Royal IHC awarded order for two reheaters for Mozambique mine

News published on
17 December 2019

The recently formed partnership between Royal IHC and Pyromak has already proven to be successful with an order for two reheaters for Kenmare Moma Processing (Mauritius) Limited. The two indirect electric reheaters will operate at the Moma Titanium Minerals Mine, located on the north-east coast of Mozambique. The mine contains deposits of heavy minerals including ilmenite and rutile, as well as zircon. This order is another result of the strong relationship between IHC and Kenmare. Recently we delivered the third mining dredger for Kenmare, JULIA, which will also operate in the Moma Titanium Minerals Mine in Mozambique.

Reducing operational costs

The indirect electric reheaters allow for the uniformed reheating of products by suspending the material in a fluid-like state. The complete surface of the material is then exposed to the electric heating elements. The discharge temperature is measured and controlled by adjusting the voltage supplied to the electric elements.

If no reheating is required, the control system switches off the power supply to the elements, but the fluidising fan continues to operate, allowing material to flow through the reheater. The reheater can adjust to changes in feed and ambient conditions rapidly, and also reduces operational costs.

Perfect partnership
IHC’s Australia based specialised business unit for the mineral sands and alluvial mining industry, IHC Robbins, and Pyromak signed a partnership to join forces to become a leading global service provider and supplier of fluidised bed drying (FBD) systems. The design of IHC Robbins-Pyromak dryers, coolers and heaters is based on the fluidised bed principle. Material in a fluidised state behaves as a liquid, flowing over and under weirs, maintaining a level surface and exerting a hydrostatic head proportional to the bed depth.

Pyromak has over 35 years of experience in the product development, engineering design, installation and maintenance of fluid bed dryers and associated systems, IHC Robbins has global expertise in the resources industry (specialising in the heavy mineral sands sector). Their partnership offers a unique mix of experience and capability to deliver customised solutions, tailored to suit customers’ specific operational requirements.