ABB to design and deliver the world's largest hoisting systems

ABB mine hoist technology is selected for BHP Billiton's Jansen potash project 
in Canada 
MONTREAL, April 12, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - ABB, the leading power and automation 
technology group, has been selected by BHP Billiton to supply mine hoisting 
systems for the Jansen Potash Project, located 130 kilometers east of 
Saskatoon, in the Province of Saskatchewan, Canada. 
The contract includes the overall design, manufacturing, supply and 
installation of four complete mine hoist systems to be delivered over a period 
between 2015 and 2018. This includes mechanical components as well as the 
electrical systems including ACS6000 AC drive systems and the high-power, 
low-speed synchronous motors. Globally, ABB is the only supplier of complete 
integrated mine hoisting systems including all mechanical and electrical 
The massive six meters diameter friction hoists to be supplied for the 
production shaft will be the largest mine hoists ever designed and 
manufactured, each with a total connected motor power of close to 14000kW. 
Equally impressive are the service shaft hoists which are electrically 
identical to the production hoists but will carry smaller payloads. The 
complexity and ultrahigh performance requirements of the brake systems on 
these massive hoisting systems requires the development of new mine hoist 
brake system technology. 
"We are pleased to have been selected by BHP Billiton for the Jansen Potash 
Project hoist contract," says Gabe Azeroual, Vice President for ABB's Process 
Automation business in Canada. "We believe our leading global position in the 
design, supply and installation of high-performance mine hoisting systems in 
high-production mines, as well as our impressive job site safety record will 
play an important role on the project." 
Once the four hoisting systems at the BHP Billiton Jansen mine are installed, 
ABB will have an impressive installed base of eleven complete friction 
hoisting systems, in the Province of Saskatchewan. In the area of underground 
mining the company has supplied over 700 mine hoist and automation projects 
and over 100 stand-alone hoist brake system projects, in more than 30 
countries worldwide. 
ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable 
utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering 
environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 
countries and employs about 145,000 people. 
In Canada, ( employs about 3,000 people in more than 45 centers 
from coast to coast. 
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ABB in Canada Carolina Gallo Director of Communications St-Laurent, Quebec 
Canada Tel: 514-687-4779 Mobile: 514-206-4852 
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