Slurry pumps handle abrasive iron ore slurry
Jan 11, 2006
At an iron ore outloading site in Australia, seasonal torrential downpours led to a tremendous volume of abrasive slurry that could not be handled in an effective manner by existing cantilever pumps. To resolve this situation, ITT Flygt unit provided the mining company with a complete solution built around its slurry pumps that finally solved a 30-year old problem.
When loading minerals on bulk carriers it is inevitable that lump falls from the conveyer belt. These lumps, mixed with massive amounts of water from downpours, forms a very abrasive slurry that is collected in the site's pump sumps for further handling.
BHP Billiton had employed ITT Flygt pumps in different processes so they turned to ITT Flygt in Australia with a request to provide them with pumps. However, ITT Flygt made it a challenge not only to replace the old cantilever slurry pumps but also to come up with a complete solution comprising sump design, pumping, agitation and sump cleaning. This meant using existing Flygt equipment as well as new innovative ideas on how to agitate and remove heavy iron ore slurries from the sumps.
- Submersible technology
- Self-cleaning sumps
- Effective slurry removal
- Safe working environment
- Reliable operation
- Low maintenance costs
- Low power consumption
- Good backup service
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