Schneider Electric mobile substations help power growth at Tuprag’s Kisladag gold mine

Schneider Electric was responsible for setting up the electrical infrastructure for the largest gold mine in Europe, Tüprag’s Kışladağ mine in Uşak province, Turkey and has had a relationship with the company since 2003. But it continues to help to mine achieve a production of more than 13 t of gold per year. The mine energy requirements are significant and the systems allow the mine to manage and control its electrical distribution system efficiently, reliably and safely while Schneider also created innovative solutions for specific needs of the gold operation.

Some 90% of the electrical equipment at the Tüprag mine was designed and built by Schneider Electric and a Schneider Electric Field Supervisor works on site at the Tüprag-owned mine. But in addition to hardware, software and engineering services, solutions have also recently included two tailor-made E-house skid mobile substations with remote monitoring functions designed to feed a new Hitachi EX5600 electric excavator and two Epiroc Pit Viper PV-235 electric drills that have been added to the mining fleet. These operate on 6.6 kV. Removable electrical substations like this are only used at about seven or eight mines worldwide but give more flexibility in allowing the open pit to evolve over time. This was the first request in Turkey but from order to delivery was still only three and a half months

Other Schneider Electric equipment at the mine includes an EcoStruxure Power SCADA control system, SM6-36 (36 kV) and MCSet air-insulated switchgears at 6.6 kV (including MV Thermal monitoring and Arc Flash detection), Trihal transformers, MV components, Blokset and Okken LV Panels (400 V), and VSD drives.