ABB automation system for Brazilian iron mine

ABB won a USD 103M contract from Brazilian mining company Vale to install electrical and automation systems at a modern iron ore mine in the Carajás mountains of northern Brazil as part of a major capacity expansion.
 
This order follows a previous USD 140M contract won by ABB to complete the first phase of the S11D project, supplying and installing automation and electrical equipment for the process plant that separates the ore from the spoil material.
 
 
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With this order, ABB will supply a 230KV in-feed substation to connect the mine to the electricity grid as well as 42 secondary substations. These secondary substations will be contained in ABB’s e-houses, prefabricated, walk-in, modular, outdoor enclosures designed to house a range of electrical and automation equipment. ABB will also supply the motors driving the mine’s conveyor belts.
 

“I’m proud that ABB and Vale’s close relationship over more than 10 years has culminated in this pioneering project that sets a new standard in productivity, sustainability and safety”, said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB’s Process Automation division. “Cross-divisional collaboration on this project is enabling tight power and automation integration, a key differentiator for ABB.”