The coolest way to mine cooling27 May 2016
KTI just launched two new products into the mining market, complementary to their surface plate ice plants.
The underground mining environment is in constant battle against heat and humidity to deliver a workplace that is safe, and where the performance of employees and equipment is not jeopardised. It is not uncommon to encounter temperatures of close to 60C in an underground mine.
Cooling such an environment presents a huge challenge – both financially and technically. In steps KTI Global Mining, a global leader in ice-making technologies, which has successfully designed, installed and commissioned a surface plate ice plant at Harmony’s Phakisa Gold Mine.
“We are the new kids on the block in underground mine cooling, and we really want to make sure we provide solutions that will tick all the boxes with regards to our clients’ requirements.”
These are the words of Joe van Wyk, newly appointed Chief Operating Officer of KTI Global Mining, a subsidiary of KTI, based in Balzheim, Germany. KTI has just launched two new products into the mining market, complementary to its surface plate ice plants.
“We have listened to our potential clients, as well as listened to leaders in the underground cooling space, and have come up with two new products that will change the way underground cooling will be looked at – the Underground Plate Ice Plant, and the Underground 1 Megawatt Water Chiller,” says Van Wyk.
KTI is globally regarded as the leader in concrete cooling. The company’s world-class engineering teams, and renowned German manufacturing standards, have ensured that KTI is regarded as the go-to guys in the concrete cooling domain since 1986. KTI can claim that it has been a key part of the construction of some of the most iconic building projects in the Middle East.
KTI ice plants are modular in their design and operation and this is one of the main reasons why Harmony’s Phakisa Gold Mine management in South Africa considered KTI as the solution to complement their existing underground cooling solution.