Bing Bong Bulk Storage Shed

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Client Glencore, McArthur River Mining (MRM)
Location Bing Bong, Northern Territory, Australia
Application Dust Collection System for Bulk Storage Shed
Dust Type Zinc
Project Summary Design, Manufacture and Install: Grydale JMS 60 F-Series Dust Collection System

Client Overview

Glencore is one of the world’s largest global diversified natural resource companies and is one of the biggest companies within the FTSE 100 Index. Their diversified operations comprise of over 150 mining and metallurgical sites, offshore oil production assets, farms and agricultural facilities.

Situated in the remote Gulf of Carpentaria, the McArthur River Mine (MRM) is a world-class zinc-lead mine that has been operating since 1995. MRM is one of the world’s largest zinc resources and a key operation in our Glencore’s global portfolio. Glencore is committed to running safe, responsible, sustainable and competitive mining operations.

Client Challenge

MRM produces zinc, lead and silver from the open cut mine which is then processed and stored onsite before being transported to Bing Bong Loading Facility and shipped to customers all over the world.

At Glencore’s loading facility at Bing Bong, Zinc is stored in a bulk storage shed which needs to be fully contained to protect against spillage and ensure environmental security and prevent loss of valuable product.

Our Solution

Grydale were commissioned to design, manufacture and install a dust collection system to manage dust within the Zinc Bulk Storage Shed.

A Grydale JMS 60 dust collector was used to place the zinc storage shed under negative pressure. A plennum was used on either side of the access door that was used to feed air into a common duct run back to the dust collection system.

If there is insufficient air flow entering the storage shed, the air flow meter on the dust collector turns up the Variable Speed Drive (VSD) to generate more air volume. Equally the air flow meter will turn down the VSD so the dust collector uses less kW for the same amount of volume depending on the temperature and conditions. This results in significant power savings.

The JMS 60 Dust Collector has a filtration efficiency of 99.99% at 0.067microns and air is exhausted via the clean air stack. Zinc dust is discharged through the hoppers to product recovery drums and then returned back to the storage facility. This not only minimises health, safety and environmental risks but also ensures that operational efficiency is maintained by recovering product.

The following table outlines the key technical specification of the Grydale JMS 60 dust collection system installed on site by our expert technical team.

Bing Bong Storage Sheds
McArthur River Mine (MRM)

Technical Specifications

Air Volume 60m³/s
Power Volvo Penta T4F 160kW Diesel
Fuel Tank 220L Diesel Fuel Tank 45L Adblue Fuel Tank
Mobility Track Mounted with Remote Control Operation
Fabrication 3mm and 5mm Mild Steel International Two Pack Paint
Air Intake Ø 1 x 1372mm plus 4 x 508mm Ø
Filter Technical Data
Air Volume 38m³/s
Number of High Efficiency Filters 99.99% at 0.067 micron
Total Filter Surface Area 896m²
Filter Temperature Limit 82ºC (179.6ºF)
Method of Changing Filters Via 4 Filter Doors
Estimate Filter Change Time Two Technicians x 2 hrs
Pre-Cleaning of Air Prior to Hitting Filters Yes – Via Patented Drop-Out Box
Centrifugal Fan
Maximum Pressure Drop Across Filters -3kPa*
Variable Air Flow Control Yes
Fan Silencer Yes, Option: to supply square to round attachment to allow vent bag to be attached to exhaust
Reverse Pulse Cleaning System
Reverse Pulse Cleaning Solenoids 16
On-Board Compressor Yes – 37 CFM Compressor
Plant Air Attachment Onsite Plant Air
Adjustable Pressure and Frequency Rate Yes
Auto Drains Yes
Dust Discharge System
Hydraulic Reversible Auger 1
Main Screw Conveyor Auger 1 – Front Discharge
Incline Screw Conveyor Auger Option: Front or Side Incline Discharge
Stainless Steel Rotary Valves 2
PLC Allen Bradley
HMI 7″ Touch Button Display Option: 12″ Touchscreen Display
Control System CANBus
Static and Differential Pressure Gauges Yes
Emissions Monitoring Probe Yes – 24V
Operational Lights and Alarms Yes
Work Safety Lights 12 x 24VDC Lights
Fuel Level Indicator Lights Column 2 Value 13
Column 1 Value 14 Yes
Amber Rotating Beacons 2
Velocity Probe No
Proximity Sensors Optional Upgrade
Auto Greasing System Optional Upgrade
Safety Features
Emergency Stops 1 E-Stop plus Safety Lanyard System
Amber Rotating Beacons 2
Split Isolators Split Starter and Battery Isolator
Fire Suppression System Optional Upgrade

*Alternative centrifugal fans can be utilised to optimise air volume and pressure to suit site conditions and specific applications.

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