Supplies at Work: Automating a lead and zinc processing plant and more

Supplies at Work: Yunnan Chihong Zinc & Germanium selects Emerson to automate lead and zinc plant

Emerson Process Management ( has been selected to provide the process automation system for Yunnan Chihong Zinc & Germanium Co., Ltd.'s Yunna Huize lead and zinc processing plant.

The plant in Yunna Province, China, produces 100,000 tons of zinc and 60,000 tons of lead per year, and the company plans to expand smelting capacity to 1,000,000 tons in the next five years. The new automation system will help improve smelting efficiency and reduce energy consumption in the lead ISA furnace process and zinc pyrometallurgy process, as well as efficiency in sulfur dioxide emission control and waste heat recovery.

Emerson will provide a control solution that includes its DeltaV ( digital automation system with DeltaV S-Series hardware, AMS Suite asset management software, and smart field devices using FOUNDATION fieldbus and IEC 62591 (WirelessHART) communications technology. AMS Suite will provide predictive field diagnostics to enable early detection of potential issues and proactive maintenance planning.

Learn more about the DeltaV implementation at the Yunnan Huize lead and zinc processing plant

Supplies at Work: Honeywell to deliver control and safety system for Australia Pacific LNG Project
Honeywell ( has been selected by Bechtel International ( to design and implement automation and safety solutions for a new multi-train liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility under construction as part of the Australia Pacific LNG Project ( in Queensland.

The Australia Pacific LNG Project, a joint venture between Origin Energy, ConocoPhillips and Sinopec, will create a long-term industry utilizing Australia Pacific LNG’s coal seam gas (CSG) resources in the Surat and Bowen basins. Bechtel selected Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) to provide vital Integrated Control and Safety Systems (ICSS) at the new facility, which is designed to convert CSG to LNG. The Project will produce coal steam gas for commercial markets both locally and overseas and already supplies gas to power stations in Queensland, major industrial customers and homes and businesses in south east Queensland.

The solution consists of components including Experion PKS, Honeywell’s process distributed control system, Safety Manager, which delivers safety assurance for operators who oversee industrial processes, and also includes Honeywell’s Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS), their Fire & Gas Systems (FGS), and Enterprise Building Integrator, which serves as a platform for both fire detection systems and security systems.


Supplies at Work: ABB awarded mine hoist order by Xstrata Zinc

ABB ( recently won a $24 million order to supply a complete ore hoisting solution for Xstrata Zinc’s ( George Fisher Mine (GFM) located near Mount Isa in north-west Queensland, Australia. The ground-mounted friction hoist will carry ore from a depth of 1,135 meters and help increase GFM’s production by 30% per year by 2013.

Xstrata Zinc’s resources in and near Mount Isa, including GFM, comprise the world’s largest zinc resource base, with an estimated 600 million metric tons of ore and 36 million metric tons of contained zinc metal.

ABB will design, supply and commission all the electrical and mechanical equipment for a new ground-mounted mine ore hoist system. At speeds of 16 meters per second, the hoist will raise 600 metric tons of ore per hour from a depth of 1,135 meters. ABB’s ACS 6000 medium voltage drive system, which controls torque and speed to enable energy-efficient ore haulage, will power a 9,000 kilowatt (kW) synchronous motor to run the hoist. The hoist design will minimize impact on the surrounding power network.

ABB will also design and supply the bottom dump ore skips with inspection platforms, the rope deflection sheaves and a skip dumping system. ABB’s 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 is scheduled to be completed in the second half of 2013.

Learn more about the partnership between ABB and Xstrata Zinc