Project Solutions - Mining Industry

The use of diesel generators is absolutely integral to the mining industry. The mining industry is a large part of the South African revenue, and the use of generators is a very important element within that industry. Whether it is coal, gas, iron ore, or precious metals, mining is a very important part of how the country functions. Diesel generators account for approximately 72% of the energy used to run various facets of the mining industry. The large drills and shovels, as well as excavating machinery, all run on diesel generators. Many of these generators are in the form of huge land roving trucks that help to extract the minerals and other items and then transport them. In most cases, these gigantic generators can haul over 300 tons of material at one time. Diesel has a lower volatility rate, making it a safer option for use in the mining industry.

Mining extracts the earth’s natural materials to provide energy. It is a business that is absolutely essential to the success of our economy. Without the help of diesel generators, the job could take much longer to accomplish and would require a lot more manpower and money to operate efficiently. These diesel powered generators provide a lot of muscle, capacity, and stability. From drilling trenches to busting up rock, carting out huge loads of materials and pulling up heavy amounts of coal, diesel generators provide the strength and capability needed to get the job done. As for the heavy and large equipment that is used, diesel generators are still the equipment of choice in the mining industry.

NetCom Dynamics Africa provides comprehensive solution for prime/standby power generation from 22.5kVA - 3200kVA specifically designed to suit your needs. NetCom Dynamics Africa generators are designed for the harshest weather conditions, while being highly efficient and reliable to work 24/7. NetCom Dynamics Africa gen-sets are capable to operate continuously for 24hours a day. With auto remote control function, gen-set real-time operation parameters and state will be monitored, and machinery will give immediate alarm to monitoring equipment when any faults occur.

The Mining Industry Relies On Electricity to Keep Costs Down

There are plenty of reasons why electric power is sometimes lost. Generally, it is weather related and due to severe storms tormenting a particular region. At times however, power outages can be caused when the local electric companies are unable to meet the demands of the general public. But after power has been out for many crucial hours, people begin wishing that they had invested in a portable power source, such as a generator. One can only survive on peanut butter, crackers and tuna for so long. For most people, electricity is supplied by utilities or electricity corporations from power stations, via supply networks called grids. These main grids provide electricity to the majority of the population. This would not be the case if you worked at a mining site far from any city. In most instances, remote work sites such as mines are usually not serviced by the main grid and must rely on portable power generators to provide them with electricity they need for their operations. In other words, without electricity at mining facilities, the natural materials extracted from the earth in the mining process would be much more costly than they are today.

In the absence of reliable power, power generating systems are a necessity for the people and machines at the worksite, who rely almost exclusively on electricity to do their work. The power generation equipment will ensure that any other equipment that needs electric power to run, continues to work as designed. In these remote areas not serviced by a main electricity grid, the electricity generated from a portable power generator becomes the lubricant that keep all operations running smoothly. There are multiple hazards of working inside the mines, even before you consider the challenges of working with electricity safely. When using portable power generators inside the mines, it is important for the mining company to have a professional help them install and maintain the equipment to make sure for the safety of their employees. Both surface and underground mining operations rely on powered equipment to extract materials and load trucks. Overall, the mining sector could not flourish without the use of the power generators. Electricity powers underground mining machines, drives giant above ground drag-lines and even runs the small jack hammers used in one-person opal mines. If you are in the mining industry and you need expert assistance in setting up a diesel power generation system at your mining operation, give us a call. We would be happy to help.

Our applications supporting the Mining Industry include:

  • Temporary utility solutions for turnarounds and shutdowns.
  • Power and electrical distribution solutions for utility loss.
  • Complete turnkey service for full project execution.
  • Contingency planning preparation to minimise downtime in emergencies.
  • Power to remote locations.
  • Turnkey packages complete with fuel management.
  • Onsite technical support.
  • Emergency power backup.
  • Site and load analysis surveys to identify current needs.