South32 Denrobium Mine Takes On The Mighty ASC M8

Updated on Friday, November 5, 2021


Client Introduction

South32 Dendrobium Mine in the Illawarra region of New South Wales.

It is an existing underground mine, primarily producing metallurgical coal for steelmaking.

For 85 years, Illawarra Metallurgical Coal has produced high-quality metallurgical coal used for steelmaking, which is shipped around Australia and around the world.

South32 produce bauxite, alumina, aluminium, energy and metallurgical coal, manganese, nickel, silver, lead and zinc in Australia, Southern Africa and South America.

The Challenge

As and major player in the global mining market South32 understand the sensitivities of working with coal dust. The mine is located within the Sydney metropolitan area.

Part of their Mining Licence requirement is to ensure a dust free working environment. This is to include minimizing air borne dust that can spread to the local community that live within 1 km of the mine site.

Prior to the involvement of ASC South 32 had in use a mechanical suction street sweeper. The underlining issue with the street sweeper was that it required far too much maintenance for the hours used and had major problems working with dust control blow back. It would not meet the companies air quality standards.

The terrain on site is not ideal with large pot holes, uneven narrow roadway and steep inclines being typical of any operational mine site worldwide.

This coupled with a mix of black coal dust of all densities, rocks and wet muddy areas makes for a particularly harsh environment to keep clean and dust free.

The Solution

South32 knew they had to make a call to replace their existing street sweeper.

They asked ASC Sweeper Specialist Scott Campbell to visit their site & recommend what he thought would work best in this application.

After a site survey, Scott recommended the newly released cross over Industrial Street Sweeper ASC Eureka M8 Mine Spec sweeper.

It was the only machine available globally that could handle their harsh conditions & list of requirements.

After a successful demonstration South 32 elected to proceed with the ASC M8 machine.

Scott Campbell has organised the delivery and an induction training program with the companies operators.

In the end South 32 gained an Environmental sweeper that would deliver many benefits.

Not only would it give them 100% dust control meeting stringent EPA target levels but functionally it would;

  1. Be easy to drive as its cockpit has been designed for simplicity of use
  2. Easy to maintain mechanically and operationally
  3. Provide great manoeuvrability around the site allowing for sweeping in areas their previous street sweeper couldn’t clean.