The Filtration of bulk diesel supply on Sishen Mine has been on ongoing quest for many years. Clean diesel is crucial on this mega-mine, not only to keep the operation running but also to prolong the lifespan of the multi-million rand equipment.
The bulk of Kumba’s iron ore production comes from Sishen mine, located in South Africa’s Northern Cape Province near the mining town of Kathu. Opened in 1947, Sishen mine is Kumba’s flagship operation and one of the largest open-pit mines in the world. It operates 24/7 and in 2013 produced 30,9 million tonnes (Mtpa) of iron ore.
FloSolve is proud to have been awarded the contract by Sishen’s Projects Team to design and supply a diesel filtration system that meets Sishen’s high requirements at Aldag Service Station. Delivering on the specifications from the Projects team we supplied an advanced technology filter system.
The current Pall filtration system will be replaced by state of the art PALL Ulitpleat Diesel Filters. Ultipleat diesel fuel filters are specifically designed for solid particulate contamination removal in high volume, high flow diesel fuel applications. These large diameter filter elements feature filtration media and a filter element configuration with unique wave-shaped pleat geometry. This allows the use of significantly fewer elements and smaller housings, which is particularly beneficial in bulk diesel fuel applications where high flow rates and high contamination ingress rates are present.
Pall is the industry leader for particulate removal in bulk diesel fuel and filling applications. The installation at Sishen included Pall Vertical stainless steel housing units, each filter is fitted with seven Pall SRT Ultipleat® filter elements.
The high cleanliness levels which are being maintained have extended the life of the components substantially such as injectors and engine components. “Maintenance usually involved replacing about eight injectors per year per piece of equipment, but with usage of this immaculately clean diesel, only one injector per piece of equipment is needed to be replaced”