VS65 IN THE WORLD’S LARGEST UNDERGROUND COPPER MINES.
The Codelco Teniente mine in Chile is the world’s largest underground copper mine with the capability to deliver 430,000t/yr. The mine is located in some of the harshest conditions for operation on the planet, in the Andes and at 2,500m above sea level. The client required a medium voltage electronic soft starter for the 13.8kV main fan motor of the plant to help improve efficiency and safety.
Power Electronics VS65 medium voltage soft starter proved to be perfect for the 1050kW motor. By combining the protection cell with the starter, Power Electronics have allowed the high 13.8kV motor to be serviced in a safe environment. The VS65 was equipped with line and bypass protection vacuum circuit breakers and both input and output earthing switches that make it easier and safer to service than ever for the Codelco Teniente Mine technicians.