The ground-mounted friction hoist will carry ore from a depth of 1,135m and help increase GFM’s production by 30% per year by 2013.

Under the contract, ABB will design, supply and commission all the electrical and mechanical equipment for a new ground-mounted mine ore hoist system.

At speeds of 16m per second, the hoist will raise 600 metric tons of ore per hour from a depth of 1,135m.

The company will also design and supply the bottom dump ore skips with inspection platforms, the rope deflection sheaves and a skip dumping system.

ABB said its System 800xA AC800M industrial controller will manage and control the entire mine hoisting system, from the loading conveyors to the surface ore dump station.

Delivery of the ore hoisting solution is scheduled to be completed in the second half of 2013.