Erection of the front end was expected to be complete by the end of June, along with the integration with the existing 200 tonne/hour plant. On site activities also include upgrading of the current electrical system and re-positioning the existing de-grit plant to the new front end.

Commissioning is expected to start early this month once all the erection and integration activities have been completed.

Tenova Bateman Technologies modular plants are self-contained or are integrated into conventional plants. They are used for prospecting, exploration, research and testing, mining and mineral processing on land or sea. The process design is robust and makes use of the best available components from reputable suppliers that support their products worldwide. Modular plants are easy to erect on site, since they are trial erected and pre-commissioned at the factory, where they are marked, stripped and packed into containers, before being dispatched to site. Modular plants are used in the beneficiation and recovery of a wide range of commodities, including diamonds, coal, graphite, copper, magnesite, andalusite, chromite, platinum, iron ore and gold.

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