In its endeavour to continually improve technology and drive productivity, Tata Steel has installed a state-of-the-art Long Pipe Conveyor (LPC) at its opencast coal mines at West Bokaro Division in Ramgarh district in the Indian state of Jharkhand. The facility was virtually inaugurated on December 30 by T.V. Narendran, CEO & MD, Tata Steel. A number of company officials, including Vice Presidents, joined the inaugural ceremony.
Congratulating the entire team for a well-executed project, T.V. Narendran, CEO & MD, Tata Steel, said: “Implementation of best-in-class technologies and sustainable practices are critical success factors for mining operations. The Long Pipe Conveyor would improve the productivity and help in reducing the environmental footprint in coal logistics, significantly.
In addition to the growth of technology in West Bokaro, the 4 km LPC project is an ambitious project of the company. Doing away with the 61-year-old mono cable and bi-cable ropeway system, LPC is a state-of-the-art technology that reiterates Tata Steel’s commitment to safety and environment friendly sustainable mining practices.
LPC will bring coal and by-products from the washeries to the Chainpur railway siding replacing the existing ropeway transportation system. The conveyor is driven by controlled start transmission drives, comprising a steel cord belt with fire resistant properties. Maintenance staff and all necessary equipment will be borne by two maintenance trolleys atop the conveyor. This pipe conveyor will not only have zero spillage, but will also be noiseless and improve productivity in the West Bokaro Division.
The single unit can handle both coal and by-product grades and can carry 1,200 t/h, making it much cheaper and safer than road transport and ropeway transport. The enclosed structure will ensure there is no degradation of materials along the way.