Showcasing its expertise in improving the electrical infrastructure of the mining industry, GE’s Power Conversion business will supply its ecomagination-qualified Quadramatic™ drive technology to Grupo Mexico to support the expansion of its Buenavista copper mining operation in the Mexican state of Sonora. The site is Latin America’s largest ball mill operation.
Grupo Mexico will use GE’s advanced synchronous motor technology to add 84 megawatts (MW) of power at six Buenavista ball mills. Quadramatic motors run at fixed speeds with minimum system losses to promote high efficiency, thus lowering the mine’s energy requirements. GE announced the new order with Minera Mexico—a subsidiary of Grupo Mexico—during MINExpo 2012 in Las Vegas, Nev.
Previously known as the Cananea mine, the Buenavista site is one of the largest open-pit copper mines in the world and produces more than 164,000 tons of copper annually. To meet the increasing global demand for copper, Grupo Mexico designed its expansion project to increase capacity without sacrificing efficiency.
“We selected GE’s Quadramatic motor technology to help us boost production and take advantage of record high copper prices driven by Asia’s strong infrastructure expansion activities,” said Manuel Tellez, corporate purchasing director, Grupo Mexico. “By supporting the long-term economic viability of the Buenavista mine, our expansion project will support the local economy at Cananea Sonora, Mexico.”
Read the press release here.