“Our entire cash-flow depends upon, and will pass through, this tiny spout on its way to the world markets.”
The quote above, made by the perceptive CEO of one of the world’s largest copper producers as he peered down on a “tiny” 600 mm diameter spout, encapsulates the importance of efficient loading spouts.
At Ausenco, we understand how critical this link in the transportation chain can be. That’s why we used our 85 years of innovation, experience and technical expertise in the ports and terminals industry to challenge existing technology and develop a spout with improved handling, safety, trimming and outreach potential, all without compromising maintenance or reliability issues when handling difficult products.
Successfully implemented and in operation today, Ausenco’s Banana Spout™ technology was initially developed to increase the capacity and outreach of a copper concentrate shiploader operating in Chile. At that time, there was no existing spout design appropriate for the concentrate which would achieve the client’s desired outreach of 6 meters from the centre of the discharge point. Ausenco’s solution, the curved Banana Spout™, achieved a controlled copper concentrate trajectory of 6 meters, with the added benefit of minimal dust generation.
Based on the success of that project, the Banana Spout™ has since been trademarked and used on a number of projects, including the PT Freeport shiploader replacement and environmental upgrade in West Papua and the Bontang coal export terminal expansion in East Kalimantan.