SKF has secured a contract with the Las Bambas mine in Peru to provide lubrication management services for all electric motors in the mine’s concentrator plant. Engineered specifically for Las Bambas, the lubrication solutions will contribute to increased equipment reliability and cost effectiveness.
The two-year agreement with Las Bambas includes engineering, planning and scheduling, execution and management of all lubrication-related activities for the electric motors. In addition, SKF will supply lubrication system components and tools to the mine.
“As part of its reliability programme, Las Bambas needed a world-class lubrication system for its electric motors,” said Service & Upselling Manager Carlos Lahura of SKF Peru. “Mine personnel contacted SKF to develop a series of integrated lubrication solutions for their rotating machinery and were impressed by our expertise and commitment. As a result, SKF was engaged to provide lubrication management services as well.”
The ultimate SKF Three-Barrier Solution, consisting of sealed SKF Explorer spherical roller bearings, housings and SKF Taconite Seals, also has been deployed for the mine’s overland conveyor belts, with shafts measuring between 500mm and 700mm. The bearings and housings provided will have integrated sensor positions for condition monitoring that offer the improved contamination protection needed in severe weather conditions.
Forecast to produce approximately 400,000 tonnes of copper once fully operational in 2017, Las Bambas will be the third largest copper mine in the world.