A range of processing equipment from Finlay Plant Northern – part of the Finlay Group of companies – has helped H.J. Banks Mining break through the one million tonne mark at its Shotton open cast site in Northumberland.
Among the machinery supplied is a new Terex Finlay 694 Supertrak screen, which is helping drive forward increased productivity at the site, located off the A1 near Cramlington.
The 694 is being used to produce valuable 3 x 12mm coal for export.
Opened in May 2008, the Shotton site has also taken delivery of an ALLU bucket from Finlay Plant Northern, to process coal, which has a higher ash content.
H.J. Banks Mining also has two Terex Finlay 693 Supertrak screens, producing coal for use across the UK and Ireland at sizes of 10mm x 28mm for industrial use, 28mm x 40mm, which is marketed as a coal double for the household market and 40mm to a top size of 100mm, again for domestic use.
Michael Storey, Sales & Quality Manager for H.J. Banks Mining, said: "The machinery from Finlay Plant Northern has been selected for its ability to produce an excellent product, combined with the flexibility in adapting to the different requirements of our customers.
"The Terex Finlay 694 is producing a very accurate 3x12mm product.
"In the future, we are looking to introduce other decks to produce additional sized products. The machinery offers the flexibility to increase the range.
"The ALLU bucket is also performing exceptionally well. Higher ash content coal can be difficult to put through the normal processing / blending plant. "The ALLU Bucket enables us to achieve a 0 to 50mm product without the risk of potential blockages and downtime to the main processing plant.
"There is a lot of potential for us to use this system for other processing operations in the future on the Shotton and other surface mines.
"We receive excellent service from Finlay Plant Northern and appreciate the knowledge and expertise that we can call upon to achieve the best solution for our needs."
Charlie Nairn, managing director of Finlay Plant Northern, has worked with H.J. Banks Mining to introduce the equipment on site. He said: "We suggested the ALLU bucket to enhance the processing performance and one was brought up on trial. We received an order for one within two weeks of the system being on site. It is very versatile equipment. "
H.J. Banks Mining is noted across the industry for its modern plant fleet, which has recently been adapted to meet stringent production and environmental standards.
The fleet has been modified to reduce the noise output by almost half the volume of sounds emitted, as well having new spray bars and water tanks fitted to provide maximum protection against dust emissions.
This engineering, which has been carried out by Banks’ engineers, is world first technology which has already won awards from the Noise Abatement Society for it performance during mining operations.