14 Sep '11, 7pm

Alcoa Looks to the Sky to Cut its Mine's Energy Footprint

Alcoa Looks to the Sky to Cut its Mine's Energy Footprint

Sometimes environmental wins can be found in unlikely places. And when you're a mining company, looking up in the sky is about as unlikely as it gets. Jamalco Operations , a mining subsidiary majority-owned by Alcoa, looked up to dig out a big win in Jamaica. Jamalco, which mines bauxite and processes it into alumina, announced that it's hauled 10 million tons of bauxite in two years using a unique, sustainable transport system. The Rope Conveyor, or RopeCon, system (pictured above and at the bottom of this article) at the Mount Oliphant Mine is a an AC motor-powered cable conveyor system just over two miles long, running between the mine and a rail station at the base of the 843-foot Mount Oliphant. Alcoa said it has saved about $1.5 million in operating costs since the system launched in 2007, through the following green features: • Once the system is loaded at the top a...

Full article: http://www.greenbiz.com/news/2011/09/14/alcoa-looks-sky-c...

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