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BBE Projects delivers complete turnkey designed, engineered and constructed projects in the fields of mine ventilation, refrigeration and cooling. BBE Projects has all the required engineering expertise under one roof and its team has an established track record of successful turnkey projects.  Particular areas of expertise include refrigeration and bulk air cooling stations, main fan stations, energy saving schemes and thermal storage installations.  BBE Projects focuses specifically on delivering complete and ready-to-operate systems to mining sector clients. The company is structured to deliver turnkey projects incorporating design, supply, construction, commissioning and process performance guarantee of complete surface and underground ventilation, refrigeration and cooling systems.  All manner of projects are undertaken from greenfield sites to plant extensions and upgrades. As a totally independent company, BBE is able to offer the optimal solution using the best combination of selected equipment, tailor-made to each client’s specific requirements.

When BBE Projects takes overall responsibility for the entire process – from concept through detailed engineering and construction to commissioning – clients benefit from a focused project management team, improved project efficiency and streamlined project delivery. The client still enjoys overall authority but without the burden of the micro-management. The client’s standards and specifications still apply as do the appropriate QA/QC and SHE requirements. Designs, layouts and vendor selection are subject to client approval, but the co-ordination of equipment procurement, drawing office supervision, interface details, and contractual boundary issues are then our responsibility as the turn-key company. More importantly, the client’s exposure to design and construction risk moves to BBE Projects.

Beyond our extensive footprint in South Africa, including installations at 2 000 and 3 000 m below surface, we have successfully completed large refrigeration projects in Zambia, Tanzania and Ghana.

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Fan Stations

BBE Projects have a proud track record of designing and constructing complete main surface fan stations at several mines comprising axial and centrifugal fans, complete with shaft-top bends, bi- and tri- furcations, self-closing doors, silencers, ducting, energy-efficient discharge evasés, fan and motor houses, civil construction, mechanical and electrical works, through to final commissioning and handover. Through the use of in-house CFD modelling BBE can produce energy efficient designs and being totally independent we can select equipment from the full spectrum of reputable suppliers.

Fan Stations

Refrigeration & Air Coolers

Over the past few years BBE Projects have successfully completed several turnkey refrigeration and bulk air cooler installations for a number of clients across the African continent [see projects list]. The entire project requirements of system design, equipment procurement, contractor selection, transport logistics and all aspects of project management are provided by BBE Projects, tailor-made to each client’s specific requirements, in a single turnkey contract.

Refrigeration & Air Cooling

Thermal Storage

Ice thermal storage

BBE Projects have completed two significant ice thermal storage projects comprising submerged banks of steel serpentine coils where ice is formed on the external surface of the tubes during off-peak tariff periods and melted to produce cooling during peak tariff periods when refrigeration machines can be turned off. In the one project an existing refrigeration machine was converted to glycol chilling by replacing the compressor impeller with a specially-designed new impeller and constructing a new dam to house the ice coils. In the other project a new ammonia chiller was installed and the ammonia itself is circulated through ice coils installed in an existing open dam.

Thermal Storage

Bladder system

Where cold [and/or hot] water storage capacity is insufficient to withstand longterm stoppage of refrigeration machines during peak tariff periods, it is possible to extend the stoppage period by installing a bladder into a single dam which allows the simultaneous storage of warm and cold water, thereby maximising the ultilisation of existing storage facilities.

Project List

CLIENT FAN PROJECTS IMAGE
Platinum Group Metals

Maseve Mine

2015 – 2016

Two Main Fan Stations (2 + 3 x 315 kW Axial) incl. Civil, Structural, Electrical & Instrument works plus temporary fan station

Turnkey project including engineering design, procurement, construction and management. Phase 3. Commissioned October 2016.

 Platinum Group Metals
Marula Platinum

Clapham No. 4 Shaft

2014 – 2015

Main Fan Station (2 x 680 kW Centrifugal) incl. Civil, Structural, Electrical & Instrument works

Turnkey project including engineering design, procurement, construction and management. Commissioned June 2015.

 Marula Platinum
Platinum Group Metals

WBJV Project 1 – Maseve Mine

2014 – 2015

Two Main Fan Stations (2 + 3 x 315 kW Axial) incl. Civil, Structural, Electrical & Instrument works plus temporary fan station

Turnkey project including engineering design, procurement, construction and management. Phase 2. Commissioned April 2015.

 Platinum Group Metals
Platinum Group Metals

WBJV Project 1 –  Maseve Mine

2013

Two Main Fan Stations (2 + 3 x 315 kW Axial) incl. Civil, Structural, Electrical & Instrument work

Turnkey project including engineering design, procurement, construction and management. Phase 1. Commissioned December 2013.

 1
Xstrata Alloys

Eland Platinum Mine

2011-2012

Main Fan Stations (8 x 185 kW Axial) incl. Civil, Structural, Electrical & Instrument works

Turnkey project including engineering design, procurement, construction and management. Commissioned May 2012.

 2
AngloCoal

Kriel Colliery

2009-2012

Main Fan Station (2 x 550 kW Axial)

Turnkey project including engineering design, procurement, construction and management. Commissioned June 2012.

 3
Lonmin Platinum

Saffy Shaft

2011

Emergency Diesel Fan (1 x 250 kW Axial) incl. Civil, Structural, Electrical & Instrument works

Turnkey project including engineering design, procurement, construction and management. Commissioned September 2011.

 4
Lonmin Platinum

Saffy Shaft

2009-2010

Main Fan Station (2 x 650 kW Centrifugal) incl. Civil, Structural, Electrical & Instrument works

Turnkey project including engineering design, procurement, construction and management. Commissioned July 2010.

 5
AngloCoal

Zibulo Colliery

2008-2010

Main Fan Station (2 x 1600 kW Axial)

Turnkey project including engineering design, procurement, construction and management. Commissioned July 2010.

 12
AngloPlatinum

Rustenburg Section

2009-2010

Inlet Guide Vanes

Turnkey project including engineering design, procurement, construction and management. Executed in 2009 and 2010.

 6
AngloPlatinum

Amandelbult Section

2009-2010

Inlet Guide Vanes

Turnkey project including engineering design, procurement, construction and management. Executed in 2009 and 2010.

 7
Harmony Gold

Beatrix Mine

2009-2010

Inlet Guide Vanes

Turnkey project including engineering design, procurement, construction and management. Commissioning completed 2010.

 8
Pan African Resources

Barberton Gold Mine

2016- present

2 x 1.4MW Refrigeration Plants and Underground Bulk Air Cooler

Turnkey project including project management, design, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning.

RandGold-Resources

Loulo Mine

2015 – 2016

2 x 14MW Refrigeration Plants and Bulk Air Coolers

Turnkey project including project management, design, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning.

 9
Palabora Copper

Lift II Project

2015- present

7 MW Underground Refrigeration Plant and Bulk Air Cooler

Civil, structural, mechanical & piping installation contract

 14
Sibanye Gold

Driefontein No. 4 Shaft

2015-present

7 MW R123 Underground Refrigeration Plant (3 x 3.5 MW) and Bulk Air Cooler

Turnkey project including engineering design, procurement, construction and management.

This plant is located 1 400 m below surface.

 15
African Barrick Gold

Bulyanhulu West (Tanzania)

2014-2015

7.5 MW Ammonia Refrigeration Plant (2×3.8 MW) and Bulk Air Cooler

Turnkey project including engineering design, procurement, construction and management.

 16
Impala Platinum

No. 11C Shaft

2013-2014

6 MW R134a Refrigeration Plant upgrade and Ice Thermal Storage Facility

Turnkey project including project management, design, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning.

 17
Northam Platinum

 

2013-2014

14 MW R134a Underground Refrigeration Plant (2 x 7 MW) and Bulk Air Cooler

Turnkey project including engineering design, procurement, construction and management.

This plant is located 1 950 m below surface.

 18
Impala Platinum

No. 9 Shaft

2012-2013

6 MW R134a Refrigeration Plant and Bulk Air Cooler (Phase 1)

Turnkey project including project management, design, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning.

 19
Impala Platinum

No. 17 Shaft

2010 – 2013

14 MW R134a Refrigeration Plant (1×14 MW) and Bulk Air Cooler

Turnkey project including engineering design, procurement, construction and management. Capable of expansion up to 58 MW refrigeration.

 20
Gold Fields

South Deep mine

South Shaft

2011-2012

9.0 MW Surface Bulk Air Cooler

Turnkey project including engineering design, procurement, construction and management.

 21
Impala Platinum

No. 10 Shaft

2011-2012

7.5 MW additional R134a Refrigeration Plant and extended Bulk Air Cooler

Turnkey project including project management, process and engineering design, procurement, construction, erection and commissioning.

 22
Hecla

Lucky Friday Silver Mine (USA)

2010-2011

6.8 MW Underground R134a Refrigeration Plant and Underground Bulk Air Cooler

Detail engineering design and specification, including process, mechanical, piping design and control logic.

 23
Rio Tinto Resolution Copper Mine (USA)

2010-2011

Surface Refrigeration System for Shaft Sink

Detail engineering design and specification, including process and mechanical design.

 24
ESKOM

Impala Platinum

Various Shafts

2009-2010

Various thermal storage systems using bladder in dams for load shifting on refrigeration plants

Turnkey project including project management, design, procurement, construction and erection.

 25
Barrick Africa

Bulyanhulu Mine (Tanzania)

2009-2010

7.5 MW Ammonia Refrigeration Plant (2×3.8 MW) and Bulk Air Cooler

Turnkey project including engineering design, procurement, construction and management.

 26
AngloGold Ashanti

Cuiabá Gold Mine

(Brazil)

2009-2010

15 MW R134a Refrigeration Plant (3×5.0 MW) and Bulk Air Cooler

Detail engineering design and specification, including process, mechanical, piping, civil & structural, electrical and instrumentation design.

 27
Anglo Platinum

Townlands mine

2008-2010

6.5 MW R134a Refrigeration Plant and Bulk Air Cooler with Ice Thermal Storage (300 ton ice)

Detail engineering design and specification, including process, mechanical, piping, civil and structural design.

 28
Rio Tinto

Palabora Mine

2008-2010

7 MW Underground R134a Refrigeration Plant and Underground Bulk Air Cooler

Detail engineering design and specification, including process, mechanical and piping design. Project is in construction phase.

 29
AngloGold Ashanti

Moab Khotsong Mine

2008-2009

6 MW Ammonia Refrigeration Machine and Ice Thermal Storage System for energy management

Turnkey project including project management, design, procurement, construction and erection.

 30
AngloGold Ashanti

Tau Lekoa mine

2007-2009

Refurbishing of two Hitachi water chillers and new cooling towers.

Turnkey project including engineering design, procurement, construction and management.

 32
Barrick Africa

Bulyanhulu Mine (Tanzania)

2007

2×500 kW Underground Spot Refrigeration Plant

Turnkey contract for the design and supply of main components in packaged kit form.

 33
AngloGold Ashanti

Mponeng Mine

2006-2007

800 ton Ice Thermal Storage System and Modification to Existing Refrigeration Plant

Turnkey project including project management, design, procurement, construction and erection.

 34
Gold Fields

South Deep mine,
94 Level

2007-2012

5×8.5 MW Underground R134a Refrigeration Plant and Bulk Air Coolers

Detail engineering design and specification, including process, mechanical and piping design.

 35
Impala Platinum

No. 20 Shaft

2007-2008

15 MW R134a Refrigeration Plant (2×7.5 MW) and Bulk Air Cooler

Turnkey project including project management, design, procurement, construction and erection.

 36
Impala Platinum

No. 16 Shaft

2007-2008

15.6 MW R134a Refrigeration Plant (2×7.8 MW) and Bulk Air Cooler

Turnkey project including project management, design, procurement, construction, erection and commission.

 37
AngloGold Ashanti

Obuasi Mine – GCS shaft (Ghana)

2005-2007

18 MW R134a Refrigeration Plant (3×6 MW) and Bulk Air Cooler

Turnkey project including project management, design, procurement, construction and erection.

 38
Rio Tinto

Argyle Diamond Mine (Australia)

2006-2007

12 MW Ammonia Refrigeration Plant and Bulk Air Cooler

Detail engineering design and specification, including process, mechanical and piping design.

 39
Lonmin Platinum

Karee No. 4 Shaft

2005-2006

15 MW Ammonia Refrigeration Plant (2×7.5 MW) and Bulk Air Cooler

Detail engineering design and specification, including process, mechanical and piping design.

 40
AngloGold Ashanti

Obuasi Mine – KMS shaft (Ghana)

2005-2007

18 MW R134a Refrigeration Plant (3×6 MW) and Bulk Air Cooler

Turnkey project including project management, design, procurement, construction and erection.

 2.2
Zinifex

Rosebery Mine (Australia)

2006

2×1.8 MW Underground R134a Refrigeration Plant and Bulk Air Cooler

Detail engineering design and specification, including process, mechanical and piping design.

 

 

NO IMAGE

Impala Platinum

No. 14B Shaft

2005

15 MW R134a Refrigeration Plant (2×7.5 MW) and Bulk Air Cooler

Detail engineering design and specification including process, mechanical, piping, civil, structural and electrical design and commission.

 41
Impala Platinum

No. 11C Shaft

2005

15 MW R134a Refrigeration Plant (2×7.5 MW) and Bulk Air Cooler

Detail engineering design and specification including process, mechanical, piping, civil, structural and electrical design and commission.

 42
VALE / CVRD

Taquari Vassouras mine (Brazil)

2004-2005

7 MW R134a Refrigeration Plant Extension and Underground North Recirculation Air Cooler

Basic engineering design and specification of underground mine cooling system, including 100 m3/s recirculation air cooler, energy recovery turbine, pumps, 3 km pipeline and safety systems.

 43
Anglo Platinum

Union Section Spud Shaft

2004-2005

15 MW Extension to Ammonia Refrigeration Plant and new Pre-cooling tower

Detail engineering design and specification, including process, mechanical and piping design.

 4444.1
Falconbridge

Kidd Creek Mine (Canada)

2004-2005

6.5 MW Ammonia Refrigeration Plant and Bulk Air Cooler

Basic engineering design and specification, including process, mechanical and piping design.

 45
VALE / CVRD

Taquari Potash mine (Brazil)

2002-2003

Underground Central Recirculation Air Cooler

Basic engineering design and specification of underground mine cooling system including 150 m3/s recirculation air cooler, energy recovery turbine, pumps and safety systems.

 46
VALE / CVRD

Taquari Potash mine (Brazil)

2002-2003

14 MW R134a Refrigeration Plant Extension (2×7 MW)

Basic engineering design and specification for extension to existing surface refrigeration plant including new concrete cooling towers.

 47
Impala Platinum

No. 12N Shaft

2003

7.4 MW R134a Refrigeration Plant and Bulk Air Cooler

Detail engineering design and specification including process, mechanical, piping, civil, structural, electrical design and commission.

 48
Harmony

Evander No.8 Shaft

2003

Underground Bulk Air Cooler and Pumping Facility

Detail engineering design and specification including process, mechanical and piping design.

 49
Gold Fields

Driefontein No. 5SV Shaft : 42 Level

2003

30 MW Underground R134a Refrigeration Plant (4×7.5 MW)

Detail engineering design and specification including process, mechanical and piping design, project management and commission.

 50
 

Northam Platinum

2003

14 MW Extension to R134a Refrigeration Plant (2×7.5 MW)

Turnkey project including project management, design, procurement, construction and erection.

 51
Anglo Platinum

Amandelbult No.2 Shaft

2003-2004

21 MW Ammonia Refrigeration Plant, Bulk Air Cooler, Cooling Tower and RO water treatment

Detail engineering design and specification, including process, mechanical and piping design.

 52
Anglo Platinum

Amandelbult No.2 Shaft

2003-2004

Filtration and RO water treatment

Detail engineering design and specification, including process, mechanical and piping design

 53
Impala Platinum

No. 1B Shaft

2002-2003

8.4 MW R134a Refrigeration Plant and Bulk Air Cooler with 54 ton Ice thermal storage system

Detail engineering design and specification including process, mechanical and piping design, project management and commission.

 54
Impala Platinum

No. 14 Shaft

2000-2001

15 MW Ammonia Refrigeration Plant and Bulk Air Cooler

Detail engineering design and specification including process, mechanical and piping design.

 55
VALE / CVRD

Taquari Potash mine (Brazil)

2000-2001

12 MW Ammonia Refrigeration Plant (3×4 MW) and Surface Bulk Air Cooler

Basic engineering design and specification of mine cooling system including surface refrigeration plant and bulk air cooler.

 300

 

 

BBE Previous Refrigeration Projects – updated February 2017