Provide a fast-tracked electrical distribution and process control solution for a green field coal mine
Coalspur Mines Limited is a thermal coal development company with approximately 55,000 hectares of leases located within the Hinton region of Alberta, Canada. In 2017, Coalspur began construction of their flagship coal project, the Vista Coal Project, potentially one of the largest export thermal coal mines in North America. The project includes a strip mine operation; a raw materials/stockpile system that runs coal to a processing plant where the ore is screened, washed and de-watered; and, finally, a conveyor that carries the product down the mountain to a rail line where it is loaded for shipping. Powering and controlling the electrical supply and equipment across the entire mine requires 14 transformers totaling over 30 MVA and over 300 electrical motors. With site preparation and construction of the processing plant already underway, Coalspur needed to find a supplier that could engineer, procure and deliver electrical distribution and power control equipment for all areas of the mine. Meeting the aggressive construction schedule requires a flexible approach and close working relationship with the install contractor, modifying the system as process equipment selection evolved. Coalspur selected Lakewood Electrical as their install contractor to ensure local representation for future electrical requirements. ANDRITZ and Lakewood Electric had developed a strong working relationship through previous projects. That connection, combined with ANDRITZ‘s proven track record in providing specialized electrical engineering solutions, resulted in ANDRITZ being awarded the contract.