The mid-sized company JOEST GmbH + Co. KG from Duelmen in Germany is installing a high-tech system for processing iron ore pellets in Narvik, Norway. Kiruna, the northernmost city of Sweden, is home to an iron ore mine of the same name, which processes and stores pellets. These iron ore pellets are transported from Sweden to Norway for shipping. In 1902, a train line was built all the way to Narvik for this purpose. At the time this was the most northern train line in the world. The trains using this route pull up to 68 rail carts and transport around 33 million tons of iron ore per year.
Narvik is situated at the Ofotfjord, north of the Arctic Circle, and has an average annual temperature of around 4° C. Thanks to these temperatures, which are influenced by the Gulf Stream, the fjord remains free of ice almost all year round. This is where the processing plant of Scandinavia’s biggest iron ore producer is located, with a facility for direct loading of iron ore pellets onto ships. The existing plant has a processing rate of 6,000 t/h, and a new plant with a processing rate of an additional 9,000 t/h had to be added.
The new screening plant system consists of a storage bunker system, six large double-decker vibrating screens with chutes, various connecting belt conveyors as well as a crusher. The scope of delivery also included the entire steel structure, detailed planning, project management as well as installation and start-up.
Customer inquiry and specification of the general scope & Development of a first concept of a customer-specific process solution
Several presentations of JOEST solutions for the customer
Further development of the process solution details
Decision / order placed with JOEST & Preparation of design drawings
Drawings approved by the customer & Final drawings prepared
Start of manufacturing at JOEST & Regular quality checks
Start of transport of first equipment to Norway & Assembly and installation of first equipment
Manufacturing completed at JOEST
Assembly and installation completed & Completion of construction and installation by other suppliers
January 2016: Cold start-up
April 2016: Warm start-up with product
April 2016: Training of operators and maintenance personnel
May 2016: Service test
May 2016: Final customer approval & Production launch
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