SENET is looking to reinforce its materials handling focus within the mining sector in 2018. Considering that the company was founded and developed on the success of its materials handling capabilities, which remain a key strength within the company today, SENET is set to take significant strides into this market sector.
Long before SENET developed its minerals processing plant capabilities, it became well known in the industry as a bulk materials handling firm. In fact, it was through the company’s materials handling capabilities that it was able to transition into minerals processing. The company specialises in frontend comminution and heap leach mobile conveying circuit equipment (and design), which in its early days was largely for heap leach operations. This also led to the design of SENET’s own proprietary range of heap leach equipment, specifically mobile heap leach stacking equipment and agglomeration drums, which remain a core offering today.
“Despite our current successes and ever-growing track record in delivering process plants in the mining sector, we have never moved away from or our core, predominantly turnkey, materials handling skill sets. It remains our heritage and in honour of this we have established an in-house department comprising highly competent and experienced materials handling technical and mechanical experts. Most importantly, it still constitutes relevant portions of work required to execute our process plants as well,” highlights Business Development General Manager Mpho Nkgodi.
Thus SENET is fully equipped to deliver complete, large-scale materials handling packages to clients across Africa and beyond, together with the flexibility to offer EPCM or turnkey projects, customised to the client’s specific requirements. “Our on-going success in the heap leach sector should help us elevate our position within the materials handling equipment supply field. And because we are able to understand what a client needs or wants from an overall process perspective, our equipment is designed with specific parameters in mind to deliver optimal performance.”
To ensure that our heap leach product range remains competitive, SENET has also embarked on a process of identifying key partners – in low-cost centres along busy shipping routes – from whom to purchase components and complete fabrication requirements. “Our immediate focus for 2018 will be to improve the competitiveness of our pricing while maintaining a pragmatic approach and the high quality standards our brand has become synonymous with.”
The company also recognises that after-sales support is an essential part of the equipment value chain. “To this end, SENET is fully geared to support its heap leach equipment range with a dedicated and comprehensive spares offering.”
A WELL-ESTABLISHED MATERIALS HANDLING PORTFOLIO
SENET’s materials handling capabilities extend well beyond heap leach operations. SENET has completed several impressive, large-scale materials handling projects which include the detailed design, procurement, fabrication, erection and commissioning of nine 10 000 tph overland stockyard stacking and reclaiming conveyors, between 2003 and 2006, at the Saldanha iron ore export facility.
Also, in 2006, as part of the overall LEFA gold project, SENET undertook the design, procurement and installation of a 6 km long overland conveyor system which was designed to convey 825 tph of crushed ore over severely undulating terrain as well as a dam – all the while keeping in mind a costeffective approach.
Most recently, in 2013, SENET undertook the design, procurement, and erection assistance of a 900 tph materials handling system on an alumina project in the United Arab Emirates which comprised a series of interplant conveyors for transferring 900 tph of alumina from the quayside to storage silos situated within the main plant.
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