Dust-busting system delivers results
Zinc concentrate transported from Mount Isa and unloaded at the port is transferred to ships on a conveyor system for export to customers in Asia, Europe and North America as well as other parts of Australia.
Glencore Port Operations superintendent John Cordingley said the recent installation of a foam dust suppression system – commissioned mid-year – had been instrumental in reducing airborne dust from concentrate being transferred to vessels.
Foam is pumped to six outlets strategically positioned within the shiploading conveyor preventing dust particles from becoming airborne, which is one of the main advantages over alternative systems.
Several steps in the process have now been removed, with less pre-blending of concentrates in storage sheds and a fogging unit at the discharge point of the shiploader no longer required, creating a more efficient process.
Glencore said water sprays were previously used to control dust but at times were counterproductive with the product becoming sticky, which caused blockages in the chutes and held up the shiploading process.
Since the installation of the new system, Mr Cordingley said that vessels were being sent back into the market sooner, which was a significant economic advantage for the business.
“Due to the success of the project, we are investigating options to have a second foam dust suppression system installed on other parts of the out loading system,” he said.
“It’s important to continue the implementation of initiatives like this which streamline our processes and significantly contribute to improving air quality in and around the Port Operations.”
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