The Siemens Drive Technologies division has been commissioned by CAP Mineria to supply the entire electrical system for the Cerro Negro Norte iron ore mine in the Chilean Atacama region. The plant, situated about 700 km north of Santiago de Chile, is designed for an annual output of about 4 million metric tons of iron ore concentrate. CAP Mineria (Compania Minera del Pacifico) is the leading company for the production of iron ore concentrates and pellets on the Pacific coast of South America. The project consists of a new concentrator located directly in the mine, a pipeline for transporting the iron ore concentrate and the necessary expansion of capacity at the port facilities at Puerto Punta Totoralillo.
Siemens is supplying the entire electrical equipment preconfigured in E-Houses for a fast start-up and efficient operation of the plant. The shipment includes a variety of Siemens components, ranging from energy-efficient medium-voltage frequency converters from the Perfect Harmony series, SWG transformers and Tiastar switchgear to a PCS7 automation solution. All components are designed to meet the specific requirements of the mining industry and guarantee simple and reliable operation, while maintaining maximum availability of the overall plant. Delivery will be in May 2013.