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MONTCALM MONTAGENS INDUSTRIAIS AND ITS TEREX RT100 ROUGH TERRAIN CRANE AT BRAZIL’S LARGEST IRON ORE MINE
Minas Gerais, Brazil - July 2013. A Terex RT100 Rough Terrain crane is currently working at the new Anglo American-owned Minas-Rio mine in the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil. The operation is one of the largest iron ore mines in the world producing some of the highest quality pellet feed ore in the market. The ore has very little alumina and silica and high (about 69%) iron content.
About 26.5 million tonnes of ore from this mine will be exported in 2013 primarily through a 525km long slurry pipeline to the port of Acu in the state of Rio de Janeiro. However, the mine has the potential of producing up to 80 million tonnes per year and has certified reserves of 4.6 billion tonnes. Purchased in 2008, work at the mine started at the end of 2010 when owner Anglo American was given the go-ahead by the Brazilian government.
Production at the mine started in 2012 and currently is undergoing a very large infrastructure expansion plan that involves new office, general storage and processing buildings. To assist in the construction of these, São Paulo-based Montcalm Montagens Industriais, brought their Terex RT 100 rough terrain crane is being used extensively to help erect the structural steelwork around the mine for the new site buildings.
“We were looking for a Rough Terrain crane because of the mobility needed within the huge jobsite but it also must have the ability to work in confined spaces,” said Paulo Simonsen, Montcalm operations director. “The RT 100 fitted the bill perfectly because its load charts and reach was better than any of its direct competitors.”
“When erecting the structural steel, the RT100 is often lifting 12 tonnes at a 12 metre radius using a 22.5 metre main boom. Its ability to work very smoothly without jerky movements, its all-wheel steer and excellent maneuverability, all help ensure the success of each lift. Quick travel is essential as all the lifting locations are distant from each other (about 40 minutes) and all have difficult access.” Simonsen added.
According to Simonsen transporting the crane to site was also easy. “The crane had to travel 1,300km in three days to get to site and only needed one additional truck. Overall we have been very pleased with its performance.”
Montcalm brought the Terex RT 100 rough terrain crane on site at the end of 2012, and is expected to work on site until end 2013.
About The Terex RT 100 Rough Terrain Crane
The Terex® RT 100 rough terrain crane combines a long boom, high lift capacity and compact design to easily handle a wide range of heavy jobs, even in confined areas. Providing outstanding lifting capacity, the RT 100 offers a maximum capacity of 90 metric tonnes (100 US tons). Its six-section boom can be extended up to a maximum length of 53 meters (174 feet), with a maximum tip height of 55.8 meters (183 feet). Two synchronized telescoping modes provide added functionality. The crane’s powerful engine delivers 194 kW @ 2200 rpm and is in full compliance with European directive 2006/24 Step 3b. Power steering easily controls the unit and can be switched to any one of three steering modes - two wheels, four wheel or crab steering. A 100 US ton RT 100 version that is rated per ASME B30.5 standard is also available.
About Montcalm Montagens Industriais
Headquartered in Sao Paulo and working throughout the Brazilian territory, Montcalm offers complete and integrated solutions in engineering, construction and electromechanical assembly for deployment, upgrade and maintenance of the process industries in various sectors such as: Cement, Mining, Pulp & Paper, Textiles, Chemicals and Petrochemicals, Fertilizers, Oil & Gas, Power Generation, Metallurgy, Metallurgy, pharmaceutical, food, sugar and alcohol.
Terex Corporation is a diversified global manufacturer of a broad range of equipment that is focused on delivering reliable, customer-driven solutions for many applications, including the construction, infrastructure, quarrying, mining, shipping, transportation, refining, energy, utility and manufacturing industries. Terex reports in five business segments: Aerial Work Platforms; Construction; Cranes; Material Handling & Port Solutions; and Materials Processing. Terex offers financial products and services to assist in the acquisition of equipment through Terex Financial Services. More information can be found at www.terex.com
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