Bulk Material Handling Equipment: Firm Demand on Rising Coal Needs
December 11, 2010 8:37 am
Large scale expansion for mines belonging to public sector behemoth Coal India Limited allied with requirements of coal requirement of power and steel sector is well expected to put in firm demand for range of bulk material handling equipment. An OEM Update report.
Coal India Limited (CIL) has made large scale expansion plan for the eleventh plan to raise its output. The public sector coal producing behemoth has made a massive target of producing 520.5 million tones of coal for 2011–12. The large scale coal output targeted for production is for growing power sector requirement pegged at 70,000 MW. Bulk of the power requirements would be met by thermal power plants. Demand of coal would increasingly continue to be met from CIL’s open cast mines. This would be increasingly requiring deployment of wide range of bulk material handling equipment. From a modest level of 75 million tones, CIL ended 2007–08 with a production of 379 million tones. Most of the output came from open cast mining. CIL’s total production of coal during 2007–08 was 456.5 million tones.
According to senior CIL officials, as the present output requirement goes, the coal producing major would be requiring high capacity draglines to remove the coal, conveyors wherever feasible cutting down on wheel loaders and other transportation machinery. Conveyors would be required to connect the rail heads, port loading points and end users plants pertaining to primary and secondary steel producers. Not to mention power producers. Power sector would alone account for a good deal of demand of bulk material handling equipment. This would be power plants located close to the mine heads. Port loading points would be requiring bulk material handling requirements pertaining to ship to shore cranes coal loading and unloading cranes with grab attachments. Port bulk material handling equipment for coal would also involve ship loaders, continuous ship unloaders, grab type ship unloaders etc. The bulk coal material handling would also feature. Shore to ship handling facilities with mechanical slewing ship loaders featuring shuttle conveyors for movement of coal. There is large scale investment lined up by East Coast and West Coast major and private ports in India for handling coal that would be moving through the coastal route.
Handling of coal would also be requiring stackers, reclaimers, scraper/ reclaimers tube conveyors etc. For power plant end users of coal there would be growing requirement of coaling facilities, stockyard management facilities, systems based on delivery by rail or road and mechanical conveying in ash removal facilities. The requirements would be essentially based for coal feeding and ash removal facilities.
Taking into account requirement of wide range of bulk coal material handling requirements equipment manufacturers have wide machinery variants for solutions required coupled with customized service package. Service package includes advice during solution development, feasibility studies for having bulk material handling requirement. Study support for capacity expansion of bulk material handling facilities and refurbishment of existing facilities.
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